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Brie and Candied Walnut Flatbread

2 Jan

Happy 2014!! 

I had a whole post written and scheduled to go up yesterday, about goals and my own personal new years resolutions, but it was kind of all over the place. I love making goals and lists, but at the same time, a long list of longterm goals like that that doesn’t always work for me, and I tend to forget about them within three months.

Madison over at Eating 4 Balance has a really awesome way of doing it, she just picks one overall idea or goal and focuses on that for the year, and I think that’s something that I might try this year.

Anywho, onto a fun new recipe. About two years ago I went to Mackinac Island for vacation with my family, and we ate at this little restaurant where I had one of the best things ever. It was a flatbread pizza with brie cheese, candied walnuts, arugela, granny smith apple slices, and a drizzle of honey.

All of the flavors went so well together, the sweet crunchiness of the walnuts, the sour of the apples, the spiciness from the arugela, it was perfect. And I knew it was something I could recreate at home, and have done so a few times, but I’ve never remembered to take pictures, until now. And even now, they’re not the greatest, but I don’t care. It tastes amazing, and that’s all that matters.

Brie and Candied Walnut Flatbread
Makes about 12-16 small slices

2 Udi’s gluten free pizza crusts (You could make your own dough or get a different brand, but even though I’m not gluten free, this crust is super chewy and really reminds me of the original dish.)
1 brie wheel (the smaller ones, not those huge ones that cost the same amount as a car.)
1/2 granny smith apple, sliced thinly.
1/2 cup candied walnuts (you can use your favorite recipe, or see the one I posted below)
1 cup arugela (I used baby arugela… is there such thing as adult arugela? Either way, it doesn’t matter.)
2 tablespoons honey (optional. I’ve used agave syrup or gone without it before.)

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The crusts I used.

Brush the crusts with olive oil or spray with a mister. Place in a 400*F oven for about 6 minutes. This will help it get a little chewier. If your crust is super duper thin, less time is probably required.

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Right before putting it in the oven…

Once it comes out of the oven, you’ll want to put the cheese on. You don’t need to cover it completely, that would be way too much and overpower it.

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Then, you’ll want to put it back in the oven until the cheese starts to melt. Brie cheese is weird, it will kind of stay in it’s shape when melty, but it will look kind of glossy.

Once it comes out of the oven, you’ll want to put on the apples. I cut it after I put the apples on, then put on the rest of the toppings. It’s just way easier to cut that way.

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Now for the candied walnuts, arugela, and honey:

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I normally put a little more arugela on than this, but my grocery store sucks and the arugela was looking a little past it’s prime when I bought it, so I had to pick through it to find the good stuff.

Like I mentioned previously, all of the flavors go so well together, it’s crazy. This is definitly one of my families favorites. It’s definitly something I’d serve warm, but I’ve eaten it cold before and it’s still yummy.

If you want my candied walnuts recipe, here it is:

Candied Walnuts
1/2 cup walnuts
1 tablespoon corn syrup (A lot of people don’t like corn syrup, but I find it coats the nuts really well.)
1 1/2 Tablespoons brown sugar
pinches of salt and cayenne pepper.

Mix the corn syrup, brown sugar, and spices in a bowl. Microwave for 15 seconds, just to get the corn syrup a little more liquify so it coats the walnuts.

Add the nuts to the mixture, and make sure they are evenly coated. place on a parchment lined sheet pan. You don’t have to get them completely separated, but try and spread them out a little so they’re not in one huge clump.

Place them in a 400*F oven and cook for about 5 minutes or so, when you start to smell roasted nuts, you’ll know their done. Let cool, and enjoy!!

What are your thoughts on new  years resolutions/goals? Any tips on keeping up with them throughout the year? 

Cookbook Review- Happy Hour at Home

17 Jul

Let me start off by saying, I have a lot of cookbooks. And out of all those cookbooks, I have always found at least one recipe in each one that I’m not a fan of. Which is to be expected right?

Well, all that has changed. The lovely people over at New World Library graciously sent me a copy of Brian Patton’s  The Sexy Vegan’s Happy Hour at Home to review, and out of all the recipes I’ve made from it, I love every single one! (Disclaimer: I haven’t made everything from this cookbook. But I have made quite a few things!!)

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One thing I love about this cookbook is that it is in menu format. I don’t hate cooking, but when I’ve got a super busy week going on, I hate having to plan out what to pair with what for dinner. This book does all that work for you! (AND He provides shopping lists for every menu!)

I’m normally kind of wary about doing cookbook reviews, but this cookbook is just too good not to share. I’m going to have to go out and buy his first cookbook now I think!

