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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Veggin’ Out

I’ve had packing on the brain. School ending. Two days left. Moving. Food.

Especially food.

It is difficult grocery shopping when you are about to move. What do you buy? Do you buy anything?
No one wants to have excess food go to waste, and no one especially wants to have to lug any more crap with them when they go.

So, what is a girl to do? Make veggie pasta salad. That’s what.
The go-to salad involves any fresh vegetables, rotini pasta, and italian salad dressing.

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Cook the noodles, and run cool water on them. Cut up the vegetables. Add dressing to taste. That’s it.

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It is the perfect salad because it is tasty, cheap, and lasts for a while, so it is there for you to munch on as you run frantically around your apartment (a.k.a. packing).

And once you’ve lost your motivation, it is coffee time.

My favorite coffee cup has been looking a little lonely lately, so I decided to make it a little jacket.

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The v-stitch from This blog.

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I quite like it.

And then, once you get on a caffeine kick, and get distracted by your craft bin, you start doodling.

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I don’t like the taste of beets, but they sure are pretty.

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I hope everyone is being productive! Enjoy!