Quick Summertime Pizza

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Welcome to another fun week of What’s On Your Plate?!

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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 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.

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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 in your post so others know where the dinner party is.

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* 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.


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  1. with the pizza dough, do you substitute whole wheat flour for all the white flour or half and half or someother ratio? looks great by the way.

    • Trish, I sub all whole wheat flour. I tend to use a lighter, “white whole wheat” or whole wheat pastry flour so it doesn’t weigh things down too much.

    • I sometimes sub up to a third whole wheat for the flour in the recipe. But, I’ve found that the texture gets too grainy to stretch the dough well. It tears easily when it has too much whole wheat.

  2. Both links are for regular crust, not whole wheat?!

  3. I love making pizzas with some whole wheat subbed in for white! I usually go with 1/3 whole wheat and then it’s delicious! I sub whole wheat most of the time when a recipe calls for white:)
    This week we’ve used a turkey from my mom’s freezer and we’re having our third and final meal (soup this time) tonight with a fresh baked rye bread!

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