If you're like me and love to make pizza at home, with tomatoes and bell peppers out of season right now, one sometimes has to get a little more clever when it comes to Winter pizzas. If you have already tried all of those, experiment with butternut squash as an unexpected pizza topping.Of course, you will have to preroast the squash; I find it easiest to just roast it the night before but you could also pick up a bag of frozen butternut squash and precook it in a saute pan. Once the squash is roasted, assembling the pizza is cinch. Drizzle the finished pizza with a touch of walnut oil, which adds even more flavor and richness. Serve it with arugula salad for an easy dinner, or slice it into smaller pizzas for an simple vegetarian appetizer. Skip delivery and make your own pizza pie by reading more for the recipe.
Most people opt for delivery or frozen pizza, but making homemade pizza is a great way to "cook" in the kitchen with your friends and family. Especially during the busy holiday season, you can quickly and easily feed crowded and busy homes by prepping a bunch of raw pizza toppings and buying ready-made crust, so everyone can personalize their own pizza. Here are a few Winter topping ideas to inspire your homemade pies.
I know it's late in the game, but October is National Pizza Month. Before celebrating at your local pizzeria with a slice containing who knows how many calories, here are ways to enjoy pizza at home keeping the calorie count below 300.
- Kashi Pesto Pizza: Kashi's signature seven whole grain and sesame wood-fired thin crust is topped with basil pesto sauce, diced tomatoes, caramelized onions, mozzarella, and rBGH-free feta.
- 240 calories per serving, about 1/3 of the pizza
- 9 grams of fat
- 590 mg of sodium
- 4 grams of fiber
- 14 grams of protein
- Amy's Roasted Vegetable Pizza: Topped with marinated organic shiitake mushrooms, roasted red peppers, sweet onions, and marinated artichoke hearts, this pizza has no cheese, making it deliciously vegan.
- 280 calories per serving, about 1/3 of the pizza
- 9 grams of fat
- 540 mg of sodium
- 3 grams of fiber
- 7 grams of protein
Keep reading to find out what other healthy frozen pizzas are under 300 calories.
For my second attempt at perfecting a beet pizza, I skipped the olive oil and added fresh and easy arugula pesto, which added a little more color and even more dimension to this pizza. With a little planning you can easily add this pizza into your fast and easy weeknight dinner routine. Just roast the beets and prepare the arugula pesto the night before. If you want to skip both of these steps, Trader Joe's carries roasted beets in the refrigerator section and a store-bought basil pesto would work just the same. Give these earthy roots a try on your next pizza pie and keep reading for this easy recipe.
Call it a 21-pie salute to the best pizzas our country has to offer. In honor of National Pizza Month, we've teamed up with our expert taste testers in NYC, Chicago, LA, and San Francisco to pinpoint our 21 favorite pizza places in four major cities. Read on, then eat up.
YumSugar's Top 5 Pizzas
- Motorino: New York's East Village is lucky to have this neighborhood spot, which makes a memorable, chewy-blistery crust (pictured above). Try the brussels sprouts and smoked pancetta pizza.
- Pizzeria Mozza: The luscious toppings and creative flavor combinations at Mario Batali's Los Angeles pizza outpost will leave any pie lover hankering for more.
- Gino's East: Chicago's deep-dish pizza wouldn't be what it is without the precedent of Gino's East. Do as a Chicagoan would do: order a pie with an entire layer of the joint's famous sausage.
- Pizzeria Delfina: San Francisco's favorite neighborhood pizza house makes solid pies across the board, but the panna pizza — with sweet-tart tomato sauce, cream, basil, and thin shavings of parmigiano — will change your life.
- Grimaldi's: There's a perpetual line around the block at this Brooklyn institution, and for good reason. Don't pass up an opportunity to try a classic New York slice, made in a historic coal-burning brick oven.
Check out 20 more favorites from New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, after the jump.
Pizza is one of those comforting, simple staples that has a special place in everyone's heart, stomach, and speed dial. In honor of October's National Pizza Month, get out of your topping rut and mix it up with these nontraditional pies. From unexpected flavors to unlikely combinations, who knows? You may find a new favorite.
Some nights, you can't resist your craving for an ooey-gooey bite of your favorite pizza. A basic slice of cheese pizza clocks in around 270 calories, but if you order your pie with toppings, check out how many calories they add to your slice.
|Artichoke hearts (4)|
|Bacon (equivalent of 2 slices)|
|Black olives (2 tbsp sliced)|
|Broccoli (3 florets)|
|Caramelized onions (1/4 onion)|
|Chicken strips (1 oz)|
|Extra cheese (1/4 cup)|
Don't see your favorite topping? Keep reading to find out the calories in meatballs, pineapple, and sun-dried tomatoes.
When you need a quick meal, pizza is always a crowd pleaser, but unfortunately it's not the most nutritious food on the planet. The next time you order from your local pizzeria or pull out your rolling pin to make your own, try these healthy tips.
- Whip up your own whole wheat dough and mix in flaxseeds for added fiber and omega-3s. If you don't have time, look for frozen whole wheat dough at the grocery store you can roll out and add your own flax to the dough.
- If you have a frozen pizza in your freezer, top your pie with sliced fresh or roasted veggies like tomatoes, peppers, and mushrooms before popping it in the oven.
- Go cheese-less. Whether ordering out or making your own, hold the cheese and add flavor with veggies instead. Or if you can't live without the stretchy, melty goodness, sprinkle Daiya Mozzarella Style Cheese on top for a cholesterol-free option.
- If you're ordering a pie from your fave pizza joint, always go for thin crust and top with at least three veggie toppings for added fiber.
- Instead of pepperoni or sausage, sprinkle on some meat-free nibbles such as Smart Sausage, smokey tempeh strips (Fakin' Bacon), or cubes of marinated tofu.
- Blot the top of your slice with a napkin to soak up extra pooling grease.
How do you healthify your fave slice? If you have any other ideas, share them below.