Now that the chaos of finals week is finally over, I am happy to be blogging about my food adventures again. I began my winter break with a quick and delicious pizza dinner prepared by my friend, Natasha, and her boyfriend, Mike. I have always seen the fresh, ready-to-bake pizza dough at Trader Joe’s but I have never been daring enough to make my own pizza with it as I’ve heard both good and bad things about it. Natasha and Mike have used TJ’s pizza dough multiple times now and have had nothing but success with it, so I would definitely recommend trying it. It’s something fun to make with a group of friends, too!
They had the idea to add TJ’s pre-chopped onions, garlic, & shallots to the pizza for flavor. After doing a bit of research, I found that this also adds a lot of nutritional value to a pizza. Onions and garlic both contain sulfur compounds for lowering cholesterol and triglyceride blood levels, which promote heart attack prevention. Many studies have shown that the average U.S. diet lacks sulfur, so it is important that we recognize its importance for heart health. Shallots, though they come from the same vegetable family as onions, are much easier to digest and contain more nutritional benefits, such as vitamin C, calcium, and iron. For vegetarians and vegans, shallots are also a good protein source.
If you’re in the mood for homemade, Italian-style pizza, this quick recipe is one to try. Don’t forget to add a side salad for additional health benefits!
Pizza – Trader Giotto Style
About 2 servings per pizza
Trader Joe’s garlic & herb pizza dough
Trader Joe’s tomato basil marinara
Trader Joe’s chopped onions, garlic, & shallots
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Toppings of your choice (We made a Margherita pizza with tomatoes and chopped basil and a veggie pizza with chopped artichoke hearts, sliced yellow bell pepper, and sliced black olives)
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. For the best results, let the dough rest for 20 minutes. Roll out the pizza dough with a rolling pin on a floured surface and form to the shape of the cooking sheet. Spread desired amount of tomato basil marinara and sprinkle with chopped onions, garlic, and shallots. Top with your favorite toppings and bake for approximately 15-20 minutes until cheese is bubbly and the crust is golden brown. Buon appetito!
WK serving suggestion: Serve with a healthy side salad. We tossed mixed greens, Trader Joe’s heirloom tomatoes mix, and white onion slices with Italian dressing.