Pizza Pizza!

Who likes pizza?  This girl!  And probably most of you, too 🙂  I made this pizza a couple of weeks ago, and just had to share.

In the past, a meal like this may or may not certainly would have struck fear in my heart.  “Carbs and cheese and FAT, oh my!”  While I still struggle with allowing myself to eat enough, I’m not nearly as scared of that pizza anymore.  Guess what!  Carbs = energy.  Cheese = calcium.  Fat = healthy in proper quantities.  Take that, ED! 😛

The other day, when this pizza craving struck, I took stock of my groceries: I had some leftover sauce and cooked ground turkey to use up before heading out on Spring Break, and what better way to use it than this?  Not only did it fulfill my pizza craving, but it kept me from wasting food, AND it fed me dinner for a couple of nights!  Oh, and did I mention how easy it was to throw together?  ‘Cause it was a piece of cake…er, pie.  😉

First, I mixed up a quick Bisquick crust – and I do mean quick.  Bisquick + water, people.  That’s it!  I tossed that in the oven for a little pre-bake while I rounded up the rest of my toppings.

Some mushroom pasta sauce

…precooked ground turkey

…shredded cojack cheeeeeeese

…and some chopped up roma tomatoes, and we were in business!

A quick 12 minutes in the oven gave me enough time to throw together a quick salad, and then *ding-ding-ding*…it was dinner time!

Ohhhhhhh yeah!  Look at that lightly browned crust, the melty cheese, the CHEESE!  The crust definitely didn’t taste like a traditional yeast crust, more resembling a biscuit (huh, imagine that!), but it still tasted great.  The sauce soaked into the crust just a bit, and the toppings worked together quite well.  Can’t beat oven-roasted tomatoes!  Or homemade pizza, for that matter.

Serve it up with a green salad and a tall glass of water, and you’ve got it made.  College-kid dinner, for the win.

Extra Easy Pizza

Adapted from Betty Crocker

The Goods

1 1/2 cups Bisquick mix (I used the “heartsmart” variety)

1/3 cup very hot water

Your favorite pizza/marinara sauce

toppings of choice

CHEESE

 

The Method

1. Heat the oven to 450* and grease the pizza pan.

2. Stir together the bisquick and hot water (beat about 20 strokes) until a soft dough forms.

3. Press dough into the pan, then bake for about 2 minutes.

4. Carefully remove the pan from the oven.  Cover with sauce, then arrange toppings as desired.

5. Bake 12-15 minutes more, until cheese is melted and bubbly and crust is lightly browned.

 

This pizza couldn’t be easier!  And as far as creativity in toppings goes…you’re limited only by your imagination.

Go forth and make pizza!

Blessings,

Beth

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One Legit Quesadilla

Who likes simple yet tasty eats?  (I do!)  And who views it as a bonus if these simple and tasty eats are inexpensive? (Ooooh pick me!)  If you answered yes to either of these questions, then this post is for you! 🙂  If you remember, I have criteria for recipes (being a poor college kid and all).  Also, I’m a fan of simple comfort food.  One evening, in search of a dinner that would meet these high demands, I felt stuck.  I had tortillas, cheese, and chicken…the makings of a perfect quesadilla.  Except, I didn’t have any salsa.  Neither did the roomies And I didn’t want to go to the store.  So a hemmed and hawed, opened and closed the fridge and freezer too many times…and then it hit me.  I remembered reading a post on one of my favorite blogs, Iowa Girl Eats about BBQ chicken quesadillas, with caramelized onions.  But alas, I didn’t have onions either.  But I did have corn.  Hmm.  Corn, chicken and BBQ sauce filling, sprinkled with cheese, encased in a tortilla.  It might just work!

And work, it certainly did!  The cheese melts and mixes with the BBQ sauce, which lightly coats the sweet, crisp corn, and the chicken just practically melts in with the rest of the filling.  Oooooh, and don’t forget that crispy-on-the-edges but soft-in-the-middle tortilla!  SO TASTY!

And so easy!  Just cook up some chicken (frozen chicken tenders work great for a single serving), shred it, then mix it in with defrosted corn and BBQ sauce.  Here is my sauce of choice (I’ll just pretend it doesn’t have high fructose corn syrup…..).  Any sauce will do!

After mixing the filling, simply place a tortilla in a preheated pan (a little non stick spray might not hurt).  Layer cheese, filling, then more cheese, and fold this doomed deliciousness in half.  Let it cook for a few minutes, then carefully flip it over.  Give it a few minutes, and then dig in!!

Oh, by the way,  I like to keep the burner on low to prevent the tortilla from browning too much.  This can make cooking seem to take AGES, though, so I pop a lid on it for a bit.  Gotta have melty cheese, yo! 🙂

I like to round out this meal with a small salad and a few chips.  Sour cream and more BBQ are great for dipping!

Give it a try – it’s super simple, and CRAZY tasty!  Let me know what ya think!

Enjoy the weekend, folks.

Blessings,

Beth