It’s dinnertime, UH-gen. The family has communicated no so subtly that they’d rather just order pizza. But your brain is weighing all the options. You’ve been trying to build in a habit of whole foods whenever possible but you’re often short on time so convenience foods and fast food are appealing for speed, effort, and family morale. What if you could meet both demands? Give them pizza before the delivery driver could make it to your doorstep? This recipe will save your bacon. It’s got family-friendly flavors of potato and cheese and the entire meal, with salad, can be ready in 35 minutes.
This pizza is definitely a fan favorite. It even made my vegetable-fearing sister and potato-fearing niece happy; probably because it’s, you know, pizza. It began its life as a Real Simple recipe, but as usual, I’ve tweaked it just a bit. I think it would work nicely cut up into small squares as an appetizer, too, if you find yourself headed to a last-minute potluck or party.
If you’d like to see how this recipe fits into a full week’s menu from Trader Joe’s, take a peek at A Week’s Worth of Trader Joe’s Dinners for Less than $100. And for help with shopping, you’ll find a grocery list included below the recipe.Print
This shopping list was prepared for a trip to Trader Joe’s, but any grocery store should have similar items. It was updated in 2020 with current prices and product names.
Cheddar Potato Pizza Shopping List
1 lb. Trader Joe’s (TJ’s) Plain Pizza Dough ($1.29)
6 oz. TJ’s Trimmed Leeks ($2.99) (This package contains 2 leeks.)
1.5 lbs. Melissa’s Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes ($2.49)
4 oz. Kerrygold Dubliner cheese ($1.99)
0.75 oz. TJ’s Organic Fresh Thyme ($1.79)
15 oz. TJ’s A Complete Salad Kit, Caesar Style ($3.49)
16.9 fl. oz. TJ’s Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil Mediterranean Blend ($3.99)
TOTAL $14.04 with accompaniment
$18.03 if you need to buy pantry staples
– Processed foods are high in sodium! Utilizing convenience foods in recipes and running the nutrition analysis has been a fascinating process for me. I’m definitely learning my lesson on sodium. In this case, the big contributors were the crust, the added salt, and the cheese. To meet the recommendation of 1500-2300 mg/day, you’d want a low sodium breakfast and lunch on this day.
– Can I trim anywhere to save calories? You could use less salad dressing or cut back on the amounts of potatoes or cheese that you layer on the pizza. It will still be quite a satisfying meal, but you’ll have shaved off a bit here and there.
– What about protein? Each slice of pizza provides about 7 grams of protein, so for a meal of 2 slices and salad, you end up with 21 grams altogether. For reference, the recommended amount of protein for a 175-pound man is about 64 grams a day.
I’d love to know if you successfully satisfied your family with this homemade pizza instead of delivery. If so, this might be a recipe to keep close at hand for the next time the 5:30 pm whole foods vs. convenience foods battle starts anew in your brain.
Do you have any creative pizza toppings you’d like to recommend?
This is not a sponsored post. I bought all the groceries on my own and happily consumed them.