What do you get when you put two teenage boys, a mom who ran 14 miles that morning, and a voracious 23 year old in the same kitchen?
One. Amazing. Meal.
And the best company for dinner! Last night I had a blast creating homemade pizzas with a friend and her 2 boys. Conversations were non-stop, ingredients were being chopped, laughs were being shared, hands were getting dirty, and appetites were developing! It was fun in the kitchen. I wish I had more pictures of the cooks, but my camera naturally gravitated toward the food because it looked and smelled so darn good.
When I arrived, these two kiddo’s were hard at work getting the dessert ready.
[The pastry chef. Look at the concentration!]
[This kiddo kept us entertained. Man was he full of energy!]
I immediately set to work making my first ever homemade pizza sauce! As this simmered it infused the kitchen with intoxicatingly wonderful smells. We were very temped to scratch the pizza idea and just dip mozerrella cheese into the pizza sauce!
Chunky. Flavorful. Incredibly good.
The sauce was used to create the best pizza that has entered my mouth. I kid you not.
This pizza, compliments of Shari, featured a whole wheat flax crust that was as thick and fluffy as a cloud after a heavy rain. The whole wheat flour and flax gave it a deep, hearty flavor that complimented the roasted vegetables nicely. We used 2 sauces: a smear of pesto + homemade pizza sauce. Then came the toppings. Roasted eggplant, mushrooms, zucchini, red onions, and mozzarella were piled upon the doughy wheat crust. I wanted to cry when I took my first bite!
The fun didn’t stop there. Shari is officially the salad queen! Spring
Mix + Blueberries + Walnuts + Feta + Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette =
Then, what we were all waiting for from the start…Aiden’s homemade Apple Crostada !
[Can you tell that the dessert excited me? It did!]
2 cans (14.5 oz each) No-Salt-Added Diced Tomatoes
1 small sweet onion, finely diced and minced
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
4 basil leaves, chopped
1 t dried oregano
1 t fresh rosemary, minced
fresh ground pepper
1 T EVOO
1. Empty tomatoes into a bowl and mash with a fork until smooth with chunks.
2. In a small pot over medium heat, saute the onions until just translucent. Add the garlic and saute until browned.
3. Add the crushed tomatoes and bring to a simmer.
4. Stir in basil, oregano, rosemary. Season with salt and pepper.
5. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.
6. Use immediately, or cool.
Whole Wheat Pizza Crust recipe to coming soon!
So much fun and good food. Made even better by great company! Now it’s time to prepare for another wonderful week. A wonderful week. My half marathon training begins tomorrow, too, which is exciting! Have a wonderful Monday and don’t forget to SMILE!!!
Share something exciting you did this weekend, and that you have planned for the coming week? I’ll share my excitement tomorrow!
***Also, I’ll be moving to a new blogging platform soon and have to change my blog name slightly. Any ideas? Your opinions mean a lot, so please share. I was thinking of sticking to something similar to “The Spoonful of Life,” but tweaked slightly.***