Staple Meal – Pizza

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So I was born in Chicago and pizza sauce runs in my veins.  The Smartpoint count for Pizza on Weight Watchers is enough to bring a grown woman to tears, so when I am really crazing that ooey-gooey goodness I make my own.

That’s not to say that I don’t ever enjoy the heaven that is Gino’s East or Giordano’s.  I simply eat smaller portions and you know, not every other day.

I keep my monster pizza cravings at bay by making a better Smartpoint version at home.  This has quickly become one of my go-to staple meals.  If I’m running late at work, tired when I get home, or just a complete unorganized mess I always have these ingredients in my pantry so that I can make a quick, nutritious, delicious meal.

I can’t tell you how many times this has saved my Smartpoint balance.  Of course I try to plan, prepare – do all those things we are supposed to do but let’s face it.  We are human and sometimes things just don’t work out the way we planned.  Having a Plan B and a Plan C and even a Plan D will help you from getting thrown off the wagon and drug behind it for a few miles.

There really isn’t a recipe for this – you do what you want to do.  A little pizza joint down the street from me used to make a fabulous veggie pizza and they put broccoli and cauliflower on it.  It is super good and helps bulk up the pizza.  I keep frozen broccoli and cauliflower in my freezer, and nuke it on a paper towel for about a minute before putting my pizza in the oven.  It comes out perfect.

So I start with a Tumaro wrap.

tumaro

They are only one point and hold up well!  1/2 cup 2% mozzarella covers it well.  For the sauce I sometimes make my own for zero points with crushed tomatoes, or Ragu has a traditional pizza sauce that is decent but will cost you a point for 1/4 cup.

So the wrap, then the sauce, whatever veggies I have on hand, then the cheese.  I bake that bad boy for about 20 minutes at 350 and dinner is served for 6-9 points, depending if I decide to add Canadian bacon or some other form of meat.

Sometimes I’ll sprinkle some garlic, sometimes I’ll do the Canadian bacon with some pineapple.  It’s nice to switch it up and get a little taste of something that is so comforting.

What is your comfort food?