Veggie pizza is one of the first meals that came to mind when I decided I wanted to become a vegetarian and drag my kids along with me. It’s delicious, nutritious, and the kids will actually want to eat it.
1 (12″) pizza crust
1 cup grated low fat mozzarella cheese, divided
8 ounces mixed vegetables
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 medium onion, sliced
1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese
1/2 cup pineapple chunks, drained
1 medium sweet red pepper, sliced thin
1 medium green pepper, sliced thin
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Cover pizza dough with 1 cup sauce mixture. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. Layer with mixed vegetables, mushrooms and onion. Add remaining sauce over vegetables. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and then the Swiss cheese. Spread pineapple chunks over the vegetables. Layer both red and green peppers on top. Sprinkle entire top surface with grated Parmesan cheese. Bake in preheated 500 F oven for 12 minutes or until cheese is melted and stringy.
8 ounces angel hair pasta
2 to 2 1/2 pounds ripe, juicy tomatoes
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh basil, to taste
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 to 2 scallions, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup chopped or sliced black or green olives
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente, then drain.
Cut the tomatoes into quarters, or if very large, into smaller sections. Place in a food processor and pulse on and off until coarsely chopped.
Add the basil, parsley, scallions, and olives to the food processor and pulse on and off until everything is finely and evenly chopped, but don’t puree.
In a serving bowl, combine the pasta with the tomato mixture and olive oil. Toss together. Season gently with salt and pepper. Toss well and serve at room temperature.
FRUIT SMOOTHIES make great breakfasts for kids on the go.
1 cup strawberries
4 tablespoons Flaxseed, brown (optional)
It is best to refrigerate the fruit several hours before preparing the Fruit Smoothie. To make the Smoothie even colder, the Banana could be peeled, cut into pieces and frozen with the washed and de-stemmed Strawberries.
Thoroughly wash the cantaloupe. Cut into sections. Remove the seeds and rind (If using a Vita-Mix, the seeds may be left in for added nutritional value). Place into the blender. Add the peeled banana, strawberries, and flaxseed.
If the fruit is warm, try adding 1 or 2 cups of ice. Cover the blender and run at “high” until the seeds are thoroughly blended into the Smoothie (about 1-minute).
Serve in a tall glass with a straw, and enjoy. A Fruit Smoothie also makes a great breakfast.
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