I have been trying to new years resolution myself into eating healthy these past few weeks and on the whole I have been succeeding. (yay me)
However, despite one random run to Trader Joe’s this past weekend, I haven’t done much grocery shopping. I strive to be a person who, like the Europeans, goes to the market for fresh fruits and veg a few times a week, but often my grocery story visits turn into a bi-monthly occasion. This, as you can imagine, leaves me with little to work with on ‘Downton Abbey Night’….
Enter the what’s in the fridge “pizza”
yes, that is the glow of Downton in the back...
1 Ezekiel 4:9 sprouted grain tortilla
1 handful soy shredded blend cheese
2 smallish fresh tomatoes
some marinara sauce
4 slices of Columbus salami (and a few eaten but not on the pizza…)
micro greens to garnish
Preheat the oven to 350. Place the tortilla on a baking sheet and spread on a semi-generous amount of marinara sauce. Top with “cheese”, sliced tomatoes and salami. Bake in the oven for about 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melty. Garnish with the micro-greens (they add a nice, peppery flavor) and slice into quarters.
Voila! So delish, easy and totally last minute!
Sometimes all you need in a little solo pizza to get you through the week. Last week was one of those weeks.
Getting over a cold and feeling the need to cozy up, I dashed to Whole Foods after work and couldn’t believe my luck when I found a chilled cornmeal crust in the gourmet section and beautiful fresh tomatoes in the produce aisle.
Cornmeal crust will always remind me of a little pizza restaurant in the Marina in San Francisco called Olive’s (does anyone know if it’s still there?!). They had the most delicious cornmeal crust that made any pizza seem decadent and special.
So armed with my own par-baked crust, I hurried home and started on my own little project.
In the mix (makes 2 pizzas):
1 package of par-baked cornmeal pizza crusts (2 per package)
1 ball of soft mozzarella
4 medium tomatoes
4 tbls low sodium tomato sauce or mariana sauce
salt and peppah
Spread 2 tbls of tomato sauce onto each crust and season lightly with salt and pepper. Top with sliced onions and bake in hot oven for about 10 minutes to allow onions to soften a bit. Remove from oven and top with slices of tomato and mozz each as well as a few slices of fresh basil. return to oven and bake for another 5-8 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before slicing. Garnish with a bit of fresh cracked pepper, serve with white wine and enjoy!
In all, this took less than 30 minutes to make and was a FANTASTICALLY gourmet meal. What is more Europa than that?
In much need of some comfort on a dreary Monday, I called mom and begged her to make me dinner. The proposed solution? Homemade pizza. Yes. Please.
Armed with whole wheat dough from TJ’s and a bevy of fantastic topping ideas we set to work on creating the most delish pizza ever.
There was even enough left over to take to work today for lunch. Can it be 1pm yet please?!
In the mix:
1 package whole wheat pizza dough
3/4 ball burratta cheese, sliced
caramelized onions (mom made these before hand- I hear a sprinkle of sugar went into the pan….)
sauteed onions (also made before I got there)
1/4 jar tomato/pizza sauce
1/4 bag mixed shredded Italian cheeses
Follow directions for the dough, flouring and letting rise for 20 minutes. Spread some cornmeal on the bottom of the round pan and stretch the dough to fit. Spread a bit of olive oil over the dough and spread evenly with sauce. Distribute most of the caramelized onions and top with some cheese, add mushrooms and some more cheese. Bake in hot oven for 5-6 minutes. Sprinkle on a bit of arugula, then pull apart beautiful burratta slices and distribute the blobs lovingly over the pizza. Bake for another 5 minutes, top with more arugula, and bake for another minute or so. Remove from oven and let set for a few minutes before cutting and serving and enjoying with wild abandon.
Oh so affordable, fun and utterly bellissimo!
Here are a few things that I loved about July. We shall see what joys August will bring…
"Be who you were meant to be and you will set the world on fire"
the pretentious water bottle still lives happily on my desk
a good night's sleep
an outdoor evening
all american evening