I think it’s safe to say that everyone likes pizza….except for ME! Yes, I know, it’s an unpopular opinion. Surprisingly, I worked at a pizza place all through high school. Working there did not make me gain any weight because I don’t like pizza…but I did enjoy too much of the homemade cookie dough. I say I don’t like pizza, but occasionally I’m in the mood for homemade pizza. There’s just something about using your own fresh ingredients, decorating the pizza exactly how you’d like, and the aroma of your house as the pizza sizzles in the oven. That is truly the only way I can really enjoy pizza.
The recipe I’m sharing today is a nice, fresh, lite take on pizza. I actually have two for you guys! We’ll start with the main course, which is a Tomato Spinach Parmesan Pizza! Later, we will be making a Banana Peanut Butter Dessert Pizza!
Tomato Spinach Parmesan Pizza
1 Pkg of Shredded Parmesan
1 Pkg of Shredded Mozzarella
1 Can of Pizza Sauce
1 Pkg of Already made, thin, Pizza Crust
1 Bag of Fresh Spinach
1 Large Tomato
Start by following the directions for the already made pizza crust and preheat the oven for whatever temperature it says. Then, take out one of the crusts (most packages come with two or three pre made crusts). Spread the pizza sauce onto the crust. You will not need to use an entire jar of pizza sauce, I advise you not to, thin crust pizza will turn soggy if you use too much sauce. Drop a couple of large table spoon fulls of sauce and then use the spoon to spread the sauce out, almost but not quite to the edge of the crust. You want about a dime size length between where the sauce ends and the crust ends. Next, spread out the Mozzarella cheese. Again, you want to start by scooping a few hand fulls of cheese in the middle of the pizza and then spread it out to the edge. Make sure the mozzarella covers the entire pizza, up to where the sauce ends. You don’t want to see much of the sauce once the base cheese is on the pizza. Now slice the tomato into very thin slices. Place the spinach leaves over the whole pizza. You want there to still be space between the leaves, again, evenly spread out. Place the tomato slices around the entire pizza, over the spinach leaves. Start on the outer part of the pizza and move your way towards the middle, in a spiral. Make sure you don’t have too much on the center of the pizza, otherwise the center will get soggy. Lastly, top the whole thing with Parmesan cheese! You can cover it entirely or just a few sprinkles, however you’d like.
While the first pizza is cooking you can begin making the desert pizza.
Banana Peanut Butter Dessert Pizza
1 Jar of Peanut Butter
1 Pre Made Thin Crust
1 Hand full of unsalted Almonds
1 Hand full of mini Chocolate Chips
1 Sprinkle of Honey
Just like the main pizza you want to use a tablespoon to scoop out a some peanut butter and drop it in the middle of the pizza. Evenly spread out the peanut butter to the outside of the pizza, again, leaving about a dime size between the end of the pizza. Now you want to slice up the banana into thinner slices. Spread the slices around the pizza, starting at the edge and then working your way towards the middle. Make sure you are leaving a bit of room between the slices. Now spread out the almonds. Take the hand full of mini chocolate chips and sprinkle them around the whole pizza. Lastly, drizzle the honey over all of the toppings in a spiral motion.
By this time the first pizza should be finished cooking and you can pop the desert pizza in while the first one is cooling. I hope you guys enjoy this, healthy, simple, homemade pizza idea!