The Athlete’s Plate Challenge – Battle Pizza

The Athlete’s Plate Challenge –

Some of you might be new to this site and wondering just what is the Athlete’s Plate Challenge.  Allow me a moment to explain what it is.  Matt at The Athlete’s Plate and I have been creating delicious and healthy dishes for the viewing public to vote on.  At the same time we setup a poll where you are also able to vote on the following challenge.  Some weeks it will be an ingredient, others it might be a dish and like this week it will be  a type of way to cook.

Last week we asked the viewers of the site to vote on a type of dish and the winner came out to be pizza.  I have been making homemade pizza for some time now and have been experimenting with different thicknesses of crust.  I have gone with a white pizza and some pizza’s have had red sauce (gravy to those of us from the New York area.)

This week I believe I perfected my pizza crust and toppings.  I went with a White Vegetable Pizza for this challenge and I hope you like it.

Ingredients: 1 package of Bob’s Red Mill Pizza Dough, 2tbs ground flax seed, 6tbs water, 1c warm water, 1tbs chopped rosemary, 1tbs chopped tarragon, 1tbs chopped oregano, 1tbs oil, 1/2c chopped baby portobella mushrooms, 1/2c broccolini tops, 2 medium roma tomatoes, 3/4c low-fat ricotta cheese, 1/2 medium onion

Servings: 4

Nutritional Information: 322 calories, 13g fat, 44g carbs, 6g fiber, 16g protein


Prepare the crust:

  1. As directions on the package indicate pour yeast packet into warm water in a large mixing bowl and allow to proof for 5 minutes.
  2. While the yeast proofs chop your herbs finely.
  3. Make a flax egg by adding 6tbs of warm water to 2tbs of ground flax seed and allow to sit.
  4. Once the yeast has proofed (you will know because there will be lots of bubbles) pour the flax egg and the oil into the large mixing bowl and combine well.
  5. Add the pizza crust flour in small batches and combining with a fork.  (The directions on the package call for a mixer but I prefer using a fork and my hands.
  6. Once the dough starts to come together add in chopped herbs and knead inside of bowl.
  7. Once fully combined cut the crust in half and cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let rest for 20 minutes.

Prepare the toppings:

  1. While the dough rests cut onion into rings and chop mushrooms.  Then add to 1tbs of heated olive oil in a non-stick pan.
  2. Allow the onions and mushrooms to carmelize.  While they are cooking slice tomatoes into rings
  3. Once onions and mushrooms are carmelized add in broccolini tops and cook for another 5 minutes.

Prepare the pizza to cook:

  1. Preheat oven to 475*
  2. Place pizza pan in oven while it preheats (don’t use a pizza stone unless you have grits or flour but I don’t use it)
  3. After 20 minutes of resting the pizza dough should be ready to go.  Fill a bowl with water so that you can handle the dough with moist hands
  4. Remove the pizza pan from the oven and spray with cooking spray.
  5. Place one of the balls of dough on the pan and stretch with moist hands to desired crust thickness.
  6. Once at your desired level of thickness create a crust by pinching a little of the dough between your thumb and forefinger.
  7. Place pan back in oven to ‘blind’ bake for 7 minutes.
  8. Remove after 7 minutes and spread the ricotta cheese over the crust
  9. Once cheese is spread place vegetable mixture over the top.
  10. Place sliced tomatoes over the the vegetable mixture and place back in oven.
  11. Cook for 20 minutes or until vegetables start to bubble.
  12. Set to broil and cook for 2 more minutes to cook tomatoes a little more.
  13. Remove from oven and slice into 8 pieces.
  14. Serving size is 2 slices.


Click –> That’s Amore for mouth watering pictures.


Now head over to Matt’s page for his Crab and Avocado Pizza then come back here and vote for your favorite pizza.

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  1. Scott says:

    ok. I am over looking the point there is nothing that went oink or moo as a topping, because your a good guy, but seriously, it looks good, real good

  2. natasha says:

    I’m going to have to make both of these before I vote but they sound awesome and vegetarian and it sounds like it’s not too bad calorie wise!
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  3. Nora says:

    HOLY YUMMO BATMAN! Come over and make me one!
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  4. adena says:

    no offence to Matt but I’m not a crab fan and hello winner winner (vegetarian) chicken(like) dinner!!!! I see this in my immediate future.

  5. Morgan says:

    I’m so torn!!!!!! It looks so good and yet… I love crab and avocado so much! I can’t choose!!!!!!!!
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  6. Kovas says:

    Since I don’t like crab or avocado, definitely your white!
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  7. MissZippy says:

    I don’t know…can’t wrap my head around crab on a pizza! But yours looks amazing!
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  8. Oooh wee that looks yummy! Thanks for posting with such delicious pics!

  9. Jill says:

    You win in my book!! Looks really good, actually. Maybe I’ll make this one!
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  10. heather says:

    I love that you added all of those great herbs into the dough and the toppings sound yummy, it looks really good. You get my vote!
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  11. Yum! It looks so good!
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  12. lindsay says:

    you guys need to start making calorie/nutrition info a requirement ;)

    love the youtube video. hmm can i write a rap about pizza? (probably not)
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  13. Marlene says:

    I LOVE homemade pizza and this one looks fantastic! Voted for you!!!
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  14. looks damn good
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  15. Alisa says:

    They both look amazing, but I love the idea of a crabby pizza :) I followed you from the foodie blog roll and I’d love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this pizza widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about recipes for pizza,Thanks!
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  16. Wow – they both look phenomenal…and I was going to say Matt’s first. But your crust – it looks so good!! I’ve seen other bloggers use that pizza crust mix from bob’s, but it came up really thick and dense it seemed. Yours seems perfect! Maybe I should try it…
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