Monday, June 20, 2011

Easy Peasy Dinner and Dessert.

While I absolutely love, love, love to cook, and plan on doing a ton of it during the summer, sometimes time is precious, and I really don't have the time to spend hours chopping, sauteing, and prepping - then cooking something in the oven for an hour.

I've slowly been weaning meat out of my meals (I've actually abstained from it entirely for over a month now) - it's just something that's working for me, but it has absolutely not been easy, since it has meant cooking all my own meals, since obviously I cannot force my family into making this change with me (hello more reasons for my own apartment!).

So when I offered to cook the other night, I wanted something that wouldn't be ridiculously time consuming, would be meat free and healthy, but also totally satisfying.

I headed over to Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, where I loaded up on seasonal fruits and veggies - and at Trader Joe's I found that they have whole-wheat pizza dough for (drumroll please)... $0.99/lb.

This pizza was seriously the easiest thing I have ever made. I slathered it with sauce (pesto on one because my mom isn't a tomato sauce fan, and organic marinara sauce on the other), sprinkled it with low-fat Mexican blend cheese, and then loaded it with vegetables.

Seriously - this summer, if you are in a food rut - try making your own pizza! This was so easy peasy and tasted AMAZING. Plus, it was great to have more than one slice with absolutely no guilt.

There really isn't a recipe, because seriously - use your imagination and do whatever you want with it! Switch the sauce from plain marinara, try different cheeses, put unique toppings - be inventive!

We also only had one pizza stone at my house, so I used a cookie sheet for the second pizza - so don't let a lack of a pizza stone hold you back from trying this either.

Whole wheat pesto pizza [with grilled asparagus, tri-colored peppers, onion, black olives, and carrot].




Whole wheat pizza [with organic marinara sauce, baby spinach, tri-color peppers, red onion, carrot, and grilled asparagus].




For a complimentary dessert that can help you get in a serving of fruit, I have another ridiculously simple and fool proof recipe for you guys, that I actually made for the first time on Mother's Day and have made for myself probably twenty times since then!

Sometimes it can be a struggle to get your daily servings of fruits and vegetables - I love having fruit for dessert, but sometimes I need just a little bit more.

The recipe is actually for sauteed peaches, but we had over two pounds (thanks, Costco) of strawberries that were basically begging to be used, so I threw them in with the peaches. This recipe can really be tweaked for individual servings, larger servings - whatever you want, but it is delicious and ready in less than five minutes!

Sauteed Peaches (or whatever).
Tweaked from this recipe.
4 servings


2 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 tbsp. sugar
4 large peaches, sliced and cut into wedges (obviously this is the part that can be tweaked)


1. Slice peaches, or whatever fruit you choose into wedges/slices (don't keep them whole).


2. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.


3. Stir in the sugar into the melted butter.


4. Add the peaches/fruit into the sugar butter mixture. Stir together until the sugar dissolves (you'll easily be able to tell when this happens).

(Sugar hasn't dissolved yet).

(Dissolved sugar - stops bubbling and turns almost a pinkish color because it blends with peach juice).

5. Cook until peaches/fruit are warm and coated with the sugar/butter mixture (about 2-4 minutes).

Coated and perfect.

6. Serve immediately (with a scoop of ice cream/whipped cream, if you like!).



Seriously - easy peasy and DELICIOUS (and healthy!).

If you guys have any good, low-cal, vegetarian recipes, please send them my way.

Currently listening to: MSTRKRFT ft. John Legend - Heartbreaker


Couture Carrie said...

Delicious post, darling!


Madison's Mommy said...

YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY! Seriously, the pizza looks delicious! I love Summer Veggies! I wish that we had a Trader Joe's here in least we have lots of Whole Foods Markets! Hope life is treating you well sweet bloggy friend!


MizzJ said...

Ooo these both look so delicious! I would never have thought to use pesto instead of marinara, thanks for the tip!

amy b.s. said...

everything looks amazing! can't wait to try these out!

Tracy-Girl @ Then I Got To Thinking said...

Ammaazzing, girl!! This post is making me hungry ;)

Sara Louise said...

I've been making pizzas for a couple of months now and I seriously cannot stop myself! So easy, so delicious! And yours looks so fantastic x

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

Ummm YUM!! I love that these are easy, healthy and of course delish! And beautiful photos as always! xoxo!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Looks.So.Good. YUM! I stopped eating meat almost three years ago as my New Year's Resolution. It's def hard. I now eat chicken and fish but just abstain from beef and pork (I needed some protein). I still crave it like crazy though, not gonna lie.

P.S. You blogged about shrimp stuffed jalepenos like a year ago and I totally have the recipe on my fridge. I tried making it once and bombed but I WILL try again! ;)

HiFashion said...

Both look delicious! I love the look of that pizza, and will definitely have to try it. I've only started trying my hand at cooking, but I think I've mastered some pretty perfect mixed vegetables.

Nicole Linette said...

You know how I adore food-- writing about it, reading about it, eating and creating-- and your post is no exception! I loved the photo instructions, I'll have to try the sauteed fruits soon. I love making my own pizza, it just makes me squeal over how healthy it can be. It's a fun meal to make with friends too.
I just posted about a pesto pasta salad I made last week. I'm sure it would be delicious with whole wheat pasta; all the sauce is a blend of pesto, a bit of mayo, lemon juice and seasonings. I also have a recipe for a basic apple or peach baked crumble. We have to swap recipes!!

On another note-- I intend on blogging about this next, but I finally visited NYC for the first time! I was only there Sunday and Monday; otherwise, I would have definitely begged you to come out and show me the city. Basically, I am enamored, and can't wait for the day I come back (on my own terms, so I can do and see who and what I want)!

Take care, cherie!

Em [The Writer] said...

Mmmmm looks so good! I am so going to make that. Thank you for the recipes and have a great week!

Gracey said...

Yummm everything looks so delicious! Especially the fruity dessert. I'm trying to eat healthier so I will definitely try that out soon!

la petite fashionista said...

cooking just for me has been one of the biggest adjustments for me! your pizza looks seriously amazing. a trader joes in smalltown wisconsin would be ah-mazing ;).

i'm sure everyone loved your meal!

heather @ mrs. southern bride said...

Mmm, looks delicious!

Lee Oliveira said...

Yumm.. you made soooo hungry!
lee x

TigerLily said...

Oooh the pizza looks so very yummy! And so is the sauteed peaches, you're making me hungry -Lol