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Quick and Easy Pesto Parmesan Pizza Recipe

via Quick and Easy Pesto Parmesan Pizza Recipe

It’s not so much homemade as it is assembled at home, but pizza is pizza, am I right?

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Unroll pizza dough (this is Wewalka Flatbread)*
2. Lightly spread small spoonfuls of pesto over dough.*
3. Add a few handfuls of mozzarella.
4. Drop spoonfuls of marinara in sections across pizza.
5. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over pizza.
6. Cook as directed.
7. Enjoy washing your one dish: A SPOON!


*You can make your own pizza dough and pesto but the recipe won’t be quick and easy anymore. 

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Fuel for Your Week: Quick, Easy, Yummy Egg Cups!

How fitting is it that the daily prompt is edible? These egg cups are edible, but more than that they are delectable and versatile. Lately I have been looking for meals that are healthy and easy to prepare in bulk. Egg cups are perfect for that and there is no shortage of recipes out there to try out. After my friend Carly recommended these I perused a few recipes and came up with my own twist.

Delectable Egg Cups:

6 Eggs

1/2 Cup Cheddar Cheese

1/2 Container Mushrooms

1 Small Onion

1/2 Bell Pepper

1 Handful Spinach

1 Tsp Paul Prudhomme’s Magic Salt Free Seasoning


Preheat oven to 350. Saute vegetables. Mix in large bowl with cheese and eggs. Spread mix across greased muffin tin. Cook for 25 minutes. You’re done!

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Boss Budget Naan Pizzas

A few years ago naan was a fancy bread I had never tried. Now I love naan bread but tend to stay away from it because if it isn’t on sale at the supermarket it can be pricey. Recently an Aldi by me was remodeled and reopened. When scoping it out I found and they have a 4 pack of naan bread for less than $5. Needless to say, I was impressed and excited to try new recipes with it.

My love of pizza cannot be understated. I could easily eat pizza for every meal every day and be content if only my stomach would be too! If you use this naan bread you can have 4 meals for around $10 or less depending on what you have in your kitchen.

I had pasta sauce, salsa, and Mexican cheese already in my fridge. In addition to the naan, I got a green pepper, an onion, and some mozzarella cheese. I made two pizzas, one with the salsa and Mexican cheese, and one with the remaining ingredients. It took less than a half hour start to finish.

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place naan on a baking sheet and sprinkle with a bit of water.
  3. Throw whatever you want on there!
  4. Cook 6-8 minutes or until cheese is melted and it looks bomb

This received rave reviews from my boyfriend and my roommate. She makes hers without the sauce for a tasty cheesy bread. I’m looking forward to making BBQ chicken pizza or classic Hawaiian the next time I pick up a pack of naan. Yum!


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Quick, Easy, Bomb Lemon-Garlic Shrimp

I am anxiously excited whenever I try a new recipe. I hope for it to be delicious, but I have been fooled far too many times by failed Pinterest attempts and continually worry that the whole process is a waste of time and money.

However, occasionally there are recipes like this one that end up in regular rotation. Food Network’s Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Grits is a recipe that is worth it. There are only 9 ingredients and half of them are probably already in your spice cabinet or fridge. I included the cayenne pepper and followed the recipe directly in this first attempt. In my next attempt, I truly don’t think there is anything I would add or remove, it was that good!

If I do end up cooking dinner, it isn’t until 8 or 9 in the evening and I am not motivated to spend an hour peeling, chopping, mixing, and cooking ingredients. When a recipe says it takes 30 minutes total to prep and cook, I roll my eyes and call bullshit, but this time I was pleasantly surprised. I stood at the stove looking at the fully prepared recipe searching for an ingredient or steps missed. There were none. In less than an hour, I had prepped, cooked, eaten and cleaned up after a full meal that was mouth watering.

If you are a novice lazy cook who lives a busy life keep an eye out for more recipes. In addition to triumphs like this one, I’ll be posting about the failures so you won’t waste your time too.