A while back, when we decided to start making our own breads, bagels, and other baked goods, we got about 2 pounds of yeast because it cost the same amount as about 10 of the little packets. Luckily for us, yeast keeps in the refrigerator well. One of the best low cost meals we do is making our own homemade pizza. If you have yeast, the dough is really, really inexpensive. Here is a recipe for great pizza crust:
- 3 cups flour
- 1 packet active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons=1 packet)
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 cup warm water (between 95º and 105º F)
1. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. Mix in oil and water. Spread the dough out on a cookie sheet and top as desired.
2. Bake at 375° F for 20-25 minutes.
We like to add mozzarella and olives or do a margarita pizza if we have room in our budget that week for fresh mozzarella. My mom also used to make a veggie pizza that was always delicious. She would add sauce to her crust, steam carrots, broccoli, chopped onions, and cauliflower in the microwave, and then top with mozzarella cheese. You can also get some stirfry frozen veggie mixes that make great pizza toppings. Even with LD around eating everything, we tend to have some leftovers for our pizzas. When we do sauce with mozzarella and veggies, we usually spend about $2.50 for the two of us and have sauce leftover for another meal. This is where meal planning comes into play! You don’t use much sauce but for me, pizzas are just better with tomato sauce. You can easily use the rest of the jar for something like baked ziti, lasagna, ravioli, or just pasta and red sauce.
What do you put on your pizzas to keep your costs down?