It’s Summer! Which Means, Internship Time!

Hello again!  After a year on hiatus, I have returned!  This time I’m going blog about my crazy awesome experience that is going to happen this summer!  And food, of course.

So, this summer I was accepted to an internship program at Iowa State called the Heddleson Internship.  Basically, it’s a kind of make-your-own internship through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach where you get to pick the program specialist you want to work with in the area you’re interested in and then do it!  I chose to work with a nutrition program specialist in central Iowa and I’m pretty stoked about the whole thing, so I felt the need to share it with all my lovely followers.  So starting Monday the 19th, I will be posting updates about all the new and exciting experiences I will be having and hopefully you will enjoy them too!

I will also be sharing my cooking experiences this summer.  Last semester, I worked three part-time jobs and took 21 credit hours, which wasn’t my most brilliant idea to say the least.  This meant a lot of late nights, and a lot of take-out/delivery/anything-that-didn’t-require-me-to-cook.  But, now that it’s summer and my life will be minimally less crazy (only two jobs, an internship, and summer classes), I have decided that I will be doing more cooking.  I also planted my lovely deck garden, which means hopefully soon I will have lots of fresh veggies at my doorstep.

Isn't it pretty?
Isn’t it pretty?

But, for now I will just share a quick and easy recipe that I made the other night:  Individual Tortilla Pizzas.  Basically, a pizza on a tortilla (whole-wheat, of course!).  It’s super simple, but delicious and nutritious.

Individual Tortilla Pizzas

Makes 4 servings

1 pint of cherry tomatoes, sliced thin

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

1 tsp thyme (dry or fresh)

3 cloves of garlic, grated or minced

Pizza toppings (for the version I did, I used a roasted red pepper/mango chicken sausage, sliced and  julienned red peppers and red onions)

Cheese of your liking (I just used mozzarella because it was what I had in the freezer)

4 whole-wheat tortillas

Fresh fruit of choice


Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.  Place tomatoes and any other veggies you want on the baking sheet and toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, thyme, and garlic.  Roast for 15-20 minutes or until tender.  Switch to the broiler.

If using meat (except pepperoni or Canadian bacon), sauté in a skillet over medium heat until cooked and slightly crispy.  Set aside.

Remove veggies from baking sheet an line with fresh parchment or foil, along with a second baking sheet.  Place 2 tortillas on each baking sheet.  Sprinkle just a little mozzarella on each tortilla to help glue the toppings to the pizza.  Distribute roasted veggies and sautéed meats evenly among the four pizzas.  Sprinkle cheese on top.  Place pans under broiler until cheese is melted and crispy.  Serve with fresh fruit and enjoy!

That’s all for today.  Until next time, keep your mind sharp and your knives sharper!