Since I’ve moved to Toronto, things have gotten expensive. I’m generally good with money, but moving out of one’s parents’ house typically leads to a decrease in disposable income. Last night, Chris and I were itching to have a date night, but we wanted to do something that wouldn’t break the bank.
As someone who’s been in a 4.5 year relationship, I can tell you first hand that fancy dates aren’t important. Don’t get me wrong, the occasional fancy date night is awesome… you get to dress up, go to a more upscale restaurant, and enjoy yourself! But when it comes down to it, the company is far more important than how much money you spent.
Recently, Chris and I have had to adopt a new outlook on our spending. We’ve moved into a modest apartment in midtown Toronto, but rent isn’t cheap in the city. Suddenly we’ve realized that disposable income is a thing of the past, at least for now. This brings me to the reason for my blog post: date night on a budget!
Chris and I decided to treat ourselves to a ~vegan~ pizza & movie night! It was a (moderately) healthy and inexpensive way to spend some time together without breaking the bank or leaving the house (yay!).
For the dough, we simply mixed flour, salt, yeast (ingredients that we already had in our pantry), and water. Making dough is so simple. Mix the ingredients, let the dough rise for an hour, knead it a couple times, and you’re good to go!
After kneading the dough, we realized that we don’t own a roller! In true on a budget style, we used a jar of teriyaki sauce we had in the fridge… haha! Gotta do what you gotta do, right?
Now, while neither Chris nor I follow a vegan diet, we sometimes like to omit dairy or meat if possible. Especially at night, dairy doesn’t always lead to happy stomachs. You might be thinking, “pizza without cheese… what a disgrace!” BUT GIVE ME A MOMENT TO EXPLAIN. Omitting the cheese isn’t a big deal, as long as you load the pizza with your favourite toppings. Plus, you taste the tangy tomato sauce so much more.
We decided to top our pizza with mushrooms, onions, and red peppers. The onions give the pizza a nice crunch, the mushrooms are fragrant, and the red peppers char really nicely in the oven. In total, the toppings & sauce cost us less than $8.00!
After chopping up the vegetables to our desired size, we placed them on top of the pizza dough. We used about 1/2 cup of tomato sauce for the pizza, but we found that less is more. We probably should have used somewhere between 1/4 – 1/2 cup, as a little sauce goes a long way.
And that’s it, folks! Pop that vegan bad boy in the oven at 450F for 12-14 minutes, and you’ve got yourself a homemade dinner (minus the store bought toppings and sauce… hehe).
For entertainment, we decided to move our TV into the bedroom and catch up on some of our YouTube subscriptions before selecting a movie. It was such a fun little night with my man, and it showed me how little spending money you need to have great time.
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