A tasty alternative for a healthier takeaway!

Takeaways are a must if you are watching the latest sports matches or enjoying a cosy night in on the sofa watching a movie. A poll of Brits discovered that 13% of those interviewed voted pizza as their preferred takeaway, making it the third most popular food to order in in the UK. But instead of ordering it in, why not make it yourself? Not only will it make a healthier option but your wallet will thank you too – you never know you might never go back to the greasy pizza shop ever again…

We all love a pizza, from having an excuse to eat out of the box, to the cheese that just melts in your mouth! But is it worth it if you are going to consume over 2000 calories in one meal? The answer is NO. So we’re sharing with you one of our favourite healthy alternatives to a pizza takeaway below… You can thank us later…
PREP: 15 MINS         SERVES: 2         COOK: 12 MINS
Pizza Dough
100g each of strong white and strong whole wheat flour OR 200g of Gluten free plain flour.
1 teaspoon or a 7g sachet of easy-blend dried yeast
125ml of warm water
1 teaspoon of salt
1 level teaspoon of golden caster sugar
1 tablespoon of olive oil
200g can of chopped tomato, juice drained
Handful of cherry tomatoes, halved
1 large courgette – thinly sliced
25g of mozzarella, torn into pieces
1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 tablespoons of chopped parsley

Sift the flour, yeast, salt and sugar into a large bowl and make a well in the centre of the mixture. Add the olive oil and warm water slowly to the well and begin mixing with a wooden spoon to form a dough. In the final stages of mixing, start to use your hands. Wipe the bowl clean with the dough, adding a spot more water if any of the mixture is dry – then transfer the dough to a clean, dry surface. Add flour to the surface if you feel it’s sticking too much.
Knead the dough out for around three minutes or until it feels stringy and elastic. You then need to leave the dough to rise for around an hour or until it has doubled in size. Place the dough in a clean, dry bowl and cover it with a damp tea towel or cling film making sure there is a light amount of oil on the side of the cling film that is facing the dough.
Pre-heat the oven to 230C and once your dough has risen knead the dough for a couple of seconds, knocking all the air out of it and shape into a ball. Dust your rolling pin and roll the dough out to whatever shape/s you would like. It will need to be fairly thin with slightly raised edges. Then once you’re happy, transfer it onto a baking tray or pizza stone.
Finally, for the toppings, mix the parsley with the chopped tomatoes and spread on the base of the pizza. Add the remainder of the toppings, plus any more healthy options you would like to add and drizzle with olive oil.
Cook for 8-10 minutes, or until golden and enjoy!
We hope you enjoy your homemade take away, keep an eye out for more tasty alternatives coming soon…