Pizza roasted peppers and olives
Pizza roasted peppers and olives is the first of a series of pizza toppings I have in mind to propose you on my blog. There so many yummy combinations of light ingredients that it was difficult for me to decide which one to start with. And eventually I decided to start with this one because I love roasted peppers and this is surely my favourite pizza topping! Some people may think that eating pizza while on a diet is forbidden. This is not true, at least not with the Weight Watchers diet. The important thing is to avoid eating too much of it and also choose a light ingredients for topping. With light I do not mean carrots and broccoli (although I may propose some topping with broccoli in the future) but there are other vegetables really suited for pizza, like peppers, aubergines, courgettes, artichokes and more…
I find that a portion of Pizza roasted peppers and olives as described here is very satisfying, although if you are used to eat a lot of carbohydrates it may take a couple of months of diet to think that this portion is enough for you. Hence my suggestion is to make always a large salad with a light dressing to make a full meal. In the photos you will see how I manage to make pizza for everybody at home, also for whom isn’t on a diet.
For the base of this pizza I used my recipe Easy pizza dough “no need to knead” in which I use little flour and it’s very easy to prepare. The result will be a light thin pizza, crunchy on the outside and soft inside… yum!
Pizza roasted peppers and olives – the recipe
Type: Pizza & Savoury Tarts, Light Dishes
Portions: 3 or 9 for a light meal
Preparation time: 10 min (plus the time to prepare the base)
Cooking time: 20 min (5 min for pre-cooking)
Weight Watchers ProPoints per portion as main meal (1/3): 14 (dough is 10, topping is 4)
Weight Watchers ProPoints per portion as light meal (1/9): 5
For the basic dough
1 Easy pizza dough made with 300 g of flour
For the topping
2 tsps extra virgin olive oil
1 clove of garlic
300 g tinned chopped tomatoes
a bunch of fresh basil
2 tsps dried oregano
125 g mozzarella light or 60 g mild cheddar cheese
1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
3 grilled peppers (with no fat)
15 green olives
10 black olives
10-15 salted capers
salt and pepper to taste
To begin with prepare the dough following the recipe Easy pizza dough with 300 g of lour, let it raise and precook it as per recipe.
If you like to have more taste, while you are waiting for the dough to raise prepare a thick tomato sauce: half the garlic and fry it in 1 tsp of olive oil, add the canned chopped tomatoes, salt, a bit of basil land lots of oregano. Let it cook until the sauce is nicely condensed and let it cool down before using. This is not necessary, you can simply dress the tinned tomatoes with 1 tsp of olive oil, salt and oregano and use it without cooking.
After precooking the dough use a spatula to detach it delicately from the tin so it won’t stick too much later (it’s much easier to do this now as opposed to later with all the topping on it). Spread the tomato sauce evenly over the base of the pizza.
Add the roasted peppers sliced, the olives whole or halved, the capers rinsed very well in water and finely chopped and the mozzarella cubed or the cheese grated. Finish off dusting with parmesan cheese and brushing the remaining tsp of olive oil around the edges of the dough.
Above you can see the whole oven tray ready to go in the oven. The Pizza roasted peppers and olives is the rightmost third while the rest of the tray is for my partner with a lot more cheese and anchovies! Of course there’s a kind of “divorce” strip of pepper to separate well my part from his part… Put the tray in the oven at 225° for 10 minutes, turn the tray around and let it cook at 250° for another 5 minutes or until properly cooked.
Here you can see the pizza just out of the oven!
Above you can see how the dough has raised while cooking: lots of little and big holes in it and well cooked on the outside, hence soft and crunchy at the same time!
One third of the tray is really filling for me and I cut it in three pieces so I can serve myself more than once. With a big salad to eat next to it, this Pizza roasted peppers and olives makes a complete and delicious meal!
by Giovanna Buono
It is easy to bake pizza for the whole family: just top the tray in sections letting everybody choose their preferred topping foods while you can put some lighter choices for yourself and all enjoy pizza! You can use some kebab stick to help you dividing the sections: just remember to remove them before putting the tray in the oven though! If you like the pizza to be thicker use a little more flour and water but remember to count the extra points!