Honey, what’s for dinner?
I’ve become the queen of fridge foraging meals lately; with work piling up quickly, upcoming travel schedules forcing me to work in advance on some projects, the home office update — hence, the irregular posting on this space (sigh), I’ve been looking for quick, healthy meals without extensive trips to the supermarket. We’re also trying to avoid eating out or food delivery service, because 1. it costs an arm and a leg, and 2. I don’t always know what’s in my food; is it organic? locally produced? 3. I like the feeling of a home cooked, elaborated with love meal for my family. Plain and simple. Although I’ve rediscovered the joy of making my own pizza dough this summer during my break, let’s be real, it doesn’t happen a lot these days but I understand the importance of eating a balanced diet, especially now as I try to stabilize my weight loss – plus, my guts are not fond of pizza dough anyway lately, but I digress!
Back to my naan pizza story.
Naan pizzas are so simple to make, it hurts. You can make your own naan (I bookmarked this gluten-free recipe) or buy them at the store. Then, simply add any topping you have at home, just like a pizza… So simple, it hurts, right?
For these naan pizzas that I prepared last weekend to enjoy with Monsieur for an impromptu date night-in al fresco on our rooftop patio, I used:
- Whole Foods organic garlic and herbs naans
- Homemade pesto (as a base)
- Whole Foods sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
- Homemade grilled peppers (store bought works just as fine)
- Organic feta cheese
- Kalamata olives
- Seasonings: Fleur de sel de Guérande, black pepper, fresh chopped oregano from my tiny herb garden, and a few twigs of fresh rosemary, from my patio as well!)
The steps? Again, so easy it hurts, really. Just like a pizza; pesto at the base, then the other toppings in random order, but feta cheese last, then in a 360℉ pre-heated oven for 10 to 15 minutes. All you have to do is pour yourself a glass of rosé and enjoy the company! These simple mediterranean-inspired naans were so flavorful, we felt like we were in Provence under the string lights of a little café! I’m planning to try a tuna, tomato sauce and capers version next…
I’m also preparing a new Spotify list to share with you soon to complete the ambiance, so stay tuned! Meanwhile, you can still access the “Autumn Mood” list I prepared a few seasons ago on this post… It’s still on regular rotation here!
Speaking of my San Francisco roof top patio, would you like me to post more about it here? I could share the Mediterranean plant species I used, my tricks to hide eyesore details, or for watering, etc… Let me know in the comments!
Before I leave you for the weekend, I wanted to share a #HowTheFrenchLive book signing event on September 29th 3-5pm organized by the wonderful team at Chateau Sonoma. If you are in the area, let’s meet and mingle! You can find more information about this event here. Have a lovely weekend, and I hope to meet some of you next week in Sonoma! Xo, Si-
Photography Siham Mazouz for French By Design