My family recently watched a movie I want to recommend to you – its called “In Defense of Food” and its free on Netflix right now. Its based on the book by Michael Pollan whose mantra for this movie is “Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants.” We line up with most of what this movie puts forth – just eat real food, not “edible, food like substances” (just because you can put it in your mouth and chew doesn’t make it a food). We also agree that the majority of our diet should be plant based. However, he recommends only eating red meat once a week- we think that if you are eating pastured based, non stressed animals, eating more is fine, its their CAFO counterparts that can wreak havoc in our bodies.
Anyway, after watching this movie I decided to incorporate as many veggies in my CSA box as I could into an Ultimate Veggie Pizza recipe. Even though we added sausage, this pizza could easily be no meat. Anyway, it turned out really yummy!
Another thing I took away from this movie was the need to distinguish between “processed” foods that are ok to eat and those that are not. There are times in life when having a ready made condiment is a lifesaver. I make homemade ketchup frequently but on days when I work outside the home, I don’t always have time. So having some on hand is nice.
I think its ok to have some processed foods on hand (those not made from scratch) with one caveat. All ingredients in the product need to be actual foods – not derivatives, not chemicals, etc… The ketchup I sometimes buy is all real food ingredients – tomato paste, vinegar, sugar, salt, spices. This is similar to the recipe I make at home. However, when I looked at the non-dairy, nut based coffee creamer I use I found that it has a bunch of non-whole food ingredients. It would be better for me to use heavy cream (heavy cream does not have lactose so usually does not bother lactose intolerant people) and skip this processed food.
So, just look at the ingredients – if all of the ingredients are things you could actually use in your kitchen, foods your Grandma would recognize as food, then go ahead. That’s basically a recipe that has been made by someone else. However, stay away from the other stuff – our bodies were not designed to eat that way. Enjoy the recipe…:)
Ultimate Veggie Pizza
- 1 16 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 6 oz can tomato paste
- 1 tbsp pizza seasoning
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 lb italian sausage
- 1 bunch kale stems removed, torn in pieces
- 3 garlic scapes chopped in 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 bulb onion sliced
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1/2 cup mustard greens torn
- 5 basil leaves rolled and sliced into ribbons
- mozzarella cheese shredded
Make a batch of pizza dough. We like this recipe but we use white spelt flour and add extra pizza seasoning to the dough.
Combine all pizza sauce ingredients in medium size bowl.
Cook sausage in skillet - place in bowl.
In same skillet, place butter, onions and garlic scapes. Cook until onions and scapes are just starting to turn brown. Place in another bowl but keep remaining melted butter in skillet.
Add kale to skillet with remaining butter, cook just until the kale turns bright green and is only slightly wilted. Remove from heat.
Roll out your pizza dough into two pans - make sure you spray them well.
Divide sauce and ladle onto two pizzas
Top both pizzas with sausage.
Layer on remaining toppings in this order:
Cook in 400 degree oven for approximately 20 minutes.