Healthier Stromboli

Know what I can literally always go for? Pizza. Know what you probably shouldn’t eat 4x a week? Pizza.

The age old conundrum – wanting pizza but wanting to eat healthier, we’ve all been there. As much as we all want that delicious cheesy, saucy, doughy goodness, we also don’t want to undo the rest of our healthy eating with all of the fat and carbs that come with a typical slice.

Well get ready to have your mind blown – you can have your ‘za and eat it too with this healthier Stromboli!

Two ingredient dough will change your life

A bold statement, but it’s true. I have pretty much replaced everything with this dough.

It makes amazing bagels, biscuits, and even desserts.

Don’t believe me? Check out some of my other recipes featuring the magical combination of nonfat Greek yogurt and self-rising flour:

Healthier StromboliFor this recipe, I gave the dough a savory twist by adding a bit of garlic powder and a few spices into the dough itself, and then I filled it with pizza toppings and dipped it in tomato sauce. I did this for 2 main reasons:

  1. Putting the sauce into the Stromboli before dating makes the dough soggy when it bakes
  2. Portion control – when you cut it up into smaller pieces that you dip, you eat a little slower

Making the Stromboli

While the swirl of a Stromboli may seem daunting, it’s really quite easy to make this. It’s a great activity to do with kiddos too, because it’s as fun to make as it is to eat!

Healthier StromboliFirst, combine your dough ingredients, and once dough is fully formed, roll it out to roughly 1/4 inch thick on a floured surface. I like to cut mine into a rectangle for even edges.

The key here is to use a lot of flour, so that it doesn’t stick. Since this dough is made with Greek Yogurt, it does get wetter the more you work with it, which is where the extra flour comes in.

Healthier StromboliOnce you have your dough rolled out, sprinkle on the mozzarella (I use part skim) and parmesan. You can also add in any herbs/spices – basil, garlic, oregano are all great in here. Then, line up your topping (I went with pepperoni) over top of the cheese.

Make sure to leave roughly half an inch on every side so that your toppings have room to spread as they bake and to minimize oozing.

Healthier StromboliStarting at the edge closest to you, carefully roll the Stromboli away from yourself, keeping it as tight as possible.

Once fully rolled up, brush with mixture of egg, garlic, dried basil, garlic, and oregano. The egg wash helps this Stromboli get nicely golden brown when it bakes and seals the whole thing together.

Healthier StromboliBake the Stromboli at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until golden.

Let it cool slightly before slicing and serving. Serve it with your favorite tomato sauce (or whatever other sauce floats your boat).

Let’s make a healthier Stromboli!

Makes 4 servings at 5 SP each if followed as below. Does not include sauce. Entire Stromboli is 19 SP.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup self rising flour (or 1 cup all purpose flour + 1 1/2 tsp baking powder)
  • 1/2 cup light shredded mozzarella
  • 25 turkey pepperoni
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • Dried basil, garlic, oregano
  • 1 egg, beaten

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F and line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat
  2. Combine greek yogurt and self rising flour and using a dough hook or your hands, work it together until you have a uniform dough
  3. Generously flour your surface, turn your dough out onto the floured surface, and roll it to roughly 1/2 inch thickness (you want a rectangular shape)
  4. Top with shredded mozzarella and parmesan, and sprinkle with a little basil, oregano, garlic powder (leave 1/2 inch on every side for ingredients to spread during baking)
  5. Layer pepperoni over the cheese so that they’re not overlapping
  6. Roll Stromboli away from yourself, keeping it as tight as possible. Place seam side down into baking sheet
  7. Beat egg and brush over top of Stromboli, then sprinkle with basil, oregano, and garlic powder
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown
  9. Let cool for a few minutes before slicing. Serve with tomato sauce of choice for dipping and enjoy!

Let me know if you make this recipe by leaving a comment and/or tagging me on Instagram at @foodbythegram!

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