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Oklahoma Agriculture in the Classroom


Food & Fun Recipes

Veggie Pizza

  • 4 oz broccoli, cut into small florets
  • asparagus spears cut into 1 ¼ inch lengths
  • carrot cut into matchsticks
  • pizza sauce
  • whole wheat pizza crust
  • zucchini cut into match sticks
  • corn kernels
  • bean sprouts, chopped
  • tomatoes
  • cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Place broccoli, asparagus and carrot in a large heatproof bowl.
  3. Cover with boiling water, and let stand two minutes. Drain. Plunge into ice water, and drain again. Pat dry with paper towels.
  4. Spread pizza sauce onto crust.
  5. Arrange broccoli, asparagus, carrot and zucchini over sauce.
  6. Sprinkle corn kernels, then bean sprouts.
  7. Top with tomatoes.
  8. Sprinkle with cheese.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes.

While waiting for the pizza to cook, read "A Pizza the Size of the Sun," by Jack Prelutsky.

  • The modern precursor to what we call pizza occurred in pre-Renaissance Naples. Poor housewives had only flour, olive oil, lard, cheese and herbs with which to feed their families, so combining them in a tasty and delicious manner became the goal. All of Italy proclaimed the Neapolitan pies to be the best.
  • The most famous experiment of all was by a pizza maker named Raffaele Esposito, who received a royal summons to prepare a special pizza for Queen Margherita. He decided to salute the colors of the Italian flag by adding white mozzarella to red tomato and green basil. It became so popular that it's still sold today.
  • In 1945 soldiers returning from WWII in Europe brought with them a taste for certain foods. Pizza was at the top of their list.
  • Americans eat around 350 slices of pizza each second, or 100 acres per day.
  • Children ages 3-11 prefer pizza over all other foods for lunch and dinner, according to a recent Gallup Poll.
  • America's favorite pizza topping is pepperoni. The least favorite is anchovies.
  • We consume around 251,770,000 pounds of pepperonis every year.
  • Americans prefer meat toppings to veggie toppings by a ratio of 62 to 100.
  • Some popular pizza toppings in Japan are squid and Mayo Jaga (mayonaise, potato and bacon). In India they like pickled ginger, minced mutton and tofu. The people of Brazil prefer green peas. Russians serve pizza covered in mockba (a mix of sardines, tuna, mackeral, salmon and onions.
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