Pizza at Home: Rustic Crust Review

The man and I both have a huge weakness when it comes to the p word - pizza.  I try to avoid it usually honestly.  For one because of the dairy and for two because I have a hard time controlling my portions.  I've been trying to make healthier versions our favorite meals to help us stay on track and this week I tried a new pizza crust and sauce, Rustic Crust - an all natural brand I found in the organic/health foods section of Wegmans. 20130614-110138.jpg

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The calories on this aren't bad - around 280 calories for a whole crust.  The ingredients for the crust are whole wheat flour, water, salted butter, unbleached/unbromated enriched wheat flour, pure olive oil, soybean oil, yeast, salt, spices, basil, parsley.  The ingredients on the sauce are water, tomatoes, and 2% or less of olive oil, evaporated cane juice, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, spice, vinegar.  All in all a fairly decent ingredient list.

The instructions for making the pizza are a little weird - you have to heat the oven to 450, then take it back down to 425.  It's probably not that weird, but just awkward for me because of my odd oven that doesn't let me switch temps without turning it off first.

After brushing EVOO on the crust (as directed), I topped my pizza with a ton of red peppers, green peppers, onion, mushrooms, a bit of cheese, and a little italian sausage. I think sprinkled the whole thing with dried parsley and basil for a little more flavor.  The directions say to put it directly on the oven shelf, but I put foil down first because my pizza was pretty loaded and I didn't want a mess.

Anyway - the final result!

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It tasted great!  Lots of flavor from the crust and loaded with veggies personalized to what I love (hello super mushrooms!!).  I was very pleased with this pizza crust and the way it baked up and so was the man.  I'm not saying I'm going to start eating pizza every day or anything, but on a night when I am having a serious pizza jones, this is going to be my new plan.  Not just because the crust is so much better for me, but I can control what goes on top of it and it doesn't trigger me like pizza delivery does to overeat, probably because it's just less decadent and less crappy products.