1/23/12

Homemade pizza and arugula salad

Every now and then, there comes an opportunity to enjoy a fresh, warm slice of pizza. Sunday January 22nd, 2012 happened to be that day. No reason, just a fresh bag of dough from the local grocery store (Publix) and my hubby who told me that we were having Pizza on Sunday.

Karel sprinkled sesame seeds on the "crust" of the dough after he let the dough rise and then pressed it out as thin as possible.

To dress up our homemade pizza, I spooned tomato sauce topped with chili flakes (we love spicy food!) on the dough. I use cheese as my last topping so I started layering my toppings....
Sun dried tomatoes
Roasted red peppers (in a glass jar)
Fresh egg plant (sliced)
Onions (sliced)
Garlic (chopped)
Mushrooms (sliced)
Green bell peppers (sliced)
Pineapple chunks (canned in own juice, rinsed well)
Spicy Tofu (fresh ingredients - cubed and cooked on seperate non stick pan in oven)

The pizza (and tofu) was cooked at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes (or until edges were golden brown).
TIP: while the pizza is cooking, chop up a bunch of other veggies for leftovers for a salad, stir fry or casserole.




Here's my "restaurant" style salad. I am guessing this salad would be at least $4 at a restaurant! I LOVE the tartness and crispness of Arugula...what a great Italian compliment to our meal! Also, blueberries were on sale!!
Here's my simple salad that you can't put a price on!
Arugula
Spinach
Blueberries (or seasonal fruit)
Steak tomatoe (sliced)
Sunflower seeds
Pomegranate balsamic dressing



A little about blueberries (as if you needed more of a reason to eat them??!?!)
(from Tufts University pamphlet - 51 healthy foods you can say "yes" to)
Tufts researchers are studying blueberries for their antioxidant benefits, including the possibility that they may boost brain functions that weaken as we age. Other scientists have found in animal testing that blueberries may lower cholesterol levels. Blueberries are also a good source of vitamin K, which Tufts researchers suggest may play a role in preventing osteoporosis and hardening of the arteries. Berries of all sorts are good choices, too: Blackberries, for example, also deliver vitamin K, along with a quarter of your daily vitamin C in just a half-cup. If berries are out of season, try frozen berries blended into a smoothie.