Do you love to grocery shop? I know it sounds weird but I really do enjoy spending an afternoon at the grocery store. Cruising up and down endless aisles of pantry staples and weaving in and out of giant bins filled with fresh produce in search of the perfect ingredients. I get strangely energized by grocery shopping. I feel accomplished when I have a cart full of raw ingredients - a cart full of endless possibilities - a cart full of deliciousness.
Based on the recent popularity of meal delivery services, I'm guessing that not everyone enjoys grocery shopping as much as I do. I recognize that it's entirely possible to make delicious, homemade meals at home without ever stepping into a grocery store but personally, I think that you're missing out on some of the fun elements of meal preparation if you get all of the ingredients delivered.
Even though I normally look forward to going to the grocery store, I admit that grocery shopping doesn't ALWAYS bring me joy. When the store is so crowded that I can barely get my cart up and down the aisles, when I'm in a hurry and I have to find an ingredient immediately or when I am in a completely unfamiliar store where I don't know where to find anything, I find it a frustrating experience.
Normally, I go to the grocery store armed with a list of ingredients that I need to buy in order to make the meals that I have planned. I'm not much of an impulse buyer unless it comes to amazingly fresh produce or Halo Top ice cream. LOL I'm kind of obsessed with sticking to my list so that I don't end up with a bunch of groceries that I don't really need. The only problem with that is that it makes it harder for me to pull together an unplanned meal with pantry staples.
Just the thought of "unplanned meals" gives me anxiety but let's face it, we all have to pull together a meal at the last minute at some time or another. Flour, sugar, yeast and oil are things that are ALWAYS stocked in my pantry and if I'm really lucky, I have leftover cheese and pizza sauce too.
Impromptu pizza nights are the best. Making personal pizzas is a great way to use up leftover cheese and veggies but its also a great way to share the dinner responsibilities with my family.
Personal Grilled Pizza
1 cup white flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon yeast
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 1/4 cup warm water
Return to grill and cook 2-4 minutes until cheese is melted.
I'm not always a fan of ordering pizza at a restaurant because it usually comes loaded with more cheese and toppings than I like. I guess I'm somewhat of a minimalist when it comes to pizza. I prefer pizza with very little sauce, just a scattering of cheese and just a few choice vegetables. I'm more of a crust fan than a pizza fan really. At least this personal pizza crust is made with whole wheat flour.
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