Homemade Pizza

April 22, 2009 at 1:08 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments
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I started off today trying on the green smoothies  that everyone in the blogworld seems to be going crazy over:

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  • 2 pieces of kale
  • 4 frozen strawberries
  • 1 small frozen banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened Almond Milk

So you know how everyone says you can’t taste the kale? You really can’t! This was so good and such a nice way to start my day. Definitely not a replacement of oats but there will be more of these in my future! Especially during the hot summer months.

PIZZA

One of the most fun meals for James and I to make together is pizza! Its fun to split it in half and let each of us go crazy on our side. No boundaries!

Tonight was the first night that we made our pizza dough from scratch. I’ve seen other recipes for pizza dough but they all required some advance planning and preparation. Luckily, Angela had posted about this recipe for Whole Wheat and Honey pizza dough that was right up my alley! The prep time is a little more than 10 minutes! Perfect for a week night.

Look at James’ mad pizza dough rolling skills:

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For my toppings, I used roasted veggies I took out of half of my leftover wrap from a dinner the other night and sautéed them with some onions and mushrooms.

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We made half of our pizza with BBQ sauce and half with tomato sauce just to switch things up a little.

I have the top half of the pizza which has most of the sauteed veggies, some chopped up kalamata olives on the marinara side of the pizza and a sprinkling of cheese.

James’ bottom half had some of the veggies, lots of cheese, red pepper flakes and some deli ham.

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After being baked in the oven and cut into slices:

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I can’t even tell you how good this smelled! Especially the kalamata olives. It was so easy and fun to put together. Plus it let me put however many veggies on it that I wanted! Which, of course, was a lot.

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I really liked using BBQ sauce on part of my pizza. In Memphis, we would always go to Memphis City Pizza and get BBQ chicken pizza. It was so. good. This kind of reminded me of that. Minus the chicken…and with a lot of veggies…but you get the idea!

Toby and I went on another nice walk today while I read my book and then I went to the gym and did 30 minute intervals on the elliptical. Intervals make every cardio machine go by faster. I will definitely be doing it more often. I didn’t really have anything set as to what I was going to do on the elliptical, but next time I will try to keep track to share it with you! It was a good, quick, sweaty workout.

Toby wants me to stop blogging and pay attention to him.

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You can see bunny’s head sticking out from under his head. I think he knows exactly what he’s doing when he does this cute little “head on your leg” move. I have a manipulative dog.

What are your favorite pizza toppings?? Mine are definitely artichoke hearts and sundried tomatoes yummm! I love anything with Mediterranean flavors!

Survey says….

March 30, 2009 at 11:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments
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I did it!!

ING marathon

 

I ran the whole half!! Yes my knee hurt but not to the point where I was questioning whether I should quit or not. There was not one time where I almost called James to come get me! Yay!

One good thing that did come out of me being injured (gotta look at the silver lining!) was that I got to run the whole thing with 2 of my bestest friends who finished their first half marathon!! This half was not about PRing or running my best but about the experience of running it with two my friends who not too long ago thought I was nuts for running all the time. Now they’ve caught the bug!! (I hope!)

Now I’m planning to take it easy, do a lot of cross training and my physical therapy exercises and let my knee fully recover.

Ahhh it’s like a sigh of relief.

Onto the food.

Tonight is a product review since, well. I’m exhausted. And what better thing to have when you’re exhausted then frozen pizza? Especially All Natural pizza from an environmentally minded company?

Meet Palermos Pizza.

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A pizza whose ingredient list is so short you’ll feel fabulous eating it. And if that’s not enough to give you a sound mind eating this delicious pie check out their environmental sustainability policy:

Recycling:

  • All discarded paper stock and cardboard is recycled.
  • All plastic from both employee use such as water or soda bottles and production is compressed, bundled and recycled
  • All rejected materials from our bakery are recycled and made into high quality animal feeds.

