I really really really love pizza. I have been thinking about how to make it into something very healthy, and yet still very yummy. I asked Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim about how I could make something so wonderfully great tasting and yet keep it consistent with healthy eating. She gave me some wonderful tips and hints (by the way, she is a great cook in her own right) – and here is the outcome. You won’t feel loaded down after eating it. In fact you could up and go to a fired up Jung SuWon Class and you would be fine.
And yes, even the dough is home made, and it’s worth it’s effort. I personally always make plenty of dough and freeze what I am not using, so I can make pizza whenever I want to.
For the dough:
- 2/3 parts whole wheat flour, 1 part white flour
- flax seed meal
- amaranth flour, if you can get it
- garbanzo beans, or pinto beans, cooked, and mashed to make it liquidy (or blended into liquid)
- fresh yeast cake if you can get, or 1 envelope regular dried yeast
- some olive oil
- dash of salt and pepper
proof the yeast (dissolve the yeast in some warm water, with a little flour and a dab of honey). Once this mixture is bubbly , add your bean liquid and add some water if you need more liquid. Add the oil at this point. Add enough flour to make a soft, but non-sticky dough. Knead thoroughly, cover, and let rise. This dough will rise slower than other doughs. When doubled, punch down – at this point you can either freeze the dough, let it rise again, or roll it out into pizza shape.
While the dough is rising, prepare the toppings. Preheat the oven to about 400 degrees at this point. Of course, you can put just about anything and everything on it as topping and chances are, it’ll come out tasting great. I am just telling you what I put on the pizza that you are seeing on the picture in this blog, and the pizza was great and not a single crumb was left.
- cut up big green olives into slivers
- prepare refried beans or use canned refried beans
- sautee some coarsely chopped garlic, enough to cover the pizza dough
- cut up some pastrami and/or corned beef into strips
- chop up some tomatoes and sautee them in olive oil, until all the liquid is gone. You can add either basil and/or chopped parsley to this
- chop and sautee finely cut leeks
- grate a mixture of swiss cheese and gruyere cheese
Pre-bake the pizza dough until very light brown. If it forms pockets during baking, make it come down by piercing it with a fork in the pockets.
Let the pre-baked dough cool off briefly (but you don’t have to). Cover with a thin layer of refried beans. Sprinkle the sauteed garlic and leeks evenly over the pizza dough. Neatly lay out the strips of meat (or use some pre-cooked ground beef) , sprinkle the olives, and spread out the tomatoes. Cover with cheese and put in the oven.
Be prepared for some awesome goodness in about 10 minutes!