“Easy Weeknight Meals” Week 5 Winner!
Everyone welcome Brigid to the winner’s circle! This self-proclaimed “accidental gourmet” came up with her winning dish out of desperation one evening at mealtime. The result was a stellar “Dinner for One” that is a fresh and flavorful alternative to a frozen meal. Whether you have a large family or are cooking just for yourself, this quick and easy pizza recipe is sure to be a hit!
Sometimes necessity is the mother of invention, and in your case it is an award winning one! Tell us the story of how this recipe came about.
“One night I was scrounging around for something to eat. I had worked late and I live in a small rural town. Restaurants in my town consider late 8:00 pm! The pantry yielded a jar with 4 peanuts, a can of outdated soup and some stale crackers. In hopes of finding something more appealing I turned my attention to the refrigerator where, after moving the sour milk and moldy fruit out of the way, I found the ingredients for my recipe. It was really a very impromptu idea and I was desperate for a meal. So, I decided that it was either pull the recipe together or eat the frozen meal that suspiciously looked like a hold over from the ice age.
I do have several other recipes that were born in the same way…out of desperation and laziness! My friend once referred to me as an “accidental gourmet”. I don’t know about the gourmet part, but I do know what tastes good to me and I usually have some ingredients in my house that I can pull together for a meal. I think I learned this technique when I was a young single mom, broke and constantly running from bake sales to soccer practice. Since cooking was not a natural talent for me I had to figure out ways to cram all 4 foods groups into a single dish that the kids would love to eat.”
What made you decide to enter this recipe in the Better Recipes weekly recipe contest?
“This too was an impromptu decision one day when I was searching your site for a good recipe to serve friends. I like my recipe and eat it a lot and thought that others who struggle with eating meals from a box might like an alternative for a quick and healthy meal.”
What advice would you have for others who want to enter the “Easy Weeknight Meals” Contest?
“Go for it! A dream is free and why not? If you know that you have a recipe that you love and have used over and over again chances are others will love it too.”
Any fun plans for the prize money?
“Oh wow! I’m going to treat myself to a new set of knives. I’ve been struggling with the same set of poor quality knives for years. It’s like trying to cut a fifty foot tree down with an emery board!”
Take Brigid’s advice and go for it! What is your favorite go-to dinner? Why not enter it in the “Easy Weeknight Meals” Contest today!
Brigid says, “This is a quick meal that doesn’t require a great deal of prep or special kitchen gadgets – anyone can make it!”
1/2 6 inch round pita, cut lengthwise maintaining a 6 inch round
3/4 cup fresh spinach
1/2 medium roma tomato, sliced
1 thin slice red onion
1/8 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
3/4 oz feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 tsp crushed basil
Spray pita half with cooking spray. Top with spinach, tomato, onion, and cheeses. Sprinkle with crushed basil. Spray all ingredients with cooking spray. Bake in a toaster oven for 8–9 minutes, or until feta is softened, and slightly golden.
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