Loaded baked potato flatbread- Pizza crust, mashed potatoes, vegan cheese, veggies, and bean chili!

Loaded baked potato flatbread- Pizza crust, mashed potatoes, vegan cheese, veggies, and bean chili!

I’m also a huge fan of appetizers and little bites, but I’ve always been afraid to make a meal out of them, afraid that it wouldn’t be enough. This book makes it so easy though.

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Pretend Italian Sausage and Peppers over Creamy Polenta, with Tender Green Cabbage

I made this sausage and peppers dish last night, and I loved it! When I ate meat, I never liked Italian sausage, because I hate everything fennel with a passion, and most italian sausage has fennel seeds in it. But, with this recipe, I got to make my own sausage, so I just left it out! He gives a lot of great suggestions if you’re short on time, buy soy bacon instead of making tempeh bacon, use store bought pizza dough instead of your own, and using store bought sausages as well. But, I love that he gives recipes for all this stuff, because lets face it, even though it’s vegetarian/vegan at the store- that doesn’t mean it’s all that healthy or that there aren’t weird ingredients in it.

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Little macs with very, very special sauce, sweet potato fries and adobo dipping sauce- sliders are so cute, and this recipe is so much tastier and healthier than McDonalds!

I do most of the cooking at home, at least for the veggie eaters, and each meal was a huge hit. I try to have at least one recipe from this book on my menu plan each week, all the recipes look so good, it’s hard to choose which one to make!

You can also visit the Sexy Vegan’s website hereHe’s even got a bunch of videos that are like mini cooking shows, where he shows you how to cook different amazing looking things! He’s got one for the Stromboli (I’ll just link to it, because I have no idea how to embed a video in this post) I made this too, but I forgot to take a photo. Amazing. Just like everything else. I also made the (again, photoless) roasted red pepper rolls, and I think my brother inhaled 6 before even asking what they were.

And did I mention that he has an entire section dedicated to DRINKS?? I’ve yet to try any, because alcohol doesn’t mix well with my stomach/colon at the moment because of my UC, but I plan on trying them soon. The one I’ve been eyeballing is called the Starburst, and he says it tastes just like the candy!! I can’t wait, I haven’t had a starburst in years.

I was sent this cook book free of charge, but all opinions are my own. 

I Dream of Egg Rolls

4 Jun

Disclaimer: This post sadly contains no egg rolls. But more on that later.

At this point in my life, I’m not even going to bother giving excuses about why I’ve been MIA from my blog for so long.

What else can I say that you haven’t already heard? School, work, a weird slew of health problems, most just annoying that make me want to lie in bed all day and not be productive, but one that actually landed me in the ER with acute renal failure. BUT, my kidneys are in perfect working order now, and while sometimes I still just want to lie in bed (stomach issues) but I’ve decided to suck it up and continue with my life.

And of course, that means continue with my blog. I’ve missed ya’ll!!

I’ve finally gotten into the Gluten-Free eating habits that I’ve needed to be in. For some weird reason I’d crave egg rolls for days, not able to eat anything else, because nothing else sounded good and made me nauseous. I eventually caved, and would eat egg rolls, and only egg roles for days at a time.

Even though I’ve given up the egg rolls, I still crave them. I’ve been searching high and low for a G-Free alternative. Nothing so far. But, here are some things that I’ve been eating until I find my delicious egg rolls:

When I heard Domino’s was coming out with a gluten-free (except not really, because cross contamination is a HUGE threat there) crust, I had to try it. It was good, but looking at my sad little G-free pizza sitting next to my families delicious, golden, fluffy, gluten-y crust pizza, it was nothing special. I guess I’d have to say it was good for a thin crust pizza. When I ate this, my stomach was still screwed up from previous days of eating to notice if the cross contamination upset my stomach.

Gluten-free Trader Joe’s corn pasta (Which is sooo good! I haven’t tried a lot of gluten-free pastas yet, I’m a little scared, but this stuff was so cheap I had to try it. I wish I had bought more!) and zucchini, prepared simply with a little earth balance, salt, pepper, and italian seasoning.

And of course, and old favorite, wraps. I’ve been staying away from the flour tortillas and flat-out wraps (for obvious reasons) and wrapping things up in lettuce. I just can’t get on the corn tortilla bandwagon. I’m just not feeling them.

Some more pizza! I made this for when my family went up to Detroit to visit my Grandma/Aunt/Cousins. They always order pizza from this really great pizza place when we visit, and I didn’t want to miss out. I whipped up some g-free crust from a mix, then added tomato sauce, peppers, onion, pineapple, and daiya mozzarella cheese. So good!

