Easy Breezy Pizza at Home

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE pizza! I know that may cause me to lose my official foodie status, but I do. Pizza is so versatile and the variety of topping combos keeps monotony at bay.

Semi-homemade is okay with me.

I love a good hand tossed pizza crust as much as the next person, but when I’m looking for a quick crust or one that’s GLUTEN FREE, I always reach for a box of Chebe (not sponsored, just a fan). It’s also super clean when it comes to ingredients and with only a few in total, checks all my boxes when it comes to mass-produced foods. It’s base is tapioca flour which leaves you with the best crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside crust. I’ts my very favorite grain free option and believe me, I’ve tried most. It comes together in about 2 minutes and bakes for 15-20. Perfect!

I like to roll mine out and brush with olive oil. I usually bake just the crust for 7-10 minutes on my pizza stone, then add toppings and finish off baking.

Getting Saucy.

Now, if time is really an issue just use your favorite store bought pizza sauce. But, in the amount of minutes it takes you to pre-bake your crust you can whip up a delicious sauce that rivals any grocery offering.

Just combine a can of 8 oz tomato sauce and 6 oz tomato paste with 1.5 tsp sea salt and 1 TBLS pizza seasoning. Just read your label to check for any tricky ingredients. Heat all of these with a drizzle of olive oil over medium until heated through. Depending how much sauce you like, this should cover 3 pizzas. You can even freeze your extra!

On the the really good stuff…

Remember pizza’s versatility? Well , here’s my kids favorite thing to do with pizza dough and why I always have 2 or 3 boxes of Chebe in my pantry.

PIZZA ROLLS :

Roll your dough out into a thin rectangle. It should be thin, but not quite transparent. Cut into equal strips about 1-1.5″ wide. Dollop a tsp of pizza sauce every inch or so down on every other strip. Top with a sprinkle of cheese and any other toppings. Brush the sides of the dough with olive oil and top with an empty strip. Press the sides to seal and cut into squares with a pizza cutter. Brush the tops with olive oil and bake according to package directions or until tops are crispy and golden.

Some of the sides might pop open as they puff- no big deal!
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Building a Better Breakfast

With a few minutes of prep and some containers we all have around the house, breakfast is ready in flash!

Think about your typical morning. If you’re anything like me, there are lots of moving parts in those first morning hours. If I don’t have a quick and easy plan in place, my breakfast gets skipped! I recently saw one of my favorite bloggers writing about her delicious, make-ahead jars. Immediately I had a vision of rows of tiny jars of goodness lining my fridge shelves.

I’ve got 2 variations to share with you today!


THE SAVORY

These came together in a flash and all of the ingredients were so delicious on their own, they barely made it into the jars. I knew from the start I wanted to include quinoa. It’s packed with protein and is considered a super food in many cultures. For my friends with gluten sensitivities it IS a gluten free grain, but is often processed in facilities containing gluten, so get to know your sources!

Next came the kale! Kale is one of my favorite greens to chop up and toss in with my morning eggs, so it was a natural addition. It’s packed with nutrients, especially when raw. Tossing it in a sweet and tangy vinaigrette with the quinoa made it the perfect foundation.

I really could go on and on about these delicious little jars but instead I’ll share the full recipe with you here:


THE SWEET

I don’t know about you, but some mornings I’m just NOT ready to wake up and eat eggs. I know I need a healthy dose of protein first thing, but it can be a struggle sometimes in those early hours of day.

Enter these next jars.

Start with old fashioned oats. They pack more nutrients than the quick version and by pouring your liquid in 4-16 hours before eating, they’ll be plenty soft when you’re ready to indulge. I like to add a little flax meal (OMEGA 3’s) and collagen peptides (PROTEIN) to my oats.

Top these with almond butter, your favorite berries, a sprinkle of coconut flakes for texture and you have a great, and very portable breakfast!

Check out the recipe here:

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