meatless monday: pizza dough recipe

On this #meatlessmonday I’m sharing my favorite, super easy, quick and pretty healthy pizza dough recipe.

You’ll need:

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  • 2 cups of all purpose flour (you can mix 1 cup all purpose and 3/4 cup whole grain, so the dough will have more fiber).
  • 2 teaspoons dried instant yeast.
  • 1 cup of warm water.
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  • 1/2 tsp salt

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Dissolve the instant yeast in the warm water and then put it with the rest of the ingredients in your mixer and knead it for about 8 minutes. Marco is a great little helper with this recipe!

Note: You can also just add all the ingredients to your mixing bowl and let it knead until it integrates. This recipe is for a super-busy cook 🙂 

Once it looks like an integrated dough, let it rest cover with a kitchen cloth for a minimum of 30 minutes.

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In the meantime, we can prepare the sauce. You’ll need one can of organic diced tomatoes and one clove of garlic.

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Blend the tomatoes and put the tomato purée, the garlic (cut it in half and remove the sprout, first), salt and a pinch of sugar in a sauce-pan. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat to minimum and let it cook for 5 minutes.

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Turn the oven to 350F. Prepare a non-stick cookie pan.

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I don’t use oil on the pan because it’s non-stick, but if you need you can spray some oil on it to prevent the dough to adhere to the pan. If you don’t have a rolling pin, try to flat the dough with your hands, use extra flour if you need (but not much!)

I like thicker pizzas and my husband likes thiner pizzas. We vary from time to time so everyone gets what we want.

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Extend the dough thru the cookie pan and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.

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The pizza dough is now ready. At this point you can also let it cool and freeze it if you’d like to. This dough lasts 3 months in your freezer.

Add the sauce, organic mozzarella cheese and everything you’d like on top of it. I made mine with just plain organic mozzarella and other with asparagus and some brie cheese.

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Bake the pizza for 6 more minutes.

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You can also bake it a little longer (8-10 minutes) and broil it for 2 -4 minutes for an extra golden look.

IMG_5383Thin Pizza – Portuguese Sausage Version (Linguiça, for other recipes with linguiça click here)

For extra flavor: in a small bowl mixed 1 tbsp or dried oregano, 1/2 cup olive oil and 1 crushed garlic. Add drops of these flavored oil all around your pizza 3 minutes before taking it our of the oven… No one will resist!

IMG_1676I bought a new round pizza bakeware! Pepperoni and Tomato & Mozzarella

Enjoy!

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