Portobello Pizza

 

Portobello Pizza

Delizioso!

Have yourself a guilt-free, gluten-free pizza!

Portobello mushrooms make pretty delicious substitutes for pizza crust. Packed with the same intense flavors as the standard pizza pie but minus the calories. Just stuff the portebello caps with all of your favorite Italian pizza toppings. Make a portobello hawai pizza, a portobello caprese pizza, or whatever makes you happy ;)

These mini mushroom pizzas are so good!

Portobello - Pizza

 

Portobello Pizza
Serves 2
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 large Portobello Mushrooms
  2. 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  3. 1/2 cup Tomato Sauce (or your favorite pasta sauce)
  4. 1/4 Red Onion
  5. Mozzarella (or vegan cheese)
  6. Fresh Basil
  7. 1 tsp dried Oregano
  8. Salt and Pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6.
  2. Remove stems from Portobello mushrooms. Clean the mushrooms by gently wiping the outside of the caps with kitchen paper or brushing any dirt off with a soft brush. Lightly brush caps with olive oil. Place the mushrooms on a baking tray, gills facing up. Cook for 8-10 minutes.
  3. Take you mushrooms out of the oven, you’ll notice they’re filled with liquid. Just take a paper towel and dab each of them to remove the liquid. Top the mushrooms caps with tomato sauce, minced red onion, cheese, oregano, salt and pepper. Bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until the mushrooms have softened and the cheese is melted.
  4. Garnish each pizza with fresh basil and serve immediately.
  5. Enjoy!
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6 Ways To Serve Caprese

6 ways to serve Caprese

Buon Appetito!

In prospect that I’m going to spend my summer holidays in Italy, I’ve got inspired by Caprese salad, or Insalata Caprese. The famous Italian salad made of fresh sliced mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. Insalata Caprese is sometimes called insalata tricolore, referring to the three colors of the Italian flag: the red, white and green. Six fun variations of this classic summer salad:

 

1. Classic Insalata Caprese
Classic Insalata Caprese

The original Insalata Caprese is a very simple yummy salad. Combine fresh sliced mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, season with salt, pepper and olive oil. Try to get your ingredients as fresh as possible.

 

2. Caprese Sandwich
Caprese Sandwich

Pick your favorite Italian bread (for example ciabatta or forcaccia). Slice and spread with a tablespoon of pesto. (To make pesto: Roast 1 tablespoon pine nuts, combine with 1 peeled garlic clove in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add a handful of basil leaves and 3 tablespoons olive oil. Pulse until blended. Season with salt and pepper.) Add sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and garnish with a few basil leaves. If preferred you can also toast or grill your sandwich to make a panini.

 

3. Sweet Caprese Peach Salad
Caprese Peach Salad

Make a lovely sweet summer salad from fresh sliced peaches, mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, sprinkle over basil reduction. To make basil reduction: Pour 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Cook it for 5-15 minutes, or until reduced to a thicker glaze. Remove it from the heat and allow it to cool.

 

4. Caprese Wrap Rolls
Caprese Wraps

A great party snack! Spread a wrap with a tablespoon of pesto. (To make pesto: Start by roasting 1 tablespoon of pine nuts. Combine the roasted pine nuts and 1 peeled garlic cloves in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add a handful of basil leaves and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Pulse until blended. Season with salt and pepper.) Add sliced fresh mozzarella and tomatoes. Roll, cut into bitesize portions and serve!

 

5. Caprese Zucchini Noodles
Caprese Zucchini Noodles

A quick & easy lunch or dinner, that looks stunning on the plate. Turn your zucchini into noodles and toss with cheerful cherry tomatoes, little mozzarella’s and a fresh basil pesto. Check out the recipe here.

 

6. Caprese Salad Skewers
Caprese Skewers

These elegant and cute caprese salad skewers are a lovely party snack or side dish at a dinner party! Add a cherry tomato, basil leave and mini-mozzarella on a skewer. Serve with basil reduction. To make basil reduction: Pour 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Cook it for 5-15 minutes, or until reduced to a thicker glaze. Remove it from the heat and allow it to cool.

 

Veggie Lasagna (no pasta, no meat, low-carb and gluten-free!)

Vegetable_LasagnaSecret mission unraveled: I’ve been on a quest to discover the perfect veggie lasagna.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a pasta lover. But let’s be honest: pasta isn’t the most nutritious stuff around. So I’ve tried to find a way to capture the essence of lasagna, well… without actually using pasta. Does that make sense? ;)

On the hunt for perfection, it took me some time to come up with this recipe. But I’m really happy with how it turned out. So, I’m very excited to present to you: The Ultimate Vegetable Lasagna! No pasta, no meat, low-carb and gluten-free!

Instead of being just grains, meat and dairy – this recipe is almost entirely made from vegetables. Layers of eggplant and zucchini, with a rich sauce of tomato, onion, garlic and oregano, and a creamy soft ricotta layer in between. It might fool you in thinking you’re actually eating pasta!

As a final test I’ve even served it to my number one critic: my hubby. His first response: “Wow, this tastes really good. It’s like a lasagna, but then with vegetables!’ Check, mission succeeded!

Veggie Lasagna (no pasta/meat, low carb & gluten free)
Serves 3
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Eggplant/Aubergine (preferable 1regular & 1Sicilian)
  2. 1 Zucchini
  3. 1 Red Onion
  4. 2 Garlic Cloves
  5. Tomato Sauce (2 2/3 cup / 21.2oz / 600g)
  6. Oregano
  7. Salt/Pepper
  8. Olive Oil
  9. Ricotta (1 cup / 8.8oz / 250g)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6.
  2. Cut of the stems and wash the eggplants and zucchini. Cut them into thin slices.
  3. Prepare the sauce: finely chop the garlic cloves and onion. Heat some olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, some salt, pepper and oregano. Cook 3-5min. Add the tomato sauce. Stir until all the flavors are absorbed into the tomato sauce. Remove the sauce from the heat.
  4. Construct your lasagna in a large oven tray. Aim to make 5 layers; 3 vegetable layers and 2 sauce layers. (Layer 1:) Start with a layer made with 1/3 of the eggplant/zucchini. (Layer 2:) Add a layer with halve of the tomato sauce. (Layer 3:) Follow with a layer of vegetables, again 1/3. (Layer 4:) Pour in the remaining halve of the tomato sauce and sprinkle over all the ricotta. (Layer 5:) End with a final layer of vegetables.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the veggies are tender and the ricotta cheese has melted.
  6. Enjoy!
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