One of my favorite, easy meals to make is pizza using “store bought pizza crust” with my own fresh toppings. This is the quick and easy way to do it and it tastes fresh and healthy because you choose the toppings. I like to keep frozen pizza crust in my freezer so it is handy to make any time we are in the mood for pizza! The fun part is trying to come up with tasty, healthy and interesting topping combinations. Here are a few of my favorites:
Italian style Pizza:
This one was typically Italian with marinara, a few dollops of ricotta and fresh sliced heirloom tomatoes. I also added some sliced sweet peppers and baby red onions, and then I topped it all with shredded mozzarella. I put it in a 375 degree oven for about 15 – 20 minutes until the cheese was bubbly. Right before serving I sprinkled some fresh herbs over it.
Mediterranean Style Pizza:
These were mini pizza crusts topped with lightly sauteed baby zucchini strips, sliced red onions & mushrooms. I topped the crusts with a few spoonfuls of Harissa and some shredded gouda cheese & fresh herbs.
These were mini cornmeal crust pizzas (from Whole Foods) – one was topped with kale pesto, heirloom tomato slices, red onion slices and goat cheese crumbles. The other was topped with red pepper pesto, tomato slices, red pepper strips and grated cheddar. Arugula was added over the top of both right before serving.
Butternut Squash Pizza:
For this pizza I roasted thin slices of butternut squash and sliced red onions in the oven. (they were first brushed with olive oil). Then I put some spoonfuls of ricotta cheese on top of the frozen crust and placed the cooked squash, onions and some spoonfuls of butternut squash sauce from a jar. (I had in the cupboard). I topped this with shredded mozzarella and then I popped it in the oven. Right before serving I garnished it with fresh herbs like sage, rosemary & thyme and sprinkled it with pomegranate seeds. This was really, really delicious!
Mexican Style Pizza:
This one was one of my favorite combinations! I topped the frozen crust with spoonfuls of salsa from a jar. Then I put a few dollops of refried beans, roasted cherry tomatoes & red onions over that. I topped it all with shredded jack cheese, and a few tablespoons of canned corn. Then I put it in the oven for 15-20 minutes until bubbly. Right before serving, I added fresh sliced avocado, sour cream, and fresh cilantro and a sprinkling of chile powder. This was a big hit with my guests!
These pizzas are really so easy and fun to create. You can use almost any combination of vegetables you have in your fridge. Just keep a frozen crust or two in your freezer and it makes an easy and yummy treat for any meal!