Pesto is much-loved around here — I’ve cooked with it in pasta dishes, as a pizza sauce, and even as an addition to hummus or other dips. And while I’ve enjoyed playing with the basil – Parmesan – pine nut formula by swapping in spinach, kale, cashews, almonds and more, until recently, I had never ventured too far outside of that routine. That is, until I tried Rachael Ray’s Roasted Red Pepper Pesto.
That is, until my DC girlfriends and I created a Cookbook Club.
Well friends, I’m having a party.
Image sourced from Wikimedia.com. Granted, there’s no way my party will be this cool. But hey, a lady can dream.
No, this isn’t a party to relive one of the best comedy films of the nineties. Young Kid and Play got me beat on the cool scale. However, this one should be just as fun, because it’s a birthday party! And you, lovely readers, are invited to join in on the fun.
Fun fact: Pasta + veggies = a vegetarian and vegan-friendly feast.
No, but seriously! Any combination of sauce, veggies, pasta and protein / fat can be a fabulous meal, particularly for a Lenten Friday when you’re scrounging around the pantry. The above recipe for Sesame Chick Pea Pasta is only one example. In this post, I’ll share an easy template for vegetarian pasta dishes that work for Lenten Fridays or any old weeknight. Mangia!
A pizza, by any other name, would smell … just as delicious. 🙂
For this week’s Meat-Free Friday, I’m starting the series with an old Lenten stand-by: Pizza! Pizza can easily be meatless — contrary to what any fan of a “Meat-Lover’s” pizza pie will tell you. While meaty toppings are often quite tasty, vegetarian pies on Fridays are such a great Lenten meal. Here are 5 Vegetarian Pizzas to try on a Friday.
Fun Fact: I’ll also throw in a BONUS recipe for whole grain dough that you can make at home. If you’re pursuing healthy eats in general, why not go whole hog (er, whole … vegetarian hog?) and try your own dough? Happy eating!
It’s Friday night. You’re on your way home from work. You (and your wallet) don’t want to order take-out again, aren’t interested in nuking any leftovers lurking in your fridge, and can’t stomach the thought of scraping together a meal from the cereal, Planter’s peanuts and instant oatmeal in your pantry cabinet. What’s a gal or guy to do?
Whit up a quick pizza, of course!
What if I told you that a simple, hearty meal could be yours in 30-ish minutes and using only 4 ingredients? You’d be all over that bidness, right? What if I also told you that this dinner creation is as customizable as you can imagine, allowing for creativity, taste preferences, and inventive food adventures to your heart’s content?
If your response is a Howard Dean-style “Yeeeeah!” then you’ve come to the right blog.
Love pizza? (Who am I kidding? If you didn’t love pizza, I suspect you wouldn’t be on this pizza-loving woman’s blog.)
Don’t have the time to roll out fresh dough or whip up your own? (I.e. like every 20-something on a weeknight.)
Hunting through your fridge for some semblance of nutritious food, and coming up a bit short? (Again, like a lot of us. Unless you work at Whole foods. I bet their employee discount is ridiculous.)