Let me just say, when it comes to taste and color, there is just no comparison to store bought spinach and this smoothie ROCKED.
I was also lucky enough to be the recipient of some freshly cut asparagus (thanks neighbor!) and knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. Most of the time, I like to dress my asparagus up simply with a little olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper and bake at 400 F for about 10 minutes. Pretty simple and straight forward. But between the spinach, basil and asparagus I had sitting around and my intense craving for pizza the other day, I decided a spring greens pizza was in order.
This pizza is light and nutrient (veggie!) dense with a good dose of healthy fats from the pesto. I used naan bread as my base, because it's quick, healthy and the perfect size for a personal pizza.
[Yields 1 personal sized pizza]
1 naan round
1/4 c. basil pesto sauce (see recipe below)
1/4 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded
1-2 asparagus spears, peeled into strips
1/2 c. spinach, shredded into small pieces
Preheat your oven to 375 F. Place naan bread rounds on a pizza stone, or lined baking pan, and spread with 1/4 c. basil pesto each (see recipe below). Top with 1/4 c. cheese of choice (I like mozzarella for this recipe but parmesan would work well also!) Top with strips of peeled asparagus and shredded spinach. Place in the oven for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven, crack open your egg and gently place on center of pizza. You may consider making a small indentation in the center to keep the egg from running off the side! Place pizza back into the oven and switch oven to low broil for approx 2-3 minutes. Watch closely to ensure that the pizza crust does not burn and removed with egg is cooked to desired consistency (I like mine slightly runny).
Congrats to Wendy from Winchester, who is the winner of my giveaway from Mountain Primadonna! I hope to do another giveaway soon!
Kristen Chang is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and triathlete residing in southwest Virginia with her husband and dogs. Follow along as she shares favorite fueling recipes, general wellness and sport nutrition tips and stories from her athletic endeavors.
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