restaurant review: z pizza

I haven’t done a restaurant review in forever and I thought this one would be a great place to start doing them again!*  I had heard of Z Pizza before but after Matt tweeted about how great it was I knew I had to try it out!


I live in Carrolton, which is a little too far from where Z Pizza is located in Flower Mound to get pizza delivered to us so we went there to check it out in person!


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When we walked in we were pleasantly surprised by how fresh it felt inside this pizza joint!

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And there are so many different types of pizza/choices of toppings to choose from.  They also have salads and sandwiches on the menu as well.


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I love how obvious it is that Z Pizza has a commitment to healthy eating and that definitely starts with their dough which  is 100% organic (regular OR whole wheat!!)!  Then they add fresh produce and other toppings of your choice after that!

I’ve never seen so many veggie options at a pizza place before- it was definitely hard to make a choice!

I couldn’t decide between the Berkeley or the California and in the end I went with the California with a whole wheat crust.  (next time I’ll check out the Berkeley for sure)

The California pizza included tomato sauce, mozzarella, tomatoes, red onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, zucchini and black olives.

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First of all the crust was fantastic!  It was crisp but it still had a nice chewiness to it!

Then there were the veggies- they were super fresh.  I adore  zucchini and mushrooms on my pizza so this was perfection!  It also had the perfect amount of cheesiness on it.  And also they carry vegan cheese!

My only complaint about the pizza was that I thought that it didn’t have quite enough sauce on it.  Easily remedied though- that definitely wouldn’t stop me from going back!!



Two happy campers with bellies full of healthy pizza!

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* (Here’s the disclaimer where I state that I paid for this meal with my own money. Z Pizza did not give me anything in exchange for this review and all of the opinions expressed in the review are my own!)

Smoky Black Eyed Peas

Hey!!  Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend spend with friends and family!  I spent a lot of time thinking about what Easter was really about and it had nothing to do with bunnies and chocolate eggs.  I thought a lot about sacrifice, hope, and blessings that I’ve received and in no way deserve.  I also spent time thanking Jesus for his sacrifice for me.  That’s what Easter is about.

We spent part of the day with family- my brother and his wife and my brand new little niece!! My parents and my sister in laws wonderful family was there and we had some serious chow for Easter lunch!  We had two types of grits, spinach salad, asparagus, biscuits, and these black eyed peas! (also I think there was ham there, but honestly I pay absolutely no attention to meat).  We also had really great seats at the Rangers game and watched them whoop up on the White Socks!

These black eyed peas are pretty amazing over grits or you could serve them with some corn bread and a big ole mess of greens!  The key to the deliciousness of this dish is the smoked paprika, so don’t skimp on it! (tip: in grocery stores that have bulk spices smoked paprika is super cheap- we’re talking 50 cents versus the $5 you’ll pay for it in a bottle!)

Smoky Black Eyed Peas

(Print this recipe!)

by Sarah Collins Chapman

Prep Time: 5-10 min

Cook Time: 30 min




  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 poblano pepper, diced
  • 2 t chili powder
  • 2 t smoked paprika
  • 1/2 t ground cumin
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t salt (or to taste)
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 (15 oz) bags frozen black eyed peas


Saute diced onion and poblano over medium heat in a little olive oil or cooking spray in a large saucepan until onions are translucent.

Add chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and salt. Cook for 1 minute.

Stir in tomato sauce and vegetable broth.

Reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally. During the last 10 minutes of cooking uncover your pot and so that the sauce will thicken and some of the liquid will evaporate.

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Hope you love this as much as I did!