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Recipes August 20, 2015

Whole-Wheat Pizzas With Broccoli

With a surfeit of fatty, sodium-laden toppings, a typical pizza can easily derail your intentions to eat healthfully, and a large restaurant or delivery pizza is practically an invitation to overeat. Here is a healthful, homemade alternative that uses a whole-wheat crust and sports a topping of vegetables. Our crust is superfast and easy to make, but if you are not interested in making your own dough, most supermarkets sell whole-wheat pizza dough. To counter the temptation to overindulge, we recommend making individual pizzas instead of one large pizza.

1. If making homemade dough, prepare Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough.

2. Meanwhile, place an inverted baking sheet on lowest shelf of oven; preheat oven to 500F. Coat a second large baking sheet with cooking spray. Sprinkle lightly with cornmeal.

3. Place broccoli in steamer basket over saucepan of boiling water; cover and steam just until tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Refresh broccoli with cold running water to stop cooking. Drain well and pat dry.

4. Mix tomato sauce, oregano, garlic powder and crushed red pepper in small bowl.

5. Cut 8 oz pizza dough into 2 portions. On a lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll each piece of dough into an 8 1/2-inch circle. Place dough circles, at least 1 inch apart, on cornmeal-dusted baking sheet. Turn edges under to make a slight rim around perimeter. Spread about 3 Tbsp tomato sauce mixture over each crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Pat mozzarella pieces thoroughly dry and strew half over each pizza. Scatter cup broccoli, 2 Tbsp onion, and 1 Tbsp olives over each pizza. Spritz pizzas lightly with cooking spray.

6. Place baking sheet on heated baking sheet in oven and bake until bottom crust is crisp and golden, 10 to 14 minutes.

Yield: 2 servings (two 8-inch pizzas).

Per serving (with olives): Calories: 470. Total fat: 20 grams. Saturated fat: 8 grams. Cholesterol: 45 milligrams. Sodium: 360 milligrams. Carbohydrates: 54 grams: Fiber: 7 grams. Sugars: 4 grams. Protein: 20 grams.

Quick Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough (click link below):


  • 8 ounce Quick Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough
  • 1 cup broccoli florets, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 6 tbsp No-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic powder (not garlic salt)
  • 1 pinch Crushed Red Pepper
  • 4 ounce Fresh mozzarella cheese balls, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (2/3 cup), patted dry
  • 1/4 cup Diced red onion
  • 1 ounce Pitted Kalamata olives coarsely chopped (1 oz) or 1/4 cup diced Canadian bacon
Cooking spray as needed Fine cornmeal for sprinkling as needed

Comments (2)

Where is the recipe for Quick Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough? I'd love to have that along with this one.

Posted by: A Atkinson | September 14, 2015 9:37 AM    Report this comment

The recipe for Quick Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough is just above the INGREDIENTS bar. It may have been added after you posted your comment.

Posted by: Unknown | April 11, 2016 9:46 AM    Report this comment

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