Those are all the photos I’ve got for your today, but I plan on being back soon (I promise!) to share some yummy recipes that I’ve come up with recently!

Pizza!

20 Feb

Sometimes, I just get a craving for pizza. I won’t lie, sometimes that craving is for pizza covered in greasy cheese. I won’t like again when I tell you that sometimes I indulge in the greasy cheese pizza.

But most often, I don’t. Sometimes, It’s worth the stomach ache. Most of the time, it’s not.

I can still have my pizza though. Just not covered in cheese. And it’s still amazingly delicious.

Ccccheck it out: (sorry for the crappy photos… cell phones, love ‘em and hate ‘em at the same time)

This pizza was amazing! In all of it’s mushroomy garlicy spinachy goodness.

Want the recipe? Of course you do.

Spinach Mushroom Pizza
One pizza crust of your choice, pre baked. I used Trader Joe’s whole wheat pizza crust. It’s amazing.
12 oz. mushrooms, cleaned and sliced.
3 cups baby spinach
1 can cannellini beans
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup water
2 T oil
1 t salt
1/2 t black pepper
2 green onions

Puree the beans, water, one clove of garlic, oil, salt, pepper, and onions together until smooth.

Sautee the mushrooms with the other clove of garlic in a little oil for 3-5 minutes, until they start to get soft. Put in a bowl, then sauté the spinach. You could just cook them together, but I’m super OCD and I like placing them on my pizza separately.

Spread the bean puree onto your crust, leaving about an inch around the edges. Spread the the mushrooms, garlic, and spinach on top.

Bake for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees. You really just need to warm it up because the crust is already cooked.

This pizza is definitly one of my favorites. It’s a fun change from the marinara sauce type pizzas, and the beans and spinach are a great source of protein! And I just love things that are super garlicy. I really like garlic. Beware vampires, lol.

On a completely unrelated note, has anyone tried these??

They are soooooooo good. Probably the best candy I’ve ever eaten. Ever. They make butterfingers crisps too, but the crunch ones are so much better. I can’t stop eating them.

What’s your favorite kind of candy? Do you ever get in a pizza mood? 

A Day With Food

3 Nov

Hey Everyone! Thank you all so much for your well wishes on my post yesterday! My post yesterday was all about my lazy  Tuesday, but a couple of you pointed out how productive I was. And you were right, because yesterday was the real lazy day. I stayed in bed alllll day. It was amazing.

When I got to the hospital they told me that I would be awake during the procedure but I wouldn’t remember any of it, so I was a little nervous. Getting a tube shoved down your throat isn’t the greatest feeling I imagine. But, I didn’t need to worry at all, because they were right. I literally didn’t remember any of it. I remember them putting the medicine in the IV, then the next moment I was waking up in my own bed at home four hours later. Needless to say, conscious sedation really works, lol.

I also read that a lot of people have really sore throats afterwards. Not me. In fact, I remember wondering if they even did the procedure. I wasn’t awake (or if I was I don’t remember it!) When the Doctor told the results to my dad, but he said everything looked fine, but he wasn’t sure if my gallbladder was the problem. So I don’t know what’s going on, and now I have to schedule another appointment with him.

But I did finally get to eat! And it was amazing! For lunch I had some of this that I made Tuesday…

It was just as good as it smelled. Loved it. I also ate this for dinner with some whole grain bread…

I also had a Pita Pizza:

(This is a recycled photo. The hummus and tomatoes were unfortunately absent from my plate this time)

For a bedtime snack I had some of this:

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I was hoping for something similar to Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and I guess they are similar, and I like them, but I would’t say that they’re my favorite.

Overall, I didn’t eat a whole lot yesterday, as I woke up at 1 in the afternoon, and my stomach is still kinda funky from not eating anything the day before.

Also, When I came too in the middle of the afternoon and tried to piece together the events of my morning (It’s like the Hangover without all the alcohol, as my best friend put it) I found these in my purse:

There is nothing I like better than surgical socks. (That’s what I call them… I’m not sure what their real name is. They say Pillow Paws on the actual sock.) I remember thinking that they were really comfortable, and I guess my drug induced self just decided to take them. Oops. Maybe they told me I could have them. I’ll never know!

Have you ever worn pillow paws? Do you love them as much as I do? (haha, trick question, that’s IMPOSSIBLE! just kidding.) What was the best thing you ate today/yesterday? 

