Naan Pizzas and Snow?

Snow?  Come on…I thought we were done with the stuff!  Let’s hope this was the last time.  Friday we topped out at 62 at our house.  What a tease!  There was only one way to cheer ourselves up…

Naan pizza party!  I kept them nice & simple, and they came out delicious!

 

Fresh Tomato and Goat Cheese Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 2 Naan breads
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped
  • Goat cheese (I used about  1 oz. per pizza)
  • Light mozzarella cheese
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Top each pizza with the tomatoes, goat cheese, and sprinkle with mozzarella.
  3. Sprinkle with herbs.
  4. Bake for 10-15 minutes.

These are so easy and are such a quick weeknight meal.  Also one Naan bread has only 170 calories and it definitely tastes like there are much more than that!  

Tomorrow I am going to hit the gym hard!  Florida is only a few weeks away, and I want to tone a little bit before!  Can’t wait!  I found out this weekend that we have a jacuzzi in our room! Score! Despite the snow, there are things to look forward to!

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First Day of Spring & Potato Skins!

Spring has sprung!  I am super excited, even though it was in the low 40s today.  At least we can see some ground in our yard now!

Matt and I spent some time visiting family yesterday, so today we just wanted to relax at our house. For dinner we had turkey burgers, veggies, and these delicious potato skins:

Healthy Potato Skins

Ingredients:

  • Baking potatoes, baked
  • Butter spray
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Turkey bacon, cooked
  • Broccoli, steamed
  • Reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • Scallions

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Slice baked potatoes in half and scoop out most of the insides (leave about 1/4 inch).  Place skins on a baking sheet lined with foil.
  3. Spray with butter spray and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Top each skin with broccoli, bacon, and cheese
  5. Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes.
  6. Top with scallions.

They came out really great!  Next time I’ll buy a cheese that melts a little better though.  I’ve bought this cheese before and it just doesn’t melt the way I want it to.  Oh well.

Off to enjoy the rest of the weekend!  Happy spring! 😀

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How Sweet It Is

My dear husband has a new hobby…

Making homemade maple syrup!  Which does have its positives and negatives for me.  Positives include having maple syrup for recipes, its way cheaper than buying it, and it makes for a cool gift to give friends and family.  The BIG negative is that he is doing all the boiling in our kitchen. Grrrrrr.  Oh well, you have to pick your battles, I guess.  And life is way to short to fight over maple syrup! 😉

In the limited space I was allotted in the kitchen, I managed to whip up the Tomato Walnut Basil Pasta that I spotted on the blog Oh She Glows.

This was AMAZING! Yum!  I loved the walnuts and the spinach in the sauce!  I modified the recipe from Oh She Glows a bit: I used baby spinach, since it was on sale, I skipped the nutritional yeast, and I did not buy fresh basil because it was super pricey.  Luckily, the school I work at sells basil plants in the summer for a small donation…unlimited basil baby!  Can’t wait for summer!  I love how it’s light out later though…I’m so much more productive!

Alright…Bachelor time!!!  I think he’s going to pick Emily for sure!

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Muscle Bound Chili & Cornbread

I like to browse health magazine websites sometimes when I am planning recipes for the week.  While browsing Women’s Health, I found this great chili recipe that I was PUMPED (I know) to try out called Muscle Bound Chili.  Apparently this recipe comes from a book from Men’s Health called “Muscle Chow”.  Well then, prepare to get ripped! Haha!  I halved the recipe and used ground turkey instead.  Besides that, I followed the recipe from the site.

 

This was a really great recipe, and I will definitely be making it again!  I love how it called for some red wine!  I used a Cabernet Sauvignon, which was suggested. 

This had me wondering: Is red wine still heart healthy after you cook with it? This is the best article I could find.  The verdict I came out with was kind of.  The wine allows for an abundance of flavor, so you would not have to get the flavor and body from a fatty source.  The alcohol from the wine evaporates when you cook it, so you are not getting that heart healthy benefit from the wine.  Resveratrol, the antioxidant found in wine, does not evaporate, but in a normal serving size of your meal you would only consume a small amount.  Hmm…interesting. 😉

I also made some delicious cornbread to go my chili.  I came up with this recipe, and I have to admit I was a little skeptical about how it would turn out.  I think I mentioned before that I am not the best baker when I don’t follow a recipe.

Healthy Cornbread

Ingredients:

  • Non-stick spray
  • 1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup or less of sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 1/2 vanilla soy milk

 Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Spray 8″ baking dish with cooking spray. 
  2. Mix together cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Mix in milk and egg.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean from the center.

Personally, I would have liked the bread just a tad more moist, but Matt on the other hand thought it was great!  I guess it just depends on your cornbread preferences!

At any rate, chili + cornbread is a winner to me!

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Wok This Way!

On the way home from a mini mountain vaca to the mountains, we stopped at the outlets and I got a wok in the kitchen store!  I had a wok on my registry when we got married, but did not end up getting it.  I love stir fries so I’ve been dying to get one!  I decided to test it out tonight, and saw a recipe for Thai peanut noodles on Iowa Girl Eats.  I followed the recipe, but added more tofu and skipped the chicken.

Here’s my new wok, hard at work!

 I thought these noodles were amazing!!!

The flavor was so yummy in this dish, and I love the edamames in it! 

In other news, Matt and I decided we are going to try a new fruit every week.  This week it was the Minneola tangelo, which apparently is a cross between a grapefruit and a tangerine.

 

These were very juicy and sweet.  Matt thought they had less of an acidic taste than  oranges.  Score: 7/10  🙂

Happy Monday!  Matt and I are watching Grown Ups right now.  We really like this movie, but we realized that movies we watched while flying to Aruba, we are extremely partial to.  Just married, on our way to paradise, we could have watched the absolute worst movie in the world and liked it!  Haha…as I was writing this Matt just yelled out, “I WANNA GO TO ARUBA!”  This isn’t the only time we’ve been dreaming about Aruba this winter.  I’m hoping within the next couple years…

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Tacos for the Oscars

Ahhh…I am finally sitting down, blogging, and checking out what everyone’s wearing at the Oscars! 

For dinner we had some ground turkey tacos, and they were delish.  I basically did the same thing we did here, but added a couple more cloves of garlic and left out the pepper and jalapeno.  Tonight we opted for some crunchy shells.

“Super stuffers” at that!  I loved these shells…you really can stuff a lot in them and they don’t fall apart.

Stellar performance by the tacos!  They deserve an award for sure! 😉

Time to focus on the Oscars…I think the only movies I’ve seen that are nominated are The Kids are Alright, The Social Network, and Toy Story 3.  I really wanted to see The King’s Speech and The Fighter, but never got around to it.  Hmm..we’ll see if they are award-winning!

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Laptop Troubles

Well…it appears that my laptop is behaving now.  Last night, everytime I opened up the internet, my computer froze up!  I kept trying to clean things up and make sure there weren’t any viruses, but nothing was working, so I just shut down and watched “The Office”.  On the episode, Jim mentioned Justin Bieber and Dwight asked who “Justice Beaver” was, and Jim said, “A crime fighting beaver”.  Haha! 

So now that my laptop is up and running, problem free, here’s what went on yesterday.  Matt stayed home from work because he was feeling under the weather, but he felt a lot better by the end of the day, so we went for a long walk in our neighborhood.  When we got back we made butternut squash ravioli and they were SO GOOD!  They were even all-natural!

So today is my last official day of vacation…a very snowy one at that.  I thought we were only going to get a couple of inches, but now it looks like it’s going to be more.  I am so ready for spring.

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