As I write this blog post, I’m happy to report that Heather and I have gone 128 days, or 4 months and 8 days, without having any delivery pizza. Pizza has always been a comfort food for me, and it’s really easy to sit down and devour an extra large pizza when I’m stressed. One day after succumbing to junk food for lunch and dinner, I set an ultimatum—100 days without pizza or Chinese takeout. We’re past this goal and have had little temptation for either Chinese or pizza.
This isn’t to say that we don’t love all the components of pizza (minus the bread and cheese). This pizza “pasta” salad was so delicious we finished it within 4 hours of making it. The flavors develop as it rests, but good luck having it rest very long. This pizza salad is fantastic!
After helping some family members chop up mushrooms, onions, and bell pepper for their lasagna preparation, Heather mentioned that her hands smelled like pizza. As we, mostly I, used to spend a lot of late nights eating the better part of a supreme pizza and maybe also some wings, pizza is something that I hold near and dear to my heart and stomach. Her statement made me realize most of the awesome things on pizza are meat and vegetables, not the other stuff! With a little bit of ingenuity we were able to recreate the pizza taste without the grains or cheese. This also inspired another recipe, but you’re all going to have to wait for that one.
2 yellow squash (peeled
14 oz container of pizza sauce
1 cup diced yellow onion
1 cup diced mushrooms
1 cup diced bell pepper
1/4 cup sliced black olives
4 crushed garlic cloves
1 tsp coconut oil
Heat onions and garlic in a medium heat pan with coconut oil until onions are translucent.
Add in mushrooms, onions, and black pepper and mix thoroughly for 3-5 minutes.
Add in ground sausage and zoodles
and mix for 2 minutes. Our sausage is precooked, so of course add time to cook through if sausage is raw.
Add pizza sauce and stir until heated through.
Serve and enjoy! You can now satisfy that pizza hankering without feeling destroyed from the grains and dairy the next day.