This Hummus and Grilled Vegetable Pizza post has been sponsored Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE™ . All opinions are our own.
Cleaning. Love it or hate, it’s something that HAS TO be done, especially when you cook as much as we do. The two of us are usually opposites on pretty much everything. But when it comes to this, we’re totally on the same page: neither one of us likes it. At all. Of course we like the end result… but that doesn’t usually last long, which makes it that much more frustrating!
Since cleaning can’t be avoided, we always try our best to prevent huge messes as much as possible. Two of our best strategies are:
- Clean as you go, so by the time you’re done cooking, it doesn’t look like a bomb exploded in your kitchen.
- Try to avoid spills / leaks as much as possible. Especially on the floor, especially if something contains some kind of oil, and especially, in the refrigerator (because, let’s face it, if cleaning isn’t your thing, cleaning the fridge can be absolute torture).
The clean-as-you-go part is fairly easy. It just requires a little bit of discipline to be accomplished. The spilling prevention however… not so easy. It requires a) not being a klutz (and if you are, probably not much you can do about it…) ; b) cleaning as you go, so you don’t end up with stuff all over the place that can be easily knocked down; and c) good storage containers. Especially if you want to avoid spending an hour cleaning the refrigerator, or if you’re planning on transporting food in your car (which we do quite often).
Let’s talk about that latter for a second. Because, if you’re anything like us, you know that not all storage containers are created equal. And you know, because you’ve learned it the hard way…
So now that we’ve learned our lesson, we know what to look for!
- A container that seals properly, so there are no leaks or spills.
- A container that is stain and odor resistant. Because honestly, we don’t have the time to scrub containers for 15 minutes to remove food stains. We have better things to do. And garlic scented fruit salad? No thank you.
- A container that is clear, so you can see what the heck you put in there, instead of having to open and close all the containers in your fridge 20 times. Back to the cleaning thing again: if you do that, chances are YOU WILL END UP SPILLING SOMETHING.
- A container that is BPA-free (because, you know, we prefer our food to be chemical free) and microwave safe, that can go from fridge to microwave without having to remove the lid (try to picture tomato sauce splattered all over the inside of your microwave without cringing…).
- Containers that are stackable, so they can fit perfectly in the fridge and not fall all over the place.
- And last, but not least, a container that is DISHWASHER SAFE. So you don’t end up with a half melted, useless thing that needs to go straight into the trash.
Think we’re asking too much? Maybe. Did we find what we were looking for? You bet.
Next time you’re at your local Target store, walk by the houseware/kitchen section, and look for Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE™ food storage containers. Not only do they hit all the points we mentioned above, they’re also elegant and beautifully designed. The splatter-free lid design has built-in vents that allow steam to escape, so you can microwave food without removing the lid (all you have to do is move the latches to the upward position). They also have a full lifetime warranty! Check out the following money saving offers:
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We love using these Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE™ containers to marinate veggies for grilling without having to worry about leakage, like we did for this recipe. They’re also great to prep your veggies ahead of time and keep them fresh. So, double the time saving!!
For this Hummus and Grilled Vegetable Pizza recipe, we marinated zucchini, yellow squash and Japanese eggplant in olive oil, lemon, garlic, coriander, cumin and ginger, and threw them on the grill till tender. We spread our homemade hummus over store bought crust instead of cheese for a healthier twist and a boost of protein (need a shortcut? Store bought hummus works just fine!)
For this Hummus and Grilled Vegetable Pizza recipe, we marinated zucchini, yellow squash and Japanese eggplant in olive, lemon, garlic, coriander, cumin and ginger, and threw them on the grill till tender. We spread our homemade hummus over store bough crust instead of cheese for a healthier twist and a boost of protein (need a shortcut? Store bought hummus works just fine!)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp ground powder ginger
1 yellow squash, sliced 1/4″ thick
1 Zucchini, sliced 1/4″ thick
1 Japanese Eggplant, sliced 1/4″ thick
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 store bought pizza crusts
1 cup hummus, home made or store bought
6-8 black cured olives, pitted
12-18 grape tomatoes
1/2 tsp oregano (optional)
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
Combine the salt, garlic powder, coriander, cumin and ginger in a small bowl and mix well
Place the vegetables in a 9.6 cup Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE™Container, and add the olive oil and lemon juice. Sprinkle the spice mix, close container and shake it well until all the vegetables are coated with the marinade. Refrigerate for at least of 30 minutes
Heat the grill to medium high and grease it slightly. Arrange the vegetables on it and grill them for 2 -3 minutes per side
Spread 1/2 cup hummus on each pizza crust. Arrange the grilled vegetables, olives and grape tomatoes on top. Place it on the grill, covered, for 5-8 minutes, checking it after 5 minutes to make sure it doesn’t burn
Remove the pizza from grill and sprinkle oregano and red pepper flakes if desired.
If you don’t have a grill,you can either roast the vegetables or sauté them on a pan, and bake the pizza at 450F for 5-8 minutes.