Hey Pizza Pizza: 12 Healthy and Inventive Pizza Recipes


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 Sauce, cheese, golden brown crust, and toppings galore. If you haven’t guessed it yet I am talking about PIZZA. PumpUp loves their pizza, and we are guessing that you do too! Want to learn how to make a more creative and healthier pizza? Keep reading our blog for a ton of scrumptious pizza recipes that you can feel good about eating!

1. Sweet Potato Pizza Crust Recipe - Vegan and Gluten Free (yay!)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sweet potato, cooked
  • 1/2 cup finely ground rolled oats, or oat flour
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. ground flax + 3 tbsp. water (for flax egg)
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tbsp. flax seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. coconut oil

Directions:

  • In a small bowl, add water to flax (flax first), whisk and set aside for flax egg to form
  • Preheat oven to 375C
  • Microwave sweet potato for 5-6 minutes and scoop out the insides when fully cooked
  • Add sweet potato, flax egg, ground oats and spices to food processor and pulse until smooth
  • Move dough to a greased baking sheet and knead in coconut oil and flax seeds
  • Roll out dough to desired thickness using your hands or a rolling pin
  • Optional: Sprinkle some extra seasonings on top of rolled out tough
  • Bake for 15 - 20 minutes
  • Add desired toppings and return to oven for 5 - 10 more minutes

Notes:

  • Make sure your oats are gluten free if you need a gluten free crust
  • Can substitute for 1 large egg if you don’t need/want a vegan crust
  • You can use your nutribullet instead of the food processor. The texture was a little different but you can try it in a blender if you don’t have a food processor

Source: http://www.exsloth.com/sweet-potato-pizza-crust-recipe-vegan-gf/

2. BBQ Chicken Pizza

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Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • Whole Wheat Pita bread
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 2-3 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
  • Red onion, diced
  • Favorite BBQ Sauce
  • Cilantro, chopped

Directions:

  • Bake or barbecue your chicken in your favourite sauce, then chop.
  • Lay your crust out – Whole Wheat Pita Bread
  • Spread about 2 tbsp. of Barbecue sauce on top.  
  • Sprinkle generously with mozzarella cheese.  
  • Add on top of cheese your chicken, onion, bacon and cilantro.  
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Source: http://www.inlinkz.com/displayurl.php?id=17967040

3. Pita Pizza:

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pita bread
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons of your favorite pasta sauce
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 6 - 7 pieces of pepperoni

Directions:

  • Start with a pita bread.
  • Add a tablespoon or two of your favorite pasta sauce.
  • Sprinkle on some shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Add some pepperoni.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 - 15 minutes (or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.)

 Source: http://www.thepinjunkie.com/2014/04/pita-bread-pizza.html

4. Grilled Pizza Masterpiece:

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 packet of yeast
  • 2-3 cups of flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Your favorite pizza sauce
  • 1 ½ cups of cheese
  • Your favorite pizza toppings (good ideas are: mushrooms, pepperoni, tomato, red onion and basil

 Directions:

  • Combine the warm water, yeast, salt and sugar in a bowl. Stir and let sit for about 5 minutes to allow the yeast to bloom.
  • Add the flour a little bit at a time and knead until the dough is no longer sticky.
  • Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and set aside for a few hours to rise. The dough should double in size.
  • When you are ready to cook your pizza, remove the dough from the bowl and flour a cutting board big enough to roll the dough out on.
  • Preheat your grill (you want it really hot when that dough hits it).
  • Roll the dough to desired thickness…or thinness.
  • Now for the fun part! Roll the dough onto your rolling pin and throw it on your hot grill!
  • Lower your grill to medium heat and close the cover.
  • Let the dough cook for 2-3 minutes, just long enough to slightly cook the bottom and edges.
  • Top with the sauce, cheese, pepperoni, mushrooms, onion and tomato.
  • Close the cover and let cook another 5-6 minutes, or until the cheese is nice and melted and the crust is cooked.
  • Remove from the grill and let cool for about 5 minutes.
  • Top with some basil and dig in!

Source: http://thebestblogrecipes.com/2014/03/ultimate-grilled-pizza.html

5. Four Cheese Shrimp Scampi Pizza

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Ingredients:

  • 1 thin, precooked pizza shell

Ingredients for Ricotta:

  • ½ cup part-skim ricotta
  • 2 tbsp. milk or cream
  • ¼ cup freshly shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tbsp. very finely diced onion
  • ¼ tsp. of salt
  • A pinch fresh cracked pepper

Ingredients for Shrimp:

  • 1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • The juice of ½ a lemon

Ingredients for Toppings:

  • 1/3 cup julienne-cut, sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 ½ cup shredded fontina cheese
  • Couple pinches fresh cracked pepper

Directions:

