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Meatless Monday recipe of the week: Focaccia Pizza Sandwiches

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Sometimes, you just need a bit of pizza in your life. Seriously.

And Mondays are one of those days where it’s nice to come home and just have something satisfying. These sandwiches are a snap to make, don’t cost much and will probably hit the spot after freezing to death in the air-conditioning all day. If you come home slicked with sweat, well, it’s still pizza related.

And it’s dinner. Easy, cheesy, Meatless Monday dinner, to be exactly. The perfect way for you to cool your heels.

Focaccia Pizza Sandwiches

1/4 cup prepared marinara sauce

2 (4-inch) squares focaccia, halved horizontally

2 tablespoons sliced pitted black olives

1 ounce sliced meatless soy pepperoni (or none at all)

4 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese

6 small leaves basil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Spread marinara sauce on one side of each of the 2 bottom pieces of focaccia. Top sauce with olives, pepperoni and cheese, then arrange, along with the focaccia tops, on a baking sheet.

Bake until cheese is just melted, pepperoni is warmed through and focaccia is crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to plates, top bottom halves with basil, arrange focaccia on top and serve.

— Recipe adapted from www.wholefoodsmarket.com.

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