Is Pizza a Vegetable?

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Good morning! Happy Cyber Monday! Are you planning to scour the internet for deals? I actually might do a little online shopping later today. I don’t do the whole Black Friday thing, but I can get behind Cyber Monday!

Breakfast

I ate an AWESOME breakfast this morning! Even Mal loved this one. (I always use him as a measure because if something tastes “too healthy,” he’ll let me know!)

Last night, I made an Apple Omelet and reheated it this morning for breakfast. I topped it with maple syrup and a scoop of Greek yogurt. So delish!

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Apple Omelet

Recipe inspired by Taste of Home

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp soy (or cow’s) milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 large apple, thinly sliced
  • Cinnamon to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375*F.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, eggs, soy milk, lemon juice, and sugar in a large bowl. Mix well with a whisk.
  3. Pour mixture into a shallow baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange apple slices on top and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  4. Bake, uncovered, for 18-20 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cut in half.
  5. Serve with your favorite toppings”” maple syrup, yogurt, etc.

Makes 2 servings

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I also drank a cup of Starbucks French Roast with a splash of eggnog””and I used my new Keurig machine to brew the coffee!

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I love this thing! I’ve always loved Keurig machines, so it’s fun to have my own. I remember, however, that some K-Cup varieties end up producing really watery coffee, even when you brew them on the strongest setting. I’m happy to report that the Starbucks French Roast is full-bodied and wicked strong! A+ brew!

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Is Pizza a Vegetable?

Ok, Congress didn’t declare pizza to be a vegetable, but they did pass a bill that essentially makes it easier to count pizza sauce as a serving of vegetables. Right now, tomato paste gets special treatment under school lunch regulations: an eighth of a cup of tomato paste is credited with as much nutritional value as half a cup of vegetables. Sounds crazy, right? Well, it is”¦ sort of.

Check out this side-by-side comparison from Ezra Klein of The Washington Post:

If you stack one-eighth of a cup of tomato paste up against a half-cup of some pretty common fruits and vegetables, the paste actually doesn’t do so badly. Here are nutrition facts for one-eighth of a cup of tomato paste (left) versus a half a cup of apples (right):

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Interesting, right? The nutrition facts look really similar””minus the sodium in the tomato paste, but it does better in terms of calcium and potassium content. It also does a little bit better with regard to dietary fiber and a lower amount of sugar, but how will it be served? Loaded with greasy cheese? Probably. Plus, it’s canned tomato paste versus an apple in whole form.

Question of the Day

What do you think about this whole “pizza is a vegetable” thing?

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