Recipes: Spanish Rice and Homemade Pizza

Integrating dairy back into my diet while keeping pasta out hasn’t exactly been easy. But here are two great recipes that have become my go-to in lieu of pasta, cheese, and sauce. They’re kind of gourmet, definitely delicious, and really easy and quick.

Spanish Rice

Ingredients:

tomatoes (2-4, depending on size?)

peppers (the more colorful, the better. 2-3 depending on size, or 3/4 a box of the tiny bell peppers)

white rice

garlic

thyme

oregano

salt

pepper

parsley

cayenne pepper

(if desired: cilantro, cajun seasoning, onion)

oil

water

cheese (cheddar, mozarella, jack — whatever!)

Cut up tomatoes and peppers. Cover the bottom of a pot in oil and heat the peppers and tomatoes. As they are heating, add in 1 cup rice and 2 cups water and the spices. Cook the rice according to the instructions on the bag. Stir occasionally to mix the vegetables and spices with the rice. When the rice is done (ie, all the water is absorbed), add the cheese. You can bake it if you like, or microwave it, or just allow the cheese to melt of its own accord.

Eat and enjoy!

Homemade Pizza

Eggplant pizza

For this one, I followed this recipe for dough: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/pizza-dough-i/

For the sauce, I heated a can of ground peeled organic tomatoes in a saucepan, added oregano, thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper. You could also add basil and garlic if you desire.

Knead the dough into a circle. Add on the sauce and top with shredded pizza cheese (or any shredded cheese of your choosing), and whatever toppings you like. Bake for about 20-25 minutes.

I made 3 small pizzas from the amount of dough in the above recipe, and had quite a bit of leftover sauce in my fridge.

The whole thing actually made me not understand pizza stores. It took me 45 minutes total to make the pizza, including a mental breakdown about converting dry yeast measurements into instant yeast measurements, hating myself for not understanding fractions, and celebrating when I figured out the math. This conversion website was extremely helpful: http://www.traditionaloven.com/culinary-arts/baking/dry-yeast/convert-ounce-oz-of-dry-yeast-to-tea-spoon-tsp.html

Anyway, going to a pizza store involves driving, waiting in line among loud people who are usually irritating, chancing cross contamination, eating on a dirty tray, and driving home. And for what? $3.00 a slice? For less money overall, you can bake your own healthier (read: less oily) pizza and enjoy it in the comfort and quiet of your own home.

I think my allergies have made me crotchety.

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