Green Monster Smoothie

It’s a new year, time to start it off right.  Diets aren’t usually my thing.  But as the days get colder I always find myself craving fruits and veggies, so a change in diet is a yearly habit.  After all the indulgence over the holidays, lighter meals and snacks are a welcome sight.

This smoothie is perfect for a light breakfast on your way out the door or an afternoon snack.  Light, refreshing, and so green! The color is what inspired the name.  I can just picture a fuzzy monster, like the kind in a Pixar film, drinking this on their way to work.

Just four simple ingredients make this easy to whip up and won’t weight you down.  The kale adds nutrition and allows the pear to take the lead a the main flavor.



Gorgonzola & Pear Pizza

Gorgonzola and pears make a wonderful combination, creamy and naturally sweet with a taste that lingers on the tongue.  I’ve had it many times on or in pasta, but wondered how it would work as a pizza.  Pizza is a comfort food for me; easy, delicious and satisfies both a crispy and creamy craving.

Gorgonzola & Pear Pizza

16oz Frozen Pizza Dough
1 Bosc Pear (thinly sliced)
2 1/2 oz Gorgonzola Cheese
6oz Thin Sliced Provolone Cheese
Sweet Italian Sausage (optional)

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Roll out the pizza dough onto a lightly greased pan.  Cover pizza dough with provolone, lightly overlapping the edges of pieces.  Spiral the pear slices with the top in the center.  If using sausage break into small pieces and sprinkle over pears.  Sprinkle the Gorgonzola cheese on top of everything, not too close to the edges of the dough.
Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and the outside crust is golden brown.

The bite of the Gorgonzola blends well with the texture and sweetness of the pair.  It has a robust flavor with a light finish.  A great meal if you’re looking for a nontraditional pizza or appetizer for a party.  Also, wonderful as leftovers served at room temperature.