As a college student, I have failed to uphold many stereotypes.
The most relevant one to this post, is the fact that I only ordered pizza probably five times in five years. As I enter my last year of rotations, I doubt anything is going to change. It is not that I dislike pizza–quite the opposite! I just prefer to make my own.
This was a my simple standard vegetable pizza recipe. What makes it even easier, is that frozen broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots all come in one bag! I have to buy a separate bag of frozen spinach, but oh well. I could use raw vegetables, but that means I have to buy more food, and all the extra washing, chopping, and dicing adds to the preparation time. Fortunately, frozen food is just as healthy as fresh, unlike canned vegetables.
1 pkg yeast
2 tsp sugar
2 Tbsp water, lukewarm
1 c water
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 3/4 c white whole wheat flour
8 oz tomato sauce
6 oz tomato paste
Servings: 8 slices
In a small microwaveable safe cup, warm the 2 tablespoons of water to a lukewarm temperature. Add the sugar and yeast and let stand for approximately 5 minutes to proof and become foamy. If the water is too hot, you will kill the yeast, and your dough will not rise. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining cup of water, oil, and salt. When the yeast is done proofing, add it to the bowl and stir. Slowly begin adding the flour. Do not add all the flour all at once, because you may not need all of it. When the dough starts to become difficult to stir, use your hands to knead the dough. Allow to rise for 1 hour in a warm place.
An hour later, heat the oven to 425oF. Combine the tomato sauce, tomato paste, and seasonings in a small pot over medium-low heat on the stove. Knead the dough a few more times with lightly oiled hands, then spread on an oiled baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes, then remove from oven. Spread the tomato sauce evenly on the crust, then add other toppings. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Enjoy!