BBQ Chicken Pizza

I have some really cool news that I want to share with everyone.  Last week, Zack and I both got inducted into honor societies!  I was inducted into Psi Chi, the international honor society for Psychology and Zack was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa.  PTK only accepts students who are in the top 5% of the school and it is a really prestigious honor.  I am so proud of my Zack!

The night of his induction ceremony, we had this delicious pizza.  I work an hour away from home so it was going to be a time crunch getting home and preparing this and then driving 20-30 minutes to Zack’s school for the ceremony.  I was kinda anxious about it, but I shouldn’t have worried, because when I got home, Zack had it ready for us!

He did an awesome job making it.  It was delicious.

Look at all that cheesy goodness.

Zack wanted to be artsy with this picture, so he put the stripe of BBQ sauce down the side of the plate.

I am so thankful to have him in my life.  He is so good to me.

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Yield: 3-4 servings

– 1 pizza crust (homemade, store bought, refrigerated)

– 1/2 c BBQ sauce

– 1 cup cooked and shredded chicken

– 1/2 c thinly sliced onion

– 1 orange bell pepper; diced

– 1 3/4 c Monterey Jack (or cheddar/mozzarella) cheese

– chopped cilantro; to taste (optional)

Preheat oven to 475 degrees.  Place pizza crust on foil lined baking sheet.

Spread BBQ sauce on pizza crust.  Add shredded chicken, onion, and bell pepper on top of sauce.  Top with cheese.

Bake 12-15 minutes or until crust is deep golden brown.  Cut into squares; garnish with cilantro.

The BEST Homemade Pizza Sauce & Crust

By now it is common knowledge that Zack and I are pizza addicts.  We have some form of pizza at least once a week (usually).

Well, we finally found the perfect sauce and crust.  It was actually two separate recipes that I found and tweaked.  The crust was originally not whole wheat, but I really wanted that added health edge (if there is such a thing in pizza!).  I’m very glad I did, because this was AMAZING.

There was a lot of sauce left over, so I saved it and served it with some pizza bites for Zack later on.  Post about those coming soon.

I cannot wait to make this pizza again, but I may have to wait a while, because I had no self control when it came to eating it! haha!


The BEST Homemade Pizza

Make the whole wheat crust:

– 1 pkg dry yeast

– 1 c warm water

– 1 t sugar

– 1 t salt

– 2 T olive oil

– 1 c whole wheat flour

– 1 1/2 c all purpose flour

Dissolve yeast in warm water.  Add sugar, salt, and oil.  Add flours and mix well.  Cover and let rise in warm place for five minutes.  This makes one soft crust.

Make the sauce:

– 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce

– 2 (6 oz) cans tomato paste

– 2 t dried oregano

– 2 t garlic powder

– 1 t onion powder

– 1 t ground sweet paprika

– 2 t sugar

– 1/2 t salt

– 4 T olive oil

– 2 t white vinegar

In a large bowl or container, mix all ingredients.

Roll out dough onto pizza pan, cover in sauce, cheese, and toppings of choice.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is browned.

Deep Dish Pizza Casserole

Ah, yes.  Another delicious pizza recipe.  This one is made like a casserole for an interesting twist.

I don’t know if Zack and I like pizza because we’re young, if it’s a phase that we will grow out of, or if it’s just because it is SO good.  Regardless, I am going to keep making it as often as possible in as many different ways as possible.  We are that addicted.

This pizza was pretty good.  It was a nice change from the standard pizza, but it isn’t going to become our go-to pizza recipe.  It’s easy to make and not really that time consuming – a great weeknight dinner.

This makes A LOT of pizza.  I bet Zack and I didn’t even eat 1/4 of it.  The crust is so thick that you get full really quick, so if it’s just you one or two other people, I’d probably recommend cutting the recipe in half (unless you really like leftovers!).

My granny grew those jalapenos in her garden.  Homegrown produce is the best.  Knowing that it isn’t covered in pesticides or sprayed with chemicals to make it stay fresh longer makes it taste so much better.

Here’s Zack’s pepperoni-clad piece.  This pizza was really messy.  It immediately fell apart when we took it out of the dish (by fell apart, I mean all the toppings slid off!).  Oops.  We just slid it all back on there and ta-da, good as new.
My delicious jalapeno-topped piece.  I am so hooked on jalapenos lately.  I’ve been putting them on almost everything.

Deep Dish Pizza Casserole

– 1 lb ground turkey

– 1 jar (15 oz) chunky Italian style tomato sauce

– cooking spray

– 1 pizza dough (homemade, store bought, or canned)

– 1 1/2 c shredded part skim mozzarella cheese

– various pizza toppings

Cook meat over medium-high heat until browned, stirring until it crumbles.  Drain.  Add tomato sauce and cook until heated.  Coat 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.  Unroll pizza crust dough.  Press in bottom and halfway up sides of baking dish.  Top with meat mixture.  Bake uncovered at 425 degrees for 12 minutes.  Top with cheese and toppings and bake 5 more minutes until golden brown and cheese melts.

Mini Pizza Snacks

Mmmmm, mini pizzas made in the microwave that take 5 minutes?  Count me in.

My mom used to make these for me all the time.  They are the easiest lunch ever.  Plus, they aren’t TOO awfully bad for you since they’re made on an English muffin.

