Homemade Pizza and a Good Workout…

It’s been such an awesome weekend!  Despite a mini-meltdown Saturday where I managed to get myself in a horrible mood and ended up sleeping for most of the afternoon and evening, the rest of the weekend has been absolutely incredible!  Of course, having today off didn’t hurt any either;).

Last night was Homemade Pizza night on the menu plan.  After I had such a botched attempt last week when I tried a recipe for dough without yeast, I decided that I was going to do it right this time, even if I went through the endless kneading and rising time.  And boy, am I glad I did!

I used this recipe for the dough.  Rather than doing 5 1/2 cups white flour and only 1/2 cup whole wheat, I did 3 cups white and 2 cups wheat to increase the health-factor.  It only called for eight minutes of kneading followed by one hour of rising time.  We had to run an errand, so we popped the dough in the oven and let it do its thing while we were out!  It makes enough for three crusts, so I took the third crust and divided it into four small balls for calzones at a later date and froze them.

We made two pizzas; on the first, we put:

  • spaghetti sauce
  • onions
  • red and green peppers
  • mozz
  • parm
  • crushed red pepper flake, garlic, oregano, basil

The other was sauce-free and had the following toppings:

  • onions
  • artichoke hearts
  • thinly sliced tomatoes
  • feta cheese
  • parm
  • garlic powder, parsley, basil, oregano

Hell yeah!  I was glad that we had a friend coming over because it kept us from hoovering both pizzas.  This will definitely be added into the recipe rotation!

This morning, we were really industrious; rather than sleeping in and lazing around all morning like we usually do on days off, we got up at 7, hit the gym, finished our grocery shopping for the week and then had the rest of the day to do fun things (like going to the shooting range!)

I hit the CrossRamp (elliptical/hill thingy) for a very sweaty and intense 45 minute interval workout.  I had to drop the resistance a little for the last ten minutes or so, but I still felt like I got a really good workout.  I wish we could workout in the morning every day, but during the workweek, I’d have to get there at 5 am and then just leave from the gym to go to work, and I don’t know if I want to do that.

Tonight’s dinner is Corn Chowder…a new recipe that I hope turns out okay!

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What Are You Eating at This Very Moment?

I’m eating Campbell’s Tomato Bisque, which is very lackluster, to say the least.  Our new practice of meal-planning in advance has left me much more disciplined about what I’m eating and about my impulse buys, so last week when I was having a craving for tomato soup for lunch, I filed it away and decided that I’d work it into the budget this week.  I clipped all of the coupons for soups from last Sunday’s paper and yesterday, we hit the Wally World and I began to scour the tomato soups.  You’d be surprised how many have chicken stock in them.  However, the Tomato Bisque didn’t, and I like creamy soups, so I got some.  I taste the following:  salt, sugar, and nasty congealed clumps of soup.  I added SIX packets of pepper to try to perk it up.  Campbells, what the hell?  This is NOT mmm mmm good.

Here’s the salad I made from the leftover veggie fajitas last week:

It was so good that I was regretting that I made actual tortilla-fajitas the night before!

Joey has requested a reappearance of the fajitas this week, so we’ll be doing them again.  He also wanted a repeat of the falafel, so I’ll be tweaking the recipe some and then re-doing that one too.  I’m really loving meal-planning; it give lots of opportunity for incorporating new recipes and we’ve come out under grocery budget for the last two weeks.  AND, we haven’t eaten out ONCE!

Friday night was a partial dinner win:

That, my friends, is a homemade veggie pizza!  However, we were in a rush, so I used a recipe I found for crust that didn’t involve yeast, and we ended up with a VERY dense, cardboard-y crust that I wouldn’t redo ever.  I may have screwed it up by making it 1/2 whole wheat flour, but I didn’t want to ingest that much white flour.  The mozzarella was also of import; it was a tiny ball (“perfect for two” it said on the wrapper) that we bought at Trader Joe’s.  It was unbelievable.  Part of what I’m learning about this frugality/healthy eating journey is that sometimes it’s worth it to splurge a little for just a tiny amount of “the good stuff.”  This was definitely worth it.

FITNESS UPDATE:  Joey and I are heading back to the gym today.  We went a couple of weeks ago, but we’ve both been under the weather since and we’re feeling much better now.  We’re going to try to get to the gym at least three times a week, and I really want to make a concerted effort to practice yoga twice a week right now.  My in-laws bought me a starter kit that has a yoga mat, block, strap, and a 90-minute DVD, so I want to get crackin’ on that:).

Oh, and EPIC OATMEAL WIN!:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup soymilk
  • 1/2 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 TBSP PB
  • 1 packet Splenda

Fan-freaking-tastic.  I let it sit for about four hours and just ate it cold and it was like a dessert, seriously!  I’m all about that now!