Roxanne Moore: Hi! I am Roxanne Moore with Sodexo and with me today is Loren, and Loren is here to help us make a traditional family favorite meal. So Loren, what are we going to be making today?
Loren: We are making pizza, but it's not just any ordinary pizza, it's pizza with the works.
Roxanne Moore: So do you think that a pizza can be healthy?
Loren: I think soRoxanne Moore: Well you are absolutely right. It's all about the ingredients you put in it or on it, and we're going to be using a bunch of ingredients that are packed with good nutrition, and in fact we are even using some ingredients that are lower in sodium. You see, sodium is a natural mineral and it's a part of table salt for people tend to eat too much sodium.
So we need to find ways to reduce it in our diet. So what we will be using ingredients like no salt-added canned tomatoes and then we will be adding extra flavor by using different ingredients like basil and oregano. So Loran, what do we need to do first?
Loren: First, I need you to pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees. Add one large onion, one green bell-pepper, one red bell-pepper and 8 ounces of button mushrooms to as skillet, with one tablespoon canola oil and cook for about 3 minutes until tender. After they are done drain them in a strainer. We can add our diced tomatoes and let the liquid strain.
Next, mix a quarter teaspoon dried basil and a quarter teaspoons of oregano into the tomato sauce from one 8 ounce can with no salt added. Place a pre-made whole wheat pizza dough on a baking sheet and top with the sauce spreading it across evenly.
Next, sprinkle grated mozzarella cheese evenly on top of the sauce. Bake the pizza until the cheese is melted and the crust is browned on the sides and bottom. We then want to add the vegetable mixture to the top of the pizza. Put the pizza back in the oven and bake till the pizza is cooked through about five to 10 minutes more.
After removing from the oven let the pizza rest for two minutes before slicing.
Roxanne Moore: Wow! Loren, this pizza is beautiful. You know, sometimes it's hard for folks to find a pre-made whole wheat pizza crust. So do you have other suggestions for what they could use for the crust?
Loren: Well, they can use English muffin or pita as crust. Roxanne Moore: That's a great idea. Now you know we also used a lot of vegetables that I like, like peppers and onions and mushrooms, what about using some other types of vegetables?
Loren: You can also use a zucchini or squash.
Roxanne Moore: Another great idea, Loren. Thank you so much for helping us today understand how we can make healthier pizzas at home.
We encourage you to also use your own creativity and imagination when it comes to making a healthier version of a traditional family favorite.