Make Your Own Pizza – It’s easier than you think!

Ever wished that making pizza was as easy as picking it up from your local pizza joint? Well, it takes a little more forethought but it really is much easier than you might have imagined. I’m excited to talk about one of my favorite family foods and tell you some of the tricks I’ve learned along the way while making lots of yummy pizzas for my family’s pizza night each week over the years.

First, let’s just talk about pizza for a minute. It’s an all-American nod to a classic (though not quite the same) Italian dish. And one of my favorite things about it is that there are a million ways to make it, so it’s a great way to make everyone happy. I love that you can go savory, and never run out of different ways to top it. And you can go sweet, and make a treat that will be a massive hit with everyone too.

To me, pizza night is one of the easiest, most fun nights of the week. But to make pizza night easy, you do need to plan ahead a little. I make up my dough in batches. I freeze portions of it so I can pop it out an hour or so before dinner and let it thaw on the counter. That saves me so much time since I don’t have to make the dough from scratch every time we want pizza. Plus the extra rise helps give the dough an even better texture!

I like to make my own sauce, but you don’t have to. And you can go as elaborate or as easy as you want on the toppings. One of my favorites is the chicken alfredo pizza on the blog. It’s delicious and easy, and it is a great option if you don’t like or want all tomato sauces on your pizzas, too.

 

Tricks and Tips for Making Your Own Pizza

Some of Our Favorite Pizzas

  1. Need a gluten-free option for pizza night? We love this fun BLT Pizza!
  2. This homemade alfredo sauce is SO easy to make and it’s delicious on this alfredo chicken pizza. This is a huge favorite of mine!
  3. These mini deep dish pizzas are a fun take on personal pizzas. Lots of cheese!
  4. Here’s another fun take on chicken pizza. Good way to get some spinach in. You’ll really like Chicken Florentine Pizza!
  5. Don’t have time for a crust? French bread makes a fun, crispy alternative in this French Bread Pizza.
  6. Here’s a tex-mex way to make some pizza. Try out Cornbread Pizza!
  7. Who else loves pesto? I love this  Pesto Tomato Pizza!
  8. Need a little heat? Try this Spicy Garlic Chicken Pizza!
  9. This is not a pizza. But it’s another fun way to enjoy those pizza-y, cheesy flavors we love in pizza. You’ll love this Sausage Mozzarella Calzones
  10. Does anyone lovee a deep dish Chicago style pizza? This pizza pot pie was SO good!

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FREE Pressure Cooker School

I’m sure by now you’ve all heard about the Instant Pot, aka. electric pressure cooker. I’ve heard from several of you who recently received one as a gift and are feeling a little intimidated by it. That’s exactly why we’re offering Free Pressure Cooker School!

Free Pressure Cooker School

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Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of College Inn®. The opinions and text are all mine.

I love Ham and Bean Soup, but it typically takes quite a few hours to make.  Enter the Instant Pot or any brand of digital pressure cooker.  This appliance makes it possible to have fantastic Ham and Bean Soup in less than one hour!

And this recipe is healthy too. Beans, ham, vegetables and a generous portion of College Inn® make this recipe simple and nutritious.

If you haven’t tried using your Instant Pot yet, this is an easy recipe to test it out.  Everything gets added to the pot at the same time.  The lid is sealed and the cook time set, then you can work on other things – maybe fix a big salad and some cornbread – while the soup cooks.

Once the timer goes off, the soup is ready to serve.  It doesn’t get any easier than this.  You don’t even need to soak the beans before cooking.

Want more delicious instant pot dinners? Sign up to download the FREE menu and color-coded grocery list so you can enjoy one of these great instant pot meals tonight.

Here’s what you’ll need to make Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup:

Do be sure to rinse and pick through the Great Northern beans before adding them to the pot. Dried beans often of small stones or other debris that needs removed before cooking.

There’s just a small amount of chopping for this recipe, but it shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes and probably less than that.

If you decide to try it, share your results using #CollegeInnBroth!

This is truly a recipe that anyone can make!

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

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Serves: 6-8 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 pound dried great northern beans
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 4-5 small carrots or 2-3 large, chopped
  • 1 pound ham cubes
  • 6 cups or 48 oz. College Inn® Chicken Broth
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Rinse and pick through the dried beans to remove any small rocks or debris
  2. Place rinsed beans, onion, garlic, celery, carrots and ham in Instant Pot.
  3. Pour College Inn® Chicken Broth over all the ingredients in the pot. Stir in the salt.
  4. Seal lid and set cook time for 35 minutes.
  5. Do a quick pressure release.
  6. Serve in bowls.

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Ask Me Anything – Facebook Live

Yesterday I was on Facebook Live talking about how to make sheet pan dinners.  I also took meal planning questions, cooking questions and more.

And I had a surprise delivery from my husband part way through too 😉

You can watch the Facebook Live here.

Some of the other things we covered were how to really use the meal plans, how to adapt recipes as needed, what types of recipes our new No Flour/No Sugar Meal Plan includes, what types of ingredients the plans call for and more.

