Saturday, September 6, 2008

Applebee's Spinach Pizza Appetizer



This is one of my favorites! I like pizza but I can't eat it always because it is loaded with fats but if there is spinach in it, it would be nutritious. Do you know that spinach is one of the healthies vegetables we can eat aside from the fruits: blueberries and strawberries which are loaded with anti-oxidants. According to study, these fruits and vegetable are really good for us. No wonder Popeye, the sailor man likes it much and it makes him strong! Try this tasty appetizer recipe from Applebee's.

Pita Bread (2 or 3 whole)
1 − 10 oz. pkg frozen spinach
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
1 med. onion
5 or 6 plum tomatoes
8 Ounce pkg fresh mushrooms
3−4 cloves garlic
1 Teaspoon of each of the following spices:
basil, parsley, cayenne pepper
1/2 to 1 cup rice milk
4 Tablespoon flour


Thaw spinach completely, press out all water. Heat milk in saucepan, when
hot but not boiling stir in flour. Stir until sauce begins to thicken, turn
heat down. Add nutritional yeast and spinach. Stir constantly until thick
and gooey, only about 3−4 min. In separate pan, saute onion, garlic, until
onion is tender. Stir in tomatoes, mushrooms, and spices. Saute until just
done. Preheat oven to 425. Using a very sharp bread knife, split each pita
bread so that you have two round flat pieces instead of one thick one.
Place each piece of bread on a cookie sheet or pizza pan. Spread spinach
sauce over each. Top with tomato mixture, being careful to avoid the juice.
Bake for 5 to 7 min. Watch closely so that the edges of the pita don't
burn.

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