You know I have a soft spot for pizza, right? I even talked about my pizza addiction on my weight loss blog. I’m not kidding it’s bad, real bad. ;~)
Being in my, ummmm, 30’s (OMG I’m in my 30’S) I come to the realization that the love of pizza isn’t going away and I’m not going to live the rest of my life denying myself something I truly enjoy. So instead of scarfing down greasy, over cheesed, under nutritious slices at my local parlor (which I still do, just occasionally) I choose to make healthy pizzas at home. It’ truly is one of my favorite meals to make.
I’m still working on my own homemade whole grain dough but in the mean time I thank Trader Joe’s for their whole wheat pizza dough options.
The first one I discovered over a year ago in the refrigerator section. I was so excited when I found it I bought 5 bags and threw some in the freezer. I never saw whole-wheat dough before. It’s just dough, ready to go. You can do anything you like with it. Roll it out and make pizza, calzones, stromboli, even breadsticks. I know this only because I have made all of these things, each one just as good as the other. I love the fact that I can separate the dough and make individual pizzas. It helps me portion control and, more importantly, make different types of pizzas for me, the husband and the toddler. Everyone get’s what they want and I don’t overeat. Who could ask for more!
The second option pictured isn’t as much a dough as it is a crust. Think Boboli style. It was thick and and pre-made. It’s not my favorite style crust but this is definitely the option for speed. Tonight I came home, spread some leftover sauce, toppings, cheese and Viola! 10 minutes later dinner was served!
Both options have similar nutritional information. The dough is 120 calories, 2g of fat and 4g of fiber per serving and there are 8 servings in the package. The crust is 130 calories, 1.5g of fat and 4g of fiber for each of the 8 servings as well. However, the refrigerated dough is the only 100% whole wheat option. The crust, albeit “whole grain" isn’t 100% whole. It has lost of different grains listed like, rye, spelt, barley, oats and flaxseeds. I’m not saying this is necessarily bad but for those seeking 100% whole grain options you should be aware.
So the pizza you see pictured up there is made with the packaged crust. It really did literally take me 10 minutes to prepare. I sautéed some onion, zucchini, garlic and baby spinach leaves. I topped the crust with some leftover sauce, sprinkled with 3 oz of mozzarella cheese and added my veggies. It was DELISCIOUS (although I prefer a thinner crust)
Notice, the pizza is half veggies, half meat. Just guess whose half is whose. ;~)
Don’t have a Trader Joe’s near by? Click here to check out my homemade whole wheat pizza dough!