My husband and son love pizza: the greasier the better. That kind of pizza really does not agree with my system.
Before we started becoming more frugal, we had delivery pizza of this description about once a week. It was bad for our wallets and bad for our bodies. Over several months, I have gotten my family accustomed to enjoying less greasy pizzas — usually home made (when I plan ahead a wee bit) and sometimes, frozen (when I really don’t feel like cooking and I bought some on sale).
This pizza is a real hit at my house. It rather surprised me how much both my husband and my son both love this pizza. It is about a far away as you can get from the heavy, thick crusted, tomato laden, meat infused, cheese clogged stuff they used to love. It is a wonderful, delicious, even gourmet tasting delight that costs tens of dollars less than delivery, is far and away healthier and is delicious enough for the whole family to enjoy.
I got the pitas on sale for $1 for 8 of them, the ricotta on a discount, the sliced mushrooms on sale, the grated cheese from the freezer (bought on sale) and the garlic was a pantry staple. The four servings of pizza cost under $4.00. Even with the addition of the salad, the whole meal was under $5.00.
Serve these pizzas with a salad for a healthy, delicious and super quick and easy dinner.
Mushroom and “Roasted” Garlic Pita Pizzas
4 whole wheat pitas
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
8 ounces mushrooms
8 cloves garlic
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, grated (or use whatever cheese you like or have on hand)
If you have one, put a pizza stone into the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Meanwhile, slice the mushrooms (I cheated and bought presliced — they were on sale).
Frugal tip: I almost never use commercial cleansers for my house. I use a combination of baking soda, vinegar, water, and shampoo. For general cleaning, I use a spray bottle of about 10% vinegar in water solution. For tough stains, I sprinkle baking soda on the stain or make a paste of baking soda and vinegar. Occasionally, I use a bit of shampoo to help with the cleaning.
I started using these products because I was hating the impact of these chemicals on my family and on the environment. As a major added bonus, they are also very much less expensive than commercial cleansers.
Magda Stryk Therrien is a wife, mother and daughter who tries (and sometimes even succeeds) to be frugal. She also loves to make things: dinner, artwork, books, crafts, etc. She is starting to blog about these efforts at magdamakes.wordpress.com and at magdamakeswithkids.wordpress.com.