Power Greens Pizza with Pine Nuts

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Power Greens Pizza with Pine Nuts. Say that three times fast!

I love this recipe because it is an easy weeknight meal, made with some leftover greens and pantry staples. I don’t really know how to make small portions, due to being raised by women from the south. You always had to make sure you had enough food in case someone dropped by. Therefore,  leftovers are a constant in my refrigerator.

Rooting through my fridge for something to cook for dinner one night, it looked pretty bleak. I am not one of those people who plan out a weeks worth of meals, and are really organized, and never serve the same meal twice. Whatever.


Power Greens Pizza with Pinenuts | Black Girl Chef's Whites


I found some leftover kale and collard greens, and the lightbulb went on. Maybe it was the refrigerator light, I’m not sure. Either way, I was inspired to use the greens to make dinner.

This pizza can be made with any greens you have on hand, even thawed frozen spinach, in a pinch.  Trader Joe’s has a Pesto Gouda cheese I like, so I chose that in keeping with the green theme. They also have a frozen pizza crust that are great to always have on hand for those times you need a quick lunch or dinner.  If a Pesto flavored cheese is not available, just use Mozzarella and spread a little pesto on the par-baked crust. before adding the toppings.


Power Greens Pizza with Pine Nuts
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 frozen par-baked pizza crust
  • 2 cups pesto gouda cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup cooked greens, such as kale and collards
  • 1 tablespoon raw pine nuts
  1. Heat your oven to °400 F.
  2. Thaw the pizza crust according to package directions.
  3. Sprinkle half the cheese onto the crust.
  4. Spread the greens on top of the cheese.
  5. Top the greens with the remaining cheese.
  6. Sprinkle the pine nuts on top.
  7. Bake the pizza in the center of your oven for 15 minutes, preferably directly on the rack.


Power Greens Pizza with Pinenuts | Black Girl Chef's Whites

The “Triple P” Pulled Pork Pizza

"Triple P" Pizza

The other day I did something I have come to love: I plopped a big ol’ hunk of meat in my slow cooker and walked away.  I so love my Crock Pot.  I had picked up a gigantic piece of boneless pork shoulder from Costco, and divided it it up.  I vacuum sealed and froze half, and rubbed the other half with a good all purpose seasoning mix from The Spice House called Old World Central Street Seasoning.  Because the pork shoulder was so large I knew I would end up using leftovers to make other dishes.  That’s why I choose a good all purpose seasoning that would flavor the meat without limiting its use in other recipes.

I let the roast sit overnight the refrigerator, then shoved it into the Crock Pot on a bed of sliced onions.  I say shoved because even though I have a 8 or 10 quart pot, this piece of meat was so big I had to kind of massage it into the pot!  The pork came out so tender it fell apart as I tried to take it out of the pot.  And as predicted, we had pork with rice, pork sandwiches, pork with noodles and this recipe: The “Triple P Pizza” aka Pulled Pork Pizza.

Pulled Pork

Triple P Pizza

fresh pizza dough

1 1/2 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce, divided

14 – 16 ounces cooked leftover pork shoulder, shredded

3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

1 large onion, thinly sliced and caramelized*

Heat your oven to 450 degrees F.

Fresh Pizza Dough from Trader Joe's

Following the directions on your pizza dough, roll it out to form a large rectangle or circle.  Because my dough started out square, it was easier to roll into a rectangle.

Pizza Dough Rolled out into Rectangle

Carefully transfer the dough to a sheet pan lightly sprayed with non stick cooking spray.

Mix 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce with the pork and set aside.  Pour the remaining BBQ sauce onto the dough and spread it completely over the entire surface.

BBQ Sauce on Pizza Dough

Top the sauce with 2 cups of shredded mozzarella.

Mozzarella Cheese on Pizza Dough

Place the pork on top of the cheese, then top with the caramelized onions.

Pulled Pork and Caramelized Onions on Pizza

Top the pizza with the remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.

Triple P Pizza Before Baking

Bake the pizza for 15 – 20 minutes until the cheese is melted and lightly browned.

"Triple P" Pizza

Pulled pork sandwiches are traditionally served with cole slaw on top of the pork, but I couldn’t envision cole slaw on the pizza.  But once I ate the pizza I actually thought that a bit of crunch and tartness would go nicely on top of the pie.  I may remake this (you know I have a whole lot of pork shoulder still in the freezer) and try it with the cole slaw on top.  I’ll update the post when I do.  If you make it and try it with cole slaw, please leave a comment and let me know how you liked it.

*To caramelize an onion, slowly cook them in a skillet over a low flame in about 2 -3 tablespoons of butter until golden brown and sweet.

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