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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 July 8, 2020

                                              18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                                              18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                                              The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

                                              1. Understand Yourself Better

                                              Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

                                              Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

                                              2. Keep Track of Small Changes

                                              I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

                                              Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

                                              3. Become Aware of What Matters

                                              As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

                                              You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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                                              4. Boost Creativity

                                              The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

                                              When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

                                              You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

                                              5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

                                              A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

                                              Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

                                              6. Process Life Experiences

                                              When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

                                              Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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                                              7. Stress Relief

                                              In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

                                              Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

                                              8. Provide Direction

                                              Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

                                              One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

                                              9. Solve Problems

                                              Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

                                              Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

                                              When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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                                              10. Find Relief From Fighting

                                              Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

                                              Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

                                              11. Find Meaning in Life

                                              Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

                                              12. Allow Yourself to Focus

                                              Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

                                              13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

                                              When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

                                              14. Let the Past Go

                                              I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

                                              15. Allow Freedom

                                              Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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                                              16. Enhance Your Career

                                              Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

                                              Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

                                              17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

                                              All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

                                              18. Catalog Your Life for Others

                                              No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

                                              We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

                                              Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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