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PESTO, BALSAMIC & PEACH PIZZA W/ GARLIC-CASHEW CREAM (GLUTEN FREE) by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


we welcomed our little baby joey on august 15th. we couldn’t be more in love and smitten with him. even amesy is tolerating his cries, and endless diaper changes. he’s even been pretty good at sharing me with his baby brother. i plan to share a bit more about joey’s birth story. but needless to say, it’s been a wonderful, chaotic whirlwind. so, stay tuned!

let’s talk pizza. specifically this peach-y garlicky pizza that we’ve been making all summer long! this combination of ingredients was somewhat of a hodgepodge of things leftover in our fridge one saturday night/a medley of ingredients we frequently combine for salads and such. the first thing you need is a ripe juicy peach. i’ve tried this with a semi-ripe, not-too-sweet peach, and while tasty, it didn’t hit the right note (the sweet, juiciness is key here). but since it’s the height of peach season just about everywhere in the states, i doubt you’ll have trouble finding one. next, you need some really good aged balsamic. the watery grocery store variety probably won’t cut it in terms of the sweet, acidic drizzle we’re going for here. and lastly, a good pesto. if i’m not making my own, then a store bought version is just as good. for cheese, i go between a buffalo milk fresh mozzarella, or a vegan mozzarella that are both wonderful here (of course depending on your diet). and for the pizza crust, i always use my recipe for the best gluten free pizza dough, or, if i’ve run out, i use this frozen dough that is quite good as a backup.

this is our go-to friday night summer pizza pie and i only thought it my duty to share its deliciousness here with you before we say goodbye to summer vacation. i hope you get the chance to make it! happy end of august!

xoxo!



PESTO, BALSAMIC & PEACH PIZZA W/ GARLIC-CASHEW CREAM (GLUTEN FREE)

garlic-cashew cream | makes roughly 1 1/2 cups

  • 2 small heads garlic

  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaker for at 5 least 5 hours or overnight, drained and rinsed

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

  • 2-3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

  • salt & pepper

pizza | makes 1 pie/8slices

  • 1 portion of this pizza dough (or pizza dough of choice, roughly 1/2 pound)

  • 1/4-1/3 cup garlic-cashew cream (recipe above)

  • 1 ripe peach, sliced

  • 6-8 ounces mozzarella (if using fresh mozzarella about 2-3 small balls)

  • 2 tablespoons pesto, homemade or store bought

  • 1 cup baby arugula

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons aged balsamic vinegar

  • flaky sea salt

  • freshly ground pepper



method

  1. make the garlic-cashew cream. preheat oven to 400°F. cut the tops of the garlic heads to expose cloves of garlic. place the garlic heads in foil and drizzle over the 2 teaspoons olive oil. fold up the foil to make a loose packet, and place in the oven. cook until knife tender, about 30-40 minutes. let cool.

  2. in the container of an upright (preferably high-speed) blender, combine the cashews, roasted garlic cloves, almond milk, 1 tablespoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons vinegar, dijon, onion powder, a few fat pinches salt, and a couple grinds of pepper. blend on high, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed, until the garlic-cashew cream is smooth. taste and adjust, adding more vinegar, salt, and/or pepper if needed. use right away, or store in a resealable container in the fridge (garlic-cashew cream can stay in the fridge for up 1 week.)

  3. make the pizza. place a pizza stone in your oven, and preheat to 500°F.

  4. cut a large piece of parchment paper and place it on your countertop. place the dough in the center, and sprinkle with some brown rice flour. starting from the center, use your fingertips to spread the dough out into a large 10-11-inch circle or oval (the edges may crack a bit, and that's ok, just pinch the dough back together). use your dishtowel, and place it on top of the dough, letting it rise again, for roughly 30 minutes.

  5. trim the parchment paper below your pizza dough, and discard. (if there's too much overhang it can quickly burn, we just need enough for the dough to sit on.)

