Two For Tuesday
Tuesday, 7 June 2011
One of my biggest weaknesses when it comes to dieting is pizza. I love pizza and could eat it every day but it's usually the bad type of pizza I go for. I just can't resist ordering greasy take away pizza in that iconic blue and red box, complete with the garlic and herb dip, especially on a Tuesday. Come on, you know the one I'm talking about - D********!
A few weeks ago I had MAJOR cravings for take away pizza and it was suggested that I make my own pizza from scratch because it would taste better and more importantly, would be much healthier. But you know what? The reason I wanted to order pizza from the overpriced grease factory in town was because I was too lazy to go to the effort of making my own pizza from scratch. The thought of making my own dough and waiting an hour for it to rise just didn't appeal when I could click a few buttons and an effort free pizza would be on my doorstep in 30 minutes.
Unfortunately I did give in to temptation and parted with £10 of my hard earned cash in return for 1,744 calories (yes, really!! in one medium size pizza!!) and a bloated tummy. I'm not gonna lie, the pizza tasted bloody amazing but afterwards I couldn't help but feel terrible. Not only because I had wrecked my hard work at the gym that week, but because I had ate far too much and the sore tummy majorly outweighed the delicious pizza I had just forked out for. And then there was the weight I'd probably gain from stuffing my face. That's when I decided that I was going to come up with a plan that would stop me from resisting the urge to… well, stuff my body full of fat just because I'm feeling lazy. I bring to you… LAZY TUESDAYS.
First off, you need a pizza base. You can buy these pre-made in supermarkets, but you can also make your own bases from scratch and freeze them in advance. I've tried this recipe so far and it's been a success.
A good tomato sauce is what can make or break a pizza and this simple recipe from Jamie Oliver tastes great. I've been making the sauce in advance and freezing it in an ice cube tray and just pop 2 or 3 out at a time and defrost when needed.
Toppings and cheese are the easy part. 99% of the time there are foods in my fridge, freezer and cupboard that would make a great pizza topping. Mushrooms, courgette, olives, pineapple, sundried tomatoes, peppers and of course meat for those of you who aren't vegetarian. The list is endless.
It takes 10 minutes max to spread some tomato sauce, chop up and arrange some topping and throw some cheese over it and then a further 15 minutes to cook. That's probably less time than it would take for a Dominos to be delivered and I bet it cost half the price aswell as being much healthier.
What are your biggest diet weaknesses? Have you found a way to combat your cravings?