butternut squash pizza

Last winter I was eating so much butternut squash and pumpkin I swear I was a tad orange – it was brilliant.  I am so glad that the grocery stores have squash piling up in the bins now – no more scrounging at the bottom to pick a good one ;).  This particular squash, however, did not come from the grocery store.  We grew it in our very own garden!  It was actually picked a few weeks ago but today was finally the day to roast it and make something delicious.

Butternut squash on pizza might sound strange at first, but let’s be honest, butternut squash is delicious on almost anything.  The first time I had it on pizza was at Fire & Stone in Covent Garden in London before seeing The Lion King.  I had ‘The Melbourne‘ with mozzarella, tomato sauce, brie, sweet roasted butternut squash and balsamic red onions, topped with toasted pumpkin seeds.  Such unique pizza toppings but it could not have been more delicious.  Of course when we have a new box of Nature’s Hilights brown rice pizza crusts in the freezer and a butternut squash on the counter, I was reminded of that pizza I had over a year and a half ago – only with far less gourmet toppings, and both gluten free and vegan.

Butternut Squash Pizza

  • 1 butternut squash
  • nature’s hilights brown rice pizza crust
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • daiya mozzarella style shreds
  • basil
1. Peel the butternut squash, remove the seeds, and cube into pieces.
2. Roast in a 400′ oven for 40 minutes, or until squash is cooked through.
3. Prep the pizza crust according to directions.  Pre-bake if necessary.
4. Top the crust with oil, roasted butternut squash, daiya and basil.
5. Bake for 10 minutes until the daiya is melted.

Serve with the leftover roasted butternut squash ;).

what i ate wednesday #12

Three months.  That is absolutely crazy.  It is also the middle of my third week at work – well, technically it should be the end of my 3rd week since I worked over the weekend.  But I will be using my comp days for Hawaii in November so I can’t really complain!

Post-Workout Snack

I really need to integrate more weight-lifting into my workout routine so I started using the book The New Rules of Weightlifting for Women.  Today was my first workout from the book (after a 2 mile run) and I can already tell it’s going to be a great addition to my routine!  The book urged you to have a protein-powder smoothie/recovery drink after the workout so I happily obliged this morning.  I made my favorite Pineapple-Mango Smoothie with a 1/2 scoop Raw Protein Powder added in.  I’m not really a fan of the taste, but I need more protein so I’ve got to do it.

Breakfast

Overnight oats – just can’t get enough of them!  I also added 1/2 a scoop of protein powder in these and topped with a nectarine, blueberries, ground flax and sunbutter.  For some reason this did not sit with me too well…  Maybe a mixture between the protein powder and sunbutter?

Lunch

Leftovers from dinner last night.  I’m keeping Sami’s Bakery in business!  We made a pizza topped with Mama Pea’s Hummus (from her new cookbook!) and curry.  So delicious.  Last night we topped it with lettuce, but I had a side of baby carrots and a hard-boiled egg instead.  Also had another nectarine and watermelon – lovin the summer fruit!

Mid-Afternoon Snack

I brought two rice cakes with PB2+J.  I don’t care if it makes me a child, I could have peanut butter and jelly every single day.  So good.

Dinner

Grilled out tonight!  It actually felt like fall here rather than mid-August but I am definitely not complaining – fall is my favorite season!  Had sweet potato fries + garden green beans on the side.  And of course homemade pickles!  My new favorite :).  Another new favorite?  Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt and Turbinado Sugar Covered Almonds.  Oh my word.  Had a handful of those after dinner…

Happy Hump Day everyone!  I’m back to getting caught up on all the blog posts I missed this past weekend – only 4o more to go!

easy vegan pizza toppings

What’s better than an easy to throw together pizza for dinner on my first day of work?  Nothing that I can think of anyways.  I think I’ll put together a post of my favorite things at work so far tomorrow, but I want to keep tonight’s post relatively nice + simple.  And oh hey, it’s Monday so it’s time for another Meatless Monday idea!  Remember my Veggie Fried Rice or my Meatless Monday on the Grill?  Well, it’s just gotten a whole lot simpler!

