Flora’s seasonal recipe: pizza du jour feat. the Brassica family

Posted by on Mar 15, 2013 in cooking with kids, fast food, healthy food, lunch time, Recipes | 0 comments

photo-16I don’t know many people that don’t like pizza!

Sunday’s are usually a perfect day for a pizza party, and Sunday pizza making has become somewhat of a tradition.

I love buying dough and fresh mozzarella from my local pizzeria. The owner has come to expect me to walk through his doors, and I look forward to our catch up conversations.

Pizza Sunday’s are pretty great, because we can never finish a whole pizza in one sitting, so there are always leftovers for Monday’s lunch.

Monday’s are that much better because of it!

The dough usually takes on some really odd vegetable combinations, all dependent on what lives in my fridge. Last Sunday I made a Brassica pizza, featuring some curly leaf kale, broccoli and some other non-Brassica’s, for a multi-cultural veggie pizza experience.

Here’s what I came up with:

Serves 4-5

Ingredients:

  • Pizza dough, stretched
  • 1/2 ball of fresh mozzarella, shredded
  • 5-6 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, sliced
  • 3-4 stems of kale, chopped
  • 5-6 broccoli florets, cut in half
  • sea salt
  • black pepper

Directions:

1. Prep the dough: Preheat your oven to 400F (gas stove) 450F (electric stove). I like to cut the dough in half (totally optional), since I have a cast iron skillet that I like to use, and a smaller piece of dough fits much better. You are welcome to use a pizza stone, or any other baking sheet that you like. If using cast iron or a baking sheet, add a dab of olive oil and spread across the surface. Stretch the dough out with your fist so it expands and gets thinner. Fit the dough to your baking surface.

2. Prep your ingredients: Rinse and slice your mushrooms, slice your onion, rinse your kale and broccoli, chopping appropriately. In a bowl add a drizzle of olive oil to your kale, and a small pinch of salt. Massage the olive oil in, then set aside.

3. Assemble the pizza: Shred your mozzarella first, sprinkle some sea salt and grinds of pepper. Add on your onions, mushrooms and top with your broccoli. Save your kale for 10-12 minutes before the pizza is done cooking, to create a kale chip topping.

4. Cook the pizza: Cook for 20-25 minutes total, depending on your oven’s strength. Midway take a peak, see how it’s doing, hang around the kitchen. Shake the pan a bit so the dough loosens and doesn’t stick. 10-12 minutes before the pizza is cooked, add on your kale. Remove pizza once dough is cooked through, and kale is crispy.

Happy veggie pizza eating!

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food quote inspiration

Posted by on Mar 13, 2013 in cooking with kids, families, Food for thought, healthy food, raising children, Recipes, seasonal | 0 comments

Jamie-Oliver-3From the man whose Food Revolution is raising awareness worldwide, comes a wonderful quote that we hope will inspire you to do some home-cooking with your children.

“I love roasting because you can give it love, get it in the oven and go and play with the kids or whatever you’ve got to do, and then hours later you’ve got a lovely dinner.” – Jamie Oliver

Spring is coming, so get as much as you can out of your oven before we turn to lighter, brighter ingredients and methods of preparation.

Here’s a collection of our blog recipes involving roasting:

And don’t forget to get involved in Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day on May 17th!

Photo courtesy of chocotheclown.com

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food quote inspiration

Posted by on Mar 13, 2013 in cooking with kids, families, Food for thought, healthy food, raising children, Recipes, seasonal | 0 comments

Jamie-Oliver-3From the man whose Food Revolution is raising awareness worldwide, comes a wonderful quote that we hope will inspire you to do some home-cooking with your children.

“I love roasting because you can give it love, get it in the oven and go and play with the kids or whatever you’ve got to do, and then hours later you’ve got a lovely dinner.” – Jamie Oliver

Spring is coming, so get as much as you can out of your oven before we turn to lighter, brighter ingredients and methods of preparation.

Here’s a collection of our blog recipes involving roasting:

And don’t forget to get involved in Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day on May 17th!

Photo courtesy of chocotheclown.com

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bright chicken salad

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in fast food, healthy food, Recipes | 0 comments

photo-14Have some chicken in your fridge waiting to get cooked up, but not in the mood to roast, stir-fry, grill or stuff?

Why not simply sauté your chicken in a pan and create a colorful, flavorful and fun chicken salad!

Having this chicken salad on hand for dinner with a beautiful green salad, on fresh bread as a sandwich, or on it’s own is a delicious way to oppose the status quo.

Plus, leftovers make for a phenomenal lunch, and turmeric is said to be a great anti-inflammatory!

Here’s how:

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sized piece, chicken breast, diced
  • 1 tbsp, olive oil
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Grind black pepper
  • 1 tbsp, vegenaise
  • 1 tsp, paprika
  • 1 tsp, turmeric
  • 1 small apple, diced
  • 1 celery stick, diced
  • 6-7 walnuts, smashed
  • 2 wedges of lemon

Directions: 

1. Prep the chicken: Dice chicken breast into cubes. Add olive oil to a medium pan. Once olive oil heats up, add chicken breast and cook, mixing from time to time. Add salt and pepper and cook until center is no longer pink, 10-12 minutes.

2. Prep raw ingredients: Rinse and dice your apple, celery and cut two wedges from your lemon. Smash walnuts.

3. Marry the two: Once chicken is fully cooked, place into a mixing bowl. Add in the vegenaise, paprika, turmeric and mix thoroughly. Sprinkle in your apple, celery and walnuts, mix thoroughly. Finish with a bright splash of lemon, season to taste with additional spices, or sea salt + pepper.

Tastes great right away, but even better the next day!

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blueberry banana chia smoothie

Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 in fast food, healthy food, healthy lifestyle, nutrition, Recipes, wellness | 1 comment

6755467955_6ca437077bChia seeds are all the rage, so why not add them into your special smoothie for a boost of protein, omega 3’s, calcium and potassium?!

Here’s how:

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

Directions:

1. Set out your blender.

2. Peel your banana, and split into 3-4 pieces, then add into your blender.

3. Add in your frozen blueberries.

4. Blend until banana and blueberries reach a smooth consistency. Pour into a glass or bowl.

5. Add in chia seeds, mix them into the smoothie. Let them sit for 5-10 minutes, or until the chia seeds have puffed up and become gel like.

Enjoy!

Photo courtesy of swanksalot

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