Tuesday, December 13, 2011

My Pizza IS a Vegetable

Did you hear about the new law in Congress, allowing 1/8 cup (2 Tbsp.) tomato paste to count as a serving of vegetables in school lunches, instead of the half cup required of other vegetables?  It inflates pizza's nutritional profile. 

I was musing on this as I made pizza for supper the other night.  School pizza is made of white flour crust, tomato paste and corn syrup, and cheese.  No flavor, no whole grains, just some high-sodium tomato paste and cheese product mozzarella.

Homemade pizzas are different.

Exhibit A:  100% whole wheat crust, homemade pizza sauce thickened by hours of simmering, not tomato paste, mozzarella, Parmesan, green olives, mushrooms, and onions

Exhibit B:  same healthy crust, sauce and cheese, just with lots of spinach, blue cheese, and garlic


  1. Yummo! I would happily eat my veggies at your house!

  2. Sad to say, there's just no worthy substitute for home cooking...many have tried, none have succeeded ; )

  3. Homemade pizza is the best. I don't even want take-out any more. And yes, I heard about that ruling. My sister (who has school aged children) told me about it in outrage. Crazy, crazy stuff. But, yes, pizza COULD be a vegetable...if done right! As in with real vegetables!

    Also, I love the children waiting patiently (or does it only look patient?) while you snap photos. I do that to Matt all the time.

  4. Gee, and aren't we glad that Congress spent how many hours/days/weeks debating this important piece of legislature instead of taking care of REAL issues facing our country?

  5. Yes, I heard about that ruling. So ridiculous.

    YOUR pizzas look ridiculously GOOD.

  6. I'll be right over for the green olive etc. pizza.

  7. I couldn't agree more! The ketchup ruling isn't much different than the pickle that counts as a vegetable every so often or the baked beans from a can that are loaded with hfcs. Oh and don't get me started on what counts as fruit!

  8. BLD, they were patient (which is not always the case!). I also take meal photos at lightning speed, so it's never long.

  9. 2 tablespoons of tomato paste?!?! That'd be funny if it wasn't so sad. I read this to Chris and he pointed out this means we could eat a plate of spaghetti and be good for a week of vegetables.
    These pizzas look delicious! I especially like the look of the one loaded with spinach!


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