by Heather on March 30, 2010

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Morning everyone!  How are you guys doing today?  I’m doing great…thanks to Miss FoodCents and her recommendation to sleep with a humidifier I woke up headache-free and happy!  Thanks girl :)

Last night’s dinner was CRAZY with a capital ‘C’!  I made barbeque chicken/black bean crazy crust pizza!  (I know I said I was going to have soup, but I changed my mind and made it for lunches instead…recipe coming this afternoon so I can show a picture of it too!)

What makes it crazy?  There’s no yeast, so it’s really fast and really good!  It’s not going to have the same texture as a traditional crust, but my mom used to make this for us all the time growing up!  Here are the ingredients for the crust:

  • 1 cup flour (can use regular, wheat, or a mix of the two)
  • 2/3 cup milk (I used nonfat)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Whisk together until smooth.  Pour onto a greased 9 x 13 sheet pan.  Add whatever toppings you want:  cooked meat, veggies, etc (just DO NOT add the cheese and sauce yet).  Bake for 25-30 minutes at 425 or until the crust is golden brown.  Add sauce and cheese, then bake another 10-15 minutes until cheesy is melted and bubbly.  Done!  It’s so crazy I just had to make this face:

Attractive, I know :)  SO for our toppings, I did Nate’s half with grilled chicken breast, and mine with black beans.  I also added quartered mushrooms, red onion slices, and frozen corn.  The sauce of choice was a bottled barbeque sauce (KC Masterpiece?), and topped it all with a sprinkling of mozzarella and parmesan cheese.  So good!

For dessert we were going to make mixed drinks, but by the time I figured out how to get the oven to self-clean, unloaded the dishwasher, did some laundry, and read some blogs we decided to go for some Oikos chocolate yogurt:

It’s  You guys really should sign up for the contest just to potentially get some of this!  At the end of the night we went through our closets and did a preliminary clothes weeding.  I would say I got rid of half of my stuff, and I still have plans to go through again.  I feel like the rest of my life is sort of “starting over” as far as learning how to live healthfully and happily, and I don’t need to stare at all of my old clothes because it only takes me back to self-doubt.  I feel better already!

I woke up, did some yoga, showered, and had some banana oats with peanut butter and the very last 2 Tbsp of my Dylan’s Chia Granola.  Definitely going to have to get some more soon!

And a tall glass of iced coffee:

Breakfast of champions!  One of my co-workers (who’s a foodie too!) brought me some cookbooks to check out.  The first one is a 5-ingredient vegetarian book:

AND an Indian cookbook!  I’m pretty excited to try some of the stuff out of this guy:

I haven’t had a lot of Indian dishes, but I think this will be a fun exercise in learning to cook from different cultures.  I would also love to try Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking sometime just to learn more about classic techniques.  Food is such a cool thing since it changes as people change…LOVE that!

What’s your favorite cookbook?  Do you use cookbooks a lot, make up your own recipes, or go off of the internet? My favorite cookbook thus far (that I’ve used the most anyway) is the America’s Test Kitchen cookbook we got as a wedding gift from one of Nate’s cousins.  I usually just make up my own stuff with the help of either that book or the internet!

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1 Julie March 30, 2010

Hi Heather!
I have been going off the internet alot, and being inspired by alot of different recipes. But then when i need to cook something, I look in my fridge and pantry and try to become inspired to whip up something yum.

I have been to India 3 times for missions trips. I LOVE the food. One of the things they have is called Garlic Naan. I think I’ve started seeing it in grocery stores now, but it’s no where NEAR the same. It’s an Indian flat bread they use for EVERYTHING! And I found a recipe online for it that was very similar and I’ve been wrapping veggies in it, wrapping my entire salad in it (dressing and all) and even using it as a ‘crust’ for pizza. I make it with whole wheat. I now wonder if it would be as good with almond flour. hmmmm….i’ll have to try that…:)


2 theprocessofhealing March 30, 2010

That pizza looks AWESOME!!!! YUM!

