Pizza Night!!!

Who doesn’t appreciate a good pizza night? So good, quick, but healthy? Healthy is not a word that normally goes with pizza but we managed to come up with a scrumptious version that is good for you too! mmmmmm! Whole-wheat Eggplant and Pesto Pizza, just hearing the name and I am thinking how good it sounds! This was a real winner! It also helps out that I chose not to make the dough this time around. Whole foods sells whole-wheat pizza dough ready to go. That helps make this super simple, quick and very enjoyable 🙂 Let me know what you think.

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Whole-wheat Eggplant and Pesto Pizza
Serves 4

1 unbaked whole-wheat pizza dough
1 medium eggplant, sliced into 1/4″ slices
2 cloves of Garlic
1 tomato, sliced
12-16 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced into thin slices (or vegan mozzarella, like daiya)
1/3 cup pine nuts
Extra-virgin olive oil
1 bunch basil
Celtic sea salt
1/3 cup Grated Parmigiano (or use vegan parm.)
Unbleached, all-purpose flour (for rolling out the dough, you only need a little bit)

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400F. Coat a baking pan with olive oil or non-stick foil. Brush the sheet pan with olive oil. Place slices on baking sheet and brush with olive oil. Salt and pepper them. Place in the heated oven for 10 minutes or until golden.
  2. Flour a clean surface and roll out the dough until the same size as your baking sheet. Place it on the baking sheet and let it rise for 15 minutes.
  3. Toast the pine nuts. This can easily be done in a pan in the oven for 4 minutes. Make sure to watch this so they do not burn.
  4. Sprinkle the pizza with garlic powder or fresh garlic slices and cover with mozzarella slices and eggplant. Put in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Check to make sure the dough is cooked through. The cheese should be bubbling 🙂
  5. After you place the pizza in the oven make a pesto by processing the basil, garlic cloves, toasted pine nuts and 1/3 cup olive oil in a food processor. Add in the grated Parmigiano until well combined.
  6. When the pizza is done, drizzle with pesto and let cool.
  7. Serve and enjoy! I know you will!!

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Lemon Basil Pesto & Raw Zucchini Pasta

pasta 3I love Zucchini Pasta! I feel so decadent eating it, yet all I am having is delicious sauce and a whole zucchini. So if you are ever looking for that perfect “guilt free” meal, here you go! We love Pesto in my house and here is a new take on my usual.

Lemon Basil Pesto & Raw Zucchini Pasta

3-4 servings

2 cups packed fresh basil
2 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
¼- ½ cup raw pine nuts
2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon of fresh lemon zest
2 heaping tablespoons nutritional yeast
¾-1 teaspoons sea salt
4 medium zucchini
either sun-dried tomatoes or grape tomatoes

1. In a food processor combine the garlic, basil, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and oil and process until smooth. Add pine nuts and nutritional yeast and process.

2. If you are using non-organic zucchini peel them, if not just go ahead and spiralize all the zucchini or use a vegetable peeler. Use paper towels to blot the zucchini in order to remove some of the moisture.

3. Plate the zucchini pasta and pesto with tomatoes and serve.pasta 2pasta 1

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

This pesto is so great and has so many uses! I used this for a different chicken recipe and had so much left over that I was able to freeze it for future use. I made Michael simple grilled chicken with the pesto and for me fabulous zucchini noodles with the pesto. Although this was not a totally raw meal for me, it is a great transitional meal. If you have never seen, made, or tried zucchini noodles it is a must! You can use a really inexpensive tool called the Spiralizeror just use your vegetable peeler and make strips for more of a linguine. I use these noodles all the time to mix it up and have fun with my food. You can use raw sauces for a totally raw meal or marinara, etc. for more of a comfort food or transitional meal.

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Zucchini Noodles with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

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Grilled Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto and Spinach with Lemon Juice and Olive Oil

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

quick and simple, this should take 20 minutes
recipe yield 2.5 cups

4 ounces sun-dried tomatoes
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1/4 cup chopped pine nuts
3 tablespoons chopped onion
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/3 cup crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup red wine
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (I use vegan parm.)
salt to taste

  1. Place sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl and cover with warm water for 5 minutes, or until tender.
  2. In a food processor or blender combine sun-dried tomatoes, basil, parsley, garlic, pine nuts and onion; process until well blended.
  3. Add vinegar, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes and red wine, and process.
  4. Stir in olive oil and Parmesan cheese.
  5. Season with salt to taste.
  6. Enjoy!

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