Spinach & Artichoke Flatbread Pizza

Spinach & Artichoke Flatbread Pizza

We can’t talk about artichokes without bringing spinach into the mix, right? But let’s create something better than spinach and artichoke dip, ok. (no matter how good it is). So today I am sharing some delicious spinach & artichoke flatbread pizzas topped with spinach and artichokes (duh) but also fresh watercress and creamy fontina cheese.

Spinach & Artichoke Flatbread Pizza

Spinach & Artichoke Flatbread Pizza

It’s been said, every pizza is a personal pizza if you try hard enough. But I do not want to give myself that option. These pizzas are truly personal pizza’s made from flatbreads so you can feel good about eating one by yourself. And if you make enough to have leftovers, might I recommend frying an egg on top and eating it for breakfast? (now, I’ve got your attention.)

Spinach & Artichoke Flatbread Pizza

Spinach & Artichoke Flatbread Pizza

Spinach & Artichoke Flatbread Pizza
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Spinach & Artichoke Pizza

because you cannot talk about artichokes without talking about spinach at least once! 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1-2 artichokes
  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 individual whole wheat flatbreads
  • 4 oz fontina cheese
  • 1 cup watercress

Instructions

  1. Cook the artichokes to your liking. (I cooked all my artichokes at once and used them throughout the week.)

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place tinfoil on top of a baking sheet. Add the 4 flatbreads to the baking sheet. 

  3. In a small sautée pan, add 1/2 a tbsp of olive oil into the pan and the 2 cups of spinach. Heat on medium until the spinach is wilted. 

  4. Add the remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil to a small mixing bowl and mince the garlic. Mix the garlic and olive oil together and lightly spread on the flatbreads. 

  5. Add the spinach to each of the 4 flatbreads.

  6. Shred the fontina cheese. Add one ounce to each of the flatbreads. 

  7. Add cooked artichoke hearts to the tops of each flatbread. 

  8. Place the flatbreads in the oven for 5 to 8 minutes. 

  9. After the flatbreads come out of the oven top with fresh watercress. 

Recipe Notes

If you prefer, you can use store-bought artichokes or check out this recipe for how to cook fresh ones. 

 

Spinach & Artichoke Flatbread Pizza

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Spinach & Artichoke Flatbread Pizza

Rhubarb and Asparagus Flatbread Pizza

Rhubarb and Asparagus Flatbread Pizza

The most common question I get asked by friends and families is how do you come up with all your recipes. Well, I start by choosing the Ingredient of the week: one that is seasonal and available in Washington, DC (sometimes that’s hard in itself). Especially when I see all the fruits and vegetables in season in California! After I come up with the ingredient, I look for ideas and inspiration. Usually this involves looking through photos on Foodgawker, Pinterest, Instagram, and restaurants I have been too. I usually uses other ideas as a starting point and then make everything my own.

Rhubarb and Asparagus Flatbread Pizza

Rhubarb and Asparagus Flatbread Pizza

However, today’s recipe really came out of thin air. I thought the thin strips of rhubarb would look beautiful with ribbons of asparagus, and I had some spring onions in my fridge I wanted to use, so I went with it! And as far as looking beautiful, I hope you would agree it is! But I will also vouch that it tastes delicious too!

Rhubarb and Asparagus Flatbread Pizza

Rhubarb and Asparagus Flatbread Pizza

Rhubarb and Asparagus Flatbread Pizza
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Rhubarb and Asparagus Flatbread Pizza

A pizza that looks as good as it tastes! 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 rhubarb stalk
  • 6-8 spears of asparagus
  • cooking spray
  • 1 spring onion
  • 4-6 oz fresh mozzarella
  • 1 flatbread pizza dough

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

  2. Wash and thinly slide the rhubarb stalks into roughly 6 inch horizontal strips. 

  3. Wash the asparagus. Use a vegetable peeler to thinly ribbon the asparagus. 

  4. Spray a grill pan and place the spring onion. Cook for 5 minutes until there are grill marks on one side. 

  5. Slice the fresh mozzarella and place it on the flatbread pizza. 

  6. Alternate the asparagus ribbons, spring onion, and rhubarb on the pizza. 

  7. Cook the pizza in the oven for 8-12 minutes. 

Rhubarb and Asparagus Flatbread Pizza

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Rhubarb and Asparagus Flatbread Pizza

Rhubarb and Aspragus Flatbread Pizza

Rhubarb and Asparagus Flatbread Pizza

Sweet Potato Beet & Goat Cheese Galette

I think it goes without saying that this is not how I expected my first Inauguration living in DC would go. Actually its about as far as I could have expected. I truly I wish we all could experience all the hope and excitement an Inauguration has to offer but instead I, like many people I  know living in DC plan on hibernating on Friday, and everyone else is leaving town.

