Our children love to eat out. And Mommy and Daddy love the idea of eating out. But we don’t particularly love eating out for a couple of reasons. First, it’s hard not to think about what you could be doing with the money spent. Second, even if we allot a certain amount of money to eating out on occasion, it’s rare to find a place with food we can feel good about eating. So, most of the time, we eat in and are glad we do.
One of our family favorites is pizza. And we’ve discovered that we can make it as good, if not better, using ingredients we feel good about for a lot less than we would pay for one we’d order from a restaurant. This week, my daughter asked me if we could make pizza several times. Then, when I was trying to figure out what to make for dinner one night, I thought we’d go with her suggestion. I didn’t have any shredded cheese, pepperoni, or pre-made dough. But, I did have a block of organic mozzarella cheese, organic white flour, yeast, and some chicken sausage. It was enough to make it happen.
For the crust, I used:
3 cups organic white flour
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
3-5 Tbsp. oil (I used avocado oil just because it’s what I have right now.)
1 package of yeast
For the toppings, I used what I happened to have on hand:
1 jar of organic spaghetti sauce
1 block of organic mozzarella cheese
3 all-natural chicken sausage links
1. Prepare yeast according to package instructions.
2. Combine flour, salt, and garlic powder and mix.
3. Once the yeast is ready, add oil and water so that the total liquid mixture is about 1 1/4 cup.
4. Add yeast mixture to the flour and form a ball. Knead for at least five minutes. Then, either let the ball sit in a bowl covered by a clean kitchen towel for about 30 minutes, if you are preparing one large pizza. If you are dividing the dough to make more than one, form additional balls for each crust.
5. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough. (My handsome, handy husband rolled out the dough for us!)
6. Use a fork to poke holes in the crust.
7. Add your toppings. Use what you have. I didn’t have pepperoni and didn’t want to thaw out ground beef. So, I just used the sausage we had in the refrigerator.
8. Bake pizza at 425 for about 20 minutes or until crust looks golden and cheese is bubbling.
9. Enjoy! We did! 🙂
What fast food do you replicate at home for less?
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