I love pizza a lot. This is one of the foods that when I start eating, I can’t stop and I know that’s bad! The problem is, I don’t want to refrain from eating my favorite foods.
Many experts say avoiding what you can’t refrain from eating is the solution to avoiding eating too much and putting on weight. I disagree to some extent. The problem with completely avoiding what we love is one of the reasons why we fall into the “Jojo effect” trap because the momemt you lay your hands on your “lover” (the food you dearly love) you eat uncontrollably and if it is unhealthy, then you pile on the pounds.
From my personal experience, I have realised that instead of avoiding my favorite foods, I make them healthier, replacing unhealthy ingredients with healthier ones.When you make you food healthy, you can indulge without feeding yourself with garbage!
SmartCooks Tip: Swap unhealthy ingredients for healthy one to avoid eating a lot of the wrong food!
Spinach is one of my favs ingredients on pizza. Nevertheless, pizza crust made with refined flour or even wholemeal flour though healthier than white flour, can be a calorie bomb. To be honest, I never eat 1/8 of a pizza. That portion size is just too small and never satisfies me.When I eat pizza I eat at least half of it (when accompanied with a salad side dish).
So – if gluten and calories are your enemies – go spinach crust and make my africanized pizette. If you are a food and particularly a pizza lover and you don’t want to refrain or stop completely, then these pizette (mini pizza) is for you! It is super easy to make (if you have a food processor) and you would be surprised at how super delicious they taste.
But on a side note, have you noticed my love for the color red? I absolutely love it’s vibrance. I just feel red brings lifeless items to life! Is it just me? Nearly all my kitchen gadgets are red or bourdeaux. Anyways, this is my red food processor. It comes in handy anytime, I need to dice, chop or purée food.
A food processor, mozarella cheese and an egg is all you need for the crust. If you do not have a food processor, you can always use a mortar and pestle. If you are using frozen spinach, sqeeze out the excess water after defroozing. Then coarsely puree your spinach, add mozzarella cheese and egg. The egg helps to hold the spinach together while the cheese gives it the crisp.
Spread 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil or whatever oil you have on a patchment paper sheet. Now form small spinach balls and make your desired pizza shapes with your fingers. Bake the crust at 180 degrees for 15 minutes.
THE TOMATO SAUCE
This pizza does not really need pizza tomato sauce but if you really want it to look like a real pizza, then making a tomato sauce is as easy as a,b,c. Simply blend fresh tomatoes and an onion together with dried basil and oregano, add a drop of olive oil or not.
Note that the tomato sauce is spread on the crust after it has been baked for 15 mins depending on how thick or thin your crsut is.
TOPPING THE CRUST
Once your spinach crust is ready, you can top it with anything. Make it vegetarian with fresh corn, tomatoes or any vegetable of choice. Make it hot and tasty with minced meat seasoned with suya spice or any other seasoning of your choice.
Happy and Healthy Cooking!