Mom's ChickPea Pizza and Lynnie's WorkOut Cookie-Treats
When I was home for the holidays my omni-mom went out of her way one evening when the rest of the family had ordered some pizza, by making an excellent chickpea-topped pizza. for me and K. I made an attempt to recreate some of these flavours by using some whole wheat pizza dough I kneaded into a frenzy yesterday afternoon, and a whole load of roasted veggies, herbs and a little bit of olive oil. The end result was a thin, crispy crust with veg that, because of the pre-roasting, didn't dampen the dough. We had bought some vegan cheese (Toffuti Mozzarella), but decided against it in the end.
-1 batch of Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
-1 grilled eggplant (sliced)
-1 grilled zucchini
-1/4 cup of chick peas
-1 grilled onion
-1 roasted red pepper
-3 sprigs of grilled asparagus
-fresh: thyme, rosemary, basil
-5 tablespoons of tomato sauce
-a dash of olive oil for the roasting
We roasted the veg before adding them to the rolled out dough. K enjoyed some deep primordial emotion while roasting the red pepper over an open flame. (weird). I squared the dough and laid it on a roasting pan (my pizza stone is back home in Canada), and spread the tomato sauce; I laid the veg on the dough, and sprinkled the chick peas and herbs over the pizza. We baked it for about 20 minutes, just until the crust had a nice brown hue and crispy edge. I served the pizza with a roasted veg and green olive salad that I squeezed a lemon over.
I also made a batch of carob cookies (those who guessed raw carob were RIGHT!) that I envisioned as great post-workout treats (the oats, flax, raisins and seeds seem like great energy boosts after a hard core workout)
Oatmeal, Raisin and Carob Cookies
-1 cup of whole wheat flour
-1 cup of oats
-1/2 cup of carob powder
-4 tablespoons of veg oil
-4 tablespoons of raisins
-1 tablespoon of flax
-dash of vanilla
-2 tablespoons of sunflower seeds
I was really lazy and just added all of the ingredients one at a time to one of my favourite blue bowls and mixed it up until it was cookie-dough quality, and then scooped them onto a cookie sheet. To be honest, we only have four of these yummies for eating.....my new cookie timer didn't ding for me, and I was so into my pizza that I let them sit a few minutes too long. Yikes.