Monday, June 27, 2011

Meatless Monday... Strawberry Feta Salad and Vegetarian Pizza!

I had the loveliest weekend with some of my old roommates and we decided to remake the first meal that we ever had together... homemade pizza!  There is no better way to spend your Saturday night with the girls... or boys (Don't forget the wine or beer)!  On saturday we went to the farmers market in Burlington, Vermont to get fresh produce and sample some delicious Vermont products!  If you are ever in the area on a saturday afternoon I highly recommend it!  We picked up fresh mesculin mix and beet greens (which I had never tried before)

Making pizza at home is easy and you can save a lot of money (especially if you go vegetarian).  You can also personalize it exactly how you want (think more or less sauce... watching calories?  Skimp on the cheese or buy part-skim)  I usually make my own pizza crust, but we were in a time crunch and we bought one from the local co-op, City Market.  If you make your own crust you save even more money because the crust can be the most expensive part.  I recommend getting a pre-made dough from a local pizza parlor if they sell it, otherwise check out your grocery store.  Avoid the prepackaged Pilsbury ones, they made for a very tough, thick dough.  If you want a quicker pizza... the Boboli crusts are great and you don't have to stretch the dough!  A pizza party is always an awesome night because everyone gets to be creative and decorate the pizza.  We decided to do a vegetarian pizza complete with fresh spinach and mushrooms.

We really got even more creative with our salad and it came out so well!  Native strawberries are in season and we used them as a feature in our salad.  To balance the strawberries we added feta cheese, walnuts, and cucumbers for a fresh, fruity salad!

Strawberry Feta Salad
Serves 4

4 cups mescaline mix
1 cup beet greens
1 red onion, sliced
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1/2 cucumber, sliced
1/4 cup feta cheese
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
Fruity dressing (raspberry vinaigrette, pomegranate vinaigrette, red wine or balsamic dressing)

Toss all ingredients and serve!  To make this an entree salad add baked or grilled chicken (not on meatless Monday!) :)

Spinach Mushroom Pizza
Serves 4

1 tsp olive oil
1 pre-made pizza dough
2 cups pizza sauce (We used Classico tomato basil sauce)
2 cloves of garlic
2 cups part-skim mozzarella cheese
Toppings: fresh basil, chopped
                 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
                 2 cups fresh spinach

Most vegetables make for awesome toppings... just make sure they are dried off or else the pizza can get really mushy!

Directions:  Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Drizzle olive oil on a cookie sheet or pizza pan, stretch the pizza dough out (Tip: if it keeps shrinking, allow it to sit for 5 minutes and try again).  Spread the pizza sauce out to leave a 1/2 inch space around the perimeter of the pizza (for the crust).  Sprinkle the chopped garlic.  Top with cheese and toppings!  Bake for 15-20 minutes!  Allow to cool ~5 minutes before cutting!

 I challenge you to join me for meatless Mondays to save a little money and experiment with vegetarian dishes!  Instead of ordering take-out pizza next time, get creative and make your own pizza and personalize it just to your liking!

P.s. I will post my easy pizza crust recipe the next time I make pizza, so tune in!


  1. Hi Nicole... What is the best way to send a recipe to you.

  2. You can send me recipes at and I can experiment with them and do the nutrition analysis