  • Heat the pizza stone in the oven set to 425F.
  • In a bowl, combine the ingredients for the ricotta sauce.
  • For the shrimp, heat the butter in a large, nonstick skillet on high heat.
  • Once the butter starts to bubble, add the shrimp and garlic.
  • Spread the shrimp in a layer and cook briefly to just sear one side, then flip to sear the other (you want to just brown the sides and leave them raw in the middle – they’ll finish cooking in the oven).
  • Add the lemon juice and cook briefly to reduce the juice a bit. Remove from the heat.
  • Take the pizza stone out of the oven. Lay out the crust on the stone.
  • Spread the ricotta sauce over the crust. Top with the shrimp and all the garlic-butter.
  • Top with the sun-dried tomatoes and cheese.
  • Finish the top with a little pepper.
  • Cook for 10-15 minutes until crust is crispy and cheese is lightly browned.

Source: http://ericasrecipes.com/2014/03/four-cheese-shrimp-scampi-pizza/

6. Spinach, Kale, and Garlic Pizza

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Ingredients:

  • Pizza dough, homemade is best
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese-sliced and pressed between paper towels
  • Olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced thin
  • 2-3 cups baby spinach/baby kale mix (or equal parts of each)
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Basil-Kale Pesto, see below, or substitute in your favorite pesto
  • Eggs, optional

Directions:

  • Heat your oven. Make sure that it is really hot so you don’t lose a lot of your heat when transferring your pizza into the oven.
  • Stretch your dough into a disk, leaving a bit of a border around the outside. I always hand stretch it; so if it isn’t a perfect circle, don’t worry!
  • Heat a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add a tablespoon of olive oil and the sliced garlic, let sweat for 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Add your spinach and kale, and let wilt down. Remove from heat.
  • Spread a layer of pesto on the dough, and then top with the sliced mozzarella.
  • Squeeze out any moisture out of the spinach/kale/garlic, and then evenly top your pizza.
  • Grate a bit of parmesan over top, then bake until the crust is browned (10-15 minutes)
  • Top with soft-cooked eggs and a bit more fresh parmesan, and enjoy!

Source: http://creativemamamessyhouse.blogspot.ca/2014/03/spinach-kale-and-garlic-pizza-and-tips.html

7. Greek Yogurt Margherita Pizza With Arugula Salad

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Ingredients:

  • 1 recipe for Greek Yogurt Pizza Dough
  • 2 vine-ripened tomatoes sliced and seeded.
  • 1 lb. fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2-3 cups arugula
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
  • Prepare the pizza dough. Brush a pizza pan or cookie sheet with olive oil or non-stick spray. Pat the dough out with floured fingers to a thin crust.
  • Spread the dough with the 2 tablespoons of oil and then spread the garlic over the oil. Sprinkle the oregano and salt and pepper evenly over the crust.
  • Arrange the tomatoes evenly over the crust. Season the tomatoes with salt and pepper as well. Then spread out the mozzarella evenly.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes.
  • While the pizza is baking, toss the arugula with the lemon juice and 1 tablespoon olive oil and salt and pepper.
  • Once the pizza is baked, top with the arugula salad and enjoy!!

Source: http://amindfullmom.com/greek-yogurt-pizza-dough-margherita-pizza-topped-with-arugula-salad/

8. Grilled Pizza with Pesto, Ricotta and Smoked Mozzarella

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Ingredients:

  • Pizza dough
  • Pesto
  • Ricotta
  • Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • Fresh Basil
  • Fresh Tomato, Sliced

Directions:

  • Pre-heat grill to medium
  • Roll out dough to desired thickness
  • Use cornmeal on both sides of the pizza dough so that it won’t stick to the grates.
  • Brush both sides with olive oil.
  • Grill dough until it begins to brown and gets grill marks.
  • Dough on the grill cooks quickly, so keep an eye on it! Flip it over and grill the other side.
  • Spread pesto to within an inch of the edge of the cooked pizza dough, add dollops of Ricotta, and some grated cheese.
  • Return to grill, to finish cooking, and heat through.
  • Remove from the grill and top with fresh tomato slices and fresh basil.

Source: http://whatagirleats.com/homemade-pizza/

9. Chicken Alfredo Pizza

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Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. Dough ball
  • 2 tbsp. Butter
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • 1 tsp. Red Pepper flakes
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 tbsp. All-purpose Flour
  • ¼ cup Parmesan, grated or shredded
  • Additional Flour for work surface
  • 1-2 cups Chicken, cooked and diced
  • 2-3 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Tomatoes, diced
  • 1-2 tbsp. Basil, crushed
  • 2-3 tbsp. Olive Oil, for brushing crust
  • Cornmeal, for pizza stone or tray

