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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

M.M.... Meatless Monday! Yes, it is Tuesday!

So, yesterday was a holiday .... so no post.  But, I thought I would share what would have been my Meatless Monday post!  I have actually gotten into making homemade pizza once a week. The husband who is generally not a pizza guy has actually enjoyed this.  Homemade pizza always tastes a bit healthier than its takeout counterpart! I love it because it is quick, easy and creative! :)

We made a yummy Sweet Potato, Spinach and Red Onion Pizza.  The recipe from Two Peas and their Pod, called for Kale which would have been awesome, but the husband said the grocery store was all out (hmmm....).

I buy fresh dough (at Trader Joes).  Who has time to make dough?  Here you go:


ingredients:

Your favorite pizza dough
1 large sweet potato, thinly sliced, about 1/4 inch thick
1/2 red onion, sliced
1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, divided
Salt and pepper, for seasoning potato slices and onion
1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cups chopped kale (we substituted baby spinach)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon, freshly chopped rosemary

directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the sweet potato slices and red onion slices in a bow and toss with 1/2 tablespoon of the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Place on a large baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are soft and tender. Make sure you turn them once during the 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool while you prepare the pizza dough.
2. Turn the oven to 500 degrees F or as high as your oven will go. If you have a pizza stone, place the pizza stone in the oven to get hot. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pizza dough, using a rolling pin. Roll it out to about 3/8 of an inch. Place the pizza dough on a pizza peel or pan that has been generously coated with corn meal. Lightly brush the dough with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. In a small bowl, toss the kale with balsamic vinegar. Top the pizza dough with mozzarella cheese, sweet potato slices, kale, red onion slices, and fresh rosemary.
3. Place the pizza in the oven-directly on the pizza stone, if using one, or on the oven rack. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until pizza crust is golden and cheese is melted. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes before slicing. Slice and serve warm.

It felt light by hearty and was incredibly flavorful!  Happy Meatless Tuesday.  :)  Until next time...xoxo

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