In a world where people are very keen on their health and weight loss, it is important to watch the calories in our diets. Among the hundreds of low-calorie healthy recipes you can make, this low-calorie pizza is one of our favorites.
It is very easy to order a pizza from pizza hut and have it delivered in minutes! However, how sure are you about the calories in the pizza?
The surest way to know is to make a homeade pizza. This recipe is easy to make and will satisfy your pizza craving making it a fantastic option. It is low in calories per serving and high in protein.
Why Should you Choose Homemade Low-Calorie Pizza?
Not sure whether to go for this pizza? Here are reasons why you should:
- Few ingredients: Apart from salt, you just need self-rising flour and yogurt to make the pizza crust.
- Takes relatively short time: In this pizza recipe, yeast is not used, which saves time as there’s no resting time.
- Healthy: This pizza’s calorie count is very low, and you don’t have to worry about eating something unhealthy.
- It is cheaper: Making this recipe at home is cheaper compared to ordering it from a restaurant. It saves you money in the long run and you will usually have leftover ingredients to make more.
Tips To Make The Perfect Low-Calorie Pizza
The tips below are crucial in crafting the perfect pizza recipe. They will keep your cooking running smoothly and you will have the perfect end product.
- If the dough seems unwilling to maintain its shape on your peel and is noticeably contracting, wait about five minutes for the gluten to relax and then gently stretch it a bit more. Thin to win should be your mantra.
- Less is more in toppings and sauces. Weighty, wet ingredients cause the dough to steam rather than spring to life.
- The best pizzas are made in a hot, bright oven. If using the traditional wood oven, a fully engaged fire with flames that roll over the dome and a fully heated floor. Add a slender split log directly to the fire if there is no active flame, and let it ignite before baking.
What Do You Need to Make a Low-Calorie Pizza Recipe
Low-calorie pizza crust:
As mentioned earlier, the crust ingredients are few as follows:
- Self-rising flour– You can buy this in any store. If you wish, you can easily make yours at home by whisking ¼ teaspoon of salt and 1½ teaspoons of baking powder for every cup of flour.
- Non-fat Greek yogurt– This ingredient is high in protein and low in calories. It is also responsible for the moisture that binds it with the flour together.
- Salt– This is a vital ingredient responsible for the flavor of the pizza crust.
Low-calorie pizza sauce:
- Tomato sauce – Please ensure you use tomato sauce and not ketchup.
- Italian seasoning – This ingredient is a very important ingredient responsible for adding flavors to the low calorie pizza sauce.
- Onion powder – This is used to add flavor.
- Garlic powder – This ingredient has the same use the onion powder; adding flavor to the pizza sauce.
- Low-Calorie Maple syrup – This is used as a substitute for brown sugar. You can use other substitutes such as keto powdered sugar and keto brown sugar.
- Pepper and Salt – These are used to taste the pizza sauce.
Low-calorie Pizza Toppings:
- Veggies – Some options here include tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, asparagus, and red onion.
- Low-fat cheese – low fat or fat-free mozzarella cheese are ideal.
- Turkey pepperoni – compared to the regular pork-based pepperoni, this pepperoni has about half calories per ounce.
- Tomato sauce – You can prepare this for topping your pizza!
Low-Calorie Pizza Variations:
Gluten-free– To make this pizza recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free all-purpose flour or almond flour.
Vegan– Replace Greek yogurt with coconut yogurt to make this recipe vegan.
Topping– This is one area where you have a wide range of options. Just ensure that they are low-calorie. Ours are jalapenos, bell peppers, tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, asparagus, and red onions.
Preparing a Low-Calorie Pizza
When preparing this pizza, you start with the low-calorie pizza crust. Mix the flour, salt, and non-fat Greek yogurt in a large bowl. Use hands to knead and form a smooth dough. Shape the dough into a ball.
Lightly flour your working surface and then place the dough on it. Cover with parchment paper. Roll the dough into a pizza using a rolling pin. Before you go to the next step, preheat your oven to 400°F.
The next step is mixing the sauce ingredients. Spread the sauce mixture over the crust, leaving about an inch over the edge.
Next, add your low-calorie pizza toppings and transfer them to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake until all the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown. This should take about 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven, slice, and serve.
If you prefer a low-calorie crispy pizza crust, bake the dough for about 9 minutes and add the sauce mixture and the toppings. Bake for additional 10 minutes, remove and serve and eat the slices warm.
How to Store, Freeze and Reheat the Low-Calorie Pizza
To store the low-calorie pizza, wrap it in plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Before putting it in the fridge, make sure that it has cooled to room temperature.
You can also freeze the low-calorie pizza by putting the slices in a ziplock bag and store to a maximum of two months.
To reheat the low-calorie pizza, place the pizza slices in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for about half a minute. You can also heat it in a microwave until hot.
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