So if you do not know already, I LOVE pizza. I love how easy it can be, I love how many types you can make, I love how healthy it can be and most importantly, I love how happy it makes my stomach and taste buds
So far, all my pizzas were made with marinara sauce aka the basic. Today I thought it would be fun to make a marinara-less pizza. I did not have enough cheese to make a white pizza, but I did have basil and mushrooms… Pesto mushroom pizza!!!
Another food that I love is Pesto (is it a food?) It has such a strong flavor and it adds so much flavor to a meal.
For pesto pizza I used my favorite brand of whole wheat pizza dough. I defrosted it overnight in the refrigerator, then left it out on the counter for several hours so it would be easier to roll out. I a little nervous about tackling home made pizza dough after my last episode!
The next step was to make the pesto.
- 10 oz container of basil
- 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese
- 2 T pine nuts
- 1/2 cup of olive oil
- 1 T butter
- pinch of salt
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.
Whew that was hard! Actually it is a good idea to gradually add in the olive oil in after processing the basil incase it starts to get too oily (same with cheese), but whatever floats your boat!
Spread the pesto mix onto a rolled out pizza dough. Don’t be shy with the pesto, it will be worth it in the end.
After the pesto is spread evenly throughout the pizza add mushrooms on top, be generous, the mushrooms get smaller after cooking.
Once the pizza is assembled, add it to a baking sheet or a hot pizza stone. Cook at 500 degrees for 20 minutes.
Mine came out a bit dark because after 20 minutes, I shut off the oven, but left the pizza in while I went to CrossFit for an hour.
Very basic, but delicious pizza.
Since I’m not shy in admitting my faults, this meal of just the pizza was lacking a little protein. I would have heated up some edamame, but I did not have any. You could always add some chicken, tofu, ham etc. O well, I’ll just add some extra protein to my breakfast in the morning.
So I am curious, what would you think about a 7 day pizza challenge. For 7 days I make pizza for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. No this is not to purposely clog my arteries or for my CrossFit workouts to go to waste, but to be creative with healthy pizza ideas. Like I mentioned pizza can be super healthy. A lot of times the crust is what makes a pizza ‘heavy’. I know there are many healthy pizza dough recipes. There is also the option to use whole wheat tortillas, English Muffins etc instead of crust. I think it would be so fun to find and cook healthy pizza with all different vegetables and fruits on top (yes fruit). Dessert pizza would be the best! When I was South Dakota for work, my co-workers and I ate at a place called Pizza Ranch. It was basically a pizza buffet (pretty gross actually), but the dessert pizza was delicious! Maybe because it was just a blueberry pie in the form of a pizza
Anyway, I am curious as to what you all think, if it is at all interesting. I will probably try it out anyway at some point, but I will have to do a lot of recipe research!
No I would not include the pups in this challenge, they have to stick to sweet potato and salmon.