After an early start to the day, a long day of work, and possibly a late night workout, the last thing I usually want to do is spend an hour cooking my dinner. Lately, I’ll admit I’ve been extremely lazy with cooking. I’ll usually come home and stop at one of the many healthy fast-casual restaurants by my apartment or make my usual trip to Whole Foods. This habit that I’ve fallen into has become quite pricey (as you could imagine) and to be honest, I think I’ve actually missed cooking!
If you’re like myself and have gotten stuck into this rut, I can help you! First of all, clear a Sunday for yourself. Take the entire day and find your zen. Sounds silly, but this will help set you in the right state of mind! Start your day off with a cup of coffee and some water, hit the gym or whatever workout you enjoy doing on a beautiful Sunday Morning! Then grab yourself a hardy breakfast and while doing so, start prepping your grocery shopping list. Going to the grocery store on a full stomach is important!
– Lavash Bread
– Organic Tomato Paste
– Fresh Garlic Clove (chopped finely)
– Yellow Onion (Optional) Chopped Finely
– Veggies of your choice (I suggest high fiber/filling veggies such as Asparagus, Broccoli , cauliflower, spinach, tomatoes, red bell peppers, mushrooms, etc.)
– Spices: Oregano, Basil, Salt, and Pepper
– Coconut Oil or EVOO
– Farm Fresh Cottage Cheese (Whole or Low Fat)
– Fresh Basil (optional)
– Organic Pesto (option – I bought mine from the local Farmer’s Market, you could also make your own with just a few simple ingredients!)
– Any protein of your choice
Set the oven to 400 degrees. Then in a medium sauté pan, add about a TBSP of Coconut or Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Then add the garlic and onion. Let this cook for a few minutes, next, depending on what veggies your topping on your pizza, add those to the pan.* Next add a dash of salt and pepper to your mix. Let that cook for about 5-10 minutes or until softened with a golden brown crisp.
While the veggies are cooking, take out a baking sheet that will fit your lavash bread. Next cover that in aluminum foil, spray it with EVOO or Coconut Oil spray. Then place your lavash bread down, spread on about ½ the small can of tomato paste. Next sprinkle the oregano and basil throughout the pizza. Next, you’ll add about ¼ to ½ a cup of cottage cheese. You don’t need as much as you think! Just spread a thin layer throughout the pizza. After this, you can choose to add your optional toppings such as the pesto and fresh basil leaves. Finally, top your pizza with all of the veggies.
Now, toss it in the oven and let it bake for about 10 minutes. Next, turn your oven to broil (and depending on how fast this heats up), let your pizza brown a little bit around the edges so that it turns into that nice crispy crunchy texture we all love about pizza! Make sure to keep an eye on your pizza as it is broiling – you should only need about 5-8 minutes on broil!
Once your all set, take it out, let cool for a few minutes, then slice it and enjoy your masterpiece! Throughout the week, switch up your pizza toppings that you switch up the meal! For example, one night I made an asparagus pizza, the other night I topped it with broccoli, tomatoes, cauliflower, etc. – get creative 😉