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Thursday, July 2, 2009
Making A Bird-Friendly Pizza

By Jessica Pineda
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A slice of bird-friendly "Birdie Pizza"
The "Birdie Pizza" is a healthy alternative to take-out pizza.

I’m vegan and a huge nutrition nut, so it was a lot of fun to make the bird-friendly pizza. After going over the logistics, Laura and I decided on using sweet potato dough (an idea we got from this blog). Beans became the base and I decided to throw some crunchy vegetables on top: asparagus, bell peppers, corn kernels, parsley and broccoli.

Then it was time to make the pizza.

That involved me going around the office, looking for someone who had a pizza pan. Thankfully, Melissa Kauffman, BIRD TALK and BirdChannel.com’s Editorial Director, had one. I drove by her house and picked it up. It was heavy. Lugging that thing was not fun at all and a bit of a workout. (Finally, a recipe that's healthy … and toning!)

I got the pan and supplies home, and as I’m putting things away, the puppy ran into the kitchen from out of nowhere. In my surprise, I dropped the pan right on my leg! Talk about horrible, horrible pain! I still have a bruise from it, but luckily, it doesn’t hurt unless I put weight on it.

That was probably the most adventurous part of my evening — dropping the pan on my leg. I cooked the beans and made dough, chopped all my veggies, and then, while waiting, tried to make some crepes. I failed miserably. I must have not put enough egg-substitute in them or something. They were doughy messes stuck to a pan. Gross!

Back to making the pizza … somehow, it all worked. Everything cooked wonderfully. Then it came down to the taste-test. The birds were each given a sample and I took a bite myself. It was delicious!

As for the birds … well, they picked at it. But they’re picky. I liked it, though! And I hope all your birds do, too.

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I luv pxzzaq and making a healthy pizza is a health nuts dreram like me too lol but i think i prefer the greasy kind i get in atlantic city :) still a very fun way to get ur lil ones to try something new even iif they r picky.
Jose, Atlantic City, NJ
Posted: 10/2/2009 2:37:48 AM
You can get almost really good stuff to make this at Love on the Wing on their website. Check em out, they have tons of stuff for parrots and other birds. LINK
Benny, Janesville, WI
Posted: 7/22/2009 10:30:53 AM
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