Tandoori Spiced Naan Bread

I was happy to see that my Starbuck’s had protein boxes in stock.   I liked how all the grapes were tiny except for one!

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I felt so fashionable yesterday, wearing a scarf that Karli and her Mom and my “beef friends” gave me – this scarf is from Shelley, who I have met when I went to the Chicago Beef Wellness weekend back in October 2013, and again when I went to Lubbuck, TX in June of last year.  Thanks Shelley!  I also like to haunt you guys with the office horse wallpaper – you’re welcome!

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It was super busy yesterday at work, which I loved.  I am the type of person that I need to have a dozen or so things going on and I am sharp as a tack.  Give me one task and I’ll probably make a mistake.  I was on my feet for a good portion of the day, and I wasn’t wearing the best shoes to do that.  I thought I could sneak out to the gym, but pretty soon realized that wasn’t going to happen.  I had leftovers for lunch – chicken leftover from our egg rolls earlier in the week and some leftover veggie fried rice.  Eaten at my desk.

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I actually thought I was going to have to work late, but in the end I left a little after five.  My left knee was hurting me, so instead of pushing it, I came home instead of going to the gym.  I had already declared that Thursday night was going to be leftover night, and I realized I had bought a garlic pizza dough from Trader Joe’s that needed to be used up, so I ended up making pizza with leftover Italian sausage and baby spinach.  I wasn’t a huge fan of the dough – it smelled better than it tasted, and even though I put lots of corn meal on my pizza peel, it stuck to the board as I was putting it onto my baking steel, so some of the toppings fell off and I ended up with this big piece of dough on one end – not the prettiest pizza I’ve made before – that’s for sure!

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My boss and his wife have gotten into the habit of making my chicken tikka masala on Friday nights.  I decided I still needed to be Bizzy in my kitchen last night, so I decided to make them some tandoori spiced naan bread.  OMG, naan bread is so easy to make, you’ll never buy it in the store again.  Nothing fancy needed, just a bowl, rolling pin and non-stick skillet.  This made 16 naan, each one coming in at 127 caloires, 1.4 fat, 25 carbs, .9 fiber and 3.3 protein.

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup hot tap water
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 1.5 cups Silk unsweetened almond milk (plus 1-2 tablespoons more)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tandoori spice

Mix the water and sugar together and stir, just until the sugar is dissolved.  Sprinkle the yeast over the sugar water and let it sit for 10 minutes.  Pour in the almond milk and stir until combined.  In a large bowl add the flour, salt, baking powder together.  Mix in the almond milk mixture, and using your hands, combine until the dough pulls away from the side of your bowl – I needed to add about another 2 tablespoons of almond milk to get all the flour incorporated.  Let it sit for an hour.

Heat a non-stick skillet and using a pastry brush, brush the bottom of the pan.  I ended up cutting my dough into two circles, then cut each circle into 8 equal pieces.  Roll it out – mine were about 5-6 inches I guess, and cook in skillet, you’ll know when it’s ready to flip when you start to see bubbles forming on the top.  While the bottom cooks, brush the top with olive oil, sprinkle with a bit of tandoori spice and flip and cook an additional minute.  I ended up using a large glass jar to press the naan to the bottom of the pan.

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I started to add some toasted sesame seeds to a couple, but the sesame seeds kind of burned.  These would make great breakfast pizzas, sandwich wraps – who knows?!  Well, I know I need to make more chicken tikka masala!

I have a phone call to make today to one of Tony’s friends.  It’s a guy he worked with at GE a long time ago, and they have the kind of friendship that comes and goes over the years – they will have not talked for a year, but then one of them would pick up the phone and they would just pick up where they left off.  I thought over the weekend that I hadn’t called him to let him know about Tony.  I disabled Tony’s cell phone so I wouldn’t be paying for a phone not in use, but I needed to charge it to get this guys phone number off of Tony’s phone, and saw that he left a message for Tony last week to give him a call back.  That’s going to be a tough call to make.