Facility Design:

  • Facility built on a reclaimed brown-field area.
  • All office lighting is motion activated.
  • Grounds use low-mow / no-water grasses.
  • Skylights provide natural light reducing electrical use.

Sweet!! James had made the Napoli earlier today to bring with him to work and left me 2 pieces…aka 2 slivers.

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This pizza is fantastic. The thin crispy crust and  the fresh tasting ingredients makes it better then any other frozen pizza I’ve had. I’ve tried a ton of the flavors too. The Messana (box pictured above) is delicious with thick slices of goat cheese on top. We’ve even just gotten the plain cheese pizza and then added a bunch of our own toppings before putting it in the oven! The possibilities are endless and it’s nice to have a quick easy dinner option on hand for nights when cooking is just not an option.

What’s your go to  frozen meal?

Farmers Market & Loving the Mini

January 19, 2009 at 2:10 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments
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Mini pizzas that is.

While James was on a business trip I had to get back to my roots of meals for one! One of my favorites is making mini pizzas, I used to make them on English muffins but then I FINALLY found these at our Harris Teeter:

 

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ARNOLD SANDWICH THINS!

I saw these out in the blogworld AGES ago and had been dying to try them.  So I took these puppies out for a little test drive.

For the marinara part I used some of this:

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This was actually really good. It had been sitting in our cupboards for ages (well James’ cupboard and when we moved here it came along). It had a great blend of seasonings and it’s organic to boot!

For the cheese I used part skim Harris Teeter brand shredded cheddar cheese. I also sautéed some onions, spinach and carrots in some water until they were soft/wilted and put it on top of the cheese. I put them in a 350* oven for about 10 minutes (until cheese was melty) then broiled it for another 3-5 minutes and topped it with some crumbled goat cheese.

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I ate these with a fork. I liked the sandwich thins better than the English muffins since they’re softer. I had a coupon for them at Lowes Food for $1.89 which is an awesome price for a packaged item like this. I’m not sure I’d buy them regularly for $3 when I can get a loaf of whole wheat bread for less than $2.

Paying attention to coupons and specials lets me still indulge in things I normally wouldn’t for price reasons…I just have to be keep my eye out and put in a little extra time now and then.

I spent some time yesterday and today doing some menu planning for the week. It was fun to look through cookbooks and magazines to come up with recipes and now we have a more comprehensive grocery list going to the store tomorrow! Hopefully this will help us keep to our supermarket budget. I’ll let you know how it goes. 

Farmers Market

We went to the farmers market today which was a little disappointing..it was pretty cold out so there weren’t many vendors there. No one there had my fave cameo apples 😦 Luckily I still have a couple left…

The loot:

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4 Sweet Potatoes

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Lots of onions

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2 cucumbers (2 for $1)

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1 Zucchini

= $5.17

And I also splurged a little and got this:

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Pumpkin butter!! (please excuse the unattractive line down the front label…a little bit of pumpkin butter escaped in my excitement to do a taste test)

This stuff is awesome!! It tastes like pumpkin pie filling in spreadable form. I can really taste the cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. I’ve always been a big apple butter fan (in fact it was the first thing I made in the Crockpot I got for Christmas) so when my friend suggested I try pumpkin butter, it just sounded too good to resist. And, oh, it is.

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I will definitely have to learn how to make this stuff.

Anyone have a good recipe for making pumpkin butter from a can of pureed pumpkin?

I used the zucchini we got today to make these awesome Chocolate Zucchini muffins from Happy Herbivore. They were really really good. Basically everything I could wish for…chocolatey, cakey, virtually fat free and made with wholesome ingredients.  James has already eaten three… make that four.

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I heated mine up in the microwave for 30 seconds and topped it with some ice cream.

Now that’s a happy ending. 🙂

Whenever I can I try to buy local and to support small farmers and businesses. Not only do you get fresh and delicious produce at a reasonable price but you’re also contributing to your community. Does anyone else have a great farmers market or place to get local produce near them?

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