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Italian Herb Flatbread

Going into this weekend I had one thing on my mind…Relax. I was tossing around the idea of heading to the cape for a little escape because I really just needed a little break. Over the past few weekends, we have been painting the house like nuts and then heading out for the normal work week.

Instead, I stayed around and planned on getting back into the kitchen to make something new and different. Flatbread!

It turned out that my sister needed an appetizer to bring to a party last night, so it was perfect timing. I wasn’t really sure how the flatbread was going to turn out, but I don’t mean to too my own horn, but toot toot! Haha.

I am more excited about it because I hadn’t really cooked much with yeast, and this just felt like an accomplishment.

Italian Herb Flatbread

Ingredients:

1 1/3 Cup Warm Water 2 7g Sachets of Fast-Acting Yeast
2 Teaspoons Honey 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
3 Cups All-Purpose Flour 1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
2 Tablespoon Diced Basil 1 Tablespoon Chopped Rosemary
1 Clove of Garlic, Diced 3 Tablespoon Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Directions:

1. In a tall container, I used a drink jug, mix the water, honey and yeast. I warmed the faucet water for 10 seconds in the microwave. Set it aside until it becomes frothy.

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2. While the yeast is doing it’s thing, take a large bowl and mix the flours, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and herbs. Once the yeast mixture is frothy, add it to the flour mix. Begin stirring it gently and once you can get your hands into it, knead the dough until it is smooth. Leave the dough in a ball and place it into a clean bowl. Cover the bowl with saran wrap and place it in a warm area for 40 minutes.

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3. While the dough is setting, mix 3 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, 1 tablespoon basil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Let the oil sit until the dough is ready.

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4. Once the dough is ready, cut it into 8 smaller balls of dough. Gently roll them out into thin circles. The flatbread will puff up when they are cooked. Brush the top side with the olive oil mix and place it on a cast iron pan at medium heat, oil side down.

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5. Leave the flatbread on the skillet for about a minute, or until the bread is slightly browned. Then spread the oil on the top side and flip it. If the flatbread springs back when you touch it, it’s cooked. Once the second side is cooked, remove it from the heat and dust it with a little salt.

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6. Cook each piece and let them cool before slicing them up. And Finito!

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When Maggie went to grab the dish at the end of the party, it was completely empty and there were rave reviews. “YOU WERE THE ONE THAT BROUGHT THE FLATBREAD?!”

Great success.

I am really quite happy with how they came out and am already trying to think of new ways to mix it up. Maybe an onion spin on it?? Or parmesan cheese??

 

Slow Cooked Buffalo Chicken Flatbread

This morning, I woke up at 6 to try out the Jillian Michaels Yoga DVD Workout. Today was supposed to be my rest day after the 7 mile run yesterday. Instead, I wanted to give her DVD a try because it was low impact and yoga does great things for healing muscles. I have also heard GREAT things about her DVD workouts and really wanted to give one of them a go.

I actually really liked it! She has a different take on yoga in the sense that she doesn’t focus on the static movements that many others do. I find yoga to be slightly boring, but Jillian incorporates deliberate movements that target just about every muscle in the body. FOr an early morning workout, it’s perfect. All you have to do is roll out of bed and flip on the TV. Not much to it. And she will DEFINITELY make you sweat.

After the workout, I sat down at the computer for some work. whipped up some breakfast and headed out on the road. For breakfast I indulged in a LOVELY Spinach Protein Smoothie. OH GOOD YUM.

 

Ingredients:

1 Frozen Banana 1 Handful of Spinach Leaves
1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
2 Full Tablespoons Chocolate Protein Powder

It may not look all the pretty, but it was good. I have been dying to give the spinach deal a try just to see how it went and I really enjoyed it! You will definitely be seeing a few more smoothies with spinach leaves in there!

Work was crazy. I just ran around all day. I also had to deal with some shenanigans trying to find the pups a place to stay on saturday night because Brent and I are going camping with some friends. That was a headache. I got a new dishwasher! Fun! But it’s legit been washing the first load for the past two hours…annnnnnd it’s still going. Mer.

For dinner, I delved into that Slow Cooked Buffalo Chicken and made a little flatbread! Oh and did I do good things! LOVE! It had some spice, and some zest and some SIZZLE! Yup, I said it!

 

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup Slow Cooked Buffalo Chicken 1 Tablespoon Jalapenos
1/4 Slice Muenster Cheese, Shredded 1/4 Cup Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded
Buffalo Saice to Taste 1/4 Cup Onion, Sautéed

Directions:

1. Sautee your onions. Place all of your toppings on your flatbread and bake at 375 for 5-10 minutes depending on how crispy you want it. Enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

 

This was actually very low calorie as well! The bread I used was only 60 calories, and with all of the toppings, we are talking about 200 calories! AWESOME. Now, you obviously need more than that to fill the tank, so pair it with a salad, or in my case…Moose Track Ice Cream!

 

I mean really?! What doesn’t complement something spicy better than something sweet?! Hahaha.

Oh well! I’ve got Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp waiting for me in the morning! She’ll definitely zap the ice cream right out of me.

I was supposed to start the program on Monday, but really needed to get a solid 7 miler in. My plan is to use Tina’s Bootcamp as cross training during my half marathon training. It’s only 6 weeks away! That’s actually terrifying to me. I am only at 7 miles and that’s just a bit over half…Tina’s going to help…I hear she does wonders like that.

What’s your favorite DVD workout?? When do you like to turn them on?? In the morning? Or when you just can’t seem to get the motivation to drive to the gym??

