Monday, July 2, 2012

weekend review: i will eat pizza until it's perfect

Figure 1. In preparation: homemade whole wheat pizza dough. I'll spare you the details (for now), but I recently discovered that I have a soy sensitivity. This means if I want pizza, which I totally do, I have to learn to make my own dough. 

Figure 2. Saturday night's dinner: homemade summer veggie pizza (onions, red bell peppers, corn, asparagus, mozzarella cheese, and basil on a homemade whole wheat crust brushed with garlic olive oil) and a lemony arugula salad.

Figure 3. A pizza close up. Making my own crust needs a bit of work, I rolled this out too thin and ended up burning the edges a touch. Practice makes perfect (and more pizza to eat). I'll keep trying (and eating).

Figure 4. Sunday night's dinner: spinach and cheese quinoa casserole and eggplant calamari. Even though this picture makes it look like I was eating prison slop (sorry), this dinner was delicious. This quinoa casserole is very similar to the quinoa mac & cheese I recently made, except twice as delicious. And, eggplant calamari sounds strange - but it was to.die.for.

28 comments:

  1. I have trouble with soy too!! The worst part is that soy is in seriously EVERYTHING. That's why I focus on eating a lot of meat and veggies, and some fruit and beans - soy is in nearly anything processed! =(

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    1. yes. soy is in absolutely EVERYTHING. it is really hard to do. now i'm not sure if i ordered pizza out at a nice restaurant if it would have soy in it or not. but, i usually buy the pre-made dough from Publix. it has soybean oil in it so I decided i'd make my own!

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  2. The pizza looks absolutely delicious... homemade pizza rules!
    Hope you had a great weekend =)

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    1. thanks! i haven't had pizza out of my own kitchen in quite some time. i like being able to control the ingredients!

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  3. whoa that eggplant calamari... yum. way to go on these.

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    1. glad you commented on the calamari. they were remarkable.

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  4. Looks like a great dinner! I have issues with soy too! The only kind I can eat without problem is tempeh or tofu.

    Looks like a great food weekend! Pizza looks awesome regardless of little crust issues.

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    1. soy sucks! this is a new discovery for me so i'm still working out the kinks. tofu is definitely a no no!

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  5. I am really interested in hearing about your soy sensititvity! I discovered last summer that I am sensitive to soy too, and started avoiding it and feel much better. I have found a few good protein powders without any soy, but sooo many bars and such have soy as a main ingredient. It is actually one of the reasons why I have started eating meat again. It was really hard to get enough protein when having no tofu, tempeh ect. But as soon as I cut it out the differences in my digestive system were unbelievably better!

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    1. Sarah - so comforting to hear that others are out there dealing with these same issues. i will definitely talk more about it on the blog soon. it is really hard i agree b/c soy is in everything. but, like you, i have seen huge improvements in my GI issues. if you want to talk privately about it feel free to e-mail me at mylessseriouslife@gmail.com. would love to!

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  6. For your first stab at making pizza dough, it looks like a winner! I keep having trouble getting mine to stretch out across the whole pizza stone, so it ends up totally misshapen. Yours looks really good though - and it sounds like a great solution to the soy issue!

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    1. haha thanks! i must agree that it doesn't look to bad, but the flavor and texture was a bit off. working on it!

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  7. Ohhh that quinoa casserole sounds so good!!

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  8. This gave me such a good idea of what to do with all the corn I have sitting in my freezer!

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    1. yay! glad to be of assistance!

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  9. I don't know that pizza crust looks good to me!
    Pizza is something I've yet to tackle. We use to have the whole shebang, a pizza peel and a stone. But then the pizza stuck to them and my Dad threw a little fit. No more pizza stuff :c

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    1. haha thanks! dad why did you throw them away! i dont' have a stone, but i bet that would help things out even more!

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  10. That quinoa casserole looks amazing. I must be completely naive but I had no idea that all pizza crusts contained soy. Bummer - but I guess it's a good way of keeping pizza cravings in check. You have to REALLY want pizza to make even the dough from scratch!

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    1. ok i don't know if soy is in every pizza dough. but, certainly all the pre-made ones. soy is in absolutely every processed food product. and normally i buy the pre-made dough from my local grocery store. alas, it has soybean oil in it.

      i am still learning with this soy thing. but, it actually was pretty easy to make dough myself - and cheaper!

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  11. Do you need a partner in crime for this whole "eat pizza until it's perfect" thing? Because I think I could find some time in my schedule.

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    1. haha! girl i'll be eating pizza leftovers all week so i could use some help! if only you lived in my city i think we could be friends!

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  12. Wow! That pizza and quinoa casserole looks amazing! I'm very jealous of those meals! I'm so impressed you made your own dough!

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  13. How funny- I actually have an eggplant calamari recipe bookmarked that I'm planning to try this week! I can't wait. Yours looks delicious.
    And I've decided that making homemade pizza crust is a serious art. It's tough to get it perfect. But, as long as yours tasted good, that's all that matters!

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    1. oh i wonder if it is the same recipe?

      oh ps i am SOOO happy you are back.

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  14. That pizza looks amazing! I'm definitely craving pizza now.

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    1. thanks, doll. i am no super star chef like you - but i try!

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