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Steak Fajita Pizza

There’s a Mexican place near me where my mom loves to eat, thankfully. My mom is very picky when it comes to restaurants, especially, for some reason, Mexican restaurants. Either the portions are too small, or she could make a much better margarita,(she’s a connoisseur) or the music is too loud, or something else altogether. My mom especially prefers restaurants which serve portions so huge, she can take them home and eat the leftovers for at least a couple meals afterwards. Naturally, finding a place that does that is tricky, especially with rising food costs. It can be challenging to find a place that, in her more than 70 years of dining out, will please her. The better half and I jokingly call it the “LOL phenomenon” (or, “little old lady”) but shhh! please don’t tell her this!

Generally, my better half and I invite her over to bypass the sometimes frustrating decision of where to eat out. That way, too, we get to be in complete control of the margaritas, which is a great thing! But if we’re feeling like Mexican food, we can all agree on one place, right around the corner. We order a huge plate of family style steak fajitas and go to town, literally! Peppers, onions, strips of steak, all served up on homemade tortillas. In a word: delish.

I started making this flatbread recipe using leftover bits and bobs of the fajitas that would come home with us, but eventually, we started inviting my mom over to make this flatbread from scratch, because it tasted so good. All we really have to do is sauté everything up and bake it on a flatbread; it’s ready by the time the first round of margaritas is finished.

Fajitas, love, and LOL,

-Amy at Flatout

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Ratatouille Flatbread

Everyone has their own dietary tastes, and sharing house space with another person can sometimes make that a challenge. Not everyone likes and enjoys all foods equally, in other words, and by “all foods,” I mean vegetables. Maybe there’s someone like that in your household, too, and you can relate? A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is an important part of an overall healthy lifestyle. How can we eat more vegetables? One way is ratatouille, the vegetable world’s secret weapon. 

Nope, Ratatouille isn’t just a cute movie about a cartoon rodent, it’s a very old dish from southern France, a coarse vegetable stew traditionally made by peasants and farmers. Like all traditional dishes, there are many, many ways to cook it, but most recipes call for cooking the vegetables separately then blending them together later, so that each vegetable tastes unique.

Super fun to say, ratatouille is even more fun to eat. In the summer time, I like to grill slices of zucchini, eggplant, onion, peppers and tomatoes to char them up a bit before chopping them up and combining them into a beautiful vegetable mélange. However, I’ve found that roasting everything at a high temperature does much the same thing. Roasting caramelizes them, concentrating their flavors and making those vegetables richer for it. Even in the early months of spring, you can make this hearty vegetable flatbread; it’s low in calories and big in flavor, and can be made from the comfort of your own kitchen. And it’s so delightful, even sworn meat eaters may enjoy it.

Eggplants and zucchini tend to get slimy if they’re sautéed in the pan, so to avoid this, roasting in the oven is key. And the really nice thing about ratatouille is that it can be eaten hot or cold, so you can make this flatbread pizza and use any leftovers as a dip, omelet filling, or a meal on a bed of couscous later on, once your flatbread is long gone. It’s such a delicious way to eat your veggies. Topped with some salty, crumbly feta cheese is my personal favorite way to enjoy it, but maybe that’s because I’m a complete feta freak. 

Make some ratatouille today, slather it on a flatbread, crumble a little feta cheese over it, and watch your non-vegetable lover devour it. It’s that good! 

-Amy at Flatout

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Chicken and Veggie Fajitas

Serve these mouth watering SmartPoints value friendly fajitas at your next family get together.  Your guests will love the mix of colorful and crunchy toppings : scallions, red cabbage, pico de gallo, salsa, lettuce, hot sauce and reduced fat sour cream… just watch your crowd enjoy every bite. Got spice lovers in your group? Make them super, extra spicy in that case, by adding their favorite hot sauce! Get as creative as you like; with flatbread, it’s easy! Our new video shows you how:

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Very Veggie Nachos

These Very Veggie Nachos are a SmartPoints friendly delicious snack with plenty of flavor. Using baked wholegrain flatbread chips as the base pile on the veggies: tri-colored peppers, corn, black beans, avocado make for a healthy and tasty snack! We love our flatbread nachos, and you will too!

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