I am really only experienced in Insanity. I LOVE insanity. It gives me no excuses to NOT workout. All you have to do is press play! (I may or may not have stole that line from a Shaun T commercial for insanity)

Dried Blueberry and Goat Cheese Arugula Salad and Margherita Pizza

This morning I got up and went for a quick work out. I jumped on the elliptical for 20 minutes to warm up and then stared at the weights for a little while. Four years ago, I had firmly decided that I was NEVER going to go a squat, hang clean or bench press EVER again. I had done these “manly” exercises for so long due to our weight lifting regimen, that I just swore them off. It has been a nice, squat free four years until this morning.

I don’t know what possessed me to throw those weights back up there, but it happened. Initially, there were no weights. I didn’t really want to embarrass myself by putting more weight than I could squat on and being that person dropping the clanging plates in a big echoing thud. Just the 45 lbs from the bar for me please. I pumped out 10 quick ones and convinced myself that that was just the warm up. Yup.

I grabbed two weights to put on the end, thinking they were fives, but no, tens. Obviously I couldn’t put them back because now I felt like people were staring at me. Anyone else ever get that feeling at the gym??

Eight more quality squats done. Feeling better about myself, I put two more fives up there (total 75 lbs). Pushed out 8 more reps. After racking that last squat, my legs were filled with lactic acid. Not the, “I’m in shape and my muscles feel juiced” kind of burning, but the “I thought we gave this up!” kind of burning. I put the weights away and waddled over to finish up with some abs. Not the most impressive squatting work out, but I walked away knowing that I am NOT back at the beginning. I can still squat with some weight and this is a GREAT place to start over again 🙂

For my abs, I pulled out an oldie. This is an ab circuit that I have been doing since high school and I love it.

Workout complete and a wobbly, I went home and cooked up this gem for breakfast:

I love putting salsa on everything because it is the easiest way to turn something ordinary into something delicious. On the side I just had an english muffin with Chive Cream Cheese to cool the mouth down.

For lunch I whipped up a salad. I was thinking about what I had wanted to go into this and the only things that I could really settle on were blueberries and goat cheese. Weird.

The result was actually pretty fantastic.

Ingredients:

Arugula Goat Cheese
Dried Blueberries Pistachios
Cucumber Sun Dried Tomato Dressing

No need for directions here…just make sure you take the pistachios out of the shells 🙂

And last but not least, dinner. I came home ready for eats. Today, I don’t know if you knew, is National Cheese Pizza Day! Cool right?! You can’t help but celebrate that holiday! So Brent and I decided to make some Margarita Flatbread Pizzas. Yummo.

This was really easy to make, and was a perfect way to celebrate the day.

Ingredients:

2 Flatbreads 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 Medium Tomatoes, Sliced 1/2 Cup Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded
1/4 Cup Fontina Cheese, Shredded 8 Basil Leaves, Chopped
1/4 Cup Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese 1/4 Cup Feta Cheese

Directions:

1. Mix up the Olive oil, garlic and salt in a small bowl.

2. Add the sliced tomatoes to the olive oil mix. Cover them with the oil and let them marinate for a little while.

3. Spread the oil and garlic on the flatbread, leaving the tomatoes aside. Top the flatbread with the mozzarella and fontina cheese first. Then spread out the tomatoes and sprinkle with the basil, parmesan and feta cheese. (DO NOT PUT THE TOMATOES ON THE BOTTOM LAYER…you’ll end up with soggy flatbread).

4. Bake it in the oven at 300 degrees for 15 minutes. You want the cheese to be browning and melted.

While Brent and I were putting these together, he started to spread the mozzarella cheese around and was REALLY spreading some mozzarella cheese on them. I kept telling him that there were 4 other cheese to go on top of these and his response was, “I’ll make mine and you make yours,” hahaha this is what Brent’s looked like coming out of the oven….

Cheese Mania! There was more cheese on it than anything else. But he said it was STILL delicious. Actually, 4 hours later he mentioned again how good it was. To each their own!

Happy Cheese Pizza Day!

Grilled Chicken Flatbread Pizza

Today was one of those days…so quick and easy dinner it was. I took some left over grilled chicken form the fridge and chopped it up into smaller, bite sized pieces and threw it together to make this little delight. 🙂

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It took less than five minutes if you can believe that…So no excuses! Eat Healthy!

Ingredients:

1 Flatbread/ Wrap 1/2 Grilled Chicken Breast

2 Large Basil Leaves Chopped 1/2 Cup Mozzarella Cheese

Red Pepper Spice to Taste 1/4 Cup Sun Dried Tomatoes in OIl

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Add Grilled Chicken, basil leaves, mozzarella cheese, sun dried tomatoes (drain from oil) and red pepper on top of your flat bread.

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2. Heat up a griddle to medium heat and heat up your flat bread. Be careful to not burn it!

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3. When the cheese has melted, IT IS DONE! Take it off the griddle and top with some salt and pepper. Enjoy!

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It is as easy as that! I just threw on the TV and watched some reruns of America’s Next Top Model, because I’m in love with that show…and chowed down on some pizza.

I had found this flatbread at Publix and it is really thin. It is only 90 calories and they have a ton of different flavors for them. This one was an Italian seasoned flat bread, but there are also sun tomatoes, whole wheat, multigrain and a whole bunch of others. The selling point on these is the fact that they are only 90 calories! I have used them for wraps as well and they are delicious.

The other option for this is pita bread. They are a bit thicker and can make more of a crust but can be just as healthy. They obviously can be used in sandwiches as well. For a Print Friendly version, click this…Grilled Chicken Flat Bread.docx

The plan for tonight…some red wine and doing my nails because as everyone can tell…they need doing.

Happy Eating!