Pita Pizzas

12 Oct

Thanks for your comments on yesterday’s post! My mom said her coworker loved the cake. I’m glad, because I love making people happy with sugary colorful baked goods : )

Now onto more pressing matters, lol…

I don’t know what it is, but every couple of weeks, I feel the need to inhale as much hummus as I possibly can. I mean, I always like hummus, but about one week a month I go through twice as much as usual.

This week is one of those weeks. I’m all about the Pita Pizza.

And they’re really easy to make! Just take a pita (I used whole wheat) and spread hummus on it like you would pizza sauce. Then top it with your favorite veggies. I used beans, onion, broccoli slaw, cucumbers, olives, and sprouts. Yum!

And of course on the side, some grape tomatoes from the farmers market with… more hummus.

Another thing I can’t get enough of lately is Disney music. I listen to it non stop. I’m so weird, I know. I also have been spending hours in Pinterest, but that’s nothing out of the ordinary.

Do you like hummus? What’s your favorite way to eat it?

Glittery Pizza

5 Oct

I love pizza. When I was little, we used to get pizza every other Friday night. My mom worked home health as a nurse every other weekend, and the last thing my dad wanted to do when he got home from work was make dinner. So pizza it was. My brother and I loved these weekends with our dad, he was the ‘cool’ parent, if you will.

But everyone knows the best part about pizza, is the leftovers. We got to eat the pizza the next day for lunch. My mom had pizza scissors, which were the coolest things in mine and my brother’s opinion. She didn’t have a pizza cutter, she had scissors. So once our dad served us our pizza the next day for lunch, we would go get our craft kiddy scissors and cut our pizza into bite sized pieces. The glue and glitter that got onto our pizza probably wasn’t the most sanitary thing, but it made it so much more delicious.

Over the years, my taste in pizza has changed. Thinking about a greasy pizza covered in cheese and pepperoni makes me feel kind of sick. (And thanks to the cheese, it would probably make my physically sick as well.) Now a days, I don’t even need cheese on my pizza for it to be good. Which for me, is coming a long way.

I came across this pizza recipe in the book The Vegan Gourmet, and it was amazing. I loved it. And it doesn’t even have traditional pizza sauce on it!

I used Trader Joe’s garlic and herb pizza dough for the crust, I baked it as directed for about 15 minutes before putting the toppings on and baking it the rest of the way.

Pizza with Black Beans, Avocado, and Cilantro

1 pizza crust of your choice
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup water
1 green onion
1/2 t cumin
1/2 t chili powder
1 clove garlic
1/8 t salt
dash black pepper
1 can diced green chilies
1/2 can black olives, sliced
1/2 cup cilantro leaves, diced or chopped
2 med. tomatoes, sliced
1 ripe avocado, sliced

In a blender, blend the beans, water, spices, garlic, and green onion together until smooth. Spread this onto the crust, leaving about 1 inch for the crust. Arrange the tomato slices on the bean mixture, then the olives, green chiles, and cilantro. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, until the crust is golden brown at 350 degrees.

Remove from the oven, slice, and place sliced avocado on top. Then dig in!

I love this pizza. the black bean sauce is incredibly flavorful, and the cilantro adds such a pop of color and taste. It’s like a neat spin on Mexican pizza.

You better believe I ate the leftovers for lunch the next day. It was just as amazing. I didn’t, however use craft scissors to cut it. I think my days of eating glitter are over.

Do you like pizza? What are some of your favorite toppings? 

Dessert for Breakfast

18 Jan

I’ve never been a particularly huge fan of breakfast, but when I can eat something so sweet and delicious, It’s hard not to like it just a little : ) or a lot! This recipe comes from one of my favorite blogs, Chocolate-Covered Katie. It’s her Breakfast Pizzert, And as I’m sure you can guess- It’s a dessert pizza! Which I eat for breakfast. Of course.

I’ll let you check out the links for the recipe, but I won’t deprive you of some of my own pictures!

For this one, instead of using the applesauce I took Katie’s suggestion and added 2 tablespoons of pumpkin, and a handful of chocolate chips.And instead of using granulated sugar, I used brown sugar because I love it and it goes so well with pumpkin.  I also didn’t have any whole wheat pastry flour, so I just used all purpose. It was amazing. It was light and fluffy, almost like a pancake but not quite.

And for this one instead of the applesauce (If you haven’t caught the hint yet, I didn’t have any applesauce) I used 2 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter, and it tasted just like a chocolate chip peanut butter cookie! It was a party in my mouth, that’s for sure!

These are by far one of my new favorite snacks! (Or breakfasts….) Thanks Katie for all the incredible recipes!

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