This week’s Moringa recipe for you to try out is Moringa Pizza! In true Western style, if there’s a way to eat junk food whilst being healthy, we’re going to find it! There’s two ways to incorporate moringa into your cheesy bestie, so we’v taken two recipes to show you how: Moringa powder in the pizza base, or Moringa leaves as a topping. One might be a little easier to achieve than the other – especially if you can’t get your hands on fresh leaves.
Leafy Green Moringa Pizza
Source: Moringa First
For our Moringa Pizza topped with plenty of greens, you will need:
Wholegrain tortilla wraps
Tomato purée, spaghetti sauce or seasoned passata (which ever is available. This is for the base so is suited to your tastes)
Onion, roughly chopped
Spinach, roughly chopped
1 Handful of Moringa Oleifera leaves, as fresh as possible!
1 Serving of Cheese – we’d suggest mozzarella or Queso cheese. But cheddar works fine or a cheese of your choice (dairy free alternatives welcome)
2 Garlic Cloves, minced or use a few teaspoons of garlic salt
Olive oil for drizzling
- Preheat the oven to 400F / 200 degrees
- Using 1 tortilla, spread the tomato sauce all over – leaving 1/4″ to 1/2″ around the edge for the crust.
- You’ll need to decide whether you want your toppings under or on top of the cheese. At this point, you’ll need to sprinkle on the cheese
- Add your toppings to suit your taste. (Or reverse this step with the cheese)
- Once your pizza is prepped, and the oven is heated, bake the pizza on a baking tray until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown.
For extra servings of spinach or Moringa, add some more once your pizza is cooked – this way the leaves won’t shrink in the oven.
Toppings and portions can vary, depending on taste, and we’d love to hear about your own Moringa Pizza combinations!
Moringa Pizza Base
If you’re looking to disguise your greens, or need to find a way for the kids to eat healthier, adding Moringa powder to the pizza base is a simple and easy trick.
You will need:
2 1/4 tsp dry yeast
1/2 tsp sugar (either brown or white)
1 1/2 cups of warm water
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp oil
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour for the dough, and an extra 1/3 to help knead and roll the dough (so it doesn’t stick to surfaces)
2 tbsp moringa powder
- First, add the yeast and sugar to the warm water in a medium sized bowl. Wait till it has all dissolved, and leave for 10 minutes to rest
- Add in the oil and salt
- Pour the 3 1/3 cups of flour into the water mixture, along with the tablespoons of moringa powder
- By the point, the mixture should make a sticky dough. Keeping the dough in the bowl, roll and knead the dough so that it becomes less sticky.
- Add the additional flour – bit by bit – until the dough no longer sticks at all.
- Using a different, clean bowl, oil the sides and place the dough in it. Leave it to rise for about 30 minutes to an hour. To help the dough rise, you can cover the bowl with a warm cloth which helps to activate the yeast.
- Once the dough has risen – up to two times the size of its original shape, it should be smooth and soft.
- Using the end of a wooden spoon, or a clean finger, poke and punch the dough and leave to rise for another 15 minutes. (If time is an issue, this step can be missed out)
- Separate the dough into balls depending on the amount of pizzas you want to make. If it’s just the one, roll out the whole dough using a floured rolling pin to prevent sticking. You need to roll out the pizza onto parchment paper or a baking tray that is suitable for the oven.
- Add your tomato sauce and toppings and cook until golden brown!
Just another way to start using Moringa in your everyday meals. What do you guys think?