You need to change the way you eat pizza.

If you’re like most Americans, when you want pizza, you call somebody, ask for a deal, and they bring you a massive, inordinately greasy, overpriced box with a 16-inch round of cheese and tomatoes inside. But I want you to know that there is a better way.

Most grocery stores will sell you an uncooked ball of pizza crust dough. Look for it in the chiller somewhere near the bakery section, and start there. Don’t cheat and buy a pre-cooked pizza crust shell. You know what I’m talking about. Don’t do it. Yes, they look easy, and yes, they’re packaged so that they appear deliciously enticing. Don’t buy it. It’s not that good, and it is packed with oil and calories than can be better spent topping your pizza. (If you’re adventurous, find a recipe for pizza crust dough and make it yourself.)

Make your own pizza sauce. And by “make your own pizza sauce” I mean buy a can of crushed tomatoes and spoon some of them over your unbaked dough. You don’t need all those spices (and calories) they put into jars of pizza sauce.

Sometimes, I don’t even put any tomatoes at all on my pizza. Sometimes it’s pesto. Sometimes it’s just olive oil.

Occasionally, buy fresh Buffalo mozzarella and slice it onto your pizza instead of the block-o-mozzarella. It gets pricey, so it’s understandable if you don’t do it every time, but just try it.

Pepperoni is good, but there are a ton of other things you should try on your next pizza instead (obviously you should pick and choose from this list – don’t put them all on one pizza. Unless it’s part of a bet that you’re sure you’ll win.):

Roasted garlic * bacon * carmelized onions * shrimp * granny smith apple slices * paper-thin zucchini slices * blue cheese * pineapple * fresh basil * fresh dill * barbecue sauce * buffalo wing sauce * bechamel sauce

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