Flatbread Pizza with Beet Hummus and Roasted Veggies

 

Quick! What’s for dinner? When you don’t have time to think about it, make Flatbread Pizza with Beet Hummus and Roasted Veggies. You’ll love the color, flavor, and how easy it is to get a great meal together.

A pretty presentation and great flavor, too: Flatbread Pizza with Beet Hummus and Roasted Veggies

If you don’t feel like ordering the same old pizza, this is the one for you! I have to admit, this recipe for Flatbread Pizza with Beet Hummus and Roasted Veggies isn’t a big, bold orchestration of cooking. It’s more like arranging several ingredients to make a meal. But who doesn’t need that once (or twice) in a while? If you’re like me, you welcome tasty, shortcut meal ideas into your world.

Put this unique pizza on your plate: Flatbread Pizza with Beet Hummus and Roasted Veggies

If you have extra time and feel like getting a little more hands on, make my Roasted Beet Hummus for the topping. It’s super easy to make, and sooo worth the slight mess you’ll likely make putting it together. However, if you had a crazy day like I did, pick up a container of beet hummus instead (I found mine at Trader Joe’s).

Slice and serve: Flatbread Pizza with Beet Hummus and Roasted Veggies

I roasted fennel, carrot ribbons, and garlic as the topping to these pizzas. Nice and simple, but lots of flavor. For the final touch, I crumbled goat cheese over the tops of the pizzas and garnished with pretty microgreens. It only takes about 15 minutes to roast the vegetables, so in a total of 20-30 minutes, you’ll have yourself a delicious, colorful, healthy meal.

It’s that simple. And delicious.

You'll want more than one slice of Flatbread Pizza with Beet Hummus and Roasted Veggies

If you’re looking for another way to serve fennel try one of these recipes:
Sicilian Fennel and Orange Salad
Tuna and Egg Salad with Fennel

Recipe for Flatbread Pizza with Beet Hummus and Roasted Veggies
Serves 4

Almond-Orange Biscotti

Almond-Orange Biscotti are delicious and dunkable

Crunchy and dunkable, these rustic Almond-Orange Biscotti always turn out great, year after year. The orange zest and almonds add wonderful flavor, and melted chocolate drizzled over the tops seems like a fine idea, too. If you like ice cream (I know you do!) try this recipe for Cherry-Almond Ricotta Ice Cream. It’s fab served with biscotti.

A tried-and-true recipe like this one for Almond-Orange Biscotti is critical when it comes to the holidays. I learned my lesson several years ago on Thanksgiving: do not make a new dish, untested, for a holiday meal. Live and learn, right?

Almond-Orange Biscotti are perfect for dunking

For as long as I can remember, biscotti have been part of my family Christmas celebrations. My Italian parents always made them – a lot of them – to enjoy for Christmas and beyond. My guess is that since they’re perfect for dunking in hot coffee or tea, they made extra to enjoy as long as possible (winter lasts a long time in Ohio).

Instead of the anise-flavored version my parents made, at some point I started to make Almond-Orange Biscotti. The flavors are perfect together, and oranges are in season here in Arizona, right around Christmas. That means I can just run to the backyard and pluck one off the tree to use for these cookies (how different from an Ohio Christmas)!

This is my go-to, never fail, always amazing recipe for Almond-Orange Biscotti. You can trust me on this one, or you can make a batch today, in advance of Christmas.

Almond-Orange BIscotti plate up nicely during the holidays

Slightly hard and crunchy, sweet but not too sweet, and ideal to serve with coffee, tea, or even wine, these rustic biscotti are easy to make and they turn out the same each time you make them – perfect!

The next time I make these biscotti, I’m going to try adding 1 tablespoon of orange liqueur to the mixture. Testing in advance of the holiday, of course.

Almond-Orange Biscotti
Makes 2 dozen

 

Creamy Pasta with White Beans and Spinach

Fresh basil adorns a bowl of Creamy Pasta with White Beans and Spinach

This recipe for Creamy Pasta with White Beans and Spinach has many things going for it, including the fact that it’s easy to make. It’s simple, yet elegant, and perfect for a festive gathering or dinner for the family. The sauce may be rich, but it’s not overwhelming, and it works perfectly paired with hearty white beans, fresh spinach, and bits of roasted red pepper.

I was recently asked by retailer UncommonGoods to review an item from its wine glasses/gifts category (click here to see all there is to choose from). After doing a quick search on its site, I found the perfect glasses to fit my style: the Floral Wine Glasses. I was drawn to these glasses – small tumblers – because they reminded me of dinnertime growing up. During family dinners, my Italian family rarely drank from stemware, and usually poured homemade wine into short, juice-type glasses.

