Vegetable Pizza with Spelt Flour Crust

Oh pizza.  Why are you so cruel?  Why do you not make children’s or men’s waist sizes double when they consume you?  No…you reserve that special prize for middle aged women, who are just hungry.  So basically eating pizza is unavoidable…we have to have it.  It is a staple food in everyone’s diet, so why not make it healthy too?  Yes…it can be done darn it, and I am going to do it!  I have always gravitated towards healthier flour like whole wheat, but I feel like it is still not good enough….missing something, you know?  In my grocery store last weekend, I spotted …(cue the heavenly angelic music here) Spelt flour!  WHAAAAA?   The heavens have just opened.  I still cannot believe it. For those of you who are not familiar with it, it is pretty much a super grain, including a ton of good stuff, that just makes you feel great without feeling heavy and bloated.  Your gonna have to google it, because it is pretty dang boring to read on a recipe blog.  Just trust me on this one.  Try it.  This recipe is especially good for picky kids, that need to boost their vitamin intake.  It is pizza, so they will eat it regardless…and lucky for you,  you can eat the crust without worrying that you will grow another chin from chowing down on it.

Enjoy! xo

Place warm water in a bowl. Add sugar and yeast, and mix well. Let it rest for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes of resting, add the flour, salt, and olive oil to the water mixture. Mix well, and knead it until it forms into a ball. Cover with saran wrap, and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
After proofing for 5-10 minutes, place it on a floured flat surface.
Knead it using more flour as needed, so it is no longer sticky. Form a rectangle shape.
Cut the rectangle shape in half, making 2 separate pieces. Then form each half into a ball. If you will only be making one pizza, wrap the other ball in saran wrap and place in the fridge for up to 2 days.
Use a rolling pin to roll your pizza into it’s desired shape. Add more flour a little at a time if needed.
Now that the dough is rolled out, line a baking sheet with foil paper, and drizzle olive oil evenly to prevent sticking.
In the meantime, heat up a saucepan on medium heat, and saute the garlic until fragrant. Add the diced tomatoes, salt, and oregano. Cook until heated thoroughly, and mix well.
Spread the sauce evenly onto the pizza dough, along with the cheese. Make sure everything is spaced evenly to make sure all of the ingredients will be cooked through.
Look at that beauty! Drizzle a little olive oil on top before baking for some extra flavor. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Careful not to let the crust get too brown.

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Vegetable Pizza with Spelt Flour Crust

This pizza is made with spelt flour which is a great and sneaky way to put more essential vitamins in your diet!  You won't know the difference.

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Italian, vegetarian
Servings 4
Author lettuce eat veggies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 Cups Spelt Flour
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Warm Water
  • 2 Tsp Active Yeast
  • 1 Tsp Sugar
  • 1 can Diced tomatoes
  • 1 Ball Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella
  • 2 Cups Arugula
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Sliced Red Onion
  • 1/4 Cup Red Bell Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Sliced Button Mushrooms
  • 2 Cloves Minced Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Oregano
  • 1/2 Tbsp Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400º

  2. In a small bowl, add warm water, sugar and yeast. Stir, and let it rest for 10 minutes until the yeast proofs

  3. Add flour, olive oil, and salt to the water mixture, knead until smooth. Cover with saran wrap and let it rest for 5 minutes to expand

  4. Remove dough from bowl and add more flour as needed to prevent the stickiness of the dough if needed. Add a few tablespoons only

  5. Roll into a rectangle shape, and cut with a knife through the middle to make 2 separate pieces

  6. Form each piece into 2 separate balls for 2 separate pizzas. You can refrigerate the other ball for 2 days if needed


  7. Take a rolling pin, and roll the dough to form the shape of your pizza. Be careful not to make it too thin or thick


  8. Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil onto baking sheet or pizza pan and evenly coat bottom of baking sheet or pizza pan.


  9. Place the pizza shaped dough onto the baking sheet


  10. In the meantime, heat up a saucepan on medium heat, add olive oil, and garlic. Cook until fragrant.


  11. Add diced tomatoes, oregano, and salt. Cook until the sauce is warm, and cooked thoroughly.


  12. Spread the sauce evenly on the pizza.


  13. Add toppings ( use more or less according your preference)


  14. Bake at 400º for 15-20 minutes- don't let the crust burn

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