My love of kale has no bounds. It’s not just for soups and stews or putting in green smoothies. It takes a pizza to another level and when paired with harissa, pizza night will never be there same.
You didn’t think we were going to go through kale season with just one kale recipe did you? That would be a crime against…..against….against a love of kale! I don’t know. But it just wouldn’t be right. I think I have eaten kale every day for the past week and I am not anywhere near being sick of it. There is just SO much that you can do with it.
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I have recently teamed up with Weight Watchers to share with your their new Brain Boost Activity and how weight loss isn’t just about what you eat – there is much more to it. I have spoken about it before, but I started on Weight Watchers when I first started losing weight, but there have been many amazing changes made to the plan since I first used it and focusing on the mental side of weight loss it just one of them. It is all about looking at the barriers of weight loss and providing simple solutions to help overcome them.
“Weight Watchers has teamed up with leading neuroscientist, Dr. Jack Lewis to help people understand why they make certain food choices and how they can use brain training to approach eating in a more considered and mindful way, helping to overcome the barriers they face day to day.
Using brain training, we can improve things like cognitive flexibility and working memory, both of which help our brains cope with the day-to-day bombardment of emails, meetings, school runs, and food choices, meaning we’re far better equipped to choose the right meals.”
I never really thought about how every day brain activities that can help with memory could help with food choices, but after my chat with Dr Jack, I can see how they do and I will be putting them to the test over the next couple of weeks and sharing the results with you all.
Did you know that we spend an average of 34 days every year thinking about food with boredom (47%) and feeling sad or stressed (33%) cited as the top reasons for overeating.
Weight Watchers have created a Brain Boost Quiz to help adults understand the mental barriers faced when starting or maintaining a healthy weight loss plan. Take the quiz and see what your barriers are! Here were my results:
You love indulging in tasty treats and are adventurous in your food choices.
You’re the first to admit your willpower isn’t as strong as it could be and quite often your impulse to indulge in an unhealthy treat is just too strong.
You’re a real foodie; someone who loves to experiment with new dishes and try new restaurants. Your conscience is quite happy to look the other way when you’ve decided to treat yourself to something tasty.
I recently got some pizza stones sent from Kitchen Craft and they have transformed our pizzas. They come in a set of 4 with a pizza slice that actually cuts perfectly through the pizza, unlike feeling like you are carving a pizza like with some other pizza cutters. If you eat a lot of pizza, then this set is a must.
I just love food! Because of that, I have to create healthier versions of my favourite types of food, to help me stay on track. Pizza is one of my favourite foods, which is where this recipe has come from. Inspired by my brain training quiz results and my plan for the next few weeks, I came up with this recipe. I will be sharing more about my Weight Watchers challenge very soon. That is what I love about Weight Watchers – no food is off limits, it is just all about fitting it in to the plan.
Can you believe that I only tried harissa a few months ago for the first time? I have seriously been missing out, but I am definitely making up for it now. For those of you that have also been missing out and don’t even know what it is, harissa is a Tunisian hot chilli paste which is made up of roasted red peppers and serrano peppers as well as lots of other herbs and spices.
I love kale so much that I have started looking at all our favourite meals and thinking “how can I add kale to this?”. Luckily that is pretty easy to answer and this pizza was a no-brainer.
It also falls under my personal crusade to get Dave to like and enjoy more vegetables. I am doing pretty well with that and he even said he actually liked the kale on this pizza. Dave. Liking kale. Mission complete!
I am not a big fan of making pizza dough. It’s not the most complicated thing in the world to make, but it isn’t the quickest either, but my homemade flatbreads are really quick to make and are just as good as a pizza base as pizza dough is. You can buy some really good quality flatbreads too if you want to save even more time.
Looking to get more vegetables in to your diet and want to eat pizza whilst doing it? Then this is the recipe for you. They are so quick and easy to make, with very few ingredients too.
Ingredients – Serves 2:
– 2 tbsp harissa
– 2 tbsp tomato puree (paste)
– 2 handfuls of kale
– 30g/1oz mature cheddar cheese
1) Take the cooked flatbread and spread the harissa and tomato puree over them. Add the kale and sprinkle over the cheese and a little sea salt and black pepper.
*optional – drizzle some olive oil over the pizzas*
2) Put in a preheated oven at 200C/390F for 10 minutes.
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**This post is sponsored by Weight Watchers, but all opinions are my own**