Friday, April 25, 2014

Squash and Kale Flatbread

I love pizza and other flatbreads.  There are so many things you can do to make them different so they don't get boring.  You can also add different ingredients to make them healthier! 

This recipe is based on the recipe I received from Hello Fresh.  It is yummy and healthy and is perfect for Meatless Mondays and vegetarians but meat eaters will love it too!


1 ball pizza dough, preferably whole wheat (homemade or store bought)
8 oz butternut squash, seeded, peeled and diced
2 cloves garlic
4 oz Kale
1 red onion
1 spring thyme
1 C mozzarella cheese
1 T balsamic vinegar
3 T olive oil

Let the dough come to room temperature.  I usually spread a thin coating of olive oil in a large bowl and put the dough in the bowl.  I let it sit out on my counter and cover it with a towel.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Prep the veggies by mincing the garlic, chopping the kale, slicing the onion thinly and strip the leaves from the thyme.

When the dough is room temperature, divide into 4 smaller balls and stretch into 4 ovals.  The dough should be thin but don't stretch to the point there are holes. Bake the dough for about 15 minutes.

In the mean time, heat a little of the olive oil in a pan and add the kale.  Sauté until slightly soft, about 5 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook for about 1 minute.  Season with salt and pepper.  Set kale aside in a dish.  Add a tiny bit more oil and heat the onions.  Cook for about 5 minutes until they start to get some color.  Add the squash and thyme and cook for about 10 minutes more in the covered pan.  Once the squash is soft, add the kale and balsamic vinegar.  Toss.

Take the dough out of the oven and spread the kale and squash mixture over the dough.  Sprinkle the  cheese over the squash mixture.  Bake for another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. 

I added some sliced almonds on top for a little extra crunch.  This was so good.

If you make extra squash and kale you can serve it over rice or quinoa.  For lunch today I had a base of field greens and I added 1/3 cup of quinoa and 1/2 cup of the kale squash mixture (both warm).  I drizzled a little creamy dressing on top.

These not only make a very satisfying and yummy lunch, it is proper fuel for my workouts like P90X3! Bring it!

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