Zucchini, Mushroom, Pepper, Spinach Pizza
- Sauteed mushrooms
- Baby bell peppers
- Baby spinach
- Mozzarella cheese
- Marinara sauce
- Homemade pizza dough
Notes: I made this pizza for my Aunt Bev when she was visiting from Australia. She wanted a healthy pizza and that’s just what she got. It was light, summery, and fresh.
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Sun Dried Tomato Pizza
- Homemade pizza sauce
- Homemade pizza dough
- Rehydrated sun-dried tomatoes
- Mozzarella cheese
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Grilled Chicken, Spinach, and Onion Pizza
- Grilled Chicken
- Grilled Vidalia Onions
- Chopped Spinach (fresh from the garden)
- Mozzarella cheese
- Vidalia Onion Fig Sauce (by Stonewall Kitchen)
- Homemade pizza dough
In addition to grilling the toppings, both pizzas were cooked on the grill.
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Baby Vegetable Pizza
Baby carrots…baby corn…baby zucchini…baby spinach. Can you guess the theme to this week’s pizza?
I tossed baby carrots, baby corn, and baby zucchini in garlic and herb basting oil then roasted them in the toaster oven for 20 minutes. After pre-baking the dough I spread on homemade pizza sauce, sprinkled on mozzarella cheese, added baby spinach and the roasted baby vegetables. I baked the pizza for 8 minutes at 500 degrees.
This was a fun to pizza to make! I’m looking forward to our collective beginning again so I can use locally grown vegetables to make nutritious pizzas all summer long. I’m also looking forward to future experiments with other “baby food.”
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Tagged baby, mozzarella cheese, pizza, roasted vegetables
February is heart health month so today’s pizza is a healthy one. This pizza includes two ingredients I have not used before: figs and pistachios. First, I ate my share of Fig Newtons when I was a kid, but have never been much of a fig person. The health benefits of figs are undeniable; they are high in fiber and full of iron. Second, pistachios, which help lower cholesterol and control blood sugar are great on salad, but they are an ingredient I had never considered putting on a pizza before today. To add to the health benefits of this pizza, I also included spinach, which has flavonoids and carotene that protects against some cancers.
Here’s how I created this pizza. I started by spreading a mixture of sauteed shallots and olive oil on my homemade pre-baked pizza crust. Then, I sprinkled on mozzarella cheese and chopped spinach, pistachios and figs before baking it on my pizza stone for 10 minutes at 500 degrees.
I thought the figs might be too sweet, but this pizza turned out nicely. This was a vegetarian pizza that even a meat lover would enjoy. It was light, but packed full of flavor. Lastly, and it’s just a small thing, but I like the way I chopped the spinach in small strips for this pizza and will use this method when I make pizza with spinach in the future.
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Sun-Dried-Tomato, Corn Spinach Brie Pizza
Here’s a pizza that I made this summer and even wrote about, but forgot to post!
Sometimes I go a little overboard with fresh ingredients. This pizza was one of those times. Here are the ingredients and the reasons I chose to use them on this pizza.
First, Andrew asked to have brie as the cheese on a pizza. It was so delicious last time I used it so I was excited to use it again. Second, my mom gave me a stash of sun-dried tomatoes that she made from her garden and I thought they would go nicely with the brie. Third, our neighbors shared some fresh rosemary from their herb garden. Fourth, we had fresh corn on the cob from our CSA and having never used corn as a pizza ingredient I decided to throw that on. And finally, to give the pizza color, I added some fresh baby spinach.
I had a fun time assembling this pizza. First, I spread homemade pizza sauce on my pre-baked dough. Next, I diced the brie as small as I could in hopes that when it melted that it would cover the pizza well. Then I sprinkled it on the sauce and some shredded fresh baby spinach. I rehydrated the dried tomatoes in warm water, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper, finely chopped rosemary, and tossed them on the pizza. Lastly, I cut the corn off the cob and sprinkled that on as well. I baked the pizza in the oven for about 10 minutes.
