Bacon and Havarti Cheese Pizza With Mushrooms and Peppers

I frequently make my own pizza – it’s quick, easy, and tastes better than take out.

Pizza shell

Pizza sauce

5 fresh mushrooms, chopped

1 pepper, chopped

3 slices turkey bacon, cooked and chopped

Shredded Havarti cheese (to taste) I personally don’t like  a lot of cheese on my pizza.

Spread sauce on shell.  Add toppings. Cover with cheese.  Cook according to directions on the pizza shell package (400 for 12 – 14 minutes). About 6 – 8 slices.

Pasta with Beef and Roasted Vegetables in Tomato Sauce

1 zucchini, chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 pepper, chopped

1 carrot, peeled and chopped

5 cups uncooked rotini

1 jar pasta sauce

2 cups cooked roast beef, chopped

Parmesan cheese

Keep vegetables somewhat chunky for best roasting.  Combine vegetables in  a bowl with 4 T. oil and an herb blend, such as Kirkland’s Organic Low Salt Seasoning http://www.amazon.com/Kirkland-Signature-Organic-No-Salt-Seasoning/dp/B002W5SDEQ.  Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.  Spread vegetables on it and roast them at 400F for 15 minutes.  Meanwhile, cook 5 cups of rotini in boiling water until tender, about 12 minutes.  Drain. Combine pasta sauce with roast beef and heat thoroughly in a medium sized pot.  Mix everything together in a large bowl.  Serve with Parmesan cheese. Serves 4 – 6.

Quinoa Salad with Pomegranates, Spinach and Sunflower Seeds

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1 c. quinoa, rinsed

2  c. water

1/2 pepper, chopped

1/2 small onion, diced

A small handful fresh spinach, roughly torn

1/3  c. pomegranate arils

1/3 c. sunflower seeds, toasted

Combine quinoa and water in a medium sized pot.  Cover, bring to a boil. Remove lid and lower heat to medium low. Cook quinoa 12 minutes. Remove  pot from heat and cover.  Let stand 5 minutes.  Meanwhile, combine balance of ingredients in a medium sized bowl.  Add quinoa and combine well.  Mix in your favorite salad dressing.  Serves 4.

Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Taco Salad

This recipe serves one.  The ingredients can easily be doubled or tripled.  It’s very versatile too.

Handful of taco chips, placed on a plate.  Break up the taco chips if necessary.

Sufficient quantity of lentils or black beans to cover taco chips (if using canned lentils or beans, drain and rinse well)

Handful of lettuce or spinach, cut up

1 tomato, diced

1/2 pepper, diced

some green onions, chopped

shredded cheese to taste

1/2 sliced avocado

salsa, sour cream

Pile all ingredients on a plate in order given. You could heat the beans / lentils if you wish and sprinkle them with a little chile powder or tex-mex seasoning mix.  To make this with meat, use cooked ground beef or chicken in place of, or in addition to, the lentils or beans.