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Each week a featured foodie* will share his or her plate and then the rest of us will get a chance to link up our own posts or share in the comments what good cheap eats we’ve been enjoying.
This week Jessie shares what happens when Plan A doesn’t come together.
What’s on Jessie’s Plate?
Since I started making my own whole wheat pizza dough, I can’t turn back to delivery or frozen pizza. It’s too easy and too good! I had a little bit of a mishap making Black Beans and Rice this week; it sat on the burner sealing itself with smoke to the bottom of the saucepan while I typed away on Facebook. So, with a disgusting kitchen full of black bean smoke, I turned to a meal I had planned for later in the week.
When you freeze pizza dough, making pizza on the spur of the moment is too easy! I use the Pioneer Woman’s pizza dough recipe from her cookbook, substituting whole wheat flour for white. One recipe makes dough for two pizzas, so generally I have one to stick in the freezer for a future meal. Just defrost your dough and then let it rise in a warm place for an hour or so.
For this summertime pizza, I used jarred natural tomato sauce, half a yellow pepper from the farmer’s market (lightly sauteed), sausage from a local farmer, lots of mozzarella cheese, and cherry tomatoes from our backyard garden.
Hiding the yellow peppers under the cheese makes it more likely my toddler might eat some vegetables! Cherry tomatoes went only on my husband’s part of the pizza. And I completely confess we ate the whole thing between the three of us. I could have eaten it again the next night.— Jessie writes about food, motherhood, and what an abysmal housekeeper she is at VanderbiltWife.com. She is a new stay-at-home mom in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to 21-month-old Libbie, and she is expecting a baby boy in December. Passionate about grammar and good writing, Jessie is a freelance writer and editor and teaches grammar for bloggers with her Before You Hit Publish series.
1 whole wheat pizza dough (I love the Pioneer Woman’s simple recipe, but Jessica has one too, of course!)
pizza sauce or olive oil
1/2 yellow pepper, cut into strips and sauteed for 5 minutes
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup cooked sausage
8 cherry tomatoes, sliced
Using your hands, press the pizza dough out to desired thinness on a greased cookie sheet. (It should be thin but not have holes.) Spread pizza sauce or olive oil over the top of the crust to 1/2 inch of the edge. Sprinkle cooked pepper slices over the sauce. Add cheese liberally over pizza. Cover with sausage and tomatoes (or toppings of choice). Cook in a 500 F oven for 12-15 minutes or until crust is brown and crisp.
What’s on YOUR Plate?
Share with us a recent meal you prepared. Either link it up below or tell us about it in the comments. Please make sure that you link to www.goodcheapeats.com in your post so others know where the dinner party is.
And don’t forget to pop around and visit the other good eaters participating today. I’m sure you will be inspired to make all sorts of Good Cheap Eats at your house.
* If you’d like to be a featured foodie, just email me: jessica AT lifeasmom DOT com. Include a photo, a brief description of your plate, and a short bio.