I had the BEST of intentions for dinner today. I’ve really been trying to eat more vegetables on a daily basis because well, people keep telling me that they’re good for me. But more important at this moment is that I’m not just eating for me and baby needs me to be healthier!!! Something I shouldn’t admit as a 26 year old is that in general, I really hate vegetables. I like them IN stuff, soups, salads that someone else makes, but in general….no. They need to be hidden in cheese. Or ranch.
I was going to make the Real Simple Asparagus pizzas. Get home from work, make the dough, relax a little bit, etc…like I said, best of intentions. Let’s fast forward to what actually happened, shall we?
On the bus on the way home, stuck in unbelievable traffic, I googled “quick pizza dough”, decided that asparagus sounded disgusting, and wondered how I could incorporate nutella into dinner…. And let me share with you what I learned: there is a reason pizza dough is not “quick”, you can choke down roasted asparagus if you try hard enough (hey, it’s better than letting it ruin your pizza), and nutella is a delicious dessert. Despite a floury tasting, thin, anti-crust I had enough items in the fridge to make a pretty interesting semi-white pizza. I might even recommend this combination of ingredients to you all, just, make a better crust.
First I sliced some garlic and laid it on the crust, followed by some slices of small tomatoes that I grabbed on a whim at Whole Foods (they were in this really cute little box!), spoonfuls of ricotta, a sprinkling of mozzarella, some sliced red onion, and grated Parmesan cheese. 10 minutes on a 500 degree pizza stone, some basil from the delightful plant thriving on our patio (thanks Kathleen) and a big handful of arugula dressed with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper from the original dinner recipe and voila! I shall call it, no produce left behind-pizza!
For anyone who’s counting, that was at LEAST 2 servings of vegetables in one meal.