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Healthy Made Easy: Simple, Seasonal Flatbread Pizzas

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Now that fall is really, undeniably here, it’s a great time to enjoy all the best ingredients the harvest has to offer. I’m pretty excited about all the fall brassicas, like cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and dark leafy greens. I also have a stockpile of fresh, red onions and hard neck garlic. And kicking around in the fridge is a small box of fall mushrooms. What to do with all this seasonal goodness? Make pizzas, of course!

Going with an easy approach to family pizza night, with pre-made crust substitutes like flatbread, pita, French bread, or pre-cooked pizza crust, gives you a little more time to spend on great toppings. For these flatbread pizzas, I opted to keep things extra simple and skipped the tomato sauce too. Instead, I cooked up caramelized onions, roasted cauliflower, and sauteed collards and mushrooms for an earthy, seasonal array of toppings. From the pantry, I added canned artichoke hearts and olive oil. For cheese, I went with a creamy chevre.

I laid out the toppings and quickly made each pizza to order. In just minutes, we were sitting down to a simple, seasonal fall feast.

Head below for ideas and inspiration for your own easy fall pizza party!

  • Pick Your Faves! 1 of 9
    flatbread-fixins

    Pizza night is all about making things your way! Lay out all your favorite ingredients, whether those be seasonal vegetables or pantry faves, and let everyone create personal pizza perfection!

  • From the Pantry 2 of 9
    flatbread-artichokes

    Add a drizzle of olive oil and a few twists of black pepper to a pantry staple like artichoke hearts for a deliciously simple pizza topping. Other great pantry options include sun-dried tomatoes, olives, pine nuts, or pepitas.

  • Try a Little Saute 3 of 9
    flatbread-spin

    A quick stint in the frying pan can bring out big flavor in seasonal vegetables like mushrooms, dark leafy greens, or garlic. Heat a drizzle of olive oil over medium-high heat, toss in your favorite veggies, along with a pinch of salt, and cook for about 5 minutes.

  • Caramelized Onions 4 of 9
    flatbread-onions

    Though these take a bit of time, they don't require much attention. Even better, their sweet flavor and perfectly cooked crispy edges may just make onion-lovers out of the whole family.
    Here's a simple recipe from Babble Food

  • Everything In Its Place 5 of 9
    flatbread-prep

    For a super fast pizza assembly line, lay out everything you'll need in one place. That way, everyone can make their own pizzas in a flash!

  • Get Your Flatbreads Ready 6 of 9
    flatbread-prep-2

    To make a perfect pizza base, drizzle each flatbread with a couple teaspoons of olive oil and add a pinch each of sea salt and pepper.

  • Into the Oven 7 of 9
    flatbread-pizzas-2

    Flatbread pizzas bake up in no time! Just slide into a preheated, 400 degree oven and cook for 5 - 7 minutes.

  • Pizza Party! 8 of 9
    Healthy Made Easy: Simple, Seasonal Flatbread Pizzas

    Earthy, seasonal flavors make these simple pizzas standout.

  • Plate ‘Em Up! 9 of 9
    flatbread-served

    Have one all to yourself, or mix and match flavor combinations. For a satisfying dinner, consider serving your pizzas with a side salad, roasted vegetables, or a grain-based side.

Easy Fall Flatbread Pizzas

you’ll need to have on hand:
flatbread, pita, or other pizza substitute
your favorite olive oil
sea salt
black pepper

topping ideas:
sauteed greens, mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, broccoli rabe, or garlic
roasted root vegetables, cauliflower, broccoli, or garlic
caramelized onions
canned artichoke heart or olives
sun-dried tomatoes
fresh cherry tomatoes or figs

cheese ideas:
mozzarella
chevre
feta
Parmesan
Asiago

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Prep and set out your chosen toppings.

Drizzle each round with 2 teaspoons olive oil, along with a pinch of sea salt and black pepper.

Scatter your topping, and finish with several tablespoons of your favorite cheese.

Place on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 5 – 7 minutes, or until flatbreads have puffed up and the cheese is hot.

Slice immediately and serve.

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