Have you ever noticed how magically capable we are making things so much more difficult than they need to be? We overthink, weigh too many options, play the what if game and then doubt our own decisions.
Where does that leave us?
Well, it leaves us expending a whole ton of energy that can be better used creating, doing, and being awesome. Complicated never wins. Complicated gets us lost, burnt out and overwhelmed. This applies to everything from relationships to driving directions to recipes.
Consider pizza for a minute.
Pizza was once the simplest thing ever. It was dough with tomato sauce and cheese that got baked. Then those food manufacturing hooligans started trashing the goodness up by stuffing crusts full of cheese and sausage, and deciding that pineapple was a good idea. The wheat-y crust became emulsified with yoga mat toxins, tins leached BPA into the sauce and that rubbery cheese topping may not even contain actual cheese.
The pizza scene also swung far in the other direction as the hoity-toities went all fancy pants, making us think that our best efforts made at home would never compare. A pizza without truffle oil and foraged spikenard berries? Alas!
What if, for this week, we decided to simplify? As we get into the swing of summer, let's dance off the complications, breathe through the barriers, and shimmy and shake ourselves free of the useless energy vampires spinning in our minds.
Let's start with this mighty simple pizza base.
Yield: 8 slices
- 2 brown rice tortillas (or your favourite gluten-free ready-made tortilla)
- 1 cup of your favourite pesto
- Wild Leek Pesto
- Asparagus Pesto
- Lemon Basil Pesto
- Bell Pepper Pesto
- Kale + Lemon Pesto
- Roasted red peppers
- Artichoke hearts
- Shredded carrot
- Shredded beets
- Sun dried tomatoes
- Red onion
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Spread pesto on your tortillas and add selected toppings. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet or pizza pan.
- Bake for 20 minutes until crust is crispy and veggies are cooked.
- Serve with your favourite chilli oil or dip into your cashew mayo
QUESTION OF THE DAY: WHAT IS ONE THING YOU CAN STOP DOING THAT WOULD HELP SIMPLIFY YOUR DAY?