If I were to tell you I don’t like ooey gooey, cheesy American pizza, would you believe me?
Well, it’s 100% true.
Three pounds of stringy mozzarella cheese and a scant sprinkling of canned black olives on top of bland red sauce and a bleached white crust doesn’t do it for me. Sadly, this is a disgustingly huge part of the current American diet. You certainly won’t find me at a chain pizza parlor anytime soon.
If I were to tell you I love gourmet wood-fired, brick oven pizza and homemade pizza, would you believe me?
That is 100% true, too.
If you search “pizza” on Nutrition Nut, there is no shortage of posts and pictures of homemade pizza concoctions from the past few years.
While the SAD (Standard American Diet) pizza is in no way healthy, I do believe pizza can serve as a nutritious meal.
How To “Healthify” Pizza Night >>
1 // Start with a whole grain crust, or try making a gluten-free cauliflower crust
2 // Substitute flavorful and nutrient-dense kale pesto for the typical red or white cream sauce
3 // Load up on the vegetable toppings!
4 // Go light on the cheese: make the veggies the star of the pie, decorated lightly with cheese
5 // Pair your pizza with a dark leafy green salad
Whether you’re cooking for two, or for a family of eight, homemade pizza and salad is a great option for simplifying Sunday dinner.
>> whole grain pizza dough (fresh or pre-baked) can be purchased from the grocery store
>> homemade pesto can be made in advance (and stores well in the freezer)
>> vegetables can be sliced and diced earlier in the week along with other meal prep
What is your ideal pizza?
What are your tips for creating a healthier pizza?
What are your favorite simple Sunday dinners?
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Foodie.com. As always, opinions are my own.