Cooking for wellness & health does not need to be complicated or time-consuming. This simple recipe took less than ten minutes of prep time to wash & slice the veggies, & allow the oven to pre-heat. And it took under 20 minutes to warm-up! Perhaps unbelievable, but this dish was very reminiscent of pizza, but without the guilt. On the other hand, if you are going to enjoy a nice ooey slice of pizza or two on occasion, fully indulge & forget the guilt! That's the BEST way to enjoy food. It's time we started enjoying our food without putting labels & designations of "good" or "bad" on things we eat. Moderation & eating to fuel the body & feel good & energized is key!
Ingredients for this recipe are perfect for spring. I added a side of asparagus, which is a seasonal vegetable, & it's green in color, which means it's perfect for moving & energizing the qi of Spring. You can read a little more about that philosophy here.
Here's how to quickly prepare this yummy dish:
*Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit (bake).
*Grease one pan with coconut oil. I use a cast-iron pan, which provides a non-stick surface without the chemicals of "non-stick" pans & can increase the iron content of your meal up to 20 times.
*Slice 2 large, ripe, organic tomatoes into hefty slices as desired, as well as one large zucchini.
*Peel & sliced several cloves of garlic as desired. I love garlic, so I tend to over-indulge on this step!
*Slice one bunch of asparagus into bite-sized pieces.
*Assemble in pan by alternating slices of zucchini and tomato. I chose to pile the asparagus into one side together, but that's simply preference! Crumble sliced garlic over pan. I topped the medley with a little himalayan salt, cayenne pepper, oregano, & a few small slices of fresh mozzarella cheese. If you are sensitive to cow cheese, you could substitute with goat cheese, or simply omit.
*Bake in pre-heated oven for 15-20 minutes, until tomatoes are wrinkled and veggies have achieved desired amount of "done-ness".
Yum! I promise your house will smell like a pizza-ria! Buen provecho!
-Holly Christiansen, Licensed Acupuncturist at Bluegrass Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine in Lexington, Kentucky.
About the Author:
Holly Christiansen, Licensed Acupuncturist, currently practicing in the gorgeous, horse capital of the world: Lexington, Kentucky.