Easy Homemade Pizza with Staple Ingredients 

A whopping 98% of Americans eat pizza and, according to the Washington Post, approximately 3 billion pizzas are sold each year.  

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: 

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Veggie Lovers Pizza

Veggie Lovers Pizza

  • Author: Shanthi Appelo
  • Yield: 4 pizzas 1x

Description

This Veggie Lovers Pizza recipe combines veggies with low-sodium sauce and low-fat mozzarella.


Ingredients

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  • 4 tortillas  
  • ¾ cup low-sodium pasta sauce 
  • 1 cup low-fat mozzarella cheese 
  • 1 bell pepper, any color, diced 
  • ½ cup mushrooms, sliced 
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced 
  • ½ cup banana peppers, drained 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 
  2. Spray tortillas with spray oil and place in the oven for 7 minutes, or until crispy. 
  3. Top each tortilla with desired amount of pasta sauce, then top with ½ cup mozzarella cheese or more as desired. 
  4. Spread diced bell pepper, sliced mushrooms, Roma tomato and banana peppers on the pizza.  
  5. Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese has melted. Enjoy! 
Veggie Lovers Pizza
Veggie Lovers Pizza

 


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Italian-inspired Tortilla Pizza

Italian-inspired Tortilla Pizza

  • Author: Shanthi Appelo
  • Yield: 4 pizzas 1x

Description

This recipe for Italian-inspired Tortilla Pizza combines prosciutto, mozzarella and arugula leaves.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 4 tortillas  
  • ¾ cup low-sodium pasta sauce 
  • 16 slices prosciutto 
  • 6– ounce mozzarella log, sliced 
  • ½ cup arugula leaves 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 
  2. Spray tortillas with spray oil and place in oven for 7 minutes until crispy. 
  3. Top each tortilla with the desired amount of pasta sauce, then spread mozzarella slices throughout pizza. 
  4. Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese has melted. Then add prosciutto slices (4 per pizza) and arugula leaves. Enjoy! 

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Buffalo chicken pizza

Buffalo Chicken Pineapple Pizza

  • Author: Shanthi Appelo

Description

This recipe for Chicken Pineapple Pizza brings together cream cheese, chicken, hot sauce and pineapple.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 4 tortillas 
  • Spray oil 
  • 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 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 
  2. Allow cream cheese to soften. Then mix with desired amount of hot sauce, about 2 tablespoons per 4 ounce is recommended for this recipe. 
  3. Spray tortillas with spray oil and place in the oven for 7 minutes until crispy. 
  4. Mix shredded or diced chicken with 2 ounces of cream cheese and hot sauce to desired spice level.  
  5. Spread cream cheese mix

pineapple pizza

 


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. 

 

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