Home-Cooked Comfort

Busy night? Toss together a healthful pizza and make time to gather the family 'round the table.

Everybody loves a hot slice of homemade pizza. Start with a time saving ready-made crust, or follow our "Whole Wheat Pizza Crust" recipe and bake your own. The best part of making your own pizza is that you control what goes on top!

Gathering around the table isn't always easy for a busy household. With a new school year, fall sports and hectic work schedules, coordinating everyone's time can be challenging, but the payoff is quality time with those you love. Remember that you don't have to serve a five-course meal. The important thing is to take a break from your daily lives and thank God for the opportunity to spend time together. Research shows children who eat wit their parents have lower rates of obesity and eating disorders, and also do better in school. Conversation is another benefit of eating as a family. In the relaxed atmosphere, family members may one up about the news of the day or discuss a history question that may elevate a B paper to an A.

Peach and Oat Cobbler

Served warm from the oven, crunchy "Peach and Oat Cobbler" is comfort food at its finest. Give Grandma's recipe a healthy makeover with whole grain flour and naturally sweet peaches in peach nectar. You can purchase peach nectar or make your own when peaches are in season. Puree 2 cups of fresh peach slices with 1 cup of water. On busy weeknights frozen sliced peaches are a good nutritional substitute for fresh. Frozen fruit, available year-round, also makes it easy to serve warm cobbler throughout the fall and winter.

Roasted Vegetable Pizza

Semi homemade pizza is an easy option for a family meal that tastes delicious and is loaded with good nutrition. Swapping out typical pizza cheeses for part-skim ricotta and reduced-fat Parmesan provides extra flavor without extra fat. Pile on fresh or oven-roasted veggies for guilt-free toppings. If family members want different toppings, offer a selection of taste. Pizza can be created in minutes by using a ready-made crust from a supermarket. Or, for a healthier option, make homemade crust following our "Whole Wheat Pizza Crust." Make a batch or two in advance, then keep dough balls wrapped in plastic in the freezer. Each single pizza-crust ball thaws in the fridge in a few hours.

Roasted Vegetable Pizza

Peach and Oat Cobbler