We all love pizza and if we could we would eat it and enjoy it every single day. And I have found a way to do that. How? Through simple trial and error. I was trying to find a way to eat my pizza but reduce the amount of calories. So there I went and started experimenting. After removing the ham and cheese I found out that just putting veggies on your pizza is not enough to get that full pizza taste (If you know what I mean). There was something missing. Then I looked at the Turkish pizza. That one has no cheese but it does contain ground beef. Well, I got closer. But still I did not want to put meat on my pizza. I have no problem with meat, and I think the Turkish Pizza is a great alternative to our standard Italian one, but I wanted to experiment with some meat replacement just to get the callories down. So the search began again. Soon I have found out that by grinding tempeh, a meat substitute, I can get the meat consistency I needed. I have to say I really like the pizza. It’s full of flavor and tasty. Let me show you how I have done it.
Step 1: Dough
I make my dough in a bread maker/machine. It takes 45 min. If you don’t want to wait you can buy a ready-made pizza dough.
My dough ingredients:
- 300 grams (10.5 oz) whole wheat flower (sometimes I use 280 gram whole wheat and 20 gram white flower. It gives the dough a nice elasticity and it makes it easier to roll it flat)
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 170 ml (5.75 fl oz) of water
- I then put it into my bread maker. I set it on the pizza dough program. And I wait.
Step 2: Tempeh
While the pizza dough is being made we go and fry our tempeh. I slice a piece of tempeh. You don’t need that much. I then chop it up to get that minced meat consistency. You then want to warm up your pan. Put some olive oil in it and throw the tempeh into the hot pan. Now you want to spice it up. Otherwise it will be tasteless. I use simple chicken spices and a little bit of red pepper spices. Just sprinkle the spices over the tempeh and mix it all up in the pan. Let it fry until it is nicely browned.
Step 3: Topping/Veggies
Our dough is almost ready. It is now time to prep your veggies. I use:
- half of a red bell pepper, cubed
- 2 thinly sliced/cubed mushrooms
- 2 snack/cherry tomatoes, again thinly sliced
Step 4: Rolling
When the pizza dough is ready you can start rolling. It’s up to you how big you want it. Now its time to top it up. Spread tomato souse (I use Heinz tomato sauce) over your dough. Then go ahead and spread tempeh over the pizza. And top it off with the chopped peppers, sliced tomatoes, and mushrooms. You can as well put some fresh or dried basil leaves on your pizza.
Step 5: Bake
Put your pizza into the oven for 15-20 min. I use a pizza maker as I don’t have an oven.
Step 6: Enjoy!
It is a healthier version of a pizza with low fat but it still tastes good.