Wednesday, April 8, 2009

This Station is Taking a Food Break

I am what you might call "cooking-phobic." I hate cooking, I fear cooking, I dislike it, it's stressful.....get the picture? But it's the cheapest way to eat, so it's something I've been working on. Which is why when I get struck by the cooking bug I take advantage of it. When I was home earlier this week, mom and I went to Goodwill and I found a cookbook that actually claimed to be "cooking-phobic friendly!" And it has pictures, so that's a bonus. I went through and marked a bunch of pages and decided to try out a recipe today. I made Tex-Mex pizza and it was pretty good - except I burned the roof of my mouth. Oops.
Here's the recipe, if you're interested:
Tex-Mex Pizza
Ingredients:
2 garlic cloves
2 Tlbs chopped cilantro
1 can black beans
1 tsp cumin
1 prebaked pizza crust (I used this recipe and made my own instead)
1/3 cup salsa (I like salsa, so I used about 3/4 of a cup)
1 cup shredded reduced-fat monterey Jack cheese
1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar
**I used the pre-grated Mexican mix instead
1 can sliced black olives, drained
1 red bell pepper, chopped (I had a mix of red, green and yellow in the freezer, so I just used some of that instead)
1/4 cup chopped chives
I like meat on my pizza, so I cooked up some turkey burger with some Mexican spices as well.
Directions:
1. mix up the pizza crust following the directions and bake at 325 for about 10 min. If you are using a ready-made crust, skip this step.
2. While it's baking, in a blender or a food processor, puree the garlic and cilantro.
3. Then throw in the beans and the cumin. I found this too dry to really work well, so I suggest throwing in the salsa too to make it easier to puree.
4. Then pull your pizza crust out of the oven and turn the temperature to 425.
5. On top of the crust, spread the stuff in the food processor evenly over the top of the pizza.
6. Then spread the meat (if you're using it), then the cheese, the olives, bell peppers and chives, in that order on top.
7. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. I found that 10 minutes was plenty of time.
8. Let it cool a few minutes before serving as I seriously burned the roof of my mouth.