Not Your Average College Food

Nutella Strawberry Pizza

Now that it’s summer, the warm weather and additional free time make it more appealing for me to get up early on Saturday mornings and walk to the farmers’ market. Every time I go, I have a blast buying fresh produce, nibbling on some treats for breakfast, and “window-shopping” through all the stands. Of the various items I bought last week were a carton of fresh strawberries. They were tiny, round little berries unlike the ones in grocery stores – just like they should be.

Feeling in a creative mood, I made Nutella pizza. Nutella, pizza, and fruit…how could that combination possibly go wrong? It ended up tasting more like a flat bread, probably because I had baked the dough first without the toppings. My friend Sydney had made the pizza dough for a little pizza party we had. Making homemade pizza with friends is always fun. Roll some dough, buy some toppings, and everyone can make their own personalized pizza, or one giant one to share!

This weekend, I’ll be moving to Georgetown for the summer since I’ll be working just outside of DC. I love the Georgetown area because of all the shops and restaurants and the neighborhood is beautiful. Hopefully there will be a farmers’ market close to me while I’m there!

NUTELLA STRAWBERRY PIZZA

Ingredients
Pizza dough
1/4 cup Nutella
Handful of strawberries

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Take out leftover pizza dough or store-bought pizza dough. If you don’t have any, here is a simple recipe.

Roll dough on a lightly floured surface into the shape of a circle, about 1/4-1/2 inch thick.

Bake in oven for about 10-15 minutes.

Spread as much Nutella as desired in the center and arrange sliced strawberries on top.

 

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.