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Whole Wheat Leek & Goat Cheese Pizza

This morning I woke up planning for an easy run since I couldn’t fall asleep until nearly midnight last night. Then Maizey came bounding into the bathroom and starting excitedly pawing at me. Usually she sleeps through my early-AM workout departure or sleepily meanders out of her bed to greet me, if she happens to wake up.

But today, she was pinging off the walls, especially after I put on my Vibrams (I think she recognizes them like she recognizes her leash since I run with her quite a bit). After seeing her excitement, I had to take her with me. And there lay the demise of my easy run.

It was a beautiful morning – almost chilly even, which was a nice change. I ended up running further and faster than planned because Maizey was pulling so much (bad dog). And I was grateful because it felt really good. Sometimes a crazy dog is a good thing. But while she got to come home and sleep, I had to go to work after a night of little sleep.IMG_1079But you know what helped me survive the day? Thoughts of dinner. Anyone else get really excited about meals they plan? Yeah, I know you guys do. I’m asking the choir if they like to sing. Glad you understand.

This was dinner. And it was good.pizza-2

Whole Wheat Leek & Goat Cheese Pizza
  • pizza dough*
  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • 1 leek, thick base section thinly sliced and rinsed well
  • handful of cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • goat cheese (I buy the big logs at Whole Foods – it’s the cheapest I’ve found)
  • garlic powder
  • italian seasoning
  • olive oil
  • salt

*You can make your own pizza dough or buy pre-made pizza dough. I bought Whole Foods frozen whole wheat pizza dough and really liked it. I thawed it on the counter for about 5 hours and used half of the ball to make one pizza that could serve 2-3 people.

1. Place an oven rack in the lowest area of the oven and preheat to 425 degrees. Also heat a sauté pan over medium-high heat with about a teaspoon of olive oil.

2. Pour tomato sauce into a small bowl and season to taste with salt, garlic powder and italian seasoning.

3. Sauté the leeks in the heated pan for about 5 minutes until tender and starting to slightly brown. Set aside.

4. Pour a little olive oil on a cookie sheet and smooth it over the pan. On a counter top, shape your dough, pressing from the middle of the dough, use your fingers to shape the pizza dough to desired thickness. Gently lift and place on the oiled pan. (You could shape it on the pan directly but I find it tends to get stuck to the pan after cooking if I do that rather than oiling and just placing it on top.)

4. Spread a few spoonfuls of the tomato sauce mixture and spread evenly over the dough. Top with leeks, tomatoes and desired amount of goat cheese. Drizzle some olive oil and sprinkle some sea or kosher salt on top.

5. Bake on the low rack for 12-15 minutes until edges of pizza are lightly browned and cheese begins to melt. Using a spatula, immediately loosen from pan and let sit for 2-3 minutes before cutting.

6. Enjoy!

pizza-1Update: this makes awesome leftovers! Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and place leftover slices directly on the oven rack (set at the lowest place in the oven). Heat for 6-8 minutes until warm, the bottom is crispy and cheese begins to slightly melt. Delicious!

What’s your favorite pizza topping? I love real tomatoes on my pizza. I love how they taste with the olive oil on top and how they get all soft.

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32 Comments

  • Reply
    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
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    Oh Maizey is so cute – I know Charlie needs to come on a run with me when he does sprints in the backyard the second he wkaes up!

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    Kelly
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    Wow, I’m impressed Maizey doesn’t usually go crazy trying to run with you in the morning! I am experimenting in ways to get my crazy boxer to stop pulling on the first parts of a run and I’m at a loss.

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      Teri
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      Have you tried a Gentle Leader? It helps a LOT – I just couldn’t find it this morning!

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    [email protected]
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    awesome recipe Teri! I’m a bit picky with goat cheese b/c if I eat the “wrong” kind, then I can’t keep it down! haha. But I know this would be good with “good” goat cheese. Maizey sounds so cute and fun! I bet it’s so fun exercising with a pet 🙂 Have a beautiful evening~

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    BroccoliHut
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    What a beautiful pizza!!
    My favorite toppings include pineapple and tofu with peanut sauce:)

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    Kristin S
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    Love the dog! My honey and I just got a Great Dane puppy. Sadly he isn’t allowed to run for the first year because of how fast he’ll grow. One day though, he’ll get to go running with me…or maybe I’ll be running with him! Haha we’ll see!

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    Michelle (The Runner's Plate)
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    I am excited to run with a dog some day! (We can’t have pets in our apartment otherwise we would have a dog–per my husband’s request.)

