Friday, December 02, 2011

Pizza? A vegetable?

Pizza: I love to pile on veggies and herbs. Spinach, basil, oregano. Peppers, onions, garlic. Tomatoes and tomato sauce.

But really, Congress and USDA, commercially made pizza in itself is not a vegetable.

My homemade pizzas are covered with at least two kinds of cheese - real Wisconsin cheese, of course. I don't call it a dairy product, even though it probably has a thick enough cheese layer to qualify.

Local restaurants make pizzas from scratch with zucchini and spinach and other fresh, delicious ingredients. They don't claim to meet the recommended daily allowance of vegetables. In all honesty, the local pizzas have enough toppings that they probably would meet the goal.

But seriously. A frozen pizza with a thin layer of sauce? Not, I repeat NOT, a vegetable. Require a minimum amount of real tomato in a required amount of sauce, and then maybe I'll believe it's nutritious. I know how I make pizza, and I've seen the pizza in school cafeterias. Folks, there's no contest.

Now consider that many children get the best meal of their day at school, and then think about that slice of pizza.

No, people, pizza is not a vegetable.

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Blogger Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Not the first time Congress sounds like a bunch of idiots.

12/02/2011 9:30 AM  
Blogger Earth Muffin said...

Did you happen to see Saturday Night Live when they talked about this on Weekend Update? Kermit the Frog joined Seth Meyers to discuss it...funny stuff, but sad too. I showed the clip to my boys and they enjoyed it, but then my oldest said, "That's just a joke on SNL, right? Congress doesn't REALLY think pizza is a vegetable, right?" Um...wrong, kid. They do. Then my youngest, 6 years old, said, "But pizza isn't a vegetable. It's a junk food!" Nice to know they are listening to me sometimes!

12/02/2011 4:27 PM  
Anonymous Jen on the Edge said...

This reminds me of when President Reagan decided that ketchup was a vegetable.

12/02/2011 4:35 PM  

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