The Life-Changing Magic of Two-Ingredient Dough: Why I Switched to This Easy Recipe
If you’re exhausted by weight loss schemes and just want to drop a few pounds, then two-ingredient dough can help you meet your goals without leaving you feeling deprived. What is two-ingredient dough? It’s simply 1 cup of Greek yogurt and 1 cup of self-rising flour. With this easy recipe you can make everything from bagels to pizza crust, saving yourself quite a few calories and enhancing your nutrition along the way.
I was first introduced to the concept of two-ingredient dough through Weight Watchers. Before you object, consider this: Weight Watchers differs from other eating plans because it does not consider any particular food as evil. This doesn’t mean you can eat whatever you want, as much as you want, whenever you want. If you intend to reach your weight loss or health goals, you have to pick your spots, but the Weight Watchers point system is designed to help you do this. I found it’s really working for me.
Weight Watchers Freestyle uses a proprietary blend of factors to determine the right daily point value for each person. The points are adjusted depending on how much weight you want to lose and how quickly, but the program does not recommend eating less than 26 points worth of food daily. Unlike other diet schemes, Weight Watchers doesn’t want you to lose 15 pounds a month. Weight Watchers assigns points to food you eat every day. It doesn’t require you to eliminate certain foods (like going strictly gluten-free as a dietary, not medical, choice), nor purchase specially-packaged foods (like Adkins).
Oprah Winfrey once proclaimed that Weight Watchers was great because she gets to eat bread. Or in her own words, “I. LOVE. BREAAAAAAADDDDD.” We all love bread, but it tends to give us the kind of high carb, low nutrient calories that stop us from losing weight.
So in Weight Watchers cosmology, bread is not evil. You don’t have to refrain from ever eating it again. At the same time, some bread products are assigned high point values due to their nutritional value. That’s where two-ingredient dough makes your life much more delicious.
When choosing a yogurt, be sure to pick true Greek yogurt like Fage, not one of the brands with sugar. I use Fage 0% or 2%, depending what’s on sale. One cup of Fage has 23 grams of protein, 7.5 grams of fat and 160 calories. Using the Greek yogurt also adds a nice dose of calcium into your meal.
When combined with one cup of self-rising flour (I use Gold Medal), you can make a substitute for breads and crusts that tastes great and reduces your daily point value. You can make it gluten-free by using a brand of gluten-free self-rising flour, like Bob’s.
What Can You Make With Two-Ingredient Dough?
You can make almost anything! Be creative. I’ve used the dough for empenadas, bagels, and all kinds of things.
It’s hard to find a good pizza crust that’s tasty and low in calories at the grocery store. With two-ingredient dough, it’s surprisingly fun to simply make your own. Start with 1 cup of yogurt and 1 cup of flour. This entire crust would be 12 points if you ate the whole thing, so you can see how it helps control your points, while still giving you your pizza fix!
Mix, then knead for two minutes to smooth out the dough. Use a rolling pin to make the crust whatever shape or thickness you desire. For the pizza sauce, I prefer to use Ragu Pizza Sauce, veggie smart addition, as it packs a serving of vegetables into the sauce. You can use tomato or Marinara. Top your pizza with anything you want. Sprinkle with low fat or nonfat mozzarella cheese. To keep it healthier, I use lots of fresh veggies, like peppers, mushrooms, and arugula. Get creative!
Cook in a 375-400 degree oven for 20 minutes, depending on how crunchy you want the crust. If you don’t use fatty meats, you can keep your points quite low. I was quite surprised at how good the pizza crust really does taste and this recipe has become a weekly favorite. Honestly, I don’t even miss store-bought or ordered pizza anymore!
Breakfast calzones are a snap and provide a much-needed break from cereal or eggs. Simply combine the ingredients for the dough and knead for a few minutes. Once the dough is smooth, roll it out and cut into four equal pieces. Roll each piece into a circle and fill them with whatever you want: scrambled eggs, a lean breakfast meat, and a low-fat cheese, for example. Seal the dough and bake them in the oven for about 20 minutes at 375 degrees. You can also use your air fryer.
One calzone will only cost you 4 smart points and you’ll stay full for hours, thanks to the extra protein from the dough.
Use the same process described above to make the dough. Cut into four pieces. Gently form into a circle, pulling the dough into the shape of a ring. Then cut a hole in the middle, or use your thumb. (Use the leftover dough to make bagel balls). After the bagel is formed, brush lightly on both sides with egg whites. This will help ensure the toppings stay on. Sprinkle with everything bagel seasoning, which you can find in the spice aisle at your local grocery store, or pick up a jar of the Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel seasoning.
Cook at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes. One bagel is 3 Weight Watchers points.
Other two-ingredient dough recipes include pretzel bites, flatbread, breadsticks, tostadas, and other bread favorites. If it has bread, you can probably make it out of two-ingredient dough for a taster and bit healthier alternative.