After visiting Japan, and getting a glimpse into how much simpler (and efficient) most things were, I came away with a whole new inspiration for living simply.
We stayed with a friend in Toyko, who lived in a one bedroom apartment. It had a modest living room, small cooking area and the fridge was just slightly bigger than what I used in my college dorm. She informed us that her apartment was a typical size and layout for a family of 4 in Japan. It is very common for the main room in a home to function as a living room during the day and bedroom at night. The apartments have everything and more that you need.
From an outsider’s perspective appears, living this way forces you to live simpler, really thinking twice about what you bring into your home, what it’s purpose would be and where it would go. Basically, it would help with my persistent habit of collecting clutter and not wanting to get rid of things (that will sit in a closet) due to sentimental value.
Since we moved, we’ve been trying to make a conscious effort to only keep things that we really need. Even if it’s cute/pretty/was-a-great-deal/has-so-much-potential, etc., if it hasn’t been touched in years, it’s been given away. We don’t have much room to hide things in our new place, so if I’m going to be forced to look at it daily, I better like it. Don’t worry, we still have a lot to learn, and do have a small storage area in the basement that is home to the box of items I just really-really couldn’t part with (you know, the awkward high school yearbook, etc).
In an effort to continue to pursuit of simplicity, I am thrilled to share with you our new favorite pizza. The recipe list is short, the ingredients each play a vital role, and it will happily feed your family any night of the week.
Barbeque Chickpea Pizza
Keywords: bake pizza/flatbread entree vegetarian cheese chickpeas beans
Ingredients (8 pieces)
- Your favorite pizza dough
- 1 15 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup barbecue sauce of choice
- 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 1 tbs. olive oil
- 8 oz. gouda cheese, grated
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add onion and cook about 20-30 minutes over low heat, until golden brown and caramelized. Stir frequently, avoiding onions burning.
2. Roll out prepared pizza dough. Evenly spread BBQ sauce over dough then sprinkle with cheese, chickpeas and caramelized onions.
3. Bake pizza on lined baking sheet or prepared pizza stone for 15-18 minutes, until cheese and melted and crust is golden brown. Cool slightly, serve and enjoy!
Oh, and just for fun – here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how I’m still trying to figure out the lighting in our new place. Our hamper now also functions as a photography studio
~Do you tend to hold onto items or is it easy for you to get rid of them?