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21 Delicious Ways to Eat Pizza that Will Forever Change You

21 Delicious Ways to Eat Pizza that Will Forever Change You

Pie. ‘Za. Perfection in a slice. No matter what you call it, there’s no denying pizza is the ultimate meal. It can be customized in thousands of ways and eaten at anytime of the day. (Cold pizza for breakfast anyone?) But just as there are unlimited topping choices, there are also an unlimited number of ways to eat it. We’ve compiled 21 easy and delicious recipes below that think outside the triangle.

1. Pizza Fries

What happens when you combine the world’s greatest comfort foods? AMAZING. But don’t take our word for it.

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    2. Zucchini Pizza Boats

    Looking for a carb detox after those pizza fries? Try these delicious zucchini boats for a lighter but still satisfying pizza edge.

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      3. Mushroom Pizza Bites

      Looking for a quick snack to impress your grown up (or not-so-grown-up) guests? Try these mushroom bites for an elegant yet cheesy dish.

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        4. Grilled Cheese Pizza

        Who doesn’t love a good grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup? Why not take it to the next level and combine the two by using some tomato sauce? Add some pepperoni slices for a real pizza feel.

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          5. Mini Deep Dish Pizzas

          This Chicago-inspired dish comes together with the help of a muffin tin and a little non-stick spray. Pop them in the oven for 20 minutes and then start popping them in your mouth!

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            6. Pepperoni Pizza Braid

            Get your Elsa on and try this pepperoni pizza braid. You’ll be singing by the end of the bite!

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              7.  Deep Dish Skillet Pizza

              Say that ten times fast. Doesn’t matter, your mouth will be busy tasting this deep dish treat.

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                8. Pizza Balls

                Eat them with your hands or a fork and knife. Either way, you can’t go wrong pulling apart these doughy balls of cheese and pizza sauce.

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                  9. Pizza Rolls

                  Similar to the pizza balls, this recipe uses pizza dough in a creative way. Roll up the ingredients, cut, bake and enjoy!

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                    10. Hot Pizza Dip

                    Why eat pizza as a slice when you can dip into it with a breadstick? Try pita or tortilla chips for a crunchier texture.

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                      11. Twisted Pizza Breadsticks

                      Easy to make and easy to dip in pizza sauce, these twisted pizza breadsticks bring a fun twist to any party.

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                        12. Pizza Quesadillas

                        What happens when a classic Tex-Mex dish meets classic Italian fare? A crispy, crunchy pepperoni quesadilla.

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                          12. Double Cheese White Pizza Quinoa Bake

                          Remember when quinoa was all the rage a few years ago? It still is with this double cheesy recipe. Mix and match cheeses for a recipe fitted to your tastes.

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                            13. Pizza Nachos 

                            Another Tex-Mex meets Italian love fest. Layer tortilla chips with with a garlic cream sauce, pepperoni, olives, bell peppers, and onions. Another great recipe to customize with toppings and cheeses.

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                              14. Pizza Swirl Bread

                              Impress your guests or roommates with this easy, yet elegant looking bread.

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                                15. Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

                                Looking for a different take on take-out food? Try wrapping cheeses, pepperoni, mushrooms, and other toppings in egg roll wrappers. Deep fry for a few minutes and go crazy with the dipping sauces!

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                                  16. Pizza Hummus

                                  This recipe is for homemade pizza hummus (i.e., throwing garbanzo beans into a processor with oil) but for a quick fix you can borrow from the recipe and mix chopped basil, tomato sauce, and garlic powder into plain hummus. Serve with pita chips or raw veggies.

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                                    17. Paleo Pizza Salad

                                    Maybe not the crispy, greasy slice that we crave every so often but this salad is full of flavor and paleo to boot!

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                                      18. One Pot Pizza Pasta Bake

                                      All you need is one pot, some adorable mini pepperonis, pasta and a variety of your favorite pizza toppings and you have a quick, easy weeknight meal!

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                                        19. Pizza Soup

                                        Never thought you’d see this right? But don’t discount it—it’s basically tomato soup with an extra boost of flavor. Pair it with some breadsticks or cheesy bread and you have yourself a heart-warming meal!

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                                          20. Pizza Frittata 

                                          Nothing is more simple or satisfying than a frittata. Which is basically a fancy word for a baked egg dish that you can throw just about anything into. Add some pepperoni, mushrooms, and tomatoes in to get that pizza vibe.

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                                            21. Pizza Risotto

                                            Lastly, the fanciest take on pizza—risotto! It’s actually easier than you think. Just keep an eye on the arborio rice as it cooks and add your favorite pizza toppings. Your guests will be begging for your secret to cooking amazing risotto.

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                                              Last Updated on January 14, 2019

                                              7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

                                              7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

                                              From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

                                              What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

                                              1. Take the scenic route.

                                              Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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                                              Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

                                              2. Distract yourself.

                                              No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

                                              3. Listen to music or podcasts.

                                              There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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                                              4. Bring a friend.

                                              Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

                                              Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

                                              5. Accessorize.

                                              There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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                                              For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

                                              6. Compete.

                                              A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

                                              7. Relax.

                                              The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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                                              With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

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