November 01, 2011

Protein-Packed Pizza

When we lived in San Francisco we went weekly to Trader Joe's. We moved to Brooklyn, and the closest one was in a quaint little town, an hour and a half away by car, Westfield, NJ. We went shopping once a month. People would stare at our cart.
Then, like a dream come true, TJ's opened it's first store in NYC. In Manhattan on 14th a block from Union Square....and then a few years opened in our neighborhood in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn! Felt as if it was following us..our TJ mojo was pretty amazing. We could now *walk* to get our groceries. And even though we've moved, and it's now a bit of a longer walk, with stroller, and six bags usually...we do it because we love Trader Joe's.

But back on track- we made the best PIZZA evah the other night. It was really by chance.  Using Trader Joe's Steamed Lentils, red onion, oregano, olives, peas, and oddly, cucumber peel shavings I happen to also throw in, sauteed with olive oil...spread on top of tomato paste, salt, pepper and oregano on a whole wheat pita, baked on a pizza stone until the bottom is brown and crunchy....and wah lah! Makes a really delicious smokey, creamy yet crunchy pizza. What is best is the amount of protein your eating without the bad news cheese brings with it. Although, if you must sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese on it while it's still hot, my hubby says makes it twice as delish!  Baby loved it too. Simple and fast to make, affordable and healthy. Great for a chilly autumn night.
Hey Happy 11. 1. 11                                                                               XO


Sossity said...

You guys are such creative cookers. I would never put those ingredients together but it does sound good!! Why pita rather than TJ's pizza dough? Less fattening?

cazmira said...

we have used the TJ pizza dough, garlic herb, and the whole wheat, and boy is it a work out, to spread that doughy dough but it's just as good. we used the pitas because they are a nice crispy change, and the rest of the bag can be used for other things. ;)