Spinach and leek pizza: Make your kids and man eat greens

My lovely BF loves meat. He can have a meal of just meat, with a side of more meat. The problem is, we live $20 worth of gas away from the supermarket, so I usually buy a LOT of vegetables that will go bad quite fast, and as part of my November zero food waste goal, I need him to eat some veggies without complaining.

 

Enters…. pizza! I love making pizza because it is super easy and making the dough from scratch I can control what I put in, so it is much healthier. It is a perfect recipe for my friends on a frugal grocery challenge as well as the vegetarians out there, you can skip the cheese if you like.

 

Here is how to prepare your dough

 

You put the flour in a bowl, I chose a Pyrex because it is easy to clean after. Add to the flour salt to your taste and a little pack of yeast. I try to buy fresh yeast, you can get some from your local bakery, but this time is it a chemical one.

 

Filling half a Pyrex will give me enough dough for two big pizzas, I will then freeze one half of the dough for another lazy day.

Add to that flour mix two tablespoons of olive oil and a cup of warm water. Not hot, just warm. Mix everything with your hand, and if the mix is still dry, add a little bit of water. Until you obtain a nice soft dough that doesn’t stick to your hands. If it does, add some flour to balance the dough. Your bowl should be clean and the dough compactly put together.

 

Cover your dough with a cloth and leave it to rise for an hour. It can be a couple of hours in a cold climate, or you can put it next to a source of heat to accelerate the rise. The dough should roughly double in size.

 

                         After rising the dough is bigger

Time to prepare the topping. I prepared a few vegetables, some spinach, leek, onion, and a lot of garlic.

 

I chopped the spinach and pressed the garlic together with the onion, and left that mixture in a tupperware with a bit of olive oil.

 

 

I leave it while the dough rises and it gets all flavored in garlic.

When the dough is ready, usually an hour later, you need to put it in a flat surface to spread it. I have no tools yet so I used an empty bottle of wine, and then put the thin dough on a layer of foil on top of the oven’s grill. I tried to do it pizza parlor style, throwing it in the air, but am still a beginner…

The dough is ready for topping. Put your oven to the highest heat in the meanwhile. I put a first layer of cheese, then spread my green mix, some sliced tomatoes and sprinkled some leek on top because it gives a nice taste and looks quite fun. I dare you to put leek and fun in the same sentence!

When the oven is hot, put the pizza inside until the dough is starting to get brown, your meal is ready! By covering the full oven’s grill, we had enough pizza for two meals, and another two with the frozen dough.

 

Costs are higher than a ready made frozen pizza, because cheese is about $8 a pound here, and I used about $5 of cheese. Grated cheese is even more expensive, I sliced a 1lb piece very thinly until most of the dough’s surface was covered, taking into account the cheese will melt and cover the holes. The rest of the ingredients are very cheap, totaling $8, or $2 per person per meal.

 

Bon appétit! Do you have other delicious recipes to make your family eat greens?

 

 

 

 

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  1. That looks like one healthy pizza! I unfortunately will be eating an EXTREMELY unhealthy deep dish tonight at one of my favorite pizza places :) I would consider trying this, though, as I love pizza but haven’t gotten into the healthier types.
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    • enjoy! I loved 4 cheese pizza before and pepperoni, but find them too loaded with grease now. Healthy options mean you can have twice as much pizza!

  2. That sounds awesome! We actually love veggie pizza and we don’t eat a lot of meat anyway.
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  3. Now I am hungry! :) I love spinach pizza, I used to hate spinach but when I was introduced to spinach pizza I wondered where it had been my entire life. We’re usually pretty big salad eaters, so we tend to do pretty good with our greens.
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  4. TacklingOurDebt says:

    Your pizza looks delicious. Amazing how much cheese costs these days. I find it very expensive in our city as well.
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  5. That was a great layout of how to make a pizza. The photos really helped to show the process.

    About the only way my wife and I get out kids to eat vegetables is with the old tactic of saying, “no desert until you eat your veges.”

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    • No problem! I don’t have kids and was forced veggies down with threats, it didn’t really work… I even managed to hid some or go to the bathroom three times a meal to empty my castor cheeks. Try the spinach pizza!

  6. That looks delicious!! Pizza is my favorite!
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  7. Ooooh… Been thinking about baking my own pizza lately. I can find fresh mozzarella at the market, at reasonable prices. Thinking about doing my own sauce too from scratch.

    And DC, thanks a lot for reminding me about deep dish pizza… I’ll now have cravings for a week!

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    • There is a pretty good vintage cheese at la bodegona that will melt nicely on pizza. I don’t usually put sauce, just a layer of cheese and tomatoes on top. Sauce is super easy though, in a blender you can mix an onion, tomatoes, some garlic, maybe a jalapeño… it will bake with the pizza.

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  8. I’m sitting here hungry right now and drooling! That looks amazing!
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  9. I have been doing our own dough recently, but use a mix that comes in a bag. I bet it’s cheaper to mix it like you did. My man wouldn’t eat spinach on a pizza unless I hid it under a Pepperoni, but I have to think our home made ones are better than the frozen or take out kind. I love to put different bell peppers on mine. I wish they were more affordable. If I watch closely, one of the grocery stores sells 2 pound bags of cheese for $5 about once a month, always on a Friday. I try to stock up when it’s cheap, so that makes up for the peppers.
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  10. Yum, that looks delicious!

  11. Man that pizza makes me wish I could eat tomatoes. I have a lot of fruit allergies, so I’m a little limited with some foods.
    My food secret to eat veggies is to put them in soup. You can put almost any vegetable in soup and won’t be able to tell it’s in there.
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