Chilled Pizza For One

August 1, 2012

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I went on a late walk this morning and was so hungry on my return trip that I planned my entire lunch in advance so it would be “ready” when I walked in the door. As in – no thinking required, just doing. [Also I’d like to recommend the Better Homes & Gardens Storage issue for any of you who are nesting out there…drool!]

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I started with a whole wheat tortillas and smashed on about 1/3 cup white beans.

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Then sprinkled on some olive oil, salt and pepper

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Next came a slathering of ricotta cheese! You could most definitely use mozzarella here too and make it a caprese pizza!

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This is the only kind of ricotta cheese I have ever liked. Despite being part-skim, it tastes like cream! It’s pricey but worth it for the grass-fed superflavor.

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Next came slices of fresh tomato (Matt has challenged me to eat a tomato everyday!) and basil from our garden. Plus a sprinkle more of sea salt.

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Recommended consumption is with a knife and fork!

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You could also heat this up for a nice melted crisp, but I was hot and enjoyed it chilled.

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Cantaloupe on the side!

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“You can have pizza anytime!”

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1 Krissy @ Shiawase Life August 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Mmmm yummy (and cool!) idea! :D

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2 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat August 1, 2012 at 1:05 pm

That tomato looks perfect – I’ve yet to get a really good one this season!

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3 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance August 1, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Mmm I love tortilla pizzas! So easy and delish!

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4 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats August 1, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I would have never thought to add the beans! That looks delicious!

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5 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Oh my that looks good! I’ve never smashed beans on a pizza but I like the idea. I just had a caprese salad for lunch with chicken and a boatload of fresh basil… sadly not from MY garden, but from some local Ontario farmer I believe! :)

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6 Emily M. August 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm

mmmm bagel bites are goooood :) but this looks even better…obviously.

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7 Annette @FitnessPerks August 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I LOVE that idea of mashed white beans! Very cool idea. And that tomato looks deeeelicious!

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8 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot August 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I’m impressed you managed to take so many pictures if you were hungry! I would have scarfed the whole thing down after one quick shot! That is a really good idea for pizza while avoiding having to eat something hot. I like that!

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9 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 1, 2012 at 1:17 pm

That looks like a perfect summer lunch! That tomato…YUM!

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10 Samantha August 1, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I am all about cows eating grass:)

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11 Melanie August 1, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Your tomatoes are gorgeous! I’ll have to look for that BH & G Storage issue! I am 23 weeks today and have definitely been organizing like crazy lately!

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12 Kathryn @ Mamacado August 1, 2012 at 1:18 pm

What a beautiful, vibrant tomato – so red and delicious! I need to think of fun ways to use summer tomatoes. Love the tomato-a-day challenge!

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13 Jessica @ New Girl, New City August 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm

That pizza sounds so light and refreshing! Which is something pizzas are usually definitely not!

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14 Catalina @ Cake with Love August 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Very nice, I would love to have one with mozzarella cheese, and extra basil!

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15 Shannon @ My Place In The Race August 1, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Sounds great on a hot muggy day!

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16 Averie @ Averie Cooks August 1, 2012 at 1:25 pm

such pretty tomato slices! YUM!

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17 Khushboo August 1, 2012 at 1:29 pm

This looks so yum! Bookmarking it!

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18 Stephanie August 1, 2012 at 1:37 pm

That is the catchiest jingle EVER! I always sing it when I eat pizza (or anything else with 2 syllables for that matter). You can eat chicken anytime too ;)

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19 Rachel August 1, 2012 at 1:42 pm

oo yum! That looks so delicious!

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20 Sarah @ Learning to Feed Yourself August 1, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Yummm that is such a creative lunch idea!

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21 Michelle (Peachy Palate) August 1, 2012 at 1:53 pm

That tomato looks divine! Is it a heirloom?
As a vegan I always stick beans on pizza…blended with some nutritional yeast and pumpkin puree it’s incredible! (topped with sundried tomatoes, roasted red pepper and spinach! yum!)

