Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Sweet Potato & Chickpea Pizza

Hubby and Mr.B are totally in love with pizza. I’m sure they would eat it everyday, if I let them. I try to accommodate their love for it, by making homemade pizza, at least 3 times a month. I usually get bored with the regular cheese and pepperoni pizza and let’s face it, I hate the fact that their pizza is seriously lacking vegetables and protein. So, I’ve been trying to make myself some different, more healthy pizza versions. It also doesn’t help that Hubby can eat anything under the sun and loose weight, while I dream of cookies and gain 5 lbs…. Why does being a woman have to be so hard??*grumble*

I’m crazy for chick peas, so I thought it would be fun to top a pizza with them. I also wanted to add extra nutrition, so I thinly sliced some sweet potatoes to go on top. This pizza is very addictive! I love that the sweet potatoes pair so well with the sweet golden caramelized onion and creamy chick peas. I added a bit of crushed red pepper flakes for heat and some spinach for a healthy color contrast. A small sprinkle of cheese adds just the right amount of saltiness, without adding too many calories. The guys think I’m crazy for trying to make healthy pizza, but it sure does help me from getting bored on pizza night!!

Sweet Potato and Chickpea Pizza
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2 large onions, thinly sliced
3 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs brown sugar
1 Tbs balsamic vinegar
a pinch of salt and pepper
1 small sweet potato, peeled and thinly sliced
1 C cooked chick peas, drained and rinsed
1/4- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 C frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 C mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 Tbs fresh thyme, chopped

3 to 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 package (2 1/4 tsp) Rapid Rise Yeast
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup very warm water (120 to 130F)
2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

In large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, undissolved yeast, and salt. Stir very warm water and olive oil into dry ingredients. Stir in enough remaining flour to make soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 4 to 6 minutes. Cover; let rest on floured surface 10 minutes. Lightly oil 1 (14-inch) or 2 (12-inch) round pizza pan(s).** Sprinkle with cornmeal. Shape dough into smooth ball. Divide and roll dough to fit desired pan(s).

In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium low heat. Add the onion, toss to coat and cook until the onion start to become a nice golden colour; about 15 minutes. Add the brown sugar, balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper; cook for a few minutes more, until nicely golden brown. Spread caramelized onion over rolled out pizza dough.

Place sweet potato slices over caramelized onion and sprinkle with chick peas and spinach. Season with desired amount of crushed red pepper.  Toss mozzarella cheese with thyme and sprinkle over toppings. Bake for 15-20 minutes; until crust is golden brown around the edges.

This post linked to

See Ya in the Gumbo
In & Out of the Kitchen
Tasty Tuesday
Meatless Monday
You're Gonna Love it
What's Cookin' Wednesday
Wicked Good Wednesday
Wednesday Extravaganza
Swap N Share Sunday 
Church Supper
Super Sunday Party
Sweet & Savory Sundays


Melynda and Terry, we are the Browns! said...

I would not have thought of this, but sure glad you did! It sounds great. Thanks Cindy.

dinoheromommy.com said...

HOLY MOLY this looks great!!! I WILL be making this for myself, not my picky hubby and son.

Michelle said...

Gabe loves chickpeas. And pizza. He will be thrilled to have the two combined. You lured me in with caramelized onions and spinach. Thanks for linking!
Michelle @Ms. enPlace

Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! said...

How creative! I love this idea. I bet I can finally get the kids to eat chickpeas by putting them on this pizza LOL!
Thanks for stopping by our Tasty Tuesdays link party!

HungryLittleGirl said...

This sounds and looks so delicious! I have to try this pizza!
Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza - can't wait to see what you share next week :)

Heather Whoneedsacape said...

Yummy! This looks so good ;)

Thanks for sharing it at Super Sunday on Who Needs a Cape! Hope to see you next week ;)

Anonymous said...

What a great idea for a pizza! :) Such a healthy combination! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!

Dan from Platter Talk said...

Different and delicious sounding; some of my favorite ingredients with this one. Thanks for dropping it off for our pizza party!!

jemrah said...

this looks delicious and different!