Making peace with pizza!

My name is Melissa, and I am a pizza addict.

My mom used to tell me when I was a kid that if I kept up my habit, I would turn into pizza. Thankfully I didn’t, but I think I could still eat it everyday if I tried. Unfortunately my broke self just can’t afford that.

So I had to find other ways to feed my addiction. What was my solution? Every Sunday night, my roomates and I have homemade vegetable pizza night. Not only is it cost effective and healthy, but its super easy to make.  Check it out!

First, you need to buy all the ingredients (don’t freak out just yet). I headed on over to my local Walmart and was more then pleased with the final price:

  •             PizzaBuddy whole wheat pizza dough:                 $0.88
  •             1 Green pepper:                                                  $.050
  •             1 Red pepper-                                                     $0.75
  •             1 Red onion                                                       $ 0.98
  •             1 large tomato                                                     $1.78
  •             Fat free shredded mozzarella cheese:                   $2.50

                                                                             Total:  $6.51

Don’t worry, I was shocked at first too. You will be even more shocked by how good such a simple recipe can taste.  Follow these easy steps: (See photos below for reference)

  • 1.)  Roll out the pizza dough onto a pizza pan or any shaped large baking pan of your choice

         Tip: throwing down some flour first helps it not stick!

  • 2.)  Roll over the edges for a crust, and bake it in the oven for 10 minutes at 400 degrees, or until you see the dough bubble a bit.

         Trick: my roommates and I prefer a crispy pizza, so I lightly cover it in Extra Virgin         Olive Oil, but this is optional

  • 3.)  While the dough cooks, cut up all the veggies into small cubes, and the tomato into slices
  • 4.)  Take out the dough, and begin to smother it! Throw on the vegetables to your liking, and place the tomato’s around the dough generously.  Then cover it all with cheese! (I used the whole bag…I couldn’t help it)
  • 5.)  Then place the pizza back in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese turns slightly golden

And there you have it!  But the fun doesn’t stop there. I took all the ingredients and added them up in a Calorie Counter, and it gave me the nutritional information for 1 slice of pizza (the whole recipe makes 8 slices). Here it is:

Calories: 229   |  Fat: 8.3 grams |  Sodium: 436 mg | Protein: 12.8 grams

I was more then pleased, seeing as it is almost half the fat and sodium content, half the price, and 89 calories less then the veggie pizza I have been ordering from dominos!  Not to mention I split it with my two roomates, so the overall meal only cost me a little over 2 dollars!

So for all you pizza lovers and addicts out there, there is hope. It’s homemade, its healthy, and it won’t cost you and arm and a leg.

P.S.– If vegetables don’t make your mouth water, swap out the toppings.  And don’t forget, take a tip from a previous post about Sharp Shopper if your looking to lessen the cost even more!

Enjoy!

Flavorful Greek Style Pasta

A Greek Pasta is an easy and flavorful way to eat on a budget. It also makes a lot of servings!

The minimal ingredients can often times be found right in your pantry, like penne pasta, and can also be substituted for even cheaper alternatives.

It only takes about 25minutes to prepare.

You’ll need:
2 cans of diced tomatoes (one can can range from $1-$2)
1 can cannellini beans (one can can range from $1-$2)
8 ounces of penne pasta ($1.50)
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (around $5 for four ounces, can be substituted for cheaper cheese such as parmesian)

Directions:
1. Cook the pasta in a pot of boiling salted water
2. While the pasta is cooking, mix the tomatoes and beans in a skillet and simmer over 10 minutes
3. Add the spinich to the tomatoes and beans and stir the mixture for two minutes
4. Serve the sauce over your pasta and sprinkle some feta cheese on top.

 

Students’ Savings

This student is eating great and saving money!

James Madison University junior Lauren Delmerico spends time looking at coupons and sales before she goes out for groceries so she can get the best deals.

“I know that some stores have cheaper produce than others and I have bonus cards and coupons as well,” says Delmerico. “The other day I was able to get everything I needed (from three different stores) all for $16 and that was worth it.”

Delmerico says she goes to Martin’s Foods where she is a bonus card member and receives extra savings from them on certain purchases. She even adds up points with the card to save money on gas. Talk about a smart shopper!

Delmerico compares prices between Martin’s, Wal-Mart, and Food Lion and picks what she’s going to get at each one.

While most students choose to go the route of buying foods that are the cheapest and taste great, but aren’t necessarily good for us, there are students concerned about their diet and their wallet.

Rather than springing for the cheapest foods she can find like he typical college food staples of Ramen and Mac and Cheese, Lauren Delmerico buys fresh fruit and produce and doesn’t spend a fortune getting them.

It’s important for us broke college students to not only save our precious funds, but save our health by not overindulging in fatty andand carb-filled foods. Learn from super saver Lauren and get a Martin’s bonus card and keep your eye out for great deals on great food.