One of the reasons I am so dedicated to eating a real food diet is because I have observed how great I feel when I am eating whole foods that nourish my body as opposed to processed, convenience foods that leave me feeling depleted of energy and cause a myriad of other problems. Most days, it’s easy for me to choose an arugula salad with roasted beets or baked fish, but there are those times when I miss some of my favorite comfort foods.
Pizza, Pizza, Pizza
When I’m wanting something cheesy and gooey that will satisfy, one of my favorite recipes to adapt is pizza. It’s a recipe that is easier to substitute with gluten free or dairy free ingredients, as well as a great vehicle for extra veggies. Pizza hits the spot when you’re wanting some comfort food, but you can choose a recipe that won’t leave you feeling sick or too full.
Get the Kids Involved
Kids love pizza, too, and pizza-making at home is a fun way to get them involved in the kitchen, no matter their age. Older kids can help brown meat or chop veggies, younger kids can sprinkle cheese and other toppings. About twice a month, I include homemade pizza on our meal plan for Friday evenings, and it’s always a fun way for the three of us to unwind and reconnect after a busy week.
Homemade Pizza Recipe
I originally found this recipe in a magazine tweaked it a bit to make it our own. Remember the pizza I was talking about on my first post about Once a Month Cooking? Well, this is it.
It is so yummy. And healthy. And substantial. It will fill you up and leave you feeling satisfied. And it is easy to make!
Family Pizza Recipe
- Pizza dough
- 1lb ground beef
- 1 can of chopped tomatoes or 1 big tomato chopped up
- 1 onion, chopped.
- 1 package goat cheese
- First saute the onions, then add the mushrooms.
- Continue cooking until tender
- Set the onions and mushrooms aside to brown the meat in the same pan
- Flavor the meat with a meat spice mix of your choice
- Once the meat is browned, add the vegetables back in and also add the tomatoes
- Mix all together and hen put on top of your pizza dough
- Lastly, add the goat cheese
- Bake in the oven, at whatever the directions on the pizza dough say – usually at 400 degrees for 15 minutes