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The Best Pizza EVER Made on the Grill

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It’s the weekend!  The sun is shining, and it is going to be great.

Yesterday, I started off my Friday with a little treat of an iced coffee with a splash of skim milk.  The coffee was strong…but good.  I love the jolt that I get when I drink a coffee at the start of the day.

After a day’s work, I met Brian, his mom and grandma at the Loft to redeem an amazing coupon that I received via e-mail.  50% off everything!  Let’s just say a little bit of damage was done 😉

One of the things I am most excited about are my new patterned cropped pants!  I have been wanting some for a while now, and with the coupon…I just couldn’t resist the deal.

We then came home, and Brian and I prepared dinner for us and his parents.  Pizza on the grill it was!  I was in charge of preparing the toppings and Brian was the grill master in charge of the crust.

Preparing the crusts on the grill was sooo simple!

Preparation Instructions:

Shape your favorite pizza dough into individual pizzas.  Place oil or nonstick cooking spray on the heated grill.  Once the crusts are slightly browned on the bottom, give the pizzas a flip.

Allow them to get brown on both sides, then bring them inside and top with your favorite toppings.

Set them back on the grill, and close the lid until the toppings are hot and the cheese is melty.

Delish!  I made mine on a low carb whole wheat tortilla.  Toppings included: broccoli, tomato, roasted red pepper, red onion, basil, low fat mozzarella, spinach, and a touch of parmesan and garlic.  Yum!!

As we were eating our, we had a little bit of free entertainment in the back yard….

Yes, that would be a fox in the backyard.  I had never seen a fox until then!  He was just roaming around like he owned the place.  Then, this morning as I was drinking my smoothie breakfast…we saw four foxes playing together on the neighbors playground set!  Crazy!

Smoothie for breakfast!

I had a delicious banana almond smoothie for breakfast with a touch of spinach to fuel me through some early morning wedding shopping.

Today, at Old Navy is Flip Flop Day! I had no idea this day even existed until Kate (Brian’s mom) texted me yesterday that flip flops were $1 each.  Since we wanted to have some at the wedding for the girls to slip on while dancing it seemed perfect!

We left at about 6:45 this morning to get to the mall around 7:00 when Old Navy opened…early for this special event.  I was shocked to see the line out of the door…

Luckily, we had a plan and got all the sizes of white flip flops we needed.  We even had my mom shopping for some up in Fort Wayne!

I think we are covered in the flip flop department 😉

Now, off to a body pump class with a friend and being productive before a couple’s wedding shower this evening.

Enjoy the weekend!

Special Food Request?

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Last night, I went to bed a little later than planned so that I could pack for my weekend away with mom.  Mom has been planning a little mini vacation to her home town of Grand Haven, MI for us and we are leaving bright and early in the morning, so right after work I am heading up to Fort Wayne. I can’t wait for some mother daughter quality time!

Workout

This morning, my workout was a thirty minute total body weights routine, much like the one that I  completed on Monday.  Usually, I try to head to the gym for my Friday morning workouts, but since I am heading out of town after work I wanted to spend a little extra time at the house double checking everything to make sure that I wasn’t forgetting to pack anything.

Breakfast

Breakfast was something I have been missing dearly with my early morning workout classes and baked oatmeal breakfasts eaten in the car….

a SMOOTHIE!  Today’s mix was creamy and delicious and everything that I have been missing.

Blackberry Peanut Butter Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen blackberries
  • 1/3 frozen banana
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 2 tsp peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 packet of stevia
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Directions:
Combine all ingredients in the blender and add in about 3-5 ice cubes and a splash of water to get things moving.  Enjoy!!!

How Picky Are You?

So, this morning on the news one of the stories was about a man who ordered a sandwich from a restaurant and was unhappy with the way it was made, because the restaurant would not fix it or give him his money back…HE CALLED THE POLICE!!!!

I can’t believe that he called the police over that sort of situation, but when I started thinking about it…when people make my food differently than requested I get pretty frustrated.

