I’ve never been one for health-related new year’s resolutions. On the whole, I try to treat my body fairly well, eat healthy but with everything in moderation and workout throughout the week when I don’t need to sleep in (yes, need). So when we all got back to the office on Monday, it was very obvious where everyone’s priorities were. Mine were in a hamburger and fries because it was free fries day at my new favorite burger place. Happy New Year, everyone.
But seriously, I have been trying to make better food choices lately, cutting back on sugar and carbs and upping my vegetable intake. There’s one known-to-be junk food (other than the burgers and fries … and mac and cheese) that I can’t give up—pizza. Pizza is on my list of top favorite things that make me happy always. But I’m convinced pizza doesn’t need to keep living life as a notorious bad-for-you-food.
I whipped up these Crispy Kale Cheese Sticks last year and some friends and I have fallen in love with it. It’s loaded with tons of kale—a superfood green that packs a pizzafied nutritional punch. Since then we’ve all brainstormed lots of ideas for variations on le kale pizza. I threw this balsamic version together in a hurry a couple weeks ago and bam! Instant winner.
Creamy cheese melts down on top of a pre-made pizza crust flavored with aromatic garlic and onion, topped with healthy, crispy kale then drizzled with a tangy balsamic reduction. It’s a gourmet-worthy meal that cooks up in minutes right in your own kitchen. How’s that for a new year’s resolution?
- 1 personal size prepared pizza crust (I use either the Whole Foods or Sprouts Gluten Free Pizza Crust found in the refrigerated section of the produce aisle)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
- ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup curly kale, torn, stem removed
- ¼ cup sliced onion
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix together garlic and olive oil. Using a pastry brush, rub half of the mixture over the prepared crust. Toss the kale in the remainder of the olive oil and garlic mixture.
- Top the crust with the mozzarella. Spread the kale evenly on top of the mozzarella and top with the onion. Bake for about 10–15 minutes or until the cheese and kale are just slightly browned.
- Meanwhile, bring the balsamic vinegar to a boil and boil until reduced by half or until it has reached your desired thickness.
- Once the pizza is baked, drizzle the balsamic reduction over the top and serve.