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If you are American, you probably eat pizza all the time. Shoot, you may even eat vegetarian pizza sometimes. Although if you get double-cheese, that pretty much counts as meat. This is not that. This is home-assembled pizza (with a crust mix, I’m not that ambitious on weeknights) that is delicious and filling and actually not terrible for you. Because the sauce is leaves and the meat is vegetables.

I call this "Greeeeen pizza." Featuring broccoli, zucchini, serrano peppers, and onions which may or may not be green.

I call this “Greeeeen pizza.” Featuring broccoli, zucchini, serrano peppers, mild green peppers, and onions (which may or may not be green, don’t judge me!).

You can even use different combinations of vegetables to create alternative delights catering to the tastes of your guests.

If you have a sous chef handy, assembling ingredients beforehand would be a great task for them.

If you have a sous chef handy, assembling ingredients beforehand would be a great task for them. From top left, this was two pizza’s worth of toppings: zucchini, broccoli, garlic, bell pepper, serrano pepper, white asparagus, fresh turmeric, and caramelized onions.

That’s right. So many veggies, and so few preparation steps. You can’t not love it. Assembly instructions for the pictured pizza as well as even more delicious veggie alternatives below:

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Since I took such a long hiatus from posting pictures of my food, which I know is what you all are really here for, I’ve decided to add a few from my backlog. When I stopped taking frequent pictures, I started taking better pictures of better food, so don’t think that this sample is (necessarily) representative of either my eating habits or my photography skills.

Now, look at food!

The first meal of August: I moved away from the poblanos briefly, although I suspect I'll go back one day. Also, slicing these in half looks nice but was really just a ploy to get them all to fit into the pan.

The first meal of August: I moved away from the poblanos briefly, although I suspect I’ll go back one day. Also, slicing these in half looks nice but was really just a ploy to get them all to fit into the pan.

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Alright, so it turns out that once you fall off the wagon, it’s hard to get back on. My picture-of-dinner-every-night experiment was really fun for me, maybe not that exciting for you guys, but life got in the way. I will say I have been both cooking more and eating out more than I did in the past (leftovers tend to go for lunch these days), so sometime soon I’ll post a recap of pictures I took in the interim.

But that’s not what today is about. Today is about celebrating a delicious, beautiful, tender leafy green: baby bok choy. Because I don’t grow my own bok choy, I have no idea if Baby Bok Choy is actually the younger version of the grown-up thing, or if it’s a different plant species, but it tastes lemony and wonderful and can be eaten all by itself. Also performs nicely in a quesadilla, if you’re into that. And yesterday I decided to make a soup out of it. Yayyyyyy soup!

I didn't have the presence of mind to take a picture while the chicken stock was still IN the jar, but this is what I put into the soup, minus light seasonings.

I didn’t have the presence of mind to take a picture while the chicken stock was still IN the jar, but this is what I put into the soup, minus light seasonings.

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Look, I’m twenty-seven years old. Some people would think that’s too old to continue to be amused by the asparagus-pee phenomenon. Well, in my case, those people would be WRONG! Even if you don’t think it’s funny (which it is), you have to admit that the genetics are cool: it’s a two-way table. Some people can smell it, and some can’t (genetic); some people have it and others don’t (also genetic). Incredible, right?

Anyway, guess what I had for dinner on Thursday night?! You’ll just have to wait to find out.

Sunday: You know… stuff!

Feeling kinda lazy, but (unsurprisingly) quite hungry around dinnertime, I decided to go with the classic: leftovers! Hunkered down on the leftovers from food from earlier in the week, and… forgot to take a picture! I’m sorry. I’m seriously sorry. I am so lame, but that’s just what happens. Sometimes we are lame. And by “we,” I of course mean “me.”

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Monday: Still being lazy a day later

OK, I’m not lazy. Tonight I shoved some nachos in my face in my rush to make it to Ultimate practice at 6. Fortunately, I made it on time! Unfortunately, practice started at 8. One would think I could remember an event that happens at the same time every week. But that one would be WRONG! So, since I didn’t take a picture of what I thought would be my pre-dinner snack but ended up being my actual dinner… here is the best comic I’ve ever come across about nachos, from XKCD:

delicious

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Best Lunch

Not a weekly update, for once! This is a lunch I started making for myself over the summer when I wasn’t working, and I can tell you straightforwardly that I MUCH prefer making my own lunch than making my own dinner. I don’t know why, but it just feels refreshing to get behind the wheel (OK, stovetop) and whip up something tasty in a few minutes during lunchtime. Maybe it’s because I’ve spent fewer than 8 or 9 hours at work before the cooking.

In today’s case, I was only at work for four hours before I escaped to come home, just in time for lunch. So I went back to my summertime staple, which takes about 10 minutes of prepwork, and about 30 seconds of eating work because you take one bite and then immediately shove it into your mouth as fast as possible because it’s too good to hold back:

This. Compact, excellent flavor combinations.

This. Compact, excellent flavor combo.

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