I like to make Upside Down Pizza often for my family. One of the reasons I like to make it is because it is really frugal. The second reason I like to make it is...THEY LOVE IT! Even if a recipe is frugal and saves some green the food STILL has to be good, and my family HAS to eat it is or it is no longer frugal and it s is just wasteful. So try new frugal recipes and see which one work for your family.
I typically make this recipe in the oven on 350 degrees for about 25-30 min, but it is August and it is HOT. I don't want my house to heat up from the oven...I will loose money by paying for the air conditioner. You can make just about anything on the grill. If you don't have a grill you can also make this in a crock pot. And to keep your kitchen cool put the crock pot on the porch! The crock pot will still heat up the kitchen, not as much as the oven would but just a bit more makes a difference in the amount of electricity you have to use to cool the room back off again. I have all upstairs bedrooms and all that downstairs heat travels up the stairs and makes it miserable to sleep.
All that being said here is the Recipe for Upside Down Pizza!
Pre heat Grill to 350 degrees. My grill cooks a bit hotter than that around 400 at the lowest setting.
Spray a 9x13 or so sized pan that is grill save (anything oven safe is really grill safe)
In a bowl mix tomato sauce with seasonings to make a pizza sauce. I use about one 15 oz can of tomato sauce and I sprinkle a 1/2 a tsp of sugar, about 1 tsp of Italian Seasoning, about a tsp of garlic powder or on clove minced. Sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper in there too, more pepper than salt, especially if your toppings are salted. You can also use prepackaged pizza sauce if you want but that will change the cost of your recipe typically.
Spread the sauce in sprayed pan
Add Toppings of your choice:
I use all left overs for my pizza or what ever toppings I happen to have in the cupboard.
Tonight I had some peperoni, a small can of Shiitake mushrooms, and some left over diced purple onions from last nights salad.
I have used a left over hamburger and crumbled it up for a beef topping, and leftover taco meat. I have browned a half pound of ground turkey and seasoned it to taste.
I have also used fresh mushrooms, diced green peppers and red peppers and black olives.
Add 8-12 oz of Mozzarella shredded I like to add a little bit of cheddar with my mozzarella to give my pizza a pretty golden brown color so I mix a bit of cheddar in also.
In a medium sized bowl whisk 2 eggs, 1 cup of milk, 1 tablespoon oil, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1 cup flour. pour evenly over the top of the cheese
sprinkle the top with Parmesan cheese
Put on top rack of grill and bake 15-20 min
The grill time will depend on your grill and how evenly your grill cooks and how hot.
Let cool about 5 min before cutting and serving.
I have a zucchini plant that is giving me some nice fresh zucchini that I sliced in half, rubbed olive oil and some Italian spices on top and grilled next to my upside down pizza and served both with my left over salad.
If you use a crock pot cook on high for about 30 mn, but times will vary depending on the crock pot so keep an eye on it but don't open the lid to keep the heat even and to cook the crust evenly. Your crust should be golden brown and crispy around the edges.
I just wanted to share with you a recipe that is a crowd pleaser, a
sneaky way to get some veggies in a picky eater, and a frugal meal. I originally posted this back in 2011 and the cost of food has gone up....sadly but expected. So I posted today's cost next to the old 2011 costs. Neat to see what has really increased.
During the summer months between our garden and our neighbor’s I get
plenty of zucchini and bell peppers. I shred the zucchini for zucchini
bread and Sloppy Joes. I cut the bell peppers into slices so I can use
them in fajitas or chop them up frozen and slip them into the Sloppy
You can sneak almost any kind of veggie in here, spinach would be easy
too, and celery is tasty in this recipe also. Chop it up into tiny
pieces and they will only enjoy the flavor!
Ground Beef (about 1 ½ pounds) $2.99 (if you buy @ $1.99 lb.) (Now $3.67 per lb.)
1 large onion ($.17 price of 3 lb. bag of onions for $.99) (Now a bag is $1.99)
2 cups shredded frozen zucchini that is thawed and drained. (Free! You
could use any veggies like carrots, tomatoes, all squash you name it!) (still Free from Garden)
1/2 - to a 1/4 of chopped green pepper
1 cup of ketchup $.25 (You can make this cheaper if you get your
Ketchup on sale with coupon or make your own.)
1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce $.02 (depending on the cost of
¼ cup water
1-2 tablespoons of brown sugar.
Salt and Pepper to taste
8 pack Hamburger Buns $.39 (I buy off day old bread rack) (day old was $.87)
8 slices of Cheese $.33 (If you get a 24 pack of sliced cheese for $.99) (now 2.99)
Total $4.15, 8 servings $.52 per serving!
In a big skillet (about 10 inches) cook hamburger, onion and veggies
over medium heat until brown, and then drain. Stir in ketchup,
Worcestershire sauce, water, sugar and salt and pepper. (If too dry add
some more ketchup or tomato sauce and more water.) Simmer about 10
more minutes uncovered.
Serve on buns topped with a slice of cheese. This works great with
homemade French fries and another vegetable like corn or green beans.
Even if you get something for a bit more than I paid for it, you still
have a very frugal meal. A meal that is good for your family and also a
tasty one they will love.
This is really too easy to make, and I don't know why anyone would buy
the can mix. Save your Green make your own. Also this homemade recipe
will be so much more healthy for you and your family! Mix it up, make
it with ground turkey, use organic veggies and ketchup with no high
fructose corn syrup, if your family hates onions chop them finer, or use
What are your recipes for Sloppy Joes? I would love to hear about other versions!
If you only need four servings still make the full recipe, and freeze
the meat for two weeks from now. Now you have a ready to eat meal in
the freezer ready to go for those busy nights when Parent teacher
conferences, soccer practice and working late all combine to make a
hectic night where you might consider fast food. (I almost typed you
might consider those only 4% beef tacos at your favorite Taco
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