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Pizza Pie

Hi friends

I hope everyone’s Monday has been going well. This afternoon definitely called for juice. I had a dull headache and this cured it—

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MUCH better than Bud Light….this was carrot, celery, ginger, beet, kale and apple juice! I actually picked this beet and kale myself from the community garden at the yoga studio yesterday! How much fresher can you possibly get?!

I also had yet another peanut butter mousse!

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This time, I used a serving of chocolate PB2 mixed with 1/2 cup 2% Fage and topped with cacao nibs. All I can say is heaven. Where has this concoction been all my life?! Today alone I ate up all the samples that Bell Plantation generously sent me so I had to take things in my own hands and go hunting for more. Asap.

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I guess this stuff is pretty hard to find but you can go to the Bell Plantation website and there’s a store locater there, as well as an online store so you can order yours today! Trust me, it’s worth it just for this “mousse”. I would sub this for cheesecake any day! As for me, I found it at D’Lites, a froyo place near my parent’s house. I’ve seen it there before so I knew exactly where to go today.

I went to my parent’s house to watch Oprah with my mom and then I came home and started dinner….I texted Ryan to tell him I was making a surprise tonight and to not be home late. What was the surprise, you ask?! What do you think??

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Yep, the first meal in the new oven should obviously be pizza, since that was the last meal we attempted three weeks ago! Tonight I made Ryan a big pizza and made myself a mini individual pizza, using the below recipe for dough. I’ve tweaked and tweaked this half whole wheat pizza dough countless times and feel like it finally has reached perfection!  I don’t like to use ALL whole wheat flour in my doughs because it typically yields a very dense product since whole wheat flour lacks gluten and protein. Using a ratio of all purpose to whole wheat makes the dough light and chewy but still gives you the benefit of the whole wheat. Its the best of both worlds and a very favorite of mine 🙂

The Best Pizza Crust

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1 packet yeast
  • 1.5 tsp sea salt

In a mixing bowl, combine the warm water and yeast. Stir in the salt and flour and mix on medium high speed on your KitchenAid for 5 minutes. While the mixer is going, drizzle in the olive oil. When the dough is soft and elastic, take out of the bowl, rub with olive oil and then place back in the bowl, cover with a dish towel and let rise for one hour. After the dough has doubled in size, cut in half to make two large pizza doughs or make mini doughs. You could also do what I like to do and freeze the dough in a plastic baggie for another time! When you are ready for your pizza, roll out the dough, cover with your toppings and bake at 425 for 10-15 minutes.

You could also make this dough without an electric mixer…..just knead by hand for about 8 minutes and then follow above steps! I’ve made it by hand many, many times and it always comes out right.

So, for Ryan’s pizza I did the traditional pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni (he’s a guy!)….but for MINE I did something a little different! I made the “Thai Chick-Un” sauce from Dreena Burton’s Eat, Drink and Be Vegan and used this very special peanut butter in it that I’ve been dying to test out:

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Wowza this stuff is s-p-i-c-y! Even for a girl that loves spice, this stuff is a kick in the mouth. Love it though, but it sure is fire! This peanut butter would be killer with raw veggies but not so good with jam for a sammie. I see it more as dips or as an awesome ingredient in a peanut soba noodle dish.

So, I spread that deliciously spicy peanut buttery sauce on my mini pizza and then layered on yummy bell pepper strips, fresh pineapple chunks, chickpeas and bean sprouts! It came out divine! 🙂

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Every chef gets a glass of wine in this house!

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And froyo for dessert!

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Ryan LOVED the surprise, of course! He’s practicing his guitar right now (slowly learning how to serenade me) and I’m about to hit my book and call it a night.

Click here for $2 off yummy Quaker pancake mix! I have it and love it 🙂

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55 Comments

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    Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    May 11, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    He’s practicing his guitar right now (slowly learning how to serenade me)

    Haha that is too cute! Glad you had a good day! The pizzas look yummy. I am going to have to try that pizza dough.

    Oh and love the super healthy juice in the Bud Light mug =)

    Night girl!

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    Abbey
    May 11, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    The pizza you made Ryan–the one with pineapple chunks and sprouts–MAN does that look delicious!! I’m definitely going to try that one for dinner. Also, I use PB2 Bell Plantation Peanut Butter!! I thought I was the only one. It’s so great, b/c it comes in that powder form so you can keep it 4ever. PS- I liked your green shirt/dress! Very cute!! (:

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    Abbey
    May 11, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Haha actually i meant your mini-pizza…whoops!

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    Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    May 11, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Lovely pizza… oh, and have you tried the chocolate PB2?? I’m obsessed with it in smoothies!!

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    Jen
    May 11, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Aww.. what a sweet surprise. 🙂 Using the PB&Co. spicy peanut butter for the Thai-ish toppings is seriously brillianttt. Thanks for the pizza dough recipe! I’ve been looking for a good one to try making my first pizza at home. 😉

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    Jennifer @ His N' Her Health
    May 11, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    That mini Pizza looks delicious. I never would have imagined spicy peanut butter!

