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Amazing Pizza

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 My mom came for church and lunch this Sunday. For lunch we decided to make individual pizzas because it would be quick, easy and we could all have what we wanted.  I had been dreaming about making this pizza for that last 24 hours, since I had gone grocery shopping and bought Kalmata olives, feta cheese and fresh mozzarella.  The entire time we were assembling the ingredients and pizza I could not stop saying how excited I was about the pizza I was making. I’m sure I was driving my mother crazy, thankfully she loves me and can tolerate my love for food.  The pizza above is mine.  For this one I started with a slice of Arnold’s 100 calorie whole wheat sandwich thins and topped it with: homemade pizza sauce (just thinned tomato paste, sprinkle of brown sugar and herbs), fresh parmesan cheese, fresh mozzarella cheese, feta cheese, sauteed baby portabella mushrooms, orange pepper, fresh garlic, and fresh basil. It was absolutly delicious! I had just read this article by some famous chef in a magazine about making good pizza and how you should’t overload it with toppings… well I’m not sure I agree. I love toppings and sauces and this hit the spot. Delicious!  My husband was not quite as adventurous. Pesto, feta, parmesean and basil-tomato chunks with fresh basil on top. Still quite tasty.

Mom was adventurous like me. That must be where I get my adventurous spirit from. 🙂

Having just a handful of fresh ingredients on hand can add up to numerous different combinations of meals. I’ve made 3 meals with almost all the same ingredients this week and every one has been totally different.

Experiments in Asparagus Pizza

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Jiffy box mixes have long been used in my family. The perfect quiche is only possible with Jiffy box crust and cornbread is always made from Jiffy’s box.  I recently began using Jiffy’s pizza crust mix and was not surprised when it turned out fairly tasty and extremely quick and easy.    The last two weeks  I have made veggie pizza’s using Jiffy’s box mix.

Last week I made a half box of pizza crust for a smaller pizza and added oregano and basil to the dough before rolling it out.  I topped the crust with olive oil, garlic and basil then added mozzarella cheese and slices of asparagus spears (thawed from the freezer).  We thoroughly enjoyed it dipped in home made (from the summer) cherry tomato sauce.

This evening I was coming home from a meeting and my loving husband made the pizza crust for me, this time using the entire box of mix, making a very large pizza.  He did not add any spice and rolled it out making a crust.  I’m not sure what exactly he did, but this time the crust just wasn’t as good. (No offense, dear.)  Maybe the spices are essential to a good crust or maybe he didn’t let the dough rest before rolling it out. Either way, it was made with love and it turned out alright.

I have this cookbook called “Deceptively Delicious” (by Jerry Seinfield’s wife) and it is all about hiding good fruits and vegetables into your food so your kids will eat them. Obviously I have no objection to eating my veggies, and I don’t have kids yet,  but I definitely do not eat as much as I should when it comes to dinner time. I get so focused on the main dish I forget until the last minute to make a vegetable. So, why not add some veggies to my main dish!  I had set some pureed yellow squash out to thaw determined to use it somehow this week and decided to try to mix it into my pizza somehow. We had a few differnt ideas but went with mixing it into the sauce.  So we came up with a yellow squash puree, olive oil, basil, flax seed and garlic mixture to top the pizza with. Doesn’t look too appetizing, but it actually turned out pretty well.

When I ran out of this half way through the pizza, we decided to make half with the cherry tomato sauce.

Then we topped it off with Mozzarella cheese and again sliced asparagus. and then some cherry tomatoes on the green side.

Baked for 16 minutes and wha- la! dinner is served complete with 3 different types of veggies, dairy and grains!

Besides the crust being a little lack luster and limp, it was tasty and there really wasn’t too much difference between the sides.  My husband actually liked the side with the yellow squash better (he could only taste all the garlic mixed in with it.) The asparagus may seem weird, but it actually has a very good taste on pizza. The heads almost taste a bit like olives (but obviously not too much or my olive hating hubby would not be eating it).  I wonder what kind of pizza we will create next Wednesday?

What is good for you in this pizza?

Flax seed: numerous health benefits, but to summarize:  high in omega 3, supports immune system, stabilizes sugar levels, high in fiber, reduces risk of heart disease and can slow growth of cancer tumors.

Asparagus: rich in iron, promotes energy and healing and helps fight infection.  Good source of several good vitamins and good for digestive health.

Tomatoes: source of lycopene which helps prevent prostate cancer, high in vitamin C, can prevent cataracts and keep heart and eyes healthy.

Garlic: a natural antibiotic, antiviral and anti fungal that can help reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.  High in vitamin C, potassium and calcium.

Eat, Enjoy and Be Healthy! 🙂