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8/14/13 12:51 P

I have never had a frozen pizza that tasted half as good as delivered pizza.

FP4HLOSER Posts: 968
3/18/13 10:38 A

Between the two--I would say frozen since every time we buy from a pizza place it is greasy. The frozen doesn't seem to be as much. Both have way too much sodium for us and making it yourself is way better. You can make a few ahead on days you have time and freeze them. Just undercook the crust a little.
On a personal note---PAPA JOHN'S?? emoticon We always get sick on their pizza no matter which store it comes out of. The sauce or something just doesn't agree with us. We prefer to buy from local family owned places when we do buy pizza out.

SONICB Posts: 4,381
3/18/13 10:23 A

Not sure which is healthier (neither seems to be a healthy option...), but the store-bought option is probably cheaper.

Sometimes when I get a pizza craving, I'll just make a slice of toast or half a whole grain (whole wheat) bagel, top that with pizza sauce & some shredded cheese, and then stick it under the broiler in my toaster oven for a bit.

ANARIE Posts: 13,205
3/17/13 4:56 P

Of the two options you originally asked about, a good-quality thin-crust takeout is probably a slightly better option just because the ingredients might be a little fresher, and because you're likely to eat a bit less because it's more expensive.

But others are right that homemade is much healthier, FAR less expensive, and probably faster. You can use frozen bread dough, flatbreads, whole-grain English muffins, tortillas, or pitas, etc, with your favorite tomato sauce from a jar, veggies (it doesn't take more than five minutes to chop enough for a pizza), and a lower-fat cheese (fewer calories AND no icky grease to mop off the pizza!)

Also, a lot times when you think you're craving pizza, you're really craving pizza spices. Look around for "Italian" spice blends and try them on whole-grain pasta or even on your veggies. They might just satisfy the urge and save you from having to make the pizza decision at all.

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3/17/13 4:10 P

I agree, making your own is usually the best option. Sometimes when I can't be bothered to make dough I'll use whole wheat tortillas. I like them crispy so I stick it in the oven alone for a few minutes (some puff up so I'll just poke it with a fork to let the steam out) then top it with whatever I have, then put it back in until its crispy and the cheese is melted.

I never order pizza myself, so I can save the indulgence for a work pizza party or something. It's harder to say no in those situations anyways.

As for frozen pizza, I try not to make a habit of it. But I do love Dr. Oetker's Spinach pizza...So I'll usually keep one or two of those in the freezer for extra lazy night or surprise guests that want a snack.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,329
3/17/13 9:27 A

if you are going to be buying, you have to compare the info for what you would buy to see what is best. and you have to take into account practicalities. it's all fine and dandy if you can get a thin crust mushroom pizza that has great nutritional info, but if you walk into that pizza joint and will order the deep dish, stuffed crust pepperoni instead because it smells so good, that's not much help. and if you buy a plain pizza at the store, are you really going to wash and chop veggies to top it when you didn't want to cook in the first place? those are some of the practical concerns. and what you're actually willing and able to do determine which info you should be comparing. and you will have to spend some time reading labels in the frozen pizza aisle. look at what looks good to you, then pick the one with the best info and compare that to what you would realistically get from a pizza joint. factor in extras like if you would order breadsticks from the pizza place or if you had to run to the store to pick up a pizza what else might you toss in your cart or if you buy frozen pizza on your regular shopping trip will you eat it more often because it is there. because these things are all individual and will help determine what is the most practical for you.

SPKRAUSE Posts: 543
3/17/13 7:15 A

We generally make our own, though the SO buys frozen on occasion. Others are right about the sodium content.

I prefer making my own crust, and I have a lively enough sourdough starter in the fridge to make dough a painless process. But other than that, just a quick 5:3 ratio bread dough works great and can be ready in a couple hours (less time, if you add more yeast). This allows me the ability to control how large the pizza(s) will be; instead of one pizza for all, we tend to make individual pies.

You can usually get frozen dough at the grocery store. Just thaw, roll out, etc. Also a pretty good option.

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3/17/13 6:22 A

Neither. We've been making homemade for a few years now.

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3/17/13 5:33 A

i found a recipe in the instgram for cauliflower pizza
its so easy and delicious

put cauliflower in the microwave for 7-10 mins
make it as rice texture , mix it with one egg & mozzarella cheese , + (if you want italian herbs or salt or any thing to be added its optional)
but it in the oven for 10-15 mins @ 220 cْ
but your favorite topping (mine: ketchup , green bell peppers , onions, turkey, black olive, some cheese)
put it again for 5-7 mins


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3/17/13 4:53 A

I always keep a homemade cauliflower pizza crust in my freezer to pull out, dress, and bake when the mood strikes.
It takes about 10 minutes to prepare 3 12 inch crusts.

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3/17/13 2:05 A

Both restaurant and store-bought is LOADED with sodium... painful amounts. A single slice of Dominos medium with pepperoni has 530 mg of sodium! That's ONE SLICE.

A serving of Tony's pepperoni has 640.

Make your own. Then you can control what goes in, and you don't need the mountains of preservatives. And it's not as hard as you think!

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3/17/13 12:55 A

I second the "make your own' vote! I make mine in bulk (32 serves) which takes up 2 large oven trays. Each one has a full serving of veges - I make the sauce with tons of veges and lentils, and puree them, then thicken it to the right consistency with Oat Bran. The base I make as well. I use a lot less cheese, too. I can get 5-6 grams of fiber and much lower fat content with mine. I cut them when cold, then freeze them to be used as/when I want them. Much nicer, and much healthier :-) (and more filling)


UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
3/17/13 12:23 A

You don't really know what either the store-bought plain pizza or the take-away hot one really has in it. So "neither" would be the answer to your question.

As the PP said - make your own. :)

MASHAMOO Posts: 1,667
3/17/13 12:15 A

How about make your own at home? If you don't like or don't have time to make your own dough, you can get bags for around a buck. That way you know for sure what's on the pizza and can increase veggies if you want.

AYRIKA12 SparkPoints: (6,463)
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3/16/13 11:59 P

Hello everyone,
I was wondering, is it healthier to buy a Papa John's or other carryout pizza or to buy a store bought cheese pizza and add my own toppings? Thanks for any input..

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