Easy Homemade Pita Pizza Recipe

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Ever wondered what to do with that tiny bit of leftover spaghetti sauce? Our solution was to make homemade pita pizzas!
It’s inevitable. You make spaghetti and sauce and once dinner’s over it seems you’ve either made too much sauce or too much spaghetti. In our case, we still have leftover pizza sauce. So rather than have spaghetti again and have to buy another jar of sauce, Scott and I used our leftover spaghetti sauce as a pizza sauce for some homemade pita pizzas! Here’s what we used:
 
Ingredients:
Pack of 10 Mini White Bread Pitas (King of Pitas Brand available from The Fresh Market)
Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, sliced
Red Pepper, sliced and seeds removed
Baby Portabella Mushrooms, sliced
Deli Sandwich Pepperonis, sliced
Yellow Onion, sliced
Leftover Spaghetti Sauce (or flavored tomato sauce)
Fresh garlic, finely minced
Fresh oregano and basil, finely chopped
Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper
Directions:
Place up to six pitas on a baking sheet and spread spaghetti sauce on top of the pitas. Add slices of mozzarella cheese. Then top with desired ingredients and bake at 350 degrees F until the cheese has melted.
We made two different pizzas. One all veggie and one meat. My pizzas were topped with pepperoni, mushrooms, garlic, oregano, and basil. Scott’s were topped with peppers, onions, garlic, mushrooms, oregano, and basil. Both had light salt and pepper on top. These were by far the BEST pizzas we’ve had anywhere in a long time. Definitely better than eating out or ordering in! The fresh ingredients really made the biggest difference.
How do you use up leftover spaghetti sauce at your house?

Fresh Shrimp Salad Recipe

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I recently purchased an amazing pot of lettuce and field greens from Walter’s Greenhouse on the Roanoke City Market.
After getting a few side salads with dinner, it was really time to pick a good portion of the more mature lettuce to eat so some more could grow back in it’s place. So Scott used our home grown container greens to make a really great fresh, shrimp salad. Following is that recipe. Feel free to substitute the greens for your favorite lettuce or whatever you may have growing in your garden!
Shrimp Salad Recipe
Ingredients:
1 lb. fresh raw shrimp, peeled and de-veined (I bought ours at The Fresh Market)
3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
2 shallots, finely diced
cracked pepper and sea salt (I buy mine organic and in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs)
1 TBS butter
1/8 Cup white wine (We used a local wine from Château Morrisette Winery)
1/8 Cup chicken broth
1 1/2 TBS fresh thyme, chopped (I’m using a plant I bought from Rolling Meadows Farm)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Fresh lettuce greens of choice

Directions:
Salt and pepper the shrimp. Then prepare your pan by drizzling some olive oil in a skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Add 1 Tablespoon of butter to the pan. Add shrimp to hot skillet and cook for about one minute. Turn shrimps over and cook for an additional 30 seconds more til shrimp is cooked through. Place the shrimp on a plate and set aside.

Leave the drippings in the skillet and add 1/8 Cup white wine and 1/8 Cup chicken broth. De-glaze the bottom of the pan by scraping the leftovers from the bottom of the pan off the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon and mixing with the wine and broth. Immediately reduce the heat to medium, then drizzle a little more olive oil into the pan. Add the minced garlic and finely diced shallots. Cook 1 minute.

Reduce heat to low and stir in cooked shrimp and thyme.

Remove all from skillet and plate on top of your fresh lettuce greens. Top with fresh, grated Parmesan cheese.

Serve and enjoy!

What are some of your favorite ways to eat shrimp?