Recipe-Spinach Ranch Pizza

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Do you ever just sit in the line for the carwash on a Friday afternoon and think to yourself, “Well, I canceled all of my plans for this evening, I guess I should make a pizza.”? Because that happened to me a couple of weeks ago. As I sat in my car watching the rainbow foam wash away the layers of filth from my car, I scrolled through my Pinterest boards and eventually landed on this recipe for Spinach Ranch Pizza. I already had a few of the ingredients, and the ones I didn’t weren’t very expensive, and they were things I could use again, not like the time I bought sesame oil to make these really awful Asian noodles and ended up throwing it away when I moved out of my house.

I changed up the recipe just a bit- I used a store-bought pizza crust because that’s why they make them, and altered the ranch recipe a little as well. And let me tell you…this pizza changed my life. I could have eaten it all in one sitting, but I paced myself, mostly so I could enjoy it for lunch and dinner the next day, too. The ranch with the red onion and the spinach with the mozzarella is just genius, and since the ranch is fresh and made with Greek yogurt, it’s not too bad for you! UGH I just can’t get over it and it’s been like, over a week. I told pretty much anyone who would listen about it- some of them cared, some of them did not. “Oh my gosh, so the other day I made this pizza…” was my conversation-starter for roughly one week. But I don’t even care, because like I said, it changed my life. And in the words of my friend Ashley, “If someone tells you that a pizza is going to change your life, you eat that pizza”.

So without further ado, here’s the recipe to happiness:

You will need:

1 tube refrigerated pizza dough (I used a Pillsbury Artisan whole-wheat crust)

3/4 cup Greek yogurt (I bought 2 single-serving cups and used 1&1/2- it was a lot cheaper than buying a huge tub!)

3 Tbsp. minced chives or green onions (did you know they’re not the same- me either so I bought green onions.)

1 Tbsp. dried parsley (the original calls for fresh but I don’t have time for fresh herbs at this juncture of my life.)

1 tsp. dried dill

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp salt

3 Tbsp. buttermilk

1 small red onion, sliced thin

Fresh spinach, washed

1 bag mozzarella cheese, shredded

Here’s what you do:

1. First, pre-bake the crust according to the package directions, usually 6-8 minutes.

2. While the crust is baking, prepare the ranch. Mix together in a small mixing bowl the yogurt, green onions, parsley, dill, garlic, salt and pepper. You may need to taste it and adjust accordingly! Then, add the buttermilk, one tablespoon at a time until it’s thinner than Greek yogurt, but still spreadable. I added 2 tablespoons, but mine was a little too thick, so I would suggest 3!

3. Once the crust is finished, let it cool just a little. You can slice the onions while you’re waiting! I used about half of the onion, and cut it into thin half-circles.

4. Next, spread the ranch evenly over the crust. There will be quite a bit, so you should be able to cover everything!

5. Then, arrange the onion slices on top of the ranch. I did mine in rows, because I like symmetry and I wanted to make sure I didn’t get too much onion in one bite! Then, add the spinach. I covered the entire surface of the pizza pretty heavily, since it cooks down quite a bit.

6. After that, sprinkle the mozzarella generously over the top of the spinach. The recipe calls for 2-3 cups, and I just used an entire bag of shredded cheese, because it was Friday. And because I love cheese.

7. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

8. Serve with a Real Housewives marathon on the best seat on the couch. And try not to eat it all. But if you do, I won’t tell.

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Monday’s Musings

Hey Cats!

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! It was rainy and cold here, so it didn’t really feel like Easter, but I did enjoy spending time with my family and celebrating the resurrection of Jesus! Also, I stayed in Tyler an extra day (today) because I have a dentist appointment this morning, and I really enjoyed getting to take an extra-long nap on Sunday afternoon instead of driving back to school. Speaking of, I only have FIVE weeks until graduation. Five. I’m happy, sad, excited, scared, and indifferent all at the same time. But mostly I just can’t believe that it’s gone by this fast!

Anyways, I was supposed to go see the new Cinderella movie with my sister over spring break, but that didn’t work out, so we went on Saturday. And It. Was. MAGICAL. It was even better than I thought it would be, and if you haven’t seen it, cancel all of your plans and go see it immediately. My sister and I basically acted like seven-year old girls throughout the entire movie, mesmerized by the magic, beauty, and fun of our favorite fairy tale. It was the best. Also, Cinderella had a wonderful little saying that was a recurring theme throughout the movie, which is today’s Monday’s Musing’s quote:

have courage quote

Have courage and be kind. Sometimes, it’s really hard to do both of those things, but they worked out pretty well for Cinderella, so it’s worth a shot. But seriously, I think this is a good thing to remember when you’re dealing with difficult people, or in a difficult situation. It’s not easy to be kind to the people who aren’t very kind to you, and doing so takes a little bit of courage. So the next time you find yourself fighting with the ugly stepsisters in your life (everyone has some), just remember to have courage and be kind.

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