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Ahhh…I love summer. The sun, the pool days, and most of all the food. Today’s recipe comes from my sister who is visiting for a month to take some summer classes. I love when family comes to town :D. Anyway, if I were to have to take one food to a deserted island it would have to be pizza. The problem is that I am trying to diet by reducing the amount of carbs and calories I take in. So, when my sister said she wanted to make me a pizza I was a bit hesitant. I didn’t want to break what I started, but then I realized I was limiting food. BLAH! I want to taste EVERYTHING! Sure, I may get a little chubby, but everything is okay in moderation…right?

Ingredients:

5 tbs olive oil

1 medium tomato, sliced and quartered

1 tbs garlic (minced)

2 tbs rosemary

2 tbs thyme

2 tbs oregano

2 tbs parsley

2 tbs crushed red peppers

2 tbs basil

1 cup of cheese (we used a Mexican mix)

1 premade pizza crust (wheat if you can find it)

 

Method:

First slice the tomato and cut the slices into quarters. Place about two tbs of olive oil and mix with the garlic. Let the tomatoes quarters marinade in the mixture while preparing the crust. Preheat the oven to 425F. Drizzle the crust with about 3 tbs olive oil, then use a brush to spread it evenly. Cover the crush with cheese, then sprinkle the oregano, parsley, crushed red peppers, thyme, basil, and rosemary over the cheese evenly. Next spread the tomatoes on. You can drizzle the marinade over the pizza after the tomatoes are placed. Bake for about 10-15 mins, and then enjoy.

Notes:

This probably is one of the best and healthiest pizzas I have had. I would probably add some salt and pepper to taste, but other than that this is something that you need to try!

 

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PS: I’ve lost 3 lbs ūüėÄ

SYKE!

Haha, so remember that promise I made about posted? Fail. But, I feel bad every time I don’t post, so that has to have SOME merit….right? So, lets hit up on some more appetizers :D. I still haven’t felt like I’ve found a good start off the summer right main course that I would like to do. If you have any suggestions comment on my blog :D. Also, I am looking for eaters. I decided to weight myself yesterday and discovered I am at a tragic 165. So, I am going to start cooking for other people! Obviously I am looking for people in my city because I don’t trust my car to go anywhere outside. If I can I would like to cook at said locations, but I can always cook and bring it over :D. This is just a test idea. I mean I could just cut the ingredients, but I find it more fun to share :D. Anyway, today I am doing a recipe for pizza puffs and another post to show you what I do at work on occasion:D. I will probably post a drink tomorrow because a lot of people are graduating (and leaving me). The drink is actually coming from that cookbook I mentioned oh so long ago. I am going to give away that book somehow….anyway, so we have done appetizers, I will do a drink, and I think I have dessert covered. I am in need of a main. Here is the site:

http://redsie05.blogspot.com/2010/06/pepperoni-pizza-puffs-oh-my.html

Ingredients:
3/4 cup flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
3/4 cup milk (I used 1%)
1 egg, lightly beaten
4 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1 cup) (I used Monterey Jack)
4 oz. pepperoni, diced (about 1 cup) (I used turkey pepperoni)
1/2 cup pizza sauce (homemade or store-bought)
2 Tbsp. fresh basil, finely diced.¬†(didn’t use any but will next time!)

Method:
1.Preheat oven to 375o. Grease a 24-cup mini muffin pan.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and oregano; whisk in the milk and egg. Stir in the mozzarella and pepperoni; let stand for 10 minutes.

3. Stir the batter and divide among the mini-muffin cups. Bake until puffed and golden, 20 to 25 minutes.

4. Warm the pizza sauce, then stir in 1 tablespoon basil. Sprinkle the puffs with the remaining 1 tablespoon basil. Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce for dipping.

Notes:

YUMMMMM. This is such a fun little finger food. I added a little more cheese and pepperoni because I wanted it to be cheesier and meatier. Also, definitely add some salt. I don’t know if any of you taste batter before you bake, but this needed it. The sauce was pretty good with basil (mine wasn’t fresh though, but hey still came out fine). This is something that I will make again with my niece and nephew. I know they will really like it just because they like bite size stuff. Anyway, not much to say about it except to make it! Happy nom noms!

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PS: I took them to class for my team members to have some goodies.

Casserole Pizza

Hey guys! I have lots of things to update, but the little time I have this week have been devoted to school. It’s killing me right now…and all I can think about is cooking! Haha, I really shouldn’t even been updating now seeing how I have a test to study for, a paper to write, and a project to research for, but whatever. Really sometimes I think to myself… I should just cook or cater for a living! Or something that doesn’t require me to do anymore school :P. Oh well, such is life. I only have one semester, so I can definitely suffer through it :D. Anyway, enough ranting…let’s take to tasty part of my life:

http://blog.al.com/plain-chicken/2011/03/bubble_up_pizza.html

Ingredients:
2 cans (12oz) golden layer buttermilk biscuits (Pillsbury Grands! Jr)
1 jar (15oz) pizza sauce
2 cups mozzarella cheese
your favorite pizza toppings – cooked sausage, turkey pepperoni, peppers, mushrooms
cooking spray
Method:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. ¬†Cut biscuits into quarters and place in medium bowl. ¬†Toss biscuits with pizza sauce. ¬†Add pizza topping and half of the cheese. ¬†Toss until well blended. ¬†Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray. ¬†Pour biscuit mixture into pan and top with remaining cheese. ¬†Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes, or until biscuits are done.
Notes:
This recipe kind of reminded me of the dump cake recipe that I posted a few weeks back. I really liked it, but I wish it were more specific on how much topping to put in. I didn’t want to add too much because I didn’t want the topping flavor to be too overpowering, but I guess since it was broad they couldn’t really be specific. I added garlic and pepperoni to mine, but the flavors weren’t really that prominent. I added probably about 1 and 1/2 tsp of garlic and 7 slices of pepperoni (chopped up). I’ll definitely up the amount that I do next time. Also, I read incorrectly about cutting into the dough into quarters until after had mixed into a lot of ingredients, so I just started ripping up the dough in the mixing bowl. Still came out awesomely :D. Also, I think I am going to throw in some oregano next time. It just makes sense…but it slipped my mind. Cook it and lemme know what you thought! Happy cooking!

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PS: Wish me some luck on my work this week…I need it. OH and I forgot to mention I found a job! I work in marketing in the parking dept at my campus (Texas Tech). Yay for doing something that interests me and money :D!