Without having gluten in my diet, pizza is one thing that I have missed, especially for busy days where all I feel like is ordering up a delivery pizza.  Luckily, I found Sami’s Bakery.  Their Millet & Flax goodies are absolutely delicious and there is a store nearby that carries a lot of their products, such as bread, bagels, wraps and PIZZA CRUST!  They come frozen so I can have them on hand at any time.  Now, it’s not exactly like regular pizza crust, but it’s not extremely thin either, which I think a lot of gluten free crusts end up being.  And I am not a thin-crust kind of girl, I much prefer the hand-tossed variety.  Well, no matter what crust you end up getting you can still make a delicious vegetarian (and even vegan!) pizza on a busy meatless Monday in your home!  (Or even as a late-night pizza snack if that’s what you’re up for.)

BBQ Chick’n Pizza

1. Prepare your crust accordingly.

2. Drain the chickpeas and toss in some bbq sauce.  Also spread some extra bbq sauce on the crust itself.

3. Top the pizza with the chickpeas + bbq sauce and the rest of your toppings.  Why the random toppings on this pizza?  Well our garden is just flourishing!

4. Feel free to top with any cheese or non-dairy cheese, or even just some nutritional yeast.  I ate it as-is and it was extremely delicious!

5. Bake according to your crust directions until done (pretty exact, I know 😉 ).

Other topping options?

  • pizza sauce (Trader Joe’s)
  • peppers
  • onions
  • tomatoes
  • spinach
  • olives
  • mushrooms
  • tofu
  • tempeh
  • fried eggs (no, I am not kidding)

You can really have fun with this meal, especially if you have friends or kids around.  Just have a handful of toppings and sauces available for them to be able to choose their own combination!

No matter what topping you decide to go with, it will be delicious and such a nice option for any meatless weeknight meal!

out and about in mke: classic slice

I really do love pizza.  The crust, the sauce, the toppings… yum.  The best pizza I ever had?  Well, I’ve got to give that to some random shop in Florence, but I am not getting that again any time soon.  I have not gotten any take-out or delivery pizza since going dairy-free.  It’s not the cheese factor I’m worried about (cheese-less pizza is still delicious in my book), it’s the dairy put in the crust at a lot of these pizza places!  Definitely NOT good.

So when I heard of a pizza place with vegan options, I perked up.  Vegan = no dairy (or eggs, honey, etc.), so I wouldn’t even have to worry about it!  Classic Slice is by no means purely vegan (or even vegetarian), so there are plenty of options for everyone.  Their dough however, is purely vegan!  And they also have dairy-free cheese, vegan sausage and tofu to add as toppings on your pizza.

Kinley picked up pizza and breadsticks for dinner last Friday night.  Classic Slice has two Milwaukee locations, on the north and the south side so it’s fairly convenient!  We ended up getting the Super Veggie Pizza with a side of Soy Cheese Stix.  We got a medium size of the pizza and the thing was HUGE!  The only complaint is I asked for it with tofu and it came with the vegan sausage which was SPICY.  But it wasn’t noticed until Kinley brought it home and there was no way we were going to drive all the way back to have them remake it…  The Soy Cheese Stix were incredible.  This was only my second experience with soy cheese and it did not disappoint!

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veggie pizza remix

I love veggies.  And I also love pizza.  Veggie pizza?  Oh man, this used to be one of my downfalls at any gathering that had it.  Typical veggie pizzas call for crescent dough rolled out into a “crust”, topped with cream cheese with something mixed in and then topped with the only actually healthy part – the veggies.  I am guessing the small proportion of veggies to the other components is one of the reasons it is so popular for a ‘vegetable dish’ ;).

I have not had the previously mentioned veggie pizza in quite some time, as I no longer eat dairy and crescent rolls are pretty low on the list of nutrient-filled foods.  Thus, I was extremely happy when Kinley compiled the following concoction to recreate a veggie pizza for my grad party!  First, she turned to The Gracious Pantry for her Clean Eating Thin Crust Pizza.  If you subbed out the honey in the crust for agave or some other non-honey sweetener, this entire pizza would easily be vegan.

Once the pizza crust was baked and cooled, she topped it with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese and also mixed in dried garlic and dill.  This was my first tasting of non-dairy cream cheese, and boy was it ever better than any cream cheese I remember!  Even the relatives who initially turned their nose up at “tofu cream cheese” licked the container clean…

The final component?  Shredded carrots and chunked up broccoli, but do what you’d like here.  There are infinite possibilities.

This was a hit.  It was gone less than 2 hours after the party started.  No lie.  And no one knew it wasn’t actually cream cheese.

This picture has nothing to do with veggies or pizza… but it was another one of the beautiful flower arrangements out at my party.  Thanks Aunt Jody for putting these all together with the two bunches of flowers I picked up at Trader Joe’s!  I just love hydrangeas.