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Quick and Easy Dinners: Pizza

 Pizza is delicious dinner that can be as easy or as complicated as you like. I personally love a NY style pepperoni pizza, but there are many others that I enjoy.

I don’t have a recipe for pizza, as I don’t make it from scratch (pizza kit at Wal-Mart: $5). I did find this recipe at Food Network and thought I’d share it. For the first two installments of Quick and Easy Dinners, check out my ‘Best of’ Page.


Photo Credit: Sashertootie

Roman Pizza 

Recipe from: Giada De Laurentiis

2 (8-ounce) pieces of purchased or homemade pizza dough, recipe follows
1/3 cup homemade or purchased marinara sauce
1/3 cup (lightly packed) shredded smoked mozzarella cheese
1 cup (lightly packed) shredded Fontina cheese
2 ounces mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 ounces pancetta, chopped

Position 1 oven rack in the center and the second rack on the bottom of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees F.
Roll out each piece of pizza dough into a 13 1/2 by 8 1/2-inch rectangle. Transfer to separate large baking sheets.
Spoon the marinara sauce over the pizzas, dividing equally and leaving a 1-inch border around each pizza. Sprinkle the mozzarella and Fontina cheeses over the pizzas, dividing equally. Sprinkle the mushrooms and pancetta over the cheese. Bake the pizzas until the crusts are crisp and brown on the bottom and the cheese is melted on top, about 15 minutes. Cut the pizzas crosswise into rectangular slices and serve immediately.

Pizza Dough:
1/2 cup warm water (105 to 110 degrees F)
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for bowl
Mix the warm water and yeast in a small bowl to blend. Let stand until the yeast dissolves, about 5 minutes. Mix the flour and salt in a food processor to blend. Blend in the oil. With the machine running, add the yeast mixture and blend just until the dough forms. Turn the dough out onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 1 minute. Transfer the dough to a large oiled bowl and turn the dough to coat with the oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm draft-free area until the dough doubles in volume, about 1 hour. Punch the down dough and form into ball. The dough can be used immediately or stored airtight in the refrigerator for 1 day.

Yield: 1 (16-ounce) ball of pizza dough
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Inactive PrepTime: 1 hour

Check out Giada’s show on FoodNetwork.

Does anyone make their pizza from scratch? Please let me know.


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Sometimes the best way to save money is to do it yourself. The problem is many of us are crunch on time and believe that it would take an enormous amount of effort to do something well. That’s not true many times and cooking can fall in that category.

Photo Credit: Billingham

Stir-fry is something easy, quick, and usually healthy. If you’re pressed for time, this allows you to have an easy meal usually within 20 minutes and the minimum of effort. Here’s how I do it:

  • Put the meat you picked into a heated wok. My husband doesn’t care for chicken, so we usually have beef with this. Cook it until it’s almost done. Put it on a plate for later. (This minimizing how many dishes have to be clean later.)
  • Boil some water and add the rice in a bag. Keep an eye on it while you move on to the wok.
  • Grab a bag of frozen mixed vegetables from the freezer. Wal-Mart usually has them for 99cents and it’s pre-mixed. My personal favorite is the asparagus stir-fry.
  • Put some olive oil in the wok and and add the vegetables in. Wait until the vegetables are starting to get tender to add the meat. I usually put some soy sauce with the meat and veggies and mix. You want the veggies soft to eat, but not overcooked.
  • Take the rice out of the bag and serve the meat and vegetables over the rice. There you have it; a quick and easy meal!

It comes out to less than $5 for a meal that can feed six people. (I tried it for a small party with friends this weekend.)

Some suggestions on this basic recipe are:

  • Change the seasoning and sauce.
  • Replace the meat with shrimp.
  • Fry some fish and have the veggies as a side.
  • Put some pasta with the vegetables

What quick and easy dinner to you know how to make?

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