Spring Pizza

spring blossoms

Hello new readers! Welcome to my blog. I am currently working on another blog through a web hoster, and until I finish that I will probably post a few more things on here.

Today I want to share with you a recipe that is one of our family favorites – Homemade pizza. Every week I do a meal plan and every week pizza, with a green salad, is on the menu. We don’t get tired of it, because pizza can be one of your most creative nights in the kitchen. Sometimes its barbecue chicken pizza, plain pepperoni and cheese, margarita, ham and pineapple, and I have even done a taco pizza. It is a super easy meal. You just have to get the dough made a little ahead of time and within an hour you have homemade pizza! Your family will love it, I promise. Currently I don’t have a pizza stone or anything, but I do think it is fun to bake pizza on pizza sheets. It makes it feel so much more authentic.

Homemade prosciutto pizza with dough recipe

Honestly, my pizza dough turns out different every week. Half the time I try new recipes and half the time I don’t follow the recipe exactly. Somehow it always turns out. This week we made two pizzas. The first one had prosciutto, some small peppers sliced really thin, sliced Roma tomatoes, fresh chives, and mozzarella cheese. The second had prosciutto, pineapples, chives, and cheese.  Prosciutto is a little bit more expensive than regular sliced ham from the deli and I only get it once in a great while to make something special. Because of the cost, I generally tell the deli to cut their ham SUPER thin, and use that instead. Sir Knight likes the ham better than the prosciutto anyways. ( I think he can taste when something costs a little more. 😉 )

Homemade prosciutto pizza with dough recipe

Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

  • 1 cup warm milk (i put it in the microwave for ~45 seconds, don’t make it hot or it will kill the yeast)
  • 1 TBLS yeast
  • 3 TBLS olive oil
  • 3 TBLS honey
  • 3/4 TBLS salt
  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat white flour
  • 1 cup white flour

Instructions: Place yeast in a large mixing bowl. Pour warm milk into bowl. Stir for a few seconds, then cover the bowl and let sit for 5 minutes to allow for the yeast to activate. Then add olive oil, honey, salt and stir. Now add the flour. I use a wooden spoon to mix the dough. The dough is probably still sticky. If so, add 1/4 cup white flour and mix a little more. If dough is still too sticky and not able to knead, add 1/8 to 1/4 cup white flour. Once the dough is a good dough consistency (not to hard, but not too sticky) I roll it into a ball and place it back in the mixing bowl.  I set the timer for 10-20 minutes, depending on how much of a hurry you are in. Now would be a good time to preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the timer goes off, i cut the dough into two halves and I sprinkle some flour on the counter. Finally, I knead the dough into a good ball and then I roll it out. After rolling them out, place them on oiled pizza sheets. You can finally decorate your pizzas. I lay the toppings in this order: generous pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and then the toppings. Then I place one pizza in the oven at a time for 6-8 minutes depending on your oven. Ours right now is very old and I think it gets pretty hot so 6 minutes is sufficient.

Good luck and PLEASE let me know how this one went at your house.

Low Calorie Lunch

Hey friends, today’s post is about creating a low calorie lunch that will keep you full till dinner time. If you are like me, you don’t get a lot of time to prepare lunch. Nor do I want to spend a lot of time on each meal every day. But for some reason, if my food doesn’t taste great, I don’t feel satisfied. Basically, I don’t stop eating until my taste buds are happy too. To please my taste buds and to keep my calories low I try to go for three parts to every meal.

1) Protein: Whether that is quickly opening a can of tuna to throwing a tilapia filet on the stove, I make sure I get protein. Not only will protein help to keep you full longer, but protein contains the building blocks of our bodies. Your body needs protein to rebuild damaged or old tissue.

2) Vegetables: Ideally this is green or leafy most days. I sometimes reheat a vegetable from the evening before like green beans or carrots. Or I cook up some  fresh zucchini or yellow squash. Other times I will simply cut up a cucumber, cauliflower or whatever else I have on hand. Just make sure you get a vegetable on your plate. I have noticed that I eat smaller portions and stay fuller longer when I am eating vegetables with every meal. Besides being loaded with vitamins and minerals, even the highest calorie vegetables are still a fraction of the number of calories found in other foods. Vegetables fill us up while helping us to maintain a healthy weight!

3) A complex Carbohydrate: Complex carbs are found in whole grains and vegetables. They provide your body with fuel and needed energy. This is my favorite part of every meal. Carbohydrates are not bad. Eating anything out of moderation is bad.

If I am still hungry after eating a meal with these three parts, I go for a clementine, strawberries over fat free greek yogurt, apples with some peanut butter, or just a banana. Fruits are a great way to top of meals that leave you wanting more. Fruits can help curb your desire for sugar while still giving you lots of nutrients.

Here is an example of a typical lunch with these three parts. Tilapia, cooked carrots, and homemade Mexican sticky brown rice. I will share the recipe for the Mexican rice in an upcoming post. Good luck on making healthy lunches at your house!

tilapia lunch

Skinny Creamy White Chicken Chili

white chicken chili picture

When I married Caleb 3.5 years ago I was introduced to this recipe. His family always makes it in the winter months for family get togethers. Sir Knight says it is his favorite. I did not really like it the first couple times I had it because it was too spicy. So I calmed it down a tad and made it a little bit healthier and Caleb says he likes it even more. (Win win!)

Our favorite time to eat this recipe is when its cold outside and this morning we woke up to several inches of snow. We love to eat pumpkin chocolate chip cookies for dessert with this meal.

If you try this recipe, let me know how it went and what your little critics at your house thought. Hope you enjoy!

Skinny AND creamy White Chicken Chili recipe