Venturing Beyond PB & J's

Venturing Beyond PB & J’s: Mini Pizzas

While shopping at the grocery store this past week with my boyfriend, I had an epiphany. We had just been discussing how fun it would be to have a ‘make-your-own pizza night’ but were discouraged by the idea of spending extra money on the pre-made crust and having to put the crappy oven in his apartment to the test–not to mention factoring in calorie count for  a big pizza. It was ten minutes later as I was walking down the bread aisle that I realized make-your-own pizzas were still within our reach. The key? English muffins.

So, without further ado, I present to you hungry LDC readers theeeeee……..Mini Pizza! It’s a trashy college version of a make-your-own pizza and most importantly, it’s delicious.

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To me, the #1 benefit of the Mini Pizza is calorie control. The English muffins we bought at the store were just 130 calories per whole muffin (and only $1.60 too!) which is enough for two itty bitty pizzas. We topped ours with a pre-made pizza sauce from a jar but spaghetti sauce or even tomato paste would work just as well.

Next step, some toppings. We were too cheap to buy anything fancy at the store but were able to find some minced garlic and chopped onion from scouring the apartment (I would advise against buying anything for the pizza; the whole goal is to keep things economical and it’s a great chance to use up some leftover ingredients). We followed this with a layer of mozzarella cheese and it was time to put our creations in the oven! (Note: I would highly recommend toasting the English muffin once before adding toppings, it helps keep the “crust” from getting soggy).

The #2 benefit of the Mini Pizza is convenience–no oven necessary. You can cook your personal pizza to perfection with just a few minutes in a toaster oven or microwave and voila! It’s ready to enjoy.

Looking to spice up your Mini Pizza? Here are some other “leftovers” topping ideas!

  • Buffalo sauce pizza: Combine ranch and hot sauce into a bowl, mix well. Shred leftover chicken into little pieces and mix it in with the hot sauce and ranch. Add to pizza, top with cheese and enjoy! No chicken? The sauce is still tasty without it!
  • Classy pizza: A few leaves of spinach, several chopped up cherry tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese. A mini Caprese salad, mmm!
  • Hamburger barbacoa pizza: Sprinkle your pizza with ground beef and a light layer of barbecue sauce.
  • Mexican pizza: Switch out your traditional pizza sauce for salsa and top with Mexican cheese, ground beef and peppers. Dip with hot sauce for an extra kick.

 

 

 

 

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