My boys love routine.
Every Friday is pizza night. And occassionally Tuesdays, too. However we are a dairy-free, grain-free and mostly nightshade-free household and going to the local pizzeria would be kind of depressing. Can you imagine? "I would like a pizza please, minus the cheese, tomato sauce and crust." Or it could be even worse. "I would like a pizza please and then once I have finished eating it could you lend me one of your staff to be my home care nurse for the next two weeks while the ingredients slowly work their way out of my system?" No? Really?
Since a childhood without pizza isn't an option we make our pizzas at home.
Over the last 5 years I have tried cauliflower crusts (delicious, but somewhat time consuming) and honey + almond flour crusts (a little too sweet for us). Just over a year ago I was shopping at Natural Grocers and saw a grain-free and dairy-free option. I got really excited. I mean, REALLY EXCITED. The brand was Capello's and I knew I had to try it. I bought 4 boxes and have never looked back. Capello's made pizza night easy for me again. It is also a young Colorado company and I am glad I can support it.
Every once in awhile I will make a crust from scratch, but it's rare. I would rather spend the extra time rough-housing with my kiddos. Or sleeping. Hmm. Definitely sleeping.
Thinking you might change things up and make a pizza at home? Looking for inspiration on toppings? The following are our household favorites:
Mr. No Deviation Cole's Favorite Pizza Ingredients:
pizza crust + red sauce (tomato sauce) + pepperoni (Lucky Cole can tolerate his tomatoes (nightshades))
Mr. Flavor of the Week Will Riley's Favorite Ingredients:
avocado + raw salmon + pear + honey + blueberries
no wait! It's....
nut butter + honey + banana + cacao nibs + dates
or did it change to..?
bacon + pear + whatever will get a wide-eyed look from his older brother
There are so many options as my 5 year old, Will Riley has taught us. You won't lose.
Be creative like Will Riley or consistent like Cole. Either way, if you take the time to make a pizza at home you will 1) create a memorable experience which will get everyone off of autopilot and 2) eat healthier than you would if you went out or had it delivered. The added bonus? It's empowering to create things. You will be surrounded by excited anticipation from little ones. And don't discount the laughter. In our home there is always lots of giggles and talk about "what masterpiece Will Riley will create next." It makes us all smile.
Avocado, anchovies, fermented sauerkraut, pears and basil peso are my favorite toppings.
YUMMMMMMM OR ICK?