I love pizza.
I don’t think we ever had it back in England so when we came to Canada, it was a fun “discovery”.
But a few years ago, I found I couldn’t eat tomatoes, so ordering a slice to go or a getting a full pizza from the freezer section is now pretty much out of the picture.
I also love improvising in the kitchen and making do with what we have. Recipes? Meh…they come in handy sometimes but I’m a bit of a rebel and like to be flexible with “a bit a this and a bit a that”, said with an Italian accent.
To still satisfy hubby’s and my “pizza needs”, I make a homemade, healthy, budget friendly version. Sometimes I make the crust from scratch but usually I use predone in some shape or form, usually not the official pizza crusts but an alternative.
I like the individual serving options of naan bread, for example, as that narrows the temptations to one nice size serving and it’s fun to have your own in case you want to use different toppings.
A recent batch I made was with a pack of 10 naan breads from the larger supermarket for $5 along with a homemade guacamole (with lots of spices and olive oil) as the base, veggie sausages, zucchini, Portobello mushrooms (on sale), artichokes, capers, pineapple, olives, fresh garlic, onion, and broccoli. Oh yes, and cheese, but just a modest sprinkling.
Of course the options are endless but my aim is to make it yummy, easy on the tummy, and affordable. Sometimes the toppings are piled so high that it’s hard to fathom the days of having a wimpy regular pizza with just three meager toppings.
My approximate calculation is that each naan bread pizza costs $2 and is basically equivalent structurally to two normal slices of pizza. For our total of $20 we’re getting twice the amount than if we bought regular pizza, not to mention way more nutrition. And if I were to compare the prices of all the items I used for the pizzas, I spent about 15-20% less than if I’d gotten all those ingredients at the medium sized grocery store instead.
The extra awesome thing is that it’s so easy to make a batch of ten pizzas in one go, once the chopping is done, and be set for a few nights’ meals, even if some go in the freezer for a future dinner.
If all that sounds like too much work for you, you can always buy the affordable pizzas in the freezer at your grocer and add a few easy extra toppings that you find in your fridge and pantry to give them substance and more nutrition. A touch of feta and sun-dried tomatoes? Bella!
All this talk of food and those tempting pizzas that are beckoning from the fridge – I don’t know if I’ll make it until dinner time! It might be time to eatza pizza.