Food For Thought Friday – Zucchini Crust Pizza and Intertwined in Intimacy


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For the Body: I am always interested in new, different and healthy ways to prepare food.  And, of course, how to incorporate more and more veggies into my and my family’s diet.  This week I made a pizza for my family, however, I made it with a zucchini crust.  It was so yummy and it’s a great way to get your veggies, not to mention, get veggies into your kids.  It is also a lot lighter than your traditional pizza and is gluten/wheat/simple carb- free.  The following recipe has been tweaked from here: http://www.foodandnewyorkcity.com/2013/09/skinny-zucchini-pizza-crust.html

Zucchini pizza pic

Crust: 2-3 small zucchinis, 1 egg, 1 egg white, 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese shredded, 1 tsp garlic powder, black pepper to taste, a pinch of salt, 1/2 tsp cumin, any other seasoning you like

Toppings: 1 cup ground chicken or turkey seasoned, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded, 4 Tbsp tomato or pizza sauce, 1/2 onion, 1 bell pepper, 1 tomato, 1Tbsp olive oil, 1/8 – 1/4 cup thinly sliced olives

Directions: First make the pizza crust.  Shred the zucchinis and extract the maximum amount of water possible.  You can either put in a cheese cloth and wring it until you just can’t wring anymore, or you can place in a strainer and press with a bowl to allow the excess liquid to come out.  Place in a medium sized bowl and add the shredded cheese, egg, egg white, garlic powder, pepper, salt, cumin and other seasonings.  Then line a pizza pan with parchment paper and press the mixture into it to form the crust.  Bake in a preheated oven at 230C (450F) for 20-40 minutes (depending on your oven – here, in Brazil we use a gas oven and it took a good 40-45 minutes).

Cook up the ground meat and season it as desired.  Cut up the onion, bell pepper and tomato and saute in the olive oil over low heat.  I also add a little salt, but you don’t have to if you don’t like.

Once the crust is done, place the toppings in the following order.  First the tomato or pizza sauce, then the cheese, onion/peppers/tomato mixture, ground meat, olives, and cilantro.  I also put a bit of spinach, but it’s up to you.

Check out my facebook page for the nutritional benefits of Zucchini-good and healthy. Please leave a comment and the bottom and let me know what you think.  Or if you have any other ideas or suggestions for other uses with zucchini.

 

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For the Spirit: I love my morning quiet times.  I also love my late afternoon prayer walks.  Oh my goodness, they’re so refreshing.  They’re a time for me to be renewed, to get centered and to be strengthened in my spirit.  Most importantly though, it’s the time I come to meet with my creator.  He lives in me, and without Him I am nothing.  He and I are intertwined in an intimacy involving every fibre of my being (quoted by: Jesus Calling – Sarah Young).  I used to struggle with my morning quiet times.  I am not an early morning person.  Just ask my mom and brother.  They can tell you the horror stories of my morning attitudes and of me coming out of my bedroom, looking like a ghost.  I have recently, however, found a system that really works for me.  And not just for me, but for my whole family as well.  I love my morning coffee.  However, I don’t get around to having it until everyone has had their breakfast, made their beds, had their shower and gotten dressed.  By that time I am wide awake and alert.  I put on Youtube educational videos for Caue (my son) in my room and a short dvd for Hannah (my daughter) in her room.  I then sit down with my tablet (which has my devotional book and Bible) and hot cup of coffee, close my eyes and enter into that place of peace, tranquility, stillness of spirit, soul and being. I lift my thoughts and prayers up to the Almighty and He sits with me in that time and strengthens me.  I read His word and my devotional and am fully fed.  And once again, I can sense that I am not my own.  That He’s with me.  That He’s in me.  That He knows be better than I know myself.  And life just becomes so simple, stress-less and free.  I wouldn’t change that for anything.

How about you?  Do you have a special place or a special time that you come away to be with your maker?  How does God touch your heart and meet with you?  I would love to hear your experience.  Please leave a comment and let me know.

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7 thoughts on “Food For Thought Friday – Zucchini Crust Pizza and Intertwined in Intimacy

    • Thank you so much. Ya, I really like your blog. I have also used zucchini in place of pasta. Just cut up fine strips of zucchini so that it looks like pasta and use it in place of actual pasta.
      =)

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  2. Love your thoughts, Staci. I am glad to know about your unique and regular meeting with Him. You have written nicely…layering each thought honestly and innovatively (food for the body and spirit). I do not have a special time, set for the meeting. Whenever I feel lost, depressed or lonely… I just move to any corner and close my eyes. It takes time for me to shut off the unwanted noise. Then I still myself…thoughts do find their way but I do not lend my focus to them. They just visit and go. I know the peace and noise, both are within me. It is a choice on which door my knock should ring. Once found, it is difficult coming out of those solitary moments, that eternal bliss….the more you dwell there, the more longing it instils in you. Though few moments inside the solitude, it lasts for hours. I find my hopes and strengths renewed. I do not know how much is too much but I am always greedy for those moments. My heart is never brimmed.

    Thank you for sharing this. Love reading such subjects. It does not mean I do not like your other stuff. This is just my favorite. 🙂
    Stay Blessed!

    • Oh wow, how wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing such lovely words with me Reva. And WOW! “This is just my favorite” Really? I’m so blessed that you think so sweetie. My hope and prayer for you is that you come to know peace more and more.
      Thanks again Reva.
      Love and hugs
      🙂 ❤

      • I love such blissful moments…………i do not mind having them in reading or being. Really It is my favorite.
        Thanks a zillion for your love and prayers.
        May you find peace under the same wing.

        Love you.
        Reva.

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