Red Pepper and Pesto Pizza

What am I having for lunch today? Something delicious. And dare I say it- kind of fancy.

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Red pepper and pesto pizza!

You may think that it is out of your league, but it isn’t. You can even make your own pesto!

Now, a traditional pesto is made with fresh basil, parmesan cheese, pine nuts, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil. Since I had none of those things on hand, I chose to make spinach pesto. Not only does it taste just as delicious as the original, it is cheaper because I used frozen, pre-chopped spinach. This is also a great way to sneak in veggies, which we all need more of.

 

Handy spinach pesto diagram

Handy spinach pesto diagram found on Pinterest

 

All you need to do is put all of your ingredients in a food processor or blender and whiz it up! You can use it as a replacement pizza sauce like I am doing today, pasta sauce, sandwich spread, veggie dip, on your morning eggs, and the list goes on and on. Google it. The uses are endless. If you’re having a hard time using up the whole batch it freezes beautifully in a ziplock bag.

Back to this drool-worthy pizza.

Lazy lunches are my favorite so instead of making dough, I use two flour tortillas. They make the pizzas a perfect individual size.

Step 1: Make your spinach pesto (or you can use store bought if you really really feel like it). While you’re getting your pesto put together, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

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Step 2: Put the tortillas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and spray lightly with an olive oil spray.

Step 3: Spread the pesto on your tortillas. No need to gob it on since the flavor is strong, but a nice thin layer should be the perfect amount.

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Step 4: Layer on your mozzarella cheese. I spoiled myself this week and bought fresh, but feel free to use frozen.

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Step 5: Add sliced red peppers. I admittedly just threw them on there to begin with, but decided to make the design a little prettier for you all. I also sprinkled on some Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Red pepper flake would also be amazing.

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Remember, everyone, salt and pepper are the best seasonings you will ever find in your kitchen.

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Step 6: Bake your pizzas for 10-15 minutes, or until your cheese has melted to your likeness then eat!

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Mmmmm… fancy pizza. If you want to make this for a larger crowd, use your favorite pizza crust instead of the tortillas. You may also add any other veggies or favorite pizza toppings!

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Enjoy!

Refresh Yourself and Your Side Dish

Vegetables can be boring. Especially raw vegetables.

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We all should eat more, so here is a recipe to help with that. This single serving recipe is perfect for a snack or a side dish. Pair it with grilled chicken and you have a tasty light lunch. I use cucumbers and onions in mine, but you could easily add your favorites. Tomatoes or peppers would be excellent additions. It makes veggies a little more appealing by adding some extra flavor and cheese. Because everyone loves cheese.

If you say you don’t, I don’t believe you.

Cucumber, Onion and Mozzarella Salad

1/3 cucumber
1/2 small onion
1 Mozzarella String Cheese
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dried dill or mint
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

1. Cut up all of your vegetables and cheese into thin slices. I scoop the seeds out of my cucumber so the salad doesn’t get too watery. Put all of the veggies in a tupperware container or bowl.

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2. Sprinkle the rest of the ingredients over the vegetables and cheese and mix it all around. I put mine in a tupperware container so I could shake it around and save myself dirtying a spoon. Go ahead and let the mixture hang out in the fridge for at least an hour.

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3. Take it out and enjoy! This is also a great recipe for summertime potlucks.

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Apples and Bacon and Brie… oh my!

It is cold and rainy in Kansas City today, and my stomach screams for comfort food.

Mac and cheese, chicken noodle soup, roasted potatoes are some of my all time favorites and grilled cheese is right in line with them. Instead of going for the American cheese variety (which is delicious, but kind of lame), I have opted for a fancier version.

Apples, turkey bacon, brie and dijon

Apples, turkey bacon, brie and dijon

Behold! The apple, bacon and brie grilled cheese.

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It’s just delicious. I used turkey bacon, tart apples, slices of brie and a splash of dijon. Had I felt more productive I would have caramelized some onions.

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That sandwich is stacked.

That sandwich is stacked.

Instead of the regular ho-hum lunch, go for something a little different! Put a spin on your standby. You’ll be glad you did.

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