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My guess is that instead of waking up early to get a spot on the parade route, I’ll be in the kitchen trying to forget what’s happening outside.

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If you are coming into DC for the Women’s March on Saturday, Pineapple DC, a community for women in food that seeks to connect the good food movement with the foodie movement to create a better food systems, and Cherry Bombe Magazine have put together some pretty perfect food suggestions! Proud to say I have been to half of the suggestions!

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Sweet Potato Beet & Goat Cheese Galette

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something sweet, something crunchy, and something creamy all in a flaky whole wheat crust.

Ingredients

    – 1/2 cup of flour – 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled, cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of cold water
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 3 small beets
  • Rosemary
  • 2 TBSP crumbled goat cheese

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, add both flours, butter, and greek yogurt. use a fork or a pastry cutter to combine ingredients.
  2. Add the water to the bowl and continue to combine.
  3. Place the dough on plastic wrap and wrap tightly, place in refrigerate for an hour or overnight.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. After an hour, take out the dough, flour your surface, roll out until 1/2 inch thick.
  6. Carefully transfer dough to baking sheet.
  7. Thinly slice the sweet potato and beets.
  8. Arrange the sweet potato and beets in a circle.
  9. Fold up the sides of the sides of the dough, pressing the edges together lightly.
  10. Sprinkle the goat cheese and place rosemary.
  11. Bake in the over for 35-40 minutes.
  12. Enjoy warm!

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Super Greens Pizza

Broccoli is going out with a bang this week! If you are cooking your recipes in sync with me, you are likely up to your ears in broccoli and today is no exception. Today I am sharing a pizza with a crust made from… you guessed it, Broccoli! Yes, I know this is slightly unorthodox, but hear me out. Remember when rice cauliflower was all the rage, well now you can also buy riced broccoli! So great, I know! Well that got me thinking, if you can make cauliflower crust pizza, why not make broccoli crust pizza. And so… I did.

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So to stick with a green pizza theme, I decided to only top this pizza with green things! This is where an arugula pesto, baby broccoli, zucchini ribbons, and more arugula comes into play. And because I am not completely insane, there is plenty of cheese too! now, that would just be downright crazy!

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Super Greens Pizza

  • Servings: 2
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greens on greens on greens

Ingredients

– 2 cups of riced Broccoli – 1 clove of garlic, minced – 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded – 1 egg, beaten – 1 cup of arugula – 1/4 cup sunflower seeds – 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese – 2 TBSP olive oil – 2 oz of fresh mozzarella balls – 1/2 cup of baby broccoli – 1/2 cup zucchini, spiralized – 1 cup arugula

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Rice broccoli (or better yet buy riced broccoli)
  4. Put the broccoli in the microwave for 8 minutes
  5. Add the garlic,1/2 a cup of shredded mozzarella cheese and egg into a bowl. Mix well.
  6. Pour the broccoli mixture onto the parchment paper. Use the back of a wooden spoon to evenly spread our the mixture into a circle.
  7. Bake the broccoli crust in the oven for 25 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, make the pesto. Add the arugula, sunflower seeds, Parmesan, and olive oil to a food processor. Pulse until well combined.
  9. Next, in a small sauce pan add a tsp of olive oil, broccoli, and spiralized zucchini. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes.
  10. When the crust is done, spread the pesto on broccoli crust. Top the mozzarella balls on the crust and then add the broccoli and zucchini.
  11. Add the pizza back into the oven for 5 minutes.
  12. Take out the pizza and top with fresh arugula.
  13. Enjoy warm!

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Delicata Squash & Mushroom Flatbread

Do you ever come home after a long day of work and want something cheesy? That’s a rhetorical question right. The answer is always. Sometimes I just go for cheese (and a glass of wine) but other times you can add some vegetables to your cheese and call it a Pizza! This flatbread is ready in under 30 minutes by using a pre-made flatbread and highlights the best fall squash has to offer.

