Use Your Discard to Make Sourdough Mini Pizzas for Breakfast and Beyond--Diabetic Friendly
Yes, you can eat pizza for breakfast--at least this kind! The pizzas are actually pretty nutritious. You can adapt them any way you'd like to suit your dietary likes and needs. I generally make the pizzas in the air fryer using mini pizza pans, which I bought at a home goods store for considerably less than on Amazon. The little pans fit nicely in the air fryer, and the crusts come out golden brown and just a tad crispy. If you like a thicker crust, just use more dough and cook the pizzas a little longer. I use all white whole-wheat flour in the dough, plus a little flax seed meal, which boosts the nutrition level. For breakfast, we like the pizzas kept simple with cheddar cheese, bacon crumbles, and green onions. Okay, I know, the bacon isn't "healthy," but it's good (as a treat and kept within bounds). My husband also has his pizza topped with an egg, which I add to the top of the pizza after air frying the pizza for about five minutes. The egg-topped pizza makes a different and nice breakfast. I also top the pizzas for lunch/dinner with mozzarella cheese, fresh cherry tomato slices, and a little Italian seasoning (or sometimes fresh basil, when I have it). The "tomato pizzas" make nice accompaniments to soups and salads. Are the pizzas really "diabetic friendly"? Yes, as long as you keep your portions in check (1/2 - 1 pizza, depending on your body size/type) and tailor what you put on top of the pizzas. The sourdough bases of the pizzas are nutritious (they are whole grain and contain fiber and essential nutrients, as well as carbohydrates), and I suggest adding toppings of fresh veggies, cooked lean chicken, and just a little cheese to keep the pizzas within bounds. Enjoy!
Sourdough Pizzas -- Makes 8
1 cup of sourdough starter/discard
1 large egg
1/4 cup of canola oil
1 tablespoon of flax seed meal
1/4 cup of milk
1 cup of white whole-wheat flour
Mix all of the ingredients listed above well in a large bowl and let them sit, loosely covered with plastic wrap for at least an hour (I usually let my mixture sit for 4-5 hours, and it's fine). When you're ready, add:
1/2 cup of white whole-wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
Stir, then knead in the flour and salt. Knead the dough for 3-5 minutes, adding in about 1/4 cup of additional white whole-wheat flour as you knead to prevent the dough from being too sticky to knead. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and roll the pieces into small balls. Spritz mini pizza pans with non-stick cooking spray. Flatten the balls out into small rounds (about the size of the mini pans) and press the rounds into the pans. Let the pizza dough rise in the pans until it has increased in volume by about one-third. Top the dough with whatever toppings you like. Spritz the tops of the pizzas with a little olive oil or non-stick cooking spray (it helps keep the toppings in place and from burning). Air fry the pizzas at 360 degrees for 5-10 minutes or until the dough is nicely browned and the toppings are bubbly/hot/as you like them. Alternatively, you can bake the pizzas in a regular oven at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes.