Organic, Healthy Pizza: Beaux Style, or The Great Publix Dining Adventure, Week 3

06 Mar

Gigi’s right, Publix should be paying me because of the sheer amount of advertisement I seem to be doing for them on my blog!

In all seriousness, I really love Publix in a way that I don’t typically love stores.

The only real problem I have with Publix is restraining myself from going crazy and buying an immense amount of food.

This time Howl’s friend Swifty was in town, so I had three people for whom to cook. Other people were supposed to show up to the get-together, but they all flaked out like a plate of fresh baklava.

Here’s the grocery list from last week:

  • Organic Baby Spinach: $3.99
  • Tandoori Naan Garlic Bread x 2: $5.98
  • Athenos Feta Cheese Crumbles: $4.59
  • Publix Brand Organic Tomato Sauce: $0.59
  • Publix Brand Organic Tomatoes: $1.59
    And the splurge point was grilled Japanese dumplings:
  • Grilled Dumplings: $3.49
  • Grand Total: $22.05

The basic gist of the meal was this: to take the naan, use it as a pizza crust, and to make a healthy, organic pizza.

The original plan was to use organic tomatoes. However, organic tomatoes were priced at $4.99. I said no, rather vehemently, to paying that price for them. The last time we had been to Publix, the organic tomatoes were on sale, and thus I paid $1.99 for them. They were incredibly delicious, but that would’ve been too much, and the organic canned tomatoes did the trick.

To make the pizza:

  • First, wilt the spinach. To wilt spinach, put it in a skillet with olive oil over medium heat. All the spinach to be coated in the EVOO, and then remove it from the heat.
  • Chop the spinach up after it cools.
  • Mix the spinach and feta cheese.
  • Spread the tomatoes on the naan. You might want to toast the bottom side of the naan before doing this.
  • Spread the feta-spinach mix on the naan.
  • Put it all in the oven for 15 minutes at 400º or until the naan has begun darkening on the edges.

The main problem I had with this dish was a lack of salt. While it tasted good, the small addition of salt brought it to the level of being a true pizza.

The tomatoes may have been too sweet as well.

Anyone else want to try making it and letting me know how they like it?

In the next blog, I’ll tell you about the grilled dumplings adventure.



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Posted by on March 6, 2011 in food, italian food, postaday2011


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9 responses to “Organic, Healthy Pizza: Beaux Style, or The Great Publix Dining Adventure, Week 3

  1. athursdayschild has a long way to go and much to be thankful for.

    March 6, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Pizza ooks great! I went to the supermarket today, Kroger. My great buy was radicchio. We were having company and I had a salad planned. I saw it at 7.99 a lb., and thought, well company, and it will really look good with the salad. At the register, though, they couldn’t find it listed, so the lady said I’m running it through as cabbage at .58 per lb. – my great buy of the day.

    • enamouredslave

      March 6, 2011 at 9:45 pm

      Oh, that sounds fantastic! Good job and congratulations!

  2. gigi

    March 7, 2011 at 6:42 am

    Looks great….

    • enamouredslave

      March 8, 2011 at 12:49 am

      A little salt helped to bring it all together.

    • enamouredslave

      March 8, 2011 at 12:50 am

      Something malfunctioned with the comments, and your comment didn’t come through. Weird.

  3. gigi

    March 7, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Grilled Japanese dumplings? Please explain or post pic..

    • enamouredslave

      March 8, 2011 at 12:48 am

      They’re called “gyouza,” and they weren’t very pleasant without soy sauce. Biting into one raw dumpling was, in fact, not fun.

  4. gigi

    March 8, 2011 at 10:03 am

    You did remarkably well on the shopping cost at Publix especially for organic foods. I meant to add this when I said ‘looks great’ but I unfortunately had a senior minute (notice I didn’t say ‘moment’).

  5. The Onyx Plate

    March 12, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Next time, for giggles, roast your tomatoes in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes after coating them with a little EVOO, sea salt, and garlic powder. I like those nice brown, almost blackened bits of a roasted vegetable. Then you can get your salt from there. OR, OH random brain storm!…..Sprinkle some Sea Salt and Garlic Powder on a piece of wax paper with a tidbit of cornmeal, and then spray the bottom of your Naan with Pam, and press into the mix on the wax paper. Then bake it so it turns out semi like a gourmet pizza crust……Oh, I must get ingredients to make a homemade pizza soon!!!


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