Is Honesty the Best Policy? No, but I honestly love Cauliflower Wings & Veggie Pizza

The other day  as we were going to bed, I was brushing my hair and I said aloud that I was a little sad that my hair was growing out the blonde I put in it back in early July but happy it would be growing out so I wouldn't have the obvious root difference or dry hair. Andrew looked at me and asked if I wanted his opinion. His honest opinion he clarified. I looked at him with daggers because I knew I was not going to like what he had to say.

He told me he wasn't actually a fan (WHAT!!). Might have said something along the lines of, "it is tacky to have it bleached blonde" and, "it was too blonde to be real". In my head I am thinking "good sir keep digging, because you are on the shit list right now until forever". Then the clincher. He said, "your natural hair is beautiful and I don't understand why you would ever want to change it". Well shit. Now how am I supposed to hate your guts when in reality you just said something very nice. While you may be thinking he is just saving face, he's not, he has said this plenty of times over the last 10 years when I have said my hair is boring.

Of course I was beyond perturbed with this honesty. All I heard was, "tacky". So of course everything that I said afterwards resembled something along the lines of, "sorry, Tacky girl here can't understand". Acted like a 2 year old. Not ashamed to admit it.  But the more reasonable side of me (which I was locking in a closet in my head to muffle the reasoning) was saying, "he just complimented your natural look. He likes you just the way you are." But again, I was a women scorned. So I furiously wrote this incident in my journal. Why? Well because this was, as far I can remember, the 2nd worst thing Andrew has ever done. Lied to me saying I looked nice, only to come around 4 months later to admit he was not a fan.

Before you write Andrew off, let me rewind. A week ago we attended a Wedding. Andrew is mid growing his hair out so he was going to style it back so it looked somewhat put together. When he was done, I came into the bathroom to see his work. The first words out of my mouth? "OH FUCK". Mmm, maybe I should have started with something else, but I am not good about hiding my true feelings/shock. Of course he was not happy with this as he already was apprehensive about having to do anything with his hair in the first place (he typically has a, brush your fingers through your hair and TADAA looks great, kind of do). I felt terrible, but I mean it looked different (I should also point out that he ended up styling his hair the opposite side of where it parts naturally, which we just realized, which is also why his hair was not as cooperative as it probably could have been). Was he upset, yes, did it last more than a few minutes, no. Did I feel super bad. Yes, for like 5 hours. 

So back to the other day. Andrew pointed out that while I might now feel insecure about how I looked the last few months, (which I told him I felt, but really I didn't, because I liked how it looked, and let's face it, my opinion is the only one I truly care least about hair, because really boys, what do they know), I had done the same thing to him with my, "oh fuck" response to his hair. Okay whatever. But would you rather know right away and hate the person right then, or find out four months later that your significant other had told a fib to make you happy. Again, Andrew pointed out he wasn't going to point out to me his lack of enthusiasm on a semi-permanent hair change just after I had it done. Fair. While I understand his logic, it doesn't mean I need to be happy about it. I am actually never happy about his logic. Boys are dumb. Especially when they make sense. Should he have kept his opinion a secret? Maybe. But maybe not. Who knows. Clearly we are both over it. 

On to something that will not disappoint me...EVER.  

With it being Friday (I sure hope its Friday when I get around to posting this or this line is silly), Andrew and I decided last week that we are going to have Pizza Fridays. So our newest Veggie Creation goes a little something like this (inspired by our desire for some Screamers Pizza from Brooklyn).



Just so you know, you are making two dishes. You get wings and Pizza. You kind of need to prep ahead, but with enough adjustments on your end, you might not have to. Pop in a movie and it's a perfect Friday night in.

First. Get yourself to this page. It is Minimalist Bakers (beacause they are my bible) recipe for making the wings. It takes about an hour. The prep is quick, but they need about 50 minutes of oven time, so plan ahead. The pizza ingredients you can work on while the wings are being made.


  • Pizza Dough (we get the Wheat bag from Hannaford, but feel free to choose whatever you like best)
  • 1 Red (or whatever color you have) Pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 Red Onion, chopped
  • 2-3 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 Jalapeno (or whatever hot pepper you have), minced
  • 1 Fresh Tomato, sliced
  • Tomato Sauce (homemade or jar is fine)
  • Cannellini White Bean Dip (recipe can be found at ADK Homestead's page. If you use dried beans, you will want to soak a day ahead, but if from the can, you can make that day. I stop before heating the dip since it is being used on the pizza and not for chips.)
  • Cauliflower Wings
  • Cheese (recipe courtesy of Minimalist Baker. I use the, "queso" on the pizza but I should note I just don't add the Adobo, since I never have any on hand. I do add extra of the spices though. I also use the, "shakeable" as a dry Parmesan. I like to add )
  • Avocado Pesto


I am assuming your wings are in the oven. I am also assuming your bean dip is ready or you are about to make it. I am also assuming you have some pesto hanging around. No? Okay, so QUICK RECIPE for Pesto. 2 Cups of Arugula, 2 Cups of Basil, 4 Cloves of Garlic, 1/2 cup of Walnuts or 1/4 cup of pine nuts, 2 Tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast (or some Minimalist Baker Parmesan Cheese), 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil, Salt to taste. Throw in blender. Add Salt and more olive oil as needed.

  1. Oven on 375. Oil up your pizza pan, or a cookie sheet pan. Place your stretched dough on and place in oven for roughly 5-10 minutes. Typically I look for a bubble and/or little browning on edges of dough. Remove.
  2. First we put the bean dip (or we have used hummus as well). Spread a good amount on so the pie is covered. Add 4-5 tablespoons of tomato sauce. Not too much as you don't want it to get soggy. SIDE NOTE: You can omit the bean dip or hummus and just do tomato sauce...I just like to put a bunch of items on my pizza.
  3. Add whatever spices you like (we do the usual, oregano, basil, salt & pepper). Add the garlic, onions, peppers, jalapeno, and fresh tomato. Hopefully at this point your Wings are done, so add on the many as you choose. Of course save some on the side. Or eat while making this pizza.
  4. Next add some dollops of cheese all around.. SIDE NOTE: Of course you can use your own cheese. But, if you want to try something different try my suggestions.
  5. And then the Avocado Pesto. QUICK RECIPE: Avocado Pesto: Pesto + Avocado. I usually put a few tablespoons of the Pesto in a small bowl or cup. Put in half or a whole avocado. Mash. Add some more salt. A little Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Not to oily, but spreadable. Done.
  6. Pop the sucker back in the oven for 10 minutes to warm everything up. Perks of it being a veggie pizza you don't have to cook it too look since you are just eating vegetables.
  7. While waiting eat those other wings.

.And voila. Now cut and plate and eat. Don't be a sissy, eat the whole pie.