DIY Basically Instant Pizza Pie



Lesson of the day: when you want something real bad, you make do with what you have.

Look, we’re all working with limited resources–time, dolla billz, energy, skills, etc., but sometimes you just want what you want and nothing short of that will do. And so, you make do. And since that was a totally ambiguous statement, allow me to provide a few examples.

1.) I want: more time to do things I want to do/need to do. So I: used a vacation day today so that I could not put on make up, sit on my couch, and work on catching up on junk like bills and personal emails AND play with some systems/tools to help me get more of what I want in my life up into my everyday doings.
*Side note–if you too are looking for organization aid for your life, I might recommend exploring: Feedly, Trello, TextExpander, and Pocket (shout out to Sarah for introducing me to half of these things). Evernote is always a blessing too.

2.) I want[ed]: pepperoni frozen pizza. So I: took a lame healthy frozen pizza some PR person left with our test kitchen, bought some carcinogenic pepperonis from target, chopped up some other goodies that were in my fridge, and made magic.

3.) I want: the world to know how glorious frozen pizza can be with just a little bit of love. So I: did my best with my iPhone and dimly lit kitchen to snap some shots of what that might look like. And here we are.



I love pizza, I eat it at least once a week, so I kind of consider myself something of an expert in eating pizza. There are 3 basic categories of pizza that I crave: frozen pizza, delivery pizza, and real pizza. Each is delightful in its own right, when the time is right.

That said, I have found that even when I’m not craving any iteration of pizza… frozen pizza *done right* can still be exactly what I want. Because no matter what I want, I’m pretty sure frozen pizza counts as “making do.”

As a dear friend and former roommate once said, frozen pizza is what you call a MUP–most underrated player. And that’s mostly because most people don’t know what the heck they’re doing. So here…

Rule # 1: The frozen pizza you buy is not the frozen you eat. Be it a Digiorno supreme (my preferred canvas) or a Newman’s Own margherita (what I worked with here), you have to customize it. You have to legitimize it. You have to make it your own. Most frozen pizzas, you’re going to want to add some fresh veggies and minced fresh garlic to, these are the things that matter in life. Unless there’s something specific that you want (i.e. I wanted needed pepperoni), I usually just go with scraps of whatever is already in the fridge to make pizza great again. Some awesome common candidates includes:

Mushrooms, roasted peppers, olives, salad greens, sliced tomato, broccoli florets, fresh oregano, fresh basil, crumbled goat cheese, Parmesan, and red onion.


And now that I think about it, there’s really only 1 rule… sorry, anticlimactic. I basically only wrote this because I love frozen pizza and I believe that you could too.


DIY Basically Instant Pizza Pie

-1 frozen pizza

-a liberal sense of adventure and enthusiasm

-whatever add-ons you fancy

  1. Combine all ingredients. Bake according to package instructions. Be happy.


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