While there are days that I step into the kitchen and feel like being creative — attempting to make a meal that is out of the ordinary for our table — those times are truly few and far between. Where do people find the time? And how to do they find the motivation when there's always the chance that their work will end up not all that well-received by their kids?
Instead, around here we tend to stick with the much-loved classics that are sure to make everyone happy. No matter what, it seems that we can't go wrong when the menu consists of something like pasta or tacos or pizza. Definitely pizza.
But it has been ages since we last ordered delivery or take-out pizza and instead look to our grocery store's freezer section for something fast, easy and delicious. The result is tasty, of course, but there's always the nagging voice pointing out that typical frozen pizzas might not be the most healthy meal around.
Recently we had the opportunity to try out the perfect mix of high quality, organic ingredients with the ease of at-home toss-it-in-the-oven convenience in the form of Annie's and their new Certified Organic Rising Crust Pizza.
For more than 20 years, Annie's has been nourishing families with simple, down-to-earth foods that taste great and are easy to love. They've sought out the best ingredients Mother Earth has to offer, harvesting pure, natural flavors to make delicious foods every family can feel good about.
After having tried and enjoyed a variety of Annie's other products (such as their yummy Natural Mac & Cheese and tasty Bunny Grahams), I knew that the goodness of organic ingredients with the great taste that Annie's is known for would ensure that their pizza would bring smiles to my whole family.
Annie's pizzas are available in four flavors (Four Cheese, Uncured Pepperoni, Supreme and Spinach & Mushroom) and we opted to try the classic goodness of Annie's Organic Four Cheese to see how it would measure up to our usual frozen pizzas.
Right out of the box the mozzarella, provolone, parmesan and romano cheeses (made with milk
from cows not treated with the growth hormone rBST*) looked tasty and the combination with the savory tomato sauce and whole wheat crust had us eager for the 17 - 22 minutes to pass while it cooked.
As we eagerly waited in the kitchen, it was hard to keep from taking this pizza out early just to take a bite. When the timer finally rang, I pulled it out to find pizza near-perfection. Annie's rolled crust resulted in a homemade look as it rose in the oven to stand tall around the pizza pie and the cheeses were melted just right.
It was time to grab a slice of happiness!
I had assumed that Annie's would make a good pizza, but how out of the ordinary could it really be? The answer was absolutely delicious! The hearty rising crust was thick and chewy on the outside and light and airy on the inside and the cheeses and spices were just right without being overpowering... yum!
While I was happy that my kids (and my husband and I) were enjoying the flavors so much, it also made me feel good to know that the ingredients were beneficial as well. The organic wheat flour in Annie's pizzas provides eight grams whole grain per serving and is a perfect complement to the organic, calcium-rich dairy products like the mozzarella and provolone cheeses.
All in all, it was a satisfying and delicious meal!
With the exceptional ingredients and the way that the results tasted as though they were crafted together right in my kitchen, I really did find Annie's Certified Organic Rising Crust Pizza to be as good, if not better, than the last time that we ordered out... not to mention a step above other frozen pizza options.
With a suggested retail price of $9.99 for one 11.5" pizza, the cost for these pizzas are a bit higher than what we're used to in the frozen food aisle, but this one pizza did leave my whole family full and satisfied. Combine that with the only cooking requirement of me being to open and close the oven and I'd say that it was a hit!
Annie's Organic Rising Crust Pizza is available in the freezer aisle at Whole Foods Market, so keep an eye out for them the next time you are out shopping... and be sure to visit their Facebook page for a $2 off coupon! The whole grains, real cheeses, and organic meats and vegetables will surely be something you and your kids will love as well.
Plus, thanks to the generosity of Annie's three people will be able to find out just how much their family enjoys this tasty pizza as well, because...
Three lucky people will win a voucher for a free Annie's Certified Organic Rising Crust Pizza!
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