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    Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    May 11, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Interesting pizza toppings!

    Thanks for the pizza dough recipe! I’ll try it soon!

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    Shannon @ TheDailyBalance
    May 11, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    lovin that ZA! yummmmm!

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    girlatastartup
    May 11, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Jenna,
    I can’t cook for the life of me, but I may attempt to make that pizza. Thanks for the recipe.

    Kat

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    Help Meghan Run
    May 11, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    You might have convinced me to try that PB2, just for yogurt! Also, I am always looking for homemade pizza recipes, that one is going on the list. Enjoy your night!
    www. HelpMeghanRun .com

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    Rebeca
    May 11, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Oprah + Mom + Pizza + Wine + FroYo = A pretty fabulous day, in my humble opinion

    I think I might have to just get it over with and go buy some PB2 tomorrow 😀

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    sue
    May 11, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    mmm…your mini pizza creation sounds delicious!

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    Marissa
    May 11, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Oh goodness…spicy PB? I need to get me some of that goodness!

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    Shelby
    May 11, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Juice, Pizza, PB2…could this post get any better?!

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    Anais
    May 11, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    I am so excited because tomorrow I am going to try my first juicing experience!!! I found a cafe in my area that does it so I’ll finally get to try 🙂 Also, I got some samples of PB2 so I’ll get to try that soon too!!!

    I’ll try that pizza dough for sure. I used the one from biggest losr and the consistency wasn’t great, but it was extremely easy to make.

    ps: if you have time to answer this: how do you make your raw oats? Do you saw regular oats overnight?

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    janetha
    May 11, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    dang that pizza is super creative. and it looks good too, i have seen that PB online (the spicy one) but never in stores. as for the PB2 you are lucky you can get it locally! i am always ordering it online but sometimes for get to re-order ahead of time. i love the stuff! way to go on picking your own juice ingredients! that’s fantastic.

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    Julie
    May 11, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    What a fun little pizza! You are adjusting to your new living quarters just fine, I see 😉

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    rachel
    May 11, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    hey jenna–looks good! are you sure that whole wheat flour lacks protein and gluten? i thought it contained both, but i could be completely wrong. thanks for any clarification!

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      jenna
      May 12, 2009 at 5:16 am

      rachel,

      No it DOES contain them but not a lot! AP flour contains a ton more 🙂

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    Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    May 11, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Angel Food Cake fro yo?! Oh…my…goodness!!! That sounds sooo good!

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    Angelea
    May 11, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Thanks for sharing that pizza crust recipe…I’ve been searching and experimenting trying to find the right whole wheat crust recipe!

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    Kristen
    May 11, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    I *heart* D’lites!! We’ve got one in Gainesville and it is love =]

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    Run Sarah
    May 11, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Love the idea of bean sprouts on pizza, yum!

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    Sarah (Tales of Expansion)
    May 11, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    oooooh those pizzas look so tasty! thanks for sharing your dough recipe.

    also, the pb&co restaurant here in ny makes an AMAZING sandwich with that spicy pb: the heat is on, pineapple jam, and cold chicken. spicy + sweet + salty = jaw-achingly DElicious

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    LisaR
    May 11, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    I don’t understand the whole powdered peanut butter thing. Why not use just regular pb? What’s the big deal? Can someone explain?

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      jenna
      May 12, 2009 at 5:16 am

      Lisa,

      Well the powdered stuff claims to only be 50 calories per 2 tbsp serving size and it mixes with stuff like yogurt and cottage cheese!

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    Still Life in South America
    May 11, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Your pizza looks outrageously good, Jenna. And I think I have found my peanut butter soul mate in the spicy PB choice!

    Thanks for solving the mystery of why my latest whole wheat banana bread was too dense. Now I understand why bakers suggest to combine reg. flour with wheat flour. 😛

    Good night–sleep tight!

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    Greta
    May 11, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    I totally agree on the (earlier) 2% vs 0% Fage topic: I drink non-fat milk, but there’s no 0% Fage to be found in my fridge. I eat the stuff every morning as part of breakfast, and it keeps my belly happy for 5 hours 🙂

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    Rose
    May 11, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Sprouts on pizza? Great idea!

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    Jaimejoy
    May 11, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    oh my Buddha, Jenna that PB & Co Heat is On flavor is my favorite! i honestly just ended up eating it a spoonful at a time straight from the jar! the good thing about it being so spicy, though, is that you can’t really overdo it like you can with the White Chocolate Wonderful……….he he

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    Allie Katie
    May 11, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Looks delicious! Feel free to move in with me and start cooking some gourmet meals! 🙂

    Have a great night,
    AK

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    Menden (Skinny Menny)
    May 11, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Mmmm I love PB2! Definitely worth the hunt! And the spicy peanut butter looks like something right up my alley 🙂 Have a nice night…

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    Michelle Hisae
    May 11, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Darn, they don’t sell PB2 anywhere near me. 🙁 I’ll just have to wait and see if they start offering it in more places…

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    Bec
    May 11, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    PB on a pizza? I need to try that!

