For the fitness buffs, cheat meals are everything. It’s that one time during the week they can dive into whatever their heart desires and gorge. There is no guilt because they’ve been so good for the rest of the week. We’ve got a cheat meal that they can eat thrice a week and not worry because it’s under 300 calories! And it’s a pizza. Yes, you read that right. Here is how you can make it.

What you will need (for pizza dough)

  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 2 and 1/4 cups All-Purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking spray
  • How to make it
    Dissolve sugar and yeast in 3/4 cup water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Stir 2 cups flour, oil, and salt into yeast mixture to form a soft dough. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes).

    Add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent the dough from sticking. Place dough in large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning dough to coat top. Cover dough, and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 40 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

    Punch dough down. Cover and let rise 40 minutes or until doubled in bulk. Divide dough into 2 equal portions; roll each portion into a 9-inch circle on a lightly floured surface.

    Place dough circles on a large baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Top and bake according to directions.

    What you will need (for toppings and sauce)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 50 g chopped pancetta (or bacon)
  • 8 cups sliced onion (about 3 large)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheese
  • Thyme sprigs (optional)
  • Cracked black pepper (optional)
  • How to make it
    While dough is rising the second time, heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add pancetta, and sauté for 2 minutes. Add onions, thyme, salt, and white pepper; cook 25 minutes or until onions are browned, stirring frequently.

    Preheat oven to 475°.

    Brush each prepared pizza crust with 1 1/2 teaspoons oil; top each with half of onion mixture. Sprinkle half of cheese over each pizza. Bake at 475° for 9 minutes or until crusts are crisp.

    Cut each pizza into 8 wedges. Garnish with thyme sprigs and sprinkle with black pepper, if desired.

    And there it is! It seems tedious, but it’s actually a lot of fun to make, and as a bonus, it’s also delicious and healthy. Bon appètit!

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