Wednesday, October 30, 2013

What's for Dinner? Wednesday

H-A-L-L-O, ho, ho, W-E-E, eh, eh, N (anyone remember this song from the third grade...or just us?) Only 1 more day until Halloween! That's why we're making Pumpkin Pizza for this week's What's for Dinner? Wednesday meal.  We found this recipe on the American Council of Exercise's website and had to share it with you.  Check the site for some other great healthy Halloween ideas here. Now let's make that pizza!

Here is the list of the ingredients you'll need for your Pumpkin Pizza Pie:

1 pound whole-wheat pizza dough, thawed if frozen
1/2 cup tomato sauce look for a no sodium or sugar added option
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
4 olives, sliced horizontally so they make round circles
3 slices red bell peppers
3/4 cup spinach
Ingredients for a side salad (we love ours with balsamic vinaigrette)

Step One: Preheat your oven to 450 °F and prepare your pizza dough.  Clean a spot in your kitchen so you can roll out your dough.  Then sprinkle some flour down so the sticky ball won't stick to you (after making pita bread this weekend and laughing about this step we advise you to just do it! While we appreciated our hubby getting us out of our sticky situation during the football game, it wasn't our finest hour). Roll the dough out on your stick-resistant surface and then transfer it to a baking sheet that you've also sprinkled with flour.  By now your oven should be heated up so you can move your pie to the oven and bake it for 8-10 minutes.  While you're waiting, clean your formerly clean surface and move on to step two.

Step Two:  Grab a bowl and mix together your tomato sauce, pumpkin puree, and garlic powder.  Once your pizza crust is done baking in the oven, spread your Halloween inspired sauce on top and top it with your cheeses. Then add your additional toppings.  You can arrange them to make a Halloween face or just mix them all up (that's how they'll be in your tummy anyways). When you're done, put your pizza back in the oven and bake it for 10-12 minutes or however long it takes for your cheese to melt.

Step Three: Slice up your Halloween Pumpkin Pizza Pie and serve it up to your almost goblin and ghouls.

Feeling inspired to make your Pizza Halloween ready? Not so sure about adding more veggies to your pie? Share your thoughts with us by commenting below: