Monday, August 31, 2015

Pizza!

Pizza is one of my favorite meals! Often times pizza companies add on extra calories that we don't need. Homemade pizza gives us control of what we put on our pizza. Today i'm going to share with you a healthy homemade pizza! If you make your pizza right you can get all the five food groups. First I made my dough from a whole wheat recipe... 2 Cups of Whole Wheat Flour, 1 1/2 tbs yeast, 1 tsp salt, 1 1/2 sugar, 3/4 cup water, 1 tsp canola oil (optional).  I have chosen red sauce made out of 1 can of tomato sauce with 1 tsp oregano and 1 tsp basil. Next I added a little sausage and cheese for flavor (keep in mind this is where you want to keep to a minimum because of unwanted calories).


Next cut up the vegetables. I have chosen zucchini, green peppers and olives. Use lots of vegetables, its great way to create volume to your meal without extra calories.


By sauteing your vegetable in 1 tsp olive oil and 1 tsp minced garlic will soften and add flavor to the vegetables. 



Add sauteed vegetables to the pizza. 




So far on our pizza we have a grain=whole-wheat dough, protein=sausage, dairy=cheese, vegetables=zucchini, green pepper and olives. What are we missing? Fruit! Take a slice or two of pizza and eat it with a fruit of your choice. Tonight i have chosen a nectarine. I hope you enjoy this pizza. Please comment below with any questions! 
















Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Cooking in Season: Watermelon

It’s watermelon season! I see them at the farmers market, street side markets, and grocery stores. This sweet melon is yummy by itself but can also pair well with other flavors. Today on the blog we have a Watermelon Mint and Lime salad. It is a fresh summer time snack and a fun spin on an original late summer favorite. This recipe is great to toss a few berries in with as well. I suggest black berries, blue berries, strawberries or raspberries.



Select: Choose symmetrical watermelons with dried stems and yellowish undersides, heavy for size.

Storage: Store whole watermelons at room temperature. Refrigerate cut watermelons in airtight container for use within 5 days.

Nutrition: Watermelon is 93 percent water and 1 cup has about 45 calories.  Watermelon has significant amounts of vitamins A and C and is fat free, sodium free, cholesterol free. Red watermelon is a good source of lycopene, a phytonutrient that gives watermelon its color. Lycopene appears to protect the body against a growing list of cancers, which include prostate cancer, breast cancer, endometrial cancer, lung cancer, and colorectal cancers. Lycopene helps to protect cells in the body from damage associated with heart disease as well.



Fun Watermelon Facts:
 Did you know that watermelon…
 · is 93% water?
· is a vegetable, not a fruit
 · is a cousin of the pumpkin
 · was used by explorers as a canteen
 · can grow to over 200 pounds

Enjoy!

Melissa