Warning: The following recipe might make you swear off delivery pizza for the rest of your life.
Here’s what you need to make margherita pizzas at home in less than 30 minutes:
1. An excellent recipe for homemade dough (I substituted white whole-wheat flour for the all-purpose flour.)
2. A few simple toppings – good sauce; sliced tomatoes; fresh mozzarella; minced garlic; a sprinkle of pepper; and shredded Parmesan cheese to be exact
3. A few leaves of fresh basil
4. Hungry mouths to feed!
Enjoy the praises you receive after making these easy, cheap and delicious pies. You know I sure did. 😉
- What is your favorite pizza dough recipe?
- What are your favorite pizza toppings?
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Raise your hand if you’re a kid at heart.
Me, me, me!
I think the photo is from Camp Wai Lani summer session 2003? I can’t remember exactly, but I must have been about 10 years old.
Grilled cheese was one of my all-time favorite meals as a kid, along with Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, cheese hot dogs, scrambled eggs, chicken nuggets, pasta, Cosmic Brownies and Pop-Tarts.
Even though I’m 20 years old and no longer eat many of the above-listed foods, I still love a good gooey sandwich. The grilled cheeses of my childhood were made with two slices of potato or whole-wheat bread; two tablespoons Country Crock Spread; and two slices Kraft American cheese. However, I tend to be more adventurous with my grilled cheese fillings these days.
Introducing . . .
Spinach-Mozzarella Grilled Cheese
Let’s just say working at Panera Bread this summer definitely improved my sandwich-making skills.
A hot, melted reminder of childhood 🙂
Difficulty: A bit more effort is required compared to the traditional sandwich, but it’s not hard at all.
Total Preparation and Cook Time: 10-12 minutes
- One 100% Whole-Wheat Arnold Sandwich Thin
- Two large handfuls baby spinach
- 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/2 Roma tomato, cut into four slices
- Dash of pepper
- Dash of tomato basil garlic seasoning
- 1 1/2 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced (I used BelGioioso)
- Two ounces (1/8 cup) shredded Italian-style cheese mixture (I used Winn Dixie’s variety)
- 1/8 cup diced red onion
- Cooking spray (I used Pam’s Olive Oil spray)
- Apply cooking spray to a small pan, place on stove and heat at a medium-low setting.
- Place spinach and garlic in pan and stir until spinach has wilted, about three to four minutes.
- Remove spinach from pan and set aside.
- Split the sandwich thin and arrange tomato slices on bottom half. Top with pepper and tomato basil garlic seasoning
- Arrange the remaining ingredients in this order: mozzarella; diced onion; spinach; Italian-style shredded cheese; and top slice of the sandwich thin.
- Spray pan again and be sure stove is still set at a medium-low heat.
- Place sandwich in the pan and heat until underside is golden brown, about four to five minutes.
- Carefully flip the sandwich and heat other side until golden brown.
- Serve with your favorite pasta sauce for dipping and/or baby carrots and bell pepper slices for dipping into hummus.
- Do you have a favorite big-kid grilled cheese recipe? If so, please share it with me. 🙂
- What is your favorite grilled cheese side dish? (Mine is still Campbell’s Tomato Soup made with half a can of water and half a can of fat-free milk.)
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What do I cook when I crave pizza but am too lazy to order in?
This . . .
Bubbly, cheesy goodness filled with eggs and veggies and topped with meatballs
Total Preparation and Cook Time: 30 to 40 minutes
- 7 eggs + two splashes of milk
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Two teaspoons Mrs. Dash tomato basil garlic seasoning
- 1/4 cup red onion and 1 cup broccoli, chopped
- Two large handfuls of spinach
- 1/3 cup tomato or marinara sauce
- Four ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
- 20 mini chicken meatballs, homemade or store-bought
- Cook meatballs according to package directions and slice in half when finished cooking.
- Lower oven heat to low broil.
- Place oven-safe medium skillet over medium heat on stove top.
- Whisk eggs and milk in medium-sized bowl, then add salt and pepper and set aside.
- Once skillet is hot, sauté broccoli and onion for a few minutes and season with tomato basil garlic seasoning. Throw in spinach and sauté for an additional minute.
- Pour eggs over veggies and stir a few times to incorporate the mixture. Then place lid on to allow to steam for a minute or two.
- Next add spoonfuls of marinara or tomato sauce, and place the cheese on top. Put under broiler (without lid) and cook for 10 minutes. Remove carefully with oven mitt.
- Serve immediately and top with meatballs and additional cheese, red pepper flakes or fresh parsley.
It’s a surefire way to squash a pizza craving with one bite.
Tomorrow’s breakfast may call for a slice (or two) of this pizza.
P.S. WIAW will return next week. Christmas day was so crazy that I completely forgot to take pictures of my eats. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this recipe! 🙂
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