Blueberry Pizza with Honeyed Goat Cheese and Prosciutto

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Don’t think for a second that this is some bizarre pregnancy craving. This is legit, amazing food. And why people will turn up their noses to goat cheese…well, I’ll never understand. Goat cheese is just…dreamy.

Also dreamy is the thought of days I could sleep without 8 bathroom breaks each night (if you think I’m exaggerating, well, you’re wrong. Sadly.) Or the nights when we didn’t have to have so much white noise to mask my snoring. Or what about eating Tums like they’re magic jelly beans at 3am? Yeah, dreamy. As miraculous and beautiful as creating life truly is…it comes with unpleasantness, too.

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I sit at my desk and by 3pm I could fall asleep right then and there. Shoot, I think I could fall asleep standing at times.

Most days I try to hit the gym or do SOMETHING to break a sweat, but I’ll be honest…that’s getting harder and harder to do. I’ve come to rely on my personal trainer, our appointments, and his encouragement to get me through a few workouts each week. This poor 25-year-old stud muffin had no idea what he was getting himself into when we started our training months ago. Trainers probably aren’t accustomed to having their clients get rounder and heavier and less fit by the week, but he gives me lots of words of encouragement…which is just what I need.

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By dinner time, it’s time for whatever will come together in 15 minutes or less. I used to think 30 minutes was a quick meal, but these days, that number is cut in half. And sadly, dishes still won’t wash themselves or magically relocate to the dishwasher. But I stay hopeful.

By 8pm, I’m generally perched on my yoga ball with my baby belly hanging out, rocking from side-to-side and front-to-back trying to find some relief from all the baby PRESSURE. Mr. Prevention generally laughs at my pathetic state and rarely fulfills my requests for a back rub while I grumble about wanting to eat something more…but not get indigestion.

That said, these Blueberry Pizzas with Honeyed Goat Cheese and Prosciutto are worth suffering the worst indigestion in the world (not that they would cause any unless you’re super duper pregnant). Just…yum. So very yum (and ready in 15 minutes with very little hands-on time!).

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Blueberry Pizza with Honeyed Goat Cheese and Prosciutto
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Ingredients
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 3 pieces naan or flatbread
  • ¾ cup fresh blueberries
  • 3 oz prosciutto, thinly shaved
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine goat cheese and honey until well blended. Spread the goat cheese mixture over the surface of the naan, evenly dividing between the 3 pieces. Top each pizza with ¼ cup blueberries and bake for 10-12 minutes or until naan becomes just golden.
  3. Remove from the oven and add prosciutto and thyme to each pizza. Sprinkle with a pinch of black pepper, if desired. Slice and serve.
Notes
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 "pizza" Calories: 373 Fat: 13.7 Carbohydrates: 48.7 Sugar: 12.7 Sodium: 757 Fiber: 2.0 Protein: 14.7 Cholesterol: 37

 Heeey, Thursday! Glad you’re here already :-D Four day work week – lovin’ it.

 Be well,

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Chicken Caesar Burger + Weekly Menu

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The vibe at home is weird. It’s a 3 day weekend and we have…nothing to do (no internet, either…x2 days already!). Yesterday wasn’t beach weather so it was this odd day of nothingness. I am experiencing a lot of swelling and my OB’s orders were “to do less”…so I’m trying to oblige. But I find that when I’m in a complete and total relaxation mode, all I want to do is doze off. And even a pregnant woman can only sleep so much!

On the floor cuddling with Lily. After a shower as I just happen to fall into bed. On the couch. On the porch. In the hammock as I try to plow though a great but REALLY long book. Sleep, sleep, sleep. Not even the U.S. Open is holding my attention and that’s saying something. I love watching tennis!

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We have continued to chip away at all of the baby STUFF assembly. We’ve never purchased so many D batteries before. Everything that moves or soothes a baby requires batteries, it seems. And neither of us quite have the knack for assembly – swings, pack-n-plays, strollers…why doesn’t anything come assembled!? I’d sure pay an up-charge for that luxury!

And let me just say how grateful I am to have the nursery complete. With an 8 month belly in front of me (hopefully this link to one of my maternity photos works!), any type of movement is…a chore. I huff and puff from just living. And while no woman would change creating life…creating life is not easy!

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I digress.

What have we been eating? Simple stuff. Stuff that requires minimal effort and even less dishes.

For such requests, Pinterest is a saving grace. Finding quick meals is not only great for I-need-off-my-feet times of desperation, but also times of oh-my-gosh-I-have-a-newborn, as well. I mean, I’m assuming…rather safely assuming, I’m sure. Plus, Labor Day weekend is a time to cram in all of the grilling and to continue doing so until the elements demand otherwise. Less dishes, remember!

