After a successful trip to Farmer’s Market, we found ourselves swimming in a mountain of green beans, Brussels Sprouts and strawberries – just to name a few – and so I thought, why not make a pizza?  Pizza is usually thought of as a junk food or a cheat meal, but it doesn’t have to be when you load it with fresh, nutrient-dense, whole plant foods.  And, it may seem odd to have these ingredients on pizza, but I assure you this is one of my new favorite recipes.  It’s a nice, light summer dish that pairs perfectly with a big, green salad.  Enjoy!

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MEDITERRANEAN STRAWBERRY ALMOND CHEESE PIZZA

Vegan, dairy free, gluten free (available)

Recipe by Jentry Lee Hull

Yields 2 pizzas

PIZZA INGREDIENTS

  • 1 package Vicolo Organic Corn Meal Crusts (available at TJ’s and Whole Foods – GF also available)
  • Pesto (see recipe below)
  • 1 large handful fresh green beans, trimmed and snapped in half
  • 2 cups (about 1 lb.) Brussels Sprouts, trimmed and sliced in half
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • pink Himalayan salt
  • Red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup strawberries, stems removed and sliced
  • Balsamic vinegar (4% acidity, if available)
  • Kite Hill Soft Fresh Truffle & Dill Almond Cheese (available at Whole Foods), for garnish

PIZZA METHOD

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Make pesto sauce – see ingredients and method below.
  • Prepare green beans:
    • In a large bowl, add cold water and 2 cups ice. Set aside.
    • Cover the bottom of a large pot with 1 inch of water. Cover with steamer basket and bring water to a boil.  Add beans and steam for 3 minutes, or until beans are bright green and slightly tender.
    • Remove from heat, drain and transfer beans to bowl of ice water.
    • If you don’t have a steamer basket, bring 2 cups water to a boil, add beans and blanch for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and transfer beans to bowl of ice water.
  • Prepare Brussels Sprouts:
    • In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, place halved Brussels Sprouts, face down, on skillet. Cook for 3-5 minutes, or until sprouts are golden brown.  Sauté with water or veggie broth to prevent sticking.
    • Toss, then add shallots, salt and red pepper flakes.
    • Sauté, tossing frequently, for another 5 or so minutes.
    • Remove from heat.
  • Assemble Pizzas:
    • Remove crusts from package.
    • Spread generous amount of pesto sauce on each crust.
    • Add green beans, Brussels Sprouts and sliced strawberries.
    • Drizzle on balsamic vinegar.
    • Place pizzas directly onto oven rack and bake for 10-12 minutes at 425 degrees F.
    • Remove pizzas from oven, add Truffle & Dill Almond cheese, crumble on with your fingers, and let pizzas set for 1 minute before cutting.
    • Cut, garnish with more balsamic vinegar and red pepper flakes, if desired and serve!

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PESTO INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups basil leaves, packed
  • 1 cup baby kale, packed
  • 1 cup raw, unsalted cashews or blanched almonds
  • ½ cup lemon juice (about 2 large lemons)
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ½ tsp. pink salt, or to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil, optional

PESTO SAUCE METHOD

  • Combine basil, greens, nuts, garlic, salt, and lemon juice in a food processor. Pulse until mixture is finely chopped.
  • Adjust seasonings to taste.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

NOTES

  • Get ahead of the game and prepare/cook your pesto, green beans and Brussels Sprouts ahead of time. That way, when you’re ready to make your pizza it’s just a matter of assembling and baking.

Thrive on,

Coach Jentry

Gumsaba Outdoor Fitness Class schedule Thursday 8/25/16

5:30AM Sunrise Danville Womens only class – Coach Briana – Circuit Works

5:30AM Sunrise Danville Mens only class – Coach Joel – Circuit Works 

6AM Sunup Moraga Co-Ed class – Coach James – Met Con Thursday

6AM Sunup Lafayette Co-Ed class – Coach Jentry – Met Con Thursday

8:15AM Sunshine Moraga Womens only Class – Coach James – Met Con Thursday

9AM Sunshine Walnut Creek Womens class – Coach Briana – Circuit Works

10:30AM Summer Yoga at the Lafayette Reservoir – Coach Michelle D.

11:00AM Cytosport Advanced Boot Camp at the Park – Coach Briana (private class)

12:00PM Cytosport Vinyasa Flow Yoga – Coach Jentry (private class)