Hey! How’s your Wednesday going?
Oddly, I am feeling super energized at the moment. I think it’s my go, go, GO mindset, it just kind of has me running on adrenaline. Or well, coffee… plus all the kombucha I can get my hands on. Honestly, kombucha is my life saver at the moment.
Ok, but you guys. I have a serious story to tell. If you would simply like my pizza recipe just skip right on down, because we need to have a little chat about the family cat, Nikolai, or Niko for short. Cat lovers unite, this story is a miracle, and it may make you cry.
OKOK. I am going to try to keep this short and sweet, so here it goes.
Last Thursday (Asher’s 2nd to last day of school), Asher noticed that her cat Niko was not around at breakfast. She thought this was odd since he always comes to says hi every morning before she heads off to school. She remembered that he was there the night before to snuggle and comfort her after her shower. She had said he was the only thing that made her feel better after the goats had literally trampled her… yes, Red scared them with the ATV as Asher was walking them in from the pasture. Anyway, Asher reluctantly headed off to school, she still very concerned about not having found Niko. As she and my mom were rolling down the dirt road in their Tundra, Asher suddenly said, I hear a cat. My mom pulled over but didn’t hear anything (my mom does have a hearing problem though). Asher heard it once more, but then not again. As the day went on my mom started to get worried since she still had yet to see him. You guys should know that Niko is a serious scaredy cat. He has never been outdoors, and mostly hides from new people. It’s only been in the past year that he has finally warmed up to Asher and snuggles up with her at night while she falls asleep. My mom notified the local animal shelter, and to make sure a cat had not been reported. The woman at the shelter, after hearing that Asher had heard meows while in the car, advised her to walk down the road slowly calling his name. She did, but with no luck. Once it was time for my Dad to pick Asher up from school, the first thing Asher asked was if they had found Nikolai? When he told her no, that’s when the tears came. Then everyone really started to freak…they searched high and low for him, in both the house and the yard. They even came over to my house, despite the fact that Niko has never even been outside (nor seems to have any desire to go), but NOTHING. Poor Asher was in tears, I felt horrible. She really loves this cat you guys, LOVES him.
So finally about 6:30 they all took a break. My mom’s aunt was in town for a visit and they headed over to Frisco, the next town over (where Asher goes to school) to see her. Once they parked the car, both my dad and Asher said they heard a meow. Oh yes, but it’s totally not what you think, trust me, they had all checked the car, probably multiply times. The meow was not coming from INSIDE the car…
My mom shuddered, this could not be good, she envisioned an ugly scene. At first they where unsure of where the sound was coming from, but then they heard the meow again. Asher jumped out of the car, yelled Nikolai and then looked underneath. YOU GUYS… there was Niko! He sprang into Asher’s arms while she screamed with excitement and quickly got back in. Could this really be? His all white fur was a bit dirty, but he seemed completely fine! Where could he have ridden without falling off or getting burned? He had been under the truck ALL DAY long! He had traveled not once (to school), not twice (home), BUT THREE times (back to Frisco) on I-70 at 70 miles per hour. YES, I am so serious. How that cat is alive is beyond me. Like what?!?
Thank God all is good, Asher was ready to lose it and was overjoyed when she found him. I still cannot believe the story. I mean, he was in the garage under the freaking car all that time? What do you think was going through his head as he sat there all day after his first little trip? Like, maybe I should get out before that happens again? Apparently not!
You see, miracle story with a happy ending. I probably could have told it better, but I am not much of a story-teller…
And that’s my story for the day, let’s talk PIZZA!!
Man, I am all about the produce this week!!
Okok fine, so I really just needed a new topping for my pizza and with all the wilting greens in my fridge, they just seemed to have PIZZA written all over them. I guess this is more of an “empty out the fridge” pizza, but whatever, it turned out SOO freaking good.
That said, I pretty much love anything covered in cheese. Obviously…
So here’s the deal. Pizza is my GO-TO this time of year. I basically just throw a whole bunch of random summer produce on some fresh pizza dough, add tons of cheese and either bake or grill it using a pizza stone.
Dinner is made and ready for eating in under thirty minutes and it’s always, always good. I have to say, pizza is the one thing that I have yet to make taste bad. Sure, I have had pizzas that aren’t THAT awesome, but always edible and enjoyable. You just really cannot go wrong when carbs and cheese are involved, you know?
Today’s pizza is inspired by all things green…clearly.
Like I said, I had a bunch of greens in my fridge that had seen better days so I decided to make a spicy, goddess pesto, similar to the one I used in these noodles and then topped the pizza with massaged kale, fontina cheese, goat cheese and some zucchini + summer squash. I know, sounds like a super… well, GREEN pizza, but guys I promise this pizza is still totally delicious!! It’s loaded with basil, has a little kick from the jalapenos, and then umm, did I mention the fontina and goat cheese?
Oh right, I did, but they are worth mentioning twice, cause I mean, pizza really is all about the cheese…or at least that’s the way it is in my house. 🙂
Plus, everything on this pizza is super light and healthy, you need the cheese for balance. Remember life is all about balance!
And that’s THAT! Garden Greens Goddess Pizza – simple, quick, healthy, pretty… and just really, really good.
Gotta to love meals like this. Bring on all the summer pizzas please! 🙂
Garden Greens Goddess Pizza.
- 2 cups lacinato kale or baby kale
- olive oil for drizzling
- kosher salt + pepper
- 1/2 pound homemade or store-bought pizza dough
- 1 cup basil pesto see below
- 2 ounces fontina cheese shredded
- 6 ounces goat cheese
- 1 zucchini or summer squash shaved into ribbons
- large handful fresh basil + chopped chives
- watercress spinach and or arugula, for topping
Goddess Basil pesto
- 2 cups fresh basil
- 1/2 cup fresh mint
- 1/4 cup roasted pistachios
- 1/2 jalapeno seeded if desired
- 1/4 cup shredded pecorino cheese
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- juice of 1 lemon
- kosher salt
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Grease a large baking sheet with olive oil.
In a bowl massage the kale with a little olive oil, salt and pepper for 1-2 minutes or until the kale is well coated in oil.
On a lightly floured surface, push/roll the dough out until until it is pretty thin (about a 10-12 inch circle). Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet. Spread the dough with pesto (see recipe below) and top with fontina cheese. Add the massaged kale and crumble on half of the goat cheese. Next add the shaved zucchini and the remaining goat cheese. Drizzle the pizza lightly with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Place in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the crust is golden, the cheese has melted and the zucchini is beginning to char. Remove from the oven and top with fresh basil, garden greens and chives. Slice and eat!
Goddess Basil Pesto
In a blender or food processor, combine the basil, mint, jalapeno, pistachios and pecorino. Pulse until finely chopped. With the machine running, stream in the olive oil. Add the lemon juice and season with salt + crushed red pepper flakes. The pesto can be stored in a jar and kept in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Gotta to love meals like this. Bring on all the summer pizzas please! 🙂