Set of six Floral Wine Glasses from UncommonGoods

The UncommonGoods’ Floral Wine Glasses are festive and unpretentious, decorated with simple flowers (a different design on each) with an Art Deco flair. The glasses come in a set of six, hold 6.5 ounces of your favorite wine, and are made in the USA. They arrived on my doorstep packaged in a cute cardboard carrier with a spot for each glass, and individually covered in protective bubble wrap.

These glasses were spot on sitting next to a bowl of Creamy Pasta with White Beans and Spinach. For me, they added a time-honored tradition to serving a glass of wine with a simple and delicious meal: not overly ornate, but welcoming and relaxed.

UncommonGoods Floral Wine Glass with a bowl of Creamy Pasta with White Beans and Spinach

UncommonGoods has something for everyone’s wine style, whether you’re looking for glasses, cool accessories, or a unique gift. If you’re not familiar with the company, you should check it out. With headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, it was founded in 1999. Half of the items sold by UncommonGoods are made by hand, and most of its products are made here in the USA. You’ll definitely find something special on its site.

Pasta meals are more than mere red sauce. Creamy Pasta with White Beans and Spinach is the perfect example. No fuss, but definitely special.

Recipe for Creamy Pasta with White Beans and Spinach
Serves 4-6

 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for which I was compensated. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Spanish-style Meatballs

A bowl of Spanish-style Meatballs as an appetizer

I’m crazy for meatballs, especially when my mom or my husband makes them. Of course no one can hold a candle to the meatballs my Grandma Teresa made, but theirs are a close second (and third).

Maybe you’re asking yourself, “Why is this Italian-American food blogger giving us a recipe for Spanish-style Meatballs?” The answer is simple: they’re delicious and just a little different from anything-but-standard Italian meatballs. They’re just the right size (about two bites) for a hearty appetizer for a party. The added chorizo brings some spice to the mix, and the cumin, paprika, and cherry preserves help round out the flavor of these meatballs.

Spanish-style Meatballs garnished with green onion

My mom taught my husband how to make her Italian meatballs and he basically has it down to a T. It’s pretty amazing (and convenient since my mom doesn’t live nearby), and I have appointed him as Meatball Maker in our house.

Spanish-style Meatballs cooking in sauce

My husband made these meatballs last week (I helped) to take to a tapas-themed birthday party. I was inspired by a recipe I found at Saveur for Tapas-style Meatballs, or Albóndigas en Salsa, so we put our own spin on them and headed out to the festivities. These Spanish-style Meatballs were so good, we made them again this week.

To keep these in the appetizer category, we made the meatballs on the smaller size. Pair them with extra sauce and slices of crunchy-crusted, artisan bread and you’ll be set.

Spanish-style Meatballs served with artisan-style bread

Spanish-style Meatballs are easy to make and they’re perfect for a party. You can easily double this recipe to feed a bigger crowd.

Recipe for Spanish-style Meatballs
Adapted from Saveur

Serves 6

Blackberry-thyme Chia Seed Jam

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Saturday morning is when I spend a little quality time on Pinterest. With a cup of steaming hot coffee next to me, my dog curled up somewhere near me, and my laptop open, I sit down to see what’s happening, mostly in the world of food.

And that’s when it begins. Clicking through all the gorgeous images and posts of mouth-watering recipes made by talented people not only makes me hungry, but it piques my (P)interest, too (I couldn’t resist).

A few weeks ago, on a typical Saturday morning, I came across a gorgeous recipe from The Gracious Pantry for fruit spread made with chia seeds. This recipe looked amazing and simple – right up my alley.

Blackberry-thyme Chia Seed Jam with ice cream

Shortly after checking it out, I was ready to make a batch. With a few tweaks, I had my own version of a lovely jam – Blackberry-thyme Chia Seed Jam – to spread on all sorts of things. And since it’s not too sweet, it’s great swirled into vanilla ice cream, too (highly recommended). The chia seeds used in the recipe help to thicken the jam, and add nutritional value to the fruity spread.

Since this recipe doesn’t follow standard preserving or canning techniques, this jam will last for about a week in the fridge, but it yields just the right amount for a week’s worth of jam.

With the summer season ahead of us, think of all the fresh fruit you can try with this jam recipe.

Recipe for Blackberry-thyme Chia Seed Jam – adapted from The Gracious Pantry
Yields 1-1/2 pints