What’s a bloggette to do when the pizza craving strikes? Make a homemade pizza of course. With the convenience of Trader Joe’s Wheat Pizza Dough, making healthy pizzas and calzones is as easy as ordering take-out pizza. Taking a little inspiration from Kate over at Cooking with Kate, the pizza queen, I whipped up my first batch of homemade pizza. First thing I did was separate the dough into 4 smaller chunks and wrap the portion I will not be using in saran wrap and stow it away in the freezer. They freeze really well. Following the directions of letting it stand for 20 minutes, the dough got a little bigger. I then preceded to add my ingredients. My sauce was the Trader Joe’s Fat Free Pizza sauce, with mozzarella cheese, spinach, mushrooms, shredded carrots, zucchini and a generous shake of oregano. I like to spread my pizza dough really really thin to get more surface area. If you fold the pizza dough over each other to encase the toppings, then you have yourself a nice little calzone. I thought I did a pretty good job, but I realize that after it cooks, the dough puffs up and raises a little so I could have thinned out the dough even more. All-in-all, my pizza creation was delicious and so simple with pre-made pizza dough. The pizza came out thicker than I had hoped, but the pizza had really good texture. Very chewy and with my topping and seasoning, it was not bland at all. A little high in the sodium department, but I don’t make pizza often so these are nice to hand on hand in the freezer.
Simple ingredients: unbleached wheat flour, whole wheat flour, filtered water, canola olive oil blend, sea and fresh yeast. One serving of 2 ounce (1/8 of package) is 120 calories, 2 WW, 1.5 grams of fat, no cholesterol, 440 milligram of sodium, 24 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, no sugar, and 3 grams of protein.
Check out these simple instructions straight from the bag:
Gently remove dough from bag and place on lightly floured work surface. Let dough rest for 20 minutes, then, for best results, stretch with hand or roll out with rolling pin to 12-inch diameter. Top with your favorite toppings and bake in a preheated 450 degrees oven or BBQ grill for 8-10 minutes, or until cheese begins to boil and the bottom of crust is golden brown.Use a hot pizza stone or lightly oiled pan for optimum results. Mangia!
Retails: $1.29 @ Trader Joe’s
My Cost: $1.29
Calories: 120 per serving (1/8)