No-one likes the word ‘diet’. It has horrible connotations of eating boring dull salads and giving up all those wonderful-taste but woefully-bad-for-you foods that we all love but our bodies hate. If you’ve met me, or read this site, you can tell I love my food and drink that’s bad for me. But having done so for too long and gained too much wait, I’m on a quest to show that healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring, and it doesn’t mean that you have to give up all the things that you love. You just have to adapt them, and enjoy them in moderation.
A go-to fast food for many people is pizza – it’s loaded with carbs, cheese, and every topping you could want. Who in their right mind wants to have to give up pizza? But when the scales start shrieking, taking the local pizza place off of your contacts list is one of the first things you do. But, with this recipe, you can still have a pizza as part of your weekly meals and not have to feel horrifically guilty afterwards.
What’s different about this pizza? Well, all the toppings are carefully balanced to make sure you’ve still got a great tasting pizza – with lean meats like chicken and prosciutto and a BBQ sauce being used instead of a traditional tomato base – and a base that is about 2/3rds wholemeal flour so it’s actually better for you, but still gives you a thin, crispy crust.
The whole pizza itself is around 900 calories, so if you shared half with a friend it’d be a mere 450 calories, but you could still eat the whole thing to yourself and still have room on your daily calories for breakfast and lunch! How much would a Large Domino’s BBQ Chicken Pizza set you back? Around 2,800 calories! Nearly three times the amount. So when you’re trying to be good and get that urge for a pizza, don’t head for you phone, head for you kitchen instead.
Wholemeal BBQ Chicken & Red Onion PizzaPrint Recipe
- For the topping:
- 1 x Cooked Chicken Breast
- 3 x Strips of Prosciutto
- 1 x Red Onion
- 3 - 4 tbsp BBQ Sauce
- 50g Low Fat Grated Cheddar Cheese
- For the dough:
- 75g Wholemeal Bread Flour
- 50g '00' Pasta Flour
- 10ml Olive Oil
- 7g Yeast
- 5g Salt
- 80ml Water
Add both flours into a bowl, and add the yeast to one side of the bowl and the salt to the other.
Add in the oil to the dry mixture, and then add the water in gradually a bit at a time while mixing it all together - this can be done by hand or by stand mixer with a dough hook. You may not need all the water, or you may need a little more - it depends on the flour.
Mix the dough together until it becomes smooth and elastic and knead for approximately ten minutes. Then place into a lightly oiled bowl, cover and leave to prove for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
Preheat an oven to 220°C (200°C Fan)/425°F/Gas Mark 7.
After an hour, remove the dough from the bowl and knock all the air out. Lightly oil a work surface and flatten out the dough into a 8" - 10" circle and place onto a baking tray, or pizza dish.
Evenly spread the bbq sauce over the base, and then sprinkle the cheese evenly over too.
Chop the red onion into slices, and arrange over the pizza base along with the chicken breast (thinly sliced) and the prosciutto, which you can tear into smaller pieces if you so wish.
Place into the oven, and bake for 10 minutes until the base is crispy and the toppings are golden and bubbly.