Sometimes I’m just tired and don’t feel like cooking. On those days at my house, we will very likely have a Healthy Pizza Night. It is so easy to make and can be ready in minutes.
It shocks some people to hear that we eat pizza, because they know we try to stay healthy. I think so many feel that pizza is not health food, and that’s true when it is layered with pepperoni and sausage and dripping with greasy cheese.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. It is possible to make pizza fast, easy, and healthy.
This is a quick lesson on how to be ready to do a pizza-face-plant on those exhausting long days. Get ready, set, Go!
Believe it or not, Aldi’s has a marinara brand that is Dr. John McDougall compliant, with no oil. It’s called Simply Nature and is organic. Here in North Carolina it sells for about $2 for 25 oz. Make sure to read the labels, because some variations do contain oil. For instance, there are a number of different flavors of the Aldi brand below that contain oil or animal products such as dairy. Some Aldi stores carry different products, so make sure to read carefully.
Tomato Basil is excellent. I use half of the jar for one large pizza. That’s what I use when I’m in a hurry and want to keep it simple.
Sami’s Bakery pizza crusts are excellent! Even Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s recommends them. My local health food store carries them, and they can be ordered online. I receive no advertising money from them. I just like their products. Usually, I keep two of these crusts in my freezer at all times.
Add your favorite chopped veggies. My favorites are mushrooms, onions, spinach, red bell peppers, tomatoes, and sometimes olives. If you’re in a big hurry, you can always purchase pre-chopped veggies.
My vegan Creamy ‘Cheese’ Sauce is excellent drizzled over pizza.
While the pizza is baking, I will usually make quick salads and pop in a movie.
Get ready for an evening of relaxation and family time. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Other Quick and Easy Healthy Meal Options:
- Yes-You-Can Black Bean Chili
- Lentil Pasta Dinner in 10-Minutes
- 10-Simple & Healthy Plant-Based Recipes in 20 Minutes or Less
- 1 Sami's Bakery pizza crust (premade, no-oil crust) Link below.
- 12 oz marinara sauce (I use Simply Nature Organic from Aldi's)
- veggies of your choice mushrooms, onions, spinach, peppers, olives
- non-dairy cheese (my vegan cheese sauce) Link below.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Place pre-made pizza crust on baking sheet, or make your own crust. Sami's Bakery pizza crusts are excellent! Even Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn's recommends them. My local health food store carries them, and they can be ordered online. Link below. (I receive no advertising money from them. I just like their products). If you would like to make your own, there's a link below.
Top the crust with marinara sauce. Believe it or not, Aldi's has a brand (around $2.00 for 25 oz. here in NC) that is Dr. John McDougall compliant, with no oil. It's called Simply Nature and is organic. Read the labels because some do contain oil. Tomato Basil is excellent. I use 1/2 the jar for one large pizza. If you would like to make your own marinara, checkout the link below to Potato Strong's recipe.
Add your favorite chopped veggies. My favorites are mushrooms, onions, spinach, red bell peppers, tomatoes, and sometimes olives. If you're in a big hurry, you can always purchase pre-chopped veggies.
Lastly, add non-dairy cheese. I have an awesome cheese sauce that we keep on hand for pizza, steamed broccoli, baked potatoes, or tacos. Link to recipe below. Bake in oven approximately 20 minutes and serve hot. Delish!
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