Individualized Homemade Pizzas—Fresh Family Fun

Friday, September 18, 2020
Homemade Healthy Pizza on Celebrate Dinner Plate

Individualized pizzas are an easy inspiration at home that is smile-making, delicious and able to be personalized to each person’s eating style. Because it is freshly made it is more tasty and satisfying than a frozen or take out pizza. Also, as it is homemade, you can control the ingredients that go into each pizza so the calories, fat, salt as well as protein can be tailored to your needs. It makes for a fun family DIY dinner when you are ready for a little celebrating or…just because.

It is possible to make your own pizza dough, however, to make it even easier, we buy ready made dough at the grocery store. We have found that Whole Foods has whole-wheat fresh pizza dough in the refrigerator section and King Soopers has regular white flour pizza dough in their refrigerator section. It is possible to freeze the dough so buy two and freeze one in anticipation of another fun pizza night ahead.

Homemade Pizza Ingredients sorted out using Livliga portion control tableware tools


  • Store bought whole wheat pizza dough
  • ¾ cup low-fat store-bought marinara sauce
  • ½ cup torn basil leaves
  • 2 cups cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces turkey sausage, cooked and crumbled
  • 6 whole bottled pepperoncini, stems removed and cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 1½ cups shredded reduced fat mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • Cooking Spray, olive oil
  • Cornmeal for cookie sheet
  • Flour for rolling out dough
  • Pizza Hot Stone

Rolled out pizza dough on a cookie sheet that has been dusted with cornmeal. Prick the dough in about 8 places with a fork.


  1. Preheat oven to 500°F or highest setting.
  2. Separate dough into 4 equal parts rolled into a ball.  Place them on a plate or cutting board that has been sprayed with cooking spray and let warm and rise until about double (should take about 45 minutes). Roll out each ball separately into 9 in rounds on a lightly floured surface. Pinch together any tears.
  3. Place the rolled out dough on a cookie sheet that has been dusted with cornmeal. Prick the dough in about 8 places with a fork. Transfer the pizza round to the pizza stone. Cook for 2-3 minutes until underside is browned. Remove from oven. Repeat process with each pizza round.
  4. Flip the cooked dough over to place toppings. Spread about 2 tablespoons of the marinara sauce onto each crust, leaving ½ inch border. Scatter ¼ of the basil, mushrooms, cooked sausage, and pepperoncini evenly over the sauce on each pizza. 
  5. Mix the cheeses together and scatter ¼ of the mixture over the top of each pizza.
  6. One at a time slide the pizzas back on to the pizza stone. Bake until the cheese is bubbling and golden brown and the crust is browned and crispy, 3-4 minutes.
  7. Cut the pizzas into wedges and serve hot.

Finished Homemade Pizza on Celebrate Portion Control Dinner Plate Pattern

Nutritional Information
Serving size: 1 pizza. Calories: 320; Fat 10g; Sodium 1013g; Carbohydrates 36g; Fiber 6g; Protein 21g.

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Monday Motivational Meal — MyPlate Glazed Meatloaf

Monday, September 14, 2020
Livliga's Glazed Meatloaf from MyPlate on Halsa Portion Control Dinner Plate

When it comes to eating comfort food we have just the healthy solution! Try this Glazed Meatloaf recipe with roasted radishes & sauteed swiss chard! Sure to be a favorite, with garlic, thyme and coated with a tangy glaze! It is oh-so-good served up on our Halsa Dinner Plate!

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Portion Balance…The New Term in Town

Friday, September 11, 2020
Apples on a scale

Portion Balance is the new term in town. What does it mean? A food ecosystem where at every eating occasion, everyone desires and is able to choose and enjoy balanced food portions in support of a healthy lifestyle. Admittedly this is idealistic but it does describe the perfect food environment we all want and should be supported in achieving.

