I had a little mascarpone cheese left after making the Rice & Asparagus Gratin the other day. It wasn’t enough for another gratin but it was just right for a pair of mini pizzas.
Plus it allowed me to use the last of a jar of Italian artichoke hearts I had used in a salad earlier.
Think of it as cleaning out the fridge….
Of course, there was also green garlic – it is still spring, after all
You could increase everything, probably four times, for a regular pizza.
Cut 2 single serving pieces out of the puff pastry and refrigerate the rest for another day. It will keep at least a week.
Total time: 30 minutes
- 3 artichoke hearts, sliced
- 3 green garlic, trimmed and sliced
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1/3 cup mascarpone cheese
- 4 tbs pesto rosso
- puff pastry, cut 2 single serving squares, circles or wedges
- Lay the cut pastry on a baking sheet. Using a table knife, lightly score a line 1/3″ (1cm) inside the edge of the pastry.
- Heat oil in a small skillet over medium heat.
- Add green garlic and sauté briefly, about 2 minutes.
- Divide the mascarpone and spread on each pastry out to the scored line.
- Spread the pesto rosso on top of the mascarpone.
- Top with artichoke hearts and green garlic.
- Bake in a pre-heated oven, 400F (200C), for 12 – 15 minutes, until golden brown.
- Remove and serve.
For years I have been among the believers that protein is good and carbs are bad.
As part of our normal health care we get a battery of blood tests every year….
Last fall my test results showed ‘diminished kidney function’.
The doc said not to worry about it.
I worried anyway.
Then I did what anyone would do in this day – I immediately got on-line found out all sorts of stuff, some of which actually had value.
One of the things I learned was that an excess of protein can strain the kidneys. This is not a concern for healthy kidneys but is a concern if there is diminished function.
I didn’t think that could possibly be a problem for me as I don’t eat a lot of meat…. just a small serving for dinner. I decided to check out my diet anyway, to satisfy my curiosity,
The Powers That Be suggest an adult should have around 50 grams of protein per day.
I was consuming between 90 and 100 grams a day.
Only about a third was coming from meat; the rest was primarily diary along with all the other things that have protein – which is pretty much everything including most vegetables, all grains, and some fruits.
I decided to cut back on protein.
Being a serious carnivore, I wasn’t going to cut back on meat. I cut out the milk in my coffee (which turned out to be almost 3 litres of milk a week), stopped snacking on cheese and eliminated peanut butter. Those things dropped my protein intake by roughly 30 grams a day, down to 60 – 70 per day.
I may have made a few other minor adjustments….
The unexpected result was that I started to lose weight.
Then I was losing more weight than I wanted so I started the fun part – adding food to my daily diet.
First there was buttered toast along with my cereal for breakfast, then a mid-morning piece of fruit, then a mid-afternoon piece of fruit, then potatoes or pasta at dinner. Remember, I was cutting back on protein….
I am now eating more carbs (which I also love) than I have in years and maintaining my weight easily.
As if that wasn’t enough of a benefit, I had the tests run again and my kidney function is the best it’s been in the 5 years of history I have.
In conclusion – I have nothing to say and have no idea what any of it all means. I just thought you might be intrigued.
And I’m perfectly happy drinking my coffee black, although I am seeking out better coffee.