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 Degrees. Spread a bit of Cornmeal over the pizza stone, and then place in oven to preheat.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt the Butter over medium heat.
  • Add the Red Pepper Flakes (adjust based on your desired ‘kick’) and minced Garlic, cooking about 1 minute or until fragrant.
  • Mix in the Flour; cook until light tan in color.
  • Mix in the Cream, reduce heat and simmer until thickened, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the Parmesan, stirring until melted in, then remove saucepan from heat.
  • Spread some flour on your work surface and roll out the Dough until it’s about a 13-inch diameter.
  • Being very careful, remove the pizza stone from oven. Sprinkle a bit more cornmeal on the bottom of the pizza dough, and then place it on the hot pizza stone.
  • Spread the sauce over the pizza, almost to the edges, and then cover with about 3/4 of the Mozzarella.
  • Top with the Chicken, Tomatoes and the remaining Mozzarella, then sprinkle the top with the Basil.
  • Use a basting brush to lightly spread Olive Oil on the edges of the crust (helps prevent burning).
  • Place in the oven (remember the stone is hot, so be careful), and bake about 20-25 minutes, or until the crust has turned golden brown and the cheese is all melted.
  • Remove and slice as desired. Enjoy!!!

Source: http://www.busymomshelper.com/2013/09/homemade-chicken-alfredo-pizza.html

10. Turkey Pizza  

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped onion 
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ¾ cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 (10-ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust dough
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups chopped skinned cooked turkey
  • ½ cup (2 ounces) shredded provolone cheese
  • ½ cup (2 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400°
  • Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 4 minutes.
  • Stir in tomatoes, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 15 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in parsley and basil. Remove from heat. Cool completely.
  • Roll dough into a 10-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Place dough on a (12-inch) pizza pan or baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Crimp edges of dough with fingers to form a rim.
  • Spread tomato mixture over crust, leaving a ¼ -inch border.
  • Top with turkey; sprinkle with cheeses.
  • Bake at 400° for 10 minutes or until golden brown

11. Roasted Bell Pepper and Olive Pizza

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 Ingredients:

  • 2 large yellow bell, 2 large red bell peppers
  • ½ cup sliced green olives
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons drained capers
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 (1-pound) Italian cheese - flavoured pizza crusts 
  • 6 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) freshly grated Parmesan cheese 

Directions:

  • Preheat broiler. Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise, and discard seeds and membranes.
  • Place bell pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet, and flatten with hand.
  • Broil 15 for minutes or until blackened. Place in a zip-top plastic bag, and seal. Let stand 15 minutes. Peel and cut into strips.
  • Combine bell peppers, green olives, and next 5 ingredients (olives through black pepper) in a bowl.
  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Divide the bell pepper mixture evenly among pizza crusts; sprinkle with cheese.
  • Bake at 350° for 7 minutes or until cheese melts. Cut each into 12 wedges.

Source: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/roasted-bell-pepper-and-olive-pizza-10000000223493/

12. Grilled Pizza with Garlic Chicken and Green Chile

 Ingredients for Crust (if you want to make your own):

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 1/2 cups of warm water
  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 package of dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Ingredients for Toppings:

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 4oz can of green chile
  • 8 oz. mozzarella cheese, grated

Directions:

  • Combine water, oil, yeast and honey in a small bowl and let set until it bubbles.  
  • In a large mixing bowl and using a dough hook on your mixer, mix the flours and salt.  
  • Slowly add the yeast mixture and knead on low speed for about 10 minutes, adding additional flour to prevent sticking to the sides of the bowl.  
  • Turn the dough out on floured board and knead by hand for about 1 minute longer.
  • Place in a well-oiled large bowl and turn the dough so it’s covered with oil. Cover with a clean tea towel and place in a warm area. 
  • Let rise for about 30 minutes until double in size, punch down and divide the dough into 8 separate balls.  
  • Place the balls of dough onto a greased cookie sheet and let rise again for about 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile place the ¼ cup of olive in a small dish and add the minced garlic.  
  • Salt and pepper the chicken breasts and place in a large zip lock bag, pour in the olive oil with the minced garlic.  
  • Place in fridge and let marinate for at least 1 hour, can be marinated overnight if you want.
  • Light the grill and when the coals are ready, remove the chicken breasts from marinade and grill until done about 10-12 minutes per side.
  • Let chicken rest on a cutting board for 10 minutes and then chop into bite-size pieces.  
  • Roll the bread dough rounds into personal pizza size, brush with olive oil.   Place on grill for about 2-3 minutes until the bread is lightly browned. 
  • Turn and brush with olive oil, spread the green Chile on the pizza dough.
  • Place sliced mushrooms, chicken pieces and cover with plenty of cheese.
  • Close grill and cook for about 5 minutes.  

Source: http://www.myturnforus.com/2013/09/grilled-pizza-with-garlic-chicken-and.html

So try out these inventive and tasty pizza recipes next time you are craving a good old slice of pepperoni!