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Alternative to take away pizza on a friday

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BWatchWatcher · 26/12/2016 14:20

Hi all
We normally get dominos pizza on a Friday. It is quick, everyone eats it and no one fusses.
It is however creeping up in price even with an internet code as the children eat more and more.
I would prefer not to feed them take away pizza as well as it is loaded with crap, but alas I really like not having to cook on a friday.
Does anyone have any fun end of week food suggestions?

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dementedpixie · 26/12/2016 14:27

Buy pizza bases and make up your own pizza using whatever toppings you want.

TheLongRoadToXmas · 26/12/2016 14:30

Baked potatoes and baked beans? Or something that you just shove in the slow cooker, like gammon, with boiled potatoes (or even pre-bought mash) and easy veg like peas? Pasta and pesto?

ChuckSnowballs · 26/12/2016 14:57

You can make your own pizza dough with flour, water, yeast and salt. It literally takes about 5 minutes. You don't need to knead it. Just mix it all up and let it sit for about 30 mins. Then roll balls out, top and cook.

ClashCityRocker · 26/12/2016 15:06

Loaded nachos (chilli, pulled pork, fajita chicken toppings?) chilli and or pulled pork can be done in the sc.

Our non chain pizza place is halfs the price of dominos just as tasty and more choice.

I've never yet managed to get a homemade pizza on par with a takeaway - the oven just doesn't get hot enough and they're always mildly disappointing but I'd imagine kids would have fun decorating.

BWatchWatcher · 26/12/2016 15:37

Thanks! We've tried various pizza options. I have a pizza stone and have made my own dough. It lacks the cocaine that dominos must add and remains unsatisfying to the kids.

I'll look at nachos! Maybe ribs?
Also non chain pizza place. There must be something.

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missyB1 · 26/12/2016 15:51

We like those take away curries that the Supermarkets do, Asda ones are good.

bunnylove99 · 26/12/2016 18:40

I take it you hunt out coupons online and don't pay full price for dominos? We get chinese take away sometimes and it works well. The kids love chicken noodle soup so if we get a set meal for 2 which includes the soups and add a side order of chicken balls for the fussy one we all have plenty and not too expensive. Getting hungry now! My husband won't eat ready meals at all so miss out on all the supermarket deals.

BWatchWatcher · 26/12/2016 19:07

I have a standard 30% off code for Dominos that I got through work. It still comes to over £20 though. Over 4 weeks that's 80!

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bunnylove99 · 28/12/2016 20:26

I know. Their pizzas seem to get more expensive with every order! I have a bread machine which makes good dough but to be honest I cant be bothered faffing around rolling dough out and all the rest of it on a Friday night either. My kids will accept those Cosmos pizza from supermarket but I don't know if you get them in England.

AtleastitsnotMonday · 29/12/2016 07:24

How about nice burgers? The Aberdeen Angus ones in Waitrose are good or make your own. We often have 'chicken burgers' which is really a grilled chicken breast with lettuce, tomatoes, Mayo (gherkins for me!) served in toasted ciabatta and served with sweet potato fries.
Or maybe try doing quasedillas, kind of similar to pizza but much cheaper!

Silverdream · 29/12/2016 07:35

It made me laugh. You said you like not cooking on a Friday so some answers suggested making your own pizza including the base. That's more work than normal meal making.
I'd forget any other pizza as dominoes is very high in taste and anything else wouldn't seem as good to your kids.
Fish and chips. Take out bag from supermarket. Make Nando's. a bit of cooking but easy. Ready cooked hot chicken. Nando's sauce. Oven chips. Coleslaw and juvenile a bag of spicy microwave rice or wraps Mine love that.

Mol1628 · 29/12/2016 07:42

Asda choose your own pizzas are nice. Or Asda microwave curries.

Paulat2112 · 29/12/2016 07:45

We get the pizzas from the sainsburys pizza counter and the huge ones are only £3.50. They also cook them for you For an extra £1 each :)

Cliffdiver · 29/12/2016 07:45

Fajitas / enchiladas / tacos?

JennyOnAPlate · 29/12/2016 08:06

Our local independent pizza places all do either Bogof or buy one get one half price...maybe yours are similar? It works out much cheaper than dominoes!

mirokarikovo · 29/12/2016 08:12

A small independent pizzeria might do healthier pizzas but not cheaper. Dominoes pizzas are like pringles - the only way to not eat too much is not to eat them at all.

Do something different for a couple of months until dominoes memories have faded and then go for supermarket pizzas as suggested above - goings straight to supermarket from dominoes will always be unsatisfactory. Every so often you'll treat them to a dominoes which will keep the dissatisfaction topped up.

For at least 6 weeks let your Friday treat be nachoes/fish&chips/pancakes etc. Then the standard can be supermarket pizza and the occasional treat can be independent pizzeria.

QuandryQueen · 29/12/2016 08:14

Could you do "picky tea"?

Pate and crusty bread
Cheese and crackers
Dips and breads ticks or pitta bread and hummus

Hellmouth · 29/12/2016 08:25

do you use Just Eat? There are loads of pizza places on there, including independent ones. Our favourite one is an independent place which is cheaper than the bigger brands. Quite often, you'll find places doing 20% off if you spend over a certain amount.

Hellmouth · 29/12/2016 08:25

do you use Just Eat? There are loads of pizza places on there, including independent ones. Our favourite one is an independent place which is cheaper than the bigger brands. Quite often, you'll find places doing 20% off if you spend over a certain amount.

MiddleAgedMother · 29/12/2016 08:50

Anywhere near a Costco? Huge pizzas and they are good.
I also keep pizza express pizzas in the freezer for nights when cooking doesn't work. Can always add topping to the Margharita ones and they are often on reduced price deals.

BathshebaNewYearStone · 29/12/2016 09:44

I always have frozen pizzas in the house. Also Kiddyum frozen ready meals for the DC and Sainsbury's Pub Specials ditto for me. Good for when you don't want to cook or emergencies.

bluechameleon · 29/12/2016 09:55

Fajitas are fun - you can add lots of extras like grated cheese, shredded lettuce, guacamole, sour cream and put it all in little bowls for everyone to make their own.

IHeartKingThistle · 29/12/2016 10:00

I'm a big fan of sticking a chicken in the oven and then eating it in front of a movie with lovely bread, olives, cheese etc. Kids call it Hot Chicken night.

eyebrowsonfleek · 29/12/2016 10:08

Are your children old enough to cook once a week?

Chimchar · 29/12/2016 10:13

I buy frozen Chicago Town 'takeaway' style pizza. They're usually on offer somewhere.

Not a patch on dominoes, but really nice!

They cook in about 25 mins.

Tacos go down well in our house. Minimal cooking (mix minced beef with a packet of seasoning and fry) and a bit of prep... chopping tomatoes, avocado, spring onions, grating cheese etc. Let everyone make their own then. Smile

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