Monday, June 23, 2014

Pizza Weekend! (Days 152-154)

It was a weekend of pizzas!  And not all from scratch.  Nope.  I used A LOT of help from my good friends at Pillsbury. ;) 
We started the weekend by hitting up Pizza Hut--a little "celebration" of my last day of school!  That would be Day 152.
Saturday we had a high school graduation party in the family.  I was asked to bring fruit pizzas--which are simple and delicious!  Here's the recipe:

Fruit Pizza
For the crust:
Pillsbury sugar cookie dough.  (yep!)

For the filling: (same recipe as the gluten-free fruit tarts I made in May)
8 oz cream cheese (softened)
3 TB honey
1 TB apricot preserves
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1-2 TB milk

Fruit: strawberries, kiwis, grapes, blueberries

Slice the roll of sugar cookie dough and arrange in a circle or rectangle (depending on your pan) on a baking sheet.  Either with a rolling pin or your palms, press the dough so it all comes together as one crust.  Bake according to package instructions.
Meanwhile, slice the strawberries, kiwis, and halve the grapes.  With an electric mixer, combine all of the ingredients for the filling.
When the crust comes out of the oven, let it cool completely.  Then spread the filling over the top and arrange the fruit however you like.
You can find a few more of my designs here.

On Sunday (Day 154), I made a Pampered Chef pizza recipe which also utilizes the help of Pillsbury.  Normally, I would make my own pizza crust (which totally works for this recipe), but I just didn't have time this weekend!  This pizza is healthy, delicious, and very simple to make!  Here is a 3-Cheese Garden Pizza.
3-Cheese Garden Pizza
1 roll of Pillsbury pizza crust
2 cups "3-cheese pizza blend" shredded cheese (They sell packages of this, or you could also shred your own cheddar, mozzarella, and parmesan cheeses to use.)
1 zucchini, sliced
5 small white mushrooms, sliced
2 plum tomatoes, sliced
1/4 of a red onion, sliced
approx. 1 tsp. each of: dried basil, dried oregano, and dried parsley
1-2 TB olive oil
1 clove of garlic, minced

Roll out the pizza dough onto your baking sheet.  Preheat the oven to 375*.  Mix the olive oil and minced garlic.  Spread on the dough and bake for about 7-8 minutes.  When the dough comes out, arrange the sliced vegetables on top.  In a bowl, combine the cheeses and the dried herbs.  Sprinkle this mixture over the vegetables.  Bake for another 10-12 minutes or until all of the cheese is melted.  (I made 2 pizzas: one with onions and one without!
I served this with my broccoli salad and vegan brownies.  Yum!

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