Pizza Boats – A Quick Throw-it-Together Meal

Apparently, it’s pizza week around here. :)

It’s great to have homemade Whole Wheat Pizza Crusts in the freezer. But if you don’t, or if you’re wanting just a little something different…might I recommend Pizza Boats?

(Warning to children:  These Pizza Boats don’t float. Do not take these into the bathtub.)

I have been ordering Alvarado Sprouted Sourdough French Bread from my health food co-op, Azure Standard. In a pinch, I grab one out, slice it and quickly put together two big Pizza Boats. These are perfect for an easy lunch, or for a quick supper before we run out to soccer games.

You’ll need 2 cups (16 ounces) of pizza sauce. Simply slice the french bread in half the long way.

Top any way you wish.

Bake in a 375° oven for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

I’m telling you. Healthy eating does not have to be difficult or take a lot of time. And it can be a lot of fun. Who wouldn’t want a Pizza Boat for dinner?

But don’t take them into the bathtub.

Why yes. I have been raising boy children for 15 years.


Pizza Boats are the definition of a Simple Meal, wouldn’t you say?

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  1. Amber says

    You know, I was just thinking about making these the other day. You probably hear this a lot, but you have inspired me in so many ways! I just started my family on our own whole food journey, partly because of all the amazing things I read about here!


  2. Brenda Wall says

    I just made pizzas for the boys yesterday on english muffins…as long as it’s called pizza, it flies in this house!
    This sampler sounds great!


  3. kel says

    We know these as another name, however I will not say it lest it possibly offend someone (it’s not a bad name, but just in case…)

    We make them on anything and with anything… got just hotdog buns left? Use those. Got tortillas? Use those. Got hamburger buns? Squish them flat and use those. French bread, regular bread… you get the idea. Oh, bagels, too.

    For sauce we use anything … leftover spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, canned sketti sauce, etc.

    Cheese isn’t as versatile, though I DID make some the other day with ‘stringed’ string cheese… but it doesn’t melt too quickly.

    No matter how it’s done, there usually is not any left over. We don’t make much ‘regular’ pizza (although I DO expect that to change now that you’ve posted that super easy freezable crust!!) so ANY pizza is good pizza around here :)


  4. Micah says

    Yum, we always called these French bread pizzas growing up & it was the only “homemade” version of pizza I ever knew. Of course, it involved white French bread from the store, jarred pizza sauce, & nitrate-laden turkey pepperoni. If I ever have extra bread hanging around, I’ll try this (of course, a healthy version!!).


  5. Karen Dee says

    I love Alvarado Street bakery bread. Ate it for 2-3 years and then the stores up here quit carrying it. Even the health stores sth of me don’t. Seems they are all selling Ezekial bread instead which I don’t like at all. :(


  6. Kristin says

    Genius, you made french bread Pizza healthy! We have been making weeknight pizzas using Trader Joe’s whole wheat Naan. It is a great alternative for when I don’t have time to make homemade dough and let it rise.


  7. Shari says

    I would love to win the sampler and am pleased to learn about the new (to me) website. Soaked and sprouted so I don’t have to do that myself — a real winner!


  8. Kelley Owens says

    This looks like a wonderful idea for saving time. By the time I get around to soaking, my hubs has eaten the majority of the seeds and nuts I buy.


  9. says

    Another thing we like to do with french bread is make stroganoff sandwiches. Mix browned hamburger with some sour cream and spread it on bread sliced the long way. Top with green peppers and/or tomatoes and then some cheese and broil until the cheese is melted and browned. They are so good!


  10. Amanda says

    In your pictures you show pepperoni’s, is there a brand/type that you feel comfortable serving your family?


    Laura Reply:

    I really don’t feel great about it, but sometimes we do get the Hormel Turkey Pepperoni at the store. It’s not really good for you though. ;)


    Mary Luff Reply:

    Applegate Naturals makes a nitrate free pepperoni. They carry it at Fred Meyer/Kroger, and it is delicious!


  11. says

    My family is just starting to transition into the clean eating lifestyle. One of my husband’s absolute favorite things to eat are the frozen french bread pizzas. I think these pizza boats will make an excellent replacement for them! plus the kids (4 with 1 on the way!) will love adding their own toppings to the boats. But I think I might like to eat mine in the bath tub ;)


  12. Karen says

    We made these for dinner tonight & they were delicious! We used a loaf of Trader Joe’s Ciabatta. The pizza reminded me of the packaged frozen french bread pizza’s I used to live off of before my switch to healthy eating. Thanks so much for another great recipe!


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