Hearty and Flavorful

Make your meal a hearty, tasty one by starting it off with this recipe for Herbed Veggie Focaccia Bread, a pizza-esque flatbread that’s a delicious alternative to all-too-common unhealthy appetizers. Topped with mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, olives and onion, this hearty small plate packs a nutritious load of veggies. Find more nutritious recipes at AICR.org.

Herbed Veggie Focaccia Bread

Reprinted with permission from the American Institute for Cancer Research

Servings: 12


  • 1          cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1          cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1          package (1/4 ounce) quick-rise yeast
  • 1          teaspoon salt
  • 1          cup warm water, 125-130° F
  • 1          tablespoon canola oil


  • 7          medium fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 3          plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1          small green bell pepper, slivered
  • 1/2       cup sliced black olives
  • 1/4       cup chopped red onion
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 2          teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4       teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4       teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4       teaspoon basil
  • 1/4       teaspoon garlic powder
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 2          teaspoons cornmeal

Heat oven to 475° F.

  1. To make dough: In mixing bowl, combine whole-wheat flour, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, yeast and salt. Add water and oil. Beat until smooth. Stir in remaining all-purpose flour to form soft dough. Place onto floured surface and knead by hand until consistent and elastic, about 4 minutes. Cover and let stand 15 minutes.
  2. To make topping: In bowl, combine mushrooms, tomatoes, green bell pepper, olives, onion, oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, basil and garlic powder.
  3. Coat 15-by-10-by-1-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle with cornmeal. Gently press dough into pan. With fork, generously prick dough.
  4. Bake 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cover dough with topping mixture. Bake additional 10 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.


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