Pizza Pizza!

So everyone likes pizza, especially after a late night for no particular reason on the weekend. Although you may not remember what that pizza at 2 am on saturday tastes like you will definitely not forget this homemade pizza.  It does take some love and effort, but it is completely worth it and the people you make it for will love you for it.  

Ingredients:

  • 4 Cups Flour, may need more 
  • 1 package instant dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more later
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

How to:

  1. In the warm cup of water add the yeast and sugar.  let this sit until it begins to foam (should start to smell yeasty)
  2. in a large bowl mix everything else
  3. once the yeast is foamy pour that in. now by hand you need to knead it. (see what I did there 😉 ) 
  4. if it is still sticky add more flour.  Knead for about 5-10 minutes 
  5. then in a clean bowl coat the sides in a olive oil so the dough won’t stick and place it into the bowl.  cover this with a cloth and let sit on the counter (it is best if it is in a warm place)
  6. let this rise up to twice or more its size, then punch it down.  Once it has risen again it is ready to be used for pizza!
  7. to make pizza, spray a pan and place the dough in the center and spread it to the center (if you have a rolling pin this will work best) 
  8. then cover it is sauce (recipe shown previously) then add some cheese and toppings.  My suggestion is for bacon and onion, it is hands down my favorite pizza.
  9. but this recipe makes about 4-5 small pizzas, perfect for a personalized pizza party.

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The ULTIMATE Stuffed Pepper

Well, when I started this blog three years ago I really never thought I would still be working on it and adding to it, but here I am with my 100th RECIPE!!! Who knew one person could eat so much, just kidding this isn’t even a challenge.  I just want to thank everyone that has been reading and commenting and providing me with feedback and support I appreciate it all so much.  Hopefully my recipes provide you with inspiration at meal time or at least a rumble of hunger when you read them.  Thank you everyone so so much, from the bottom of my heart.

   Okay now onto this recipe.  This recipe was part of a contest so I have to thank my lovely teammates Joelle and Jena, we had a ball in the kitchen and the whole thing was awesome and delicious.  Also recently I have this thing for stuffing peppers, well this is the end all be all recipe (until I try something else of course)  but this is so flavorful, packed with protein, and easy.  This can be an appetizer, dinner, whatever its fabulous.  

Ingredients:

  • boneless skinless chicken (either breast or tender, thigh probably would work too)
  • jalapeños (pablanos worked also)
  • spanish olives (the green ones with the orange on the inside)
  • cottage cheese
  • cream cheese(this is optional)
  • cheddar cheese
  • cumin, chile powder, dried garlic, salt pepper, and hot sauce(optional)

 

How to:

  1. set the oven to 375, and spray the pan then place the defrosted chicken on the pan and sprinkle on a little bit of cumin and chile powder.  Then a little more garlic and pepper.
  2. let that cook until done. mean while slice and de-core your jalapeños then place them in boil water to cook until tender.  This is about 10 minutes, less if you want them to be more spicy.
  3. when those are done drain them and put them aside.
  4. with your cooked chicken your going to cut it into cubes and place it in a food processor (if you don’t have one use two forks to shred it).  then place about 2.5 tablespoons of cottage cheese in, a tablespoon of olives in (less if you don’t like them), a less than generous handful of cheddar cheese, and about of cream cheese if you choose to use it.  this is also where you can add your dash of hot sauce
  5. pulse this until well combined but not too much because then you pulverize your chicken.
  6. one this mix is done, grab your jalapeños and place them open side up on a cookie sheet.  scoop this mixture then into the cooked jalapeños, so it is full but not too overflowing.
  7. pop this into the oven for 20-30 minutes until it begins to turn golden brown on top and the mixture doesn’t look watery.  
  8. and DONE! these are so delicious, and easy.  There like my second favorite meal now.

 

also if your looking for a quick side open up a can of black beans, rinse them, place them into a microwave safe bowl with a dash of cumin and chile powder and microwave for about 2 minutes until hot.  They are quick and easy! Also in the photo we served it with the beans, some cilantro lime rice, and pico de gallo, all recipes previously posted.

 

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Peas Please!

Im not a big fan of peas, we don’t really eat them at home.  Didn’t eat them much at school, but as I begin to clean out my pantry I stumbled upon a can of peas and decided I need to restore my relationship with these green little pods.  I went in knowing I wanted mexican, and I wasn’t sure how peas would fit into that equation.  But as the smell of the peas and the smells of the chile powder combined I thought, this could work.  Well, it did! these aren’t normal quesadillas, they’re packed full of power and flavor.  These add a clean healthy twist to mexican dinners.  I know it sounds weird, but it could change your whole perspective of peas.

Ingredients:

  • can (or frozen) peas
  • chile powder
  • cumin
  • dried garlic
  • dried onion (if fresh mince it very small)
  • hot sauce, just a splash but totally optional
  • corn tortillas
  • cheese
  • lime juice

How to:

  1. in a food processor put in the peas, about 1/2 cup for 2 quesadillas.  Then squeeze in a bit of lime juice, about a teaspoon is sufficient.  Then add a small sprinkle of the cumin, chile powder, and hot sauce.  Add a generous sprinkle of garlic and onion. Then pulse till chunky but combined.  
  2. if you do not have a food processor use a large spoon to squish it all together, the peas are soft enough this shouldn’t be difficult to achieve.  
  3. you have two options as to cooking your quesadillas, bake or pan “fried”.  I choose to cook it in a pan.  So in a skillet spray a bit of pam on and turn it to medium.  Coat the tortilla in pea mixture then lay in the pan.  Then layer on your cheese.  Then add your other tortilla on top.  Let this cook for a few minutes on eat side still it starts to turn light brown.  
  4. I enjoy these with salsa and sour cream, but the choice is yours.
  5. This will definitely mix up your mexican night, for the better!

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VEGAN Black Bean Patties

I capitalized vegan because I’m just so excited that I was actually able to make a vegan dish, this is a first purposefully vegan dish 😀 So hopefully y’all like it, especially those trying to maintain a vegan diet.  Its fully of flavor, freezes beautifully and is full of healthy stuff!

Ingredients:

  • black beans (can, drained and rinsed)
  • pepper (I used pablano but jalapeño or bell pepper would work also)
  • mashed potato flakes (the puff and fluff mash potatoes)
  • hot sauce
  • onion
  • garlic
  • salt and pepper

How to:

  1. in a food processor mash up the beans, onion, and pepper. For one can of beans I used about half of a pepper and 1/4 of an onion, use more or less depending on what kind of pepper your using.   
  2. when this looks chunky add 1/4 cup of the mashed potato flakes, you may need more or less depending on the wetness of your mixture.  Also now add a generous sprinkle of garlic salt and pepper.
  3. puree this again for a few more seconds.
  4. if you don’t have mash potato flakes and aren’t vegan you can use an egg as its replacement.
  5. now grab a handful of your mixture and work it in your hands to make a patty.  This will be messy.  You can also make these patties big for burgers, or small for appetizer, all up to you.
  6. then place these patties on a well sprayed pan and pop into the oven for 20-30 minutes, flipping in the middle of that time chunk.  Until they look dry and feel firm.  You don’t want to cook them too long because then they will crumble.
  7. These are great with some rice and salsa or on there own 😀 and they freeze really well!! So eat and enjoy!!

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*if any of the products I used are not truly vegan please tell me 😀 thanks!