Stop ordering pizza, and start making it!
“But, Kim!” you say. “Pizza is what I eat when I’m tired of cooking!” And I completely understand. I had delivery pizza just last night because my oven started smoking (that’s a different story). But, if you’re like me, and find yourself wanting pizza more than you should, you might find that it will save you big bucks. There are ways to do make pizza easily and to make it fun. Delivery pizza is really not worth the money! If you’re feeding a whole family it can be at least 30 bucks. But making your own pizza can be a tiny fraction of that.
So here’s how:
Dough doesn’t actually cost a lot of dough, pardon the pun. The store bought kind can be relatively cheap, and it’s even cheaper if you make your own. The dough is by far the most time consuming part of making pizza, especially if you’re making a more tradition crust recipe. And those more traditional ways of doing it are pretty great if you have some aggression that you need to knead out. That was the last pun, I promise. However, you can easily make the dough during the weekend and then freeze it so you have it ready for when you’re exhausted on Friday.
If you’re going to make your own dough, and kneading sounds awful, you can easily Google “quick pizza dough recipes” and find some that take even less time. And if none of that sounds worth the time/money to you, then you can always buy the store bought.
In addition to all this: if you want to go healthier you can experiment with different types of flour, or even cauliflower!
Sauce is another component that you can make ahead of time and freeze!
And it’s worth the money because making your own sauce can also be very cheap. After all, tomato paste is usually about 99 cents per can, and I’ve found that you only need half of a can to make some good sauce. There is also always store bought sauce which you might already have on hand for your pasta. Or you could go very cheap and skip the sauce and just drizzle olive oil and some garlic and herbs over the dough, which is delicious!
Cheese is likely something you have on hand anyway, and although cheese is the most pricey of everything involved (at least where I’m shopping), you don’t need as much as they put on pizza at delivery places. Sometimes I do want that much, I’ll admit. But when the cheese melts it covers a lot of the spaces, meaning you really only need a thin layer. This means: healthier pizza!
Toppings can save you a lot of money in the long run because you can either a) go without them and just have a cheese pizza or b) use whatever vegetables that you have left in the fridge that you need to get rid of. I’ve used the last part of an onion, I’ve used kale, I’ve even used broccoli and it’s all good! Even if there are veggies that you wouldn’t like on a pizza but are about to go to waste, you could hide them in the sauce or make a salad.
The possibilities here are endless, if you’re crafty. The reality is that you can make pizza for very cheap and not have to shell out thirty bucks for something that you can also make very (VERY) yummy.