Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Fresh Mozzarella, Heirloom Tomato, and Basil Pizza


  • 12 ounces refrigerated fresh pizza dough
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves 
  • garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced 
  • (6-ounce) heirloom tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Hands On: 22 Minutes 
Total: 55 Minutes 
  1. 1. Place a pizza stone or heavy baking sheet in oven. Preheat oven to 500° (keep pizza stone or baking sheet in oven as it preheats).
  2. 2. Let dough stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  3. 3. Place basil, garlic, and 2 tablespoons oil in a mini food processor; pulse 3 times to form a paste. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil; pulse until smooth.
  4. 4. Roll dough into a 14-inch circle on a floured surface; pierce entire surface liberally with a fork. Carefully remove pizza stone from oven. Arrange dough on pizza stone. Spread about 2 1/2 tablespoons basil mixture over dough. Top evenly with cheese, tomatoes, and pepper. Bake at 500° for 12 minutes or until crust is browned and crisp. Top with remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons basil mixture; sprinkle evenly with salt. Cut into 12 slices.

Honey-Lime Chicken Kebabs with Mango Slices

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  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes 
  • 2 teaspoons grated lime rind 
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • sliced peeled mangoes 
  • Chili powder (optional)

  1. 1. Preheat broiler to high.
  2. 2. Combine first 5 ingredients; toss to coat. Thread chicken onto 8 (6-inch) skewers. Place kebabs on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray; broil 4 minutes on each side or until done.
  3. 3. Combine juice and honey in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Arrange kebabs and mango slices on a platter; drizzle with honey mixture, and sprinkle with chili powder, if desired.

Pork Chops With Apples and Garlic Smashed Potatoes

I'm not a huge pork chop fan, but oh my this was good!!

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  • 1 pound small fingerling potatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 1/2-inch-thick boneless pork loin chops (5 ounces each)
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
Put the potatoes and garlic in a saucepan, cover with cold water and season with salt. Cover and bring to a boil, then uncover and continue cooking until tender, about 15 minutes. Cover and set aside.
Meanwhile, rub both sides of the pork chops with the sage, and salt and pepper to taste. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat, then add 1 teaspoon olive oil and sear the chops until golden on both sides, about 5 minutes total. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out the skillet and add the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil. Add the onion and apples and cook over medium-high heat until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and stir in the cider.
Return the chops to the skillet. Cover and cook, turning once, until just cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain the potatoes, reserving 1/4 cup liquid. Return the potatoes to the pan; add the buttermilk and mash, adding cooking liquid as needed. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with the pork chops, onion and apples. Drizzle with the pan juices.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Spicy mango chicken stuffed sweet potatoes

This is another recipe I got from @busygirlseatclean. Follow them on Instagram!

•2 chicken breast
•1 mango
•1 red bell pepper
•1/8 cup sliced pepperoncinis
•2 sweet potatoes

• Bake sweet potatoes at 350 for 45 minutes. More or less, depending on their size.
• Season chicken with Mrs. Dash chipotle and bake at 350 for 20 minutes, or until done. (I didn't have the Mrs. Dash seasoning so I looked up the ingredients and used what spices I did have that are in the chipotle mix. I mixed them all together in a bowl with some lemon juice, then rubbed it on the chicken)
• Dice mango and bell pepper
• Sautée mango, bell pepper and pepperoncinis for 5-8 minutes
• Dice chicken and add to pepper/mango mix
• Slice sweet potato down the middle and stuff with chicken/pepper/mango mixture!

Artichoke and spinach stuffed tilapia

I've been trying to find "cleaner" things to help me get rid of the rest of this baby weight. The first 20 pounds just melted off, but that was it. I just stopped loosing. It has motivated me to try to eat a little healthier and hit the gym too! Time to get it shape! Anyway, this was really good and easy! I got the recipe idea from @busygirlseatclean on Instagram, but changed it up to this.

•4 tilapia loins
•1 cup spinach, chopped
•3 artichoke hearts, chopped (just as much as you want)
•1 tsp minced garlic
•2 wedges of laughing cow Swiss cheese
•Handful of shredded cheese (I used a Mexican blend, any cheese would work)
•Italian seasoning
•Garlic powder
•1/4 cup panko bread crumbs + more to sprinkle on top

•Preheat oven to 400•
•Slice fish length wise to make a sort of pocket.
•Mix all the other ingredients together and stuff inside the fish.
•Place on a cookie sheet lined with foil, and sprayed with Pam.
•Coat the outside of the fish with more bread crumbs, then drizzle with olive oil.
•Bake for 25 minutes.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Sticky Mango Chicken Skewers with Black Bean and Pineapple Brown Rice

We had this last night, and I about made myself sick because I ate so much! SO yummy.

For the Sticky Mango marinade:
1 very ripe mango, peeled and cut from the pit
1/2 jalapeno (seeds removed)
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons vinegar
1 1/2 pounds chicken breast, sliced very thin

For the Pineapple Brown Rice:
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 can black beans, drained
1/2 fresh pineapple, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced (I left this out)
1/3 cup scallions, finely diced
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
In a blender, combine all ingredients until smooth. Spread over the thinly sliced chicken, then cover the chicken and refrigerate for 1-8 hours. When ready to cook, thread the chicken onto skewers, then grill or bake in an oven preheated to 500 degrees for 18-20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Serve over pineapple rice.

For the Pineapple Brown Rice:
Stir the rice, black beans, pineapple, and red bell pepper together in a large skillet. Heat over medium heat until hot. Remove and stir in scallions and garlic salt. Serve with Sticky Mango skewers. 

*The recipe says sticky, but our chicken was not sticky. Maybe because we cooked ours on the grill. Still super yummy, but if you're expecting sticky, maybe try cooking it in the oven.

Pepperoni-Mozzarella Calzone

Okay, this was REALLY yummy. I could eat it again tonight.

2 large eggs
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (I just used dried, and about half that much)
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/4 pound shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese
Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
1 13.8-ounce tube refrigerated pizza dough
1/4 pound deli-sliced salami, cut into thin strips (I used pepperoni and bacon, crumbled)
1 1/2 cups giardiniera (pickled mixed vegetables), drained (left these out)
1/4 pound sliced provolone cheese
Place a baking sheet upside down in the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F. Beat the eggs, parsley and lemon zest in a small bowl. Pour half of the egg mixture into a medium bowl and stir in the mozzarella. Reserve the remaining egg mixture for brushing on the crust.

Turn another baking sheet upside down; line with parchment paper and brush with olive oil. Unroll the dough on the parchment paper and pat into a 9-by-12-inch rectangle. Spread the mozzarella mixture over one half of the dough, leaving a 1-inch border along the edge. Top with the salami, followed by the pickled vegetables and provolone. Fold the other half of the dough over to cover the filling. Crimp and roll the edges to seal, then pierce the top of the dough in a few places with a knife.

Slide the calzone with the parchment paper onto the hot baking sheet; bake 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush with the remaining egg mixture, then continue to bake until the crust is golden, 5 to 10 more minutes. Let rest 5 minutes, then cut into wedges.

We dipped ours in marinara sauce, and it was super yummy!