Awesome. Now I'm worked up all over again!
The original recipe for this dish came from a little someone called Rachael Ray. I know, I want to slap her too. But, she has some decent recipes sometimes! And, I promise I will never say EVOO.
I altered the recipe a little bit, and this is what I came up with.
It Ain't Easy Being Green Pit-za
- 4-6 pita breads [I made mine from scratch, using this recipe]
- 1/2 c. basil pesto
- 1 c. ricotta cheese [I used skim ricotta]
- 1 c. cooked broccoli florets, chopped
- 1 bag spinach, cooked, drained, squeeze dried and chopped
- 2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- salt & pepper to taste
- shredded mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Toast pita bread on cookie sheets for 3 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
- Cook broccoli in boiling water until cooked [not soggy!], remove from water, and chop. Combine with pesto and ricotta in a large bowl; set aside.
- In a medium skillet, heat olive oil and garlic. And in handfuls of spinach, stirring as it wilts. It looks like a lot of spinach, but it cooks down to not very much at all! When the spinach is cooked through, remove from pan to cool. Once it is cool, use a kitchen towel to squeeze the excess liquid from the spinach. Chop, and add to bowl with other ingredients. Season with salt & pepper to taste. [Easy on the salt!]
- Spread mixture on top of each pita bread, then sprinkle with mozzarella.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until cheese bubbles and begins to brown.
This is a great way to sneak in the extra greens. My little dudes love these, because they are individual size, and they think the green sauce is cool. [My kiddos love pesto!]
I serve this with a big green "everything" salad. Seriously, how did we all survive when salad was just lettuce, carrots and tomatoes? I love the make a big huge salad and add everything! Then, I eat it for lunch and dinner every day...until it's gone! [I'd like the bless the person who first added dried cranberries and nuts to salads, thankyou!] The above pictured salad has mixed greens, turkey bacon, dried cranberries, toasted almonds, carrots, tomatoes, and swiss cheese. It made me happy.
And with that, I'm off to smother my 6-year-old with kisses and be an overbearing mother. There isn't anything better to be!