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By Priya Kathpal

A slice of pizza can go upto 285 calories or even more depending on if you’ve caved in for that extra cheese bit ūüėÄ or a little less if the toppings are only veg. But lets be honest who doesn’t like a pizza ?? Though¬†the guilt of having the refined flour base and so much cheese hardly lets one enjoy a piece at ‘peace’. This exactly is the issue with a usual pizza – refined flour and not so healthy toppings not the calories per se. If the same calories come from healthy sources they will hardly do any harm to you.

Here’s something that everyone at home can enjoy not just 1 piece but a complete meal along with this tempting summer drink. This will need a bit of effort and time but the results are yumm yum yummm and guilt free ūüėõ

What I used – Earthspired Healthy High Protein Flour

1 cup of flour

1 1/2 tsp of yeast

2 tsp oil

1 tsp sugar

a pinch of salt

water as required

  1. Combine 2 tsp warm water and 1/4 tsp sugar. Add yeast and mix well. Keep aside for 2 minutes

2. Make dough with flour, sugar, salt, oil and the yeast mixture. Prove it for 20 minutes in a warm place by keeping it covered with a moist cloth.

3. Press the dough and divide into 2 portions. Roll each into rounds, prick each circle evenly using a fork. Place them on greased baking tray and bake in preheated oven at 180*C for 8 minutes.

4. Remove and spread desired sauce and toppings and cheese. Bake again till cheese melts. Serve hot.

Suggested SauceHome made Pumpkin sauce¬†(All you need to do is take some chopped pumpkin, garlic and onion. Saute them in some olive oil, blend with some milk, add seasoning and voila!!! Done ūüôā

Suggested toppings –¬†Tomatoes, onions, red, yellow, green bell peppers,¬†mushrooms, olives, cottage cheese, precooked chicken or meat

Suggested Cheese – Use only¬†mozzarella,¬†don’t use a blend. This will keep your¬†pizza relatively healthy

You can use a variety of veggies to make sauce more healthy. Like adding some spinach puree, adding carrots etc.

Now ditch that soda and make an awesome watermelon summer drink to go along with this pizza

  • 6 cups cubed seedless watermelon , chilled (2 lbs after peeling)*
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 3/4 cup fresh strained lemon juice , chilled
  • Honey if you need extra sweet ( I avoid this too, especially if the watermelon is sweet enough)
  • Ice and fresh mint for serving

Instructions

  1. Add watermelon to a blender and pulse until well pureed (there should be about 4 cups).
  2. In a large pitcher whisk together water, lemon juice and sugar until sugar has dissolved. Stir in pureed watermelon. Stir in ice and mint (alternately add ice and mint directly to individual cups and pour lemonade over). Store in refrigerator.

This meal combo is a total winner over a weekend when you don’t want to spend time in kitchen but enjoy the meal with family. Absolutely healthy for kids too…What more could you ask for?? Enjoy and tell me how it was.

 

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