For reasons that myself or my mom can't figure out 'cause goodness knows we've tried, I just never took to cooking. It just seems like such a chore most of the time and something I'd rather not be bothered with but I do believe I finally found something that I actually don't mind "cooking." And yes, I realize that to call this cooking is pushing it a bit but it does requires the chopping up of ingredients AND an oven so I think it fits the criteria however loosely. I've discovered Flatouts. They can be used as a wrap or as a flatbread. These are my three creations of the flatbread variety.
|The Classic Flat Out|
The Classic is topped with grilled chicken, green onions, mozzarella cheese and onion sprouts. Those black spots don't necessarily look all that appetizing but they are onion sprouts and add a lot of flavor. I could eat a grilled chicken breast with veggies and a dinner roll or I could just put it on a Flatout and add cheese which I find infinitely more appealing.
|The Mexican Flatout|
The Mexican is topped with re-fried beans, ground beef, green onions and Mozzarella or Jack cheese. I think this one is my favorite. You can also top it with Salsa and I suggest pairing it with an ice cold beer for maximum enjoyment. This one has 335 calories, 18 grams of fat and 24 carbs for the whole thing.
|The Italian Flatout|
The Italian is topped with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, turkey pepperoni, garlic and basil. It's basically Pizza but with a whole lot less carbs. The Light Italian Herb Flatout has only 90 calories each and 9 grams of Fiber. With toppings this version is 330 calories, 16 grams of fat and 24 carbs.
Making these feels creative and fun which is how I imagine people who like to cook feel about "real" cooking. They are healthy, quick, easy and I can top them with anything I want for variety. No matter what I have a craving for there is a Flatout recipe to satisfy it. I put the Flatout in the oven on broil for about four minutes so it gets crispy. I take it out, add my toppings, bake for 8 more minutes and Voila! Dinner is served in less then 30 minutes.
|Homemade Deep Dish Pizza|
I didn't make these all in one week in case you were wondering but I totally would. Saturday night we made deep dish pizza in a cast iron skillet. It was so good. We used Pillsbury Pizza dough from the can and filled it with onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, turkey pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and topped it with pizza sauce and fresh garlic. Because it's deep you can load it with toppings. We coated the bottom of the pan with cornmeal which gives it a nice little crunch and baked it until the edges of the crust got crispy which was much longer then the recommended 6-10 minutes after topping. My 2nd favorite food is a Quesadilla. I guess I just prefer foods that are easy to make, that I can eat with my fingers and are covered in cheese.