Hey sweetie! How’s it going, babe?
Are you possibly slightly creeped out that some random blog post is talking to you like this? My apologies. I just found this list of romantic pet names across the globe, and I can’t stop thinking about how weird some of them are. Sure can’t, my little dove! Not at all, my “diving fish swooping geese!”
Seriously though — it’s funny how many pet names are food-based in nature. Honey, of course. And sweetie, maybe. Definitely pumpkin. Sweet pea. And the Pies, both Cutie and Sweetie. Guess the only thing we love more than our loved ones is food!
And apparently Americans are not alone in this habit. You you can have a petit chouchou in France (little cabbage), a terron de azucar in Spain (lump of sugar), and even a tamago gata no kao in Japan (egg with eyes).
I haven’t found any language that uses “spinach” as a term of endearment (yet), but that doesn’t mean I don’t love it on this pizza!
SPANAKOPIZZA (heavily adapted from Rachael Ray)
1 pizza dough (refrigerated, storebought, homemade…)
1 tbsp olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 tsp dried oregano, lightly crushed in the palm
1/2 red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tbsp chopped fresh dill
1 tbsp grill seasoning (such as McCormick Montreal Steak Seasoning)
2 10-oz boxes frozen spinach, defrosted, drained, with water squeezed out
1 cup feta crumbles
Salt and pepper
2 cups shredded mozzarella or provolone cheese
1 jars roasted red peppers, drained and roughly chopped
1/4 cup (10-12) pitted kalamata olives, drained and roughly chopped
handful banana pepper rings (optional)
1/2 cucumber, seeded and chopped (optional)
1. Heat oven to 425. Stretch out pizza dough on to pizza stone or pizza pan. Pierce the dough with a fork, drizzle dough with a touch of olive oil and sprinkle it with oregano. Bake dough 10 minutes.
2. While dough bakes, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add chopped red onion, garlic, and grill seasoning and cook 5 minutes or so. Add spinach, separating it with your fingers, and feta crumbles and dill.
3. Once pizza has cooked 10 minutes, remove dough and top evenly with spinach mixture. Cover pizza with shredded mozzarella or provolone, roasted peppers, and olives. Bake another 10-15 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and crust is crisp.
4. Remove pizza from oven, top with cucumbers and banana peppers (if using) and serve.
This is pizza the healthy way — it still feels like you’re eating pizza, but with way more fresh veggies. This is what I consider “weeknight pizza” 🙂