How to Make a Vegetable Pizza

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If you're looking for a healthier pizza, a vegetable pizza is definitely the way to go. Not to mention that it's a wonderful way to get children to eat their vegetables. The only downside is that many pizzerias ruin the nutritional value of vegetable pizza by over-cooking the vegetables and adding too much cheese. That's why many people choose to make their own. If you'd like to make a healthy vegetable pizza, grab the ingredients and follow these steps.

Things You'll Need

  • Frozen pizza dough Cornmeal ½ to 1 cup organic pizza sauce 2 cups 2 percent shredded mozzarella Large red onion, sliced Large green bell pepper, sliced Large red bell pepper, sliced ½ cup black or green olives, pitted and sliced 1 cup of mushroom slices
  • Thaw frozen pizza dough according to package directions. Frozen pizza dough is a wonderful way to save time while making a homemade vegetable pizza. It does take time to thaw, so be sure to read the directions thoroughly. Otherwise you could end up having to make pizza another day.

  • Shape the dough and place on a pizza peel that is covered in cornmeal. Pizza dough doesn't have to be thrown in the air. In fact, this is usually a recipe for disaster. Instead, shape the dough into a circle and hold the edge of the crust while turning it your hands. This allows the dough stretch. Once shaped, place the pizza crust on a peel that has been covered in cornmeal. The cornmeal will keep the dough from sticking to the peel.

  • Add sauce and toppings. The ingredients listed in this article are simply a suggestion; you can add whatever vegetables you like. Just make sure the vegetables aren't sliced too big or they won't cook enough while the pizza bakes.

  • Slide the pizza onto a pizza stone and bake according to dough instructions. A pizza stone gives you the best results when making homemade pizza. You get a crust that is crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. It also helps the crust to bake more evenly.

  • Remove from oven with pizza peel and allow to cool for 5 minutes before slicing. Allowing the pizza to cool ensures that the cheese cuts more easily. If you try to cut the pizza too early, the cheese will slide around the pizza.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you can't find frozen pizza dough, purchase a pre-made crust or dough from your favorite pizzeria. If you don't have a pizza peel, an unglazed terracotta tile can be used.

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