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22 Chelsea August 1, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I write/produce for Storage magazine, so it’s kind of surreal to read that one of my favorite bloggers reads the mag I work for! Glad it’s helping you with nesting. :) I’m off to make myself a chilled pizza–yum!

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23 KathEats August 1, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Haha awesome! My dream job would be to style it!

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24 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio August 1, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Looks great. Perfect summer lunch. Good luck on the tomato challenge.

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25 Julia H. @ Going Gulia August 1, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Never thought to just mash up beans like that…but I like the idea! I’m also digging that wavy placemat. New? I noticed it in another recent post and feel like I haven’t seen it before. It’s awesome!

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26 Lisa August 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I really like how simple your “recipes” are. Very refreshing! Your tomato is gorgeous. I made a yummy sauce with some tomatoes from my neighbor last night. I have not had much success growing as we have deer everywhere! In fact, I have one lone tomato plant in a pot on my front porch and they even got that one! grumble grumble

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27 Jen August 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm

holy crap those tomatoes are beautiful!!

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28 Jennifer August 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm

That pizza looks delicious! Did you just come up with that recipe? I would never have thought of putting the beans and ricotta on it. Yum!

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29 KathEats August 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Yup!

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30 Marissa@ohhhsolovely August 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm

those tomatoes are just gorgeous!

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31 Kristen @ Change of Pace August 1, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Look at that tomato! I just love summer foods!

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32 Diane August 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm

That looks great, I would have never thought of mashing beans on pizza, though I have eaten something similar with ricotta, tomatoes and basil many times and loved it.

I had a random question. What do you think of the Paleo diet that is all the rage now? I eat mostly vegetarian with lots of whole grains, so eating lots of meat with no grains is so different. I know there are lots of debates about which type of diet is the healthiest, and just wandering what your take is on the whole thing from an RD’s perspective.

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33 KathEats August 1, 2012 at 3:46 pm

My opinion: I think any diet that omits a complete food group (with the exception of sugar or alcohol, if you call those food groups :) ) is not the healthiest choice you could make. Unless you have a reason you can’t digest gluten or dairy or meat, then there is absolutely no reason to avoid these super nutrient-dense foods. Of course I think a diet based on plants is wonderful, but I think sprinkles of the above go a long way towards letting you feel your best. It just seems dumb to me to make “oatmeal” out of protein + fat when oats are a perfectly nutritious plant food. There are many benefits to eating whole grains and they are packed with vitamins and minerals.

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34 Cathy August 1, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Good answer Kath. Love the lunch. Good thing I don’t live near Matt’s garden. I would eat all his tomatoes. LOL

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35 Brit August 1, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I’m so with you! Poor grains… they never get the love they deserve.

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36 Katie J August 2, 2012 at 5:10 am

Kath, reading this reminded me of a couple of posts you wrote that described what you aim to eat each week and your exercise goals. Attempted to do a search but couldn’t find anything, any idea where I might find these posts?

Whenever I feel myself getting sucked into a new diet/health craze I just think ‘What would Kath do?’ Love your balanced and sensible approach to health! :)

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37 KathEats August 2, 2012 at 7:39 am

Nothing comes to mind to me either – can you be more specific about what I said so I can search for it?

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38 Stephanie C August 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Thank you! I grew up eating TOO much carbs and as an adult finally found a good balance for me. After discovering that veggies tasted great, I became a Pescatarian and about a year ago I started incorporating meat into my diet, only about 1-2x per month. I find I eat less meat than I did before and I feel great.
I have a lot of family members who are super Paleo and try to get us to do it, but I feel sick if I don’t eat carbs. Anyways, great to see this response and I’m glad someone asked because I’ve been wondering myself :)

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39 Leah August 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm

That looks SO good. Are the beans from a can?

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40 KathEats August 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Yes

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41 Sünne August 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Haha, you wouldn’t need to challenge me to eat a tomato everyday. Having totally disliked them as a child I can’t get enough to them these days. Unfortunately, my tomato plant hasn’t yet decided whether it’ll surive the heat these days and I didn’t have any of my own tomatoes yet. Send me your overflow ;).

