Bacon & Yellow Squash Pizza with Ricotta Cheese
Bacon Yellow Squash Pizza: A Healthy Dinner Recipe
I am so sad Christmas is over. I get sad every year on Christmas night when the day is over and presents are opened and laying about the living room. Some leftovers are put away while others are left out depending on how much room there was in the fridge.
One of the rare days I get to see all of my siblings is gone. No more secret-santa-whispering and finding that “perfect thing” to give with anticipation. No more talk of people competing with my other half for his undefeated title of first place for secret Santa wrapping.
A list of memories that were not made because we just did not have time to do everything I had hoped. Pounding the cardboard down into the recycling bin as I take out my sadness on the boxes and packaging that brought the gifts safely home. Once in awhile I wipe away a stray tear that hopefully no one sees.
My three siblings and I work different schedules and two of them live over an hour away. We don’t see each other much but when we do I always enjoy it so much and I’m so sad when it ends. I don’t always get to buy presents for people because time is so restrained and Christmas is the one time we get to go all out and show our gesture of love in our own ways.
With us, it’s not about getting a bigger tv every year so people will be impressed with how much we spend. We don’t buy the latest and newest gaming systems for the kids. We certainly don’t buy designer clothes. We love getting together even just to hang out and we laugh hard, cry hard and even yell. We cook, bake, make messes and tell jokes. We plot about how to help someone that is having a hard time without it seeming like help.
We plan surprise get together’s with themes to make people laugh. It makes new memories. We love to get presents for each other that we need (so it’s paid for and taken care of) and that we want (because we don’t spoil ourselves enough).
I don’t rush around to get my obligation list crossed off, I rush around to avoid the jerks that don’t enjoy Christmas. At times I stress about not having enough time to make these little memories but I do slow down to enjoy them. I don’t want to waste any of my time here and that includes being with my family and plotting how to cut down expenses for someone going through a financial hard time.
I am so grateful that I have siblings that I love and enjoy being with. I am so grateful for two kids that choose to do things with me and not by themselves in their rooms. I am thankful for two dogs that watch over this house and play so well with the kids. I am even more grateful that the kids pull on my arm and beg me to play video games and board games with them. I am so grateful that they get upset with me when I have to get work done because that means they want to be with me. I am thankful that my other half is healing and no longer in danger, but he is not well enough to work so we get to see him so much more. I am grateful for a teenager who loves to talk to me about what is on his mind and a little girl that teaches me new things every day. I am thankful to have a supportive network of people that teach me things even when they don’t realize it and they step up to take care of things when I have a family emergency.
For me, Christmas is a time to celebrate those things and sit listening to sappy Christmas music and make Christmas cookies. I hate Christmas for passing so quickly and leaving me here to sulk and kick wads of wrapping paper in my last display of disapproval. But I can enjoy all of these things every day and I fully intend to. I’ll never wait for Christmas to enjoy things. The things that matter.
While the abundance of yellow squash is something I should be grateful for, I am quite sick of it. (I could really use some creative yellow squash recipes!) I had never had it on a pizza before so I thought to myself, why not?
When we make this Semolina Pizza Dough from Kim of Liv Life(or her pie crust recipe!) I talk about Kim and how involved she is in Liv’s dance competitions. My other half likes to hear about her culinary adventures in Italy and the kids really like hearing about her little doggies and how cute they are. I always think about how sweet and thoughtful she is. It makes the recipe meaningful and it becomes a part of our time together. It isn’t just a recipe it’s a piece of our friends here with us while we prepare our food.
My other half offered to help make these pizza’s with me and he ended up really enjoying it! He slapped the dough, rolled it out and loaded it up with yellow squash, olive oil, salt, pepper, crispy bacon and sliced almonds. Oh yes, and my made from scratch ricotta cheese! It was so easy, you really should give this a try! (And not just because my other half ended up doing most of the work!) It didn’t bring Christmas back but the four of us sat around and enjoyed this pizza and just talked. And crunched. And we enjoyed every minute of it.
This is my go to pizza dough recipe. I love it since this crust can be rolled thin and made into a crispy crust or a thicker crust with a crisp outside and a soft inside. It’s very versatile and I had to make a few adjustments since I don’t always have semolina flour but it can easily be substituted for regular flour and baked in the oven just as I did!
This made a really good healthy dinner recipe! Maybe next time I will even try it without the yellow squash.
- I used all regular flour since I did not have semolina
- I used Hawaiian sea salt which is a requirement in our house.
- I mixed and kneaded without a bread machine and let rise for about an hour.
- Be sure to let it come to a simmer, gentle low boil, and then let it do so for about 2 minutes.