Simply Healthy Family: Ricotta, Garlic and Mushroom Thin Crust Pizza with Watercress #NationalGarlicDay

19.4.15

Ricotta, Garlic and Mushroom Thin Crust Pizza with Watercress #NationalGarlicDay



Calling all garlic lovers! Welcome to National Garlic Day 2015, hosted by Heather from girlichef. April 19th is a day for garlic lovers far and wide to come together and celebrate the wonder of "the stinking rose". Whether it's the ability to ward off vampires (and bugs), its numerous health benefits, or the way it lends flavor to a dish, there are so many reasons for singing the praises of garlic.




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It's a good thing for me (and for you if you share my affection for garlic) that today is National Garlic day and so many wonderful food bloggers have collected their favorite tried and true recipes featuring this little bulbous herb. As an added bonus, Garlic happens to be an amazing natural health remedy and is one of my absolute favorite Super Foods! A huge thanks to Heather over at GirliChef for hosting another fun food roundup!





National Garlic Day 2015



Thanks to over use and abuse of antibiotics, superbugs such as MRSA are a real problem here in America. If only more people knew how simple and effective home remedies were for curing most viruses, bacteria and fungi we would not have an epidemic of these horrible resistant superbugs. As an antibacterial herb, garlic is more effective against several types of bacteria than penicillin. Garlic is also friendlier to the body than antibiotics because it attacks bacteria without wiping out the body's normal flora.









Garlic isn't only one of my favorite, healthy ways to flavor food, it is super effective as an antibacterial and anti-fungal and can help rid the body of everything from ear aches/infections to curing the common stomach bug and getting rid of athletes foot. Allicin, the major component of garlic is a potent chemical that has been proven to get rid of even super bugs such as VRE and MRSA!


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Garlic also has extraordinary abilities to lower cholesterol and reduce clotting of the blood. It can also help lower high blood pressure, prevent or help treat food poisoning, is an excellent source of antioxidants and can even get rid of acne!


The best way to get the full benefit of garlic's healing power is to eat it raw, or close to raw. If you know you'll be adding garlic to a dish, crush or mince it a bit before you plan to add it. It gives the alliinase enzymes in the food a chance to get working. Changing the temperature or pH of the garlic by putting it in food or heating it prevents this from happening, so you might not be getting the full health benefits of garlic if you toss it in the pot right away. If you do need to cook it, add it at the very end of the cooking process after you’ve removed the dish from the source of heat. 


Check out this simple, chilled gazpacho recipe you can whip up in your blender. Even my kids love it and is has raw garlic in it. 



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One of my favorite preparations for garlic is to smash several cloves, let them sit for at least 15 minutes and then add them to a small sauce pan of a good quality olive oil. Simmer over very low heat for about 30 minutes. Use this as a drizzle for pasta's, pizza, salads, along with some dried oregano as a dipping oil for bread etc. 



If you have children with chronic ear infections, garlic is going to be your new BFF. Smash a clove of garlic and add it to a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a small sauce pan. Over very, very low heat let it 'simmer for 10- 15 minutes. You want it to be just a bit warm, test it on the inside of your wrist first and then using a dropper (ask for one at your Pharmacy) place 2-3 drops of warm garlic oil in the affected ear. Place a warm washcloth over the ear and lay affected side up for a while. Not only does garlic treat viruses and bacteria but in alleviates the pain/pressure in your ear almost immediately! I've done this to myself!










Ricotta, Garlic and Mushroom Thin Crust Pizza with Watercress



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One of the best culinary aspects of watercress is its versatility. It can be used as a salad green (a very nutritious one!) in soups for a subtle, peppery flavor. And of course on top of pizza which I add by the handfuls! Watercress really compliments the other Earthy flavors going on in this pizza. 

Watercress is available year-round, but it peaks from April through June.

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TIME       30 MINUTES            YIELDS       1 - 10 INCH PIZZA



Get my recipe for thin crust pizza dough here.

1 1/2 cups pizza sauce
8 ounces ricotta cheese
1 cup chopped cremini mushrooms
6 garlic cloves, crushed
shaved Parmesan
watercress





Preheat your oven to 400F with a pizza stone in it. Prepare the dough. Roll it out onto a piece of parchment paper so you can easily transfer it to the baking stone. Spread the sauce over the dough and drop the ricotta cheese by small spoonfuls evenly around the dough, don't worry about spreading it out. Chop up the garlic (you've let it sit for a bit after you crushed it w the back of a knife right?) sprinkle it around the pizza along with the mushrooms. Slide the pizza onto the hot pizza stone and bake at 400F for 12-15 minutes.


Using a carefully, remove from oven using a pizza peel and place on a cutting board. Slice it up and serve it hot with freshly shaved Parmesan cheese and crisp watercress leaves. 








To help you get in the mood, check out these garlicky good recipes from this year's National Garlic Day bloggers:













sources  {mostly knowledge I have accumulated over many, many years}

WebMD

Dr. Weil

The World's Healthiest Foods


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23 comments:

  1. Wow, I had no idea, Gwen! Thanks for the earache tip and the great pizza recipe. I'll start adding garlic towards the end of cooking time whenever possible now.

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  2. Isn't garlic an amazing thing!? I'm glad that you shared some awesome health tips with your mouthwatering pizza. Now, pass me a few slices, please!

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  3. If there is any pizza left after Heather gets hers, I want some!

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  4. OK this looks amazing! Love the tips you gave on using garlic for other things, too!

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  5. Garlic is an amazing super food. Thanks for all of the information.

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  6. I actually got my PhD studying drug resistance in yeast/fungi and am now working on Salmonella so I definitely understand the severity of drug-resistant microbes and the hunt to find better ways to treat them! Never knew about garlic abilities, so that was cool to learn! Yay garlic!

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  7. Would love to see some citations regarding this. Gorgeous pizza.

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  8. Thanks for the information. I will certainly be looking into this with garlic!

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  9. Thanks for such an informative post, I love garlic and I can't have enough of it.

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  10. Another garlic fan here :). This pizza looks wonderful, your pictures are great too!

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  11. Ricotta garlic and mushrooms - one of my favorite combinations for a pizza ever! Also makes for a great pasta dish! Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!

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  12. I had MRSA a few years ago. If I had your pizza I would have felt better a lot sooner!

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  13. WOW!!! I love the combination of ricotta and watercress together on a pizza. And garlic really is a superfood (and so good too!!!)

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  14. I knew there was more reason to love garlic than just the taste (although that's my favorite reason). What a delicious pizza you've made. I love your combination of flavors, and all that GARLIC!
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

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  15. Pizza looks delicious! Will try the recipe!

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  16. Wow Gwen I had no idea Garlic was soooo good at killing bacteria! LOVE how you did your research! This flatbread look absolutely PERFECT a MUST HAVE!

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  17. What a fabulous looking pizza!! And I love all of the garlic tips - I shared the one about ear infections w my friend whose son has been getting them a lot.

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  18. I'm a garlic lover - add it to pretty much everything I cook (except sweet foods, lol)! This pizza is calling my name with the ricotta, garlic, and mushrooms. Can't get better than this!

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  20. I had no idea garlic was good for ear issues. We go through a lot of garlic at our house. And pizza---my most favorite meal ever. Thanks for sharing this!
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  23. That pizza looks awesome! What a delicious combination! This will be on the bbq soon :) Lucky me it's even healthy haha

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