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Delicata Squash & Mushroom Flatbread

  • Servings: 3 servings
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easy weeknight dinner ready in under

Ingredients

  • Flatbread (I bought one at Trader Joes)
  • 3 oz of Fontina Cheese
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium delicata squash, sliced into 1/2 inch slices
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup of onion
  • a couple sprigs of sage

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Slice the squash into 1/2 inch round slices
  3. Scoop out the seeds from the centers
  4. Drizzle with 1 tsp of olive oil
  5. Cook in the oven for 20 minutes.
  6. In a small sautee pan add the mushrooms and onions.
  7. Sautee for about 5-8 minutes.
  8. When the squash is ready, add the cheese to the flatbread, top with mushrooms.
  9. Cook in the oven for 3-5 more minutes.
  10. Sautee the sprigs of sage and sprinkle on top when you pull the flatbreak out of the oven.
  11. Enjoy

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Asparagus & Mushroom Pizza

Sharing one last asparagus recipe this week…for now. After creating all these recipes I am newly obsessed with asparagus. And today we are ending asparagus week with a little decadence in the form of burrata.

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Have you had burrata before? It’s a ball of mozzarella stuffed with a creamy inside. This is the first time I have ever cooked with it.  It’s really creamy so just a little bit goes a long way! Speaking of creaminess, this recipe is a little more decadent than my nutrition criteria, it has more than 5g of sat fat (around 7g). When you find something you want to make/eat that is more rich than what you typically eat, remember it’s all about balance. Choose foods throughout the day and week that will help to balance out your choice. When I ate this pizza for dinner, I skipped cheese (my main source of sat fat) for the rest of the day.

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To make this pizza, I took a shortcut with the crust. I decided to just buy it. When it comes to weeknight meals, perhaps even some weekends, it’s often unrealistic to make a pizza dough from scratch. I bought this herb pizza dough at Trader Joes, you can also buy whole wheat pizza dough which is typically my go-to, but with the spring vegetables, I thought that the herb dough would really put the pizza over the top. And it really did!

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The best part is that by using pre-made dough, this pizza was ready in under 20 minutes! Do you have 20 minutes? Go make this pizza tonight!

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Butternut Squash & Pear Pizza

Is there anything worse than buying what you think is a “healthy” frozen pizza from grocery store only to get home and realize that the serving size is ¼ of the pizza. Let’s face it, there is no way you are eating ¼ of that pizza.

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That’s where I come in… with a personal flatbread pizza. You can buy flatbreads at any grocery store, most come in under 100 calories. They are thin, but they make a great pizza crust. I know I have mentioned my dislike of all things tomato including tomato sauce, so I made a butternut squash puree instead.

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The rest of the pizza is topped with a red onion “jam,” mozzarella cheese, and sliced pears. As you can see form my pictures. I made this recipe a few times for the sake of photography. I used both circular and square flatbreads, and fresh and shredded mozzarella. I also topped a few with fresh parsley and scallions. They were all delicious. Do what makes you happy!

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pear and butternut squash pizza

What’s your favorite non traditional pizza toppings?

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza with Butternut Squash & Brussels Sprouts

If you told me 10 years ago I would not only eat, but enjoy pizza crust that was actually cauliflower, I would have told you “yeah right.”

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I have a distinct memory from when I was younger when my mom tried to “trick me” by swapping mashed cauliflower for mashed potatoes. After just one taste of these “faux-tatoes” I knew something was up. I looked at my mom, who could not keep a straight face, and asked her what she was trying to feed me. Fighting back laughter she tried to play off the fact that she had made mashed potatoes. I wouldn’t have it for a second. I called her bluff and pushed it away. There was no way I was eating that. Later in the meal, she finally gave in and told me it was cauliflower. I knew it!

Fast forward 10 years, I am making pizza out of cauliflower. It’s truly mind blowing! (Right, mom?)

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I don’t want this story to discourage any parents from trying to ensure their kids are eating enough vegetables. I respect my mom for trying to hide vegetables in my food, but she just did it all wrong. If you want to try “cauliflower mashed potatoes” swap half of your mashed potatoes with cauliflower and combine the two thoroughly. A cauliflower mashed potato combo will more closely mimic the taste and texture of mashed potatoes, which will increase your chances of successfully hiding them from your kids.

Another way to add more vegetables to your diet is by making this cauliflower crust pizza. Although the crust doesn’t taste like pizza dough, it doesn’t taste like cauliflower either. I really love the flavor and texture of this crust.

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I’ve made this recipe a few times, but I am usually deterred because of the time (and cleaning) involved in ricing the cauliflower. Not any more! I have discovered frozen riced cauliflower at Trader Joes. Frozen vegetables actually have the same nutrient profile as fresh vegetables. As a result, there is no way I am going to stress about using fresh cauliflower when I can save time using this frozen version.

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The only thing about this pizza is that it might involve a fork and a knife. I know that some pizza lovers will scoff at the idea of using a fork and knife for pizza, but trust me on this one, it’s worth it.butternut squash & brussels cauliflower pizza (1 of 1)-2