Family Favorites Turned Healthy: Grilled Pizza With Tomato, Basil and Prosciutto
Today I wanted to share with you one of my all-time favorite meals to make in my home: pizza! There’s a reason why pizza is such a classic dish: it is definitely a crowd pleaser. You might be thinking pizza is an unhealthy choice for a meal, but fear not! Creating homemade pizza with fresh and healthy ingredients can make it a great (and fun) choice for dinner.
The pizza I am presenting today is one of my go-to classics. For me simplicity can be beautiful, and pizza with fresh mozzarella, ripe tomatoes, and fresh basil cannot be beat! This pizza happens to be topped with a few strips of prosciutto, but that element could be left out for a vegetarian version. The other important element of this pizza is that it is made on the grill, which makes it a perfect summertime treat! There’s no need to overheat your house by turning on the oven, plus the grill imparts a great flavor on to the dough.
So ... how do I whip up a healthy pizza at home? I have a few tips to make it an enjoyable and delicious process!
- Make it a family affair! Cut balls of dough into individual pizza sizes and let everyone build their own personal pie. Each person can roll their dough, add toppings as they choose, and the entire process of creating dinner can be spent alongside family and friends!
- Set up an ingredient bar. Chop a variety of fresh vegetables to set out (bell peppers, onion, broccoli, zucchini, artichokes, etc.) and make sure to load them on your pizza generously! Experimenting with new flavor combinations can be fun. You can always create a half and half pizza to try something new, but have a go-to classic ingredient combination for the other half.
- If you want to add meat to your pizza, opt for some leaner options! Turkey pepperoni, turkey sausage, and chicken sausage are a few to consider.
- Pizza doesn’t always have to pair with Italian flavors. For instance, you could incorporate some Mexican flavors by topping your pizza with cheddar cheese, corn, bell pepper, green onions, tomatoes, and cilantro. You could even add slices of fresh avocado or a dollop of guacamole on top before serving.
- Serve a salad. Pizza and salad are a match made in heaven, and can help boost your veggie intake for the meal. Plus, if you create an ingredient bar, your salad is almost fully prepared for you. Throw any leftover chopped veggies into your salad bowl for an extra punch!
So, do you think you’ll be trying out a homemade pizza soon? What are your favorite healthy ingredient combinations?
Grilled Pizza with Tomato, Basil, and Prosciutto
Pizza dough (make your own or purchase store bought)
3 tbsp marinara or pizza sauce
3 medium vine ripe tomatoes, sliced into rounds about 1/4 inch thick
4-6 oz fresh sliced mozzarella
3-5 thin slices prosciutto di parma
Fresh basil leaves, cut in a chiffonade
1. Preheat your grill to around 500° F. As it is heating up, stretch/roll the pizza dough to about 1/4 inch thick. I like to roll my dough with a sprinkle of cornmeal! Place on a baking sheet or other surface to transfer to the grill.
2. When the pizza dough is rolled out, carefully slide it directly on to the grill grates (you can spray the grates with a bit of nonstick cooking spray if desired). Close the grill lid and let the dough cook for about 5-6 minutes, until the bottom of the crust is golden and some char lines can be seen. Transfer the dough back to your baking sheet, but flip the pizza crust so the bottom that was touching the grates is now facing up.
3. On the turned over pizza dough, lightly spread the marinara sauce, then top with the sliced mozzarella and tomato rounds. When this is complete, transfer the pizza back on to the grill for an additional 3-4 minutes, until it is cooked through to desired levels and cheese is bubbly.
4. Remove cooked pizza from the grill and on to the baking sheet. Top the pie with slices of prosciutto and sprinkle with fresh basil leaves. Slice into pieces and enjoy!