Resolve to eat better this year? Start with Skinny Pizza!

MULTIGRAIN FLATBREAD & PIZZA CRUST MIX on SALE THIS MONTH at Alice.com!

EA_Veg_PizzaThis year go for the good carbohydrates. Make amazingly delicious pizzas loaded with all the veggies you love and be happy, satisfied… and skinnier! Frozen pizzas are convenient, sure. But too much salt and weird flavorings are added to compensate for the sad slipping away of nutrition and flavor in that big freezer case. Delivered pizzas are fine in a pinch, but those veggies they use aren’t as fresh and tasty as what you have at home right now, are they? You can make great pizza at home, faster than delivered, and cheaper too… so go for it! The premium whole grains in Easy Artisan Pizza Crust Mix turn your favorite guilty-pleasure food into truly good-for-you food.

1 pkg Easy Artisan Multigrain Pizza Crust Mix

7oz pizza sauce

Vegetables of your choice. We used:

1 small onion, thinly sliced

1 medium green or red pepper, thinly sliced

1 pkg  spinach, steamed, drained and chopped

1 medium zucchini, finely chopped

6-8 oz reduced fat cheese of your choice, grated

Optional: fresh herbs

1. Make dough according to package directions. (1 package makes 2 – 12-14″ crusts. Store half in the refrigerator or freezer for use later, or double up on the rest of the ingredients and make 2 healthy pizzas.)

2. Ease dough into pan and shape with moistened hands. Spread on sauce and top with vegetables and cheese.

3. Bake according to package directions.

WHAT MAKES IT GREAT… lots of fiber and protein, fresh taste, and you make it just how you like it. Bake a few minutes longer for crisper crust and toasty cheese. You can use string cheese for portion control – its easy to figure out the calories and fat per piece and find just the right amount for the taste and total calories you’re after.

Nutrition (approx. per slice), using 8oz reduced fat cheeses: Calories 298, Calories from Fat 48, Protein 15g, Carbs 27g, Fiber 5gm, Sodium 626 mg.

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The Easiest All Natural Dinner Rolls

Treat your friends and family with these delicious Parker House style rolls. Rich in fiber and high quality protein, they’re super easy and all natural, without any preservatives or additives. Serve warm out of the oven and enjoy!

EASY ARTISAN RICH RUSTIC WHITE & WHOLE WHEAT BREAD MIX are on sale all through December at Alice.com!

1 pkg Easy Artisan Rich Rustic White or Golden Whole Wheat Bread Mix

1/4 cup melted butter or neutral oil, plus another 2 tbs

1/4 cup instant non fat dry milk

2 tbs sugar or sweetener of choice

In a large bowl mix ingredients of package with sugar and dry milk. Add 1/4 cup melted butter to 1 1/2 cups hot tap water, then stir liquid into dry ingredients and mix well for a minute. Let rise according to package directions. Butter a 8-9″ cake pan. With lightly floured hands, pinch off golf ball sized pieces of dough, roll into smooth rounds and place in pan with sides just touching. (12-14 rolls will fill pan. If you have any extra dough you can make extra rolls in a small tart pan.) Let rise in pan 30 minutes while preheating oven to 350 degrees. Bake rolls for 20-25 minutes until lightly browned. Brush tops with extra melted butter and serve while warm.

EASY ARTISAN RICH RUSTIC WHITE & WHOLE WHEAT BREAD MIX are on sale all through December at Alice.com!

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A Rye for All Seasons

You’re not alone if shortening days and a chill in the air inspire a little olfactory redecoration as you fill the house with aromas of simmering soup and baking bread. If you love rye bread, you know that good rye bread is hard to find. Most supermarket versions can hardly be called “hearty” and don’t have the tang, chewiness and fragrance of old fashioned rye. So make your own, the Easy Artisan way!  Like all Easy Artisan mixes, you just add hot water, let rise and bake. The flavor secret of Easy Artisan Old World Rye is the alchemy of real sourdough culture combined with the highest quality grains. Rye is a relatively exotic grain, accounting for only 1.5% of all the cereals cultivated worldwide, which is a shame because it is higher in protein, phosphorus, iron and potassium than wheat, and is also a good source of zinc, copper and selenium.

Easy Artisan Old World Rye does not contain caraway, in deference to those of you who detest it. That’s just one of those love/hate mysteries of the palate, like cilantro, or durians. Poor caraway haters miss out on a wealth of traditional benefits. As a traditional medicine it is said to aid digestion, freshen breath, soothe sore throats and calm nerves… and it has an ancient reputation for efficacy in love potions that enhance allure and attract mates.

SEEDED RYE BREAD

One package Easy Artisan Old World Rye Bread Mix

1-2 tbs caraway seed (dill or fennel seeds are also good) and coarse salt to taste

Make bread according to package directions, adding seeds to dry mix before adding water, or sprinkling seeds and a little salt on top before baking. Or both if you love caraway!

Rye breads are especially satisfying in the cooler seasons, but RYE FLATBREAD with cheese or smoked salmon is perfect any time of the year. Mix Easy Artisan Old World Rye according to package directions and spread thinly on a well oiled cookie sheet (or use parchment or a silicone mat) with lightly dampened hands. For caraway lovers – sprinkle with caraway. Bake at 425 degrees for 10-20 minutes, depending on degree of crispness you desire. Cut into flatbreads with kitchen scissors, or crack into pieces if baked until crispy.

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Pizza & Flatbread on the Grill

With plenty of outdoor grilling season left, and tailgate parties coming up, it’s time to master Pizza on the Grill. You can prepare dough for multiple pizzas ahead of time and hold in the fridge until it’s time to start the party. Take a great grilled flatbread, add grilled veggies and some cheese or hummus, and you have a healthy meal in minutes.


Asiago Rosemary Grilled Flatbread made with Easy Artisan Multigrain Flatbread & Pizza Crust Mix

You will need:  Easy Artisan Multigrain Flatbread & Pizza Crust Mix, prepared according to package directions. Olive oil, toppings, and some cornmeal or cracked wheat for dusting the pan or griddle.

For flatbread, heat the grill to the highest setting.  Oil a griddle or pizza pan and dust with cornmeal. Spread dough thinly in pan and add sprinkle with herbs, cheese, or whatever spice mixture you like. Put the pan in the grill and cover, lower the heat to medium, then check every few minutes to see if the underside is browning, taking care to avoid charring. Use a spatula or tongs to rotate the dough to make sure it browns evenly. After about 5 minutes flip it over to finish cooking if you want grilled flavor on both sides. Cover and keep cooking for another 5 to 7 minutes on an average grill.

For pizza, cook crust as for flatbread (without adding toppings) about 5 minutes and remove pan from the grill. Flip over, spread on a little sauce and add toppings. Go light on sauce and toppings to avoid a soggy pizza. Put the pizza back on the grill at medium heat, close the lid and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes, or until the toppings are cooked and the bottom of the pizza is nicely browned. After the initial cooking step you could put the pizza directly onto the grill for even better grilled flavor.

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