When you're 9 months pregnant date nights turn into no make-up, hair in a bun on the top of your head, game night (ticket to ride) and homemade pizza for dinner. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't satisfied with our now traditional Saturday night. Except that my husband is a board-game cheater and won on a false play.. but we'll get into that at another time! But seriously, if you haven't played Ticket-to-Ride, you're really missing out- such a fun game that can be played with up to 5 people but also totally do-able with only two. We love it!
As for the homemade pizza.... to die for! I've made this before and after two unsatisfying pizza experiences (from two different places!) I decided homemade is the way to go. From the dough all the way to the sauce, I know exactly what is in it. All fresh ingredients and truthfully not THAT unhealthy (aside from being a bit carb heavy).
It can be a little time consuming.. especially if you're making the dough from scratch (and I wouldn't suggest it any other way) however, it can be a fun thing for two people to do together! Bribe the other half with a 6 pack and you've got all hands on deck!
The dough recipe is the only thing that I can't pin as mine... I got it from here. It is seriously so good that I don't even try to alter it or experiment to make my own... it's perfect the way it is. It makes enough for 2 very large pizzas, so unless you're having an army over for dinner, I suggest making the full batch and making a homemade frozen pizza for another night. I prepared two whole pizzas and then surran wrapped one in a pan and stuffed it in the freezer for a night when I'm feeling too lazy to cook (like after baby Harper comes and I'm hardly functioning!). Nothing better than a guilt-free homemade pizza to pop in the oven for 20 minutes and call it good!
Prep Time: 20 minutes + 40 minutes for dough to rise
Cook Time: 16-20 Minutes
Preheat Oven 450 F
- While waiting for the sugar and yeast to dissolve in warm water for the dough, start the pesto sauce.
- Place all ingredients in blender (I use my Ninja!) and blend until smooth and creamy. May need to add water or oil based on consistency.
- Set aside.
**At this time you will want to finish the dough recipe.
- Once dough is ready, add layer of pesto sauce to dough.
- Add layer of Spinach.
- Add Mozzarela cheese, Tomatoes and Basil.
- 1.5 Cups Packed Basil
- 1/2 Cup Raw Almonds
- 1 Lemon
- 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
- 1/4 Cup Water
- 1 TBSP Minced Garlic
- 1 TSP Garlic Salt
**You may need to add water or olive oil depending on willingness to blend
- 3 Cups Mozzarella Cheese (more if desired)
- 2 Roma Tomatoes
- 1/2 Cup Fresh Basil Leaves
- 2 Cups Spinach