Quick, Easy, Affordable & Fun Weeknight Meal: Basil Pita Pizza

There are just some days you don’t feel like chopping, sautéing, and stirring. Yesterday was one of those days for me. Luckily, I had all the ingredients I needed to put together a not too shabby meal without much fuss: a huge, fresh bunch of basil I picked up from the farmer’s market on Sunday, red onions, tomato sauce from the pantry, and mini whole wheat pita pockets in the freezer (I always make sure to have either pita pockets or tortilla in the freezer). This “pizza” is as basic as it gets and doesn’t include cheese, but tastes great nonetheless. The fresh basil is the key element of this pizza, so the red onions aren’t even necessary if you don’t have it on hand. This meal cost us only about $5 for the two of us and took about 12 minutes total to prepare.

Ingredients (6 small pita pizza):

  • 2 handfuls fresh basil
  • Quarter jar of organic tomato sauce
  • 6 small whole wheat pita pockets
  • Red onion, sliced thinly (as much or as little as you like)
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic power
  • Nutritional yeast (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Spread tomato sauce evenly over pita pockets.
  • Drizzle some olive oil, nutritional yeast, black pepper, garlic powder (and other herbs as desired).
  • Thinly slice red onions and add to pita pockets.
  • Put pita pockets in oven for about 7 minutes.
  • Top with basil and enjoy!

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