Whole wheat pizza with goat cheese and caramelized onions

Hi guys! Hope you’re having a wonderful day <3 Thanks so much for listening to me vent about our moving woes. To make it even better, the Pilot had to work all day today, so I’ve been a moving machine!!

Since I’m in the depths of packing frenzy right now, so thought I’d invite my friend Mara, my favorite pizza buddy, over for a guest post 🙂 Just wish I could eat this pizza tonight when we’re finished… 😉



Hey there Fitnessista readers! I’m Mara, and I write a little (no, really, its little) blog called What’s For Dinner? where I chronicle my daily (ok, near-daily) adventures in the
kitchen cooking fun and interesting things for dinner. Oh, and cupcakes. I love cupcakes…

Picnik- collage

I haven’t come to you to talk about cupcakes though. This is something much nearer and dearer to our
good friend Gina’s heart… come to think of it, it’s many things close to her heart:

  • Pizza
  • Goat cheese
  • mushrooms
  • garlic

See, Gina and I had the pleasure of going out for pizza when she was here in Chicago for the Healthy Living Summit in August,
and since then, I’ve associated all things whole wheat pizza with her. We had such fun, and I haven’t had
pizza that good since she was here in town.

I set out to create a healthy and delicious Gina-fied pizza for you all, and I believe I have succeeded! I
bring you the Fitnessizza! (Wow, holy goatcheesiness there…)

First, you must make your dough. Those of you that are freaked out by making your own pizza dough,
never fear: this is EASY.

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

Makes two individual-sized pizzas


* 1 cup warm water (about 110*F)

* 1 Tbsp. dry active yeast (or one packet)

* 1 Tbsp. raw honey (or other honey)

* 2 c. whole wheat flour

* 1/2 c. whole wheat bread flour (or white all-purpose flour, this is necessary for the gluten)

* 1/2 tsp. salt

* 1 Tbsp. olive oil


Pour the warm water into a mixing bowl and sprinkle the yeast over the top. Allow this to sit about 5
minutes, and then add the honey. Slowly stir in the flours, salt, and oil, and knead about 5 minutes, or until
the dough comes together and is smooth and springy. It might be a bit sticky. This is ok! Lightly oil a clean
mixing bowl and place the dough in it, rotating and flipping it to coat all sides lightly with oil. It will look like


Next, start getting your toppings together. I took about a half hour and
caramelized some onions, sauteed some mushrooms, and steeped some garlic in olive oil while the dough


The husband likes a bit more of a traditional pizza, though I have converted him to
the love of goat cheese, so he opted for a tomato-sauce based pizza.


Once the dough has risen about a half hour to 45 minutes, it should look like


Punch it down to remove extra air, and divide it in half.

Since we’re two poor teachers, and our oven broke about a month and a half ago,
we had to get creative with cooking methods. Our last attempt with grilling pizzas was an epic fail, so I went
back to something I did in college: skillet pizza.

I heated my huge cast iron skillet until it was as hot as it would get. Then, the
dough was pressed into an even circle with the help of a pastry brush dipped in garlic olive oil, and then,
once it was bubbled up a bit, the dough circle was flipped over. Then, I lowered the heat, brushed a bit of
garlic olive oil on top, spread out my toppings and covered it for a few minutes (literally 3 or 4).

The result?




It. Was. AWESOME. I was sad when it was gone. I highly recommend the
caramelized onion/mushroom/goat cheese/garlic combination on pizza, or a sandwich, or in a wrap…

The husband’s was great too:


So there you have it: the Skillet Fitnessizza! Thanks for letting me visit,


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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet on September 15, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    That melt cheese and caramelized onion just stole my heart. Looks delicious Mara! 🙂

  2. Kristina @ spabettie on September 15, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    this sounds Fabulous… thanks Mara!! 😀

  3. Gena on September 15, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Roomstar, I just posted a ‘zeke tortilla pizza, and you totally put me to shame with the homemade crust! Love it!

  4. Holly @ couchpotatoathlete on September 15, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    That crust looks so delicious — and I’ve never heard of putting a pizza in a skillet! What a neat idea. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Little Bookworm on September 15, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    The pizza sounds fantastic. Thank you for the recipe/instructions on how to make a pizza base!

  6. Darcy on September 15, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    OMG! I just wrote a blog post about my epic FAIL with making my own pizza. A long time ago (so long ago it feels like a different life) I lived and Chicago and ate pizza far more than anyone ever should. Since moving to the East Coast, and finding a healthier way to eat I’ve been dying for an easy and healtier option to the pizza delivery man. This may be it! I am so excited…am making the Fitnessizza tonight!

  7. Carrie on September 15, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    That is *genius*! I’ve been obsessed with my cast iron skillet lately, it has yet to let me down. Cast iron makes everything taste better. Thanks for the idea Mara!

  8. hippierunner on September 15, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    I never thought to make pizza in a skillet! Thanks for the great idea. And for making me drool all over my keyboard! Goat cheese, olive oil, garlic and caramelized onions are my favourite toppings!

  9. MoniMeals on September 15, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Good Golly! Amazing, nice work Mara.

  10. LisaG on September 15, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    I will definitely try your pizza; love the skillet idea. I can eat pizza for any meal

  11. jess on September 15, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Gina- we moved on Friday so I feel your pain. The packing is endless! Glad we have done the move but now it’s the unpacking!

    Pizza’s look delish. Going to be trying those bad boys out x

  12. Becca@ Start Over From Scratch on September 15, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    What a great idea to cook the dough in the skillet! I must try!

