Pizzerts, Peppers, and Portobellos

I hope you all had a great Friday! Welcome to the weekend! Hope you don’t mind, but I got started a bit early!

I woke up this morning to Tiger staring me in the face. Who needs kids when you have a hungry cat on a time clock?! After a bit of fiddling around in the kitchen trying to figure out what I was going to eat, I remembered my bookmark for Katie’s famous Breakfast Pizzert and decided today would be the day I jumped on the pizzert bandwagon!

Gingerbread Breakfast Pizzert: (serves 2 1 hungry Heather)
Inspired by Chocolate Covered Katie

  • 1/2 cup unbleached all purpose flour (I totally thought I grabbed the WW flour!)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger

1. Mix all ingredients together (my batter was a bit thick so I added about 1 tablespoon         more of water).
2. Pour into a greased pie plate.
3. Bake in an UN-preheated oven at 42o degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes, or until         toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
4. Slice and add desired toppings.

My Pizzert Toppings: Drizzle of molasses, chopped pecans, coconut cream, and shredded unsweetened coconut

Katie, you are a GENIUS! Absolute Heaven! There was no way I was stopping at two slices so I guess I should just come right out and say it:

“I can’t CAN believe I ate the WHOLLLLLLLLE thing!”

My upper body workout for Team HEAB this afternoon ended up giving me quite the energy boost! One minute I’m finishing up with some plank ups and the next minute I’m mopping the kitchen floor while dancing to That’s Not My Name by The Ting Tings! Love Pandora radio!

After I finished with my dance-athon cleaning, I started to get a little hungry. Surprisingly it had been 5 hours since breakfast! Way to go filling Breakfast Pizzert!

Lunch was left-over Sweet P Pizza topped with some of this creamy deliciousness:

This apple butter that I picked up last week at Trader Joe’s is awesome! Creamy sweet-tart goodness! And check out the stats! That’s for 1 whole TABLEspoon!

So good that it almost escaped the camera!

Lunch was made complete with this little beaut!

The rest of the afternoon was spent experimenting in the kitchen! I saw Kayla make a batch of wonderful sugar-free peanut butter cookies and it got my gears turning. Still needs more research, but how about one little sneak peek?

That’s all you get folks! To be continued…

After  about 5 cookies (for mere research purposes) I thought it would be a good time to shift my experiments over to dinner. Since my awesome quino-WHOA bowl the other day, I have been having some serious quinoa cravings which inspired tonight’s meal.

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers (or Portobellos): (serves 2)

  • 1/4 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 2 celery ribs, diced (I actually used broccoli ends and stems that I grated in the Magic Bullet)
  • 1/2 cup cooked black beans
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoke paprika
  • Pepper to taste
  • 2 medium-sized bell peppers or 2 large portobello mushroom caps
  • Shredded mozzarella Daiya cheese for topping

1. Bring vegetable broth to a boil in a small saucepan and add quinoa. Reduce to a simmer, cover and allow quinoa to cook for 15 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed.
2. While the quinoa is cooking, saute your veggies in the oil until tender and fragrant, about 8-10 minutes.
3. Add in beans, cooked quinoa, and spices and stir to combine.
4. Cut pepper in half from stem to end and scoop out seed and ribs. If using portobellos, use a spoon to scrape the gills from the inside of the mushroom.
5. Fill peppers/mushrooms with quinoa stuffing.
6. Place in a baking dish and cover with foil. Bake for 30 minutes in a 425 degree oven.
7. Remove foil, add cheese and continue baking for 10 more minutes.

While dinner was cooking/cooling I made one of these guys:

I just followed Ashley instructions and in less than an hour I had my very own lightbox. Only had one little accident! Whoops!

Tomorrow I will be going to the store to buy utility lamps so this doesn’t happen again!

And of course you all know what happens next…it’s photo shoot time!

What do you think of the pics? Not to shabby, eh?

It was so incredibly easily to make this lightbox! I can’t believe I’ve put it off for so long! I’m excited about trying out different color backgrounds and dishes and seeing how it all comes together!

I’m out! “See” you guys tomorrow!

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27 Responses to Pizzerts, Peppers, and Portobellos

  1. inmytummy says:

    I have that pizzert bookmarked too. Looks really good.

    Good job on the light box. I tried to make one but it didn’t really work. I think my lights weren’t strong enough or something.

    • According to the instructions I should’ve bought 100w? But my 60w’s worked just fine. I think it all depends on the angle of the light though. The one I had in the back should’ve been centered better. Oh well, that’s what I made it for…to experiment!

  2. Girl, you just took pizzerts to a whole new level! I can’t wait to try this variation 🙂

  3. Your pics looks fabulous! Looks like its time i made myself a lightbox! and some pizzerts!
    and some stuffed mushrooms! I LOVE mushrooms!

  4. Jen says:

    I can’t wait to try my applebutter that I bought. I am pretty excited!

    As usual all your food looked amazing!
    The light box is a great idea. You better make sure you clean that up really well…those CLF bulbs have mercury in them. Really really bad if you break them!

  5. ahh I LOVE PIZZERTS!! and gingerbread.. GENIUS girl, genius!

  6. I’m obsessed with my lightbox too! =) It makes dinner pictures so much prettier! =)

    I came home to a large package yesterday and there was a TRIPOD inside!!!! eeeeee!!!!

  7. The Tysonian says:

    Umm…was the accident due to Tiger wanting to be in some pictures?

  8. Awwwwww love this post!
    And I REALLY want to make a lightbox now, after seeing your gorgeous… mushrooms? Yup, sounds weird, but that’s what’s motivating me to make one. Mushrooms. hehe 🙂

  9. I need to jump on the pizzert craze!!!! I love stuffed veggies-def bookmarked this recipe!!!

  10. Kayla says:

    Ahh, I so want to try your pizzert! And I’m so happy that you were inspired by my cookies! Lovely portabellos, too!

  11. So many yummy things in one post! And that pizzert looks crazy tasty!

  12. Totally drooling over those peppers. And loving your blog! 🙂

  13. Nice pizzert girl! I’m still lagging on jumping on that bandwagon!! 🙂

  14. Pizzerts are the EPITOME of amazing!! I absolutely love your gingerbread variation. I want to make it now. Kayla’s cookies look awesome; I can’t wait to see your recipe!

  15. Daiya Foods says:

    Thank you for cooking with Daiya Mozz Style Shreds! We featured your blog on our facebook page today, check it out: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Daiya-Vegan-Cheese/107417074097?v=wall&filter=1

    These are great recipes, can’t wait to try them (especially the quinoa-stuffed portobellos and peppers)!

    Healthy Regards,

    Shnane Liem
    Daiya Foods

  16. Megan says:

    My son can’t eat dairy or gluten and was trying to find new recipes to try and came across your recipe for stuffed peppers. I made it tonight and the kids love it! Thank you so much!

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