Ezekiel Crust Vegetable Pizza and Raw Salad with Ginger

Ezekiel Crust Vegetable Pizza & Raw Salad with Ginger

Eat More Vegetables on Pizza

Do you need to eat more vegetables?  Do you want your kids to eat more vegetables?  This idea is much easier than, say, deep-frying broccoli!  As far as I’m concerned, eating pizza is a good way to eat more vegetables. I realize that’s not really the all-American point of view about pizza!  But I can’t even remember the last time I ate a meat lovers or pepperoni pizza.  It’s delicious, I’m sure.  It’s just not my thing. I’m more excited about asparagus or kale or goat cheese on my pizza. Ok, I’m weird. So how does one DO THIS you say???  Here’s one simple idea, just to give a clue about how to make a quick and easy vegetable pizza. You start with any kind of small tortilla.  Sprouted, flour, corn, kamut, rice, spelt —  whatever you like. The key is don’t use a huge one (like a big burrito size tortilla) because it will most likely be unwieldy.  Too hard to eat.  Floppy and sloppy.  But…in a pinch, you can roll it, fold it over, etc.  Actually, it will taste so good, you won’t care how it gets into your mouth! My personal favorite is Ezekiel tortillas  because they have some “body” and they come in two sizes.  Small and large.  The small ones work better. Smear Trader Joe’s Pizza Sauce over each tortilla (or somebody’s pizza sauce.)  When my cupboards were bare, I have been known to resort to a glass of good red wine salsa (might need to drain it just a bit, save the juice for the salad dressing) or simple fresh tomato slices on the bottom layer.  All of them work. Add steamed leftover vegetables — say cauliflower (sliced or crumbled a bit) this time.  Add a few slices or small chunks of fresh tomatoes, roasted garlic (leftover from making a baked chicken), small dollups of heavenly Chevre goat cheese, a sprinkle of feta (it’s salty — nice contrast), and a few chopped green onions.  Sprinkle lightly with Penzey’s Pizza Seasoning and bake at 425 or 450 degrees until it browns a little and barely bubbles.  Add a salad of any kind and you’re done. Get the idea? Here is the combination I made last night for dinner.  You can see that the variations are endless. And with my kind of pizza, the least important emphasis (meaning what fills you up)  is the crust — the crust is really a vegetable delivery system! Need more vegetables in your diet? This could work!

Ezekiel Crust Vegetable Pizza and Raw Salad with Ginger

You need: 1. Small Ezekiel Tortillas (or any small tortilla) for the number of people you’re serving.  Usually 2 small (or 1 larger size) per person. 2. Leftover cooked vegetables. I had eggplant/tomato/basil/green pepper/red onion that I had used as a side dish.  Sometimes I just have leftover broccoli or asparagus or cauliflower.  Once I even put parsnips on a pizza.  I have to tell you, it was fabulous. 3. Fresh, raw vegetables. I had rainbow chard, leftover marinated tomatoes, green onions, red cabbage.  Chop everything fairly small.  It works better. 4. Cheese. I had this variety available:  Cream cheese with olives (leftover appetizer), fontina, cheddar, 2 slices of fresh mozzarella (that was in with the marinated tomatoes) and parmesan.  Use combinations you enjoy.  Opposites work great — like soft and creamy goat cheese or cream cheese or mozzarella with salty parmesan.  Use less cheese than you think.  It needs a suggestion of cheese.  It doesn’t have to be covered in cheese to be delicious.  Not at all.  The cheese should accent the vegetables, not smother them. Use a variety of ingredients, but don’t overload the pizza. Assemble pizzas on a pizza stone or cookie sheet.  Bake at 425 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until cheese is soft and melted.

Raw Salad with Ginger

Raw Salad with Ginger

GRATE THE FOLLOWING raw vegetables IN WHATEVER PROPORTIONS YOU ENJOY:
Carrots
Turnips
Red Cabbage
Golden Beets
Fresh Ginger ( to taste).  Peel a small chunk and either grate it or cut small slivers off the peeled chunk.   I like actual small pieces of ginger in this salad, so that the flavor surprises and delights.   “Adding a kick” is a good way to warm up a fall/winter salad.

