Chilled Pizza For One

August 1, 2012


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!]


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


Then sprinkled on some olive oil, salt and pepper


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


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.



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.



Recommended consumption is with a knife and fork!


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


Cantaloupe on the side!


“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! 😀


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!


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

Mmm I love tortilla pizzas! So easy and delish!


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

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


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! :)


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

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


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!


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!


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

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


10 Samantha August 1, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I am all about cows eating grass:)


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!


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!


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!


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!


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

Sounds great on a hot muggy day!


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

such pretty tomato slices! YUM!


17 Khushboo August 1, 2012 at 1:29 pm

This looks so yum! Bookmarking it!


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 😉


19 Rachel August 1, 2012 at 1:42 pm

oo yum! That looks so delicious!


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

Yummm that is such a creative lunch idea!


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!)


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!


23 KathEats August 1, 2012 at 3:24 pm

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


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

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


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!


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


27 Jen August 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm

holy crap those tomatoes are beautiful!!


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!


29 KathEats August 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm



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

those tomatoes are just gorgeous!


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

Look at that tomato! I just love summer foods!


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.


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.


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


35 Brit August 1, 2012 at 6:09 pm

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


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! :)


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?


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 :)


39 Leah August 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm

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


40 KathEats August 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm



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.


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!


43 Karen August 1, 2012 at 4:33 pm

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


44 KathEats August 1, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Good ole Whole Foods!


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!


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!


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!


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?!


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


50 robin August 1, 2012 at 5:12 pm

mmmmmmmmmmmmmm I could eat two of those yummy tomatoes every day


51 Susan August 1, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Oh, that sounds good!


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

What a great idea for a healthy pizza! Delicious!


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!! :)


54 KathEats August 1, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Makes me happy just reading about it!


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.


56 Clare August 1, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Ohh YUM this looks and sounds beautiful !!


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!


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

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


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

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


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

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


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!


62 Angel7 August 2, 2012 at 11:08 am

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


63 Jeanine August 2, 2012 at 6:30 pm

That looks amazing!!!!! :)


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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