May
01

Looking for a delicious homemade whole wheat pizza dough you can make at home? Look no further, this recipe will be your new best friend.

I hope your weekend was as relaxing as mine was. We spent the better half of the weekend catching up on chores and packing for our trip to Cabo. I cannot tell you how excited I am. The last time Tony and I went to Mexico was over the 4th of July — it’s our little relaxation spot in the world where we can disconnect when life seems to be moving at the speed of light.

Before I jet off today, I wanted to share a recipe that I feel everyone needs in their life: 100% whole wheat pizza dough.

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Apr
24

Amazing fig and goat cheese pizza with caramelized onion, goat cheese and an easy homemade 100% whole wheat pizza dough made in partnership with Almond Breeze. Seriously sooooo good.

Well Monday, we meet again. After a weekend of binge watching 13 Reasons Why on Netflix and catching up on all things Healthy Glow. Co, I’m feeling a little bit better about life in general. Sometimes a little down time is all you need.

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Oct
16

Friday night is pizza night, right? And this time I’m sharing one of my absolute favorite recipes for deep-dish pizza as part of my new Indulge! series on Ambitious Kitchen. We all have those moments in life where we want to make something rich, delicious and one-of-a-kind. The recipes in this series will be exactly that.

Over the past year, I’ve consumed more pizza than I ever thought I would in my life. Part of that is due to my move to Chicago (home of the deep-dish) and the other is probably because I’m dating a self-proclaimed pizza connoisseur.

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Sep
28

Quinoa pizza crust? Yep, it’s a thing. And I have to give Tony credit because he totally came up with the idea.

Sometimes we have little brainstorm sessions while we walk to get our morning coffee. I told him that I wanted to do something fun and different with quinoa (which he pronounces kin-oh-ah) and asked for some suggestions. He asked, “Can you actually make a quinoa pizza?”

Uh, sure? Wait… yes of course, that’s a fantastic idea! Thanks babe.

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Apr
23

Rotisserie Chicken Naan Pizza with Spinach, Queso Fresco, & Fire-Roasted Tomato-Mango Chutney Sauce

I’m a little relieved that Easter is over. I can stop staring at photos of monkey breads on my Pinterest feed and get back to seasonal cooking and baking. I’ve been craving fresh fruits and veggies, and can’t wait to head to the farmer’s market to see what I can pick up.

Today, I wanted to share with you a simple pizza recipe that’s not only easy, but incredibly flavorful. Over the past few weeks, I had the privilege of developing three recipes using Just BARE® chicken for the Just BARE® Chicken +5 Ingredient Challenge; it was just a fun creative process for me and the ingredients were incredibly diverse as all of them were submitted by fans! I felt like I was on an episode of Chopped. Except there was no José Andrés to stare at. Booo.

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Anyway as you may already be aware, I participated in this challenge alongside some of my other blogging friends and now it’s time for you to vote for your favorite recipe on the Just BARE Facebook page. Voting is open between now and May 5th. All three of my recipes were selected for the final round, so I’d love your vote! Plus did I mention that you could win $250 in groceries just for voting?! Five eligible entrants will be randomly selected to receive the prize.

The five recipes with the highest combined Online Popular Vote and Culinary Score points will be awarded grand prize packages worth $1,500 that include a year’s worth of Just BARE coupons, a $1,000 gift card for merchandise from Food52 & Provisions website, The Food52 Cookbook, and a one-year subscription to Eating Well magazine.

Rotisserie Chicken Naan Pizza with Spinach, Queso Fresco, & Fire-Roasted Tomato-Mango Chutney Sauce

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Jul
27

Thank goodness it’s Friday!

I have to admit that this week I was a little bummed. I don’t know if it’s because Bella cheated on Edward, or if it’s because I got rid of THIRTEEN pairs of shoes yesterday. Yes, THIRTEEN! It’s not like I ever wore them, but seriously getting rid of shoes is like throwing away memories.

So I took myself shoe shopping to make up for it.

What?

I’m a girl… it’s what we do. Anyway I feel much better now. I even made myself a cute little appetizer to start the weekend the right.

And I think that you just have to make these little pita pizzas too! They are my new favorite thing.

If you’ve never roasted berries before then now is the time to start; it’s so wonderful! The heat from the oven brings out the sugars and juice, giving you a melt in your mouth sweetness that will make you want to savor every single bite of the fruit.

