Feeling worn out when it comes to your health? A bit uninspired perhaps? Well, welcome to Pimp My Health–a new weekly column featuring simple ways you can restore your overall wellness, bring it to the next level, and, just like MTV’s Pimp My Ride, take your masterpiece of a body for a new spin around the block.
Today we’re going to start with pizza–everyone’s favorite, easy meal, but if you’re not careful, it can also be a pretty unhealthy one. We have four delicious and different ways to build a new favorite:
1. Add some fresh roasted tomatoes. Heat oven to 500 degrees. Spread tomatoes on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with oregano, salt and pepper. Roast for 10 minutes until tomatoes are wrinkled and just starting to burst. And think outside the box here–cherry tomatoes, yellow and orange tomatoes and plum tomatoes are all great choices to top your pizza.
2. Use whole wheat pizza dough. Skip the white flour and try whole wheat instead. You can make your own or look for a pre-made whole wheat crust at the grocery store.
3. Grill some breaded eggplant and then add it as a topping. Tis the season for eggplant. Remove the skin and slice into thin wedges. Coat with a egg batter, dip into breadcrumbs and grill in a hot frying pan coated with olive oil until each side is golden brown. Add to your cooked pizza.
4. Try sweet potatoes. Ever thought about adding them to your pizza? Us neither, until we saw this inspiring recipe from delish.com:
* 1 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter
* 1 tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil
* 1 large white onion, thinly sliced
* 1 sprig(s) oregano
* 1 tablespoon(s) oregano leaves
* 1/4 cup(s) balsamic vinegar
* 2 tablespoon(s) balsamic vinegar
* Kosher salt
* Freshly ground pepper
* 1 cup(s) prepared mashed sweet potatoes
* 1 (12-inch) prebaked pizza crust
* 1 1/2 cup(s) (7 ounces) shredded mozzarella
* 4 ounce(s) thinly sliced soppressata, cut into ribbons
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Set a pizza stone on the bottom of the oven (alternatively, the pizza can be baked directly on the oven rack). In a large skillet, melt the butter in the olive oil. Add the onion and oregano sprig, cover, and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of water to the skillet and cook over moderate heat until the onion is caramelized, about 10 minutes; add a few tablespoons of water to the skillet if necessary. Add the balsamic vinegar and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until it has evaporated, about 10 minutes. Discard the oregano sprig and season the onion with salt and pepper.
2. Spread the sweet potatoes over the pizza crust. Top with the mozzarella, onion, and soppressata. Scatter the oregano leaves on top. Slide the pizza onto the stone and bake for about 10 minutes, until bubbling and golden in spots. Cut into wedges and serve.