Loaded pizza

Hello friends! We’re back after a crazy spring and summer! Hopefully you all are enjoying this beautiful weather we’ve been graced with… for 2 months 🙂

I’ve started a new nursing job involving shift work and with that comes a bit more freedom with days off during the week. Today, I’ve decided to make a well rounded meal for me and my hubster… (not a word, you say? I’ll add it to Wikipedia.)

This pizza is inspired by one of my great friends and her love of vegetables on anything and everything! I think it would’ve been even better if I cooked it on the BBQ to give it a bit of a smokey flavor (and to avoid making the house hotter than it already is). Ah well, next time.

To make the crust:

2 1/2 cups warm water
2 Tbsp oil
2 Tbsp white sugar
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp quick-rising yeast
6 cups flour (I used 5 cups whole wheat and 1 cup white flour)

Mix sugar, salt, dry yeast and flour. Add water and oil. Knead well, adding more flour if needed. Cover with a wet tea towel and let rest for 10-15 minutes.

Divide the dough into two and roll out onto a large cookie sheet or pizza pan. Let rise 5 minutes. Prick entire crust. Bake crust at 425 F (or on the BBQ) for 7 minutes. Remove from oven to cool. You can use immediately or freeze for later use.

Once your dough is ready…

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Throw on your pizza sauce of choice. I like to make my own using tomato sauce and tomato paste, and add my own spices like garlic, oregano, thyme, basil, pepper, and a dash of salt.

Next, slice up the veggies you are craving for the pizza!
I used mushrooms, leftover asparagus from our supper the night before, spinach, and red onion. I also added sliced pork tenderloin from the night before. We occasionally struggle with using up our leftovers so this was a great way to make sure nothing went to waste!

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Voila!

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A beautiful pizza! I just added a bit of cheese and baked it at 425 F for about 10 minutes. I always like to broil it for a couple minutes at the very end to crisp up the cheese a bit. Yumm!

I feel like pizza has created a bad rap for itself because of all of the (delicious) processed junk that often gets added. But you can make it (deliciously) healthy, too!

What are your favorite things to add to a pizza?

Until next time,

Bree

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Follow Up to Weekly Dinner Menu… WHAT?

Well it has been a few weeks since I wrote Weekly Dinner Menu… What? and needless to say it has not gone exactly as planned. I have all the excuses to prove why it hasn’t gone according to plan, but I won’t bore you with the excuses; I will just update you on my discoveries!

The weekly menu, although it sounds simple and straight forward, is so much more time consuming and takes so much more focus than I thought it would. I just seem to lose focus on Sundays when I should be preparing my list and shopping for the groceries needed. I also save the laundry, vacuuming, cleaning beds, etc.…until Sunday and I don’t believe it helps that I feel like my house is in constant disarray! Ahhh, there I go with my excuses!! Back to the reason I am here… Weekly Menu!

So one thing is for sure, preparing as much as possible before the week starts is the best way to make the weekly dinner menu a success. Prepare the veggies, the meat, and have everything ready to go, so the day of the meal or the day before it is much easier to throw together. Now I just have to figure out the best days to prepare this stuff, Sundays just aren’t cutting it for me.

An item I will be investing in is a chalkboard for in my kitchen… how handy this will be. My vision is to use it for the weekly menu so that everyone is aware of the meals planned. Another use will be for groceries. If we run out of an item, this will be a place to quickly jot down what the item is and then it can be added to the grocery list when it is being written up. Hmmm, am I making this too complicated? I feel like I need to organize it as best I can, but maybe it’s too much? Whether it is or not, I need to try. This has to work in order for us to get a full, happy meal on the table each night. What I am doing now, is just not working.

The most successful meal this week was the famous Pull A Part Chicken, made with Cauliflower Mashed and we snuck in some spinach, and it was amazing. Again my son gobbled it down. This meal is so quick and easy to make, and lasts a few meals for three people. Just one of those menu items that will stick with us for a long time.

Chicken Pull-A-Part

Chicken Pull-A-Part

Cauliflower Mashed

Cauliflower Mashed

The Final Product: Chicken, Cauliflower and Spinach

The Final Product: Chicken, Cauliflower and Spinach

So what do you do to make your weekly menu successful? Do you have any tips you can provide to help us all be successful in getting a healthy meal on the table?

Until next time,

Elisa