Trader Joe’s Cheese Pizza with an Arugula Salad Served Right on Top


Some nights it’s just not possible to come up with a recipe and cook a bigger dinner. Tonight is going to be one of those nights for me. Dennis and I are heading to the Goo Goo Dolls and Phillip Phillips concert tonight at the SDSU Open Air Theater. When Dennis asked me what I’d like to do for our anniversary this year, I told him I’d love more than anything to see Phillip Phillips since he was going to be in town the following week.

Instead of coming up with a new recipe to share with you all, tonight I thought I’d share with you something I enjoy having for dinner when time is short. I enjoy Trader Joe’s frozen cheese pizza because it is lower in calories and fat than other frozen pizzas. To dress it up a bit, I like to throw a couple handfuls of arugula on top of the pizza and drizzle it with a bit of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice, kosher salt and pepper and shredded parmesan cheese. It’s like having an arugula salad with a pizza bottom, it’s good and it doesn’t feel heavy.

I love that I can enjoy a nice dinner for under 400 calories! This pizza has just 310 calories per serving (the pizza serves 3, which means there will be leftovers for Dennis’ lunch for tomorrow … it’s a win-win!), and just 4.5 saturated fat grams, no trans fat. I can feel good about eating this pizza without any real guilt (also a win-win!).

This is what the pizza looks like baked with the arugula salad added on top. With a nice glass of red wine, this is an ideal dinner for me. I will feel like I’m sitting at an outdoor restaurant in Italy.

I’ve seen Phillip Phillips with my good friend, Marie a couple times, and Marie and Ethel once. He is so amazing in concert … my absolute favorite to watch on stage. It is so much fun to watch him play his guitar! I was hoping Dennis would want to go to this concert with me so he can appreciate Phillip Phillips in the same way I do. Dennis really enjoys The Goo Goo Dolls, who happen to be the opening act … I know we are going to have a fabulous time tonight. I can’t wait! Now, I just need to search my closet for the perfect outfit.


Until next time, Kris



Author: Sunshine and Savory

I love when my house is filled with people, having friends and family over for a meal feeds my soul. There is nothing I enjoy more than preparing for a dinner party, a holiday dinner, or a book club meeting when it's my turn to host ... If I could, I would own a Bed and Breakfast! This would ensure I'd always have someone to prepare a meal for. Being with others and sharing my table is what I look forward to most. I was born in Wisconsin and after I got married in 1987, my husband and I moved west for his job. He had just graduated college and we were married a couple months later. An interesting tidbit about me is that I never cooked a meal before I got married. I taught myself how to cook and found that I really enjoyed it. One of the first meals I made after we were married was a shrimp pasta dish. I made this for myself when my husband was on business travel and I had so much fun inventing this meal - this was the start of my love of cooking. I probably won't be posting much on shrimp dishes, since I am now allergic. Big bummer! I was allergic to lobster, and then had an issue with scallops, so just never had a shrimp after the scallop incident. Why couldn't I be allergic to something less enjoyable?! My favorite celebrity chefs are Ina Garten and The Pioneer Woman. I hope you enjoy my blog!

2 thoughts on “Trader Joe’s Cheese Pizza with an Arugula Salad Served Right on Top”

  1. Wow Kris, your blog is amazing! All of your recipes have great colorful photos. Just scrolling through your blog is making me super hungry 🙂 I can’t wait to make some of the recipes you have posted, especially the sweet recipes! I have a food blog too and I would love it if you checked it out: Keep on cooking!

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    1. Hi Kara! Thank you so very much! You are so kind :). I’m glad you are enjoying my blog and reading my recipes. I love to cook and really love to entertain, it’s my passion. When I first got married, I didn’t know how to cook anything. I learned, trial by error. :). I checked out your blog and I love it! I love the insomnia cookies, how fun! My mother-in-law always wanted me to market and sell my chocolate chip cookies so your post really hit home for me. Yesterday would have been her birthday:). Best of luck in your college career and your blog. I signed up to receive your blog posts. I look forward to each and every one.

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