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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 September 18, 2020

                                              7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                              7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                              Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                                              Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                                              1. Exercise Daily

                                              It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                                              If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                                              Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                                              2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                                              Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                                              One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                                              This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                                              3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                                              Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                                              Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                                              Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                                              4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                                              Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                                              The basic nutritional advice includes:

                                              • Eat unprocessed foods
                                              • Eat more veggies
                                              • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                                              • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                                              Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                                                5. Watch Out for Travel

                                                Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                                                This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                                                If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                                                6. Start Slow

                                                Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                                                If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                                                7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                                                Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                                                My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                                                If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                                                I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                                                Final Thoughts

                                                Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                                                Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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