Summer is full of celebrations that call for a special recipe. These colorful recipes will help you to bring a little LGBT pride to all of your summer soirees. You could even call them healthy.
Rainbow Vegetable Pizza
One pre-made pizza crust, whole wheat
Pinch of salt
½ tsp each: garlic powder, basil, oregano
½ cup marinara sauce
1½ cups grated mozzarella cheese
1 cup diced bell peppers: yellow, orange, red, and green
½ cup broccoli, divided into small florets
½ cup diced red onion
½ cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
Heat your oven to 450F
Whisk the egg with the salt and seasonings. Flatten pizza crust into desired shape on a greased pizza pan or cookie tray, allow to rise for 15-20 minutes, and then brush with egg mixture. Spread marinara sauce on top, and two thirds of the cheese. Now arrange your toppings in your rainbow. Red, orange, yellow, green, purple. Sorry, there’s really nothing blue that goes on pizza. You can make stripes, or concentric circles, or any shapes you like, really. Lightly sprinkle remaining cheese over the top (but not so thickly it hides your toppings), and put in oven.
Back for 40 minutes, checking often to pop large bubbles in the crust. When the crusts look brown and the cheese has begun to darken, you’re done! Cut into slices, allow to rest for a few minutes so the cheese will set, and serve.
Rainbow Fruit Shake
Red: Strawberries and raspberries
Orange: Peaches, a small orange, and mango
Green: Spinach and diced pineapple
Blue: Bananas and blue food coloring. Sorry, nothing blends blue.
Purple: Mixed Berries
Magenta: Sliced beets and strawberries
This is best to have all prepped ahead of time. Freeze a few cups of each of the above fruits and veggies in ziplock bags. Then at the start of your party, blend each with a half-cup of vanilla or plain greek yogurt. If you want to thin the mix, add a little apple juice, or thicken them with a few slices of frozen banana juice. You’ll want these to be pretty thick. Return them to the freezer in fresh ziplock bags until it’s time to serve (don’t let them freeze hard! Squish them every so often.)
When it’s time to serve, spoon each layer by layer into a tall chilled glass, and add a few pieces of fruit on a skewer. Time to toast another year we’re all still here.