Easy Tortilla Pizzas – 3 Ways!

The holidays are almost upon us! Are you getting excited? I definitely am. I’m especially looking forward to hauling out my Christmas decorations this weekend.

With all the fun and festive distractions at this time of year, I like to keep dinner fairly simple. Tortilla pizzas are one of my favorite easy meals. They are light, fresh, and take minutes to prepare. What could be better?

Easy Tortilla Pizzas - 3 Ways | Hello Little HomeHere are three of my favorite ways to top tortilla pizzas. Experiment with your own combinations, too. Anything goes!

Tomato-Basil Tortilla Pizzas | Hello Little HomeTomato-Basil Tortilla Pizzas

Ingredients:

  • 4 8-inch flour tortillas
  • Olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 8 oz. fresh mozzarella (not water-packed)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 8 medium basil leaves, thinly sliced

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Place tortillas in a single layer on a baking sheet. Brush lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Add crushed red pepper flakes, if using.

Pull mozzarella apart with your hands into medium-size pieces and top each tortilla with a quarter of the cheese. It’s OK if the mozzarella doesn’t completely cover the tortilla. Top cheese with tomatoes.

Place baking sheet in oven and cook until tortilla edges are lightly browned and cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Top each pizza with sliced basil, cut into quarters, and serve.

Mushroom-Thyme Tortilla Pizzas | Hello Little HomeMushroom-Thyme Tortilla Pizzas

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
  • 8 oz. sliced white mushrooms
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • Salt, to taste
  • 4 8-inch flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup Quick Pizza Sauce (see below for recipe)
  • 1 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced (green part only)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add mushrooms and thyme; cook, stirring often, until mushrooms are lightly browned. Remove from heat and season with salt to taste. Cool slightly before using.

Place tortillas in a single layer on a baking sheet. Top each tortilla with about 2 tablespoons of pizza sauce. Cover sauce with a layer of cheese and then top with mushrooms.

Place baking sheet in oven and cook until tortilla edges are lightly browned and cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Top each pizza with green onions, cut into quarters, and serve.

Spicy Spinach Tortilla Pizzas | Hello Little HomeSpicy Spinach Tortilla Pizzas

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 6-oz. bag baby spinach
  • Salt, to taste
  • 4 8-inch flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup Quick Pizza Sauce (see below for recipe)
  • 1 1/3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add spinach and cook, stirring often, until spinach is wilted. Remove from heat and season with salt to taste. Cool slightly before using.

Place tortillas in a single layer on a baking sheet. Top each tortilla with about 2 tablespoons of pizza sauce. Cover sauce with a layer of cheese and then top with spinach.

Place baking sheet in oven and cook until tortilla edges are lightly browned and cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Cut each pizza into quarters and serve.

Quick Pizza Sauce

Quick Pizza Sauce | Hello Little HomeIngredients:

  • 1 14-oz. can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • Salt, to taste

Place tomatoes in food processor (or blender) and pulse until finely chopped. Set aside.

Heat olive in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds to a minute. Add tomatoes, oregano, basil, and crushed red pepper, if using. Cook until thickened, about 5 to 10 minutes. Season with salt to taste.

 What is your favorite pizza topping?

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Everything but the Turkey: 40+ Thanksgiving Recipes

I am counting down the minutes until Thanksgiving and looking forward to – hands down – one of the best meals of the year!

Between reading other blogs and perusing Pinterest, I’ve found so much inspiration for the big meal. So instead of my usual Friday link roundup, I thought that I’d share some of the Thanksgiving recipes that have caught my eye lately.

Everything but the Turkey! 40+ Thanksgiving RecipesRow 1: Cranberry Gimlet, Savory Herb & Cheese Monkey Bread, Vegetable Pot Pie, Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Apples; Row 2: Creamy Ricotta-Blue Cheese Spread, Layered Pumpkin Mousse, Caramelized Onion, Mushroom, and Gruyere Tartlets, Cranberry Crostini (photo courtesy Cookie + Kate); Row 3: Shitake Mushroom Stuffing, Raspberry Cranberry Sauce, Roasted Garlic Chipotle Sweet Potatoes, Cranberry-Sage Stuffed Acorn Squash.

I hope this inspires you to try something new this year. I know I will be!

