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Individual Veggie Pizza Pies

Good Afternoon !!!

This is life.

If you must know one thing about me, know that I love pizza. Not a little love, it is a large immense love that never dies down. Pizza with salad. Pizza with soup. Pizza with fries. Pizza for breakfast. Pizza for lunch. Pizza for dinner. Pizza alone. Pizza party, etc you get my drift. Pizza is my bae.

When I was young, my mom made pizza, now it’s my duty when I’m home. Since I’m living on my own I realized 1) I don’t need to buy whole shells like I do when I make it for my family. 2) I probably don’t have enough freezer space (you know roommates and all) In the fall of last year I came up with a solution that has worked PERFECTLY and DELECTABLY and I’m here to share.

Ingredients (the amounts are up to you):

  • Tortilla shells (corn, flour, sprouted)
  • Pasta sauce (make up your own or buy some, I use 365’s brand)
  • Veggies- garlic/mushrooms/broccoli/ onions/ peppers/ spinach**
  • Cheese- cheddar/mozzarella/mix
Whole wheat crust. Small shells. Kale

Whole wheat crust/Small shells/Kale

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iCook

I’ve always been a chef, yall already know this! But now I’m on my own with no meal plan and I am forced to cook everyday. WHAT COULD BE BETTER YALL!?! I’ve been making basic breakfasts, rarely am I home for lunch, but my dinners are so very very poppin!! Now there are two conflicting factors with this: 1 I discussed my want to gain weight, but 2. at Rutgers I put on like 10 pounds and I only want like 3-5lbs, SOO I don’t want to overdo it, however, cooking for myself helps me control what is going into my body. I had my first exam today so I’ve been snacking way more and it was great when I was bringing my snacks, but I went to CVS and bought some snacks that were 1. very cheap. 2. very unhealthy (especially when you eat 2-3 times the serving size in one sitting) yikes 😮

I’m here to talk about my dinners tho and not my stress eating habits that suck.

Veggies are a must. Either stir fry, salad or steamed. I actually got some frozen veggies just in case. I make rice/pasta and try to stretch it over 2-3 days and usually chicken. I had salmon this week, but that will be a treat. I think since every time I cook I’m cutting up veggies I have to take an hour out my weekend and do some meal prep, which is simply cleaning and cutting up veggies for the week, That will make the whole prepping dinner process faster.

Dinner today was Baked Chicken, steamed corn and veggie stir-fry

I thought about doing Italian chicken (marinating my chicken in Italian dressing for a few hours) , but I had this sauce by World Foods called Thai Sweet chili with kaffir lime. I marinated my salmon this weekend and I wanted to use it up. I had about 1/3 of the bottle left, so I mixed italian dressing in it and that was my marinade!   Corn instead of rice/quinoa. and for my stir fry- broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, onions, garlic with spices & Bragg’s aminos. Yes the veggies still had their crunch! = nutrition still locked in the veggies! 

The chicken turned out AMAZING and everything else was very tasty too! I have some extra for tomorrow or Saturday.

REMEMBER 1/2 plate veggies, 1/4 starch, 1/4 poultry 

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Kale Beet Drink

Are you healthy but having a lazy moment for dinner? Here’s some help.

What did I Put In It?

  • Almond Milk
  • 1/2 of Banana
  • Handful of Grapes
  • Leaf of Kale
  • ¼ of a small beet
  • 1/8 Cucumber
  • Frozen Mixed Fruit: Pineapple/Mango/Papaya

For starters, I do not have precise measurements when it comes to making a drink because it’s all subjective. If you want a thinner (juicer) drink then had more of your liquid. I use coconut water or milk or usually I add water when necessary, however, I like a thicker consistency smoothie so I use about a quarter cup of liquid. Your decision!

I finished my detox about a week before Easter, ever since I finished whenever I eat a heavy dinner my tummy hurts all night && I’m very sad about this. Therefore, I have to eat a fairly light dinner. On this particular night I had a heavy lunch+snacks, then didn’t get home until about 7:30. Nothing was made and I shooo nuff wasn’t about to hop in the kitchen and cook, so I opted for a drink as my dinner. It did the trick.   The drink itself is so SO red because of the beet. The beet has such a powerful color and taste. Personally I looove beets so I like the flavor in the drink, it’s an acquired taste so try it and add it to your life. Beets are extremely healthy.

