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A delicious, quick and easy, inexpensive dinner.
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It's been a while. I was busy, my son got married in May. I celebrated my 10 year anniversary. My daughter got engaged in June. I helped plan the bulk of her wedding; the important things are all booked.
Then... I saw how high the price of food was going. Up and up and up. How could I spend that kind of money. So... I've now decided to start a new category. Inexpensive Meals.
Peppers were $2.49 a pound and in a week went up to $2.99 a pound! Seriously now.
Last December, I used to fill my car up when it was at a quarter of a tank for $15.00. It went up to $24.00 a few weeks ago. The last time I filled it, I paid $27.00. Ridiculous. When gas goes up, everything goes up.
If you follow my blog, you know I cook with peppers a lot. However, no way was I paying $2.99 a pound. The other day, my mom was at Meat Farms. She called to say she found peppers "on sale" for $1.99 a pound. Not much a sale, but better. I asked her to pick me up some. At least I had a few peppers.
I did not make my own crust. I bought premade gluten free cauliflower crust. I know people make their own, but in my opinion, it's an awful lot of work. The brand also sells full pizzas with topping. I've had them as well and they are decent. My homemade topping was better.
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I made my own sauce. For sauce recipe, click green link. As the sauce simmered, I chopped my vegetables. Remember to stir the sauce frequently as you work with your vegetables. (see video)
Wash your pepper, clean out seeds and chop into small thin strips. Chop a yellow onion into small thin strips. Mince a few garlic cloves. Place together in a bowl that can be covered. I used a Chinese Food container. Pour a little olive oil over the vegetables, cover and shake well turning the bowl upside down a few times until all vegetables are coated well. Place the vegetables into the air fryer. I cooked for 5 minutes on 370 and then another 2 minutes so 7 altogether. I started with 5 minutes and checked for tenderness. (see video)
If you don't have an air fryer, you can fry in a pan on the stove top until desired tenderness.
As the peppers, onions and garlic cooked, I coated the frozen crust with sauce to soften it up a bit. Then I prepared my cheese. I ran out of mozzarella so I substituted with cheddar and provolone. (see video)
Place the cheeses onto the pizza. Add the vegetables. You want them almost completely cooked. Top with shredded Parmesan. (see video)
Place the pizza into a preheated 375 degree oven. Cook for 10 minutes. When the crust is slightly browned and the toppings are melted and bubbling, it's done. Remove from oven and allow to sit for 10 minutes. (see video)
Serve and enjoy.
Cauliflower Crust - I used premade Wholesome Pantry brand
Red sauce - I made my own or you can use jarred if you prefer