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The Pizza Gallery: Who Says You Can’t Have Pizza?

I know, I know… people are constantly swearing off entire kinds of foods all in the name of weight loss, but I’ve got to wonder – if you put “pizza” on your list, was it because you were eating some greasy chain’s pizza, or some re-heatable box pizza? I’m almost certain you weren’t swearing off your own homemade pizza, right?


Well, while I gave up everyone else’s pizza, I certainly didn’t swear off my own. But why are my own pizzas so much better than anything else I might find at the store?

1) My pizzas have less salt. I don’t need much more than a pinch of a pinch worth of salt across my entire pizza because it has more than enough flavor. It doesn’t need the salt to give me a reason to keep eating it.

2) My pizzas have less grease. Whereas many other pizza chains insist on dousing their dough in grease to the point where the crust is fried while cooking, I don’t need all that. My dough is flavorful and so are my toppings. I don’t need to cling to fat to give me that “Mmmmmm!” feeling. I’m over that.

3) My pizzas have real ingredients. Do YOU know why there’s trans-fats in Pizza Hut’s pizza dough? Trans fats, the same artery-hardening stuff that killed countless people when the tried to sell that garbage to us as margarine? You DON’T know why that’s in there? Funny. Me neither.

4) My pizzas don’t rely on goo gobs of sweet tomato sauce to make them enjoyable. In fact, the moment I realized that I had a tendency to lean toward making my tomato sauces a little on the sweeter side, I backed off of them completely.

That being said… here are the fruits of my labor, aaaaaaand a reader who shared with me her own pizza-making adventure!

Phyllo Parmesan Pizza

Phyllo Parmesan Pizza

Spinach, chicken, tomato, oregano and parmesan pizza

White pepper pizza, with black pepper, red peppers, golden peppers, green peppers and zucchini hiding down under white chipotle cheddar.

Onion, tomato, cilantro, black pepper, mozzarella, and spinach.

Parsley, spinach, red onion, green onion, mushroom, moscarpone, basil and balsamic vinegar reduction. It was... heavenly.

And Nishay’s pizza started off like this:

And yes, that is HER giving the thumbs up!

and finished like this!


If you’re looking to make one of the pizzas above, you’ll need a good dough. While I can’t recommend any pre-made doughs, I can share my recipe for regular dough. If you must go for pre-made dough, look for one with as few chemicals as possible in the ingredients list, and as little salt as you can get!

What’s your favorite kind of pizza? Shoot, give me some ideas!

By | 2017-06-10T11:46:19+00:00 February 7th, 2013|Play With Your Food, What Are You Eating?|32 Comments

About the Author:

The proud leader of the #bgg2wlarmy, Erika Nicole Kendall writes food and fitness, body image and beauty, and more here at #bgg2wl. After losing over 150lbs, Kendall became a personal trainer certified in fitness nutrition, women's fitness, and weight loss by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is also certified in sports nutrition by Precision Nutrition. She now lives in New York with her husband and children, and is working on her 6th and 7th certifications because she likes having alphabet soup at the end of her name.


  1. CO October 11, 2011 at 9:30 AM - Reply

    I often make pizzas using whole wheat tortillas. The crust gets so crispy and it’s great!

  2. CJM October 11, 2011 at 9:54 AM - Reply

    Lunch idea for next week! Love making my own pizza but I’m a little lazy on the dough making part. Some pizzerias will sell you their dough. but they are few and far between. Publix has their dough in the deli section. It’s pretty good and definitely better than the can stuff in the refrigerator section. I also think it is as cheap or cheaper than the refrigerator cans.

  3. Chundra October 11, 2011 at 9:57 AM - Reply

    I make pits pizza. I can eat one and still be full. But I will try different type of toppings like u did. I need to find out what you use to make dough from scratch.

  4. Curlstar October 11, 2011 at 12:27 PM - Reply

    I mostly do the basics (my guys love plain cheese or black olives), but I would love to have the recipe for the one with the balsamic reduction.

    Pretty please 🙂

  5. Biolobri October 11, 2011 at 1:03 PM - Reply

    If we make pizza, we like to do it on the grill if we can. We usually do sauce-less, and top it with fresh moz and lots of fresh veggies (bell peppers – usually red/orange/yellow, artichoke hearts, grape/cherry tomatoes, onions – sometimes caramelized, and whatever else we can find/already have). We like to top our pizza with fresh greens too (arugula is great) if we have any. Our favorite pre-made dough is the garlic/herb crust from Trader Joe’s. LOVE me some Trader’s!

    • Vee March 15, 2012 at 2:44 PM - Reply

      I love Trader Joe’s I am going to look for the pizza crust you mentioned.

  6. cjbrownsc October 11, 2011 at 1:16 PM - Reply

    Hi Erika,

    Great post, and those pizza pictures are mouth-watering!

    I love pizza and could eat it every day. But I’ve noticed that pizzas that we buy in restaurants tend to be either too greasy or the crust is soggy (which I absolutely hate!)

    I’m going to try your dough recipe this weekend and see how it turns out. I’m no great cook, probably not even a good cook, but I’m willing to give it a shot.

    PS: I can’t wait to see how your other readers respond. I’m drooling already! LOL

  7. Alice October 11, 2011 at 2:28 PM - Reply

    Before going mostly primal, I used to make sourdough pizza – it’s a little bit of a hassle at first, since you need to plan it days in advance, but SO delicious. Used to top it off with homemade tomato sauce with fresh oregano and garlic, good mozzarella and sometimes wilt a bit of basil or arugula over it for the last minute in the oven. Another really nice topping combo was goats’ cheese, sauteed fennel and mushrooms.

    • Erika Nicole Kendall October 11, 2011 at 2:58 PM - Reply

      Man, I made sourdough bread one time. It was AMAZING. I’m glad you reminded me. I’m gonna have to find that recipe around here somewhere.

  8. Nasha October 11, 2011 at 2:28 PM - Reply

    Booyah! I WILL be making a pizza this weekend…thank you!

  9. GG October 12, 2011 at 12:18 PM - Reply

    Generally how do you make your pizzas in terms of bake time and temperature? Those look amazing!

  10. Erica October 14, 2011 at 9:48 PM - Reply

    E, you did it again! I’m buying my yeast tomorrow and planning my pizza day sometime this week (definitely on a workout day). My favorite pizza includes sauteed spinach, carmelized onions, and a little cheese on top of tomato sauce. I also plan on making my pizza with tomato sauce, sauteed spinach, with one egg baked on top and sprinkled with cheese . Yummy!

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