Ever since our grill broke a few months ago I've been stretched to think outside of the box to get some different and tasty meals on the table. We love our weekend grilling and without those meals our dinners were getting pretty redundant.
Enter: Pizza Night
Now I’ll be honest, pizza night has never been my favorite because my son and I are both gluten and dairy free. And a gluten and dairy-free pizza is just not good. BUT there have been some great new products that have come out and I have been playing around with some pizza toppings to turn our pizza nights from boring to downright delicious.
Here’s how we do pizza night at our house: we have a couple of regular pizza crusts and a couple of gluten free pizza crusts. Here are some of our favorites:
Regular Pizza Crusts:
1. Both Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods have pizza dough in their refrigerated sections. They are both delicious and somewhat easy to roll out over a pizza stone to get a nice crust.
2. If you are looking for a pre-made pizza crust, this Monteli brand found in Trader Joe’s freezer is a good one.
Gluten Free Pizza Crusts:
1. Udi’s is our go-to pizza crust. It comes in a pack of 2 so it works perfect for our family. Is it the most nutrient-dense? No. But it gets the job done and has a good taste.
2. Against the Grain has a great pizza crust, although it does have cheese in the crust, so it doesn’t work well for dairy allergies.
3. Finally, Trader Joe’s has a frozen cauliflower crust. While I love the idea of getting an extra vegetable serving, I have to admit I’m not crazy about the taste. But give it a go and see how you like it! (it's also egg-free so if you have an egg sensitivity this crust is a great option for you).
Now onto the good stuff: assembling the pizzas. Pizza night is a great way to get kids in the kitchen experimenting with food and connecting with what they are eating. We make a little buffet of toppings and let them choose what they want on their pizza.
Pizza Night Recipe
- Pizza crust of choice
- Pizza sauce of choice (we alternate between Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods brands)
- Toppings buffet:
- Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
- Goat Cheese Crumbles
- Wellshire Pepperoni
- Browned organic ground sausage
- Frozen Pineapple tidbits (Trader Joe’s)
- Black olives
- Sautéed mushrooms and onions
- Sautéed spinach
- Roasted Butternut or acorn squash (so delicious in fall and winter!)
- Roasted broccoli florets
- Arugula (added at the end)
- Nutritional yeast (add at the end, a great alternative to cheese)
- Get creative and add your own!
1. Roast or sauté any toppings as needed.
2. Check the instructions for your pizza crust – some require pre-baking.
3. Top the pizza crusts with pizza sauce, choice of cheese and toppings.
(And if you have a dairy sensitivity, go cheese-free and load up on all the other great toppings! Nutritional yeast sprinkled at the end can get you that cheese taste you are missing.)
4. Bake according to instructions (you can easily adapt cooking times and temps if using different crusts, these don’t always have to be exact).
5. If using arugula, top after baking. Give it a little drizzle of olive oil and some sea salt.