Friday Night Pizza

Pizza is one of the easiest dinners you can make – and no I am not talking about a frozen pizza or calling up the delivery guy. If Friday night is typically pizza night in your household, making your own homemade pizza can be a simple healthy swap! I make homemade pizza at least once a week for a quick dinner on the weekend. I love that I can throw all of my left over vegetables, cheese, and meats from the week and make a delicious healthy (not to mention cheap!) meal!

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My favorite pizza crust

vegetarian, soy-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, sugar-free, shellfish-oil, fish-free, nightshade-free, bean & legume-free

  • 3 cups all-purpose white flour (or half all-purpose and half-whole wheat flour)
  • 2 tsp quick acting yeast (found in the baking aisle of any grocery store)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cup water (may differ a bit depending on the flour type)
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil

In a large bowl combine flour, yeast, and salt. Stir to combine. Add water and 2 Tbsp olive oil and mix. You will eventually need to use your hands as the dough begins to form. On a lightly floured surface (like your counter top) knead the dough for 1-3 minutes. The dough should be sticky, but not so sticky that it is sticking to the countertop. Form dough into a ball, place back in bowl, and coat with remaining Tbsp of olive oil. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and leave it set on the counter for 1-2 hours until dough doubles in size.

Split dough in half (this recipe makes 2 pizza crusts). If you are not using both this time around, place one in a plastic bag and store in the freezer for next time (thaw in refrigerator when ready to use). Roll dough out on the counter into a thin circle crust. Place crust on a well-greased pizza pan (I use PAM), and fold edges over to form crust. Brush with olive oil and then get creative with toppings! Bake at 350*F until crust begins to brown and toppings melt (~20-30 min).

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My Friday night pizza had leftover tomato sauce, sliced heirloom cherry tomatoes (extras that weren’t used on salads during the week), dried basil and oregano, slices of mozzarella and shredded parmesan cheese. Leftovers never tasted so good! I served my pizza with a big Caesar salad for more vegetable goodness! What does your Friday night pizza look like?

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