Beet Pizzas & Longtime Friends
A few weeks ago I took a much needed weekend off & went away to Chautauqua with two of my oldest girlfriends.
I was reminded how important it is for me to disconnect from day to day life for a couple days, but even more so, how important it is to take the time to connect with people who truly know & love you.
My girlfriends and I have known each other pretty much our entire lives. Katie’s mom & my mom are friends, and at the age of 4, she moved in next door to me. Crystal came to our school in 3rd grade and we’ve all been friends ever since.
Living in Rochester, while I absolutely love it, is quite different from growing up in small country town, surrounded by the people who know everything about you, your family & your life. I am grateful to know both of these ways of life. Yes, Rochester is a big city to me! :)
We cozied up with our selected reading materials, spending beautifully silent time together, transitioning into engaging life conversations and connecting on deeper levels, and then seamlessly went back to reading or writing.
We wore comfy clothes & no make up. Got out for brisk walks around the mostly desolate, but ever so magical winter wrapped, snow covered grounds of the Chautauqua Institute.
We browsed the bookstore, purchasing stationary, cards, journals, and jewelry to wear to remind our selves of this great time together.
We stayed up late with wine & candlelight chatting the way friends do when they don’t get to see each other as often as they’d like.
And we ate healthy, nourishing foods. We brought a juicer, and a whole lot of vegetables & fruits. But my favorite food of the weekend came from Crystal, who made us these simple beet pizzas!
Seriously, I am not a big fan of beets. When I juice them, my juice tastes like dirt. The only beets I ever used to eat, were the pickled ones my mom grew and home canned.
This pizza has changed all that!
I’ve since made this to share with Adam (also a beet hater) and he fell in love with it too! If you’ve been convinced you don’t like beets, just try this recipe!
The beets have just enough time in the oven to cook out the earthy taste, leaving them deliciously sweet, which goes so well with the slightly spicy yet sweet peppadew peppers. The basil packs that fresh herb punch, but bringing it all together is the salty, creaminess of the feta cheese.
These flavors go together better than I would have ever imagined! It’s a new quick dinner staple in our house & even tastes great left over.
Preheat Oven to 375°
1 Package Garlic Naan Flat bread (Wegmans)
Olive Oil or Pesto
Beets, peeled & shredded (Using gloves is not a bad idea!)
Feta Cheese, crumbled
Peppadew Peppers, finely sliced
Basil, finely sliced
Brush the flat breads with olive oil or pesto. Generously top with shredded beets. Sprinkle on feta cheese then top with finely sliced peppadew peppers and fresh basil.
Bake for about 12-15 minutes.