Dressing

A good rule of thumb is to use about a tsp of vinegar and a tsp of olive oil per serving.  For this salad, you don’t need much dressing.  You just need enough liquid for the flavors to begin to mix.  So for 4 people, you’d need a generous Tablespoon of olive oil, a generous Tablespoon of Bragg’s Cider Vinegar.  Add the salt and pepper. Taste it.  If you like more dressing, add more of each.
Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
Olive Oil
Salt and fresh ground pepper

Enjoy your Ezekiel Crust Vegetable Pizza and Raw Salad with Ginger, and get more vegetables in your diet for you and your kids!

Ezekiel Crust Vegetable Pizza and Raw Salad with Ginger

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Rise Up by Andra Day

What a great set of words for these oncoming days.

Rise Up

 
You’re broken down and tired
Of living life on a merry go round
And you can’t find the fighter
But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out
And move mountains
We gonna walk it out
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
And I’ll rise up
High like the waves
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
When the silence isn’t quiet
And it feels like it’s getting hard to breathe
And I know you feel like dying
But I promise we’ll take the world to its feet
And move mountains
Bring it to its feet
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
All we need, all we need is hope
And for that we have each other
And for that we have each other
And we will rise
We will rise
We’ll rise, oh, oh
We’ll rise
I’ll rise up
Rise like the day
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I will rise a thousand times again
And we’ll rise up
High like the waves
We’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
We’ll rise up
And we’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
Ah, ah, ah, ah
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Songwriters: Cassandra Monique Batie / Jennifer Decilveo
Rise Up lyrics © BMG Rights Management

Terri’s book of photography combined with poetry is here! 100 Words: Small Servings of Whimsy and Wisdom to Calm the Mind and Nourish the Heart.

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Rippling Abs, Anyone?

Rippling Abs, Anyone?

During this strange time in history, I noticed y’all were tackling all sorts of interesting projects. I decided I needed one, too—something positive to remember the pandemic of 2020 by.
 
I decided to pay attention to something I had abandoned…
 
Nope, I’m not cleaning my garage. I am not organizing one single thing. I’m not planting a garden or cleaning up my yard.
 
Instead, I decided to take care of myself better. This, folks, has made all the difference for me.
 
With relatively little time and effort on my part, I feel so much better than I did a month ago.
 
On March 30, I got on the exercise bike and the yoga mat for the first time in a long time, and did 30 minutes each. I liked it so much that I decided to do it every day. But I fell short of that, and changed my commitment to every other day, which felt more manageable, reasonable, and doable.
 
I also get off the bike after every song, take a couple of sips of water, shake out my legs and arms for a few seconds, and get back on. This makes the bike project a reasonable proposition, too.
 
Daily walks of any length—by myself, or with my little guy, Jackson—are a fresh air bonus.
 
My recumbent exercise bike has pulleys to work my upper body while I pedal, which gets my heart rate up fast, and also helps my whole-body strength. It feels good to get up from writing, or doing a consulting session with a client, to do something physically challenging while listening to good music.
 
After only a month, I feel a sheet of muscles on the front of me I haven’t felt for a very, very long time. Goodness gracious. Who knew they were there. I’ll be posting rippling ab photos soon, I’m sure.
 
I have no idea what the scales have to say about my bike/yoga project—I don’t care. Paying attention to scales tends to send me sideways, and therefore, I’m ignoring them completely.
 
But—I LOVE the way I feel! Hang in there, everyone.
 

Terri’s book of photography combined with poetry is here! 100 Words: Small Servings of Whimsy and Wisdom to Calm the Mind and Nourish the Heart.

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Check Out This Troublemaker in Relationships

Check Out This Troublemaker in Relationships

Sometimes we ask intimate partners to do for us what is actually ours to do.

We ask our partner to give us the reassurance, love or appreciation we feel is missing in ourselves, with the hope that they will give us what we’re asking for—and then we’ll feel better. They’ll take care of our problem.

But when they do give us what we’re asking for, it can never be enough, because we have insufficient context for what they’ve given. We haven’t build the inner foundation to receive it, hear it, welcome it, believe it. They try to help, but their love for us falls into our void, our black hole, our love bucket with no bottom.

As always, there’s hope. Check out the video below.

Terri Crosby. http://www.incareofrelationships.com/.

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