Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tasty Tuesdays: Pesto Pizza with Arugula & Goat Cheese

Welcome to Tasty Tuesdays!
This is my new favorite pizza - it is delicious.  My sister and I made up this pizza a month or so ago and made it again this weekend.  We love it.

- Prepared pizza dough (instead of making our own, we used a ball of frozen dough from the grocery store)
- 3 oz. pesto (we used a jar from the grocery store)
- Olive oil
- Garlic powder, salt, and ground black pepper to taste
- 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
- 1/4 cup kalamata olives, chopped
- 1/4 cup goat cheese crumbles
- 1/4 cup fresh mozzarella, cut into pieces
- 1 large handful arugula leaves
- 1 lemon, cut in half

1.  Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.  Prepare pizza dough according to package instructions or recipe.  Roll out dough to desired size - 14" round works well for this recipe.  Place dough on pizza stone or cookie sheet and sprinkle with olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Bake in oven for 4 - 6 minutes.  Remove from oven.
2.  Spread pesto evenly around crust.  Top with peppers, olives, and both cheeses.  Bake for 12 - 15 minutes or until slightly browned.  Remove from oven and immediately top with handful of arugula leaves.  Squeeze 1/2 of lemon evenly over pizza (you may not need all the juice from the 1/2 of lemon; just squeeze to taste!)
3.  Slice pizza and serve immediately.

The flavors of this pizza are so good together.  We served this with fresh Italian sausage on the side to round out the meal.  And of course, a little red wine as well.  What good Italian doesn't enjoy a little vino with dinner?

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Dr Oz 3 Day Cleanse: A Review

Last week, my sister and I decided to do the Dr. Oz 3 Day Cleanse.  I normally eat pretty well, and work out 3-5 times a week, but have been at the same weight for a year now, and was hoping to jump start the loss of a few pounds.  The cleanse is only 3 days - and I figured there isn't anything I couldn't do for at least three days!
The cleanse is very easy to follow.  The breakfast, lunch, and dinner shakes are the same for all three days.  Click here for a printable sheet of the image above.
- The Dr. Oz website states the the cleanse will cost $16 a day.  After purchasing our groceries and supplies, we found the cost closer to $25 a day.
- We decide to do the cleanse on a Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  That meant that I would need to take the Breakfast and lunch shakes with me to work.  The breakfast shake is quick to make, but the lunch one is more involved.  Each night I cut up the celery, cucumbers, and lime needed for the lunch shake to save a little time each morning.
Day 1:
- I enjoyed waking up in the morning and drinking the green tea.  It was nice to be able to have something warm in the morning in place of my coffee.  I am a regular coffee drinker and thought I would have a really hard time without it.  I definitely missed it, but it wasn't as bad as I thought and I never experienced any caffeine headaches.
- I loved the breakfast shake.  It turned out to be my favorite each of the three days.
- I had an additional green tea at work between breakfast and lunch.
- The lunch shake gets pretty awful reviews online so I wasn't sure what to expect.  At first, It tasted better than I expected, but toward the end I could barely get it down.
- After lunch, I was really, really full, almost to the point of being uncomfortable.  My stomach was really bloated and crampy.  Was not expecting that on a cleanse!
- 3:30 in the afternoon and I was exhausted!  I do not ever remember being this tired at work.  I can not tell you haw badly I wanted to lay down my head on my desk and take a nap!
- After work I went to the gym and got in 30 minutes on the elliptical.  I felt fine to work out.
- Enjoyed the dinner shake.  Still incredibly stuffed and bloated.  I was never hungry and never had the additional snack shake and any of the three days.  I don't think I would have been able to get it down!
Day 2:
- Woke up feeling really bloated and stuffed (still!)
- Again, enjoyed the breakfast shake.
- For the lunch shake, I used spinach instead of hte kale and blended it more to try and get rid of the strange texture.  It helped, the lunch shake tasted much better to me.  It is still my least favorite, though.
- 2:00 PM: still having major stomach issues and decided to take 3 tums.  It helped.
- Again, exhausted in the afternoon.  This normally doesn't happen to me at work.
- Went to my 30 minute spin class after work and had no problem working out.  In fact, it felt really good.
Day 3:
Woke up feeling great!  Was happy that it was the last day and knew that I was going to make it.  Also, my stomach finally feels back to normal.
- I felt great all day on the third day.  Even the lunch shake seemed a little better, but I only drank a little more than half.
- Decided not to work out on the third day.
- The dinner shake tasted so good.  I actually contemplated doing the cleanse for another day!
- I skipped the bath on the last night.
- Woke up on the fourth day and weighed myself - I lost almost 5 lbs.  It's been a week and I haven't put any of the weight weight back on. 
- My sister lost 7 pounds!
- I'm glad we tried this.  I think I would consider it doing it again or trying a different cleanse.
- What I missed the most?  Chewing!  I never thought it would be so hard not to chew on anything for three whole days. 
{ To read my sisters review and thoughts on the cleanse click here }

