End of a long day – tired, hungry, grumpy even. Scott out of town. Nothing in the ‘fridge. Time for an attitude adjustment….
It always puts me in a good mood to create dinner when at first it looks like there is nothing to eat. Success means I feel creative and accomplished all at once – an upper. So I dug around in the refrigerator, and looked around the kitchen, and came up with a yummy pizza dinner.
This is what I found lurking everywhere but the kitchen sink:
Leftover homemade hummus flavored with garlic and chives
One small Udi’s gluten free pizza crust
A jar of pitted Kalamata olives – just a few left
A jar of capers – again, just a few left
A small handful of grape tomatoes sitting on the counter – already washed (yay!)
Fresh basil leaves mixed in with the garden lettuce bowl in the refrigerator – already washed (yay!)
The bottom of a jar of fresh Parmesan cheese – not enough for even a small pizza
New bag (yay!) of shredded cheese – Italian blend
1 small, perfectly ripe avocado
Leftover homemade Italian Vinaigrette
A few baby orange sweet peppers
This is what I made:
I spread the hummus on the pizza crust and topped with the whole basil leaves. I used a serrated knife to quarter the tomatoes lengthwise and slice the olives into circles. I sprinkled the pizza with the tomatoes, olives, and capers. I topped with the Parmesan cheese (bonus – felt great to throw away the now empty containers from the refrigerator!) and the shredded Italian cheese and baked in our counter-top convection oven (400 degrees – 12 to 15 minutes). I tossed a quick salad with the remaining garden lettuce, avocado, peppers and vinaigrette. The pizza was really good – could be on a menu somewhere, you know like kind of an intentional thing 😉
Here is the pizza before the cheese. Placing fresh basil UNDER the cheese prevents it from burning at the high oven temperature. As a side note, I liked the contrast of colors, shapes and sizes of these toppings. I was really starting to cheer up 🙂 I did the slicing to make the tomatoes and olives stretch further, but they’re more bite sized this way, too.
Where is the picture after the pizza was done? I ate it – sorry. I mean, I ate half the pizza before I remembered I didn’t take a picture. Just trust me on this one. It was great!