I’d like to try Mastering the Art of French Cooking too. It seems like a challenge but challenges are fun! I tend to get most of my recipes off of the Internet.


3 Kelly March 30, 2010

Okay…YUM! That looks and sounds perfect! Easy and no fuss! I <3 you! :)


4 Christie {Honoring Health} March 30, 2010

That pizza looks amazing!

I love cookbooks, I have over 100 probably. Funny thing is, I rarely actually use them. I do use the internet a lot of really prefer doing my own thing.


5 Jessica @ How Sweet March 30, 2010

I LOVE cookbooks, but many times I don’t make anything from them. The one that I use most often is Williams Sonoma basic cookbook – love it!


6 Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries March 30, 2010

I’m an internet recipe girl…I’m always at a computer, so it’s just easier! But I LOVE the pics in cookbooks. Holy yum!


7 midgetkeeper March 30, 2010

I love to browse cookbooks, can’t say I have a favorite or cook out of them too much but they are great for ideas.


8 RunToTheFinish March 30, 2010

ohh 5 ingredient those are my favorite kind of cookbooks!! I totally want to know if it’s a good book


9 foodlovingpolarbear March 30, 2010

I usually find inspiration from internet and friends but I also have cookbooks which I occassionally use. I’m very excited to try my new Top Chef cookbooks!


10 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 30, 2010

I sooo want the America’s Test Kitchen book. I love to know why certain techniques/ingredients are used and not just what to do and how to do it.


11 Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA March 30, 2010

My favorite cookbook is The Eat Clean Diet (Tosca Reno). All meals are clean, quick, and made with pretty much under 10 (recognizable) ingredients. :)

I also loooooove iced coffee! Makes me really feel like Spring is here!


12 Meg @ Be Fit Be Full March 30, 2010

My favorite cookbooks are Great Food Fast (Martha Stewart) and Simply in Season. I used both often, but also rely on the web as well!


13 Jacqui March 30, 2010

I cleaned out my closet last night too! Isn’t that the best feeling!


14 lpskins March 30, 2010

I love your cute earing. Five ingredient cook books are where it’s at sister. I don’t ever use books bc well, I don’t really cook. One day though.


15 Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle March 30, 2010

I’m always reading cooking magazines, online recipes, food blogs, writing down recipes, etc but I rarely use them. I don’t know why, I guess I jsut get busy at night and feel like there isn’t enough time. This summer, especially if I’m temporarily unemployed, I’m going to make a point to try more recipes. Plus, seeing my warmed up veggie burger or pasta on the blog really isn’t THAT exciting.


16 Anna@ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 30, 2010

Ahhhh, I LOVE cleaning out my closets! So refreshing!

I love the Cook’s Test Kitchen cookbook too! So freakin’ thorough!

I have too many cookbooks to pick a favorite…I think I might be addicted! :-)


17 Salah March 30, 2010

my favorite cookbook is the Ellie Krieger cookbook that you got me for my birthday!!!! Thank you!!


18 Tina March 30, 2010

Yay for feeling liberated with the closet cleaning!!!

That pizza is awesome. And so creative. And easy. All good things to me. For my own cooking, I usually use recipes and then will tweak things the next time around to make any changes I would have liked. I’m not the most creative cat in the kitchen to make up my own recipes from scratch though.


19 FoodCents March 30, 2010

I am so glad the humidifier helped. It is rather dry (well drier than usual) out today.

I can not pick just one cookbook. I have yet to find one that is my “go-to”, I like many for different reasons. In a way, the internet has eliminated my need for tons of cookbooks, but there is still something nice about having an actual book to refer to.



20 hundredtenpounds March 31, 2010

My favorite cookbook is by Martha Stewart called “Great Food Fast”. It’s really great. The pictures look wonderful and the recipes are easy. We’ve made probably half of the recipes so far.


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