White Spinach Pizza

Years ago I came up with this deliciously satisfying meat-free recipe. I made it recently when Mom was staying with me, a favorite of hers.

Until 2020, I used a Boboli (or any pre-baked pizza crust) as the base making a full size pizza. Cooking for one inspired me to make flat-bread style pizzas using mini naan or pita bread; I love that they’re a perfect meal size for my appetite. The topping keeps well for up to two weeks so I can easily bake one for a lite lunch or dinner – and occasionally as a savory breakfast!

White Spinach Pizzamakes 1 large or 2 medium pizzas or 8-10 flatbreads

  • 8 oz frozen, chopped spinach – drained, liquid squeezed out
  • 24 oz ricotta (NOT fat-free)
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 c shredded parmesan
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 t coarse black pepper
  • shredded mozzarella or Italian cheese blend
  • chopped peppers – a mix or red, yellow and orange
  • chopped red onion or shallot
  • mini naan, pita bread or pre-baked pizza crust
  • red pepper flakes – optional

Set the oven to 400 degrees. Combine the first 6 ingredients, set aside. Brush the crust with olive oil and place in an oven safe pan. (I use my cast iron skillet) Bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes, then remove it, flip the crust and spread on the spinach ricotta mixture, then add the peppers and onion followed by the shredded cheese and red pepper flakes. Bake for another 5-7 minutes until the cheese is melted. Let it cool for a few minutes and enjoy!

Zucchini Carpaccio Caprese with Burrata

After several unseasonably hot days I decided to go a for light, chilled dinner. With a quick check of what I had on hand, I came up with this fresh, healthy and delicious twist on a Caprese salad.

Zucchini Carpaccio Caprese with Burrata

  • 1 zucchini
  • 12 grape tomatoes
  • Burrata
  • Fresh chopped herbs – basil, parsley & chives
  • 1 -2 T pine nuts – toasted
  • 1 T fresh lemon juice
  • 3 t olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Slice the zucchini into very thin rounds and place in a single layer on a platter. Halve the grape tomatoes and arrange on top of the zucchini. Cut the Burrata into pieces and place on top followed by the herbs and then the pine nuts. Salt and pepper to taste. Mix together the lemon juice, olive oil, with a pinch of salt and pepper, drizzle over the top. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat.

In my garden-oasis this week

Everything’s blooming this week – or at least growing, after days of long steady rainfall followed by early intense summer sun and heat. It’s been an incredibly beautiful Memorial Day weekend in spite of the pandemic and my outdoor oasis is giving me a place to exercise, enjoy nature and escape. Don’t we all need to connect with those things that feed our soul?

Be safe friends.