When I go to restaurants, I typically have some sort of special request and have a lot of questions.  I can remember one time when I was younger and at a summer festival, I ordered “pizza on a stick”…classy I know, but I was a kid and anything on a stick is better than not….anyways, I ordered pepperoni and they gave me pepperoni and sausage, and I have never been a sausage pizza girl.

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I didn’t realize it until I had already bitten into it, and I was NOT eating the rest.  My dad didn’t want me to take it back, but as a stubborn child who knew what I wanted (pepperoni pizza on a stick), I marched right back to the food stand, explained my problem, and was rewarded with a brand new pizza on a stick…sans the sausage.

I am also pretty picky when it comes to salad dressing (it must be on the side), and soup (it must be screaming hot).

Question of the Morning:

  • What special food requests do you make, and are you really irritated if they aren’t met or do you just let it go???

Goodbye to Adam and an Exciting Project!

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Last night, we had a farewell dinner with Brian’s family because today his brother is leaving to start his internship in Bangladesh…yes Bangladesh!! He will be working for Brac, which is one of the largest NGOs (non-government organizations), for the next three months.  What an exciting adventure to embark on!  He will be documenting his trip on his blog The Dhaka Connection.  I can’t wait to see what he experiences.

In celebration of him heading on this adventure, we had pizza, salad, and cake for dinner.

Loaded with veggies…I basically just ate the toppings, the best part!

 

 

What kind of party would it be without cake??

Today

 

Today started out bright and early….with a headache.  For me, waking up with a headache is one of the most draining things.  I ate a little bit, drank some water, and was out the door by 5:30am to teach Yoga Sculpt.

After teaching, I quickly came home, showered, got ready, and made myself a blueberry smoothie to-go so that I could make my date at the auto shop to have my car diagnosed (she has been sick for a while), and then run a couple of errands.

After getting my car looked at, I headed to the store to pick up  some boxes.  Brian and I are moving next weekend, but have NOTHING to put all of our stuff in…and believe me, we have A LOT of stuff.  Luckily, the guys at Walmart in the meat department were kind enough to offer me all of this:

There are like 12 huge boxes there!  I hope it’s enough.

I then headed to pick up some ingredients for a special project that I am working on.  Because of the headache, I am going to forego my scheduled run for the day, and save my energy for Body Pump team teaching tonight.  Instead of running miles, I am going to get a head start in the kitchen on this super fun and special project!  I can’t wait to share it with you 🙂

Cauliflower Pizza Dough and Weekend Updates

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First things first…I promised you a recipe.  I did attempt this recipe once before with good points on the flavor, but not so much on the presentation…

Cauliflower Pizza Dough (Adapted from Pbfingers.com)

Yields:  4 Servings

Cook Time:  About 1 hour total (prep included)

