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Weekend wrap up

Published on February 11, 2014, by in Update.

It was kind of a weird weekend in terms of food. Usually I spend a lot of time in the kitchen on the weekends making food for the week, but that was not the case. I have been trying to clean up my eating little by little. I’ve upped my exercise over the past few weeks and with that, my hunger levels have soared. I’ve been focusing on getting in more protein and inadvertently have lowered my intake of carbs. My focus when we went grocery shopping on Saturday was protein, fruit and veggies. We left with a lot of chicken(it was on a really good sale), some beef, and lots of fruit and vegetables. So what was on the menu this weekend? Friday night was pizza night. Instead of bringing home slices, I grabbed a take and bake pizza so there would be leftovers for Brian. I pulled the

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Bobby Flay’s pizza dough recipe: pizza 2 ways

Published on January 23, 2014, by in Recipes.

As I previously mentioned, Tyler’s pizza making skills inspired me to elevate my pizza making game this past weekend. I hadn’t made pizza in a while and decided to try out a new crust recipe. I ran across Bobby Flay’s recipe and was skeptical. On one hand, it has an average of a 5 start review. Not an easy thing to accomplish. On the other hand, he’s known for his grilling skills. Should I trust a grill guy to give me the best pizza recipe. Well, the answer is “yes”. The adapted recipe’s crust was an incredible texture and had the perfect crispness to it. Ingredients: 3 1/2 cups bread flour(bread flour has a higher gluten content and will give you a much crisper crust) 2 teaspoons sugar 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast 2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 cups water(110 degrees F) 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided Combine the flour,

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Pizza fest weekend update

Published on January 22, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

On Friday night, we went over to Dana and Tyler’s place for some homemade pizza. Tyler makes some delicious pizza. He made an appetizer of cheese pizza that we nibbled on while the spinach, mushroom, and garlic and the pepperoni pizza’s cooked. Dana made a really tasty salad that I couldn’t resist having two helpings of. Tyler made some of the best homemade pizza I have ever eaten. So delicious. I think I ate double the amount of pizza I usually do it one sitting. I think part of his pizza making skills come from the authentic pizza making outfit: Look at one of his beauties: After we started to come out of our food coma, we played a really fun game called Wits and Wagers(?). I think it would be a great family game for the holidays. Saturday, I encouraged Brian to trek out in the snow with me

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Basic polenta

Published on January 18, 2014, by in Recipes.

I had never made polenta until the other day. I had been wanting to experiment with cooking it, cooling it and using as a crust for pizza or even “bread for a sandwich”. I made a batch this weekend, using Neverhomemaker’s basic homemade polenta recipe. It was very fast and simple to make. After making it, I lightly oiled a mini pie pan I had and pressed the polenta into it. A perfect disk shape for my impending mini pizzas. Here is their recipe being made by me and the progression of how quickly it thickens: These are great for using as a gluten free crust for pizza or for putting in a bowl of chili!  

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Meal Planning 101

Published on May 9, 2013, by in Recipes.

I’ve had a few people ask me lately about meal plans. I’ll give you a run down about how I plan our meals. Brian and I pack and take our lunches to work most days of the week. It’s way cheaper and healthier. Even if you are getting an inexpensive meal out, just keep in mind that restaurants charge you at least 3x or more what it costs them to make it. Meaning: You can make it sooo much cheaper at home. Let’s do the math. If you spend $5 on lunch everyday eating out(which if you live in Chicago you spend more), that means that it’s costs that restaurant at most $1.66 to make your meal. So $5 x 5 days per week is $25 per week on lunches. If you made that same thing at home for $1.66 x 5 days a week, you would have spent $8.33.

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Pumpkin pizza dough and bbq chicken pizza

Published on May 4, 2013, by in Recipes.

I love the blog {Never} homemaker. She is constantly being creative with what she has. Which, I try to do, but she seems to do it much better. I recently planned to make a hybrid of her Pumpkin Garlic Knots and Pesto Garlic Knots by making Pesto Pumpkin Garlic Knots. So, I made the dough. And then I let it rise. I put half of the batch in the freezer to use later(genius to have spare bread/pizza dough on hand) and went to grab my pesto out of the fridge. Uh oh. There wasn’t near enough left to make the pesto garlic knots. But there was enough left for me to make a delicious flat bread(you know, less surface area to cover than multiple knots). So, that’s what I did. I pressed the dough out real thin, spread some pesto on it, topped with slices of tomato and a nice blend

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Portabella mushroom pizza

Published on December 14, 2012, by in Recipes.

The other day I was wanting pizza. I had also regained strength in avoiding gluten products. I’ve made a few attempts at the cauliflower crust pizza and didn’t want to buy a standard gluten-free crust at the store. So I came up with what I thought was a brilliant idea. That was to use a portabella mushroom cap as the base for the pizza. A healthier alternative that the other two. And I love mushrooms on my pizza. Start by scraping the gills out of the cap of a cleaned portabella. I also cut out the stem. They were a little woody. Then I chopped up some spinach and mixed it with pizza sauce and put it in the mushroom caps. I topped it with a little more sauce. I like sauce. For one of the mushrooms I topped with 2 pieces of pepperoni and some mozzarella cheese. The other

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Halloween weekend

Published on October 31, 2012, by in Update.

Friday night Brian and I met some of my college friends out for drinks and had a lot of laughs. After being out late on Friday, most of Saturday was dedicated to watching college football, recovering, finishing up Halloween costumes and making pizzas. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle style cookie pizzas. Your turtles: The pizzas: Sunday we got up and headed to wait in line to cast our votes early. Votes cast! Civic duty done. Most of the rest of the day was filled with errands and cleaning. I made Iowa Girl Eats take out fake out sesame chicken. Very tasty and easy to make. Next time I might add a little fresh ginger and some cashews.

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Sunday dinner

Published on July 9, 2012, by in Update.

After too many barbeques and too eating out lately, I declared that we would eat all of our meals at home on Sunday. It is always healthier to eat at home. For breakfast we had eggs, toasted flax bread and watermelon. For lunch we cleaned out the fridge and had carrot sticks, left over bahn mi fixings, quinoa with vegetables and split a leftover piece of restaurant pizza. For dinner, I made a big pizza with lots of vegetables as toppings. I can almost always justify eating pizza if I make it myself and load it up with veggies. It had sautéed asparagus, eggplant, onion, zucchini, mushrooms and big slices of tomato. The best part of a big pizza? Leftovers that I can send with Brian and maybe save a few slices for myself to nibble on throughout the week. And extra sautéed vegetables for a quick and easy side

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Dinner. 5 ingredients. 20 minutes or less. Yum

Published on May 18, 2012, by in Recipes.

Naan is perhaps my favorite bread product. It is one of the gluteny things I still rarely include in my diet. I was wanting pizza the other weekend, but haven’t found any gluten-free pizza options that I love. What’s a girl to do? Be bad and use naan as the crust for my pizza. Oh yeah. Ingredients: store bought naan(i used garlic) pizza sauce soy cheese mushrooms spinach Turn on broiler. Place naan on baking sheet. Cover with pizza sauce. I like a lot. Brian…not quite as much. Top mine with tons of mushrooms and spinach. Brian’s…not quite as much. Top with soy cheese. Brian’s got a lot more cheese than mine. Broil for 5-10 minutes. Dairy cheese would be melty, oozing and bubbly. Soy…not so much. So, when it starts to brown, pull the pizzas out. Slice, serve with a salad and have left overs. So tasty!