CILANTRO PESTO PIZZA WITH SHRIMP

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We all have our favorite foods. What are some of yours? One of mine happens to be pizza. Unfortunately, this isn’t at the top of the “healthy eating” list. But, I believe the best way to enjoy the foods you love is to make them yourself. This Cilantro Pesto Pizza with Shrimp is a favorite of ours and I’d say it’s definitely healthy-ish.

Pizza with Cilantro Pesto and ShrimpThis pizza has two of my all-time favorite ingredients: shrimp and cilantro. The sauce is simply brushing the crust with extra-virgin olive oil and a few tablespoons of homemade cilantro pesto. I also added some buffalo mozzarella, but in moderation. This is a pizza, after all.

Pizza with Cilantro Pesto and ShrimpIf all this pizza talk is just sounding too unhealthy right now, you should check out my Super Green Smoothie that I try to make every morning post-workout. Don’t worry, no cheese involved… just lots of nutrient-rich greens with some juicy pineapple to make it more than bearable.

CILANTRO PESTO PIZZA WITH SHRIMP

Ingredients

For the Cilantro-Pesto:

  • 3/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup fresh, flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Pizza:

  • 1 pound pre-made pizza dough (you will only use about half)
  • Buffalo mozzarella (4-5 small balls torn up or more, if desired)
  • 8-10 medium or large uncooked shrimp, peeled and de-veined
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Roll about 1/2 of the dough on a lightly floured surface. If you don’t have a rolling pin (like me), use a chilled wine bottle to help roll the dough flat.
  3. Brush the dough with olive oil and place on a baking sheet in the oven for about 10 minutes or until crust starts to get lightly golden.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
  5. In a food processor or blender, combine the Cilantro-Pesto ingredients and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Brush the shrimp with olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper and sauté in a pan over medium heat until cooked through (they will be opaque).
  7. Spread a few tablespoons of the cilantro pesto over the pizza and top with buffalo mozzarella, cooked shrimp and cilantro sprigs.
  8. Place in the oven until the cheese melts, about 10 minutes (keep an eye on it).
  9. Serve hot.

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