Hello! If you have followed for any length of time, you know that we are pizza people. We LOVE it. So much so that we make a point to enjoy it every single Friday. This is for a few reasons:
First, it’s delicious.
Second, everyone likes it. By the end of the week the last thing I want are dinnertime battles.
Third, it’s a “fun food” and starts the celebration that is the end of the week and beginning of the weekend.
Fourth, mom needs a break from cooking.
Fifth, and most important to me, it is a declaration that we are so much more than what we eat. Every meal doesn’t have to be perfectly balanced. It doesn’t require something green. Food is not only for the body, it’s for the soul.
Now that we have outlined a few reasons why pizza is so delicious, let’s get down to the best way to reheat it and a few creative ways to use it:
THE BEST WAY TO REHEAT LEFTOVER PIZZA
My personal favorite way to reheat pizza is in the oven. You can preheat the oven to 350 for around 8 minutes, or just stick it into the oven cold and let it cook the pizza as it preheats. Once the oven is preheated, your pizza is probably done! You can put the pizza directly on a cookie sheet or use a piece of foil if you are going for easy cleanup.
You can also cook the pizza in a nonstick pan on the stove. I suggest covering it so that the cheese melts and be sure to watch that the flame isn’t too high so it doesn’t burn. You don’t need to spray the pan.
HOW TO USE LEFTOVER CRUST YOUR TODDLER LEFT BEHIND
If you are anything like me, good pizza crust is GOLD! I hate for it to go to waste. So, I save it! The next day for breakfast or lunch I carefully break it open and toast it, then use it as the base for avocado toast. You could also top it with egg and cheese. and bacon. YUM!
HOW TO FANCY UP DAY OLD PIZZA (OR MAKE YOUR TODDLER’S INSISTENCE ON PLAIN CHEESE PIZZA FEEL MORE FANCY)
A super simple way to fancy up pizza is to add fresh herbs. And make a dipping sauce! I have always LOVED the dipping sauce you get from Papa Johns. Turns out it’s fairly terrible for you (shocker) so years ago I started making my own. I love to use it for the pizza but really it takes the crust to the next level. Here’s a basic recipe, but you can really add anything you like:
- Fill a little bowl (or silicone muffin mold in my case) with olive oil. You could also use melted butter.
- From there add garlic powder, salt, and red pepper flakes. You could also add…garlic salt (kill two birds with one stone), parm, ranch seasoning…the options are endless!
- Balsamic glaze also makes for an amazing topping. Do you make a dipping sauce? If so let me know what you put in it!
NEED SOME GREEN? TRY “PIZZA SALAD”
This is really so easy. All you do is use your pizza cutter to cut the pizza into little squares. Throw them on top of your salad and you’ve basically got delicious cheese croutons!