Did you go meatless Monday?

Have you tried to go meatless one day a week yet?  Need a meal idea?  Here’s an easy one, why not try veggie pizzas?  Most people think of pizza as junk food, but if you omit the meat and increase the veggies it can be a healthy choice especially if you team it with a side salad or even top it with salad (see below).  Here are some of my family’s favorites topping ideas:


Pesto: pesto sauce (instead of tomato sauce) top with mozzarella cheese, sliced tomatoes and mushrooms (did you know mushrooms contain vitamin D!).


Mushroom &/or olives: tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and veggies.


Margherita: thinly sliced plum tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, minced garlic, and fresh basil leaves, torn.  (Add the basil leaves after cooking.)


Gazpacho: coarsely chop: fresh tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper, and jalapeno, mix in a bowl.  Add some Italian dressing to coat the veggies.  Sprinkle Monterey Jack cheese on an unbaked pizza crust; bake approximately 10 minutes, until cheese melts.  Remove from oven and top with the tomato mixture.


Assigio cheese, pear, and arugula: Sprinkle Assigio cheese on an unbaked pizza crust, bake approximately 10 minutes, until cheese melts.  While the pizza is baking, halve a pear lengthwise and with the cut side down, thinly slice on a mandolin.  Pop out any seeds.  Toss pear with ¼ teaspoon lemon juice.  Repeat with the other half.  Separately, toss arugula with olive oil and sea salt to taste.  Cut pizza into slices and top with the pear, arugula, and pepper to taste.

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