Appetizers

40+ Thanksgiving Recipes: Carmelized Onion, Mushroom, and Gruyere Tartlets | Hello Little HomeCaramelized Onion, Mushroom, and Gruyere Tartlets (photo courtesy Brown Eyed Baker)

Whet your guests’ appetites with a pre-dinner snack.

Cocktails/Drinks

40+ Thanksgiving Recipes: Cranberry Gimlet | Hello Little HomeCranberry Gimlet (photo courtesy Saveur)

Keep everyone happy and serve a pre-dinner drink (or two).

Potatoes

40+ Thanksgiving Recipes: Roasted Garlic Chipotle Sweet Potatoes | Hello Little HomeRoasted Garlic Chipotle Sweet Potatoes (photo courtesy Our Best Bites)

Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without potatoes. Do you do white, sweet, or both?

Rolls/Bread

40+ Thanksgiving Recipes: Savory Herb Cheese Monkey Bread | Hello Little HomeSavory Herb & Cheese Monkey Bread (photo courtesy Five Heart Home)

Every table needs some bread and butter!

Stuffing

40+ Thanksgiving Recipes: Shitake Mushroom Stuffing | Hello Little HomeShitake Mushroom Stuffing (photo courtesy Recipe Girl)

I’m a carb-lover, so stuffing may just be my favorite part of the feast!

Side Dishes

40+ Thanksgiving Recipes: Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Apples | Hello Little HomeRoasted Brussels Sprouts and Apples (photo courtesy Oh My Veggies)

Thanksgiving is all about the sides!

Cranberry Sauce

40+ Thanksgiving Recipes: Raspberry Cranberry Sauce | Hello Little HomeRaspberry Cranberry Sauce (photo courtesy Favorite Family Recipes)

Homemade cranberry sauce is dead-simple to make. Don’t settle for something from a can!

Vegetarian Main Dish

40+ Thanksgiving Recipes: Vegetable Pot Pie | Hello Little HomeVegetable Pot Pie (photo courtesy A Beautiful Mess)

Any one of these dishes would make a vegetarian feel welcome at your table.

Dessert

40+ Thanksgiving Recipes: Layered Pumpkin Mousse | Hello Little HomeMy Layered Pumpkin Mousse

When it comes to dessert, why make just one?

A little bit of everything else:

What are your Thanksgiving plans? Are you cooking a big meal?

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Set a Collected Thanksgiving Table

One of my most memorable Thanksgivings happened about five years ago. My sister-in-law, Erin, and her family were visiting my husband, Joel, and I in San Francisco, and I was cooking the big dinner. Joel had just headed to the grocery store to pick up our turkey, and I was finishing things up at home. Overall,  it was pretty low-key.

For dessert, I was making pumpkin cheesecake. After taking it out of the oven, I set it on the stove top. Erin and I were talking, so I wasn’t paying close attention to the stove. A few minutes later I smelled something burning.

Turns out the cheesecake was too close to a burner. A corner of the cheesecake was burned, and the Pyrex pan holding it was steaming hot. I grabbed the pan and set it on a nearby cutting board. Erin and I were standing over the cheesecake, trying to decide if it could be salvaged, when pan exploded!

Thankfully, neither of us were hit with any flying glass (the carpet outside our open kitchen wasn’t so lucky). All we could do was laugh.

I was still laughing when Joel called from the store a few minutes later to let me know that the turkey, although cooked, still needed to be heated. The one bit of good new was that he was able to pick up a pie to replace the cheesecake.

Needless to say, dinner was served a few hours late that year!

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With all that can go wrong preparing the meal, I like to keep everything else easy. Here’s how you can create a casual, collected table:

  • Mix and match your dishes. Pair your everyday plates with a few special pieces.
  • Have fun with patterns and textures. Combine smooth, cool ceramics with warm wood.
  • Add a little bling. I’m in love with that pretty, gold silverware.
  • Throw in a fun element, like the salt and pepper cellars.
  • Make things a little special and choose pretty linens (turkey print not required).
  • Wine is mandatory! Use your best glasses.
  • Personalize the table. I love these DIY Magnolia Leaf Place Cards.
  • Remember to give thanks! These DIY Thanksgiving Placemats couldn’t be easier to make and will give everyone a minute to reflect.

What is your most memorable Thanksgiving story?

