Pizza Made Easy

May 06, 2024 | Katy Moscoso


Whenever I get asked what my favorite foods are, pizza is at the top of my list with tacos being a close second. There are so many options for pizza that I could write it into my meal plan several times in one week and not get tired of eating it. When I have a hankering for a slice (or two!), especially for lunch, Pizza Boats are a quick way for me to satisfy that craving.

Pizza boats are a great way to use a variety of ingredients in your pantry and fridge. The recipe calls for English muffins or hot dog buns, but you can also use bagels or hamburger buns. I enjoy topping mine with leftover roasted vegetables as well as pepperoni or cooked sausage. I love trying different cheese combinations on my pizza, like feta and goat cheese, so making personal pizzas for myself allows me the flexibility to get more creative with the toppings I choose.

If you are a pizza lover like me, Spend Smart. Eat Smart. has several pizza recipes that can add a bit of variety to your weekly meal planning. Pizza on a Potato and Flatbread Pizza are two easy recipes that don’t require a lot of time or ingredients and make for a tasty lunch or dinner. On dance nights for my preschooler, we often make pizza boats or flatbread pizza when we get home as a fast dinner option. This week I am planning to use mini bagels as our pizza crust and will top them with mozzarella cheese and leftover roasted mushrooms that I used for a dish we made over the weekend. My mouth is already watering thinking about our after-dance meal this week!

How do you enjoy making pizza at home? Give one of our pizza recipes a try, you won’t be disappointed!

Katy Moscoso

Katy Moscoso is a Program Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. As a mom to both a toddler and a preschooler, Katy loves trying new recipes that are quick and versatile. Cooking meals that can provide leftovers to fill her fridge and freezer is a win during this busy season!

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