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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Country Crock: Spinach and Mozzarella Flag Pizza

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This post is sponsored by Country Crock. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. 

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Hello lovelies! I am so excited to share a new recipe with you all today. Earlier this week I shared my Chicken Alfredo Pizza Recipe and boy was it a hit. Because of that, I knew I had to share this new recipe we tried on Thursday. I was given the opportunity to cook something from The Clare Crespo Cookbook. It is full of fun, whimsical, step-by-step recipes that families are sure to love. It is free to download off of Country Crock's website. My kids browsed all the recipes with me and were excited to see the different ways you could make veggies fun. We all decided to try out the Pizza Flag recipe.

Well are you ready to see how I made Spinach and Mozzarella Flag Pizza, 
using Clare Crespo's Cookbook?

Read on for the Step by Step Instructions



First off you will need a few things.....


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Don't forget the Country Crock

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Slice your tomato into thin wedges and set aside

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put fresh spinach and Country Crock Spread into a skillet.
Fry till tender.

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So Yummy! Resist just eating it from the pan.
I tried, but it was hard. I am no longer buying frozen spinach.
 This was too dang good!

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Next make your pizza dough. Now you can do store bought or use my recipe.
It is seriously so good and has no rise time.

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Spread your pizza dough out in a baking pan
Bake for 8 minutes @375 (without toppings)

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Take out of the oven and spread sauce all over pizza. I added some flax seed to
my sauce for some extra goodness. Then layer cheese, tomatoes, and spinach in a flag like pattern. Get the littles to help. Make this a fun night for all. Cooking with veggies should be fun!

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Once it is topped to perfection, bake for another 25 minutes.
Let sit for a few minute and then slice.

Now let me tell you I wasn't sure how my littles would be with the fresh tomatoes and spinach, but I was pleasantly surprised. They loved the veggies with Country Crock. They said this was better than the normal plain cheese and pepperoni pizza I usually make. They can't wait to have it again. This recipe also left us with leftovers for lunch and we were more than happy to have it again. Double Yum! It was so nice to feed my family a healthy meal, full of veggies, and have no stink faces from those red heads. Seriously made this mammas night!

Ready to make it yourself?
Let's recap with all those ingredients:

 6 ounces of Mozzarella Cheese
1 tbsp Country Crock Spread
(I used a tad more)
2 cups fresh spinach leaves, rinse and patted dry
1 frozen pizza dough or homemade
1 cup Pizza sauce
2 plus tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise and cut into slices
1 sliced red bell pepper or a mixture of the two
Crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Directions:
  1. Take two slices of mozzarella cheese and stack together. Use kitchen scissors or small knife to cut a few star shapes out of the cheese slices. Slice remaining cheese into 1-inch strips.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°. Melt Country Crock® Spread in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add spinach and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Stretch pizza dough to fit a rectangular pan. Spread Sauce evenly over dough. Sprinkle spinach over top left corner of dough. Place stars on the spinach. Lay tomatoes (or peppers) and cheese strips in alternating strips on rest of the pizza.
  4. Bake 20 minutes until cheese is melted and starting to turn golden and crust is starting to brown. Remove from oven and serve with crushed red pepper flakes (if using).
Print Recipe HERE
ENJOY!

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There are so many more recipes I want to try in the Claie Crespo cookbook.
Here are two of my favs

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 Zucchini Boats

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Pasta Full of Poises

So Fun!!

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1 comment:

  1. How fun! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I was chosen for Country Crock, too. So many cute recipes! :)

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