Friday, March 29, 2013

Pizza for One

Who doesn't love pizza?  But sometimes you want a little control over the pie, don't want a ton of crust, and also don't want to work that hard.  After having the afternoon off and erranding I stocked up on groceries for the weekend, Easter potluck contributions, and the coming week.  While grocery shopping I developed a craving for pizza.  (I probably shouldn't have shopped hungry and I bet my bill would have been half as much.)

This isn't rocket science and I'm sure you've made your own pizza before.  But this was too pretty and delicious not to share.  It will probably be dinner many nights this coming week.   

1 tortilla (I used the super high fiber new fangled olive oil flavored ones found in the deli)
A few tablespoons of pizza sauce
2 cups raw spinach sauteed in a drizzle of canola oil with salt, pepper, and garlic powder 
2 button mushrooms sliced
1 and a half artichoke hearts chopped
1 small chicken sausage link sliced (already cooked so I tossed with the spinach to heat up)
A thick slice of a mozzarella ball
season with basil, garlic powder, and crushed red pepper

Preheat oven to 400.  On a cookie sheet place tortilla.  Smear with pizza sauce.  Top sauce with seasoning and then with all the things you want.  Heat in oven for 5-10 minutes.  I didn't really time it.  Not very long.  And voila.  Satisfies the pizza craving without tempting leftovers.  Nom nom.   

Monday, March 25, 2013

Mac and Cheese - ish

The raiding of the fridge
There was a lot of snow on the ground this morning.  I had a busy weekend.  I have ambitions to get to a spin class tonight.  It is Monday.  So many reasons I just didn't have the energy to go fetch groceries on the way home.  So, this is the sort of meal that was conjured driving home in my head, taking a mental inventory of my fridge and hoping I remembered the ingredients I had on hand, while craving mac and cheese.  Whipped this up and probably have enough for a few lunches this week.

Anyways... here is my made up, raiding the fridge, Mac and Cheese-ish.

Half a block of yummy Irish cheese
The prepping of ingredients
1/4 c shredded parm (I have a freezer bag full of it)
1 1/2 crowns broccoli (was intended for hummus snacks, but I was being slow)
Healthy sprinkling of garlic powder
1 can of chickpeas
half a box or so of whole wheat spaghetti (I would have preferred spirals or something, but again this was a rather impromptu creation)
splash of skim milk
juice of half a lemon

In the pot
Boil pasta to package directions.  When there is about 5 minutes left, throw in broccoli to boiling pasta water.  Reserve a half cup or so of pasta water.

When pasta is done strain pasta and broccoli.  Throw back in pot.  Add reserved pasta water, splash of milk, cheese, can of chickpeas, garlic powder, salt, and the juice of half a lemon.

Voila.  I pretended this was mac and cheese, though, it was no where close.  But it was yummy nonetheless.