This easy cheesy margherita pizza recipe is the perfect last minute meal idea -- and I need all of those that I can get right now!
I'd love to tell you that I'm one of those super organized moms that has her menus all planned out at the start of each week, but in reality I'm one of those fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants moms that starts thinking about dinner about five minutes before the kids arrive home from school most days. I've got a wonderful Pinterest board filled with menu planning tips and suggestions, but actually implementing them? Well, that's still a work in progress...
Luckily, Walmart has a new Facebook app that takes some of the pain out of the "what to cook for dinner" scenario! Just become a fan of Walmart Meal Solutions on Facebook and then click on the Meal Solutions app in the nav bar. You'll instantly have access to hundreds of simple and easy meal solutions for breakfast, lunch, dinners, and snacks.
What makes the app really fun and special, in my opinion, is that once you make a meal from it, you're encouraged to come back and upload a photo of your finished dish. You're then entered to have your photo featured as the "Meal of the Week". You can also meal plan with the app, share recipes with friends, and more.
Oh, and while you're there, consider becoming a fan of Unsophisticook! Actually, the whole "fan" thing kind of annoys me... We're all friends here, so we'll call it becoming a friend of Unsophisticook on Facebook. Join me!
Anywho, I chose to give their cheesy margherita pizza recipe a try, but of course I added my own spin to the recipe, as I typically do. I guess I've always been a bit of a rule-breaker, and that's trickled down to recipes, as well.
The actual recipe called for a new product called Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations that is a seamless crescent roll dough. I was unable to find it though, so I just improvised with the regular Pillsbury Crescent Rolls. I divided the dough into four rectangles, and then pressed the diagonal seam closed on each one. I feel like this worked perfectly because it allowed me to create four personal size pizzas from one roll of dough.
While the recipe indicated to brush the dough with plain olive oil, I wanted to give it a little kick. So I crushed a clove of garlic into a small bowl with a tablespoon of olive oil and microwaved it for 30 seconds to create a garlic-infused olive oil which I then brushed all over each crust. Another great topping in lieu of the olive oil would be a fresh pesto, but of course that would add some additional prep time.
Then they just needed a sprinkle of cheese and some thinly sliced Roma tomatoes on top. After baking, I sprinkled each pizza with some fresh basil to finish them off.
What's great about using the Pillsbury Crescent Rolls as a crust is it also makes it super easy to customize the pizzas to each family member's individual tastes. I made a second tray of pizzas with just pizza sauce and cheese to please my particular eaters.
With only five minutes to prep and 12 minutes of cooking time, you can have these pizzas on the table in under 20 minutes. Add some simple dressed greens and you're all set!
What's your favorite quick and easy meal for busy evenings?