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 1/2 cups part-skim mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
  • 2 egg whites
  • Pizza toppings! (I used 1 cup spinach, half tomato, and mozzarella cheese)
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
First, I processed the cauliflower in my food processor but putting it in the shredder blade until it looked like mozzarella cheese or rice.
I then put it in a microwave safe bowl and covered it with a paper towel and microwaved it for 4 minutes.  Do not add water.  I then let it sit in the microwave for about 5 minutes to steam.  I removed it from the microwave and stirred it all up adding in the mozzarella, parmesan, and egg whites.
I then flattened out the entire mixture onto a greased baking pan and sprinkled it with Italian seasoning and garlic salt, but you can add whatever flavor you like!
Place the pizza dough into the oven for about 15 minutes until it is nice and brown.
Then, remove the dough from the oven and top with your favorite toppings!  The crust may be a little bit hard to get off the pan even if you grease it, so it is best to use a large spatula to remove from the pan.  ENJOY!
Nutrition based on my toppings for a pizza divided 4 ways:
Calories:  310.2 Fat:  17.6g  Carbs:  8.7g  Protein:  30.1g
Today!
Today started with my usual (lately)…oats!  I did some grocery shopping yesterday and picked up some blueberries as a fun mix in for my morning bowl of goodness.  Today’s bowl included oats, blueberries, strawberries, Sunwarrior protein, and a little bit of crunchy peanut butter.
I then did a home workout circuit that required absolutely NO workout equipment!!
It took me about 30 minutes to complete, which gave me time to get some stretching in afterward.  I tend to neglect my stretching, even though I know it is sooo important, so when I do it I like to make sure that I do a great job of it!
Wedding
I then had a fun meeting this afternoon with one of my friends from Butler, who does freelance graphic design work, about making the logo for the wedding!  It was so fun to get back into the wedding swing of things (taking five months off from planning is a long time!).  She had great ideas, and I know that we will be happy with the end product.  Last night, Brian and I had a session on pinterest pinning all of the logo and monogram ideas that inspired us.  Here are a couple that really stuck out to us.
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I can’t wait to see what the end result is 😉
Sunday Tradition
Brian and I then went to church and had dinner with his parents.  While I was gone, Brian told me that he often went to his parents’ house on Sundays, and I like the idea of that tradition so we are going to try to keep up with it!
For dinner, we had a delicious salad, grilled veggies, and a delicious cod that his dad prepared.
It was all so tasty!  We did eat it all, but somehow managed to save a little room for dessert afterwards.  It was the perfect way to end the week and set the tone for the next one.
Dog Sitting
This week Brian and I are dog sitting for a little Weimaraner named Gucci and we absolutely LOVE her!  She is so cute and friendly.  Brian and I definitely want a dog in the future and a Weimaraner is potentially a prospective breed.  So far, our little trial is going well.
Now, Brian and I are getting ready to read a little more of the Hunger Games before bed, the end is getting near and I can’t wait to see how it all wraps up!
Hope you all had a great Sunday and are ready for the week to begin!

Surprise Engagement!

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Last night, Brian and I went over to our friends’ house not thinking anything about it.  We are both pretty social people and we usually end up going somewhere or having friends come to our apartment at least once a weekend, so in our eyes there really was no reason to suspect that something was different about this night.

We arrived and chatted with friends, still not thinking anything was out of the ordinary until someone mentioned that there was a surprise….a surprise??!  When Brian and I heard this, we were soo confused because we had no idea that there was a surprise and we had no idea what this surprise was.  It didn’t take long to figure out (at least for Brian) when we realized that Caitlin and Brian (one of the couples that is usually in our circle of friends) was not there!  The surprise was that they were getting engaged as we spoke and then they were coming to meet all of us to celebrate!!

It was a great celebration!

We surprised and congratulated Caitlin as she walked through the door.

She shared her story with all of us.

The happy couple!

We then spent the night celebrating, hearing the story, and having a great time 🙂

Tori and Kate match!

Me and the newly engaged bride-to-be 🙂

 

Today

Today, I woke up, had some oats for breakfast, then headed out the door to my free lululemon yoga class.  It is always such a great way to start the Saturday, and after doing various workout throughout the week it is good to dedicate one full our to stretching the body out.

I also find that I am usually a pretty energetic and high strung person, so it is also good to take an hour to just chill and only focus on myself and how I am feeling.

I then went grocery shopping and picked up a little treat for myself.

Zico Coconut Water!  I have read several great things about the flavor of Zico and of the benefits of coconut water it self, and while I was in Thailand, I actually tried coconut water for the first time ever…out of an actual coconut!

The Zico water tasted great (although not as good as from the actual coconut), and I am curious as to what the other flavors taste like.  I will let you know when I try them!

 

I then came home and quickly whipped up a meal for Brian, my mom, my brother, and me.  My mom and brother stopped by for dinner so that I could say good bye before Kenny flew back to Florida for school.

Don’t worry, it’s healthy…and there will be a recipe coming soon!

Brian and I are now going to dog sit and read more of the Hunger Games!!

 

What are your plans this Saturday night?

