Monday, September 5, 2011

Healthy Pizza Made Right At Home

The finished product: 14 inch homemade pizza - complete with his and her's sides : )
The ingredients - easy peasy
Before going into the oven to bake for 14 minutes at 450 degrees.
Hello Blog!  Where have you been?  Ok, the real question is... where have I been?  The last 3 weeks have absolutely flown by.  If it wasn't for this extra day off this labor day weekend, I can promise I wouldn't be posting right now.  School has started back up for both of us (no, we don't get the summers off... but when everyone else comes back, things tend to get nuts), I'm in the middle of teaching a class - just 2 weeks left to go, and of course - we're getting ready for baby each and every day/weekend.

Last night we stuck to our meal plan and our budget plan (hard to do on a holiday weekend) and made pizza at home.  This is really simple and easy.  Not sure it's cheaper than a Domino's or Pizza Hut deal, but I promise - it's much better for you!  The only thing we had to buy at the store to make this meal happen was the pizza crust.  The rest we had on hand.

Boboli Pizza crust (they come in original, thin, whole wheat or mini 8" sizes)
1/3 cup prego pasta sauce (use as much or as little as you'd like)
Pizza seasoning (ours came with our spice kit - I have no idea what's actually in it)
8 slices of low fat mozzarella cheese
Deli meat ham - cut or ripped into small pieces
No sugar added pineapple chunks (we like our Hawaiian)
Additional toppings used on my side: sliced black olives, green and red pepper and onions.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Put the pizza crust on a pizza baking sheet or prep on a sheet and then place crust directly on the oven rack for a crispier crust when you're done building up the toppings(we always use the backing sheet - it'd be too messy otherwise).  Place a thin layer of sauce on the crust.  Cover with 5-6 slices of cheese.  Add preferred toppings (we had them in this order: meat, pineapple and then veggies).  Sprinkle ripped pieces of remaining cheese over top.  Depending on your oven, bake for 10-14 minutes.  We go the full 14 minutes in our oven.  Let cool about 2-3 minutes after removing from the oven.  Cut into 8 pieces - serve and enjoy!!!  (Not the best for left overs, so better to have a bigger crowd to finish it up.  Because I can't eat as much, we usually end up throwing away a few slices).

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