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    emily
    May 11, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Oh man that pizza looks good! That “mousse” is pretty drool-inducing too!

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    Christina
    May 11, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    I love that peanut butter mousse, I make it all the time. Try dipping apple slices in it – amazing!
    I was thinking about buying pb&co’s the heat is on but had never heard anything about it. Sounds yummy! Definitely will get a jar now!

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    Hallie
    May 11, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Cute post! Thai pizza is really good…my standard meal from CPK when I was a vegetarian was a Thai chicken pizza with no chicken and no cheese, haha.

    Enjoy Angels and Deamons! Totally addicting book.

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    Kailey (SnackFace)
    May 11, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Wow Jenna, absolutely amazing pizzas! The crust recipe will be remembered for whenever I work up the ambition to actually make my own…which may take a while, lol. You have me completely sold on the PB2 also. Looks like a good day! Have a lovely night!

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    Alison
    May 11, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    PB mousse sounds wonderful! How do you get the PB to mix well with the yogurt though?

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    Kelly Olexa
    May 11, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Ok I am so ordering some PB2 right now. I need to email you about juicing. Because of you, I got myself – and my mom! A Breville…but I’m so new to this and I’m mixing this process up with a blender….I tried to put spinach and some greens through but no juice came out?? Maybe for greens…..is that what a Vitamix is for?? I’m lost….so clueless right now haha. And- did you make up your juice combos or are you using recipes??

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    runeatrepeat
    May 11, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    I used to think juices were weird, but you make them look so good 🙂

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    Caroline
    May 11, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    So much good stuff in this post!
    Thanks for the pizza dough recipe–I have been searching for a good one online lately but haven’t been satisfied with the results. This looks like an excellent one!
    Great idea to use the spicy PB for the Thai Chick pizza (that’s one of my faves from ED&BV!). I have tried all of the PB & Co. flavors but that one and the honey one…they’re next on my list!

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    Rachel
    May 11, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Pizza is the best kind of surprise! And I got a real kick out of your juice in a beer glass, hehe.

    I hope you’re feeling good, Jenna, and taking care of yourself. Have a wonderful week!

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    Jessica
    May 11, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Haha, adorable christmas-y bud light cup! Your spicy pb-infused pizza sounds delish Jenna, that’s something that I know I would loveee!!

    And yum, I need to get my hands on PB2 so that I can make that little concoction of yours!

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    Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    May 12, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Thanks for that great pizza dough recipe. It’s been too long since I made my own dough. Just ask my hubs.

    I WILL order PB2 one of these days. Would you believe I asked for it for my birthday? Ridiculous!

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    Stef
    May 12, 2009 at 1:48 am

    Guys who play guitar are always 10 times hotter! How sweet of you to surprise him with pizza! Sounds really good..Thai chick-un, yum! Glad you got ahold of a real size jar of PB2, I order mine by the case (it’s cheaper, too bad it takes a while to ship!) and am OBSESSED.

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    Akshu
    May 12, 2009 at 3:58 am

    jst tried ur 8 minute abs workout. LOVED IT!!! Have you considered making a page with your workouts on it? I would be very interested in ur yoga stuff and arm and leg strengthening stuff.

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    Meg
    May 12, 2009 at 4:10 am

    I love your PB2 and yogurt mixture. The pizza and chicken look delicious. Is D’lites the same as Tasti D’Lite? I love that place.

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    Jessica
    May 12, 2009 at 4:45 am

    I mix the PB2 with cottage cheese and a spoonful of ground flax…to die for! I tried your mousse recipe last night and loved it! It was extra yummy when I smeared it on top of a chocolate VitaTop.

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    Laura
    May 12, 2009 at 5:06 am

    Thanks for the pizza dough recipe – I can’t wait to try it! I love to have ‘peanut butter mousse’ on a sweet potato – delish!!! I hope you have a great day, Jenna!

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    Lauren
    May 12, 2009 at 5:16 am

    I just purchased of PB2 myself. It’s awesome mixed in oatmeal too, but I will have to try to mousse. Looks wonderful.

    Is that angel food cake froyo?? WOw, how interesting. I love angel food cake and I love froyo so I can’t imagine how good that must be.

    Take care hun!

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    brandi
    May 12, 2009 at 6:37 am

    great pizza idea! I just found out there is a d’lites near my parents, so I have to go the next time I’m visiting them.

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    Danielle
    May 12, 2009 at 6:56 am

    What a great looking pizzas! Thanks the recipe I’ve actually never made my own pizza dough!

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    Becky
    May 12, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Wow all of that food looks amazing! I am going to try that peanut butter mousse soon. I stocked up on PB2 when I was home for Christmas b/c they have it at the Hy-Vee there. Good luck with training for the marathon!

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    Katherine
    May 12, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Just ordered some samples of PB2. I’m excited to mix it into yogurt and oatmeal. Congratulations on the writing gig!

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