    My favorite pizza toppings: fresh spinach, tomatoes, fresh basil, and fresh mozzarella!

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    [email protected]
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    umm if Pizza’s for dinner, OF COURSE I would be excited!! I can’t wait until my work shift goes back to the normal morning hours and I can eat dinner at home 🙂

  • Reply
    Blog is the New Black
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    Nothing like a homemade pizza!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish)
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    you had me at leeks…but the goat cheese? HOLY.YUM. sign me up!

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    Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy & Healthy
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    unfortunately I haven’t been able to run with my pup lately as we’re nursing a broken leg 🙁 But I can definitely say I get a better workout when I do run with him! He’s a hair under 80lbs and even when we use the harness he drags me all over the place. Good core work, I say 🙂

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    Emma
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    Haha my dog does the SAME thing. I always feel bad leaving him at home because the minute I put my running shoes on he gets so excited. But then he drags me for miles through the neighborhood. I’m sure we are quite the site to see. Have you ever seen the episode of friends where Phoebe runs really crazily through the park? Yeah…we look a lot like that! haha

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    dana @ my little celebration
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    All the veggies I can get!

  • Reply
    Lindsey
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    Of course I get excited for meals I plan 🙂 I had a fajita pizza the other day it was really good – salsa, green and red peppers and chicken. But my favorite is spinach, tomatoes, shrimp and feta cheese! Yum!

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    christina
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    the pizza looks good, but i don’t see why maizey isn’t sitting like a slut like normal. whats up with that?!

  • Reply
    Liz @ iheartvegetables
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    I just had goat cheese for the first time last week! I don’t know WHY I waited so long! It’s delicious!

  • Reply
    Katie
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    That pizza looks fabulous! I love caramelized onions on my pizza…they taste so rich to me!

  • Reply
    Alaina
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    My fave topping now is chicken with peppers and onions. That and Hawaiian.

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    Christine @ Burning It Off
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    I also occasionally get through a bad day by thinking about dinner… and sometimes, the thought of eating a yummy breakfast is the sole thing that gets me out of bed when I’m really tired lol.

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    Lauren
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    I LOVE sundried tomatoes on my pizza. Oh and hummus. 😉

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    brandi
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    this looks awesome! I am obsessed with leeks now and want them on everything.

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    Alejandra @ mouthfulsandmorsels.wordpress.com
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    I either like my pizza exploding like a salad, with tons of veggies. OR something very simple: fresh mozzarella, basil, and tomatoes. 🙂

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    Kat
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    I love your boxer dog soooo much! My boxer, Cash, pulls me on all my runs. I kind of love it tho because he makes me run as fast as I can, literally….and I push myself. He is such a great motivator 🙂 Also my boxer cracks me up on our walks. Does Maizey have to play with every leaf she encounters? Cash does and I think its hilarious. He also tries to carry like 3 leaves, and 4 sticks in his mouth during our walks all the time. I laugh everyday thanks to our Boxer. I love reading about Maizey…please post more pics!! 🙂

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    Cat @Breakfast to Bed
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    I feel so boring! I like basil and red pepper flakes!!! This looked so good!

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    Tichina
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    You ask if I ever get excited about the meals I plan… I totally do now!! 🙂 “Mean green breakfast cake” for tomorrow’s breakfast for sure, and hopefully this pizza if I get time if not I’ll have to wait patiently for the weekend haha!

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    Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
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    My favorite pizza topping is pineapple! With fresh basil, of course. Can’t go wrong.

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    natalie (the sweets life)
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    i just had pizza for dinner last night and i wish i had the ingredients for this tonight. YUM!

    and i seriously can’t choose one favorite topping, ha.

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    Amy
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    Great-looking pizza! Just a helpful tip: if you have a Costco nearby, they sell goat cheese cheaper than anywhere I’ve seen. Of course, it’s a HUGE log, but I’ve found you can slice it into 1-2 oz. rounds and freeze individually.

    Thanks for the inspiring post — we may have grilled pizza tonight! 🙂

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)
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    This looks really really good. I am obsessed with leeks! I don’t know why, but I wouldn’t have remembered to try them on a pizza. Great idea! 🙂

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    Tori (Fresh Fruition)
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    Yum yum yum! That looks divine, and I love the baby tomatoes! Little bursts of tomato goodness in every bite 😀

  • Reply
    Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife
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    oh homemade pizza how I love thee!

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