1 – This adorable “Flash ‘Em It’s Friday” tee & short set from ASOS. AKA your new PJ’s.
2 – Snag yourself some fresh flowers on the way home from work tonight. They’re good for your soul. When I was standing over a sea of tulips last weekend and thinking better of spending $10 on flowers, I just resolved I’d cut out a latte or two, and remember to bring my mat to yoga this week so I don’t have to rent one. See – that’s a good trade, right? Problem solved.
3 – Whether you’re staying in in a Snuggie and doing a House of Cards binge, have to bring an app to a pot luck or are just stocking the fridge, do yourself a favor and pick up some of this cheese – try Whole Foods or any schmancy market or specialty food/wine shop. It has GOT to be laced with crack because it is DUL-LICIOUS (thanks, Kristine, for bringing it to Bach Fest every week!) Pair it with a glass or two of Meomi Pinor Noir and you’re good to go.
4 – If you find yourself in the mani/pedi salon this weekend, go for something different – like a Kerry Washington’s nude mani with red tips. Or this metallic one. Cuz we gotta do somethin’ to shake up Schmanuary.
5 – Print something that lifts your spirits online at CVS.com and slap that sucker in a frame so you can see it every day. Or slap it on the way out the door to work in the mornings. Because how often do you Pin something that resonates with you, then forget it? I just printed “The grass is greener where you water it” and popped it in a frame on my nightstand:
6 – Get a good cackle out of this spirited dude rocking out to Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.” He’s a buddy of my good buddy Wingert… apparently this poor guy’s wife found this video on his computer and thought it was so hilarious that she uploaded it to You Tube. (We love her.) My favorite part is the absolute meltdown of amazing dance moves that come at the chorus.
There’s no getting around it: Steph and I are big time pizza sluts. Huge. Over Xmas we devoured our collective weight in dough and cheese, with zero consideration for how this might make us look a couple weeks later. Note- we like texting each other pix when we’re about to get down:
Nacho cheese and pizza. Babies and pizza.
But now that we’re back and reality’s hit us over the head like a stack of bricks, I thought we could use a healthier pizza recipe that’s SO easy to make, and totally not bad for you! BEHOLD THE MOST DELICIOUS, healthiest pizza ever: Zucchini Crust Pizza. No, this ain’t no hippy sh*t. This is delightfully satisfying pizza without the wheat bloat.
Here’s what you need, and need to do:
For the crust:
- 2 eggs
- About 3 small-medium zucchinis
- 1.5 cups grated parmesan or mozzarella
For the toppings:
Anything you like on a pizza! What I use:
- Tomato sauce OR pesto
- Grated mozzarella or parmesan cheese OR sliced fresh mozzarella cheese
- Ricotta cheese or goat cheese, for small dollops on top (optional)
- Assorted veggies. Pre-sauté for extra flavor, especially if you’re using onion, garlic and mushrooms. A little italian parsley or basil is nice too; the basil can be added fresh after the pizza is cooked, and the parsley is nice in the sauté. Arugula’s yummy. Finely chopped greens are nice. Fresh tomatoes can be added after the pizza is cooked too.
- Meat if you like/eat meat on pizza: Crumbled sausage would work well. Pre-sauté. Ground chicken would be tasty, cooked with lots of garlic.
- Olive oil, black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
- Grate zucchini.
- Sprinkle salt on the zucchini and stir. Let it sit a few minutes.
- Squeeze the water out of the zucchini by wrapping in cheese cloth or paper towel, or pressing the zucchini on one plate and pressing another plate on top of it. Or, you can put it in a colander and press a bowl or paper towel into it.
- Mix the zucchini with egg and shredded cheese (*Steph mixed hers with half a cup of cheese and half a cup of almond flour):
- Spread parchment paper on a pizza stone or baking sheet. Spread out your dough batter about 1/2 inch thick into a circle.
- Bake in the oven until it has browned, about 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, as it’s cooking, sauté any toppings you want cooked. I sautéed garlic, mushrooms, parsley and tomatoes
- Take the browned bottom crust out of the oven.
- Layer with whatever sauce you want (in this case, pesto)…
- …plus whatever toppings you want. I used the tomatoes and mushrooms, plus arugula
- Bake again until the crust edges are more brown and the cheese on top (if you placed some on the pizza) melts into toppings.
- Take out of oven and add drizzled olive oil (or truffle oil if you real fancy), grated black pepper, and optional fresh tomatoes and fresh basil. Voila!
So there you have it. A pretty healthy alternative that doesn’t make you feel all bloated like after housing a normal pizza. And you can literally put whatever you want on it!
Though let’s be honest. The two of us will never completely abandon Papa:
PS – For other healthy recipes, check out:
- The Coziest, Healthiest Chicken Soup here
- Autumn Ingredient Salad here
- BBQ Turkey Meatballs over Cheddar Corn Quinoa here
- Pappardelle with Kale Pesto + Turkey Meatballs here