If you are anything like me, you are busy right now. Not only because of the holiday craziness but because you have children living at home, dogs, cats and a to do list that never seems to end. I know I should cherish and love this time but sometimes I don’t have a moment to stop and breathe, let alone ‘cherish’. I have started coming up with lots of short cuts to make things a little less stressful throughout the weeks. I do want to enjoy time with the kids and not be worried about getting their dinner on the table. One thing that I have been doing is to make a huge batch of pizza dough every couple of weeks. We are always wanting a quick meal and pizza is great go-to. We all like it and it can be modified for all tastes, and based on whatever we have on hand.
To save even more time, I buy a few packs of Kraft Italian Blend shredded cheese. I honestly don’t mind shredding my own cheese but sometimes there just isn’t an extra five minutes. I always use the pizza dough recipe from the Pioneer Woman and I usually make a double batch, setting a couple dough balls aside for future meals.
In the past, I have also rolled out the pizza dough, layered it with toppings and cheese, wrapped tightly in foil and stored in the freezer, ready to go. Better than store-bought frozen pizza but just as quick.
We are trying to eat vegetarian a few nights a week so for this pizza I gathered basil and tomatoes from our garden, and hid a sprinkle of chopped spinach. Topped with a healthy dose of cheese, no one even missed the meat.
Want to make your own? Feel free to experiment with toppings! That is one of the best things about pizza. (I was watching Survivor last night and one of the challenge rewards was the choice of lobster, steak, pizza or burgers. What would you chose? I would totally choose pizza.)
From shopping for gifts to planning family dinners, it’s hard to keep up with all your holiday to-do’s. This year, Kraft is helping out with great weeknight meals and entertaining ideas to make the season a little bit easier. Plus, Kraft is offering up to $20 in coupons, redeemable exclusively at Target, to make food shopping easier and to help you have a happy holiday season.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kraft. The opinions and text are all mine.