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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

{Loaded Veggie Baguette Pizza with Feta and Mozzarella}

This past weekend was a great one, one for the books!  My dear friend and Sorority sister (Go, Tri Delta) Kate came into town to visit Derek and I, and we had an absolute blast showing Kate around Stillwater (the city we call home), Hudson and Minneapolis!   We chatted, laughed, shopped, laughed some more, ate great food, enjoyed the perfect MN weather (most beautiful Fall weekend we have had), and just enjoyed life!  

I also ran my third half marathon this past weekend, the City of Lakes Half around beautiful Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet. Kate, Derek, Miranda (my sister) and my parents were the best cheerleaders a girl could ask for!  They had cow bells, signs and cheered louder than anyone I know, you guys rock  and helped me achieve an unbelievable PR.  I ended up beating my last half time by 6 whole minutes which left me in shock!  I ran my third half in 1:40 and it honestly still blows my mind, hard work, dedication and lots of training def. paid off!  Such a great weekend!

Wanna know another highlight of the weekend?  This fantastic veggie loaded baguette pizza!  Super yummy, easy to make and a great light dinner (or app).  I was inspired by ­­­Espresso and Cream after she posted a picture on Instagram.   I topped my baguette pizza with tons of veggies, a little mozzarella, feta and fresh basil!  End results, delicious pizza that takes no time to make! 

Loaded Veggie Baguette Pizza with Feta and Mozzarella
Brunch N'Cupcakes - Inspired by this Recipe 
Serves 6-8 (smaller portions) 

1- Baguette cut in half width wise
1/2 a Medium Zucchini Cut in half and thinly sliced 
1/2 Cup Chopped Red or Yellow Pepper 
1/3 Cup Onion Chopped 
4 Garlic Cloves Minced 
1/3 Cup Part Skim Shredded Mozzarella Cheese 
1/4 Cup Feta Cheese Crumbles 
1 Teaspoon Olive Oil 
1/2 Teaspoon Salt 
1 Teaspoon Pepper 
2 Tablespoons Fresh Basil 
1/2-1 Cup Favorite Marinara Sauce 

1- In a medium bowl toss veggies with minced garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. 
2- Spread each baguette half (cut side up) with equal amounts of marinara sauce. 
3- Pile veggies on top of each baguette half and cook in a 375 degree oven for 12 minutes. 
4- Pull pizza from oven, top each baguette half with mozzarella and feta cheese and return pizza to oven.  Bake for 5 minutes or until cheese has melted.  Once cheese has melted broil on high for 2 minutes or just until cheese begins to brown but not burn.  Top finished pizza with fresh basil and serve! 

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