A House Divided


I must admit that I bought too many veggies at Trader Joe’s given that we are headed to Chicago today!  It is easy for me to go a little crazy in the produce section these days. My research on nutrition keeps leading me to the fruits and vegetables.  We have never had this much produce in our refrigerator, but now I eat lunch at home most days of the week which is new to me. 

We are going to visit my mom, stepdad, dad, stepmom, and sister for Thanksgiving.  I can’t wait to show Tyler the holiday lights along the Magnificent Mile while drinking hot chocolate.  Yes, we are traveling on the busiest day at the busiest time of the year, but (like I said before) we will make it.  It has been a while since I have been home for the holidays.  Also, this is our first Thanksgiving as a married couple.  Another new experience.  Hehe!

Back to the veggies…I decided yesterday that I was going to do my best to incorporate as many veggies as I could into my/our meals before we leave this afternoon. 

Normally, we have pizza on Wednesday night.  I have to admit, it is nice not to have to think about what we are going to have for dinner at least one night out of the week.  In order to use up our veggies, we decided to have pizza last night.  Pizza night became a tradition in our house last year after I was in Whole Foods (surprise surprise) and stumbled upon a whole wheat pizza crust (not in the frozen section) from their 365 Everyday Value brand.

pizza crust

Now, Tyler is a meat lover.  I am not.  Tyler does put some vegetables on his pizza, but he uses nowhere near the amount that I pile on.  A great solution to this predicament is to make your own pizza.  Simply split the crust down the middle and start building your very own pie! 

Homemade pizza is the perfect way to use up your vegetables if you are headed out of town Smile.  


meat veggie


 veggie pizza

Pizza a la Tyler


  • whole wheat pizza crust (365 Everyday Value)
  • pizza sauce
  • spinach
  • mushrooms
  • green olives
  • artichoke hearts
  • red or white onion
  • hamburger patty (already cooked)
  • Gates Bar-B-Q sauce (my Kansas boy)
  • mozzarella

Pizza a la Stephanie


  • whole wheat pizza crust (365 Everyday Value)
  • pizza sauce
  • tons of spinach
  • mushrooms
  • red pepper
  • zucchini
  • artichoke hearts
  • half of a cooked chicken breast
  • red or white onion
  • fresh garlic clove
  • a sprinkle of Italian seasoning
  • a drizzle of EVOO

I know…no cheese. Very few people agree with me on this one. Actually, I just don’t like cheese all that much.


Preheat oven to 4oo degrees.  Cut crust in half.  Arrange pizza toppings (of your choice) on top of crust.  Bake pizza for 14 minutes or so.  Let the pizza sit for a few minutes before cutting.  Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and parmesan cheese (optional).  The red pepper flakes add a great punch!

As you can seen, Tyler and I enjoy two different types of pizza.  It is all good though in the Watson household.  We were both satisfied and had fun making our pizza together, and he did help me eat some of our vegetables.  I hate to see them go to waste.  We were pretty successful at using all of our vegetables, wouldn’t you say?  See below. 

veggie drawer

Speaking of not wasting things, Elle at Nutrionella is doing a clean and green giveaway of Janum products including natural, chemical free and compostable cleaning cloths as well as Holy Lama soaps.  The products look great!  You can actually put the cloths in the dishwasher.  Score!

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Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!  Sarah and I are grateful to each and every one of you for your support and excitement about our blog.  It gives us such joy and encouragement to keep our creative juices flowing.  We look forward to sharing many more new things with you! 

Don’t forget to eat your vegetables on Turkey Day!

Do you live in a divided household when it comes to pizza toppings?

If so, what is your solution?




4 responses »

  1. looks awesome!! seth is definitely more of a cheese and (sometimes) meat kind of guy and i prefer very light or no cheese – love this recipe! have a safe trip home and enjoy:)

  2. Pingback: What I Ate…Yesterday « Newly Everything

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