Roasted Brussel Sprout and Goat Cheese Pita Pizza

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Every couple of weeks I reach a moment in my grocery cycle where I have to put a halt to my (obsessive) food shopping and force myself to eat perishables before they go bad. Because my shelf in the refrigerator can be somewhat of a black hole, I usually make a list of items that I need to use so that I can keep them in the forefront of my mind when thinking of meals for the week. My most recent list included pita bread, goat cheese, and brussel sprouts (they were on sale for 99 cents a pound last week so naturally, I overindulged). The rest is history.

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This dish is one of my favorites so far. Clearly, I’m a brussel sprout enthusiast and I don’t even understand how goat cheese is legal. This recipe has the perfect amount of green veggie goodness paired with healthy carbs and delicious protein, making it a satisfying and filling meal. The balsamic and honey give the sprouts a delicious tangy sweet flavor that makes magic when eaten with the goat cheese. I also happen to know (from the three that I made last week) that this meal is a great way to refuel after a workout. I’ve been craving carbs like NO OTHER since I started half-marathon training so this whole wheat pita gives me everything.

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Makes 2 pizzas

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound brussel sprouts
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 T olive oil + more for brushing pita
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes (or more if you think spice is nice)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 T balsamic vinegar
  • 1-1.5 T honey (depending on your taste)
  • 2 whole wheat pita
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • goat cheese (use your judgement/taste for the amount, I tried to use a serving per pizza as detailed on nutrition label)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degree F.

2. Cut brussel sprouts into quarters, combine in a bowl with diced onions, and coat in olive oil and seasonings.

3. Bake sprouts and onions for 20-25 minutes until they have browned and crisped.

4. Remove brussel sprouts from oven and lower oven temperature to 375 degrees.

5. Coat brussels in honey and balsamic vinegar. Taste sprouts for flavor and adjust how you see fit.

6. Brush whole wheat pita with olive oil (make sure to get the edges so that they’re nice and brown and crispy) and sprinkle minced garlic on top.

7. Add goat cheese and brussel sprouts on top of pita (make sure to evenly spread goat cheese so that you get full on amazingness with every bite). If desired, top with a little more seasoning.

7. ReturnĀ  pizza to the oven for another 10 minutes, until cheese softens and pita crisps.

7. Remove from oven and…munch munch.

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