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October, That Means Pizza

October isn’t just for Halloween. Did you know it’s also National Pizza Month? If you’ve only thought of pizza as a high fat fast food, you’ve been overlooking a great ally of the budget cook. Here are some reasons to include pizza in your menu line up.

My father used to say if you don’t mind eating pizza every single day, you can eat fairly cheaply. While pizza tastes great, eating it every day isn’t something most of us want to do. But as most pizza chains send out coupons just about every week, using them to buy a meal for your family when you’re too tired to cook doesn’t necessarily exhaust the food budget.

Kids Love Them Too
There aren’t too many foods that kids and adults both like to eat. If you’ve got a fussy eater in your household, pizza is a great way to get them to eat all the food groups. And most children will even eat their veggies when they’re served on a pizza.

Pizza isn’t the most expensive food to serve to a crowd. And a ‘make your own pizza’ party enables you to serve a crowd for just a couple of dollars per person. And the guests get to eat exactly what they want.

The Leftovers
Pizza is a great way to use leftovers…cheese, meat, veggies, sauces, you name it. Someone told me their aunt would cook a pizza every Sunday night and use whatever was sitting in the fridge as the toppings.

A Great Make A Head Meal
Pizza freezes perfectly and therefore is the ideal meal to make ahead of time. You can even make them in batches and store them in the freezer.

They’re Quick and Easy
Even if you don’t consider yourself to be much of a cook, just about anyone can make a pizza if you use a pizza crust mix.

They Make Great Desserts
Don’t always think savory when you think of pizza. You can top them with chocolate, peanut butter, fresh fruit…so just about anything goes.

They Don’t Have to be Italian
You don’t always have to make pizza using a red sauce, pepperoni and mozzarella. I often use different pasta sauces, even an Alfredo sauce. You can even substitute the pizza crust with pita bread, English muffins or bagels. And how about a Tex Mex pizza with salsa as the sauce?

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