Saturday, February 21, 2009

Homemade Pizzas for Valentine's Day

You can see that some of the heart shapes are better than others but the intention was heart-felt - i.e., heart-healthy individual pizzas, made with whole wheat crust (whole grains), pizza sauce and pesto from home-grown ingredients (no high fructose corn syrup, no added salt, no chicken fat - yes, some commercial pizza establishments have used chicken fat in their pizza sauce), roasted veggies in extra-virgin olive oil (heart-healthy fats and too many health promoting phytochemicals in the veggies to count), with just a sprinkle of full-flavored cheese for visual interest and taste (instead of the gobs and gobs of mostly tasteless cheese that usually smothers commercial pizzas).

Here is a close-up of the most perfect of the heart-shaped pizzas that I made for my sweetie.

These pizzas were followed by thawed organic strawberries from our garden, carefully guarded in the freezer to be used only for special occasions just such as a Valentine's Day dessert. :-) So sweet that no extra sugar needed. Sweets (naturally so) for the sweetest! Yes, those are baby fresh mint leaves from a plant growing in a windowsill pot during the winter. :-)

Enjoy and savor this easy meal that is also easy on the budget plus easy on your heart. If desired, spend the money you've saved on a great bottle of red wine or special dark chocolates, incidentally, both also "heart-healthy" foods! I think this is a win-win-win stay-at-home meal. :-)

Diana Dyer

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