Florida Flatbread with Tomatoes and Sweet Peppers

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fresh From Florida for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Florida Flatbread with Tomatoes and Sweet Peppers @EclecticEveryday

I’m finally getting to the point in my pregnancy where I’m not so incredibly hungry 24/7. Hopefully this means I’ll estop gaining weight at the rate I was gaining before. I did start this pregnancy technically underweight, so I’ve gained a bit more than I did with my son. However, my actual weight at this time in my pregnancy is about the same as the last, so I’m not too worried.

I can’t wait though to really get back into exercising at a greater intensity, and eating a lot less. I’m already back into eating lower calorie meals, without feeling like I have to eat a jar of peanut butter after dinner. Last night we had this wonderful flatbread made just with fresh bell peppers and tomatoes.

I started this flatbread with whole sheet bread, and then drizzled it with olive oil. Then I added shredded mozzarella, fresh bell peppers and tomatoes. After baking it until the cheese was in and melty, I garnished it with freshly chopped basil. This flatbread, paired with a nice kale salad and fresh grilled fish for protein made a wonderfully healthy dinner.

Florida Flatbread with Tomatoes and Sweet Peppers @EclecticEveryday

It’s so easy to eat fresh, local fruits and vegetables here in Florida because we have so many things available year round. Our mild Florida temperatures means we have fresh fruits and vegetables all year long. Eating these fresh, seasonal items means foods are fresher and tastier, and the nutritional value is optimized. It encourages a diverse diet that is often more economical and harmonizes with nature’s production cycle.

To find the freshest foods, I make sure to look for the Fresh From Florida logo. This way I’m sure that the produce I’m purchasing is local and fresh. You can find this logo in the produce department, the seafood department and in your favorite local Florida restaurants. Florida Flatbread with Tomatoes and Sweet Peppers @EclecticEveryday So what’s in season right now? Lots of stuff! In March we have fresh:

  • Bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carambola
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Guava
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Oranges
  • Papaya
  • Peanut
  • Potatoes
  • Radish
  • Snap beans
  • Squash
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet corn
  • Tangerines
  • Tomatoes

For this recipe I used fresh Florida bell peppers and Florida Tomatoes.  The Florida bell peppers are really cheap right now, so I’ve been incorporating them into lots of different recipes. They are super sweet and flavorful. I love to eat them raw in salads too, and sometimes just in slices as a snack.This afternoon,  I found this great recipe for a Flatbread with Tomatoes and Sweet Peppers on the Fresh From Florida site. This flatbread, paired with a simple salad, makes a wonderfully healthy and delicious weeknight dinner.

You can head over to the Fresh From Florida site and view some great recipes that utilize fresh seasonal Florida produce and seafood. Be sure to check back often because they update the site with seasonal recipes. Or, next time you are dining out or shopping for groceries, look for the Fresh From Florida logo to make sure that your food selections are fresh, healthy and support your local community. Be sure to connect with Fresh From Florida on Facebook and Fresh From Florida on Twitter too!

Florida Flatbread with Tomatoes and Sweet Peppers @EclecticEveryday

Florida Flatbread with Tomatoes and Sweet Peppers @EclecticEveryday

Florida Flatbread with Tomatoes and Sweet Peppers @EclecticEveryday

Florida Flatbread with Tomatoes and Sweet Peppers

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium or 1 large baked flatbread or pizza crust
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded (or your favorite)
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, hand torn
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 5 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 large Florida bell pepper (red, yellow, green or ⅓ of all 3 colors), seeded and sliced thin
  • 2 medium Florida tomatoes, sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Spread olive oil and garlic evenly over the flatbread.

Evenly distribute three-fourths of the two cheeses over the flatbread.

Evenly distribute the bell pepper and tomato over the cheese.

Add remaining cheese to the top of the flatbread.

Season the flatbread lightly with salt and pepper.

Bake flatbread on a cookie sheet for 7 to 10 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Remove flatbread from oven and garnish with the hand torn basil.

Cut flatbread into several servings and serve warm.

The recipe below is curtsy of Fresh From Florida.

Florida Flatbread with Tomatoes and Sweet Peppers @EclecticEveryday

Florida Flatbread with Tomatoes and Sweet Peppers @EclecticEveryday

7 Responses to “Florida Flatbread with Tomatoes and Sweet Peppers”

  1. 1
    Claire A Gallam — March 31, 2015 @ 11:24 am

    Flatbreads are my goto!

  2. 2
    Paula - bell'alimento — March 31, 2015 @ 11:42 am

    That looks like today’s lunch! Want. Now. Please of course ; )

  3. 3
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — March 31, 2015 @ 2:35 pm

    I love flatbreads! I make them all the time when I’m in a hurry. Can’t wait wait to try this one!

  4. 4
    The Food Hunter — March 31, 2015 @ 3:54 pm

    I love how fresh this is!

  5. 5
    Heather / girlichef — April 1, 2015 @ 7:34 am

    I love simple, fresh meals like this…especially now that the weather is getting nicer. This sounds delicious!

  6. 6
    Martha @ A Family Feast — April 1, 2015 @ 11:42 am

    Looks like wonderful healthy meal – perfect for two! 🙂 Congrats!

  7. 7
    Susan — April 1, 2015 @ 8:26 pm

    Love these fresh flavors you have going on in this flatbread and I’m so jealous you have tomatoes in season. I can’t wait for ours!

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