Cooking With Coach: Veggie lovers’ pizza
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Cooking With Coach: Veggie lovers’ pizza

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May 26, 2023

This heart-healthy vegetable pizza recipe is packed with tons of fresh, flavorful roasted vegetables.

Trust us: You’ll want to “spare” a few minutes of time for this guilt-free, easy-to-make pizza.

In our continuing Cooking With Coach series, a partnership with Vanderbilt University Athletics, we whip up this veggie lovers’ pizza in the kitchen with the coaches of the 2023 National Champion VU Bowling team, Head Coach John Williamson and Associate Head Coach Josie Barnes.

Pick up your favorite vegetables at a neighborhood farmers market and turn them into veggie pizza toppings in your own kitchen. This veggie pizza recipe paired with a green salad makes a perfect weeknight or weekend meal. See step-by-step instructions and print the recipe below.

Veggies chopped to top pizza

Ingredients:

1 package pizza dough (try whole grain!)
1 can low-sodium pizza sauce
1 cup low-fat shredded cheese
1 cup sliced mushrooms
½ cup diced green bell pepper
½ cup diced red pepper
½ cup diced red onion
1 cup spinach (torn into pieces)
Canadian bacon chopped into bite-size pieces (optional)
Fresh chopped basil (optional)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Let dough rise in a bowl, covered with a dish towel for about an hour to bring it to room temperature. Spray cooking sheet or pizza pan with cooking spray. Spread dough onto pan with hands or a rolling pin (add a bit of flour if it is too sticky). Bake the dough for approximately 5 minutes. Remove from the oven.

Pizza with cheese placed on top

Spoon on a thin layer of sauce and add cheese.

Slice of homemade veggie pizza

Layer toppings on top of the sauce and cheese. Sprinkle fresh basil, if desired. Finish cooking for about 15 minutes.

Recipe: Veggie lovers’ pizza
 
Recipe Type: Lunch, dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4 servings
This heart-healthy vegetable pizza recipe is packed with tons of fresh and flavorful roasted vegetables.
Ingredients
  • 1 package pizza dough (try whole grain!)
  • 1 can low-sodium pizza sauce
  • 1 cup low-fat shredded cheese
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • ½ cup diced green bell pepper
  • ½ cup diced red pepper
  • ½ cup diced red onion
  • 1 cup spinach, torn into pieces
  • Canadian bacon chopped into bite-size pieces (optional)
  • Fresh chopped basil (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Let dough rise in a bowl, covered with a dish towel for about an hour to bring it to room temperature.
  3. Spray cooking sheet or pizza pan with cooking spray.
  4. Spread dough onto pan with hands or a rolling pin. Add a bit of flour if it is too sticky.
  5. Bake the dough for approximately 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven.
  7. Spoon on a thin layer of sauce and add cheese.
  8. Layer toppings on top of the sauce and cheese.
  9. Sprinkle fresh basil, if desired.
  10. Finish cooking for about 15 minutes
Serving size: 1/4 pizza Calories: 380 Fat: 6.5 grams Saturated fat: 2 grams Carbohydrates: 59 grams Sodium: 810 milligrams Fiber: 9 grams Protein: 19 grams

Find a farmers market near you to take advantage of the season’s best veggies!

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