cooking tips

pizza: not just party food

Poor pizza. This slumber party favorite gets a bad rap as junk food, but we shouldn’t be so quick to judge.


veggies on top

The sky’s the limit when it comes to topping your pie. Pass on the pepperoni and pile on veggies, low-fat meats, and fruits that complement each other. Some of our favorites include:

  • Lean ham and pineapple
  • peppers, onions and halved turkey meatballs
  • broccoli, mushrooms and artichoke hearts
  • sliced sausage, sliced apples and torn arugula
  • halved cherry tomatoes, bocconcini, (mini fresh mozzarella balls) and fresh basil
pizza crust

from the bottom up

Build your base with an alternative “crust” option, like hollowed out zucchini boats, individual portobello caps, or even the popular gluten-free cauliflower crust that has the foodie world buzzing.

flatbread pizza

no need to knead

If you’re a traditionalist, a good old-fashioned crust needn’t be a chore. With easy refrigerated options (find them in the dairy aisle or deli case) you can create a handmade crust in minutes, and many whole wheat options are available. Pita round and tortillas are great option for lighter, thin-style crusts.

Note: Because it’s such a favorite, pizza is one food that’s easy to overdo. Keep portion sizes under control with easy individual servings. Premade English muffins or bagels are a time- honored staple for single-serving crusts (try whole wheat!) Dividing your crust up into muffin cups before baking can also help you create perfect portions. For a satisfying snack, pile your toppings in a crock and bake until melty for a pizzastyle dip that’s great with crudité or breadsticks.

cooking methods

Once you get your ingredients lined up, you’ll need to choose a cooking method. Oven-baked pizza is a time-honored winner, but grilled pizza tends to become a star in the summertime. try tossing your crust on the grill, then flip and top halfway through the cooking process. Or, create a rustic masterpiece on your stovetop, grill or oven in a sturdy cast-iron pan.

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