Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Greens Pizza...delicious AND healthy

One of our favorite meals at our house is homemade pizza. It's so easy and there are so many versions that we never get sick of PIZZA! About a week ago I came up with another version. Dark leafy greens are so nutritious but can be a challenge to add into the diet. Well, I made a small pizza with this topping (because it was an experiment) when I should have made more. It was a hit with everyone...It may seem a little involved but it's not.

Here goes:

1 medium precooked sourdough pizza crust (or other of your choice)

12 ounces chopped chard
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tsp fresh grated garlic clove (or more if you like)
2 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp black pepper
1 cup dried tomatoes (I dried from the garden)
3-4 Tbsp water
Feta cheese

In a medium pan put greens, water to cover and salt. Simmer 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in a pan on low gently heat oil and garlic. allow to infuse for 3 minutes. Add rosemary, pepper and tomatoes. Toss together. Add water and cover. When greens are done strain and press water out. Add to tomato pan. Toss together and keep over low heat until water is absorbed. Spread on pizza crust. Top with feta cheese and bake in a 450 degree oven 7-10 minutes until done.

Olive oil is a healthy oil. We should all know that we need generous amounts of HEALTHY fats in our diet every day to aid in weight loss, help hormone regulation, encourage healthy heart function, and in reducing cancer.

Garlic has been used for centuries as a medicine that helps fight infection and helps clean the blood.

Dark green leafy vegetables are, calorie for calorie, perhaps the most concentrated source of nutrition of any food. They are a rich source of minerals (including iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium) and vitamins, including vitamins K, C, E, and many of the B vitamins. They also provide a variety of phytonutrients including beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which protect our cells from damage and our eyes from age-related problems, among many other effects. Dark green leaves even contain small amounts of Omega-3 fats.

So you see, pizza can be tasty, filling and nutritious. Enjoy!

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