Well, my last post was a bit of a bummer. Sometimes I am grumpy and that gets reflected in my writing. So now I want to offer you something very happy to compensate.
Pizza! With kale and goat cheese! If you haven’t tried kale, you really must. No, it’s not as good as cheesecake, but it so very healthy for you and will make you feel good about yourself for nourishing your body. I started with a fruit and kale smoothie. This is a good way to introduce kale into your diet because you really can’t taste it. Then I tried it on pizza and I love how it gets crispy. I also add it to my vegetable stir-fry.
First, gather all of your ingredients. All of these items came from Trader Joes. I used to make my own pizza dough but TJ’s sells these bags of dough for $1.19 and I can’t see how I’d be able to make it for much less than that.
I will say that my own dough rises more nicely and consistently. I think that has everything to do with the fact that you need to let the dough sit out on the counter for 20-30 minutes. But really I don’t think that’s enough time for my cool climate.
Spread it out onto a pizza pan that has been lightly sprayed with olive oil.
Spread pizza sauce. I make my own in a blender. I use 1 can of diced tomatoes, 1 can of tomato paste and Italian dried herbs. I blend on low for about 5 seconds. Don’t blend it for too long or it’ll be soup.
I also like fresh tomatoes on my pizza.
Toss a large handful of kale in a bowl with some olive oil.
Spread the kale out on the pizza.
Sprinkle on the goat cheese. I am trying to cut down on the amount of dairy I consume, so I skipped the mozzarella.
Bake at 450 degrees for about 14 minutes. I once tried 500 degrees and the kale burnt and I had to throw it away. It was a sad, sad day.
Aren’t those toasted bits of goat cheese beeeauuutiful?
Put this in your belly.
Have you tried kale?
Do you make your own pizza dough?
What’s your favorite pizza topping(s)?
What’s your favorite way to eat kale?