Not Your Average College Food

Easy Personal Flatbread Pizzas (Round 2)

In college, it’s not hard to find pizza. In fact, it’s a classic college food – just a call away when studying late at night, can be found in all the cafeterias, and used to lure students to attend club meetings.

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Here’ s a healthier version of pizza that can be made in just minutes. All you need is a toaster oven, flatbread, sauce, and toppings. I first had this idea over the summer which I posted about in Easy Personal Flatbread Pizzas. I was pretty excited that I was able to re-use the recipe in my own college kitchen!

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This is a super flexible recipe because basically anything can be used for toppings. I happened to have broccoli in my fridge so I used that. Broccoli is high in vitamins A and C, and is known for lowering cholesterol and risk of cancer, on top of many other benefits. So eat up on broccoli!

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EASY PERSONAL FLATBREAD PIZZAS (ROUND 2)

Ingredients
1 whole wheat flatbread
1/2 cup pizza sauce
1 1/2 cup broccoli, chopped into florets
3/4 cup shredded cheese

Directions
Microwave broccoli florets for 30 seconds so they are soft. Set aside.

Spread pizza sauce evenly on flatbread, leaving a 1-inch border for crust.

Sprinkle broccoli and cheese evenly on the sauce area of the pizza.

Heat in toaster oven at 375  degrees F on the “toast” setting for 10 minutes.

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Easy Personal Flatbread Pizzas

In the vast and spacious land of Costco, it is easy to get carried away with buying groceries amidst the excitement of free samples and bulk foods. As my mom and I carefully navigated our shopping cart through Costco last weekend, we kept tossing groceries into the cart until it piled high and took the strength of both of us to push it. By the time we returned home, we wondered how on Earth we had bought so much food. It was lunchtime and we wanted to make use of the flatbreads we had just bought, something we had never seen in Costco before. So I thought, why not make our own personal pizzas? After all, we had so many possible toppings thanks to our huge Costco spree.

I took a piece of flatbread, spread tomato sauce on it, sprinkled some freshly shredded cheese, and gathered an assortment of toppings. As I started putting the toppings on the pizza, I soon came to terms with how small the pizza was and realized it would be a chaotic mess to fit all the toppings on the pizza. So I whipped out another piece of flatbread and divided the toppings among the two. The tiny pizzas were tossed into the toaster oven and they were soon ready to eat…All this was done in just 20 minutes!

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The simplicity and easiness of these pizzas was mindblowing. Homemade pizzas have always been daunting to me, but since making the dough is the hardest part of homemade pizzas, more than half the battle was already over! The flatbreads served well – the crust came out perfectly chewy, with crispy edges that had a lovely, satisfying crunch.

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These pizzas are excellent for a quick, homemade lunch that incorporates a variety of foods – the possibilities for toppings are endless!

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EASY PERSONAL FLATBREAD PIZZAS
(makes 1)

Ingredients
1 flatbread
3 tablespoons pizza sauce (or mix 2 tbsps tomato sauce with 1 tbsp tomato paste)
2 tablespoons shredded cheese
Toppings: mushrooms, onions, olives, mozzarella cheese balls, spinach, etc.

Directions
Using a spoon, spread pizza sauce in center of flatbread evenly, leaving about 1/2 inch crust

Evenly sprinkle shredded cheese on top of sauce

Add toppings

Bake in toaster oven at 400 degrees F for 10-15 minutes, until edges are golden and cheese is melted. If you use a conventional oven, it may take longer.