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Green Pizza

In Five Foods to Keep On-Hand in the Freezer , one finds that with a few simple ingredients, a quick and easy meal can be put together rather quickly.

It was not until I went to Naples, Italy in 1992 before I realized that American pizza was very different than the Neopolitan pizza. It opened my eyes to a new way of looking at pizza, which I also altered from that which I ate in with gusto in Napoli.

Though I have not made it in quite a while, I enjoy making a Green Pizza, which is a much healthier version of the grease-laden pepperoni and a pound of cheese pizzas, which drips of fat at the local American pizzeria.

These are the ingredients I use and my method:

1. Trader Joe's Whole Wheat Pizza Dough--Roll thawed dough out onto a lightly-floured surface to the size of your baking sheet. Transfer the dough to the greased baking sheet, and bake on lowest rack of a preheated 450F oven for approximately 10 minutes. It will be lightly crisped on the bottom and the top will be puffed up slightly.

2. Cover and cook 2 cups of frozen broccoli florets in about 1/4 cup of water over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add several handfuls of fresh kale, spinach or arugula (save the stems for use in other recipes), and cook until the greens are wilted. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.

3. Prepare your favorite pesto sauce or use a 1/2 cup of prepared pesto and spread evenly over the top of the pizza dough. Add the green veggies. Sprinkle the top with one cup of shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese, or a few thin slices of fresh mozzarella (my favorite) and then bake until cheese is melted and the pizza is golden and crispy. It should not take more than 7 to 10 minutes.

I like to eat this with a salad made with fresh tomatoes, red onion, fresh basil leaves, crushed clove of garlic, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and freshly-ground black pepper.

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Copyright © 2015 Coral Levang

Adapted from original written March 15, 2014 and published on Bubblews, and removed by author, CoralLevang.

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LeaPea2417 wrote on November 2, 2015, 11:42 AM

That does sound good and yes I did learn awhile back how different American pizza is from the pizza in Naples, Italy.

markgraham wrote on November 2, 2015, 11:59 AM

I love green pizza. Some of my relatives make this often.

wolfgirl569 wrote on November 2, 2015, 12:40 PM

Sounds good and a lot healthier

Rufuszen wrote on November 2, 2015, 2:51 PM

No matter where it come from pizza is very tasty!

DWDavisRSL wrote on November 2, 2015, 4:49 PM

I don't know if I could convince K to try that, but she is always looking for healthier ways to eat so I'll give it a try.

lexiconlover wrote on November 2, 2015, 4:53 PM

I'd much rather have veggie pizza than a cheese and red sauce laden pizza.

alexdg1 wrote on November 2, 2015, 8:33 PM

I am not fond of veggies in general, so I'll stick to good ol' greasy American pizza!

Paulie wrote on November 3, 2015, 3:18 AM

Thanks for sharing a great pizza. I have never heard of a green pizza as good as this.