Friday, September 9, 2011

Chicken Pizzaiola

I have been craving some sort of chicken dish with peas that was baked in a casserole dish. Don't ask me why, but if it wasn't baked in the oven all bubbly and hot in a clear Pyrex dish, it wasn't going to cut it. 

I have the most random cravings.

My internet search led me to this new recipe!

CHICKEN PIZZAIOLA
I think just the name sounds appetizing right???

As always, I take a recipe as inspiration and make it my own. You can see the basic recipe here and then I made a few adjustments.

I used fresh garden tomatoes, used lots of garlic and added the peas. It was served over brown rice.

I need to convince Ben somehow to cook for me more. We have been some lazy bums in the kitchen lately. Basically if we can't make it in 20 mins or less (and usually more like 10 mins or less) then we aren't interested and end up eating the most random things. 

Maybe it's summer, or the fact that I have been cooking for everyone else all summer, but I have zero desire to cook anything in the kitchen lately. It seems so exhausting to me.

Ha, just sounds uber lazy right? ;)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Toasting Nuts...

...makes the house smell like popcorn.
I buy raw almonds in bulk at Costco and frankly eat more than I would like to admit. I think I grab a few each time I walk in the kitchen. Ek!

I love them raw, but toasting them in the oven for around 15 mins makes them irresistible!

Just throw a bunch on a cookie sheet and toss them in the oven. 
Minutes later you will have a whole new crunch and flavor of nuts. Mmm!

I like to do it with my slivered almonds too and have them ready on hand for salads etc.
Watch these guys a lot closer though, they brown up very quick!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

His & Hers Oatmeal

His - Peanut Butter with Homemade Pear Butter
 Hers - Blueberries, Raspberries and Marionberries
Oatmeal never disappoints. ;)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

New Salad Dressing Alternative!

I have been enjoying a new salad dressing combo and I had to share it with you.

If you make MONSTER salads as big as me, then use these portions. Otherwise scale it down for your serving size.

Take 2 TB Hummus (get crazy with the flavor options), and mix with a few splashes of vegetable broth. 
Done!

Mix it all around on your ensalada and enjoy!


Really is so good.

If you are wondering, that random salad creation above contained the following...

Green & Red Cabbage
Shredded Carrots
Chives
White Beans
Sun Dried Tomatoes
Grilled Chicken
AND Red Pepper Hummus and Veggie Broth Dressing.

Delish!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Baked Zucchini

 So here is how I used up that GIANT zucchini squash!

I made some Baked Zucchini and it was SO good!
I sauteed some extra lean ground turkey, onions, cilantro, s&p, Italian seasonings, garlic, LOTS of garden tomatoes, tons of spinach and threw it all in some scooped out zucchini!

It bakes for about 45 mins at 350 degrees. Easy peasy.
You could even throw in all kinds of other veggies and even a little cheese on top if you want!

Great new way to enjoy all my favorite veggies. ;)

These little babies, my cherry tomatoes, always disappear as soon as I pick them. 
I sneak out there almost everyday to pick the new ripe ones and can't help but gobble them up. Ben keeps asking where they all go. Opps!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

The One That Got Away

The garden has been keeping me on my toes this summer! If I don't go out and regularly harvest the goods, I get some suprises. Like a million tomatoes all at once and zucchini the size of my arms!
This sneaky zuck was hiding under some leaves. I swear it appeared overnight!

So what DO you do with such a giant zucchini squash???

I have a few suggestions.

Play it like an oboe...
Or a flute!
Or play a round of baseball!
Nothing a giant squash can't handle.

I will show you what I REALLY did with it tomorrow. ;)

But in the mean time here is one of our favorite ways to use up our bounty of tomatoes.

BLACK BEAN SUMMER SALSA!
There are a million different recipes for it and honestly I make it different each time depending what I am in the mood for. Here is what I usually always have as a base, and then I add in some extras depending on what's on hand/my mood.

BASICS
Black Beans
Corn
Tomatoes
Onion (red or white)
Cilantro
Corn
Apple Cider Vinegar
Jalapeno Peppers or Red Pepper Flakes
Sea Salt
Fresh Ground Pepper

EXTRA OPTIONS
(I don't put them ALL in the same recipe. That would get crraaaazy.)
Green Peppers
Dry Italian Dressing Mix or Italian Spices (Basil, Oregano, etc)
Avocado
Pineapple
Mango
Garbanzo Beans
Cumin
Chili Powder
Fresh Squeezed Lime  or Lemon
Garlic

And that is just the options that come to mind off the top of my head. Don't put it past me to throw really ANYTHING in a recipe. ;)
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Are you a zucchini fan???
I am! I am so glad the 1 plant I had room for has grown to overtake the corner I put it in. Keeps it coming at just the right speed that I can eat it up!
Do you put a different fun ingredient in your summer salsa recipe?
Please share!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Morning Ride

WORKOUT:
33 mile bike ride up the canyon

The weather today was perfect for a ride! The canyon was cool and breezy and it was such a beautiful day.
Plus I got to work on my sweet tan, win-win! 
I know, I know... I have no tan, just what little my self-tanner affords me. And THAT is STILL sad! ;)
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Happy Labor Day weekend!!!
What are you doing this weekend???
So far we have done the following...
-Went to a storytelling festival in the canyon
-Watched a rooftop concert with friends and walked around our local Latin street fair
-Great canyon bike ride...
And it is only Saturday afternoon! Woo! ;)