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Lately, my go-to meal has been pizza. Now, I don’t hold anything against pizza corporations, but in my opinion, they are often overpriced, over-cheesed, and over-tomato sauced. For less than a few dollars, I’ve been able to create a delicious, quick, nutritious, and customizable meal. Not only that, but it’s also been a great alternative vegetarian meal during Lent. Also, you don’t need pizza dough at all! It’s been fun experimenting with different breads such as Trader Joe’s ciabatta bread and creating mini pizza sandwiches.

Recipe for quick, at-home, vegetarian pizza:

  • Pizza Dough $3
    • Giant & Trader Joe’s are two stores that sell freshly made pizza dough. It costs around $3 so it’s such a deal compared to $20 pizzas
    • Buying a pizza pan is optional (though a great investment) since it will let you get that 12×12 circular crust, otherwise making tiny pizzas or filling any other baking sheets will do nicely!
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese $2-$3 
    • One pack of cheese can last 2-3 pizzas depending on how much cheese you prefer.
  • Tomato Sauce $1-$2
    • One jar of tomato sauce can make 2 pizzas along with a few pizza sandwiches
  • Some of the vegetables I use are: Mushrooms, Olives, Bell Peppers (Red, Green, Orange, and/or Yellow), Jalapeno Peppers, Cherry Peppers, and Onions.

Overall, I hope you guys try this out because it’s such a quick, easy, delicious, and inexpensive alternative to takeout. Moreover, it’s a great bonding experience for you to try with your roommates, friends, or family.


Meeval Biju

Jefferson '24

Hello hello, I'm a sophomore here at Jefferson University. I love music, science, and sleep!
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