Meatless Monday & Money Matters: Southwestern Pizza with Black Beans and Corn


Other than a killer run, laundry, and lesson planning…I did nothing this weekend. Nothing really productive, anyways. Yesterday, the only reason I got out of my fuzzy, warm robe was because I had to go play hockey.

I started the day off with an attempt at Banana Nut Quinoa Bread. It was edible, but not yet worth sharing. When I have some time (maaaybe next weekend?) I want to tweak it some. I think it has got some serious potential.


By the time my bread had emerged from the oven in its underwhelming state, it was time for lunch. I decided to ditch out on breakfast and head straight to lunch. I mean, wouldn’t you if this pizza were on the menu? For…realz.

Apparently, I have some things to learn about Columbus and its cuisine. This pizza is a remake of one that is served at the Columbus Brewing Company. I’ve been there once before and the fact that this pizza escaped my lips tells me either 1) I was too busy deciding which beer to order or 2) there was something else really, really enticing on the menu. Though, I don’t remember what I ate, so it couldn’t have lived up to its description...


In typical fashion, Mr. Prevention opted out of eating what *I* wanted to make…and reheated pizza instead. Traditional deep-dish pizza that his sister brought back from Champaign (is it obvious how much the man loves pizza…interstate delivery?). He even said this pizza didn’t sound good.

As usual, he admitted that he was wrong when I served him up a half of a piece. Only after he whined about my putting avocado on the whole pizza did he shut up, take a bite, and realize he loved the pizza…with the avocado cream.

This fun twist on pizza is sure to please…even the toughest of crowds!


Unlike this weekend, this week is insane. That means, it should go quickly!

P.S. The winner of the donut pan is…#81, Karen of Loves to Eat! Congrats, Karen! I’ll be in touch!

Be well,


  1. Mmmmm, this pizza looks fabulous! The perfect healthy recipe when your pressed for time! :-)

  2. The pizza sounds great! You are very patient with Mr. P! :)

  3. I get the worst cravings for pizza! I don’t make it nearly as much as I used to with my friend Mon- which is sad. Instead, I’m championing the efforts to get delivery after a long day of basketball… close enough, right? ;)

  4. Mmm, I LOVE Southwestern-y type pizzas. This looks fantastic and I hope to try it soon.

  5. I love the idea of this pizza – I would probably make my own dough as you suggested – maybe mix salsa with the beans?!?

    I love avocado too – what a great addition!

  6. This looks delicious!! I love the idea of these flavors combined into a pizza.

  7. The pizza looks fantastic!! Congrats to Karen!

  8. I can relate with having a significant other turn their head on a ingredient and then love the taste after the cooking. The addition of avocado is genius! I must give the southwestern pizza a try :)

  9. Papa Del’s? ;)

  10. This pizza sounds amazing. I love this kind of thing, traditional pizza just gets so boring after awhile.

  11. Awesome idea! I love “weird” pizza ideas – my favorite pizza right now(and has been for a while) is actually bbq sauce with whole black beans, sweet peppers and caramelized onions sprinkled over top and mozzarella cheese. The avocado cream on this looks amazing, I need to try something like that :)

  12. I love the sound of this avocado sauce!
    This pizza looks like a winner to me! I love all these flavors!
    Thanks for sharing!! Glad Mr. Prevention enjoyed it too! ;)

  13. This looks so good, Nicole! I like the southwestern flavors!

  14. This looks delicious! And very affordable :) Thanks for posting.

  15. Looks really yummy! I made a similar recipe once. It was good, so I may need to do that again!

  16. That looks fantastic! I love homemade pizzas,if you’ve never made a home made pizza recipe, you might be missing the most incredible flavors. Homemade pizza is a superb option for lunch, dinner or simply a quick snack.

    Sometimes three to four toppings work correctly with each other and provide a pleasant combination of tastes. It is completely up to you the number of other ingredients you choose to add to the main vegetable, meat or chicken ingredient that you’re leading your home made pizza recipe with.

  17. I love how this recipe is easy, healthy, and on the cheap. Just made it tonight. I do have one suggestion….do NOT bake pizza dough on parchment paper. The paper ended up sticking to the bottom of the pizza. We finally gave up trying to peel it off and just ate the pizza topping with tortilla chips.

  18. I just stumbled on this site and am super excited to try your recipes. This one looks so good but I was wondering if there was a way to lower the calories in the dough at all? Do you have or know a low calorie pizza dough? You see I’m working on self control but having that whole pizza in front of me and then only eating 2 slilces doesn’t seem like a REAL option lol. Thanks,

    • Nicole, RD says:

      Shannon, I do not know of a low calorie pizza dough. You may want to Google “cauliflower pizza crust”. I have heard really good things…and really bad things. It’s just not my preference, so I haven’t tried it…but it may be worth looking into! You could also try this on a pita or flatbread (the Flatout brand by the deli section is really popular). I hope that helps!

  19. Yum! Loved this! And loved that a fourth of the pizza was a serving, I was totally satisfied. Thanks!


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