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tasty Tusedays: Cheese Ravioli with Mushrooms & Spinach

Welcome to Tasty Tuesdays!
A few weeks ago I made this simple and easy ravioli dish.  I used pre-made ravioli which makes this a quick meal - perfect for busy weeknights after work.
{ Recipe from the March 2012 issur of Rachel Ray Magazine }
- (1) 20 oz package frsh or frozen cheese ravioli
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs
- salt & pepper to taste
- (1) 8oz sliced muchrooms (variety of your choice)
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 8 oz. baby spinach
- olive oil, for drizzling
In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the ravioli according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water.
Meanwhile, in a skillet, melt 1 tbsp. butter over medium heat. Stir in the breadcrumbs and season lightly with salt and pepper. Toast until golden, 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out the skillet.
Return the skillet to medium-high heat. Add 1 tbsp. butter and melt. Add the mushrooms; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until the mushrooms are tender and browned, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the spinach in handfuls, tossing to wilt.
Add the reserved pasta water and the ravioli to the mushrooms and spinach. Stir in the remaining 1 tbsp. butter; toss.
To serve, top the ravioli with the breadcrumbs. Drizzle with olive oil.  Enjoy!

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Keystone Accents Hardware Winner

Update 4.22.13:  I wasn't able to get a hold of the original winner of the giveaway so I selected a new one.
Congrats Cindy.  I hope you have fun selecting your new hardware!
I used random.org to select a winner of the Keystone Accents Hardware giveaway.  Comment #26 was the lucky winner...

The winning comment...

Thanks to everyone who entered.  Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

$120 Keystone Accents Hardware Giveaway

Happy Wednesday, friends!
I have a great giveaway for you today.  One lucky reader will win $120 credit to Keystone Accents for brand new hardware!

Here's a little bit about Keystone taken from their website:
"Keystone Accents has over 35 years experience in the Industry of decorative cabinet hardware including knobs, handles, & cabinet pulls, plus hinges and drawer slides. At keystone accents we help you enhance your new or remodel project with our vast selection of styles and low cost solutions for all of your kitchen & bath furniture installation hardware requirements. Adding new products every week, Keystone Accents continually provides all your cabinet hardware improvements.
Our mission is to provide quality products to enhance your home at wholesale prices. We have a 100% satisfaction guarantee if you are not completely satisfied with our products.  We offer volume discounts for customers with volume needs of 250 pcs. or more. Please contact us if you would like a quote based on box quantities."

To Enter:

- Visit Keystone Accents on Facebook and "like" their page.  Come back here and leave a comment on this post telling me that you liekd them on Facebook.

- For additional entries: blog, tweet, or post about this giveaway to Facebook.  Come back here and leave a seperate comment for each of the additionl things you did. 

I will select a winner at random sometime on April, 14th.

Good Luck!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Tasty Tuesdays: Simple & Delicious Deviled Eggs

Welcome to Tasty Tuesdays!
I';m sharing a recipe for my favorite deviled eggs today.  I make these every year for Easter.  What's more Easter than eggs, right?
- 8 hard boiled eggs
- 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
- 1 tablespoon flat leaf parsley, minced
- additional flat leaf parsley for garnish
- paprika, for garnish
- salt, to taste

1.  After hard boiling the eggs, let them cool.  Then peel, cut in half the long way, and carefully remove the yolk.  Place yolks in a small bowl and use a fork to break up yolks.

2.  Add mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and cayanne to bowl.  Mix together until combined.  Mix in parsley.
3.  Scoop mixture back into each egg half.  Garnish with additional parsley and paprika.
4.  Use extra parsley stalks to garnish serving plate, if desired.  Place eggs on plate and serve.  Enjoy!

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