Monday, January 9, 2012

Meatless Recipe #1

While I am not a vegetarian, I do eat about three vegetarian dinners each week on average.  I just prefer veggies and beans to red meat and pork.  

Anyhoo, we probably eat pizza about once a week, usually on Friday nights, and we love playing around with different combos.  My current favorite is: 

Roasted Tomato and Onion Pizza with Pesto Sauce 

Here's how you make it.

Have your handsome husband chop an onion so you don't cry, and then toss them into a baking dish with a little olive oil and half a pint of cherry tomatoes.

Roast those in oven for about 30 minutes at 400 degrees.  I usually do this while I am cooking the kid's pizza so that I don't waste precious oven energy.  You're welcome, environmentalists!

In the meantime, stretch out half of your wheat pizza dough (found in any grocery store), and let your husband make his own pizza with the other half of the dough since he won't eat tomatoes.  The nerve!

Spread about 3 Tablespoons of pesto sauce on the dough in a thin layer:

Grant your daughter's request to take a picture of her being Mary:

Now take those yummy roasted veggies out of the oven:

And scatter them over the pesto:

I realize that pizza toppings implies they should be on top of the pizza, but since the veggies are already cooked, I choose to put the cheese on top so the gooeyness holds the toppings in place:

Put in oven for about 12 minutes on 425.  
Dance around the kitchen and snuggle with baby while waiting:
 (He likes the dancing and the kisses...he just plays hard to get!)

Remove pizza from oven, and slice:

Give one tomato-less piece to the hubby so you can honestly say you didn't eat the whole thing yourself, and indulge!

Bon Appetit :)


  1. Thanks Colleen! I can't wait to try this. We are trying to integrate more veggies into our diet and limit meats to more special occasions both for budget and health reasons. This will be so helpful to add to my collection of recipes!

    Blessings on your Monday, Kristen @ St Monica's Bridge

  2. Oh, this looks really good, and I just love pesto!!!
    The dancing baby and Mary really need attention too, so this part I really understand.
    Phil doesn't like tomatoes? What? It's not too late to start rethinking this relationship Colleen.
    Ok, well, maybe it IS too late!!! I suppose on the upside, you don't have to share the 'maters!!


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