As a full-time SAHD, I often find myself stuck with some undesirable tasks.  One task that falls into our laps sometimes is cooking.  I don’t always cook dinner, but my wife sure does like to come home on busy days and not have to worry with cooking.  It’s so hard to find quick, simple, and relatively healthy meals to make for my family, especially with two babies hanging off of me.

Something my brother suggested to me several months back is a pizza dough mix.  If you’ve never made or eaten homemade pizza, it blows store bought ready made pizza out of the water.  Now, I’m planning on making “real” pizza dough from scratch in the next week or so, but I thought I’d share this dough mix with you for a more realistic option.

There are several brands of dough mix available at most grocery stores and most of them are under $2.  I’ve found them in the baking aisle as well as with the pepperoni and pizza crusts.  In a pinch, the pre-baked crust is a nice thing to have, but I prefer the dough mix to it.  As far as toppings go, the possibilities are endless and can be catered to your family’s food preferences.  Today, I made a vegetarian pizza with tomatoes, onion, spinach, and smoked gouda cheese.  It didn’t disappoint.

Depending on the brand of dough mix you buy, your preparation instructions will vary.  Usually when cooking pizza at home, crank your oven to the highest temp and put the pizza on the lowest rack.  This will ensure a “crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside” crust.  My wife and I swear by whole milk mozzarella cheese.  It just melts so much better than that part-skim junk.  When choosing toppings, try not to overload the pizza as it will get soggy underneath.

Try to keep your toppings somewhat thin.  I sliced my tomato very thin and “frenched” the onion…okay, relax guys.  Frenching an onion is a fancy perverted way of saying cut in half and slice so you get those little french fry looking pieces of onion.  It’s important if you’re using greens such as spinach to wait and put them on towards the end of cooking or you’ll end up with ashes as a topping.  Trust me.  I cubed some smoked gouda (BTW, if you’ve never tried it, it’s fantastic) in half inch cubes and put them on with the spinach, about 3 minutes before I took the pizza out of the oven.

The mix I used made a 12-inch pizza.  Grab a couple mixes if you have a family of 4 (actual eaters) or more.  Make a “kid’s pizza” and a “grownup pizza”.

I will be posting a new easy and delicious meal idea once a month, so check back!

David

***NOTE: I wasn’t able to add pics to this post just yet, but check back in a couple days.