How to make pizza healthier and cheaper than pizza delivery.

How to make pizza healthier and cheaper than pizza delivery.

Say goodbye to takeout pizza-our homemade pizza recipe is healthier, cheaper and just as quick. After our latest delivery of greasy, lukewarm takeout pizza, I made a bet with my fiancé, Andrew: using EatingWell's new recipe for homemade pizza, I could make a pie that was healthier, cheaper and tastier than takeout, and it would be on his plate as fast as delivery. If I pulled it off, I'd be in charge of pizza night from then on, but if I couldn't, he'd get to pick the toppings for the next month . . . and he likes anchovies.

In just 20 minutes, I made a batch of Thin-Crust Whole-Wheat Dough, set it to rise and popped it in the refrigerator. The next night at 7:00, Andrew called to order a sausage-and-pepper pizza for delivery while I rolled out my dough. By 7:15, the dough was topped with sauce, turkey sausage, fennel and cheese and in the oven. I tossed a salad together while it baked and by 7:30 I was pulling a beautiful pie out of the oven-just as the delivery boy rang our doorbell.

The tie-breaker was this: my EatingWell pizza was 209 calories less per two-slice serving, had half the fat and cost only $6.38 compared to our $20 (plus $3 tip) takeout. Plus, with its crunchy fennel topping and super-crispy crust, even Andrew agreed it was more delicious. So I won the bet, and you can guess who will be missing his anchovies when pizza night rolls around.

September/October 2011