Joanna Anastasia


Thin crust pizza hack

Delicious home-made thin crust pizza, that's cheap, easy and delicious! #pizza

I’m a huge pizza lover, and what I’m really in to is a real Italian style thin crust pizza! But as such, I’m usually disappointed with take out. And the frozen pizza? Well, I would lie if I’d say I never buy it, but we all know it’s not the real deal, not to mention that they’re full of sugar salt and other unhealthy ingredients. There are also nice restaurants making real Italian style pizza.. But with two young kids and living on a budget, I don’t go that much to restaurants anymore. And no, I haven’t yet mastered the art of making my own dough.

And yet, I enjoy the Italian style thin crust pizza at home every week now, and it’s cheaper than takeout!

And it’s really a such a simple idea, that I feel almost embarrassed to dedicate a whole blog post to it, but in case you never tried it, here it is: pita bread. Let it soak in. And now imagine: thin crust, perfect home-made pizza.

It’s really just as good. And you can probably even buy a whole grain one.
Mad it makes the fastest homemade pizzas ever!

Thin crust pizza hack

Here are my two family favourites:

Mushroom & pepperoni :

Good quality pepperoni ( or salami!)
Cheddar cheese
Tomato sauce
Pita bread

Goat cheese & sun-dried tomatoes :

Goat cheese
sun-dried tomatoes
Tomato sauce
Pita bread
Fresh arugula

Simply spread the tomato sauce on pita bread, add cheese and all the toppings (except for arugula). Broil for around 10 minutes. Serve with a side salad or a simple soup. So simple!

Thin crust pizza hack

It may be my favourite mom hack ever, and I hope that you’ll try it and let me know if you liked it too!

Gruyere and broccoli soup

Gruyere and broccoli soup: simply amazing! #soup

I cook soups almost daily, since it’s the easiest way for me to serve vegetables during the cold moths. Usually my soups are really very healthy, but from time to time I crave simply a hot bowl of yumminess. And this gruyere and broccoli soup is just that: comforting and delicious, perfect for a busy weekday evening that’ll surly pick your mood up!

It’s a family favourite too, and a great way to convince some of those picky eaters to eat broccoli! Also, if you’d like to make it a bit healthier, you could cut on half of the cheese, and replace the cream with coconut milk: I tried it, and it’s really delicious!

What you’ll need:

1 litre of vegetarian bullion
1 cup broccoli
Shredded carrots
1 onion

2/3 cup gruyere ( can be Parmesan or cheddar)
1/2 cup cream 1/2 milk ( or 1 cup coconut milk)

Pinch of nutmeg

On a medium heat cook the onions until semi-transparent. Add vegetable bullion, broccoli cut in pieces, and cook for around 10 minutes. Then add carrots, and cook another 5 minutes. Add milk and cream (or coconut milk), and after around 3 minutes the shredded cheese of your choice (though I really encourage you to try it with the gruyere cheese: it’s amazing!), mix well until the cheese has melted. Add nutmeg, and serve!

Gruyere and broccoli soup , simply delicious !

Enjoy your hot bowl of cheesy comfort with some bread, pita or crackers!

Simple cheese and tomato Quiche


Looking for a simple, fast, and yummy week dinner idea? Do you have eggs, milk, cheese and some pie shells? Then you are ready for a quiche :). Imagination is the limit, you can add whatever you fancy. I did mine with some yellow bell peppers, European salami ans tomatoes. And my family loved it. If you add a simple salad on the side, your dinner is done.

5 eggs
1/3 cup of milk
2 teaspoons of flour
pinch of salt
1 cup cheddar cheese
1/2 cup of cut salami ( optional)

1 large bell pepper cut in stripes
1 large tomato

pie shell

Mix milk, eggs, flour, salt and cheese. Place pepper stripes on the bottom of your shell, pour the liquid egg mix, place tomato slices on top, and let bake for around 45 min on 350 F.