Just so you don't think that I make my kids eat lentils and rice all the time (although we DO eat an awful lot of lentils and rice!), I wanted you all to know this:
The Segal Family eats Pizza pretty near once a week.
Shocking! I know. Sometimes it's not quite that often, but it is one of the kids' favorite meals, and when you make your own, you can make it a perfectly healthy meal!
I make two pizzas, one for kids and one for adults. I start with a whole grain crust, recipe is below. The kids usually stick to the standard sauce, cheese and Parmesan, but because I am preparing it, I can control how much cheese goes on top. At the pizza parlor, you have to blot the grease, right? Yuck. I put exactly 2 ounces (2 slices) of cheese, drastically cutting the fat and cholesterol content.
Kids' pizza uncooked
Kids' pizza cooked
For the grown ups I put lots of veggies on top, whatever we have in the house. Our favorite is sauteed onions and peppers. Sometimes we put cheese on ours, sometimes not.
Grown Up pizza with tomato sauce, sauteed onions and spinach, fresh figs, goat feta and Parmesan
Finished and about to be devoured
Whole Grain Pizza Crust
makes enough for 2 pies
3 tsp dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1 tsp maple syrup or brown rice syrup
Mix together and set aside 5-10 minutes while you measure out:
4 1/2 cups flour, any combo of whole wheat, spelt, oat flour, barley flour etc etc
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp oregano
1 cup warm water
2 T olive oil
Add everything plus yeast mixture. Knead a few minutes to form a sticky soft dough. Coat a bowl with olive oil, place dough inside and turn it to coat all sides. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and set in a warm place to rise for one hour or until doubled in size. Pre-heat oven to 200C. Split dough into two, and gently stretch one portion into a big circle. Place on greased pizza tray or ungreased, pre-heated pizza stone. Top with sauce and toppings of choice. Bake 20 minutes. Dig in! Repeat with second ball of dough.
Follow with Vegan Brownies!!!
Lightly oil an 8x8 square baking pan and pre-heat the oven to 170C.
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup sugar
Mix dry ingredients and set aside.
1/2 cup non-dairy milk of choice
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 T maple syrup or rice syrup
5 T coconut oil, melted or sunflower oil
1/2 cup non-dairy chocolate chips
Mix the above and add to dry ingredients. Blend until smooth and spread into pan. Bake 20 minutes. Don't over-bake, you want these to be chewwwwwy, right? Yumsville
In 2 days, my Better Half and I will be celebrating 15 years of marriage.
A lot of pizza and brownies have passed our lips in 15 years. May there be many, many more.
Stay tuned....blog about LOVE to follow....