Eighteen months ago I made the cross country leap from Boston to San Francisco. Boston will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s where I studied, got my first job, and grew up in so many ways. But California is slowly carving-out it’s own piece of cardiac real estate.
One of the things I love about California is the abundance of fresh, locally grown food. It reminds me a lot of Australia, where most of the fresh food is cultivated domestically.
Walnuts are one of many foods grown in California. In fact, more than 99% of the walnuts grown in the US are grown here. Last week, I was lucky enough to receive a bag of these beautiful, honey-brown nutrient nuggets from the California Walnut Commission as part of the Recipe Redux ‘We Love Walnuts’ recipe challenge.
There are many things to love about walnuts, but at the top of my list is the nutrient profile. An ounce of walnuts (28g) has 2.5 grams of the essential plant-based omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber to keep you feeling full. They’re also packed with other heart-healthy fats, which support appetite regulation and cholesterol control.
This 5-ingredient pizza recipe is a play on one of my favorite salads which includes walnuts, goat cheese, and pears over mixed greens. The walnuts add a crunchy twist (and nutrients) to this mouthwatering sweet and savory combo. Walnuts can also be added to oatmeal, ice-cream, salads, granola, cookies, blended into sauces, and eaten by the handful as a snack!
- 2 whole wheat naan rounds
- 2oz herbed goat cheese (at room temperature)
- ½ cup Californian walnuts
- 1.5 firm pears (apples work too)
- Drizzle, honey
- Preheat the oven to 450F.
- Line a baking tray with aluminum foil. Lay the two naan rounds on top of the foil.
- Spread/crumble the goat cheese evenly over the two naan rounds.
- Core the pear, and chop into thin slices.
- Arrange the sliced pear over the goat’s cheese.
- Insert the baking tray into the oven. Bake the pizza until the edges of the naan turn crispy and the pears begin to brown (approximately 10-15 minutes).
- Finely chop the walnuts, and sprinkle over the naan pizzas.
- Top each pizza with a thin drizzle of honey, and serve!
Makes 2 small pizzas.
Disclosure: I received free samples of California walnuts mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Walnut Commission and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.