It is a world of balanced meals of just right portions served up on perfectly sized dishes in a room designed to help you sit down, slow down, and enjoy your meal. Honestly, in order for us to live healthier lives we will need to change our food environment. Nothing else has worked because until we right size the food we eat we will not be able to move the needle on the obesity epidemic.

Since 2000 the overall obesity rate for adults has increased from 30.5% to 42.4% in 2018.

The shocking statistics present us with some grim facts. Since 2000 the overall obesity rate for adults has increased from 30.5% to 42.4% in 2018. For those considered severely obese the rate has more than doubled in the same time frame from 4.7% to 9.2%, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Now with the global pandemic most scientists are predicting even higher increases of obesity for adults and children. Obesity directly affects our health and fuels health issues like diabetes, heart disease, multiple forms of cancer, as well as other diseases, which are all the leading causes of death. It is evident we have to find better ways to help people succeed in living a healthier life. We have to find a better solution than those we have tried and that have clearly failed.

There is a group that has been created called the Portion Balance Coalition that is made up of large corporations and organizations producing our foods and beverages as well as monitoring them for the public good. It is a group that is broad and diverse that has come together to tackle the issue of obesity through portion control. It includes Nestlé, PepsiCo, the American Beverage Association, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), the American Heart Association, and several others. These businesses have the power to move the needle for better health.

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We as individuals also have an important role to play. We can work on creating a healthier food environment in our own home using the tools and information available to help us. We can also reach out to corporations and organizations to ask them to help change the quality of food and obscene quantities of food that are marketed to us through ads, packaged goods, restaurants and schools. Until we demand a change we will be faced with battling obesity and its health consequences in our lives and the lives of the ones we care about.

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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, September 7, 2020
Livliga's Monday Motivational Meal is the State of Slim Pumpkin Chili in the Vivente Portion Control Bowl

Host a virtual dinner party with this crowd-pleasing State of Slim Pumpkin Chili! Easy and festive for anyone joining, this recipe is high in fiber and low in carbs! Grab your friend and get cooking! Don't forget to savor this healthy meal using Livliga's Vivente portion control bowl!

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Friday, September 4, 2020
Livliga Labor Day Sale!

Take the time to celebrate the end of summer with our Labor Day sale! This weekend is all about taking a rest while recognizing your hard work. Treat yourself to 20% Off regularly priced items and free shipping! Take advantage of these savings now through Monday, September 7th. After all, taking a rest and pampering yourself is good for your health. Make sure to shop and save on all of our science-based and elegantly-designed mindful eating dinnerware, glassware and serveware! 


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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, August 31, 2020
Livliga healthy stir-fry recipe with peanut sauce on Vivente

Looking for a healthy recipe that will save you time, money, and calories? Here is a Cooking Light Chicken Stir Fry with Peanut Sauce recipe that checks all the boxes. This meal tastes as good as it looks served up on a Livliga Vivente dinner plate! Enjoy!

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Greek Yogurt Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Friday, August 28, 2020
Earlier this year we shared a new cookbook with you, Half the Stomach, Twice the Taste: Cooking for a Bariatric Lifestyle authored by Hilary Cutler, MS, RD, CSOWM, CD and Emily Tieu, MS, RD, CSOWM, CD. We are still loving the recipes that are coming out of this wonderfully created bariatric resource.

The authors and the University of Utah Health graciously allowed us to share the recipe and photo below from the cookbook. It is a snack recipe. There are also recipes for lunch, dinner, breakfast and protein shakes.

Greek Yogurt Tzatziki Sauce Recipe in Livliga Just Right Set bariatric bowl

It is wonderful to note that this recipes was taken using Livliga’s Just Right Set® bariatric. It is a beautiful 2-piece dish set in the Aveq pattern. This unique ensemble has been specifically designed for those who need bariatric portion dishes.

Bariatrc-friendly Greek Yogurt Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Interested in finding out more? This cookbook is currently available through the Comprehensive Weight Management Program at the University of Utah Health. To get your copy of Half the Stomach, Twice the Taste, visit and ask to talk to a University of Utah Health expert.

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