This pizza had the most fresh ingredients I have ever used on a pizza and it was bursting with fresh flavor! If you make this one for yourself I think you will agree that it tastes like you are taking a bite out of a garden. This was a delicious summer pizza recipe.
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Tagged Brie, corn, corn pizza, pizza, spinach, sun-dried tomato
Since beginning my project of learning what food American cities are famous for and turning those foods in to pizza, I have created 21 pizzas inspired by 20 different cities! This project has been fun and challenging.
At times I have missed using random ingredients I read about or see at the store. With Spring on our doorstep and fresh ingredients on the horizon I feel like I need to open my creative gates and let the juices flow. I am not going to abandon the city project because there are still a few places left I’d like to take on, but my plan will be to sprinkle those in amoung new pizza creations!
This week’s pizza really motivated me to make the change because I have wanted to use banana peppers on a pizza for a long time, but they didn’t seem to fit on any of the city inspired pizzas. So, for this pizza, I spread marinara sauce on my pre-baked dough, sprinkled on mozzarella cheese, baby spinach and seasoned, pulled chicken. The sweet and spicy flavors of the banana peppers tasted fantastic with the chicken, sauce and cheese. This was a delicious combination of ingredients and a beautiful start to my Spring pizzas!
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New York, NY
Finding out what food cities are famous for and turning those foods into pizza has been a fun adventure so far this year. When I think of New York City I think of pizza. So for this week I decided to make my own New York style pizza. I have the same memory from each of my visits to the Big Apple: walking down the street while eating a thin crust traditional New York style slice. I can still feel the grease trickle from a folded slice down my wrist and to my elbow.
To begin, I rolled my dough thinner than usual, then pre-baked it. Next, I spread on a layer of sauce and fresh mozzarella cheese. Last I covered the pizza with the toppings. This week I used capicola, baby bella mushrooms, spinach and roasted red peppers because they taste great together and offer a healthy alternative to some of my most recent pizza creations. After the pizza was done baking I sliced it and we dug in. The veggies were fresh and tasted great with the capicola and mozzarella cheese. My New York style pizza recipe didn’t include the grease, but it was a delicious alternative to the Big Apple’s famous food.
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Tagged capicola, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, New York style pizza, pizza, roasted red peppers, spinach
My Broccoli, Beet and Spinach pizza recipe was a hit. Not only did the colors of the red beets and green broccoli look beautiful together, the flavors complemented each other well!
Here’s how I put it together. I sliced and roasted the beets we received from our food collective this week. While those were roasting I steamed the broccoli. We buy bagged baby spinach so there was no prep needed for that ingredient. Again, I rolled the dough out super thin then I spread on marinara and sprinkled on the low-fat mozzarella cheese. Lastly, I loaded up the veggies. This pizza baked pretty quickly with the super thin crust and light sprinkling of cheese, and also tasted very healthy. While both pizzas of the night were delicious, my Broccoli, Beet and Spinach pizza recipe definitely was the favorite!
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This pizza recipe takes me back to my high school days. My friends and I would make a late night run to Applebee’s, share an order of spinach and artichoke dip, some flavored iced tea, and some good gossip. Good memories! I still enjoy spinach and artichoke dip, but I have never attempted to make it so this was a first for me. My mom shared her recipe, which I combined with Alton Brown’s recipe for the dip. The combo called for frozen spinach, artichokes, cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, parmesan cheese, garlic salt and crushed red pepper. My mom also provided a tip for a creamier dip, use more mayonnaise, less cream cheese. Andrew loves cream cheese so I didn’t take my mom’s tip, and man the dip was thick! It may have been super thick, but it turned out to be a delicious pizza. Andrew’s first reaction when he bit in was “Whoa, it’s rich!” The flavors blended well together and the crushed red pepper gave it a nice kick. Move over Applebee’s!