Weeknight Solution: Fancied-Up Frozen Pizza
The night I threw this together, this little blog o’ mine was the farthest thing from my mind. I was in a bad mood, and hungry, and wanted to be eating supper 30 minutes ago. I was not my best self, nor was I living in a state of splendor and gratitude. But, well: that’s life, and those moods need tending to just as much––if not more than––those charmed moments of delight and beauty. I mean, let’s get real.
On my walk home, I was conducting a mental inventory of the fridge. We had some leftover arugula––what super easy thing could I do with that? Wasn’t there half a lemon rolling around on the counter top, a little dried out but, eh, still usable? And wasn’t there an emergency pizza in the freezer? Couldn’t I almost throw together a quick little dinner inspired by the prosciutto and arugula pizza they serve at our cozy little neighborhood Italian restaurant that my best self frequents, wearing liquid eyeliner, a sexy little outfit, and feeling totally relaxed with a glass of wine?
Almost! So I laid a few slices of prosciutto over the top of the pizza (you could use basil, or skip it all together). I tossed the arugula with lemon juice and a little olive oil, dusted it with salt and pepper. And when the pizza came out of the oven, I overturned that bowl of peppery salad right onto the center of the pizza (another upgrade? Shave some parmesan over the greens), and perfectly respectable and really delicious dinner was ready in––I kid you not––15 minutes.
What I also love about this? I’m a big fan of a recipe that features veggies, protein, and carbohydrates all in one go. And while I wouldn’t exactly call this dinner healthy, it’s a hell of a lot better than chowing down on egg rolls and barbecue spareribs. In my book, that’s a total win.