Power Greens Pizza with Pine Nuts

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Power Greens Pizza with Pine Nuts. Say that three times fast!

I love this recipe because it is an easy weeknight meal, made with some leftover greens and pantry staples. I don’t really know how to make small portions, due to being raised by women from the south. You always had to make sure you had enough food in case someone dropped by. Therefore,  leftovers are a constant in my refrigerator.

Rooting through my fridge for something to cook for dinner one night, it looked pretty bleak. I am not one of those people who plan out a weeks worth of meals, and are really organized, and never serve the same meal twice. Whatever.

 

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I found some leftover kale and collard greens, and the lightbulb went on. Maybe it was the refrigerator light, I’m not sure. Either way, I was inspired to use the greens to make dinner.

This pizza can be made with any greens you have on hand, even thawed frozen spinach, in a pinch.  Trader Joe’s has a Pesto Gouda cheese I like, so I chose that in keeping with the green theme. They also have a frozen pizza crust that are great to always have on hand for those times you need a quick lunch or dinner.  If a Pesto flavored cheese is not available, just use Mozzarella and spread a little pesto on the par-baked crust. before adding the toppings.

 

Power Greens Pizza with Pine Nuts
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 frozen par-baked pizza crust
  • 2 cups pesto gouda cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup cooked greens, such as kale and collards
  • 1 tablespoon raw pine nuts
Instructions
  1. Heat your oven to °400 F.
  2. Thaw the pizza crust according to package directions.
  3. Sprinkle half the cheese onto the crust.
  4. Spread the greens on top of the cheese.
  5. Top the greens with the remaining cheese.
  6. Sprinkle the pine nuts on top.
  7. Bake the pizza in the center of your oven for 15 minutes, preferably directly on the rack.

 

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Superfood Rustic Mushroom Soup

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Warm, comforting and healthy too? This Rustic Mushroom Soup is all that and more.

Vegan, nutrient dense and low calorie, this superfood packed soup is perfect as an appetizer or a meal in itself.

Visit Zester Daily for my recipe for fast and easy Rustic Mushroom Soup.

 

 

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Roasted Mushroom-Pepper Tacos

Mushroom-Pepper Tacos | Black Girl Chef's Whites   Superfood. Have you heard that term before? Superfoods are foods low in calories and high in nutrients, with a variety of health benefits when included in your daily diet.   City of Hope has taken the superfood one step further. They are actively doing research on certain superfoods that are showing promise in fighting cancer. The ability to possibly stop the cancer before it begins is enormous, and to be able to do it just by choosing to eat easy to find fruits, vegetables and spices is amazing!

Lab research shows that certain “superfoods” may have the ability to combat cancer — without affecting healthy tissue. Several superfoods — mushrooms, pomegranates and grape seed extract — contain compounds with the ability to block the enzyme aromatase, which helps produce estrogen. Because most breast cancers are dependent on estrogen to grow, cutting down on the amount of estrogen may help kill the tumor.

Mushrooms also work similarly in prostate cancer by blocking hormones crucial to their growth.
City of Hope is testing medicine derived from shiitake mushrooms that could naturally help the body fight lung cancer by boosting the immune system.
City of Hope scientists found that cinnamon contains compounds that block tumor angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels that fuels cancer cells’ growth.
The above quotes are from the City of Hope website, which offers a lot of information on the superfoods they are currently researching and doing clinical trials on. There is also the Superfoods Recipe Collection, which urges you to fight cancer in the kitchen by cooking with superfoods.
I got the chance to go to City of Hope, and meet with some of the professors and doctors doing this important research, including the Interim Head of The Beckman Research Institute. There are only 5 such research centers in the world, and they are considered the cream of the crop. City of Hope itself is known as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute. And most importantly, City of Hope is a non-profit organization, which makes it more open to trying more natural and less toxic ways to fight cancer.  The large drug making corporations are all about profit, which is why so many medicines are so expensive!
When my mother was fighting her lung cancer, I remember opening a package containing her chemotherapy drug, called Tarceva. Because she had good insurance her co-pay was low, But I saw the actual cost being billed to the insurance, and it was $1200.00! For one bottle of pills! One thousand, two hundred dollars. And we wonder why medical insurance is so expensive. Oh, wait! Insurance companies and hospitals are also for profit entities. Except City of Hope.
Because of the 14 1/2 year battle my mother fought with her  lung cancer, I have become a Citizen of Hope.
I am a Citizen of Hope
When asked what hope meant to me, the only word that came to mind was FIGHTING. Fighting like my mother fought for her life. Fighting like my mother fought to see her only grandchild grow up. Fighting like my mother fought to be as active as she could for as long as she could, until her body betrayed her. And in the end, fighting for every breath she took, hooked up to an oxygen machine 24 hours a day.
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Lung cancer is not an “acceptable” cancer, like breast cancer. It has been so heavily stigmatized by cigarette smoking, which is one of the leading causes of lung cancer. But not everyone who gets lung cancer smokes or smoked. My mother was one of those, but the second I would tell people about her cancer they first thing they would ask was “Did she smoke?” I learned to say “My mom has lung cancer, but no, she never smoked.” I was always taken aback by the immediate judgement of her cancer, as if it was her fault, because they assumed she smoked. Do people judge breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer? Cancer is cancer is cancer.
The research at City of Hope on superfoods that can help prevent cancer from growing in the first place, fills me with hope. The hope that The Power of Superfoods will continue to fight and prevent cancer. The hope that all cancers will be funded equally, not just the ones that are “acceptable.” The hope that one day we will find a cure for cancer.
These Roasted Mushroom-Pepper Tacos are healthy, vegan, very low in fat and nutrient dense. And they are amazingly good.  If tacos are not your thing, toss the mushrooms and peppers with pasta and a little more olive oil. Or top a pizza with them. Or make bruscetta. Or add them to a green salad.  No matter what you do with them, enjoy them.
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Roasted Mushroom-Pepper Tacos | Black Girl Chef's Whites

Recipe: Roasted Mushroom-Pepper Tacos

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (8 ounce) button mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 fresh pasilla chile pepper, seeded, cut into large dice
  • 1 fresh red bell pepper, seeded, cut into large dice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 8 corn tortillas

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 400° F.
  2. Place the mushrooms, pasilla and red pepper onto a large baking pan.
  3. Drizzle the olive oil over the ingredients, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Toss gently to coat the vegetables with the oil and seasoning.
  5. Roast the vegetables for 20 – 25 minutes, until they are softened.
  6. Toast the tortillas in a dry skillet or wrap them in foil and heat in the oven.
  7. Divide the mushroom filling between the tortillas.
  8. Serve with salsa, sliced avocado and fresh cilantro if desired.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s) Cooking time: 20 minute(s) Copyright © Cheryl D Lee.