I also have Jacob’s nieces Memorial tomorrow.  Jacob painted and put together the top of her Memorial box, I think it turned out great.


And then Sunday my Mom and I are going thrifting.  I didn’t even realize that Sunday was the Superbowl!  I haven’t watched football since Tony passed away, I couldn’t even tell you who is playing.

Alright, off to work I go – another busy day – woop!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you on Monday.  Hugs!

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  • Bonnie, from Ohio
    January 30, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Biz, instead of cornmeal I use parchment paper rubbed with a bit of olive oil. (I make the pizza right on the paper) Use the pizza peel and slide the pizza, paper and all into the oven on my pizza stone. The oil helps crisp the crust and the pizza slides right off the paper when it’s done. Hugs!

  • Shelley B
    January 30, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Do you have to go to the memorial tomorrow? That is going to be really rough…I know you want to support Jacob and his family, but wow, coming so soon after Tony. I worry about you.

  • Kym
    January 30, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Okay, I have to say something. I can not keep quiet any longer. The horse wallpaper in the work bathroom…it is hideous. (horrible or frightful to the senses; repulsive; very ugly) The definition is not posted here for you but in the hopes that one of the attorneys you work for reads your blog and will spend the seventy dollars or so to have it removed and repaint the walls. Every time I see it I cringe and think to myself how can anyone remotely find that appealing. It is downright creepy. Thank you for letting me vent about this subject. 🙂
    Too bad about the pizza. See it as an excuse to make another pizza 🙂
    Jacob did a really nice job with the Memorial box. I agree with Shelley, we worry about you.

  • sara
    January 30, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Those naan look amazing! I agree, they are so easy to make at home, and so delicious! 🙂 Sending you lots of love.

  • Jacky
    January 30, 2015 at 10:51 am

    I know have a huge craving for butter chicken, and your Naan. Tony at work again, alerting you to check his phone. 🙂

  • Karli
    January 30, 2015 at 11:04 am

    So happy you love the scarf!!!

    Also, I just purchased one of those doughs from Trader Joe’s too. Now I’m already worried I won’t love it 🙁

  • SuziCate
    January 30, 2015 at 11:32 am

    So glad you included the Naan bread recipe, can’t wait to try it.

  • Diana
    January 30, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Good luck with that call to Tony’s friend. It will be hard but hopefully theraputic.

  • Jen@jpabstfitness
    January 30, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Oh sweet moses, a memorial for a baby? 🙁
    A friend of ours lost their 6 month old to SIDS just months after my Dad passed away, it was so heartbreaking. It will be hard for you, and all of the feelings will come back, thinking of you. *Hugs*

  • Donna
    January 30, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    i think i have seen you mention before a website or an app where you enter in the ingredients of a dish you are eating and it tells you how many calories there are per serving….what is the website or app called?

  • Kim
    January 30, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Oh, that box is amazing – that will be a hard memorial – I will be thinking of all y’all!
    I know that will be a rough phone call – hopefully y’all can share some good memories of Tony!!

  • Christine
    January 30, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    What a beautiful scarf! I love that Chevron pattern. I have really been trying to limit gluten, but seeing your naan recipe might have to change that! Yum! What a sweet box Jacob made. How sad that he had to though. 🙁 Hope your weekend is relaxing, rejuvenating, and refreshing. 🙂

  • Erin
    January 31, 2015 at 2:39 am

    I have never made naan before, but it looks super easy! Sorry you have to make that call to Tony’s friend – I’ll be thinking of ya!

  • Fran
    February 2, 2015 at 5:24 am

    You had some tough moments ahead of you this weekend, I hope you are okay and that there were some happy moments in your weekend too.

    I love the scarf, that color looks so good on you.

  • Pam
    February 3, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Well, you didn’t miss a darn thing. The Super Bowl was the Suck Bowl this year because of the teams who made it. I watched but I pulled for no one. I did hope the Patriots would lose but, either way, who cares. Ha! The bread looks great and so do you!