Coconut Water Update + A Pizza Reunion

First of all, thank you to everyone who commented about coconut water in my last post!  You gave some very helpful info, and inspired me to take my first sip last night.  But after a couple gulps, I realized I'm not a big fan.  I thought the coconut water was a little too sweet to be thirst quenching, and yet too "nutty" to be enjoyed by itself.  However I did a little research on my own, and learned that coconut water is used by some athletes as a natural sports drink.  While it contains calories (sugar), electrolytes (particularly high in potassium), and water, it is not necesarilly better than other sports drinks.  Check out the New York Times for some fashionable coconut sippin' and here is the nutrient profile from the USDA.  Also, did you know coconuts have been used for IV fluid replacement?  Crazy!  Go to Eating RD's awesome post  to learn more history and research for this tropical water!  
Anyways, let's talk PIZZA!  My friend was visiting me in Boston this weekend, and she just left yesterday.    We went to college together in California, and share some fond cooking memories.  So we decided to tinker in the kitchen once more, and our latest fun involved some garlic-herb pizza dough, chicken, pesto, and veggies!
I would say our "Boston Pizza Kitchen" creation could match CPK any day!
I've never made pizza dough from scratch, but I would love to find a good recipe.  In the meantime, Trader Joe's (er.. Trader Giotto's) did quite nicely.  The Garlic and Herb was a new one for both of us; we loved it.
Stretch that dough!
Thick slices of tomato rested on mozarella cheese and pesto.  
We sprinkled on some yellow bell pepper, mushrooms, steamed brussel sprouts, chicken- and it was ready for the oven!
Serving up today's special from the Boston Pizza Kitchen! 
Don't you think pizza's greatest virtue is its versatility?  The dough is a tasty medium for a host of different sauces, veggies, and proteins-or whatever leftovers you want to slap on there!  
So what's your signature pizza topping?
Have a splendid Thursday,
Rachel

9 comments:

Lia Chen said...

The pizza looks good and delicious! I missed your post about coconut water. We usually make the cold drink from coconut water and add some coconut meat with vanila syrup then put a lot of ice. This is one of the tropical drink here :)

ktbwood said...

WOW that pizza looks sooooo good! im all about a lot of veggies on my pizza..yum!

Mowie @ Mowielicious said...

Fascinating stuff about the coconut water! And that pizza looks yum!

Gina said...

The pizza looks fabulous!! I used TJ's whole wheat pizza crust a few months ago and loved it. This Sunday I will be posting my pizza from scratch recipe, so be sure to check it out! It's really easy.

Thanks for the link about coconut water. I actually just left a comment on someone's blog who was talking about drinking coconut water instead of Gatorade. I pretty much told her the same thing the other RD said in the link you provided. It's good, but for the price, Gatorade is the better option! I actually prefer the flavored coconut water, as the plain one has a funky smell I can't get over.

eatingRD said...

thanks for the link :) homemade pizza dough is the bomb! You can put all kinds of things on there, like grilled peaches and figs with prosciutto, but I really enjoy roasted veggies :)

Kim at Rustic Garden Bistro said...

Caramelized onions, prosciutto and goat cheese. :-)

famishedtofantastic said...

I bought coconut water for the first time this weekend after reading about it on many blogs. I could not choke it down. Considering I now have a couple of them in my fridge I decided to use it in my green monster this morning. It worked out very well.

Kasey said...

That pizza looks great! I love spinach, goat cheese and banana peppers on my pizza.

grass fed beef manitoba said...

Coconut water is awesome because it's rich in potassium which will help you regulate blood sugar. P.S the pizza looks delicious.

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