  6. use a pizza peel (or cookie sheet) to carefully slide your pizza dough (along with its' parchment) onto the pizza stone. par-bake the dough for 6-7 minutes. remove from oven, and use a spoon to spread the garlic cream evenly over top. then evenly spread the peaches over the garlic cream. place in the oven and bake for 5-6 minutes, until peaches have softened. add your cheese of choice, then add dollops of pesto. bake one last time, until cheese is melted and crust is crisp, about 6-8 minutes. remove from oven and top with arugula. drizzle with olive oil, the balsamic vinegar; sprinkle some flaky sea salt, and fresh pepper over top.

  7. slice, and serve hot.


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GARLIC-TURMERIC SAUCE by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


happy sunday! i hope you’re having a good weekend so far. it’s chilly, cloudy, and a little misty here in LA on this first june weekend, which is kind of a bummer. i’m also heading into my 30th week of pregnancy which is taking its toll on my physical mobility at the moment. everything is way slower, and my lower back is way more sore. i’m beyond grateful that this little babe is so active, but i’m also trying to stay chill at the thought that he may grow up to be just like his very active big brother. time will obviously tell, but the idea of another little guy making his way into our home very soon is so very thrilling while simultaneously causing me to have pangs of anxiety. so some warm and brightness by way of this turmeric-y sauce is just what this up coming week needs!

this garlicky turmeric sauce is a constant in our house. i’ve been making it for years, and have found so many uses for it. smothered over roasted potatoes, drizzled over a lunch or dinner bowl, surrounded by a bed of vegetables for a wholesome dip/snack situation, or served over your protein of choice (i love how it pairs with grilled fish personally). the base of this sauce is plant-based yogurt (although you could definitely use a greek yogurt if that’s your preference), a bit of tahini paste, and some vinegar. these 3 ingredients are the cornerstone of a lot of sauces i make, bringing substance, flavor, creaminess, and a tangy punch. from there it’s easy to layer in whatever flavors you’re looking to incorporate. in this case we add fresh turmeric root, and fresh garlic for a super bright but earthy sauce. plus, its vibrant color will perk any meal up, and impress any dinner guest.

i hope you love this one 💛



garlic-turmeric sauce

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method

  1. in a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the yogurt, tahini, vinegar, turmeric, garlic, and maple syrup. season with salt and pepper. taste and adjust if necessary.

  2. store sauce in a lidded jar or container in your refrigerator for up to 1 week.

ingredients

| makes just over 1/2 cup |

  • 1/2 cup plant-based unsweetened yogurt (i prefer using this one)

  • 2 teaspoons tahini

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated turmeric root (or 1/2-1 teaspoon ground turmeric)

  • 1 garlic clove grated over a microplane

  • splash of maple syrup

  • fine salt & freshly ground pepper


HOW TO PREPARE ASPARAGUS 7 DIFFERENT WAYS by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


may is unofficially asparagus season (🙌🏼) - hurrah! among a few other pieces of product, like rhubarb for instance, asparagus is my absolute favorite spring vegetable. since moving to LA, i’ve come to appreciate it even more. back in new york, my mom had a good portion of her garden dedicated to asparagus. beginning in mid-april we would watch it peak through the soil until it got mature enough to harvest. and the moment you cut that first stalk you knew that spring had officially commenced. i love to let the asparagus flavor shine by using simple flavors including: oils and vinegars, herbs, and light spices. this time of year asparagus should be tender and sweet, and bright green or sometimes purple (depending on the variety). my mom’s garden asparagus was so tender that it only required a minute of cooking, and in some preparations you could it eat raw altogether. either way, this is the best month to partake in cooking all the asparagus!

here are 7 of my all-time favorite asparagus recipes, and the various ways you can prepare, what flavors you can pair with asparagus, and how to serve asparagus right alongside the rest of your spring haul. there are a couple soups for those brisk, chilly spring days, a few ways to roast asparagus with the most complimentary flavors to best serve this delightful vegetable with. we also have an asparagus sandwich with avocado and punchy dijon, and a spring rainbow bowl that will perk up your lunch game big time.

i hope these recipes offer some ease and comfort in these warm/hot/chilly/cold days :) xo!


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