Tomato and Basil Pizza

Tuesdays are a little rushed at our house so it is often a pizza night. I make two pizzas. One with meat, which the boys love, and a veggie one that we encourage them to try. Tonight’s veggie pizza was Tomato and Basil.

Start by preheating your oven to 425F and stretch your pizza dough ( store bought or from a local pizzeria) over your pizza pan. Then spread a little tomato paste or pizza sauce over the dough to lightly coat it.

Next, sprinkle a thin layer of grated mozzarella cheese(real or vegan) over the sauce. Then slice up 1-2 plum tomatoes and arrange around the pizza. If your family likes tomatoes, you could also slice some cherry tomatoes to add a little variety.

Then clean about 5 large basil leaves and break them into little pieces. Place them on the pizza and sprinkle a little more of your grated cheese. Not too much though, you don’t want to smother your tomatoes.

Bake it in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until the crust and the cheese brown.

Who ate it?

Husband- certainly!

Son #1- Had no problem with the tomatoes, was deeply suspicious of the “green bits.” The nice thing about a pizza is you can just pick off the unwanted bits.

Son #2- No sir.

Around our house:

This is son #1’s last week of kindergarten. His last week of going to school and being blissfully unaware of what school is actually about. A few more days of SK, a fun summer and then we lose him to “his education” for what will feel like a lifetime.

For education is a marathon. I’ve seen some parents and even a few teachers treat it as if it were a sprint, but I really think  it’s a marathon.

A marathon of assessments, endless homework and constant comparisons between students. All of which doesn’t just last years, but runs for decades.

Son #1, of course, has no idea of what lies ahead and is excited for next year and as he puts it, “two recesses and a lunch.”

Of course, he should be excited about school. Excited for the dozens of caring and intelligent adults that will entire his life, for the fun that he will have with his friends and most importantly, for the discovery that the world is so much more than we have ever shown him.

I’m sure his excitement will rub off on me as well. Right now, though, I need a drink and a box of tissues.

-Mom on a veggie mission

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