Monday, August 5, 2013

Meal Planning Mondays: Pizza and Parks.

We love summer evenings at the park. 

Sometimes I'll wrap up what I've made for dinner and put it in a big laundry basket with plastic-ware and cups. I add a pitcher of ice water with a lid, a blanket, and we are good to go!

Best part? No dirty dinner clean up. This makes for two happy parents. Who, in turn, are in a much more playful mood.

Other best parts?

Family time.

The sunset.

aaaahhh, so nice.

now for 



You really ought to give it a try. My picture is rather ugly but please don't let that detract you from all its glory. The messier the BETTER. Tyler swears this is his new favorite pizza. 
It's easy, packed with flavor, and perfect to tote to the park. 
Just slice and serve: no plates or utensils needed!

  • Grilled Poblano Pepper Pizza with Avocado

  • 6 tablespoons EVOO
  • cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • large poblano chiles, quartered and seeded
  • medium red onions, peeled and cut into 16 wedges (root ends attached)
  • Pizza dough (storebought or homemade)
  • 1/2cup store-bought salsa verde
  • 3 cups (10 to 12 oz.) coarsely grated pepper jack
  • 3/4cup (about 4 oz.) crumbled feta
  • large ripe hass avocado, sliced
  • 1/3cup chopped cilantro
  • Lime wedges, for squeezing

1. Turn on oven broiler to high.
2. Mix together 2 tblsp olive oil with the cumin, garlic, salt and pepper to create a mixture. Combine with peppers and sliced onions in a bowl and toss until everything is nicely "rubbed" down with mixture. Place in a foil lined dish and place under broiler until everything is nicely charred. While it cooks, keep checking and turning the peppers and onions to get a nice even char all around.
3. Pull out charred veggies. Reset oven to 425.
4. Roll out dough to desired size and thickness. Brush with olive oil and a little salt.
5. Cook pizza dough for approx 10 min.
6. Pull pizzas out. Spread salsa verde evenly over pizza. Spread pepperjack cheese. Top with roasted peppers and onions. Place back in oven and bake until crusts are golden and cheese is nice and bubbly.
7. Remove cooked pizza. Top with fresh avocado slices, crumbled feta, and chopped cilantro. Squeeze fresh lime over each slice before eating and ENJOY!

adapted from Rachael Ray.


Meals ideas to try this week!:

 (These just look insanely good. Fun weekend meal)

{healthy, fast, vegan night!}

Happy Meal Planning!

1 comment:

Joan said...

That pizza looks UH-Mazing!!! Totally have to try it.

Isn't it true that sometimes we get so stuck in the same old routine we often forget that a simple dinner picnic in the park can revive us and renew our view of life and the world?! Thank you for this reminder! :)

Ps: I totally had to take a second look at the picture of you upside down on the swing. I thought you were Lily?! haha.
I thought: "Huh, Lily and Rae are wearing the same dress?! That's funny....oh wait! That's RAE!"

You're such a fun mama.