It’s a go-to Friday night meal that’s bound to satisfy a crowd thanks to the variety of available toppings, sauces and cheeses.
However, topping additions, delivery fees and tips can lead to a hefty bill. Next time you find yourself wanting to order a quick pie, consider making one at home for a fraction of the cost.
All you need is a tortilla, pasta sauce, cheese and toppings. A tortilla is a great option for a thin crust pizza. Allowing it to bake with spray oil in the oven before adding toppings produces an even crispier aftermath.
For the best health fare – top your pie with veggies and aim for low-sodium sauce and low-fat mozzarella. And there’s a welcomed bonus for parents – making homemade pizzas are a great opportunity for kids to get involved in choosing and adding veggie toppings, which makes them more likely to consume.
Here are three recipe ideas to consider in celebrating National Pizza Month this October:
This recipe for Chicken Pineapple Pizza brings together cream cheese, chicken, hot sauce and pineapple.
6 ounces of cream cheese, divided
Hot sauce to taste
1 cup shredded or diced chicken (can use rotisserie or leftover grilled chicken)
1 cup low-fat mozzarella cheese
1 can pineapple bits packed in juice or water
4 Roma tomatoes, diced
2 stalks green onion, chopped
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Allow cream cheese to soften. Then mix with desired amount of hot sauce, about 2 tablespoons per 4 ounce is recommended for this recipe.
Spray tortillas with spray oil and place in the oven for 7 minutes until crispy.
Mix shredded or diced chicken with 2 ounces of cream cheese and hot sauce to desired spice level.
Spread cream cheese mix
Shanthi Appelö is a registered dietitian and health and wellness spokesperson for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan based in Detroit. Passionate about the science of nutrition and behavior, Shanthi has experience working in clinical nutrition, public health and teaching in the university setting. In her free time, she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, exploring the outdoors, working on art and spending time with family.