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Traveling for the Holidays? Plan the Perfect Outfit!

This year, more than any other in recent memory, really flew by. Our move had a lot to do with that (new things to do and see), but it’s been an eventful year even without a cross-country schlep. I’m not sure where the time went, but now the holidays are just around the corner!

The holidays come with a lot of travel. I know a lot of people hate flying – including my husband who gets nervous at the slightest hint of turbulence – but I actually enjoy it. When else do you have so many uninterrupted hours to disconnect?

I also enjoy packing my bags and picking the perfect outfit! Here’s what I’d wear and pack:

Traveling for the Holidays? Plan the Perfect Outfit!What to Wear

Whether you are traveling by plane, train, or automobile (remember that movie?), the key is to dress comfortably.

  • Start with a cardigan. This Apt. 9 Cashmere Open-Front Cardigan is lightweight and has a beautiful pointelle pattern. I love cashmere for traveling – it’s like a soft hug – especially when it’s this affordable! Bargain tip: the sweater is from Kohl’s, which always has great sales. Before checking out, search for an online promo code and use it on top of the sale price.
  • Under the cardigan, layer a lightweight t-shirt like this V-Neck Tee from Old Navy. If you are flying, remember that security may make you remove a sweater (especially if it’s oversize), so avoid skimpy tank tops.
  • Wear leggings or skinny jeans with lots of stretch. J Brand’s Stretch Denim Leggings are super comfy but look really sharp.
  • Choose shoes that can be easily slipped on and off. I like the ease of ballet flats in warm months, but my feet get too cold in winter, so I prefer booties like Sam Edelman’s Petty.
  • A wrap or large scarf is a must! Apt. 9’s Twill Wrap comes in a ton of colors. Wrap it around your neck, use it as a blanket, or fold it up to use as a pillow. Just don’t forget it at home!
  • Keep your jewelry simple. I prefer to wear a simple pair of hoops. These Sequin Studded Hoop Earrings are just right.
  • Don’t forget a classic watch. I have the cheapo version of this Michael Kors Chain Bracelet Watch, and I love it so much. It’s time to upgrade though, because my inexpensive version is tarnished and turns my wrist a greenish-gray every time I wear it!

What to Pack

I usually only pack a carry-on and a large tote when I fly, so every inch counts! This is what I carry in my tote bag.

  • Select a bag that will fit under the seat in front of you. Le Sportsac’s Le Zip Tote is ideal. The foil snakeskin print is attractive, and the fabric is durable and washable (who knows what’s under those seats?). Plus, it’s just fun to say the name!
  • Pack a tablet. I always pack my iPad when traveling, and it provides endless hours of entertainment. Play a game (I like Yatzee), read a book, make lists and get organized, or watch a movie. Not to mention, you can connect to WiFi on most flights.
  • Headphones are a necessity. These Frends Over-the-Ear Headphones are super chic. They are definitely on the pricey side but worth the upgrade. Santa: are you reading this?
  • Keep germs at bay. When it comes to flying, I’m a total germaphobe. The minute I sit down, I wipe down my armrests and tray with Hand Sanitizer Wipes. I also carry Bath & Body Works’ PocketBac Hand Sanitizer. It’s small and comes in great scents.
  • Bring a book. On my next trip, I’m looking forward to reading Wally Lamb’s We Are Water. Stock up on trashy magazines at the airport bookstore, too!
  • Pack a snack. Food can be really hard to come by when traveling, and there is nothing worse than being hungry on a long flight or being stuck in an outdated terminal with no food options. I always pack a couple Lara Bar Roasted Nut Rolls (so good). Grab a bottle of water after you get through security, too, and you won’t get dehydrated waiting for the flight attendant to serve you.
  • For long-haul or red-eye flights, you’ll need a few extras. Even the most comfortable shoes are unbearable when you’re trying to sleep, so take a pair of warm slippers. Old Navy’s Sherpa Moccasins are cute and cuddly. You’ll need a comfortable sleeping mask, and the ones the airlines are scratchy and constricting. This Cat Eyes Sleep Mask from Mary Green will put a smile on your face before you doze off. Finally, ward off the plane’s dry air with a good Nasal Spray. Your nose will thank you later!

Are you traveling over the holidays? What are your must-haves?

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