Grilled Pizza (thanks to a bad date) plus 3 recipe ideas

If you follow me on Instagram stories, you know that grilled pizza has been my jam lately. Before we get into all the goodness that is this perfect summer meal, let’s chat about bad dates, lies and how sometimes, it can all be worth it.

Confession: I can sometimes be just a tad snobby when it comes to my food choices. I like pizza and burgers and ice cream and everything for the most part but I can be pretty particular about the pizza, burgers and ice cream I will be eating. Some call it picky, I call it knowing what I want in life.

My snobby pizza eating ways came up a few weeks ago on a first date. The date happened to be a run, I would suggest that you save the running for 2nd or 3rd dates. It was not the best first date, conversation felt awkward and when we got back to the cars I told my date that I was going to keep running because we had only gone about 4 miles. The poor guy joined me for a few more awkward miles. I was sure that our date would end right when we got to the cars so I was shocked when my date asked me to grab some pizza and drinks after our run. In a quick attempt to dodge dinner I said something along the lines of… “I don’t really like pizza”.

In my defense, my awkward-running-date-pizza-invitation lie was more of an exaggeration. I knew in this moment that my date’s idea of grabbing pizza, was not going to be my kale, veggies, fruit and fancy cheese type of pizza. Instead of taking the time to explain that I was just a picky eater that didn’t really see our relationship going further than the 8 miles we had just covered, I lied about pizza. 

Lying is no bueno BUT my little lie left me dreaming about pizza all week. Pizza dreams paired with summer grilling and before I knew it, grilled pizza pies were consuming my every thought (this isn’t an exaggeration, not only am I a picky eater but I also obsess about my picky eating food choices)… and that is how grilled pizza found itself into my life. I regret nothing.

Grilled pizza is the bomb.com.

It is SO easy, comes together superfast and makes the crust 10x better than the typical homemade pizza in the oven routine. The other great part about homemade pizza? Alllllllll the toppings. Whatever your heart desires can come together on your perfectly crispy but still soft, grilled crust. 

I follow this basic routine for grilled pizza. Instead of wiping down the grates with oil I just spray my pizza dough with olive oil spray (from the can). I also make these personal pizza size by dividing a piece of fresh dough from Trader Joe’s (I get the whole wheat kind) in thirds or quarters. I will save freeze the other dough pieces separately so I can easily defrost for the next pizza night. 


Here are three of my favorite summer topping pizza combinations:

Peach and Pig

  • Peaches – sliced lengthwise
  • Sweet onion sliced
  • Bacon cooked (I sauté the onion and peaches with the bacon)
  • Olive oil
  • Mozzarella and goat cheese
  • Balsamic glaze

Loaded BBQ Veggie

  • Sautéed kale, portobello mushrooms, red bell pepper, red onion, garlic in olive oil
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Mozzarella and goat cheese

Summer Pesto Veggie 

  • Grilled corn (after grilled I cut off the cob), zucchini slices and red onion slices
  • Pesto
  • Mozzarella and goat cheese (ok maybe I just always have mozzarella and goat cheese…)
  • Balsamic glaze 

And there you have it! Homemade pizza (thanks to dating lies) will never be the same. 

 

Healthy Regards,

Hayley

 

Let’s chat! 

  • Have you tried grilled pizza?
  • What are your favorite recipes?
  • Have you ever told a little-white-lie to get out of a less than great date?

 

Pizza time! Dominos, Pizza Hut, Papa Johns?

Its Saturday morning already?!

I have a BUSY weekend filled with lots of fun, exciting things so today is just a quick post but with some  useful information guaranteed to make your weekend 10x better:

Healthy Pizza Making 101. 

Please do not ever order pizza again! Making your own pizza is so much more fun, its cheaper and its easier than you think. You can make a night out of it with family or friends, its much healthier, tastier AND my favorite: you get to customize it however you want! I am the type of person that tends to customize everything on the menu when I go out to eat, “do you have this, ok I don’t want this on it, or this, but can you put this…”. Some people (my parents, friends, etc) think I am picky (and sometimes annoying) but I just know what I want! Which is why I always love just making my own versions of stuff at home. Pizza is a good one to just let me make at home. So lets do it!

We will start with the base:

You can pick up fresh pizza dough from Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Safeway or you can ask pizza places for it! I usually go for the whole wheat dough. Fresh dough is SO tasty but I have also made personal pizzas with whole wheat tortillas, english muffins (learned this one from one of my favorite families, thanks Millers!) and naan bread. Get creative with this! 

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This week I made crust out of polenta. I love, love, love polenta so when I saw this idea I was excited to try it. I just made polenta the basic way. I don’t add butter in the end and it still tastes great! After making the polenta I sprayed a cookie sheet with olive oil and  spread the polenta evenly out on it. I would suggest doing smaller personal sized pizzas for this. The edges of my crust got nice and crispy but the middle stayed a little crumbly. I put the cookie sheet in preheated oven and let it bake for about 30 minutes at 375 F before I added the toppings!

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Sauce:

You can buy pizza sauce at the store. Whole foods has fresh sauce, next to the dough, and it is a great price (whole foods really does have some great deals!). You can also buy it in a jar at any store. I like to make my own though!

IMG_0908This week I did a roasted red pepper, garlic and tomato sauce. I could have ate it like soup! I used 2 red peppers and 2 tomatoes. Roasted them on a cookie sheet greased with olive oil at 375 F for 30 minutes.  Threw them in my Vita-mix (can use any high speed blender, magic bullet, food processor etc) with 1 tbsp olive oil, one clove garlic, salt and pepper then blended till it was smooth. 

IMG_0920OK, so we have our sauce and our crust, now here is the fun part:

Toppings!

Here is where you are able to make pizza-night fun. Prep the sauce and crusts before, buy toppings (or tell whomever to bring their favorites) and invite friends or family over for a build your own pizza night! Browse the grocery store and get what catches your eye, whats in season, what looks good! 

Some of my favorite toppings are:

  • Butternut Squash
  • Mushrooms
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Eggplant
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Onions
  • Leeks
  • Apple
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Turkey sausage 
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Goat cheese
  • Mozzarella
  • Ricotta 

This week it was sweet potato, kale and goat cheese for me! Since the sweet potato takes a little longer to bake I started by cutting into small pieces and cooking on the stove top with a little olive oil, salt and pepper until they were tender and starting to brown. I then added my sauce to the pizza, I had lots of extra from that recipe but it will keep in fridge for a week or so or you can put in a freezer safe bag and freeze for the next pizza night…. or eat like soup!

I added my sweet potatoes, kale and crumbled goat cheese on top. I cooked until the kale was crispy. 

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And then I ate!

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Who else loves sriracha on everything?!

I hope you will try and share your favorite pizza creations with me, happy pizza making!

Healthy Regards,

Hayley 

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

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