Thursday, March 21, 2013

Homemade Pizza

Pizza is a great way to pack in those veggies.  I love to eat it especially on nights when I'm home watching hockey games.  Sure, you can have one delivered from the local pizza place, but it's healthier and less expensive to make it yourself.  Plus you have total control of what goes on it!  There are so many different ways to change it to meet your needs.  Load it up with whichever veggies you prefer!

So far I have not discovered a pizza crust recipe that works for me, so I buy the crust. I tried this recipe with pureed spinach instead of tomato sauce recently.  It was good, but I think I needed to season the spinach a little.  It would have been my personal perfect pizza if I had done that!

Here is the recipe I use most often.

 *Choose organic whenever possible.*

INGREDIENTS - HOMEMADE SAUCE
1 small can of tomato sauce
1 small can of diced tomatoes
minced garlic flakes, sprinkled
dried basil, sprinkled
black pepper, sprinkled
onion flakes, sprinkled

DIRECTIONS - HOMEMADE SAUCE
Just cook everything in a pot on the stove (medium heat) for approximately 20 minutes!  With this recipe you will have leftover sauce.  Refrigerate it and make another pizza another day or use it for another recipe.

INGREDIENTS - PIZZA
1 store-bought 7-inch whole wheat pizza crust 5-6 black olives, sliced
1 medium loose white mushroom, chopped
mozzarella cheese, shredded (Use your own judgement.  I don't like a lot of cheese.)
dried oregano (Just go crazy.)
red pepper flakes
homemade sauce (see recipe above)

DIRECTIONS - PIZZA
1.  Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
2.  Spread the sauce on the crust.
3.  Sprinkle the cheese.
4.  Add the olives and mushrooms.
5.  Sprinkle the oregano.
6.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.  I prefer to use stoneware.  It bakes evenly and gives it a good flavor, especially if you're making your own crust.
7.  Devour guilt-free knowing you created your own edible masterpiece.

How do you like your pizza?  Please share!

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Blueberry Smoothie

Homemade fruit smoothies are the perfect treat anytime of the day or year.  They incorporate the nutrition of fruits as well as protein.  This is a simple, quick, healthy, and delicious recipe with no added sweetener.  I just happened to have frozen blueberries at home, which I love anytime of the year.  How would you change this recipe to suit your own taste?

1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cup milk

Puree it in the blender for approximately 30 seconds or to your desired consistency.  Enjoy!
  

The blueberry smoothie is 
pictured here with an 
environmentally friendly glass straw.

Friday, March 01, 2013

Fruit and Veggie Salad

March is National Nutrition Month and what better way to celebrate than with a medley of fun and festive fruits and veggies!  We all know that fruits and veggies are good for us, but if you're like me it's easy to get stuck in a rut.  Lately I find myself eating the same fruits and veggies prepared the same way day after day.  Once in a while I add raisins, blueberries or grapes to my otherwise veggie salad, but today I went all out.  I grabbed almost every fruit and veggie I have on hand and I tossed them into a delicious salad.  I found myself using some canned fruits I forgot I had.  You can use any of your favorite fruits and veggies or try new ones.  Here is what I came up with.

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup canned pineapple chunks (do not drain)
1/2 cup canned pears, diced (do not drain)
1/2 medium cucumber diced
Handful of red grapes
1 medium carrot, diced
1 cup raw cabbage, chopped
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Juice from 1/4 of a lime

DIRECTIONS
Just toss it all together and enjoy!

Usually salads do not fill me up, but this one did.  I did not need to eat anything else with it.  The cheese not only adds calcium, but also protein.  It also adds a touch of salt.  There is no need to add dressing because the juice from the canned fruits and the lime juice are enough.  I tasted this salad just prior to adding the lime juice.  I can say with certainty that the lime juice significantly enhanced the flavor for me.  It made a huge difference.  There is also something I love about having everything cut up into little bite-sized pieces.  You can get so many flavors all in one spoonful that way, and yes I ate this scrumptious salad with a spoon.

So go ahead and play with your food!  Get crafty with it and create something unique for yourself!  Afterall, this is also National Craft Month!