Roasting berries had been on my bucket list for a while, but throwing them on a whole wheat pita and topping it with caramelized onion, mozzarella, and arugula? Completely spur of the moment and just a little bit heavenly.

I served these at a party and they disappeared in seconds!

Wearing new heels and making delicious pita pizzas with roasted berries.

Someone’s Friday just got better.

Roasted Balsamic Strawberry Cherry Pita Pizzas with Arugula

Serves 2-4

3 teaspoons olive oil, divided

1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, divided

1/4 teaspoon of salt

10 strawberries, hulled and quartered

10 dark red cherries, pitted and halved

3 or 4 whole wheat pitas (I use 100 calorie pitas)

1 cup of reduced fat shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup arugula

Salt and pepper

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Toss strawberries and cherries in 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Spread on baking sheet and place in oven for 15 minutes.
  2. Heat medium saute pan over medium high heat and add 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Add onions and stir frequently until onions begin to brown. Reduce heat to medium low and add 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt. Cook 1 more minute and then remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Place whole wheat pitas on a nonstick baking sheet. Brush pitas with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Evenly distribute roasted strawberries and cherries, cheese, onions onto pitas. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees or until edges of pitas begin to turn golden brown.
  4. Top each pita with arugula and cut into triangles. Drizzle with addition balsamic vinegar and top with fresh black pepper and salt if desired.

 

 

 


Jun
08

Sexy is in!

50 Shades of Grey.

Goat cheese stuffed turkey burgers dripping in BBQ sauce.

Better than sex cake? (That’s up to you).

Baking up sexy sweet-n-salty cookies.

Cake Batter Martinis.

… But I heard that few fruits are as sweet, succulent or downright sexy as a peach.

With all of these ideas that you can cook or bake at home I’m wondering why people don’t do it more often!? I mean, I get that you might live near an incredible thai restaurant and LIVE for the blueberry muffins from the local bakery–but when was the last time you made a meal made you feel like a total goddess?

Fortunately for you, I have a 15 minute solution. It requires peaches, french bread, brie cheese, basil, and a little balsamic vinegar.

You’re about to be sexed up.

Seriously I mean it.

Alright you should probably know that I’m a complete romantic. I believe that food has total sex appeal that can’t be ignored. Flipping pancakes for dinner is perfect. The smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies makes me swoon. Authentic mexican food wins my heart. But putting fresh peaches on pizza? Oh my goodness I can’t even describe it.

But sometimes simplicity is good. Like homemade pizza and a glass of red wine for dinner. I don’t know why but it screams irresistible to me.

Now you’re probably reading this through a computer or some tablet that I’ve never heard of, so I can’t do much convincing. But I can tell you this: cooking is attractive, pizzas are delicious, and making this for an appetizer (or dinner) will be the best thing you’ve done in weeks. And the best part about it? It’s not complicated or fussy — it’s just delicious!

French bread toasted to perfection with loads of creamy brie cheese, ripe peaches, fresh basil, and a little balsamic reduction. Because what’s better than enjoying a meal cooked especially for you? (Well probably devouring 5 of these ice cream cones, actually.) But that’s besides the point–the problem is that many of us don’t make time to eat, drink, and enjoy time with the people we love.

So single or not — Make pizza, drink wine, enjoy life! Get your sexy back.

Fresh Peach, Basil, & Brie Cheese French Bread Pizza

1 french bread loaf (preferably whole grain), sliced in half, lengthwise

2-3 ripe peaches, pitted and thinly sliced

4 ounces of Brie cheese, thinly sliced (I used goat’s milk brie cheese from Trader Joe’s)

2 tablespoons freshly chopped basil

2 teaspoons olive oil, divided

1 cup balsamic vinegar

dash of salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Place bread on baking sheet and brush olive oil over each half. Sprinkle with a dash of salt. Top each half with brie cheese slices and peaches. Bake for 10 minutes. Broil for 30 seconds until cheese gets a tiny bit brown and bubbly.
  3. Place vinegar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; cook until reduced to 2 tablespoons (about 5 minutes).
  4. Drizzle balsamic reduction evenly over pizza and top with basil. Cut pizza into wedges and serve.

Serves 2-4

 
 
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