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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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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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I am late posting this. I realize it makes me look like a huge slacker. But, as you will see below, I spent Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon in Chicago (well, the burbs of Chicago) playing Ultimate until I was covered in mud and could barely stand up. And then I had to catch up on work AND homework. But don’t worry, that didn’t keep me from eating dinner! So here we are, slightly late but just as happy.

Sunday: St. Patty’s Day!

Today, as you likely know, is St. Patrick’s Day. Traditionally, American kids get drunk as hell and make jokes about Irish stuff we don’t know anything about.

Well, today, lucky me, I got to go to WORK! So I had to skip the traditional part, but I did get to make Irish-ish food for dinner! I went the shepherd’s pie route since I had leftover mashed potatoes, and it was an excellent choice. First you make a meat pie:

This is the base for shepherd's pie. And fullness.

This is the base for shepherd’s pie. And fullness.

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As an adult, I haven’t experienced spring break in, well, 6 years. In fact, working for a university as a young person can be terrible, because so many people ask you what you’re doing for spring break, and every time you have to say, “Coming to work” when you know that twenty-somethings are flocking toward sunnier climes by the thousand. Oh, well.

So now it’s my turn.

Sunday: Funday!

No, this isn't actually what I ate for dinner. But I could have. They were bigger than my hands!

No, this isn’t actually what I ate for dinner. But I could have. They were bigger than my hands!

The above picture was actually taken Saturday night, when I was baking cookies for a friend’s birthday. I haven’t made peanut-butter cookies in a while… let’s just say they were amazing. Chewy in the center, slightly crunchy on the outside. Over all I was quite pleased with them as gift quality.

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You can't fool me, tiny pie pan. I know a whole pie can still fit in you.

You can’t fool me, tiny pie pan. I know a whole pie can still fit in you.

What did you say, Meijer? A six-pack of “Large” pie tins? Sounds excellent, seeing as I have a terrible sense of size and have no idea that you actually meant “Child’s Medium” pie tins.

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