Green Goddess Pizza


~~~Here she is, the greenest pizza I have ever created. Isn't she a beauty?~~~


You know what else is beautiful? Every race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and nationality is beautiful. Every person who takes their time to speak with peace, for peace is beautiful. The time is now today just as much as it will be now tomorrow and has always been now for yesterday. Beauty is a hunger to stand for love and kindness to be shared amongst everyone. This is not accomplished by being an enemy, but with patience, grace, and mercy. We cannot segregate ourselves and dive slowly back into a dark history that those before us worked so hard to gain equality from. We are meant to share all of this — this world was made for all of us. 

And if nothing else, take time to think about every word and action you are taking. Be kind to your neighbors. Not because of the hashtags and pretty pink posters, but because our world needs you, your strength, and your beauty, every day.  

Photo by Rosemary Warren / The Verge
Lately: 

- The NY Times captured the Woman's March 2017 across the globe, and it makes my heart happy.
- Last week, Father John Misty announced his new album, Pure Comedy accompanied by a brilliant essay explaination on modern humanity.
- My illustrator friend Jack Sjogren, is selling prints of Carrier and is donating 75% of each sale to Planned Parenthood.
Secretly Group and 30 Days 30 Songs joined forces to create Our First 100 Days, which is a compilation of 100 new songs - one new song a day for 100 days - that you can subscribe to for a contribution that supports causes that are threatened by our new administration.
- Chickpea Magazine is printing their 22nd issue: Connecting, and I just purchased a digital copy!
- This past weekend, I got a much-needed mental escape whilst hiking Trail Canyon Falls in Tujunga. You can see the amazing 40' waterfall on my recent Instagram post.



Here's a playlist for all of you beauties to listen to while making this green goddess pizza or whatever it is you decide to create today. 



This pizza is made up of a yeast-free, flatbread dough dressed with a beet green pesto and all the green vegetables that make me feel like my happiest and healthiest self. Plus purple onions, cause they're just pretty, as are you. 

Green Goddess Pizza 
Yield: 1 large pizza

Ingredients:
for the crust-
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour (or more a.p. flour)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 cup sea salt
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup warm water
- extra olive oil for brushing

for the beet greens pesto- 
- 2 cups packed beet greens, stems removed
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup pine nuts (optional)
- 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- juice of 1 lemon

for the toppings:
- 1/2 cup roasted chickpeas
- 1/2 cup broccoli, cut into small florets
- 1/2 red onion, cut into thin rings
- 1/2 cup zucchini, cut into thin slices
- 1/4 cup artichoke hearts, halved
- 1/4 cup feta cheese
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds

Method:
  1. Start by making the dough. In the bowl of an electric mixer, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the olive oil and water. Mix using a dough hook or by hand, kneading until the dough is smooth and elastic, for about 4 minutes. Flatten the dough into a disc and cover in plastic. Set it aside to rest while you prepare the pesto and toppings. 
  2. Place all of the beet greens pesto ingredients into a blender and pulse for 2-3 minutes until completely smooth. If the mixture has trouble blending, add more olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time. 
  3. Prepare the toppings by roasting the chickpeas and measuring/cutting out the vegetables. 
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and prepare a sheet pan with parchment paper. 
  5. Roll out the dough 1/8" thick and place on the prepared sheet pan. Brush the dough with olive oil. Par-bake the dough for 6-8 minutes until it appears cooked, but not yet browned. The dough will puff up slightly. 
  6. Spread the beet greens generously over the par-baked flatbread. Then, top with roasted chickpeas, broccoli, red onion, zucchini, artichoke hearts, and feta cheese. Return the pizza to the oven and bake for an additional 8-10 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked and the flatbread is golden. 
  7. Remove the pizza from the oven and sprinkle nutritional yeast and black sesame seeds over the top before slicing.

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