Simple Asparagus Ribbon and Leek Grilled Pizza

Simple Asparagus Ribbon and Leek Grilled Pizza // @veggiebeastblog

How great is spring? I’ve been falling back in love with our little patio, reacquainting myself with country music, and trying to learn the art of mixing summery cocktails. It’s happening, guys! The hard Minnesota winters really force you to appreciate turning that springtime corner.

Simple Shaved Asparagus and Leek Grilled Pizza // @veggiebeastblog

Also, I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned this yet, but Ryan and I will be enjoying some of our springtime in Paris! A couple of our friends are living there for a few years, so we’re flying to Paris to spend some time with them, and will also be exploring the Champagne region (bubbles!), and Biarritz (beachy!). It’s just four short weeks until I get to dust off my high school and early-college French skills (errm, I hope I my memory serves me well).

Although I’m sure the next month will feel rather slow because of anticipation, at least I have all the excitement of springtime to keep me occupied. I can do things like eat asparagus and grill pizza! Which is exactly what we’re talking about today.

Simple Asparagus Ribbon and Leek Grilled Pizza // @veggiebeastblog
Simple Asparagus Ribbon and Leek Grilled Pizza // @veggiebeastblog

As far as springtime foods go, I’m not sure it gets any better than asparagus. Bright in color and flavor, asparagus takes very little work to make it desirable: olive oil, salt, pepper, and voila – pan fry or roast (or grill on top of pizza) for some quick springtime yums.

Simple Asparagus Ribbon and Leek Grilled Pizza // @veggiebeastblog

In this recipe, I shaved the asparagus spears into ribbons, lightly seasoned them, and piled them on top of fresh mozzarella and garlicky leeks. For several years I had a one-track RED SAUCE PIZZA mind, but these days I’m partial to the simpler white pies. In this case, the mozzarella melts into the buttery-tasting leeks, which work perfectly with the bright, fresh asparagus flavor. For the crust I used the whole wheat flax pizza crust from my book, but this whole wheat beer pizza crust would work as well.

Simple Asparagus Ribbon and Leek Grilled Pizza // @veggiebeastblog

If you haven’t grilled pizza before, I highly recommend you hone your skills before summer hits. Ryan and I grill pizza on the patio at least once a week when the weather is warm, and I love grilling pizza when friends come over – it’s a fun group activity that results in some seriously delicious pizza.

Also, possibly more importantly, it gives me an excuse to keep hanging out on my patio and practicing my bartending skills.

Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroon Cups

Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroon Cups // @veggiebeastblog

Hi there. Me again, with another dessert. I know what you’re thinking: with a blog name like “Veggie and the Beast” shouldn’t there be some…vegetables? It’s confusing.

Only after making these cute little chocolate coconut cups did I realize that those two main ingredients were the same ingredients used in last week’s post. Chocolate and coconut forever and always.

Chewy Coconut Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy Coconut Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies // @veggiebeastblog #vegan #glutenfree

There have been some changes to this blog recently, and while I realize you probably didn’t notice, on the off-chance that you did, I want to give some context to those changes.

First off – I have many new vegan followers (hi! I’m so happy you’re here!) because I’ve been posting more vegan recipes lately, such as the one today (which I love, btw). To be totally transparent, I want to be clear that I am not completely vegan, but over the past several months I’ve eaten vegan meals and desserts probably 75% of the time. My family thinks that this change is a short-lived phase, and it very well might be, but it seems inauthentic to post things I’m not 100% excited about and ready to devour at any moment, ergo (did I just say ‘ergo’? yikes) the content on this blog has reflected my vegan shift.

Open-Faced Lemon Pepper Artichoke and Arugula Sandwiches

Open-Faced Lemon Pepper Artichoke and Arugula Sandwiches // @veggiebeastblog

…aka fancy toast, because I am alllll about the toast lately. Chunky almond butter chia seed toast for breakfast, avocado toast for lunch (psst – sometimes this is breakfast too…), and soup or salad for dinner…with a side of toast.

Almond Arugula White Bean Hummus

Almond Arugula White Bean Hummus - rich, creamy, healthy springtime hummus! @veggiebeastblog

Green spring hummus! Let’s do this.

As I mentioned last week, I’m fairly desperate for a season change. Bring it on, spring. Seriously, bring it now. I can’t do the dingy grey outdoors anymore. Move on out.