A couple weeks ago my husband and I were playing Scattergories with his parents. The letter was “P” and the category was “Pizza topping.” Naturally, my first inclination was (no, not pepperoni. I am vegetarian. I actually didn’t even think pepperoni until someone else said it) peas. Yes, peas. Only because earlier that week I had made this delicious Butternut Squash Pea Pizza.
Have you ever had peas on pizza? It’s fantastic! They have this little pop of sweetness that just makes your mouth water for another bite. Married with the butternut squash, spinach, green pepper, and havarti cheese, to this day I have not tasted anything so tantalizing. Of course, there was dispute at the table as to whether “peas” counted as a pizza topping. I argued that I got the idea online from someone else’s pizza experimentation, so it had to count.
I tend to think of pizza as the kitchen sink of all dinners. Whatever’s leftover in the fridge, just throw on there! And since whipping up a crust is easy as 1-2-3, it’s sort of a go-to when I have produce that needs eating.
Moreover, pizza can make for a pretty healthy meal if you make one of these crusts, Whole Wheat, Flax and Honey Crust, Cauliflower Crust, or Sweet Potato Pizza Crust, or simply whip up an oat flour based crust like I did for this recipe. Topped with a generous serving of home-stewed pizza sauce and a ton of veggies, there is nothing really about this pizza that could be classified as “junk food.” See, I’m revolutionizing the ways of FatAmerica.
Butternut Squash Pea Pizza
1 half butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 green bell pepper
2 large handfuls spinach
Oatmeal Crust (recipe below)
1. We all know how to make pizza. It’s common sense. But do pop the cubed butternut squash in the microwave for three minutes or so until it is slightly soft. Chop the rest of the veggies into adequate sizes.
2. Proceed with the pizza topping. Bake in a 400F oven until cheese is melty.
Oatmeal Pizza Crust
1 1/2 cup finely processed oatmeal
1/2 tbsp yeast
2/3 cup warm water
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp honey
1 clove minced garlic
1 tbsp parmesan
1. Dissolve yeast in warm water, adding honey and oil after about a minute. In separate bowl, combine salt, oatmeal, seasoning, parmesan, and garlic.
2. Add yeast to flour mixture and stir well. Knead for 2 minutes and form into a ball. Let rise in an oiled bowl, covered, for twenty to thirty minutes.
3. After risen, roll the ball flat into a thin circle. If mixture is crumbly, add water and a little flour. Prick crust with a fork, then bake in a 425F oven for 15 minutes. Top with pizza toppings, bake some more, enjoy.