Healthy Recipes

So lately I have been exploring healthy eating and stumbled upon 2 recipes that I love .  The thing I love about both these recipes is that they satisfy my cravings in a healthier way.

Pizza

One of my favorite foods is pizza- especially thin New York style pizza.  The best pizza I’ve ever had was in New York at one of the countless pizza places in Manhattan.  It was a thin crust and had ricotta cheese, fresh mozarella, sliced meatballs and fresh basil. Yum! Here is a picture of me with that pizza;

Now I am not saying this recipe is as good as that pizza but it was in the same ball park.  The recipe is a bit time-intensive but worth the effort.  Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water. Sprinkle yeast over the top, and let stand for about 10 minutes, until foamy.
  2. Stir the olive oil and salt into the yeast mixture, then mix in the whole wheat flour and 1 cup of the all-purpose flour until dough starts to come together. Tip dough out onto a surface floured with the remaining all-purpose flour, and knead until all of the flour has been absorbed, and the ball of dough becomes smooth, about 10 minutes. Place dough in an oiled bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover loosely with a towel, and let stand in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  3. When the dough is doubled, tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and divide into 2 pieces for 2 thin crust, or leave whole to make one thick crust. Form into a tight ball. Let rise for about 45 minutes, until doubled.
  4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Roll a ball of dough with a rolling pin until it will not stretch any further. Then, drape it over both of your fists, and gently pull the edges outward, while rotating the crust. When the circle has reached the desired size, place on a well oiled pizza pan. Top pizza with your favorite toppings, such as sauce, cheese, meats, or vegetables.
  5. Bake for 16 to 20 minutes (depending on thickness) in the preheated oven, until the crust is crisp and golden at the edges, and cheese is melted on the top
Indoor Smores
The other recipe I have is a simple one that is great for a “healthier” desert.  There are days when I get the craving for something sweet.  This of course creates 2 problems- First, I usually end up eating something unhealthy and second I eat that unhealthy item multiple days in a row.  Because most deserts are made in batches one nights indulgence can turn into a week-long affair!  That is why I have started making these indoor smores when I feel a need for a treat. I can make just one and be done with it!
You can use any chocolate  but I like the lindt dark chocolate bars.  They aren’t too expensive and have interesting flavors such as “touch of sea salt”, “hot chili” and “intense mint”.  One square of chocolate has 3 grams of fat.  One graham cracker split into 2 has 1.5 grams of fat.  The entire desert has around 100 calories.
All you do is
Heat oven to 400
Layer graham cracker, chocolate, marshmellow, cracker
Then wrap entire thing in tin foil and put in oven.
Heat for 6-8 minutes until gooey and yummy.
Like I said, the great thing about this desert is I can make just one.  It’s also easy, comforting, and satisfying.
Give both the recipes a try and let me know what you think!

4 thoughts on “Healthy Recipes

  1. We’ll have to make those smores for an FHE dessert . I’m always looking for something that we can make really quickly, because I don’t want FHE to keep my kids up late!

  2. Those s’mores sure look tasty! When I want something sweet, I like to make fruit smoothies. Use a variety of frozen fruit and plain non-fat yogurt and blend. Yum!

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