  13. Liz on September 15, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Making a successful grilled pizza isn’t much different than what you did in the skillet. Heat the grill up to med high. Roll/stretch out the dough, and brush one side with olive oil. Put the olive oil side down on the grill and LEAVE IT. It may look uneven, and it does take practice to get it even, but uneven pizza is still delicious. Let it sit for ~2 to 3 mins. Peel up a corner, and if you see grill marks, you’re in business. Brush the ungrilled side with olive oil and flip. Scatter toppings onto the top (the grilled side). Close the grill and wait 2 minutes. Slide onto a cutting board and enjoy!

    • Mara @ What's For Dinner? on September 15, 2010 at 8:12 pm

      Oh the process is simple enough… its when my Husband decides to rush it and put the dough on before all the lighter fluid is burned off! EW!

  14. Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) on September 15, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    This looks dreamy. I don’t seem to eat pizza very often, but when I do I love it!

  15. Nic on September 15, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Love, love, love goat cheese! I swear I could eat pizza for every meal! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Christina @ Food.Fun.Fabulous on September 15, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Wow those pizzas look really good. I’ve only made my own pizza a couple times but I should do it more often!

  17. Chicago Cuisine Critique on September 15, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    This look great Mara. Goat cheese is my favorite and I also have a huge love for mushrooms and onions (and when they are caramelized, even better). Great post!

  18. Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) on September 15, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    This is a sweet recipe Mara! Glad you got to remake the BBQ pizza w/o lighter fluid 😉 hehe. I’m hungry now!

  19. VeggieGirl on September 15, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Mara & Gina on one blog = PERFECT!!! Love you guys 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 16, 2010 at 10:43 am

      love you too!

  20. Krystina on September 15, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    That pizza is beautiful, Mara!

  21. Kathy on September 15, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Hi Mara – my sister’s name is Mara and you don’t come across that often. I don’t know about you but hers is pronounced like “Mark” with an “a” in place of the “k”…my dad’s name is Mark. Lots of people say it like “Sarah.” I love your skillet idea! Mara (my sis) and I made a version of this on the grill at her house with the same onions, goat cheese & mushrooms. We added one thing that will either ruin it or take it up even another notch for you: pesto made with fresh basil from the garden! So GOOD! I however don’t have a grill so I am trying a skillet. Oh, I wasn’t brave enough to make the dough (bought wheat dough at Trader Joe’s) but now I will try it!

  22. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on September 15, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    I love pizza. I think I could live on pizza if forced to. Yours looks especially delicious…I love goat cheese!

  23. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on September 15, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Thanks for all the love!! The pizza was really stellar… I’m hoping to brave grilled ones again soon!

    • Dana Marie on September 16, 2010 at 12:51 pm

      what kind of camera did you use Mara? It takes such crisp photos

  24. Cara Craves... on September 15, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    I just made a skillet pan pizza the other day…super good.
    Thanks for sharing yours. I must remember to put caramelized onions on
    mine next time.

  25. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on September 15, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Mmm I love the combo of caramelized onions and goat cheese, especially on pizza! 😀

  26. Caitlin (EatFeats) on September 15, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Looks sooo goood. And what an innovative way to cook the pizza–I feel an undeniable urge to try this.

  27. Lauren on September 15, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    AWww, love you Mara! So sweet to house sit for Gina while she is a packing machine! 🙂

  28. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on September 15, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Great eats, Mara!! I dont even like onions but those carmelized onions maybe could even convert me cuz you made em look sooo good 🙂

  29. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on September 15, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Great recipe! I haven’t tried making my own pizza dough yet but I’ve printed off this recipe for my first attempt. 🙂

  30. Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life on September 15, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Oh my gosh, they look fantastic!! Caramelized onions?!? YUM! Thanks for sharing, Mara! 🙂

  31. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' on September 15, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Oh, I love caramelized onions on pizza!! I used to work at a restaurant that served a caramelized onion, rosemary and Gorgonzola pizza–> it was pure heaven! (and surprisingly popular!)

    The “Fitnessizza!” LOL 😀

  32. Mama Pea on September 16, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Love Mara, love pizza, love Gina…what’s not to love? Oh, goat cheese. Not a fan, vegan or not. But I love the looks of that pizza!

  33. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on September 16, 2010 at 8:19 am

    That pizza looks amazing. I want that for dinner tonight, too.

  34. Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf on September 16, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Skillet pizza?! I’ve made grilled pizza, but never skillet pizza. Great idea!

  35. Dana Marie on September 16, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Mara nice camera, what kind is it?

  36. Gina on September 16, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I’ve never thought to make pizza in my cast iron…I’ve done a corn bread before that was awesome, so I can only imagine how awesome the pizza must be…must try! Oh, and the topping combo is my fav!!!

  37. Molly on September 16, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    My husband and I make skillet pizzas all the time. Thanks for the easy dough recipe (and pics)! We are usually pressed for time on pizza night, so we “cheat” and use a whole wheat pita from Trader Joe’s as the crust. It crisps up perfectly! The key is to put a little oil on the bottom of the pan, then put the pita in right away and start building. The crust crisps up without you having to wait on it. We pop it under the broiler to melt the cheese to perfection. My favorite topping combo is Sunny Daze: sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and artichoke hearts.

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  39. elle on September 17, 2010 at 9:10 am

    i want to make this. yummy, does anyone know the cals?

  40. Ruth on April 19, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I love it in all its wholewheat goat’s cheese mushroom glory!

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