Friday, April 20, 2012 / 27 Comments /

Egg Pizza and 10 Earth Day Ideas

note: there was a glitch with the email subscriber feed. I apologize if you are receiving this after Earth Day. Although trying to live a little greener is a good thing to think about any day.
 Spring has definitely sprung in Santa Barbara. The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and the chickens are laying more than ever. My 4-year old egg collector checks the coop nesting boxes several times a day and leaves the eggs wherever she sees fit. Everyday is like an Easter egg hunt around here.

With eggs lying all over the house and my love for pizza, I decided to make an egg grilled pizza with asparagus and just a little prosciutto (which easily could be omitted for a vegetarian pizza). Yummy Hubby was skeptical about egg pizza, but I assured him that eggs on top of pizza and pasta are very popular in Italy. The kids loved this simple rustic dinner.

Did you know Earth Day is this Sunday, April 22? Most of us could be a little greener - I surely could. Earth Day is a great opportunity to talk to kids about the environment and keeping the Earth healthy. 

Some ideas to start living greener this Earth Day: 

1. Plant a garden. See ours here. You don't need much space. I love having fresh herbs on hand at all times in the backyard. Sadly our asparagus never grew beyond tiny thin twigs. I'm still learning about gardening - it does not come naturally to me.

2. Backyard chickens. You knew I had to throw that one in here, right?! Spring is the time to get your baby chicks. Raising backyard chickens is rewarding, sustainable, and better for the Earth and the chickens. 

3. Start composting. I still haven't gotten on the composting bandwagon, but I think now I will. With compost bins as cute as this one from Stonewall Kitchen there can't be anything to fear.

 4. Bike to school or work. Yummy Hubby often bikes to work. It's great exercise too!

5. Get outside and enjoy Mother Nature. Even if it means creepy crawly caterpillars.

6. Visit a farmer's market and buy organic and local instead of hitting the large grocery stores.

7. Teach kids about recycling. 

8. Skip the meat. Meat takes more energy to produce than plants. Think of it this way:  We can grow plants and then feed them to animals who then have to be processed, or we could just eat the plants ourselves. We could eat our chickens once, or eat their eggs everyday for years.

9. Celebrate the Earth with cute compost pudding from Craft Gossip.

10. Visit an aquarium or natural history museum to learn more about our Earth. 

Do you have and Earth Day ideas to share? 

What do you think about eggs on pizza? Weird or a lovely form of brinner (breakfast for dinner) that's fun for kids and grown-ups? I say the latter.

 Grilled Pizza with Eggs and Asparagus 
Serves 4 

1 (16 oz.) prepared pizza dough, room temperature
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
1 clove garlic, crushed or minced 
1 small bunch asparagus, tough ends trimmed 
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup fresh mozzarella, sliced 
4 eggs
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves 
4 slices prosciutto (optional) 

In a small bowl, stir garlic into oil. Heat grill over medium-high heat. Stretch or roll dough into one large or two small rectangles or circles (I made 2 smaller rectangles and found it easier to flip that way). Brush asparagus with garlic oil and lightly season with salt and pepper. Place dough and asparagus directly on grill and cook until grill marks show up and dough no longer sticks to grates, about 3 minutes. Remove asparagus as soon as it is tender-crisp, about 2 minutes. Flip dough over. Lightly brush grilled side with garlic oil. Sprinkle with Parmesan and mozzarella. Place asparagus on top of cheeses and crack eggs on top. Reduce heat to medium and cover top of grill. Cook until eggs have reached desired doneness, about 6 minutes. If bottom of pizza gets too dark and eggs are not cooked enough, transfer pizza to a broiler for a minute or so. Sprinkle with a pinch of good sea salt and freshly cracked pepper. Garnish with basil and add prosciutto if using.

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