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Chicken Caesar Burger
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Ingredients
  • 2 (4 oz) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ¼ tsp salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium tomato, thinly sliced
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • 2 whole wheat hamburger buns
  • 3 Tbsp light prepared Caesar dressing
Instructions
  1. Preheat grill to 400 F.
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Grill chicken 4-5 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Top each piece of grilled chicken with 1 ounce of sliced mozzarella and 1½ tablespoons Caesar dressing.
  3. Assemble sandwiches with the prepared chicken, lettuce, and tomato. Serve immediately.
Notes
Recipe adapted from Food, Faith, Fitness
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 prepared sandwich/burger Calories: 382 Fat: 12.0 Carbohydrates: 29.0 Sugar: 3.5 Sodium: 677 Fiber: 6.5 Protein: 39.5 Cholesterol: 75

Weekly Menu: August 31st – September 4th

Time to get ready for the beach :-D

Be well,

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Spicy Chicken Quesadillas + FlavorPrint

Spicy Chicken Quesadilla

Ever think, “Nothing sounds good to eat” or “I have no clue what to make for dinner”? Yeah, me too. All. The. Time. I don’t know how this is even possible considering I’m surrounded by food — my office is in a KITCHEN. I blog about FOOD. I’m a dietitian, for goodness sake! Food is a part of every facet of my life and sometimes I just go…blank.

When McCormick introduced me to FlavorPrint, their unique recipe generator that suggests recipes based on your flavor preferences (fondly referred to as your “flavor fingerprint”  — one of a kind, you are!), I was stoked. In less than two minutes, you can find your unique FlavorPrint by answering a series of questions about your flavor preferences…it’s that simple. TWO MINUTES –> recipe ideas you’ll love. That’s all there is to it.

As Mr. Prevention and I were chowing down on these Spicy Chicken Quesadillas Sunday night, he happened to ask where I found the recipe. “It’s funny you ask…” I said, as I went on to explain McCormick’s FlavorPrint recipe generator. Even *he* had to admit, “That’s pretty cool.”

To get started, first, make an account on the FlavorPoint website. This takes about 0.8 seconds. Super simple. 1-2-3, done.

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Answer some questions (done in under 2 minutes!) and voila, you’ve got your custom FlavorPrint! For me, this was: coffee/chocolatey, tomatoey, and cheesy…none of which are a shocker – nom, nom, nom. The more specific you are with your likes and dislikes, the better the likelihood FlavorPrint will find *the* best recipes for you.

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Then, recipe suggestions (many of them) based on your FlavorPrint (with a percentage telling you how well they match your FlavorPrint) will generate. Um, cool beans.

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I chose a recipe that featured chili powder:

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Theirs may look better than mine, but hey…the flavor was fantastic. In fact, we’re serving them in the hospital cafeteria next week. Yep, that good.

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Spicy Chicken Quesadillas
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
  • 1½ cups part-skim (2%) cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup tomato, chopped
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 5 (8 inch) whole wheat tortillas
Instructions
  1. Combine the chopped chicken, cheese, tomato, green onion, chili powder, cumin, garlic salt, and oregano; mix well.
  2. Preheat an electric griddle to 350 F or heat a large, nonstick pan over medium-low heat; mist with cooking spray.
  3. Place the tortilla on the hot griddle or in the hot pan and cover ½ of the tortilla surface with the chicken mixture; fold the other half over the top and gently press down with the back of a spatula. Cook quesadilla 3-4 minutes or until golden brown and carefully flip; cook an additional 2-3 minutes to warm through.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 quesadilla Calories: 368 Fat: 13.0 Carbohydrates: 25.0 Sodium: 745 Fiber: 3.0 Protein: 38.4 Cholesterol: 99

 So, off you go to create your FlavorPrint profile to generate recipes perfectly suited for YOU. Enjoy and you’re welcome in advance ;)

Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post as a contribution to the 2014 McCormick Health & Wellness Blogger Program. All opinions are my own.

Be well,

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Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa

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We knew Michigan was gearing up for a hot, muggy week (warm up, lake…warm up!!). This was confirmed when I peeled off my work clothes just to throw on a muumuu to make dinner, sans all undergarments. It was just too, too hot. The house was registering at 79 degrees, but it felt every bit of 89 as I was standing over the stove making dinner. Had my asparagus not been on its last leg, I would’ve shelved the idea of cooking all together.

