Make Your Own Pizza

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As a busy mom, you're always searching for quick dinner ideas. One of the easiest ideas is frozen pizza at home. Frozen, boxed food often tastes exactly like the box it's housed in before it makes its way into your oven. Another way to get tasty pizza is to make it at home yourself with fresh dough. Dough made in multiple batches can be put in the freezer for use later. Take one day during a weekend or when you know you have some free time to whip up a few batches.

It's important to freeze the dough properly. Once the dough is completed, form it into individual balls for each one. Lightly coat the ball with olive oil. Make sure to turn the dough ball to get the whole thing coated evenly. Slip it into a freezer bag. Squeeze out all the air from the bag before it's sealed. The dough can last up to three months in the freezer. Mark the bag with the appropriate date like other items in your freezer.

Take it out of the freezer the night before, or early that morning and by dinnertime, you can be having fresh pizza. The dough needs about twelve hours to thaw in the refrigerator. Once it's thawed, let the dough stand at room temperature for thirty minutes.

This is a chance to let the kids help you cook. If there is one thing kids love, it's to make their own pies. They can help shape the dough, add toppings and watch it cook. This is an opportunity to experiment with toppings. For a healthier recipe, ditch the sauce and try other ingredients. You don't have to go out of your way to shop for other elements. You can use things you have on hand.

A mushroom sauce made with a light tomato base can be used instead of sauce. Add a bit of cheese on the top for a tasty alternative. For those that might not like mushrooms, you can add chicken and Caesar dressing with fresh herbs. Ranch dressing is another dressing alternative that can be used on top of fresh dough. It can be paired with chicken or strips of bacon.

Olive oil, garlic and grated cheese can be added to the dough to create a light pie that can be eaten alone or with black olives added. Almost anything can be added to the dough as a base for toppings like chicken, mushrooms, bacon or spinach for a lighter meal you can make at home.

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