Also, the pizza looks great. Too bad I can’t ge whole-wheat tortillas around here.

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42 kalli August 1, 2012 at 4:19 pm

oh yes this is just perfect! and if you wanted to veganize it instead of ricotta you could use ground up cashews…..i might have to try this. and can i say i am rooting for you to have your baby on aug 26!

p.s. so jeolous of your tomatoes!

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43 Karen August 1, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Grass fed ricotta! Where on earth do you find it?

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44 KathEats August 1, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Good ole Whole Foods!

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45 Cait's Plate August 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Ha! That’s going to be stuck in my head the rest of the day now :)

Looks delicious and that cantaloupe looks pretty darn perfect!

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46 tlm August 1, 2012 at 4:50 pm

so random, but i was going to ask you what you would be doing career wise if you weren’t a blogger/writer..and then i realized that you have your RD so you would probably be doing that..and then i realized that you use your RD with the blog and other projects haha. so (finally) what do you think you would be doing if you hadn’t entered the nutrition field? :) i graduate this year and am not quiteee sure what i want to do, so i’m always looking for ideas!

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47 KathEats August 1, 2012 at 4:56 pm

I worked in public relations before I went into nutrition. I liked the field OK, but not the company/clients I worked for as much. My intention going back to school was to open a private practice, which is sort of what I did – just very non-traditionally!

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48 Brit August 1, 2012 at 6:11 pm

This is what I’m hoping to do! I’m halfway through my prerequisites (turns out that Public Relations major in college was a little light on the sciences… :) ), then hopefully, off to school to become an RD, and eventually, open a private practice. Tell me… is Anatomy and Physiology going to be as scary as I’m making it out to be in my head?!

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49 KathEats August 1, 2012 at 7:22 pm

It’s hard, but it’s all so fascinating (compared to say calculus…no offense math people) that I really enjoyed the topics

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50 robin August 1, 2012 at 5:12 pm

mmmmmmmmmmmmmm I could eat two of those yummy tomatoes every day

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51 Susan August 1, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Oh, that sounds good!

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52 Sarah @ Fresh Living August 1, 2012 at 6:26 pm

What a great idea for a healthy pizza! Delicious!

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53 Jeanette August 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Kath, you even have me nesting and I’m not pregnant!! Thanks to one of your last BERF posts I found an unused bin and placed all my misc kitchen gadgets in it and put it in the cupboard. I LOVE IT!! Instantly neater and nothing to come down on your head when looking for something! Thanks for spreading your nesting desires!! :)

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54 KathEats August 1, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Makes me happy just reading about it!

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55 Vidya August 1, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Same here Kath. I love your Home neat home series. You are such an inspiring person.

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56 Clare August 1, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Ohh YUM this looks and sounds beautiful !!

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57 Penny August 1, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Thank you so much for posting this recipe and Matt’s crockpot recipe from earlier. We are sweltering here in the southern plains with temps reaching 110/111 and our AC is on the blitz. Trying to find recipes that won’t heat the house too much. These sound great! And, love your blog. Great organizing ideas too!

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58 mary @ minutespermile August 1, 2012 at 7:34 pm

ohhhh, pizza bagels. thank you for fueling me through childhood and well into college.

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59 Michelle (Better with Berries) August 1, 2012 at 7:47 pm

This looks delicious! And those tomatoes – so ripe and pretty!

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60 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 1, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Genius! That looks AMAZING! I’m seriously drooling…ha!

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61 Amanda August 1, 2012 at 11:26 pm

So the beans are right out of the can? Looks great – thanks for the info on Paleo too!

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62 Angel7 August 2, 2012 at 11:08 am

I like the placemat! It looks like one of those big beach hats :)

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63 Jeanine August 2, 2012 at 6:30 pm

That looks amazing!!!!! :)

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64 Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut August 3, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I love faux-pizza recipes—especially ones with minimal ingredients! Nice.

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