Monday, July 02, 2007

Pizza, Pizza, Pizza! Plus Peachy Slaw, Spicy Popcorn, and Cupcakes 3 Ways

Sunday night was pizza night! Chase always comes over starving, so I decided to have a popcorn snack ready for him. I popped some butter free popcorn, spread it on a baking sheet, and sprayed it with cooking spray. I mixed together cumin, chili powder, cayenne, garlic salt, cinnamon, and a little sugar and sprinkled it over the top. He and Liz ate every bit of it.

Chase brought Smokey over! He’s so sweet and just crazy about Chase. Remember when I could hold him in the palm of my hand? Not any more!

Chase helped me make the pizzas while Liz watched Smokey run around. (He also took all the pizza pictures.) I had two whole wheat crusts ready to roll out. First we made Thai Pizza on the pizza stone. The crust was spread with peanut sauce and topped with tofu, carrots, spinach, cilantro, green onions, toasted coconut, and peanuts.

Before baking…..

…. and after.

Next we made Mexican Pizza on a baking sheet. Its crust was spread with spicy mashed black beans and salsa, and topped with pintos, corn, green pepper, tomatoes, and cilantro.

Before baking…..

…. and after. We tried a few slices of FYH Monterey Jack on top. It sorta melted.

I had gluten free diet pizza. I grilled a Portobello on the Foreman and topped it with jarred spaghetti sauce and nutritional yeast.

It was excellent! Not at all like pizza, but I really enjoyed it. The kids ate all the Thai pizza and half of the Mexican pizza. I had a taste of each. They both turned out great, including the crust. Chase said he had always dreamed of a pizza with peanut sauce, so he loved the Thai pizza. Liz and I preferred the Mexican pizza with all the veggies on top.

Along with broccoli, I made a Peachy Jicama Cole Slaw. I julienned some jicama and diced a few peaches and added it to broccoli slaw and cilantro. I made a dressing of apple cider and olive oil and let that mingle with the peach juices. It was very tasty and pretty, and a great side for the pizza.

I made Lemon Gem Cupcakes from VWAV for dessert. I made three versions:

Patriotic (we’re having ice cream on the 4th of July)…..

…. regular …

…. and diet.

One of these is for the freezer until I can take it to my mom. These were really great tasting cupcakes, especially with extra strawberries and blueberries with it – like shortcake! The icing didn’t hold up too well, but nobody noticed. Chase and Liz each ate three! I really am on a diet. My birthday is around the corner and I can’t be old AND fat!

Smokey hopes you all have a fabulous Fourth!


Cherry said...

Those are creative topping ideas, for both the pizza and the popcorn. I never would have thought of something like Thai pizza. Did you make the crust, or use a store-bought one?

laura k said...

Wow, it's all so very creative and festive and looks delicious. If I felt like food right now... that Thai pizza would be just divine. Smokey is looking precious!

Don't Get Mad, Get Vegan! said...

that thai pizza looks as yummy as smokey looks adorable.

talk about a snuggle bunny! ;)

Monika K said...

I can't wait to try making the popcorn and Thai pizza myself. Also, I was planning to make a peach salsa for the 4th, but it woud be even tastier with a coleslaw - thanks for the tip!

Always fun to read your adventures! (-:

Tofu Mom (AKA Tofu-n-Sprouts) said...

OOooohhh... peaches in slaw sounds so VERY yummy! I may be trying this tomorrow!

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

oh my goodness the pictures of Smokey, haha. and I really like your pizza ideas - especially the one with the portabello mushroom!! sounds delish!!

Crystal said...

Good for you for sticking to the diet. It's so dang tough especially when you make such good looking (and probably good tasting) food.

I love the looks of that Thai pizza. MMMmmmm!


Rose said...

Everything looks so delicious and your bunny is adorable!

bazu said...

Aww, Smokey's growing up! Seriously! He's not a wee lil' bunny any more- so cute!
And your food- perfect, healthy, colorful summery goodness. Happy 4th!

Kate said...

Awesome pizzas! I am lving your cuppers.

aTxVegn said...

Hi, everyone! Thanks for your comments. I'm enjoying the day off and it's still raining - three weeks now.

Cherry, I always make a simple whole wheat crust in my food processor.

Tofu Mom, I knew you would like the slaw. You love slaws as much as I do!

Bazu, I'm making some crockpot baked beans today very similar to your fave Julia Child's recipe.

Kate, I'm making your famous black bean burgers today!

Isn't Smokey precious?!?!

Sheree' said...

Mexican pizza sounds so good. I love the slaw too! Your patiotic cupcakes belong on a magazine cover. They are beautiful! Have a wonderful 4th of July!

Candi said...

Hi Diann! You and Smokey are adorable together! I can't believe how quickly bunnies grow! What a cutie.

I'd love to try that popcorn!

The Thai pizza and Mexican pizzas both look great. I think I'm with you and I'd enjoy the Mexican one more. Those veggies look so good!

Great idea on the portabello pizza! That looks so good and doesn't sound like diet food to me! I'd be happy with that!

Your patriotic cupcakes are SO cute!

I hope you had a great 4th of July!!

Kris said...

Oh my gosh, those pizzas look amazing and so do the cupcakes. I'm so hungry now! And what a face on that bunny! I want to kiss him!

Emmy said...

Smokey is so cute. I can't believe how fast he's grown. Those pizzas look delicious. Yum!!!

madeinalaska said...

Man o man that boy chase is a lucky guy to have a mom like you!
I am w/ everyone else love the thai pizza idea!

JENNA said...

i'm in love with smokey..i love his coloring! i'm also in love with the thai pizza..what a delicious sounding pizza..i'm going to have to try it.


Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

Smokey is the cutest little bunny EVER! The Thai pizza looks so yummy, as do the cupcakes. :)

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

I really like the sound of the peanuty pizza!
Boy, that rabbit is getting big, but so gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

That popcorn sounds delicious. I always forget about making it for a quick snack so thanks for the reminder.

Love the pizza ideas! Thai pizza is always my fav but not so much for Marty.

Smokey's furry face in that last picture is so adorable I just want to give him a big hug.

Anonymous said...

i dont think you look old or fat, you look great!

yummy food!