Questions? Holla at me!

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Vegetarian Chilli

adapted from & inspired by Food Heaven Made Easy, check out their recipe  & site

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Ingredients:

  • 1-15 oz can of black beans
  • 1-15 oz can of kidney beans
  • 2/3 cup of pasta sauce
  • 1-15 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 onion
  • 1 okra
  • Handful of mushrooms
  • 2 carrots
  • stalk of broccoli
  • 1 tablespoon of cumin
  • 1 table spoon of oregano
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • rosemary
  • 1-2 tablespoons of (Packet) of chilli powder
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 1 plum tomato (diced)

If you want spicy:

  • 1/2-1 habanero pepper
  • 3-5 long slim cayenne pepper
  • cayenne pepper powder
  • crushed red pepper seeds

Instructions:

  1. Dice the zucchini, bell pepper, onion,mushrooms, carrots & okra (and any other veggies you want to add)  Heat a pan, add oil & crush garlic then sautee veggies for 3-6 minutes while adding the cumin & oregano.  Stir often (You want the veggies to be very crisp because they will continue cooking later on.)
  2. In a large pot add the black & kidney beans, diced tomato -fresh & canned, pasta sauce. Add sauteed veggies. Add chilli powder & rosemary & bay leaves. Bring it to boil. Then let it simmer for 35-45 minutes. (If necessary add water to  mixture.)
  3. Cut broccoli & add it with 15-20 minutes left so it won’t get too soft.
  4.   Add salt  at the end after you taste && thinks it might need some.

FOR SPICIER CHILLI:

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Wednesday’s Dinner

Hey yall! I know it’s only 5pm, but my dinner is done. I had an early big dinner. So lemme tell yall about it.

  • Balsamic Italian Vinaigrette Sauteed Salmon
  • Stir Fry
  • Cinnamon baked sweet potatoes
  • Steamed corn

I really wanted veggies if yall couldn’t tell.

I had a little tad of Wishbone balsamic Italian Vinaigrette, but for a pound of salmon it was definitely not enough. Well I had to make a  marinade, I used balsamic vinegar, agave nectar, salt, ms. dash,  slice of lemon, garlic powder && liquid aminos.  So there. That was the marinade…what are the exact amounts? I have no idea. I eyeballed everything and tasted to make sure the flavor was pleasing. I marinaded for about 3 hours, but I’m sure  30 mins would have done the salmon justice.
The stir fry included these veggies:

  • napa cabbage
  • kale
  • carrots
  • red peppers
  • onion
  • mushrooms

No-salt Ms. Dash, aminos, and crushed  garlic and mixed thoroughly in the pot. Added a little water so the veggies could cook how I like them.

For my sweet potatoes, I cleaned, cut them and put a little cinnamon on them. I added enough water to fill my pot one layer, so not a lot of water, then I put in the oven. Make sure you put foil over the pot so the potatoes won’t dry out. They are soooo sweet and they cook so fast.

Steamed corn…just steam it haha.

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It was good!

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Healthy Balsamic Honey Wings

*originally from The Creative Mama*I’m just tweaking and twerking it to my liking

  • ½ Cup of Balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup of honey
  • ¼ cup of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
  • 2 packets of Stevia (sugar substitute)
  • 8 cloves of garlic
  • 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 9 chicken wings
  1. Wisk together vinegar, honey, aminos & stevia.
  2. After cleaning the chicken wings, crush 4 cloves of garlic on them.
  3. Place wings in large sealable (Ziploc) bag. Throw the rosemary & rest of garlic in bag with chicken.
  4. Pour the balsamic marinde in bag with chicken. Seal bag & place in fridge for as short at 45 mins or as long as you want..I did mines for about 4-5 hours. [The longer the marinade sits the more flavorful the chicken is]
  5. Preheat oven @ 450 degrees. ( temp my vary to your oven.)
  6. (WHEN READY TO COOK) Spray a baking pan with cooking spray. Take the wings out bag and place in pan. NOW if you don’t want the hassle of cleaning the pan, line the pan with foil, spray && add chicken. ( I didn’t use  foil.)
  7. Bake for about 25 mins or until the wings are dark brown with and a bit crispy.
  8. DONE!

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