Eat at Home Meal Plans are on sale through Thursday Jan. 11.  You can get 30% off by using the code JANUARY at checkout.

 

 

Click here to take advantage of the sale!

 

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New No Flour/No Sugar Meal Plan!

I am so excited about this new No Flour/No Sugar Meal Plan!

We’ve added this plan for all of our members. This is the one you’ve been asking for!

Like other Eat at Home Meal Plans, this one uses simple, common ingredients that you can find in any grocery store.

The recipes are weeknight easy.

We’ve eliminated all sugars, artificial sugars, and flours.  You’ll find lots of vegetables and healthy proteins.

Find out more about the plan in this video.

This is a great time to become an Eat at Home Meal Plan Member.  Not only will you get the new No Flour/No Sugar Plan in addition to the other three plans, but you can save 30% on your membership by using the code JANUARY at checkout not through January 11.

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My Best Meal Planning Tips + a Limited Time Offer

I’ve got another video for you today with my best meal planning tips. In this video, we’re pulling together all the ideas of how to overcome dreading dinnertime and the four types of recipes we talked about in the second video.

This is where it all comes together to make your life a lot easier!

Click below to see the video.

I’ve also got a fantastic limited time offer for you on Eat at Home Meal Plans.  Get your year off to a great start and save 30% on your membership, by using the code JANUARY at checkout.

 

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The Simple Recipes You Need to Master for Easy Dinners + Free Download!

I’ve got a new video for you and a free download too!  In the video I share about four types of meals you need to learn if you want to have simple, easy weeknight dinners.

And I’ve given you recipes for 8 dinners that fit those categories!

I think you’re going to love these recipes and I promise if you use these types of meals, dinner will be a cinch!

To see the video go to this page and enter your email address.  Once you do that, you’ll be taken to a page with links to the first and second videos in this series, along with the downloads for each.

And be on the lookout tomorrow for a GREAT deal!

Watch the Video and Get Your Copy of Let’s Eat! by clicking here

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Free Download! 85 Easy No Sugar/No Flour Snacks!

I’ve got a lot of good stuff for you in the next few days, including this free download of 85 Easy No Flour/No Sugar Snacks!

We’ve put together simple ideas to solve the question of what snacks you can eat and still be healthy.  I think you’ll love these ideas.

I’ve also got a new video series for you and the first video released today.  I cover how to overcome the dread of cooking, cleanup and complaints from family members.  These were some of the most common things people say they dread about weeknight dinners.  If you deal with these too, be sure to check out the video series.

You can sign up for the free download of 85 No Flour/No Sugar Snacks and the video series by clicking here.

Sign up here!

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Savory Chicken and Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of College Inn®. The opinions and text are all mine.

There’s something about stuffed squash that looks like you’ve pulled out all the stops in making dinner.

But really, it’s so easy!  If you can cut a squash in half, you can do this!

This recipe for stuffed acorn squash is perfect for fall.  The colors of the squash look so pretty on the table at this time of year and the cranberries are seasonal too.  I served this on a Tuesday night and my daughter and husband loved it!

College Inn® Chicken Broth adds rich, savory flavor to complement the sweetness of the squash and cranberries.  I used chicken that I cooked in a skillet, but if you have leftover turkey after Thanksgiving this would be a wonderful way to serve it.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this dish. It’s so simple with only six ingredients, plus olive oil, salt and pepper.   If you decide to try out this recipe, share your photos on social media using
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FREE Instant Pot Meal Plan + Instant Pot Deals you won’t want to miss

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday. I am so grateful for each of you and your commitment to building stronger families by gathering around your dinner table!

You all know how much I love my electric pressure cookers and let me tell you, they were both vital to yesterday’s calm at our house. We’ve gathered a few resources for Instant Pot Deals you won’t want to miss.

FREE Download Instant Pot Meal Plan and Grocery List!

We’ve put together this free Instant Pot Dinners Meal Plan  for you!

Click here to download your one week of Instant Pot Dinners, complete with a color-coded grocery list just like our weekly meal plans.

Instant Pot Deals you won’t want to miss!

Instant Pot deals you won't want to miss

While you’re at it, check out my affiliate link for the 6-quart Instant Pot Black Friday Deal on Amazon today. They also have this 8-quart Instant Pot Black Friday Deal with a yogurt function too. You’ll want to snag one right away as Amazon prices can change quickly and we’re not really sure how long this sale will last.

 

Free Eat at Home Instant Pot Resources

If you still have a few questions about the Instant Pot then you can watch the Facebook Live that I did on Wednesday for all the basics and answers to some of the most common questions.

You can also find my honest review of the Instant Pot vs. the Cuisinart Pressure Cookers. And then there’s this entire series on Cooking Meats and Proteins for the Freezer in your Instant Pot.

Do you have an Instant Pot or is it on your wish list this year? We would love to hear about your favorite way to use yours in the comments below!

 

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