Forage Through The Fridge

Today was my 2nd to last day of classes, and my last Nutrition Assessment class for the semester. It ended early, I found myself home by noon, ready to create some lunch.

I had no real idea of what I wanted. I just knew it needed to involve vegetables. Not the usual carrot and cucumber slices I like to eat on an almost daily basis, but other veggies. Lunch also needed to involve minimal effort. So I started foraging through the fridge.

First I grabbed the container of baby spinach; next some fresh pineapple. A jar of marinated artichokes hearts was rescued from the back of the fridge. Then I grabbed a green onion. A bag of mushrooms was unearthed. Before I knew it, I had all the makings of a pizza, including homemade garlic scape pesto I remembered was in the freezer, plus some of that smoked gouda I’ve been savouring lately.

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But you can’t make a pizza on toppings alone. So back to the freezer I went, in search of its base. Sprouted grain tortillas? Perfect!

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Soon enough I had my pizza in the oven doing its thing, topped with a little extra parmesan for fun. 10 min later, lunch was served.

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I went sparingly on the gouda, because I’m trying to make it last as long as possible. Plus when you use a really flavourful cheese like a smoked gouda or old cheddar, you really don’t need as much.

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I had forgotten how good that garlic scape pesto I made was. Bright, green, garlicky, with hints of asiago and walnuts. I see a pesto pasta dish in my near future.

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It may not be a conventional pizza, but it was delicious and hit the spot. Always nice to have time to make a warm lunch during the week.

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I highly recommend keeping things like whole grain tortillas or pitas in the fridge or freezer for quick pizzas like this. Great way to get in some whole grains a veggies in a hurry.

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So tell me – what toppings were on your last pizza?

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4 Comments on “Forage Through The Fridge”

  1. December 3, 2010 at 7:02 pm #

    Lovely pizza! I think my last pizza had pineapple, tempeh bacon, & mozzarella.

  2. December 4, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    Hmmm pizza. That looks delicious. I wish I just had those ingredients “hanging out” in my fridge. :p

  3. December 5, 2010 at 5:56 am #

    My last pizza = Schzuen (sp ??) sauce, chicken, red & green peppers, cheese. YUM! And I agree that pitas and tortilla makes great “crusts”…

  4. December 7, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    Wow girl, that pizza looks so good! I’ve never had Gouda, but I’d love to try it! YUM!!

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