Homemade Pita Pizzas

I haven’t met a kid that doesn’t love pizza, I mean who can resist that cheesy and saucy deliciousness. Although pizza is sort of notorious for being a less than healthy menu item, it doesn’t have to be when you make it at home with fresh ingredients! I’ve been determined to make an at-home version that’s delicious and customizable enough for everyone in the family, including toddlers.  You won’t be reaching for a frozen pizza ever again since this recipe is quick, easy and a healthier option than those processed versions. There are even pre-made pizza doughs and sauces that can make it even easier for a quick week night dinner. I would just look for a minimal ingredients list and making sure the dough is 100% whole wheat.

Pre-made dough and sauce options

Pre-made dough and sauce options

I feel like one of the most important parts of a pizza is the dough. I’ve made a fresh dough before but I’m not super in love with it yet (needs some tweaking) so I either rely on Fresh and Easy’s 100% whole wheat dough or my new favorite, 100% whole wheat pita bread. The pita bread is a perfect size for making individual sized pizzas. Everyone can pick and choose what toppings they put on their pizza, which gets even the little ones in the kitchen excited to learn about their food.

All the ingredients for the delicious pita pizzas!

All the ingredients for the delicious pita pizzas! I even used tomatoes and a couple peppers from my garden!

Pita Pizzas

(serves 4)

-4 whole wheat pitas

-8 oz tomato paste

-1 ½ water

-½ tablespoon Italian seasoning

-¼ – ½ teaspoon garlic powder (depending on your love for garlic)

-salt & pepper to taste

-8 oz shredded part-skim Mozzarella cheese

-assorted chopped pizza toppings – I used mushrooms, pepperoni, fresh tomatoes

Make the pizza sauce first, even before you chop your toppings. Letting the sauce sit for a few minutes will let the flavors combine and enhance the flavor. You can use a jarred pizza/marinara sauce if you’ve found one you like, but ever since I was little, I preferred homemade. If you are making the marinara sauce, combine the tomato paste with 1 cup of water and mix until it becomes thin like pizza sauce. Depending on the type of tomato paste you are using, you may need another ½ cup of water to make it “saucey”. Once you have the thickness you like, stir in the garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.  Now it’s time to assemble the pizzas. Place the pitas on a cookie sheet and spoon some marinara sauce of the top of the pitas. Add cheese and desired toppings.

Assemble your pizzas and place on the grill or in the oven.

Assemble your pizzas and place on the grill or in the oven.

With the summer in full swing, I’m not a fan of turning the oven on. But you are more than welcome to through your pizzas in the oven at 350 degrees for around 10-15 minutes to warm the ingredients through and melt the cheese. I opted to grill my pizzas. The key is to use indirect heat or you’ll burn the crust before the cheese even melts. This took about 15 minutes once the heat got to 350 degrees. I also rotated the pizzas a little since some areas of the grill can be hotter than others.

PitaPizzaI love making homemade pizza because I know all the ingredients that goes into making it and I feel less guilty afterwards. Do you have any foods that you can’t resist and try to make healthier versions of? I’d love to hear about your go-to recipes!

Stay hot & saucy,

Sarahsignature

 

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