I love to cook at home. I even consider it one of my hobbies. One of the benefits to cooking at home is you are 100% in charge of what goes into your meals. But, let's be honest. We don't always have time to make everything from scratch. So, I am also a big fan of finding shortcuts to make a homemade meal come together fast. Today, I'm sharing some shortcuts to make your own pizza in less time than you would have one delivered.
So...Let's Talk Pizza
There are FOUR main components of pizza!
For the crust:
You can make your own OR you can buy a store bought dough! Check out your local grocery store's bakery section for a ball of raw pizza dough. This allows you and your family to create the shape, thickness, etc. (You can also get raw pizza dough from your local pizzeria). Aim for whole wheat dough for a more nutritious choice. Whole wheat gives you more nutrients, fiber than regular pizza dough!
For the sauce:
Traditional pizza sauce is a marinara sauce. Making marinara sauce is super simple! Plus, it is a fun way to create and eat the flavors you enjoy! Using canned tomatoes are a quick and inexpensive way to speed up the sauce making. You can add extra flavor from garlic, onion, and spices such as oregano, thyme, and basil. Tomatoes are a nutritional powerhouse providing antioxidants and vitamins such as A and C. You can also top pizza with other sauces, such as a white sauce, olive oil, pesto, and more!
Don't have time to make your own pizza sauce? Enter this new trick. I recently saw it on Tastemade's Discover Channel and just had to try it for myself. (Mostly because I thought it was waaaay too easy). Wrong! It totally works.
Blend a can of tomatoes. That's it!
So...why do this over jarred pizza sauce? Many sauces in the stores contain a lot of sugar. Making your own sauce is a way that you control how much sugar, salt, spices, etc. And using canned tomatoes are a great way shortcut.
For the cheese:
This is a component that we can be creative with on our pizza! We can try all kinds of cheese for different flavors. Examples would be mozzarella for a traditional margherita pizza, feta for a mediterranean or Greek pizza or cheddar for a taco inspired pizza. But, a little of cheese goes a long way on pizza! So, use sparingly. Cheese is the main culprit for pizzas with a high saturated fat content. We want to limit our daily saturated fat content. It can clog our arteries and be hard on our hearts.
For the toppings:
Now, let’s have some fun and be creative! You can put ANYTHING on a pizza! This is a great and delicious way to add vegetables to your day! Try tomatoes, spinach, bell peppers, tomatoes, etc! As mentioned before, you can make pizzas inspired by any other foods:
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