Cheap and Cheerful Pizza

by Natalie Heather

Here’s the deal, we are trying to cut down our spendings. A lot. We have things to do and people to see, and we want to be able to afford to do it all. This means we are limiting ourselves quite a bit: this means our budget for groceries is $100 a week for the two of us. It sounds like plenty, right? It would be, except that fruit and vegetables seem to be getting pricier by the minute, and fresh food tends to be much more expensive than frozen foods. We are trying to sustain a fun and healthy diet without breaking the bank.

This recipe is great for the end of the week as a way of getting rid of the veggies you have left over – before going out and buying fresh ones. We dressed our pizzas with what we had on hand, but really, you can dress it however you would like.

Cheap and Cheerful Pizza


  • 2 Pizza Bases (we used gluten free ones from Kinnikinnick)
  • .5 cup Pizza Sauce
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1 cup Mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup Mixed Greens
  • .5 cup Cheddar Cheese

I bet you’re wondering why we called it “Cheap and Cheerful”. The first is pretty self explanatory – it doesn’t cost much to make. Cheerful, on the other hand, isn’t a word I would commonly associate with pizza. Robin and I were both so happy with how delicious (and easy) the pizza was, we beamed throughout lunch!

(Serves 2)

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Ready in: 25 minutes

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Place pizza bases on cookie sheet (we lined our with aluminum foil to make cleaning up easier).
  3. Add pizza sauce – then go crazy with toppings! We sliced a red pepper and some mushrooms, and threw on some mixed greens for added vegetables.
  4. Don’t forget the cheese!
  5. Place in center of oven and wait for 15 minutes.
  6. Take out of oven, let cool for 5 minutes, and enjoy!
Note: Go easy on the pizza sauce – you don’t want to drown out the taste of the vegetables!
Approximate cost per serving:
  • Pizza Base:  $2.20
  • Pizza Sauce $0.24
  • Red Pepper $1.12
  • Mushrooms $1
  • Mixed Greens $0.99
  • Cheddar Cheese $0.60

Total: $6.15

Have you ever had a pizza for so cheap? I haven’t. And, if you make it with a regular pizza base (and by that I mean not gluten-free) I can guarantee you that it will be cheaper. Plus, making the pizza yourself is much, much healthier than the frozen kinds.