Saturday, January 22, 2011

Pizza Adventure!

So I have a confession.......... I confess that I LOVE pizza!! I could eat it everyday!

After I left work today I decided I was going to get all my grocery shopping for next week done tonight. While I was at Trader Joe's I got the craving for pizza and the last thing I wanted to do was order a pizza from a chain restaurant, I REFUSED to do that! 

So I decided I was going to make some homemade pizza. Luckily Trader Joe's sells dough, I opted to go for the wheat. I picked up some sauce, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, and turkey pepperoni. Let the pizza making begin!

First thing I did was roll the 16 oz dough into a ball and get it in some flour.

Wheat Dough
Next I started to flatten the dough out. Now what most of you don't know about me is that I paid my way through college by slapping dough in a pizza shop, yes I can spin the dough on one finger and thrown it in air  ;-)

Gotta get all the big air bubbles out
Then I stretched it out and got it into the pan.

Next I added a 1/2 cup Trader Joe pizza sauce.

For toppings I used 1/2 cup of part skim mozzarella cheese, 34 slices of turkey pepperoni, and some mushrooms.

Then I popped it in the oven at 375 until it was nice and golden.

The pizza was pretty good! I will say I am not a huge fan of the wheat dough, the taste is overpowering. I will probably go with regular dough next time. Or actually I need to find an alternative to dough. While I was making the pizza I logged all the ingredients into my MyFitnessPal application on my phone to track the calories, the dough accounted for 960 calories of the 1340 calories the pizza had in it. To make sure I didn't go over my daily calorie target I only ate 3 slices and added a salad to top it off.

The calorie breakdown was as follows:

16 oz wheat dough: 960 calories
1/2 cup pizza Sauce: 80 calories
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese: 160 calories
34 pieces of turkey pepperoni : 140 calories
Total: 1340 calories

Overall this was so easy to make and alot more satisfying then ordering pizza from a restaurant. You don't have to give up your favorite foods to eat healthy, you just gotta find ways to make it work.


♥ Shrinking Kenz ♥ said...

Wow looks sooooooo tasty. Mmmmm! I'm just going to reiterate my comment to you on twitter yesterday..

Tammy said...

Well I can't say that you have me sold on wheat dough, but your pie sure does look tasty. Making it at home and on your own is healthier than the delivery kind. Good choice.

Molly said...

loooks good chef :p

Zineb said...

Looks absolutely delicious! For the dough I suggest you either find one that's made with both whole wheat and white flour. Or you could have cut the dough in half and made a thin crust, that way you'd have 1/2 the calories and the taste wouldn't be too overwhelming.
I was totally surprised at your pizza flattening skills!! =) great job <3

Shoe Vixen said...

Pizza is my favorite in the whole world! I havent tried making my own, I'll have to check into Central Market or Whole Foods to see if they have premade dough!

Ragemichelle said...

Oh my..that looks REALLY freaking good.

Kuku said...

yummmm , looks really good !! :) I make homemade pizzas with wheat dough as well or sometimes just use whole wheat/whole grain tortillas that are only 100-200 calories for the whole thing plus lots of fiber to keep you fuller longer :D

Patrick said...

Pizza rocks and Trader Joes definitely is an amazing place. Pizza looks good and you did well fitting this indulgence into your plan. Excellent!

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