These would also be good for a snack during football games…it is football season after all 🙂

These were obviously Zack’s (note the pepperonis).  Mine would have mushrooms, green peppers, jalapenos, maybe a little onion…) Yum, I’m making myself want some right now.

I wouldn’t know from experience, but I bet these would be great for a group of kids at a slumber party/birthday party/whatever.  Each kid could customize their own pizzas and you’d be the coolest host ever 😉

Mini Pizza Snacks

– 2 English muffins, split and toasted

– 1/4 to 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce

– 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

– oregano

– various toppings (ie pepperonis, green peppers, onion, etc.)

Arrange muffins on a microwave safe plate and top with sauce. Top with cheese and toppings.  Season with oregano.

Heat 1-2 minutes on Power Level 7 until cheese is melted, turning once.

Whole Wheat Pita Meat Lover’s Pizza

Zack and I, like nearly every other Americans, LOVE pizza.  I’m always looking for new ways to make it, because it is that good.  I really liked the idea for this recipe, because 1) they are cute, individual pizzas and 2) they are on whole wheat pitas which are healthier (and crunchier!) than just regular pizza crusts.

My favorite kind of pizza is either plain cheese or one with lots of veggies, but I decided to give this one a try, because Zack loves meat pizza.  As you can see, even the loads of turkey in the sauce wasn’t enough for him – he still added pepperonis to his!

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this or not before, but I do not eat beef or pork.  That’s why all of my recipes use ground turkey instead of ground beef.

Here’s my delicious pita pizza.  I actually ate two of them.  They were that good.  Next time I make these, I think I will add some oregano to them along with the thyme.  That would really add to the flavor.

Here’s Zack’s extra meat pizza.  Yummy if you like pepperonis!

Whole Wheat Pita Meat Lover’s Pizza

Prep: 10 minutes.  Cook: 50 minutes.  Yield: 8 6-inch pizzas.

– 2 tsp. canola oil

– 1 onion, chopped

– 2 cloves garlic, minced

– 3 large tomatoes (about 1 1/2 lbs. total) cored and chopped

– 1 tbsp. tomato paste

– 1 jar tomato sauce (~22 oz)

– 1 lb. ground turkey

– 2 tsp. chopped thyme

– salt and pepper

– 4 6-inch whole wheat pitas

– 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella

– 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line 2 large baking sheets with foil.  Mist foil with cooking spray.

Warm oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute until tender, 3-5 minutes.  Add garlic and saute one minute longer.  Stir in tomatoes and tomato paste.  Cook, stirring often, until thick and pulpy – about 10 minutes.  Add turkey and cook, stirring often and breaking up large clumps with a spoon, until most of the liquid has evaporated – 10 to 15 minutes.  Stir in thyme and season with salt and pepper.

Using a serrated knife, cut each pita in half horizontally.  Place rounds, cut side up, on baking sheets.  Divide turkey mixture among rounds (~ 1/2 cup each).  Divide jar of sauce among the rounds and sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan, if desired.  Bake until cheese has melted and pizzas are lightly browned, about 12-15 minutes.

I highly recommend trying these!


Grilled Pizza

I love pizza.  Well, honestly, who doesn’t love pizza?  I also love anything grilled, so when I saw a recipe for grilled pizza, I knew I had to try it.

It was really easy to do and the pizza was incredible!

The top picture is Zack’s pizza.  He made his stuffed crust.  The bottom picture is mine.  Both pizzas used whole wheat dough.


Grilled Pizza

– pizza dough (you can get bags of whole wheat dough in the refrigerated section of Wal-Mart)

– pizza sauce

– toppings (we used cheese and pepperoni, but you can use anything…jalapenos, onions, sausage, etc.)

– olive oil

– aluminum foil

– tongs

– spatula

– pizza pan

1. Turn your grill on high and let it get good and hot, about 15 minutes.

2. Get 4 pieces of aluminum foil (big enough to cover a cookie sheet). Brush each piece of foil (on one side only) with olive oil.

3. Cut your dough into a couple of pieces and roll it out. You want to make individual pizzas instead of trying to make one great big one.

4. Place one dough onto an oiled sheet of foil. Use brush or fingers to oil the top of the dough. Place next piece of foil, oiled side facing up, on top of that dough. Keep stacking.

5. Make sure that all of your toppings and utensils are ready.

6. Grab one piece of foil with dough. Turn all burners down to medium, open grill and invert dough onto grill, peel off piece of foil. Close the lid and leave it closed for 2 minutes.

7. After two minutes, open the grill and check to see if they are grill marks on your pizza. If not, leave on a minute or so longer.

8. Next, remove dough from grill and place it on pizza pan, grill marks up. Close the grill.

9. Add your sauce and toppings to dough.

10. Turn the middle burners off and left and right burners back up to high. This creates a hot environment but allows you to cook on indirect heat.

11. Open grill and carefully slide your pizza back onto grill on center rack, where burners are off. Close the lid and let cook 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melted and toppings are done.

12. Repeat all steps for remaining pizzas.

Since these pictures were taken, we’ve made grilled pizza again.  This time we used pizza dough mix (the kind that you just add water to) and it was still really good.  I just like the idea of whole-wheat ingredients.