Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Pizza Night:


I made this when I got home from work today. I haven't gotten the chance to stock up on food yet, so I've kind of had to get even more creative than usual. With both avocado and garbanzo beans, half of one of these pizzas with fill you up. It's comforting, healthy, fresh, and delicious. I came up with two ways to make it: the first is the easy way, where you can you premade ingredients. It's faster and takes a little less energy. But, for those who are feeling ambitious, I included the more difficult recipe from scratch. You also mix them up by using premade pizza dough and making your own guacamole or vice versa. Enjoy!

The Easy Way:


2 pieces of Naan or other flat bread
1 1/2 cups premade guacamole
1 medium tomato, diced
3/4 cup garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1  tsp. olive oil
A few drops of lime juice
1/2 tsp. salt
Crushed red pepper, to taste
Black pepper, to taste


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. While the oven is preheating, spread 3/4 cup guacamole on each piece of naan.

3. Next, add half of the tomato, half of the garbanzo beans, and half of the salt to each piece of naan.

4. Add a few drops of lime, crushed red pepper, and black pepper. Brush each pizza's crust with olive oil.

5. Place in oven and bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes. (NOTE: for a quicker dinner, just top the naan with the ingredients and don't bake it. It'll turn out just as delicious).

The Harder Way: (FROM SCRATCH):



1 1/2 cups bread flour
About 2/3 cup water
2 tsp. olive oil
1/4 tsp. salt


1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Place your pizza stone or baking sheet on the bottom rack of the oven. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix together.

2. Knead until the dough has reached a smooth and elastic consistency, adding more flour as needed.

3. Roll the dough out into a 10 to 12-inch circle or square.

For the Guacamole:


1 1/2 cups guacamole, diced
1/2 cup baby spinach
4 cloves garlic
1 tsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. lime juice
1/4 tsp. salt
Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
Black pepper, to taste


1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender or food processor.

2. Blend until smooth, adding seasonings as necessary.

Pizza toppings:

1 medium tomato, diced
1/2 tp 3/4 cup garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 tsp. olive oil
Crushed red pepper, to taste
Cajun seasoning, to taste
Salt, to taste


1. Once the oven has preheated and once you've made the dough and guacamole, remove the pizza stone or baking sheet from the oven and place the pizza dough on it. (NOTE: if you're using a pizza stone, sprinkle it with corn starch before adding the dough to keep it from sticking. If you're using a baking sheet, spray it with non-stick cooking spray). Precook the pizza dough for 10 minutes in the oven.

2. Take the pizza dough out and top with guacamole, garbanzo beans, and tomatoes. Brush the crust with olive oil, and add salt and crushed red pepper. Bake for another 7 minutes.

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