I think we all know how I feel about Sandra Lee. If not… The woman is a nut job. And an alcoholic. Plus, is it not a little off putting for a woman to match her kitchen (which is a different color every day, mind you)? It is.
Still, we can’t deny the fact that Ms. Lee got one thing right: Every meal should end with a cocktail. No wait… That’s true, but what she really got right was that it’s ok to use pre-made foods as shortcuts. Sometimes.
The other night I got home late and wanted good food (namely pizza) but didn’t want to put forth any real effort (especially in the dishwashing department). So I dug out some packaged gems:
- Jarred pizza sauce (from the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program)
- Jarred artichokes
- Pre-made tapenade
- Whole grain tortillas
- Feta cheese
And made my own little 15-minute flatbread pizza.
I’m actually a little concerned that this was one of the best things I’ve “made” in a long time because I didn’t really make anything at all. I just assembled. This does not speak highly of my cooking skills.
For people who are intimidated by cooking, this style of assembling foods in ways that taste good is a great start. It gets you in the kitchen, gets you comfortable cooking and gets you ready for bigger, better things… like making your own dough and your own tomato sauce.
Until then, rely on the packaged stuff. Ain’t no shame.
- 1 whole grain tortilla
- nonstick spray or oil of choice
- salt and pepper
- tomato sauce
- roasted broccoli
- olive tapenade
- feta cheese
- Spray the tortilla (or drizzle with oil) and season with salt and pepper
- Toast on a baking sheet in a 400-degree oven for about 4-6 minutes until brown and crispy
- Remove crust from the oven and add toppings
- Place dressed pizza back in the oven for 6-8 minutes or until cheese is melted
This is a perfect single serving pizza. The crust is thin and crispy but holds the weight of a mountain of veggies with ease. I might just have another one tonight…