Chemotherapy can temporarily damage taste buds, thereby changing a person's taste preferences...Luke went through this quite often during treatment. Sometimes daily. Nothing would taste good or sound good and often times he would be so nauseous he would refuse to eat all day and sometimes for more than one day. Because he was inpatient, he would be getting plenty of fluids, but it was always worrisome to me. I was willing to try anything to get him to eat. Sometimes that meant milkshakes with protein powder. Sometimes it was ice cream, and sometimes Luke was willing to try new foods.
After attending one of the oncology clinic's beginning cooking classes run by local San Diego county organic and natural foods grocer Jimbo's, I was so pleased to discover that Luke loved this veggie flatbread pizza that they made. He devoured it and during our hospital stay that's all Luke could think of eating. He pleaded with me to make it when we got home from that round of chemo.
Of course I said yes. Because I had taken the class, I knew I could find all the ingredients at Jimbo's. I even asked a store employee to help me because I wanted to make it exactly like we had it at the cooking class.
It was such a hit!
The rainbow vegetarian flatbread pizza recipe can be found on Jimbo's website. It has tons of healthy rainbow-riffic vegetables in it, like yellow and red peppers, zucchini, squash and eggplant (although we left the eggplant out when we made it at home.) I can't wait to make their poached pears when pears are back in season in the fall.
What do you think? Would your family eat this veggie pizza?
If you decide to make the rainbow veggie pizza, you'll have to let me know if you like as much as we do.