“Make Your Own” Night

March 11, 2010 at 9:54 pm 16 comments

One dinner I’ve found that is SO easy to tailor to individual tastes is pizzas. That’s exactly what was on the menu tonight!

I chopped up a bunch of veggies- mushrooms, red peppers, red onions, eggplant, and asparagus.

veggies

Then sauteed them with some garlic, Italian seasoning, and black pepper. When the veggies were done I scooted them to one side and cooked up some chopped meatballs for the husband.

sauteed veggies

Then we each got to make our own pizza! I used whole wheat flatbreads from the bakery instead of making pizza dough tonight. They were tasty, and made things super easy.make your own pizza

My pizza had the whole veggie mix, plus sundried tomatoes on a layer of Laughing Cow Swiss Cheese & Bertolli marinara (since it was already open!), then topped with goat cheese & basil.

I’m convinced you could put goat cheese on anything and it would taste magnificent.

veggie pizza

I toasted the flatbreads in the oven as it preheated, then threw the pizzas in a 425 degree oven for about 5-10 minutes. So good and crispy, but not too crunchy.

pizza for one

Dessert

For dessert I decided to experiment with making rice pudding. I’m not sure why, I don’t even know that I can definitively say I’ve even had rice pudding before.

Coconut Rice Pudding

1/2 c short grain brown rice

2 c water

1 1/2 c milk

1/2 c coconut milk

1/8 c egg substitute

1/2 T cinnamon

1/2 t nutmeg

1 T unsweetened coconut flakes

orange zest (optional)

1 t vanilla

1/8 t salt

squirt agave nectar

Soak rice in water ~1 hr. Bring water to boil, then cook over medium heat 10-15 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cook over medium low, about 20 minutes, or until most liquid has absorbed. Remove from heat with some liquid remaining, as it will thicken upon standing.

rice pudding

This was really good! It wasn’t sweet at all, so if you’re looking for a more traditional “dessert” I’d stir in some extra sweetener at the end.

coconut rice pudding

I served mine with extra cinnamon and coconut. Then went back for seconds thirds.

What’s your favorite dessert? Mine’s a toss up between tiramisu and key lime pie 🙂

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16 Comments Add your own

  • 1. theprocessofhealing  |  March 11, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    I love pizza and LC on pizza is sooo good!!

    My favorite dessert?! Wow that’s a hard question. Some of my favorites are carrot cake, molten chocolate lava cake, vanilla ice cream with real chocolate fudge sauce, red velvet cake, I could go on..

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  • 2. Matt  |  March 11, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    I love goat cheese and pizza! Double win 🙂

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  • 3. Carolina John  |  March 11, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    man that pizza looks good. well done.

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  • 4. Madeline - Greens and Jeans  |  March 11, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    I scream for ice cream!

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  • 5. Lisa (bakebikeblog)  |  March 12, 2010 at 12:22 am

    oooh goats cheese on pizza is WONDEFUL!! My favourite dessert would probably have to be baked vanilla cheesecake 🙂

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  • 6. Katie @ Health for the Whole Self  |  March 12, 2010 at 6:39 am

    You’re totally right that pizza is such an easy meal to customize for individual tastes. It’s also a great way to use up the rest of the veggies at the end of the week!

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  • 7. lindsayruns  |  March 12, 2010 at 7:02 am

    I love coconut milk rice pudding…so good!

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  • 8. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg  |  March 12, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Oh my gosh, that dessert looks so good!!!

    And yes, you could put goat cheese on dirt, and I would eat it 🙂

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  • 9. lessonstolearn  |  March 12, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Your pizza looks perfect! I haven’t tried using Laughing Cow on pizza. I’ll remember that.

    My favorite dessert is a brownie sundae! Its just about the only dessert I splurge on when I eat out.

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  • 10. Amy @ Second City Randomness  |  March 12, 2010 at 8:47 am

    My favorite dessert is something that incorporates chocolate chip cookies and ice cream/fro you.

    Those seem to be the two things I crave and to add them both together? Oh my…

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  • 11. marathonmaiden  |  March 12, 2010 at 9:55 am

    mocha chip ice cream. hands down 🙂

    and individual pizzas are so the way to go. everyone is happy that way!

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  • 12. Lacey  |  March 12, 2010 at 11:03 am

    the dessert seems a little time consuming but looks SOOOO worth it!!!!! i will put it on my to-make list 🙂

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  • 13. Dan  |  March 12, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Great Post! Everything looks soo delicious, especially the pizza. Thanks for sharing.

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  • 14. biz319  |  March 12, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Another goat cheese lover! I could eat it on just about anything and be perfectly happy!

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  • 15. Heather  |  March 12, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Your rice pudding looks amazing – do you think it would work with skim milk or even oat milk? I’m allergic to coconut!

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    • 16. Heather  |  March 12, 2010 at 3:22 pm

      Yes definitely!! I used mostly skim milk and just some coconut milk. As long as you use the whole amount of liquid, I don’t think it’d matter what kind you use!

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