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Whether you work in the home or out, you probably have many busy nights when dinner just needs to be quick and convenient- between practices, doctor appointments, housework, and the thousand other things that need your attention. But, convenience doesn’t have to mean you have to sacrifice better eating for quick and tasty. You can have all 3- quick, tasty, and healthy when you balance your plate! One way to do this is to a grab a California Pizza Kitchen® frozen pizza and combine it with a delicious salad for a more balanced meal. Our favorite is the California Pizza Kitchen® Thin Crust White with spinach, garlic, ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, romano, asiago cheese, and a creamy garlic sauce. I pair mine with a delicious spinach and fruit salad topped with my homemade Rasperry Citrus Vinaigrette ( see recipe below!) Check out the other recipes and pairings on the California Pizza Kitchen ® site. It’s not just to fill our plates and make them pretty that I add a salad with fruit on pizza nights- I really don’t want to be one of the 98% of Americans who only meet the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for proper nutrition about 7 days out of the year! So, we add lots of veggies and fruits to our meals. It does fill our plates, but it also helps to get those servings of fruits and veggies that our bodies all need to stay strong and healthy.
Making dinner choices that are quick doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice healthy options…the key is balance. There are usually about 20 minutes until that frozen pizza is cooked in the oven, so take those minutes to whip up a fresh salad and some fruits (or put the fruit IN the salad like we do). This offers balance to your plate, and adds some of those ever-important fruits and veggies into your daily intake. Stick to the recommended serving sizes for your pizza, too. I often add my own veggies on top of pizzas because no one in my house agrees with me that broccoli is amazing on pizza. But that added serving of broccoli gives me more veggies, bulks up my 2 slices, and helps me to fill up on the recommended serving sizes. Our friends at California Pizza Kitchen understand serving sizes and are ALL about balance on your plate, so much so that they even give you both the recommended serving sizes and some pairing suggestions so that you can have quick, convenient AND balanced meal options for your family.
Raspberry Citrus Vinaigrette Dressing
1/2 cup Olive oil
1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup fresh Raspberries
1 Tbsp. Orange Juice
1 Tbsp. Honey
1 tsp. dried Basil
1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
Place all ingredients in blender and mix until well combined.
Pour into a glass, air tight container and store in refrigerator.
Drizzle generously over salad.
For the salad I tossed together a mixture of fresh spinach, mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, and walnuts then topped with my Raspberry Citrus Vinaigrette dressing. Add a couple slices of your favorite California Pizza Kitchens® Pizza for a complete and easy meal the whole family will love!
- 1/2 cup Olive oil
- 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup fresh Raspberries
- 1 Tbsp. Orange Juice
- 1 Tbsp. Honey
- 1 tsp. dried Basil
- 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
- Place all ingredients in blender and mix until well combined.
- Pour into a glass, air tight container and store in refrigerator.
- Drizzle generously over salad.
- For the salad I tossed together a mixture of fresh spinach, mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, and walnuts then topped with my Raspberry Citrus Vinaigrette dressing. Add a couple slices of your favorite California Pizza Kitchens® Pizza for a complete and easy meal the whole family will love!