Tasty Tuesday: Home-made Pizza

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Mmmmm….everything in moderation is our key here.  And if you’re at all like me, I love pizza.  Fresh out of the oven hot or nice and cold the next day.  There’s something about the comfort of pizza.

However, if you take a look at the nutritional value on either store bought pizzas or home delivered pizzas, you might as well jump on the treadmill and start working out for the next week in order to burn off the calories.

But there’s a solution—-and it is delicious!  Home-made pizza—-don’t get afraid but we just made an amazing Mediterranean Pizza this past weekend and was it tasty.  Follow the recipe below to enjoy in your own home!  What’s your favorite pizza type?  Submit your favorite recipe to us and you might just see it here on the iGoPinkblog.org Tasty Tuesday page!

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Start with a home made pizza crust (or store bought natural pre-made crust): http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/pizza-dough-recipe/index.html

Add for toppings:

Brush of olive oil with dried herbs (your choice: basil, oregano, etc)

Grilled Chicken breast (shredded)

Olives (about 8 cut in half)

Capers (about 15)

One red pepper sliced and grilled on stove until slightly softened

1/2 red pepper chopped

4 artichoke hearts pulled apart

Handful of low-fat Feta (or Goat) cheese

1/2 cup low-fat mozzarella cheese shredded

After cooking your pizza crust or by using the store bought one, add all the additional toppings (and anything else you may like.)  Place in the oven for 12 minutes or until crust is the crispy-ness you like and the cheese melted.

Enjoy—a healthy yet completely satisfying pizza fix!!!




Tasty Tuesdays: Black Bean & Corn Salad

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With summer coming to an end officially today at 4pm, I guess I’ll post one of our favorite summer time salads (here in Texas it’s still warm enough to feel like summer!)  But this salad is a ‘keeper’ any time of the year.  One thing that we like to do to make it a bit more ‘fresh’ is in the summer time we grill up some corn on the cob, let it cool and then use that in place of the frozen corn.  But either way, it’s a good (and healthy) one!  Enjoy the last minutes of summer!

Black Bean & Corn Salad
1 15 oz. can black beans (rinsed & drained)Black beans_corn salad
1 cup frozen corn (rinsed with hot water)
1 cup chopped red pepper
1/4 cup onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Mix above mixture together.
Whisk together:
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon fresh graded garlic
2 teaspoons sugar
Pour over bean and corn mixture—-refrigerate for 3-4 hours prior to serving.


Tasty Tuesday: High Fiber (& Healthy) Chocolate Cookies

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If you’re like most of my friends and myself, a day isn’t complete without at least a little something sweet.  Love ice cream and all those naughty things, but know we can’t eat them on a daily basis.

So a few years back, I found this receipe for high fiber chocolate cookies.  (For those of you who follow Weight Watchers, they’re 1 point per cookie).  One of these cookies after dinner takes care of my chocolate fix for the day.  My favorite way to store them is in the freezer (no, they’re not like rocks when you go to eat them, but because they’re so chewy, they’re a firm chewy out of the freezer…but to each your own…my husband likes them warm straight out of the oven.)

One other thing, try changing them up—sometimes I’ll add a tsp. of vanilla, almond or coconut flavoring to them or throw in a small handful of chopped walnuts or almonds (the two healthiest of nuts you can eat).  Like we constantly talk about, everything in moderation….eatting healthy, taking care of yourself, doesn’t mean that you have to give up chocolate, just find a healthier way to eat it like this.

What are your secret recipes that  you like for a sweet tooth fix that are healthy?

High FiberChocolate Cookies Chocolate Cookies

    1 box of brownie mix (preferably low-fat)
    1 cup of orange juice
    2 1/2 cups of wheat bran

Stir all three ingredients together in a bowl. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place rounded spoonfuls of the dough onto a cookie sheet and bake for 8 to 12 minutes, until set. Let cool and enjoy.

Number of Servings: 24



So You Think You Can Dance: Breast Cancer Dance

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Tonight was a re-cap of some of the best performances from “So You Think You Can Dance”…for any of you who missed it, this tribute dance to breast cancer patients is amazing.  So touching you can’t help but feel the emotion.  [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrILXIASpSM]



Tasty Tuesday: Edamame Salad Supreme

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Mmmm, this recipe is one that is a winner every time and it gets better the longer it sits and absorbs the dressing.

EdamameEdamame is such a great source of protein and fiber and tastes great added to any salad.  You can normally find it in your frozen vegetable section in the new ‘steam bags’—-for salads (like this one) find the pre-shelled edamame…you don’t want to have to go to all the work.  But otherwise, regular shelled edamame makes a great snack heated up in the afternoon!

Enjoy!

Edamame Salad Supreme

1 bag shelled edamame cooked/heated in microwave (then cooled)

1 can dark kidney beans: rinse and drained

1 can garbonzo beans: drained

1 small red onion

1 bunch of fresh cilantro

Dressing:

1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil

1/4 c. fresh lime juice

salt pepper

Mix all of the above ingredients together and let cool in fridge for 6-8 hours before serving (remembering to stir from time to time.)  A great addition (for those of you who like things spicy) add some hot sauce to the dressing…gives it an extra kick.