So I knooow we’re all on the health-train bandwagon; it’s the first week of January and we’re all eating as many salads and green smoothies as we can to make up for the indulgence that was the holidays. Some might call this the Societal Post-Holiday Diet. I’m no stranger to this bandwagon, in fact I jumped right on it after Christmas and I’m still holding on tight.
Here’s the thing: I don’t believe in dieting. The term itself gives me the heebie jeebies.
Honestly, that sounds TERRIBLE. The idea of depriving yourself of a craving just for the sake of a few calories seems horribly depressing. I can’t do it. There’s a reason so many dieters end up binge-eating chocolate or stuffing their faces with greasy burgers. I tried going on a diet once, and I was a mess. An actual mess. Moody, cranky, sad, horribly depressed at meal time. Granted, at the time I was a moody teenager, but still. It was the worst.
If you’re cutting out food for a legitimate health concern, or if you just simply don’t feel good when you eat bread, then that’s okay. But if it’s just for the sake of fitting into those skinny jeans…
I don’t believe in dieting, but I do believe in trying to make healthy choices. For breakfast I might opt for oatmeal instead of sugary cereal, for dinner I might pile some extra veggies on my plate, and I’ll exercise when I can. If I do that, then there’s no shame in eating a slice of cake when I feel like one.
My motto: don’t diet. Try to be healthy overall, and eat what you crave when you crave it. Simple, and satisfying. Life’s too short to diet.
Enter these garlic pizza crescent rolls.
I’ve made these a few times over the last couple weeks; I say I made multiple batches for “recipe testing” but really I just made them so I could devour them. They’re so tasty, like little puffy, carby, cheesy pizza bites.
There are many recipes on the internet for how to make your own crescent dough, and since I’m a food blogger you’d think I’d be all over that, right? Nope. Those pre-made crescent rolls are the bomb. (Do people even say “the bomb” anymore? Or am I stuck in the 90’s? Whatever. They are THE BOMB.)
You just roll them out and off you go. No kneading, no waiting for the dough to rise, no rolling out with a rolling pin. You can fill them with anything you can think of, and they’re sure to be delicious. There’s limitless possibilities when it comes to these magical little crescent rolls.
Fluffy crescent rolls. Flavourful pizza sauce. Salty pepperoni. Gooey mozza cheese. Topped with a drizzle of garlic butter and a sprinkle of Italian seasoning. They’re little rolled-up bites of heaven.
The first time I made these, Matt and I ate the entire batch as soon as they came out of the oven. The second, I was saving one for later, Matt ate it without asking, and I was DEVASTATED. “What do you mean you just ate my last pizza roll?” Needless to say, he’s learned his lesson to never again come between me and my pizza.
Bust these out at your next get together after a few beers and they’ll vanish in seconds. You’ll probably need to make a triple batch!
|Garlic Pizza Crescent Rolls|| |
- 1 roll Pillsbury crescent rolls
- 1 large garlic clove, crushed
- 2 Tbsp butter, melted slightly
- Pizza sauce
- 8 pepperoni slices
- 8 mozzarella cheese chunks, cut into 2"x1/2" slices
- Italian seasoning
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper; set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix together the garlic and the butter.
- Roll out the crescent rolls and separate into triangles. Brush evenly with a bit of the garlic butter.
- Add a dollop of pizza sauce to the wide end of each triangle. Top with pepperoni slices and cheese.
- Roll the triangles up, wide end to narrow, folding over the sides as you roll to enclose the cheese and prevent it from melting all over the baking tray. Brush the tops with remaining butter and sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
- Bake for 10 minutes until puffed and slightly browned.