In a hurry? Redefine your definition of “fast food” with this flavorful, veggie-loaded ricotta cheese flat bread pizza.
Do you ever feel like your life is on overdrive? That’s how my life has felt for the past couple of weeks. First, my husband went off to serve in Nigeria, and then, last week, we were blessed with our first foster care placement. A beautiful 3 month old baby girl who ended up in our care because of severe failure to thrive.
Needless to say, cooking long, elaborate meals sort of went out the window. Even grocery shopping became a difficult feat, but it’s okay. In life you just have to roll with whatever you are handed.
Amidst the chaos, some things do remain pretty consistent. Like the need to eat! This meant getting pretty creative with the ingredients I had on hand while also keeping convenience at top of mind.
I’ve shared before that one of our family’s favorite quick and easy go-to meals are flat bread pizzas. We typically use naan bread as our base, throw on a bunch of our favorite toppings, throw in the oven for 10 minutes, and then viola! Pizza is served in less time than it would take for us to order in or cook a frozen pizza.
This particular flat bread is loaded with flavor and a few ingredients that may not necessarily scream pizza toppings to you. But believe me, it remains a delicious combination of vegetables and cheese, the key elements to any good pizza pie.
Four veggies make this dish:
Asparagus. Think this would be weird on a pizza? It’s really not! Asparagus tends to have a nice crunch, but on top of this pizza it adds a subtly firmer texture. Plus, by adding this veggie to your pizza, you’ll be adding nutrients like fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K to your plate.
Red onion. I should really start branching out when it comes to utilizing different types of onions! Alas, red onions are a favorite of mine because of their beautiful purplish color and I tend to always have one around. Onions add so much flavor to cooking that there are few dishes where I don’t add them in. This type of onion brings its own set of vitamins and minerals to the mix; like thiamine, calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, and vitamins C, K, and B-6. Just like asparagus, we’ll find some folate too.
Marinated artichoke hearts. If you want to boost the flavor of this pizza, marinated artichoke hearts are the way to do that! A little goes a long way, but you’ll love the zip these little guys provide. Plus, artichoke hearts offer up more than just great flavor; find antioxidants, fiber, potassium, and vitamin C in each heart-y bite.
Spinach. Hands-down, spinach has become one of my most favorite leafy greens! Primarily because you can add it to everything. I throw a handful in to just about every dish I create at this point and no one complains. As far as pizza ingredients go, its one of my favorites. Considered to be one of the most nutrient-rich foods, you don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to begin incorporating it into your own dishes at home.
Get your oven ready to make this delicious dish and enjoy.
- 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, divided
- 1 Tbsp canola oil
- 1/2 red onion, diced
- 3 marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
- 3 asparagus stalks, chopped
- 6 spinach leaves
- 1 slice Naan bread
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
- On a baking tray or pizza pan, layout your Naan bread.
- Mix in 1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese with ricotta mixture.
- Spread cheese mixture evenly across bread with spoon, leaving a crust around the edges.
- Top with spinach leaves. Set aside.
- In a small saute pan, heat oil. When oil moves freely across the pan, add onions and asparagus. Saute until tender or until onions become translucent. Remove from heat.
- Sprinkle sauted vegetables and artichoke hearts evenly across the bread.
- Top with remaining 1/2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese.
- Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until crust begins to brown.
- Remove, eat and enjoy!