August 31, 2011
The boyfriend asked me yesterday afternoon if I was down for doing a homemade pizza night.
Do you even have to ask? Oh boy, oh boy! I love me some pizza!
And homemade? The. Best.
His crust is unreal. Plus, he allowed me to do a little photo shoot while he was workin’ his magic. He is also The. Best.
First things first, gather up your ingredients. Mise en Place, people! Note: For all those who aren’t fancy shmancy chefs and had never heard that term before last year (*raising hand*), that means “everything in it’s place.”
Makes 1 pizza (8 slices)
Prep time: 1 1/2 hours
Cook time: 1/2 hour
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 Tbs olive oil
- 1 cup water
- 2 1/4 tsp yeast
- 15 oz can pizza sauce
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp parmesan cheese
- 1 1/2 tsp brown sugar
- 16 oz low moisture, part skim solid mozzarella cheese, grated
- can of olives, sliced
- red pepper, chopped
- Any other toppings your heart desires
- In a large bowl, take 2 cups of all purpose flour and sift using a fork to break up any clumps. Add in 1/2 tsp salt and 2 1/4 tsp yeast.
- Combine 2 Tbs olive oil with 1 cup water, and add to flour mixture.
- Kneed and punch dough down, adding a little bit of flour (up to an additional 1 cup) as needed until dough forms a ball.
- Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
- Cover bowl with a damp cloth and let dough rise for about 45 minutes.
- Thoroughly grease pizza pan with 1 Tbs olive oil.
- Using the heel of your hand, stretch the dough from the center out on the pizza pan.
- Let the stretched dough set for about 10 minutes to develop a “skin.”
- Using your thumb, make indents along the inner edge of the crust.
- Pour on 3/4 can of pizza sauce, top with a little pepper, parmesan cheese and 1 1/2 tsp brown sugar to dough.
- Add majority of your vegetables (leaving a handful for on top), followed by grated cheese and remaining vegetables
- Place pizza in the oven for 25-30 minutes.
- Once cooked, let cool for 15 minutes before cutting and enjoy!It’s chemistry! (Yes, I am a nerd and PROUD of it!)
Dough making complete! In the meantime, chop up the veg and grate some cheese!
The dough should be about double in size.
Can you tell?
The brown sugar is the secret ingredient.
Ohhh yeah! Oven time!
Perhaps, we should have taken it out maybe 5 minutes earlier, but let me tell you what, that nicely browned cheese was so good!
Heaven. I’m in heaven!
two three delicious slices.
A big shout out to my great boyfriend who so sweetly allowed me to snap pictures and get in the way while he was cooking.
Have you ever made a homemade pizza before? What are your favorite toppings?
August 30, 2011
And so it begins…
Yerp. It’s that time of year – Back to school.
I’ve got all my books:
I actually don’t have this one yet. We have to get edition 14, which apparently hasn’t been released by the publisher yet… By the way, did I tell you school starts on Monday?
Oh yes, Monday. As in Labor Day. As in the last fun summer holiday. Mehhh. :/ Damn you, crazy RIT.
So anyway, $500 later, I’m getting started on my first assignment.
Chapter One in Lifecycle.
I’m more than halfway through the 50 pages!
I also have to do an introduction for my Medical Nutrition Therapy class.
No homework for Dietetic Environment though! Woohoo!
I better enjoy it now, because in just 5 short days I am going to have no life.
Check out this schedule:
Wow. You guys get two spreadsheets in one day!
DE – Dietetic Environment
MNT – Medical Nutrition Therapy
NLC – Nutrition Through the Life Cycle
Counseling – I am the new nutrition counselor at the RIT gym!
Hospital – Worrrrk as a Diet Technician
Kickball – I’m going to be playing kickball this fall! Our team name is Slow Kids At Play. Pretty lame, if you ask me. I wanted Kickin’ Grass. Yeahhhh…
My plan is to run and lift in the mornings like I have been these past couple weeks. It’s so so sooo nice getting up and banging out a sweaty workout.
Here we go Senior Year. I’m ready to kick your grass!
What’s your fall schedule like? Are you going to be crazy busy too?
August 30, 2011
So you remember how much I wanted to try out Insanity, right? Well, guess what! A friend of mine is letting me borrow their collection! Yahoo!!
I did the fit test, which was definitely a challenge, but I was mostly able to keep up with the athletes on the screen.
And yes, I do have an excel spreadsheet to track my progress. :p I’m a dork like that.
This morning I tested out the Plyometric Cardio Circuit.
I’m not exactly sure why the girl is kicking in that picture. The workout does none of that.
I have to say it was a good sweaty workout. My heart was pumping, and the plank/pushup section rocked my world. I have majorly shrimpy arms…
What I didn’t like was the huge stretching break right after the warm-up. What the heck, dude? I get my heart rate up, just to have it drop back down before the actual workout even starts? Lame.
There is definite room for improvement on my part, which I really like to see. Most DVD workouts tend to leave me feeling like I didn’t quite work hard enough.
Also, do not do this workout in the early morning if you live in an old creaky building with floors that squeak. You will wake the neighbors.
Oops. No elephants here. Just me trying to do high knees.
She was really nice though. I apologized and moved myself to the back bedroom which has slightly less room, but more stable (less loud) flooring. It’s also not right above where someone sleeps.
August 30, 2011
Lots of new things going on here at On the Road to RD.
As you can see, I purchased my own domain!!
Which i think is pretty freakin’ cool.
I’ve reformatted the site, hopefully making it easier for you to read and find information.
There are a few tweeks that still need to be made, such as updating my recipe page. And correcting some links.
I did re-vamp my about me page, so if you haven’t taken a peak at that, go on and check it out!
Also, I am adding a new feature to my workouts page; I’m going to include a list of my daily workouts.
Sweet, huh? So if you’re stuck in a rut, check them out for a little dose of inspiration.
All in all, I think this is going to be a really great change! I’m super stoked about all the new things happening, and the ideas just keep flowing. Keep your eyes peeled!
August 29, 2011
I love lazy Sunday mornings.
There is nothing better than waking up late and staying in your pajamas until noon.
After drinking a pot of coffee, my tummy started grumbling.
I checked the cupboards over at the boyfriend’s house and found the ingredients for my newest concoction.
Chocolate Oatmeal Protein Pancakes
Makes 14-15 pancakes
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
- 3 cups pancake mix
- 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
- 2 packets instant oatmeal
- 2 cups of water
- Preheat griddle to 375 degrees.
- Combine the pancake mix, protein powder and oatmeal together in a large bowl.
- Slowly add water, mixing with a fork or whisk to break up the mixture.
- Using a 1/3 measuring cup, scoop mixture onto hot griddle.
- Let pancakes heat and bubble through, flip.
- Allow opposite side to turn golden brown, remove from griddle, and enjoy!
Here’s what I started with… A big bowl of white flour.
I thought to myself, “I’ve got to be able to do better than this!”
Add in some oats.
And what not a little chocolate protein powder, eh?
Heat them babies up!
Quick ‘n easy. Just delicious! And with a enough rib-sticking-power to keep me going all morning and into the afternoon!
Now that’s what I call a pancake!
No butter or syrup needed.
We ate three each and froze the rest.
Krusteaz ain’t got nothin’ on us.