Napolese

Tonight, Brian and I shared an amazing dinner and evening with two of our friends Jenni and Ryan.  After spending the night with them on Jenni’s birthday Brian and I realized that we need to spend more time with the two of them!  We have been great friends for a while, but because of life and busyness we just don’t get around to seeing each other very often but when we do we could talk and hang out for hours!

Jenni and Ryan

We decided to try a newish (new-to-me) restaurant called Napolese.  It is a little pizzaria that has a very cool yet quaint feel.  The restaurant was consistently busy while we enjoyed our meal and had several groups of friends that stayed long after their meals to chat.

As soon as we sat down at our table, our waitress brought olives to the table.  I have always loved olives and gladly welcomed them as a little appetizer, but no one else at the table cared to have any.  I guess in the end that just means more for me.  😉

 

After listening to the specials and asking some questions about the various pizza and salad selections we decided to begin with the Napolese Double Chopped Salad.  This salad was perfect for the four of us to share and had salad greens mixed with mozzarella and gorgonzola cheese, roasted red peppers, chickpeas, pepperoni, and prosciutto topped with a balsamic vinaigrette.    It was definitely something I wouldn’t have ordered on my own, but definitely something I would order again!

We each ordered our respective wine, and Ryan ordered a local craft beer.  The cutest part of the wine was the little “Quartino” carafe  that the wine came in.

Jenni called it a "Quartino of Vino"

 

When our pizza finally came it tasted absolutely delicious.  We ordered the daily special which was a pizza topped with garlic sauce, provolone cheese, cherry tomatoes, red peppers and broccoli.  The broccoli was my favorite part 🙂

 

Our second pizza option was the fall ratatouille which included fall squash as one of the toppings….I’ll try it next time.

 

All of the pizzas were cooked in this giant stone oven in the wall.  Half of the fun was watching the pizza makers take the pizzas out and put the pizzas in the oven.

The meal was deliciously satisfying without leaving me with the feeling of being Thanksgiving full.  I love finding a little place to eat, grab a drink, and enjoy the company of great friends 🙂

 

I hope you enjoyed your night!

 

Pizza Never Seemed So Easy

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It is nice to go home and have someone do the cooking for me.  Although I love cooking and preparing meals for others, I always appreciate when the role is reversed.  As I was working on my computer and mom was reading the Sunday paper, we both decided that we were ready for lunch.  Mom was craving one of her flatbread pizzas and offered to make me one.  We decided to split it and have some veggies and dip on the side. Seriously, these pizzas take like 5 minutes to make, are low in calories compared to take-out, and you can add any healthy (or indulgent 😉 ) ingredients you want!

My Mom’s Flatbread Pizza

Ingredients:

  • Flatout Flatbread flavor of your choice
  • Garlic salt
  • Pizza sauce
  • Cheese
  • Toppings of your choice:  we chose turkey pepperoni, green pepper, red onion, green olives
Preparation:
Top the pizza crust with garlic salt and spray with a little non stick olive oil cooking spray.  Stick in the oven at around 350 until the crust is golden brown.  Pull out of the oven and top with sauce, cheese, and the rest of your toppings.  Stick back in the oven until the cheese is melted.   Cut into four slices and enjoy to yourself, or share with a loved one 🙂
After lunch, I headed out to the JoAnn’s Fabrics to get materials for my first sewing project…an apron!
I hope it turns out alright!  The package for the pattern says “It’s sew easy”….so hopefully that is put on their for a reason.
I then came home to Brian who had been studying all day long.  It was so good to see him after a weekend away.  We were both pretty ready for dinner, so I got to work to whip something together quickly.  I was in the mood for a plate full of greens, so I made myself a GIANT salad.
It was a salad with spinach topped with fresh Amish tomatoes, fresh Amish corn, carrots, jalapenos, red onion, and salsa.  It was delicious and really filled my craving for veggies.
I have to go into work early tomorrow, so I am off for an early bed time!  Tomorrow begins the final week of my half marathon training schedule, so lots of short runs!  That will be a big change compared to the 13 miles I did yesterday 😉