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by Sarah Steimer

Roasted tomato-carrot soup

There are piles of carrots at the farmers market right now, and the tomatoes are starting to look a little softer than a month ago. It’s the perfect excuse to throw these market stragglers into the oven, into a pot and then into your stomach.¬†Tweak the recipe to your liking, maybe add some roasted corn or some leftover rice. Whatever route you take, it’ll be very satisfying and simple.

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by Sarah Steimer

Pita pizzas with mint-arugula pesto

In the mood for pizza, but don’t quite have the time to make dough? Use some pitas! I used whole wheat for this recipe, which made for perfect little personal ‘zas.

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by Sarah Steimer

My pizza Monday got a big seasonal upgrade with these flatbreads! I only used half the recipe per dinner, which made two flatbreads; four flatbreads total.

My pizza Monday got a big seasonal upgrade with these flatbreads! I only used half the recipe per dinner, freezing the other half to use another night. I probably had it in the freezer for about two weeks, and it tasted just as good as the fresh dough.

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by Sarah Steimer

I went pretty traditional with this salad, but I've seen a lot of really cool variations that I'll have to try at a later date (my eye is on you, Southwest-style Cobb salad).

I went pretty traditional with this salad, but I’ve seen a lot of really cool variations that I’ll have to try at a later date (my eye is on you, Southwest-style Cobb salad).


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by Caitlin Saniga

Grilled chopped ratatouille salad

This was a fun way to pack a lot of summer’s best bounty into one dish. Fun fact: I christened my brand new baby Weber grill with this dish. Can’t wait to grill more vegetables!


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by Caitlin Saniga

Peach-tomato-basil smoothie

I’ve tried the tomato-peach (well, nectarine) combination before in pizza form and loved it, so I decided to give it another spin for our smoothie guide. I didn’t realize until now how scarily similar the ingredient lists for the pizza and smoothie are. Main differences: The pizza has crust and cheese, and the smoothie has Greek yogurt. Keep ’em separate, folks.

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by Sarah Steimer

Kale on pizza is phenomenal. It gets super crispy and helps to highlight the spices you use. I've done a similar pizza using blue cheese in place of mozzarella as well - and it was also pretty fantastic.

Kale on pizza is phenomenal. It gets super crispy and helps to highlight the spices you use. I’ve done a similar pizza using blue cheese in place of mozzarella as well – and it was also pretty fantastic.

For the crust (makes two pizzas)

  • 1 cup very warm water
  • 1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) dry active yeast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Whisk together the warm water and yeast until the yeast has dissolved. Let sit for about 10 minutes.

Whisk in the olive oil, honey and salt until all ingredients have dissolved.

Working with either a standing mixer, a food processor — both fitted with a dough attachment — or with a wooden spoon and your own two hands, add one cup of the whole wheat flour. Add the remaining wheat flour, followed by the all-purpose flour a little at a time, or until a stiff ball forms. You may not use all the flour.

Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 2-3 minutes.

Use olive oil to lightly grease a large bowl and roll the ball of dough in the bowl to coat the dough as well. Cover the bowl, with the dough inside, with a dish towel. Let rise in a warm area for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

TIP: I like to turn the oven on to its lowest setting and then turn it off for a few minutes before placing the dough in the oven to rise. The extra warmth helps the yeast.

For the sauce:

  • 1 6-ounce can of tomato paste
  • 1/2 8-ounce can tomato sauce (the rest can be placed in a baggie in the freezer)
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1-2 teaspoons sugar (depends on how sweet you like your sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar (really almost any vinegar will do)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan over low heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Adjust seasonings to taste and remove from the heat.

For the pizza

  • 3 large kale leaves, rinsed, ribs removed and roughly chopped
  • 3-4 slices uncooked bacon, diced
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 ball fresh mozzarella, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 small sweet potato, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon (or more) crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 (or more) sauce recipe
  • 1/2 pizza dough recipe

Add a few tablespoons of water to a small skillet. Add the kale and let steam with a lid on for about 3-5 minutes, or until the kale has wilted. Remove the kale and water from the pan.

Dry out the same pan and return to the stove over medium heat. Add the bacon to the pan and cook for about 3 minutes. Add the onion to the pan and cook until translucent, about 3 more minutes.

Grease a baking sheet with a couple of teaspoons of olive oil. Stretch the dough out to about a 14-inch-by-10-inch shape (doesn’t need to be perfect), leaving the dough a little thicker toward the edge as a crust. Lightly brush with olive oil.

Bake the crust at 450 degrees for about 5 minutes, or until the crust starts to look golden.

Remove the crust from the oven and add the sauce, followed by the mozzarella, kale, bacon and onion. Grate the sweet potato over the top of the pizza. Sprinkle with the crushed red pepper.

Return the pizza to the oven and cook for about 10-15 minutes, or until the kale is crispy and the mozzarella has bubbled.

Makes 3-4 servings.

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