Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Veggie Pizza

Oh hello there!  I have totally been neglecting this wittle bloggy baby, but I promise to be better this week!  I feel like sometimes I go through these waves where I'm like "I CAN COOK EVERYDAY", and then there are the lulls where I'm all "Ugh I just want Mac and Cheese for the 3rd time this week".  That's what's been happening and I hope this pizza will make it up to you!

My new favorite thing to do is buy the fresh pizza dough from the deli section of the supermarket.  The rolled pizza dough by Pillsbury is just as yummy, but there is something about the fresh pizza dough and rolling it in flour that makes it feel fancy (to me anyway- there are probably fancier things in life such as caviar, champagne and butlers named Chauncey).  Last week I had a ton of leftover veggies from my Sunday shop and didn't want them to go to waste.  So, when it doubt, make a pizza :)

What you will need to serve 4

For the pizza:
  • 1 ball of fresh pizza dough
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup of marinara sauce
  • 3/4 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Olive oil

For the veggies - at least 1 cup of the following:
  • Zucchini, chopped
  • Asparagus, chopped
  • Red onion, chopped
  • Green pepper, chopped
  • Red pepper, chopped
  • Corn
  • Black beans

Preheat the oven as per the instruction on the pizza dough bag (I think mine said 450 degrees).
**Make sure to let the dough come to room temperature before you are ready to cook!

Prep the veggies by chopping them into small cubes, and mix them together in a large bowl.

Lightly flour the surface where you will be rolling out the pizza dough.  Add the dough to the middle of the surface, and lightly flour the dough.  Using a rolling pin, spread the dough out until your desired pizza shape is achieved (I don't have a pizza stone, so I made the dough fit the baking pan that I was using).

If you are using a baking pan, lightly oil before placing the dough on top.  Spread the marinara sauce on the dough, leaving 1/2 to an inch of space plain for the crust.

Add the mixed veggies, and drizzle on some olive oil.  Add the mozzarella cheese.

Bake as per the package instructions, and serve immediately.

Like all pizza on this fine earth, it tastes just as awesome the next day - or I would imagine - we inhaled the entire thing ;-)