Saturday, August 20, 2011

Whole Wheat Herb Veggie Pizza's and Some Health Benefits

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 packages (1/4 ounce each) quick-rise yeast
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, basil and parsley

1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup warm water (should be luke warm to wrist)
2 tablespoons olive oil

1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 cup chopped zucchini
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1/4 cup each green and sweet red pepper
1 teaspoon olive oil
1-1/4 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Add water and oil; beat until smooth. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes,( I usually turn my oven on to 400 degrees, keeping a covered bowl on the outer top of the stovetop).

In a small saucepan, bring sauce ingredients to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-18 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; set aside.
Punch dough down. Divide in half, roll each portion into a 12-in. circle. Transfer to two greased 12-in. pizza pans. Prick dough with a fork. Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.
In a small skillet, saute vegetables in oil until tender. Spread pizzas with sauce, sprinkle with vegetables and cheese. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and browned. 

In the past it was commonly believed that pizza was not really a healthy food. Part of the reason for this is that it was put in the same group as other fast foods, such as hamburgers and fries. This is a major misconception, as pizza can actually be a highly nutritional meal.
One of the main ingredients of pizza is the tomato, which contains lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. Lycopene is known to help fight many different types of cancer. Studies have shown that people who eat pizza at least once a week were much less likely to develop colon and mouth cancer as well as stomach and lung cancer. It is known to be especially helpful in fighting prostate cancer and lower your chances of developing esophaegeal cancer.
It is the tomato that is the main cancer-fighting ingredient of pizza. Incredibly, studies have also shown that processed tomatoes such as those found in pizza or spaghetti sauce are actually higher in lycopene than fresh tomatoes.Tomato sauce is extremely healthy, and for this reason so is pizza.
Another health benefit of pizza is the dough. In actuality, wheat pizza dough is another ingredient of pizza that is high in antioxidants, and through certain baking techniques the antioxidants in the dough can actually be increased.
Adding even more health benefits to pizza is simple. A vegetable pizza with just a little  low fat cheese is a very healthy food. You get the great taste and health benefits of pizza without all the extra fat and cholesterol normally associated with meats and cheese. If you a meat lover then try your pizza with some grilled chicken to your vegetable pizza. Chicken offers many health benefits that other meats don't, and it tastes great.
With the many health benefits of pizza, it can no longer be viewed in the same light as other fast foods.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

A Tribute To Mikey Gone Too Soon Peanut Butter Pie

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Dedication to the memory of Mikey by request from his grieving wife Jennie Perillo @InJenniesKitchen

Peanut Butter Pie Recipe
The one request Jennie had was to repost Mikey's favorite pie.  A tragic untimely death. A young father of two small little girls has passed away too soon. A massive heart attack, no time to say goodbye. Very sad times.
In his memory Jennie requested everyone post his favorite pie in his memory for someone you love. After you did that you were to share it with the one you love and hold on to them dearly.  We all had some for Mikey today. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. His favorite recipe could be reviewed on her web page click the link for InJenniesKitchen to see her beautiful tribute to him... God Bless you and yours...
Heart Attack can strike anyone at any age... don't take life or a young age for granted...  Jennie our thoughts and prayers are with you... this one's for you Mikey~

More about heart disease Who is at risk?  Click here

As of now, The Food Network blog has graciously agreed to keep this list going... please stop by there to have your link added and see all the other amazing blog posts today!
To see more examples of people sharing love:
Peanut Butter Pie by Tidymom
Peanut Butter Pie Friday by Omnivore100Project
Sharing Mikey's Peanut Butter Pie by Tastes Better With Friends
With Love and Rememberance by Vanilla Bean Baker
Peanut Butter Pie Gluten Free by gluten-free girl and the chef
Peanut Butter Milkshake by In Katrina's Kitchen
*eye break*
For Mikey and Jennifer by Marche Dimanche
In Honor: Creamy Peanut Butter Pie Friday by Confessions of a Recipe Junkie
Peanut Butter Pie by One Apron
Creamy Peanut Butter Pie by Chocolate & Carrots
not nearly enough eanut butter pie by Running with Tweezers
Peanut Butter Pie Bites by Dessert For Two
*eye break*
pie is love by userealbutter 
a pie for mikey by Healthy Green Kitchen
Baking for Others: Peanut Butter Pie by big girls small kitchen
Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey by Expresse and Cream
My Pie for Mikey by Adryon's Kitchen
*eye break*
Mikeys Peanut Butter Pie by the meaning of pie
Like There's No Tomorrow by GF IN THE CITY
Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie by Killer Bunnies, Inc.
*eye break*
Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey by Teaspoon Communications
Peanut Butter Cream Pie for Mikey by Vanilla Sugar Blog
Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey by Dough See Dough
Gluten Free Peanut Butter Pie by
Peanut Butter Pie by Just Jenn Recipes
*eye break*
Fluff-a-Nutter Ice Box Pie by Stir and Scribble
Peanut Butter pie for Mikey by London Foodie in New York
A Pie ro Remember by The Sugar Tree
Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie by Alice Currah for PBS
Peanut Butter Tart (for Mikey) by The Baker Chick
Spread the Love by Kudos Kitchen
*eye break*
Creamy Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey by Eat Drink Man Woman Dogs Cat
Peanut Butter Pie for Everyone by Trilogy Edibles
 Creamy Peanut Butter Pie by Guilty Kitchen
Peanut Butter Pie for my Beloved by The Balanced Pastry Chef
Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey by The Good Fun Foodie
Peanut Butter Pie by Created by Diane
mini peanut butter pies by food + words
*eye break*
Oreo Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey by lighter and local
A Delicious Dedication by Go Gastronomy
Creamy Peanut Butter Pie by Pork Cracklins
Creamy Peanut Butter Pies by poet in the pantry
*eye break*
Creamy Peanut Butter Pie by Creative Culinary
Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey by five second rule
Individual Peanut Butter Pies by My Baking Addiction
Peanut Butter Banana Cream Parfaits by Family Fresh Cooking

Tribute Peanut Butter Pie For Mikey  by Blogsgotheart

Frozen Peanut Butter Cheese Pie  by What's Cookin' Italian Style Cuisine

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Fresh Peas with Whole Wheat Pasta Recipe

When choosing your tomatoes, be sure to pick those with the most brilliant shades of red. These indicate the highest amounts of betacarotene and lycopene. Though raw tomatoes are great for you, cooking them releases even more of the benefits. Lycopene is located in the cell wall of the tomato, so by cooking in a bit of oil, this healing compound is more fully released.

In a food processor add :
3 cloves of cleaned garlic
1/2 cup fresh celery leaves
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Puree till a fine mixture.

In a large deep sauce pan, add the oil mixture, heat, add:
2 lbs of fresh peas shucked or ( 2- 14 to 15 oz size  cans of peas) saute peas till starting to brown.

1/2 teaspoon each, parsley, basil, garlic powder, oregano
1 small can of tomato paste + fill can with white wine to stir out the leftover paste
1 can of chicken broth
1 cup water
1 cup of  fresh whole tomatoes or  fresh plum tomatoes pureed in food processor
Cook until sauce thickens around 1 1/2 hours on low.

Open  a 1 lb box of whole wheat spaghetti or (other pasta of choice) . Using half of the box, break into bite size pieces, taking the long pasta and snipping the ends around 1/2 in size, place in a bowl while cutting up your pasta.  Add  the broken up pasta to a pot of salted boiling water. Boil till desired doneness.

Drain pasta and add to the sauce mixture.

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