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Before showering up to get clean for the night, Lily and I engaged in our nightly routine of hitting a tennis ball around in the driveway. And with my luck, here comes our neighbor with her kids to chat…me, still in my muumuu, sans anything underneath. I’m not easy to embarrass, but….how embarrassing. I just apologized for my attire and she laughed. Hopefully it was a genuine, “oh, I’ve been there” laugh, not a “who the heck do we live next to” laugh.

Hopefully.

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Despite turning on the air last night (and as a result, sleeping like a baby after my cool, relaxing shower), muggy weeks should be filled with dinners on the grill (I have a Pinterest board committed to “Grilled Perfection” even!). Healthy dinners on the grill. We throw everything we can on the grill (pizza, meat, veggies, you name it) this time of year.

This meal I referred to as baby brain food. Healthy omega 3 fatty acids from the salmon and heart-healthy monounsaturated fat-packed avocados. This meal is low in carbohydrate and high in good-for-you nutrition. It’s also very filling and ready in 20 minutes or less. In other words, we need to have this meal again pronto. Plus, it just looks good and perfect for summer.

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Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa
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Ingredients
Grilled Salmon:
  • 4 (6 oz) skin on salmon filets
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp ancho chili powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
Avocado Salsa:
  • 1 avocado
  • ¼ small red onion, finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2-3 Tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the grill to 400 F. Brush the flesh side of each salmon filet with olive oil; set aside.
  2. In a small dish, combine the salt, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, ancho chili powder, and black pepper together. Sprinkle the seasoning over the salmon and rub to cover the surface.
  3. Grill salmon, skin side down for 10-14 minutes or until flaky and cooked through.
  4. Meanwhile, mash the avocado along the inside walls of a small bowl until just slightly chunky. Mix in the onion, lime juice, cilantro and salt. Serve grilled salmon with ¼ of the avocado salsa. Serve immediately.
Notes
Recipe from The Cookie Rookie
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6 oz salmon with avocado salsa Calories: 355 Fat: 21.5 Carbohydrates: 6.3 Sugar: 0.8 Sodium: 509 Fiber: 3.5 Protein: 34.5 Cholesterol: 90

 Why is this week dragging? :(

Be well,

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Crock Pot Chicken Spaghetti

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We had a huge catering gig at the hospital today. The group coming in wanted a three course meal for 35 people in the conference rooms across the street from the hospital. We had spoken with the coordinator of the event several times to review the menu and the final count of 35 was provided to us on Monday of this week.

Yesterday afternoon, the coordinator called to say that the head count was dropping from 35 to 25. Ugh, okay. I told her that unfortunately, with the late notice, the entrees had been prepped and we would have to charge them the full amount of the entrees but I would do what we could to cut some of the cost elsewhere given the dip in numbers.

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I woke up today to rain. Getting plates, flatware, glasses, food, beverage, etc. across the street in the rain was going to be a challenge. I hate rain. My little Kia turned into a catering vehicle today, needless to say.

The cherry on top was the coordinator dropping the head count to ten. TEN!? Less than 90 minutes before the event. How does a headcount drop from 25 to 10 in less than a day? We had all been running around like chickens with our heads cut off…and they were unhappy to be paying for a meal for 35 that ended up feeding 10. Lose-lose.

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When the group asked for t0-go boxes for all of the leftovers, we weren’t surprised. I’d question how well they liked the food had they not wanted to take leftovers to go ;) They must enjoy leftovers as much as I. Leftovers and good food, of course.

When I make meals like this Crock Pot Chicken Spaghetti, Mr. Prevention always asks, “Why did you make sooo much?”

For leftovers. For meals like tonight when I don’t want to cook and you walk in the door with Little Caesars. Duh.

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Crock Pot Chicken Spaghetti
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Ingredients
  • 1¼ lb (5 breasts) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 14 oz can Italian seasoned diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 10 oz uncooked whole wheat spaghetti
Instructions
  1. Spray the inside of your slow cooker with non stick spray and lay chicken breasts in the bottom; top with sliced green pepper.
  2. Combine the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, garlic, vinegar, oregano, Italian seasoning, and salt in a large bowl and mix to combine; pour over the pepper and chicken.
  3. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-9 hours or on high for 4 hours. Before serving, cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Serve chicken and spaghetti sauce over hot cooked pasta.
Notes
Recipe adapted from Mostly Homemade Mom
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cup cooked pasta with 4 ounces chicken and scant 1 cup sauce Calories: 399 Fat: 2.6 Carbohydrates: 58.8 Sugar: 15.2 Sodium: 731 Fiber: 9.8 Protein: 35.6 Cholesterol: 55

 This week is going by fast…weekend, come to meee!

Be well,

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