Pumpkin Pie & Pizza Mountains

Hope everyone is having a good first week back to work/school after all the holiday bustle! And for those of you still on vacation…sleep an extra hour or so for me!

I work rotating shifts at the hospital (M-F 8:00a-4:30p, M-F 6:30a-3:00p, and M-Th 9:00a-7:30p) and this week is my “early week.” Usually, when I work this shift, I try to make breakfast quick and easy. Easy breakfast = more sleep = happy Heather!

Yesterday’s breakfast was a bit of a stretch, especially after my 5 minute hunt through the kitchen cabinets trying to find the peanut flour! I made it to work on time, but I was surely hustlin’! :p

I’ve decided to try a different approach for the rest of this week’s morning meals…the get- more-beauty-rest-and-still-not-be-late-for-work approach, or

“Gem-bras-nibble-few” ๐Ÿ˜‰

Overnight Pumpkin Pie Oats:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin flavored kefir (or vanilla yogurt if you’re not as fortunate as I to have found this gem!)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • splash of vanilla
  • sweetener of choice (I liked mine without)

1. Mix all ingredients together, cover, and refrigerate overnight.
2. In the morning, rehydrate with milk of choice (I used about 1/4 cup of vanilla almond ย  ย  ย  milk.
3. Stir and top with granola, whipped cream, or nut butter.

Topped with the last of the Pumpkin Molasses Quinoa Granola,
served with 1/2 a nanner and a big ol’ cuppa Joe!

I just recently tried overnight oats for the first time and after realizing how simple it was I’ve wanted to experiment with different flavor combos! This one tasted just like a nice cool slice of creamy pumpkin pie! If I hadn’t wanted to use up the last of the granola, I definitely would have topped my “pie” with whipped cream!

After seeing Little Bookworm’s sandwich earlier today over at Beans Books and Cookies, I knew I had to have some roasted veggies with tonight’s dinner. Instead of making a sandwich though, I decided to get a little creative with some whole wheat pizza dough that I bought at Trader Joe’s.

Roasted Veggie Pizza Mountain: (makes any size pizza you want!)
Inspired by Little Bookworm’s Roasted Vegetable Club Sandwich

  • Whole wheat pizza crust, pre-made or from scratch
  • Assortment of roasted vegetables
  • 2 tablespoons of your favorite hummus
  • Shredded cheese

1. Pre-bake pizza crust according to package. I cooked mine for about 12 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
2. Take crust out of oven and top with hummus, cheese, veggies, more cheese, and a little Italian seasoning (I love adding this…just gives the pizza a little somethin’ extra).
3. Place back into oven and bake until cheese melts.

Cut pizza dough into fourths

Get out your "rolling-pin" ๐Ÿ˜‰

Roll dough out to desired thickness

Rolled out "mini" pizza crusts


Top pre-baked crust with hummus


And pile on the veggies!

A little more cheese for good measure!

This “pizza mountain” definitely hit the spot! And if you don’t want to make it a pizza, you could always just used a good thick slice of bread and have yourself an open-faced veggie sandwich! I’m freezing the other 3 mini crusts to try other pizza mountains in the future.

Pizza is one of the first things I begin cooking when I was discovering my passion for food. A pizza crust is like a blank canvas to me. I love experimenting with different sauces, toppings, and cheeses. I’m sorry, but you just can’t get the same flavor of a homemade pizza from delivery…you just can’t! And it’s definitely better than paying extra for each additional topping!

Have you ever made homemade pizza before? If yes, what is your favorite combo?
The best pizza I ever made was topped with roasted red pepper Monterey-Jack cheese, roasted red peppers, onions, and shredded chicken!

If not, what’s holding you back?
Before I felt comfortable with experimenting, I used to buy the refrigerated crusts and pre-package pepperoni and then gradually started adding more and different ingredients.

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22 Responses to Pumpkin Pie & Pizza Mountains

  1. I love making homeade pizza! Yours looks awesome! My favorite is definitly veggie!
    I need to experiment a little more though!

  2. Nice pizza! My favorite combo is pineapple, basil, mushroom, and Daiya mozz… so good! And uh, I have the same “rolling pin,” different color. LMFAO at Gem-bras-nibble-few!!

  3. ahh i have! i love homemade pizza- i put olives, asparagus, broccoli and leeks!

  4. Thanks for the shout-out! That homemade pizza it looks fantastic! I have made my own pizza using a pre-made crust before. Favourite combination = lots of vegetables. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. elise says:

    i really need to make homemade pizza. whats wrong with me that i havent gotten on board?? geez. yours looks so yummy!

  6. I have GOT to try this! thanks love!

  7. Oh my goodness, I LOVE pizza. It’s a problem. An addiction of sorts. I blame my parents – they are the ones who instituted “Friday Pizza and a Movie nights” ๐Ÿ˜› Seriously, though, my all time favorite pizza is the one our our website (http://thisitalianfamily.wordpress.com/recipe-book/mommas-homemade-pizza/) that I grew up eating. Oh my gracious, it is SO good. And I love it loaded up with veggies. Last year, for 2 weeks straight, all Christopher and I did was try different pizza recipes. It was a great 2 weeks, hehe. Probably my second favorite pizza topping would be buffalo chicken with ranch… that’s a tasty combo too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Mmm that pizza looks so fresh and good!

  9. I had a bad experience trying to make the crust… what kind of cheese is that? it looks like daiya. is that a weird thing to say?

    PLEASE tell me how you make your coffee! it looks so thick and gooddddd (I love mine black too)

  10. OliePants says:

    I have made homemade crust but it’s like I learn one ‘what-not-to-do’ secret during each try. Yeesh – it’s just getting slowly but surely better. And, I’m losing patience! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Jen says:

    Hells Bells. This looks so fetching amazing!!!! If I wasn’t so stuffed from dinner, I would go make a pizza mountain right now ๐Ÿ™‚


  12. That pizza looks so stinkin’ good! I love daiya!!!!!

  13. Evan Thomas says:

    Daiya makes for the best homemade pizza. I was skeptical at first that any substitution could be that good but it was love at first cheesy, melty bite.

  14. That looks amazing!
    Too bad I can’t find a pre-made pizza crust around here..
    It would make things much easier ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. zenobia says:

    Looks fantastic!
    I made mine using day old naan bread with green chilli/coriander chutney as the base and assorted veggies on top. Check it out on my blog, if you wish.

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