12 September 2012

Summer Pizza

I'm coming clean immediately. I did not make this pizza. I have made a version of it before..which qualifies me to tell you how to make it. But pictured above is the Whole Foods Vegan Pizza (Hubby & I add the parmesan & fresh basil from our garden). If you can get your hand on it, I highly recommend it (even without the cheese...that was a treat for us). It's a summer pizza. If you ignore the "fall is here" chorus you just may look at a calendar & realize we are still basking in the glow of summer.

Many of the vegetable that make this pizza so great are still available, fresh at at the farmers market. To make the pizza:

1 pre-made Whole Wheat Crust (I prefer the Trader Joe's Wheat Pizza Dough)
Tomato paste (or pre-made pizza sauce) 
Spinach leaves, fresh
1-2 Zucchini's, diced and oven roasted
Mushrooms, sliced
Artichoke Hearts, canned
Garlic, chopped
Parmesan cheese, shredded (optional)
Basil, fresh and chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Add the tomato paste or pizza sauce in generous amounts over the dough. Then layer the pizza with the spinach, zucchini, mushrooms, artichokes, garlic, and the optional parmesan cheese.

Heat in the oven until the crust is firm (but not burnt), approximately 15-25 minutes (cooking times will vary with ovens).

Remove the pizza from the oven. Let sit for 3-5 minutes to cool. Add the basil. Cut. Serve!

This is a pizza where you can really add the amount of ingredients to your liking, hence the lack of exact measurements. Therefore, load up on what you will...& skimp on what your don't like. If you love garlic like Hubby & I, make sure that you eat this pizza after you're in for the night. Don't curse anyone else with your love of the bulbs! They will thank you for it.

By the way, below, is Hubby picking out our corn. He prides himself on being a corn picker expert. In his mind there is never any need to pull back a portion of the husk to take a peek inside. He's right...most of the time. This particular shopping excursion he instincts failed him just a little. That's okay Hubby. You're still the corn picker expert of this home!

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