Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Pizza and a Movie. . .

Almost every week at our house on Friday or Saturday night we have pizza and watch a movie. It has become a tradition of sorts and something the kids really look forward to. Now this could be a very expensive tradition if we were buying take out or even frozen pizza but we almost always make homemade pizza. Not only does this save us money, but we can also make pizza night a little bit healthier.  We like to change things up and try new things.  One of our favorite pizzas is the Black Bean Pizza ( I will share this recipe with you in a future post), super healthy and yummy too. We also try to always make a whole grain crust or sometimes we stuff a Homemade Pita with pizza toppings. Today I thought I would share a few of our favorite recipes with you:

Pizza Dough

1 Cup Warm Water
1 Tb. Yeast
1 Tb. Sugar
1 Tb. Olive Oil
3/4 tsp. Salt
Millet (optional)

In a large bowl combine warm water, yeast, sugar, and oil.  Allow the yeast to dissolve then stir in salt and add enough flour to make a soft dough. Roll out and place on an oiled pizza stone sprinkled with cornmeal. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees or until browned. Makes 1 -16" pizza crust.

This is my favorite recipe for pizza dough. It also makes great breadsticks. For the flour you can use any combination of white and wheat flour that you like.  I use at least half wheat flour sometimes I use mostly wheat flour. We also really like to add millet to our dough, it adds a nice little crunch, and adds more whole grain. Putting cornmeal on your pizza stone or baking sheet also makes your crust nice and crispy. Sometimes I will double or triple this recipe and then I will roll the dough out into small individual pizzas. I bake them all and then freeze them to make pizza and movie night quick and easy. The kids really like the individual pizzas because they can decorate their own.

Shaun-ta's Pizza Sauce

2 - 8 oz. Cans Tomato Sauce
1/2 to 3/4 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
1 tsp. Basil
1 tsp. Oregano

Place in a saucepan and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Making your own pizza sauce is really easy and saves money.  You can use whatever seasonings you like and make it to your own taste. For a really yummy BBQ pizza make a sauce that is 1/2 pizza sauce and 1/2 BBQ sauce. With pizza we have found that there are endless possibilities.

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