“ Brand: Amy's / Type: Pizza „
Amy's is a company who make organic, vegetarian ready meals with one aspect in mind-to provide tasty and nutritious food for those occasions when you are pressed for time in the kitchen.
The idea came to its founder when she was a new mum in 1987 to a baby girl called Amy. The demands of new motherhood together with the negligible healthy ready meals available at the time in California, where she lived, began her quest to make foods which were quick to prepare but were not potentially damaging to long term health and well being.
Her first creation was a vegetable pie which sold well, and now the range is vast with easy to cook meals in every category you can think of.
Amy's All Natural Spinach Pizza is one of my favourite dishes, and you can find this in Holland and Barrett where it retails for £3.49 in the freezer. It is made in the American state of Oregon.
I find having a couple in the freezer enables me to make a quick meal for my son when he comes home later than usual, and my husband and I often share one with a salad. They are intended to be for a single serving.
The pizza is organic and fully approved by The Vegetarian Society. The box is beautifully presented and the nutritional values are clearly labelled on the side. An entire pizza will cost you just under 450 calories which is rather good for a pizza and the fat content is under 19g (of which less than 6g are saturates). This is a significant amount so obviously eat with caution if you are dieting. The salt content is just under 1g which again is significant so you have to factor this is with anything else you are eating to make sure it falls under the recommended 6g government targets, if you try to follow these.
Compared to a pizza made by Pizza Express these values are very similar, but if you opted for say a Chicago Town Four Cheese Pizza the fat content soars to almost 22g and the saturated fat in this figure is much higher at almost half.
I think the Amy's pizza being organic is arguably a better choice, and if you have half with a salad it is a great alternative meal in a hurry.
To cook you simply bake for 10 minutes on the oven shelf or if you want a softer crust you can place on a baking tray first.
What I love about this pizza is the rich green colour of the spinach and the crispy base which is made from olive oil and flour. The pizza has a rich tomato sauce layered with Greek style cheese, spinach, onions and finally is topped with mozzarella. Hidden in there is also tofu, though I have never noticed it. The flavour is intense and delicious but be careful not to overcook it because it has been precooked, and if you burn it some of the flavours will be lost.
Sometimes I make my own pizza but this alternative cheating strategy is one I really enjoy occasionally, and although not entirely guilt free it does suit many times when something quick is needed. I have also served this at the weekend and made a quick and easy salad to serve with it, which is my all time favourite I make from my favourite cook Ina Garten, It is supposed to be a salad with duck, however being a veggie I omit this, but it goes so well with this pizza I thought I would just mention it as it's a doddle to make and looks really colourful.
Handful of lamb's lettuce
Toasted pecan nuts
A few chunks of fresh orange.
Amounts don't really matter for the above-just make up as desired.
Dressing- made with ½ cup olive oil
21/2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
I teaspoon orange zest
A few shallots chopped finely
A pinch salt
Mix the above together and lightly coat the salad ingredients.
This takes moments to prepare and it tastes fantastic with the spinach pizza. The raspberries are an unusual salad ingredient but they look so pretty and complement the pizza really well.
I think this is a great product. It is one of a range of products I love which Amy's make, and it is well worth having in the freezer.