This is my first post
... and of course, I'm starting in the cooking area of the site. I think that everyone's artistic abilities are intimidating me so far (but don't worry, I will
get over the shyness quickly). Anyway, I was wondering what everyone's best EASY and QUICK recipes are... I don't have a lot of free time these days, as I'm moving in a little less than three months and graduating college and getting work/ apartment lined up, etc. But I cannot stand to eat Ramen or Lean Cuisine or plain ol' pasta (you know, noodles and jarred spaghetti sauce) anymore. I am a huge seafood/ exotic food/ spice aficianado and I need a way to incorporate some new, interesting but less time consuming meals into my life. For my sanity. I'm sure everyone else could use a boost, too.
(FYI- if anyone is particularly interested, I don't eat beef or a lot of "land" meat in general, I like every
vegetable that I know of, and I'm lactose intolerant... but I think that this post should be for everyone, so don't let my limitations stop you.)
My contribution: My Favorite Pizza
*preheat oven to 425 degrees-- 400 if you like a less crispy crust*
1. If you have the time/ will/ ability, make a pizza dough and form a thin crust. If you're like me, pick an already-made one up at the grocery store (you can get these for less than $1)
2. Ditto with some pizza sauce-- I like to add a little
brown sugar for a bit extra sweetness. Spread it pretty liberally across the crust.
3. Finely chop some sweet red and green pepper, onion, and mushroom. The goal here is to make all the pieces very very small.
4. Sprinkle chopped topping over the entire pizza. It should cover the entire thing thinly.
5. Drizzle some extra pizza sauce over the topping.
6. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes although this number varies tremendously. When the crust is light brown, you know, that's when it's done... bake it straight on the rack in the oven.
7. Add a little crushed red pepper and basil to the pizza.
*note: this is particularly delicious when you make a dipping sauce to go with it, either extra pizza sauce or garlic/ ranch sauce*