Fast Flatbread Pizza

This was an easy, tasty meal. Try English muffins or soft shell tacos for the pizza base. Using what you mostly have on hand to make easy pizza saves on the monthly food bill, ensures you aren’t throwing away your dollars on unused food, and you create a meal that everyone will love!

Flatbread pizza on a plate.

You know those times you’ve been at the grocery store debating what to make for dinner?

We just had one of those. Thanks to product placement we decided to make flatbread pizza.

We were actually getting ready to get fried chicken at the deli, but no one was right there to fill our order. So, as we were browsing and waiting for the deli person we saw the flatbread. Bingo! We already had the rest of the ingredients on hand at home so dinner was done.

Ingredients we had on hand:
-Spaghetti sauce for pizza sauce.
Thrive Life freeze dried: sausage crumbles, mushrooms, and green onions. Put all 3 ingredients in a bowl and add water to reconstitute.Freeze dried mushrooms, green onion, and sausage crumbles in a bowl to reconstitute with water. A fork is is the bowl also.
-Cheese. Pete had the two year old Monterey cheese on his pizza and I had the Dill Havarti cheese.

Ingredient we bought:
Naan Whole Grain Flatbread

Flatbread on a plate, jar of spaghetti sauce, and freeze dried mushrooms, green onion, and sausage crumbles in a bowl to reconstitute with water. A fork is is the bowl also.This was a fast pizza to make.
Step One: The freeze dried ingredients were soaked in water. No chopping veggies or cooking the sausage. The sausage crumbles are pre-cooked and freeze dried.
Step Two: Spoon spaghetti sauce on plated flatbreads. Use microwave safe plates.
Step Three: Add drained, reconstituted freeze dried ingredients.
Step Four: Cut and put cheese on top.Two flatbread pizzas each on a plate ready for Cheese to be added.
Step Five: Microwave till hot and cheese is melted. You could bake this if desired but we were after fast and easy. Caution, microwaved cheese can be very hot. Allow the pizza to cool as needed.

Flatbread pizza on a plate with a fork.This was an easy, tasty meal. Try English muffins or soft shell tacos for the pizza base. You need to use a spatula if you are moving the soft shell taco pizzas from a baking pan to plate. Change up your pizza sauce. You could try BBQ sauce or a salad dressing. Use your favorite pizza toppings. Black olives, leftover meats, spinach, or tomatoes. Experiment with toppings such as bologna, summer sausage, zucchini, or other favorite foods you think would compliment the pizza you are designing!

Using what you mostly have on hand to make easy pizza saves on the monthly food bill, ensures you aren’t throwing away your dollars on unused food, and you create a meal that everyone will love! What are your favorite pizza toppings? Any unusual combos you want to share?

Pie Crust Pizza with Freeze Dried Toppings

Deciding to make pizza is usually a spur of the moment meal choice. Keeping freeze dried foods on hand comes in quite handy.

Pizza on cast iron griddle with freeze dried food cans in background.So, what do you do with an extra pie crust?

Trying out a new pie crust recipe provided me with two crusts because I cut the original Hotwater Pie Crust recipe down to one third of its yield. I only wanted to make one pie  as we didn’t need to have two on hand in the house.

We had already decided to make pizza for supper and I was going to make my usual yeast crust. Thinking out loud to my husband and debating if this whole wheat crust would freeze well brought the solution to light. We would use the pie crust for the base of the pizza—why not? To give credit where it is due, it was my husband’s idea.Pie dough on a cast iron griddle with rolling pin, butter, and cup in background.

Deciding to make pizza is usually a spur of the moment meal choice because we are in a “pizza mood.” Keeping freeze dried foods on hand comes in quite handy on these occasions. We just grab our cans of ingredients and start our pizza. Our freeze dried ingredients were: tomato dices, ground beef, mushrooms, onions and cheese.

Freeze dried tomato dices in blender cup, bowl with cooked and freeze dried ground beef, mixer, can of freeze dried food and measuring cup on counter.

We put our freeze dried ingredients in water to reconstitute (except for the tomato dices). Since we were out of the spaghetti sauce we normally use, Pete got creative again. He took 2 1/2 cups of tomato dices and ground them up in the Ninja blender to which he added Greek salad dressing and water. He used sufficient amounts of each to get the taste and texture he wanted for the pizza sauce. As usual, he didn’t measure. He “guy cooks.”

