Day One!

July 24, 2012

We made it past day one!  It felt good to be eating so healthy and it was nice to whip up some healthy recipes. We made a whole wheat pizza for dinner last night. It was fun just to relax in the kitchen, enjoy a glass of wine and make a wonderful dinner. Now, obviously every night can’t be like this. So, we also made a vegetable gumbo that we plan to eat tonight (Day 2) and we’ll use the leftovers throughout the week. 

It is important to mention that one of our biggest resources during this challenge will be the site http://www.100daysofrealfood.com. It is a great blog that offers tips for quitting processed foods, recipes, and even meal plans. Everyone should check it out!

Below is the recipe for the pizza (from 100 Days of Real Food) along with some pictures!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tsp yeast (active dry yeast)
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour (I used King Arthur organic white whole-wheat flour)
  • Tomato sauce
  • Grated mozzarella cheese
  • Cooking oil spray

DIRECTIONS

  1. Drop the yeast into the 1-cup of warm water and let it go to work for a few minutes. It should foam up a little bit. Stir the salt and olive oil into the yeast mixture.
  2. Pour the flour and yeast mixture into a food processor with a dough blade or into a mixer with a dough hook and turn on the machine. (You can also mix up this dough by hand.)
  3. If the dough is too dry add warm water a teaspoon at a time and if it is too wet add flour 1 teaspoon at a time (ours was wayyy too dry, so we ended up adding a lot of water)
  4. Remove the ball from your food processor and knead into a smooth ball (if you are doing it by hand, like we did, kneading it will take some time). Put the dough into a large ziplock bag or bowl covered with plastic wrap (put a touch of olive oil in and coat the inside of the bag/bowl first) then leave it in fridge for as little as 1 hour or overnight depending on how much time you have. It will rise on it’s own in the fridge.
  5. When ready to make the pizza preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Use a rolling pin to roll it out into the desired shape. Put the flat pizza dough on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking oil. Top the dough with homemade or organic tomato sauce, cheese and other toppings of your choice. Bake in a oven for about 10 min. or until crust and cheese are golden brown.

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Homemade whole wheat pizza dough and all the toppings!

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Rollin’ the dough.

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The finished product, yum!

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Enjoy! 🙂

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One Response to “Day One!”

  1. Grandma said

    Well it definitely looks good. You guys are so good about this kind of thing and I really enjoy you comments. Have fun doing this.

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