What’s Your Flavor (or The Essence of Pizza)

Craig David, anyone? No? Sigh.

Anyway, this weekend, I was thinking about what makes foods taste like what they are.

If that didn’t make sense to you, let me give you an example. Ask yourself this: What makes pizza taste like pizza? Is it the sauce? The cheese? The crust? The toppings? All of it together? What if you remove one component? Will it still taste basically like pizza?

And if you can remove one (or two) components and still capture the essence of pizza, why not do it occasionally to up the health factor?

Try this next time you’re really craving pizza, but could do without the heavy dose of carbs (and cheese): Make a Pizza Bowl!

  • In a microwave-safe bowl, combine baby spinach, whatever other veggie/meat toppings you’d normally like on your pizza, sauce, and mozzarella cheese to taste.
  • Microwave everything until the cheese melts (if you used meat, make sure it was cooked prior to creating your bowl).
  • Top with Italian spices (basil, oregano, parsley, etc.) for a more authentic pizza taste.

Is it pizza? Nope, it sure isn’t. And sometimes you WILL want the real thing. But a Pizza Bowl might satisfy your immediate need for pizza-y goodness at least some of the time.

So next time you’re craving a food that isn’t exactly high on your list of things to eat, try to break it down to its essence. What makes that food taste like itself? See what you can cut out and still feel like you’re eating that food. I’ve definitely done it with other foods (bagels and nachos come to mind) with much success!


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