Monthly Archives: March 2013

pizza

Margherita Pizza with Spelt Crust (and homemade sauce)

I used to make pizza all the time before starting this diet. It was one of my “quick-I-don’t-know-what-to-make-for-dinner” things to make. But after getting rid of all the white flour in the house, I wasn’t sure if it would work anymore. 100% whole wheat crusts can just be so…heavy. And dense, and kind of bitter. And so I just didn’t bother for a long time.

But this week I finally got around to trying it – with a whole grain spelt crust instead of whole wheat. And guess what? It was delicious! My kids actually said they like it BETTER than the one I used to make with white flour! It had a lot of flavor, and is really soft with a great texture. Not hard or chewy or bitter. Just great!

And that crust, combined with my homemade pizza sauce, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil? Spectacular.

But the best thing about making your own pizza – beyond it being a quick and easy meal, and it tasting great – is that you know exactly what you’re eating. There are very few pizza places that will have both 100% whole grain crusts and pizza sauce without sugar, so making your own pizza is the perfect solution!

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sauteed asparagus

Sauteed Asparagus Parmesan

I spent the majority of my life convinced that I didn’t like asparagus.

36 years, to be exact.

I never realized that the whole problem was that I’d just never had them cooked properly until last year, when I was served some at a restaurant. They looked appealing, so I hesitantly hazarded a nibble. And then a bite. And then I scarfed down the lot of them.

Before then, I thought of asparagus as these limp, gray-green, stinky, bitter things. I’d always been served them when they’d been cooked to death – steamed or boiled for an eternity. Once I was served asparagus that had been boiled for 10 minutes, and then kept warm in an oven (thereby cooking them even more) for an hour!!! I can’t even get one bite down when they’re cooked like that.

But cooked like this? All tender, and bright green, and crisp, and sweet, with flavors of garlic and lemon and parmesan? They’re heaven. Absolute heaven.

Asparagus is now my favorite vegetable. As long as they’re cooked right. And I’m not really crazy about vegetables in particular! I make myself eat them because I know they’re good for me, but they don’t really float my boat, you know? But THESE…these things I could eat all day. I have some and immediately want more. I can’t get enough of them!

And that’s not it! My entire family feels the same way…EVEN THE KIDS. When I serve these, we all fight over who gets to finish them off. I am not lying. MY KIDS FIGHT OVER THE ASPARAGUS!! This is how good this recipe is.

They’re simple and ready in just 5 minutes!

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