What a perfect way to kick off my Blog again with one of my first posts I wrote a year ago when I first decided to try this blog thing out! I guess it just wasn’t in the cards a year ago, but here we are a year older, living in a brand new city with a new job and career path, all while still incorporating Fitness, Food & Life! Well welcome back to The Modern Day Betty!
September 13, 2017 Irma came, Irma destructed, and Irma left. Thankfully, she didn’t do damage to our vehicles or home and we never lost power. Being from Nebraska, I’m used to thunderstorms and tornados, living in west Texas I was used to flooding, but never did I ever think I was going to experience all three at the same time! Welcome to Florida during Hurricane Season!
Of course the news combined with family and friends in other states expressing concern really started to freak me out but Thomas, my boyfriend, a Florida born boy, knew that if we buckled down, prepared our food and water, we would be OK! Well, he was right. So what helped ease my woes during this scary time? Homemade EASY Pizza, Candy of many different sorts, Buffalo Chicken Dip, and juice. I am an emotional eater and these items really helped me cope, along with the sweetest Frenchie Duo ever! Please meet King and Louie, the most amazing, Hurricane protectors!
Ok, well they really only slept the ENTIRE time, but they were the cutest, most snuggly, little Frenchies. Who could have asked for better snuggle buddies during the storm? I mean next to my awesome boyfriend that is! 😉
So let’s get back to this Homemade EASY Pizza! My mom used to make a version of this sheet pan pizza when I was younger and everyone who tasted it LOVED it. I made a few changes because I couldn’t find the exact pizza crust** she uses, and I chose to use ground turkey over ground beef as a healthier option.
Are you ready for how easy this is? These are three of the main ingredients that keep it easy peasy.
- Canned Pre-made Pizza Crust – Pillsbury Classic Crust
- 1-2 pounds ground turkey, beef, Italian sausage, or ground ‘beefless’ crumbles
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp Italian seasonings
- 1 tsp salt and pepper
- 1 Jar pizza sauce – Prego Pizza Sauce
- Can of mushroom pieces
- Can of sliced black olives
- 2 cups of cheese – mozzarella, cheddar, or mix
- Optional – 6-8 cloves of garlic mixed with 1/4 cup olive oil
Start off with a pound or two of lean ground turkey, lean ground beef, ground Italian sausage, or beefless crumbles. Brown it in a pan with a sprinkle of garlic powder, Italian seasonings, salt and pepper. Set aside.
Optional: In a food processor put a 1/4 cup olive oil, 6-8 cloves of garlic and a pinch of salt and whir tell it becomes a paste.
Spray your cookie sheet with coconut non stick spray and press in your canned pizza crust, making sure you press any holes together and press the dough up the sides of the pan to get your crust. (Here is where the optional garlic paste comes into play) If you choose to, take a pastry brush, my favorite is a silicone one so clean up is a breeze, and brush the garlic paste/oil onto the crust of the pizza. Put the pizza in the oven as directed on the can. This pillsbury canned pizza classic crust says 400 degrees for 8 minutes.
After the crust had time to pre-bake, add your toppings. I start with the jarred pizza sauce, the Prego brand was pretty good, not to sweet or acidic, which some sauces can be. My mom alway adds Contadina Pizza Sauce***, but again, they didn’t have it at my grocery store. I then added the ground turkey, canned sliced black olives and canned mushrooms pieces. You can pretty much customize it however you want!
I personally like to add the cheese last minute so I put the pan back in the oven for 8 additional minutes, and then take it out, add the cheese, and back in the oven for the last 2 minutes.
Now Enjoy! A little piece of comfort from my childhood to help with the craziness of my first and hopefully last Hurricane!