Pie crust on cast iron griddle with sauce, ground beef, mushrooms and onions

To our whole wheat pie crust we added the Tomato Greek pizza sauce, cooked ground beef, mushrooms, onion, and finally the cheese. Pie crust on cast iron griddle with sauce, ground beef, mushrooms, onions and cheeseUsing cooked, freeze dried ground beef saves the time and mess of cooking the hamburger first. Also, the vegetables were already cut and the cheese shredded. You do have to get use to how much water to add to correctly reconstitute freeze dried foods though. I had a bit too much water in the cheese so I squeezed it out into the container as I scooped it up to put on the pizza. The cats loved the cheesey water— nothing went to waste!

 

The pizza turned out great. We were able to cut and plate slices but needed to use a fork rather than hand to eat the pizza. You probably noticed that’s we didn’t use the traditional pizza pan. Our cast iron griddle doubles nicely for a pizza pan. This will be a do again meal!

 

Living in a rural setting with the nearest grocery store 20 minutes away lends itself to keeping freeze dried foods on hand. In addition to being a prep time saver, freeze dried foods offer great nutrition. Here is the disclaimer: my husband and I sell freeze dried foods because it is a product that we use and that tastes great. If interested, feel free to check out our website at CanoeCountryFood.ThriveLife.com. If not, that’s ok too. I hope you’ll consider trying the pie crust for pizza dough sometime or that this brainstormed solution will lead you to one of your own when faced with a food dilemma.

 

Oh, I want to mention another idea for extra pie crust. I usually do this with just the little bit of leftover dough. Gather the leftover dough bits and ball them up so you can roll out into one smaller crust. Place this crust on a greased baking sheet. Next, spread melted butter on the crust followed by cinnamon and sugar. Bake along with your pie until the crust is as brown as you want. Do note that this crust will be done much quicker than your pie—keep an eye on it. Eat it warm out of the oven or cool down for a treat later. Enjoy!

Why I Love Using Freeze Dried Foods

These freeze dried foods taste great! The foods are flash frozen within hours of harvest which locks in the nutrients and flavor. Freeze dried foods have a long shelf life. They are great for daily or emergency use as well as camping and backpacking needs.

While searching “food” on Craig’s List to figure out how to let folks know about Thrive Life freeze dried foods, Pete found a listing for a Chocolate Lab. Aren’t search engines interesting? While we don’t have chocolate labs or even chocolate bunnies, we do have pulled pork, chicken, beef, and a variety of vegetables and fruits that are to die for. Keep reading and I’ll tell you why we like using freeze dried foods.

Convenience-I don’t peel onions or chop celery. I just open my can of freeze dried veggies, scoop out what I need and add to my recipe.

Various cans of Thrive Life freeze dried foods

Saving money-I don’t often have to run to the store for forgotten ingredients. I just go to my pantry and use what I have. While this takes a bit of planning to stock my pantry with freeze dried foods I will use, I save time and gas. Also, I don’t throw away spoiled vegetables or fruits I forgot to use because I use what I need when I need it.  Foods I love for this are: mushrooms, onions, celery, strawberries and mangoes.

Health-I love, love, love the taste of the sweet cherries, strawberries, and mangoes. We use these in our morning protein shakes. These taste great as a quick snack or dessert too! Another benefit, freeze dried foods have great nutrient density.

Taste-These freeze dried foods taste great! The foods are flash frozen within hours of harvest which locks in the nutrients and flavor. I have eaten some nasty tasting dried scrambled egg food product before. Let me tell you, the Thrive Life scrambled egg mix tastes great and is a quick meal fix. We add mushrooms and onions to it and have an easy meal in minutes. It is harder to use this for an omelet but great for scrambled.

Storage-Less leftovers in the fridge cause we use it as we need it. Freeze dried foods have a long shelf life. They are great for both daily or emergency use as well as camping and backpacking needs.

Have I  caught your interest yet! There are some great recipes on our website. Just clip on the recipes link in the previous sentence to check them out.  Feel free to explore the catalog of food choices.

Not sure what to try first?  My suggestion would be to pick out one from each of the following categories and begin adding to your favorite recipes.  You can order in the pantry can (smaller) or family size can (larger) sizes.  Pick what works for your needs.  Be sure to check out the monthly specials.  Also, there are gluten free and non-GMO choices.

Fruits:  strawberries, mangoes, sweet cherries

Vegetables:  onions, mushrooms, celery

Protein:  refried beans, pulled pork, scrambled egg mix

Here’s to convenience, savings, and health!  What have been your experiences with freeze dried or emergency foods?