Archive for January, 2014

Strawberry, Spinach, Feta Pizza

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
 

whole spinach strawberry feta pizza

 

You know I thought maybe this time I had done it. I thought maybe I’d created something that no one in my family wouldn’t eat but me. I quickly had my fears put at rest when my teenage daughter came around as I pulled this out of the oven. “That looks good”, she exclaimed! As soon as I had the lunches I wanted packed, and the photos I needed snapped, she promptly scoffed down some strawberry, spinach, feta pizza. I bet she didn’t even know what she was eating but she did enjoy it!

I have really been thinking a lot about the concept of sweet and savory pizzas. I spent a good deal of time researching blackberry pizza, peach pizza etc but ultimately I did what I always do, made what I thought would be the easiest, a strawberry pizza!

I started with pita pockets and bagels since I wanted to test different crusts. The photo above shows a pizza on the pita “crust” before baking. The photo below shows a pizza on bagel “crust” after baking. I would say we preferred the pita since it created a nice crispy pizza. I like to precut my pitas before putting the toppings on. It is probably not necessary but I do it out of habit I guess.

Basic instructions:

  • Lightly brush your chosen crust with extra virgin olive oil
  • Top with crumbled feta cheese and chopped spinach
  • Layer on sliced strawberries
  • Finish with seasoning of your choice, in this case I used black pepper
  • Bake until crispy (the feta cheese does not really “melt”)

strawberry spinach feta pizza

 

For lunch I packed the pizza into my Easylunchboxes container and included:

  • Baby Carrots
  • Blueberries
  • Cucumbers (cut with crinkle cutter see link at bottom of post)
  • Fresh Strawberry garnish

Sincerely,
Deb
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Bacon Mushroom Egg Muffins for Office Lunch

Monday, January 20th, 2014
 

bacon mushroom egg muffins for work lunch

Long weekends always have me dreaming of all the extra stuff I’ll get done on that extra day off. Rarely does reality actually meet my expectations! Today I am pleased to say however that I spent the entire day in my pajamas rearranging kitchen cabinets and catching up on laundry. You see for me staying in my pajamas is a rare occurrence that I don’t often get to enjoy! Bet you thought I was pleased about the cabinets and laundry lol? Well maybe that too!

So with all my “extra” time I decided to make a batch of gluten-free, bacon-mushroom egg muffins. I had leftover mushrooms (purchased for homemade beef stew) and I had leftover bacon (purchased for bacon cabbage stir-fry) so that determined the kind of egg muffins that I would make. I call these egg muffins as opposed to frittata or quiche since I don’t make a crust nor do I add flour to my egg mixture. That makes these easily gluten-free. I must confess when I am cooking for my family I often don’t measure my ingredients. I am the queen of eyeballing and adjusting recipes to fit what I have or what i think my family will like better. While this does categorize me as a heck of a home cook, it does make me a poor food blogger ;) ! Good thing I am not in it for the money!

So here are the general unmeasured instructions for bacon-mushroom egg muffins…

In your frying pan cook up onions, mushroom and sliced bacon for your egg muffin filling (spinach would be an excellent addition if I had it on hand). The more muffins you plan on making, the more filling mixture you should make. Divide your cooked filling by placing a couple spoonfuls in each cup of your muffin tin (spray muffin tin with cooking spray first). Top each muffin cup with shredded sharp white cheddar cheese (or your favorite cheese). In a bowl beat your eggs with milk. As a general rule of thumb you will need one egg for each muffin you plan to make. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and parsley. Pour the egg mixture over each muffin cup until filled to the top. Bake your muffins at 350 degrees until the egg muffins rise and are firm to the touch. They will sink upon cooling.

Served in an Easylunchboxes container, this lunch contains:

  • 3 bacon-mushroom egg muffins (pack when cooled completely)
  • 1 strawberry
  • Sliced Cara Cara Oranges
  • Gluten-free pretzel sticks and Snap Pea Crisps

Sincerely,
Deb

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A Dozen {12} Easy Work Lunch Ideas

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
 

dozen easy work lunches

Rumor has it variety is the spice of life, right? Well, in my opinion when it comes to packing lunch for work it really is. If your lunch is dull or too repetitive you won’t be inspired to eat it. That leaves you with wasted time (packing lunch), wasted food and the desire to go out and buy a lunch you shouldn’t! (unless your will power is stronger than mine ;) ) What’s worse is that we all know during the office “clean out the fridge Friday” that container is going in the trash! NO MERCY!

Now really with minimal effort we can avoid all that! I’m a reasonable sort of person, I get that every now and again you WANT to go out for lunch. I promise I get that and I do it too! I just try to make a concerted effort to bring my lunch most of the time for the sake of my wallet and my waistline! So I have combed through my blog and compiled a list of a dozen lunches that I think are easy to make and will inspire you to pack and bring your lunch! I also feel these lunches display a wide variety of fruits, veggies and snacks to pack in your lunch! Click through each link for more details on the lunch! Here we go:

1. Chicken Pesto Pizza

chicken pesto pizza

2. Breakfast Fried Rice

easy work lunch breakfast fried rice

3. Simple Breakfast Sandwich

healthy lunch challenge #2

4. Tomato Pesto Grilled Cheese

tomato pesto grilled cheese work lunch

5. Pita Pizza

pita pizza

6. Garlic Bread Pizza

garlic bread pizza and salad in easylunchboxes

7. Flat Out Sandwich

flat out

8. Pizza Tarts

pizza tarts

9. Calorie Counting Chicken Sandwich 

calorie counted lunch

10. Spiral Sandwich

simple spiral sandwich

11. Caprese & Chicken Salad

caprese chicken salad

12. Tuna Salad with Pita Crisps

tuna salad work lunch

Now please have mercy on that lunch container! Don’t leave it in the fridge, it didn’t do anything to you! lol

Sincerely,
Deb

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