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Ahh pizza. Who doesn’t like pizza? You like pizza, I like pizza, we all like pizza because it’s one of the best meal ideas on earth! You have this crunchy yet doughy canvas with which to create infinite combinations of toppings galore. Tasty and satisfying, pizza is a real crowd pleaser and nowadays there are even gluten-free, lactose free and vegan pizzas, spreading the love to everyone.

Pizza in theory is awesome, those unfortunate nutrition stats, not so much. Solution: make your own pizza so you can figure just how much cheese grease is proper for you.

The pizza I made isn’t totally homemade, the dough was store bought, but once I get my hands on some non-expired yeast I’ll be looking to make a stellar half whole wheat pizza dough. Yum. The store bought dough worked great and it was obviously easier, besides, I was more interested in the toppings. Prosciutto is amazing because it crisps up in the oven, no need to pre-cook anything. Garlic, arugula and red onions are some favs that add a lot of flavor without the calories. Of course cheese. Goat cheese, mozzarella, chunks of blue cheese, smoked cheddar, the options are endless! Pizza has helped parents get their children to like vegetables for decades. It’s a spectacular device with which to secretly feed them their veggies without them having the slightest inkling.

Making it at home is way cheaper and faster than delivery, lower cal than digorno, what’s not to love?

Adding second degree burns to your left your palm. Can’t love that. Note to self: Do NOT grab a pan handle that has just been in a 400 oven for 15 minutes. Ouch.

Have no fear, I am happy to report I was able to keep the hand and enjoy pizza. All in a day’s life of cooking.

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Sorta-Homemade Pizza

Store-bought whole wheat pizza dough

“Sauce”
Evoo
Garlic, minced
S&P
Dried herbs

Toppings
Prosciutto
Arugula
Bell peppers
Tomatoes
Mozzarella
Goat Cheese
Onions
Mushrooms
Bacon
Pineapple

Preheat oven according to dough package. Before rolling it out decide if you want 2 small pizzas or one large, the time to divide up the dough is now. After you roll out the dough make sure to put it on your baking device (i.e. baking sheet) before you add your sauce or toppings. For my “sauce” I just used olive oil, chopped garlic and salt and pepper, but you could use tomato sauce, white cream sauce, ricotta, etc. Next add the toppings. Go crazy, put whatever you want!

Bake according to package, somewhere around 15 mins, or until desired crispy crust-ness.

Use an oven mitt to remove from oven. Do not take off oven mitt and grab scolding hot baking sheet.

Do carefully cut a slice and enjoy!

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