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Healthy Italian Pizza

Did you read part 1 of our Italy recap Monday? If not..what are you waiting for?!

If you did read it.. chances are you probably got pretty hungry looking at all that delicious food. You probably were reading and saw all the photos of pizza, pasta, and gelato and were thinking ‘I’ll take a bite of that… please.” I know that when I looked over the pictures I was getting hungry and wishing I was back on vacation.

Unfortunately… we can’t stay on vacation forever (although I’d REALLY love to). However we can recreate the flavors of the dishes we enjoyed on our trip and pretend we’re on vacation.
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It’s no secret that I love carbs. Have you ever seen someone so thrilled to be stuffing their face with pizza? I think not. If you put some sort of bread, with cheese + other delicious toppings on it.. chances are you’ll win over my heart. (Tyler and I have been together for 5 years, and he regularly cooks me delicious meals. I’m not saying this is the secret to a good relationship.. but it 100% helps)

 

Since we made you hungry the other day.. the least we could do is share a healthy pizza recipe with you. Whether you’re in Italy, or sitting in the cold New England weather like we are.. this pizza is guaranteed to be a game-changer. With only 6 ingredients – it is so easy to make, and SO good. Most of the ingredients used are from Trader Joe’s. Some are from Italy, but can be found at your local stores.

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Out-of-this-world Healthy Italian Pizza
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Serves: 1 pizza
 
Ingredients
  • 1 package of Whole Wheat Pizza dough (we used Trader Joe's)
  • 1 c ricotta cheese (may need more or less depending on your taste/pizza size)
  • 1 large chicken breast - cooked + chopped into small pieces
  • ½ c sliced sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan or Asiago cheese
  • arugula & balsamic vinegar (for sprinkling on top)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Stretch/spread pizza dough on a heated pizza stone or cookie sheet. (We like to add corn meal to the bottom of the stone/sheet to add a little extra crunch to the crust.)
  3. Bake the pizza crust for approximately 3 minutes. (Normally we don't do this with home made pizza, but because this pizza uses ricotta which is wetter than most cheeses we wanted to cook the crust a bit more.)
  4. Spread ricotta cheese all over the pizza.
  5. Top with chicken, sun dried tomatoes, and Parmesan or Asiago cheese.
  6. Bake for 8-12 minutes until crust is crispy.
  7. Allow the pizza to cool slightly, then top with fresh arugula & balsamic vinegar + enjoy!
  8. Tip: Allow your pizza dough to sit at room temperature for about an hour before baking. The dough will be easier to work with.

Things we used for this recipe:  pizza stone

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56 Comments

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      It’s definitely not as good as the real Italian pizza, but it’s a close second!! I love the sun-dried tomatoes… they add such a nice flavor to the pizza!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Definitely give it a try!! It is so easy to do 🙂

  1. Hayli Hayli

    MMM this sounds delicious!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      It WAS delicious, Hayli!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      I love making homemade pizza too! Although… I sort of cheat and always buy store bought whole wheat dough. I’ll check out her recipe!

  2. I love making homemade pizza too, and sometimes, I like to be creative with the toppings too! Feta cheese is great with basil leaves and tomatoes. Your recipe looks delish! I’m with you with bread and cheese! I could live off of it!
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    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Ooooh that sounds amazing!! I love feta cheese! Totally trying that out next time we make pizza. There’s something about carbs+cheese that just gets me everytime!!

  3. This looks yummy. I never experiment with pizza. I love the classic but of all things this is an area you could definitely play in. I look forward to trying this one as my first nontraditional experience!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Thanks, Rose! Pizza is one of my favorite things to experiment with.. although I love the classics too 🙂

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      The flavor combo is SO good! You’ll love it!! Let us know if you give it a try! 🙂

  4. Is 9am too early to want pizza?

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Nope… never to early to want pizza 😉

  5. This looks SO YUMMY!!! I have to try it!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Thanks, Tamara!! It IS so yummy 🙂 Definitely give it a try!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Thank you, Kelly! I completely agree… All pizza is good pizza 😉

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      It’s one of my favorite meals, EVER!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Agreed… We had one not-so-great pizza there, but its ok because 99.9% of all the other food was fabulous!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Yes! It adds a really nice flavor to it too 🙂

  6. This looks so amazing! I have a pizza stone that I never actually use to make pizza on but just heat up a store brought so this gives me a reason to make this recipe asap! Your trip looks like it was a blast by the way! Glad you guys had a great time!
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    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Thanks, Alyssa! Definitely use the pizza stone for something other than the store bought one… you’ll love making your own!! Our trip was so amazing. Thanks for guest posting while we were away 🙂

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Thanks, Krystal! I totally agree.. homemade pizza is the BEST meal ever 🙂

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Thanks, Kam! It was pretty darn delicious 🙂

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Girl…. Next recipe for you: Gigi approved pizza dough. Get on it!!

  7. I prefer homemade pizza to any takeout pizza. I’m also a huge fan of chicken on pizza! Visiting from the Bloggers Gonna Blog facebook group. 🙂

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Me too, Kaylin! I love adding chicken for extra protein.

  8. Mmmmm… Now, that is one fine looking pizza and great for Friday night dinners, which is usually pizza night at our place 🙂
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    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Why thank you! Friday night is pizza night at our place too! I might just have to make this again because it was so good last week 🙂

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Agreed!! I might be making this one again tonight since it was such a hit last week!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Thanks, Rachel!! It was super yummy! 🙂

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Why thank you 🙂 Love love love adding arugula on pizza. I’m pretty sure that 99% of the time my dreams include pizza + Italy- LOL!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      It was super easy, Rachel! Pizza is our go-to on the weekends – it’s a fun Friday night dinner 🙂

  9. This looks so delicious!! I’m sitting here in San Sebastian, Spain, and cannot wait for this pizza to warm up my home. Thank you so much for sharing, happy “traveling” (read: eating)!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Jealous!! Spain is on our list for the next place we’d like to travel to 🙂

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Me too, Janelle! It adds such a nice flavor to it 🙂

  10. YUM!! So jealous of your trip! Italy is one of my top destinations to visit next! I love, love, LOVE TJ’s whole wheat pizza dough! So nice to have on hand for a healthy pizza night, and sun-dried tomatoes are my all time favorite pizza addition!
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    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      This was my first time using their whole wheat pizza dough and we loved it!! This was the first time we had used sun-dried tomatoes on our pizza but it is for sure going to be happening again. So delish!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      I don’t blame you.. it’s 9:21AM and I’m looking at this and getting hungry too!!

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