I'd like to discuss the big headline story about pizza being classified as a vegetable by Congress. Well, that's not exactly what happened, but as this Washington Post article discusses, the whole vegetables in school lunch issue is so muddy at this point that its no surprise that we are hearing about the 1/8 cup of tomato paste on a kid's pizza getting extra credit.
I'd like to approach this from a different angle all together, as a person who loves pizza, and vegetables. Why is the tomato sauce the only vegetable on the pizza? You see, I feel like pizza could, in the right hands, be a regular vehicle for good. I 'm not talking about the pre-made frozen factory stuff. I'm talking about homemade pizza for our kids.
Or this one with tomato sauce (which actually contains tomatoes, onions, garlic, celery, and carrots), spinach, and sliced red bell peppers.
Are you starting to get my gist? I am totally OK with feeding my kid pizza if its put together like this, with a balance of components that equate to more than just grease, carbs, and salt. How do we produce this en masse for entire schools? I've watched the Jamie Oliver programs about school lunch and I'm convinced that its completely doable and pretty economic when done in bulk. I'm OK to keep pizza on the menu as long as we get rid of the nonsense and really get down to the work of feeding our kids healthy, tasty food.