10 deliciously healthy pizza ideas

Get creative with these nourishing, tasty and easy-to-whip-up homemade pizzas.

For an easy and comforting meal, it’s hard to go past the classic pizza. While pizzas you buy are often high in oil, fat, salt and calories, it’s simpler than you think to whip up your own healthier version at home. And with a bit of creativity, there are endless choices for mouthwatering flavour combinations, making it a fun and satisfying meal for the whole family.

First things first – pizza bases

When it comes to pizza bases, you’ve got plenty of options. Try some of these  ideas or experiment with some of your own varieties.

Make your own. A surprisingly simple option that uses few ingredients and only takes 30 minutes or so to rise. Try this quick and easy pizza dough recipe to get started, and make up a big batch and freeze for when that pizza craving hits. (Tip: use whole wheat flour for a nuttier flavour.)

Pita bread. A classic, easy option that bakes to a light and crispy texture.

Tortillas. Swap the refried beans for pizza toppings and enjoy this versatile base.

Veggie bases. Use large mushrooms as the base for individual pizzas or experiment with bases made from cauliflower or zucchini.

Store bought. If you’re buying pizza bases, look out for thin varieties and steer clear of ones pre-loaded with sauces and toppings.

 

10 delicious topping combinations

Now, the fun part starts. Here are some tasty flavour combinations to play with – then add your own unique twist.

 

1. Mediterranean

Toppings: Red capsicum, sliced eggplant, black olives, crumbled low fat feta, shaved zucchini, drizzled olive oil.

Sauce: Sliced fresh tomatoes.

 

2. Classic salmon

Toppings: Smoked salmon, thinly sliced Spanish onion, dill, spinach leaves.

Sauce: Spread ricotta and lemon juice over the base.

 

3. Nutty delight

Toppings: Roasted pumpkin, pine nuts, heaped rocket, slivered almonds, thin shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano.

Sauce: Spread roasted pumpkin to cover the base.

 

4. From the sea

Toppings: Fresh prawns, sweet basil, fresh chilli, roasted okra.

Sauce: Sliced fresh tomatoes.

 

5. Florets of goodness

Toppings: Broccoli, broccolini and artichokes.

Sauce: Cottage cheese spread.

 

6. Greenie

Toppings: Wilted silverbeet, kale, low fat crumbled feta.

Sauce: Light spread of olive tapenade.

 

7. Field of mushrooms

Toppings: Wild mushrooms, rocket, fresh thyme, very thin slices of buffalo mozzarella.

Sauce: Olive oil and garlic.

 

8. Something different

Toppings: Eggplant, green olives, halloumi cheese.

Sauce: Light spread of hummus.

 

9. Spring is here

Toppings: Fresh peas, asparagus, lemon zest.

Sauce: Low fat ricotta and lemon juice.

 

10. Colourful

Toppings: Roasted beets, walnuts, fresh parsley, goats cheese.

Sauce: Light spread of mushroom tapenade.

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