Osteoporosis, a condition that affects many individuals as they age, occurs when the bones begin to lose density over time. This causes weakness in the bones and, therefore, breaks due to falls can be extremely difficult to heal. This can be devastating for older adults and recovery can be a challenge. Medical experts and the International Osteoporosis Foundation recommend calcium rich foods to counter the effects of the condition. Here is a calcium rich grilled pizza recipe you can add to your menu. You can see the original here.

You will need the following ingredients for the dough:

  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 package active, dry years
  • 1 cup warm water (not boiling, but bring it to approximately 100°F)
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flower, divided
  • 6 tablespoons stone-ground yellow cornmeal, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided

To begin the dough-making process, dissolve honey and yeast in the warm water. Make sure you have a large bowl for this step. Let it stand for about 5 minutes. Add 2 cups of carefully measured flour, 2 tablespoons cornmeal, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to yeast mixture. Stir this until a soft dough forms. Move the dough to a floured surface to knead until smooth and elastic. This should take about 6 minutes. Add enough of the remaining flower 1 tablespoon at a time to keep the dough from sticking to your hands.

Coat a large bowl with cooking spray and place the dough inside. Turn it to coat with the spray. Cover it and let it rise in a warm, draft-free place. This will take about 45 minutes and the dough will double in size.

Divide your dough into 2 equal portions. Work with one portion at a time and cover remaining dough. Roll each portion into a 10-inch circle on a floured surface. Prepare 2 flat baking sheets by sprinkling each with 2 tablespoons cornmeal. Place the dough on the sheets and brush each portion with 1 tablespoon oil. Cover with plastic wrap and chill while you prepare the remaining ingredients for your pizzas.

Topping ingredients include:

  • 1 pound large peeled and deveined shrimp
  • Salt
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups queso fresco, crumbled
  • 6 tablespoons green salsa
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves

Prepare your grill.

Thread shrimp on to wooden skewers and sprinkle them with salt. Place the skewers on a grill racked coated with cooking spray to prevent sticking. Grill for 2 minutes on each side or until shrimp are pink and no longer translucent. Cool slightly and coarsely chop.

Combine your cheeses in another bowl.

Unwrap one dough portion and slide the dough onto the grill rack coated with cooking spray. You can use a spatula as a guide. Grill for three minutes until lightly browned and flip to grill the other size. Spread three tablespoons of the green salsa over the crust leaving a 1/4 inch boarder. Top with half of the shrimp and half of the cheese mixture. Grill for approximately 3 minutes until crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted. Keep warm and repeat for the second pizza. Cut each pizza into 6 slices, top with fresh cilantro, and enjoy!

What other calcium rich recipes can you add to your menu?

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