Mediterranean Pizza with White Bean Hummus

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Guess what everyone! I have some news. I started grad school this week!

And uh, I still have that whole full-time-job-at-a-start-up-thing happening. So, the next two years are going to be preeeeetty interesting. But you know what? I can totally handle it. I just need to prioritize my time. Which I can totally do. I mean, I worked in college and studied and waterskied and somehow my roommates and I still found time to hand-sew our own togas (what? Don’t even pretend like you didn’t love a good toga party back in the day).

Which brings me to this pizza. I know you’re probably all like, what does pizza have to do with time management? But hear me out.

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#1 – It’s fast. Like a nascar. OK please don’t stop reading I’ll stop making dumb throwback college jokes now I promise. But it is really fast. Fast like I barely had time to shave my legs this week but I did have time to make this pizza. That fast.

#2 – It’s healthy. I’ve been trying hard to balance healthy eating and working out (or the lack thereof) and recipes like this make it much easier to do that and not feel like all you’ve eaten in the last week is lettuce.

#3 – Homemade hummus. Have you ever made homemade hummus before? Well, let me tell you. It’s super easy, yummy, and you can add as much spice (or not) as you like (which is good if you’re kind of a spice baby – like, ahem, me).

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Ingredients –

White Bean Hummus
1 16oz can Cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon tahini (optional)
chili powder (optional)
3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste

Pizza
4 pieces of pita bread (I used whole wheat)
2 beefsteak tomatoes, sliced (or whichever you like – heirlooms would be great here, too!)
1/4 cup feta cheese (or more if you’re like my boyfriend and you have a feta addiction)
2 cups arugula or romaine (I used romaine because that’s what was in le fridge)
Olives (optional)
Olive oil
Salt & pepper
Makes 4 pizzas.

Make the hummus. 
1. Add the cannellini beans, garlic, lemon juice, tahini (if using) and olive oil to a blender or food processor.
2. Blend until smooth. Depending on the thickness you prefer, you may want to add a bit more olive oil.
3. Transfer to a small mixing bowl. Stir in the chili powder (if using) and add salt and pepper.

Make the pizza.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread the hummus onto the pita bread, then layer tomato and feta cheese on top.
2. Bake for 5-8 minutes, until the feta starts to brown.
3. Remove the pizzas from oven, and top with arugula and olives (if using).
4. Top with salt and pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil.

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