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I appreciate everyone who commented about going back to the old WW ways – whether commenting here, on Connect, or DM.  I am quite shocked that a couple people who shall remain anonymous, just flat out said to me “just eat less food.”  

I am going to shake those few negative comments off like Taylor Swift and move on.  Everyone’s journey is different and I will find my way one way or another.

I had time to make oatmeal before going to work – I hardly ever microwave oatmeal, but this was delicious.  Just make sure you cook the oatmeal in a big enough bowl – I actually use my 4 cup measure because it puffs up when it cooks, and let me tell you, cleaning oatmeal from your microwave is not fun!  

I made a cup of oatmeal, but decided to start with eating half a cup with my fruit and this was delicious and kept me satisfied.

I finally met up with my sister to get our steps in at lunch after missing each other for a couple days because of our schedules.  It was funny because when we walk and talk, we might walk the same floor several times before going higher, and a worker at Macy’s stopped us after our third lap and asked “can I help you find what you are looking for?”  Ha – no shopping, just stealing your giant store for steps. 😀

I totally wanted to buy this shirt (Lori, I thought of you!) but not at $32.  I’ll have to spin my luck and see if something like that shows up at Goodwill. 😀  It was so soft!

I brought a leftover piece of chicken for lunch with some rice, but wanted to add something else, so I picked up this side salad at Frontera Grill on the 7th floor Macy’s food court.  When I got back to work however, things got super busy and I didn’t pull the salad out for a couple hours – 1.  I didn’t realize the salad was dressed already, so the greens were soggy, and pretty fucking sure I didn’t see red onion on the ingredient list of this salad – the bottom of the salad was chock full of them – and I never had time to add the chicken. 🙁

I only worked 30 minutes late, so was on the last express train home.  And guess what?  Decided it was party pizza Thursday!  This whole pizza was 12 points – 5 points for 1/4 of my skinny pizza dough (that’s 5 points both on freestyle and #backto30), 3 points for the pepperoni (for only 1/2 an ounce – but so good!), 2 points for the sausage, and 2 points for the 2 ounces of lite mozzarella cheese.

I have had at least half a dozen people buy the Baking Steel in the last couple weeks – love it!  A couple things though – I always use parchment paper to transfer my pizza to and from the steel, and make sure your steel is really hot – preheat the oven with it in there, and I usually let it go another 10 minutes or so after it hits 425 degrees.

I went to bed at my normal 10:30, and at midnight was woken by a text – that my office was closed today!!  We maybe have 8 inches of snow, but it’s supposed to snow all day today, so I don’t mind having a 3 day weekend at all.

Here are my Friday Favorites this week!  I used to do this on the blog a very long time ago, and decided to bring it back.  There is just so much out there on the web these days!

  1.  My co-workers daughter has an amazing blog called Well Rounded Fashion and I’ve only looked around a bit, but I love it.  It’s all about being confident in the body you have right now, even if it’s not where you want to be.  Love your blog Keri!
  2. My friend Tia has a new YouTube Channel up!  If you don’t follow her blog Forever Orchard, you should (follow her on Insta too because she’s fucking funny!).  She and her husband struggled with infertility for five years and have recently closed that chapter on starting her family, so she’s spreading her wings and voice on YouTube.  Be sure to subscribe!
  3. My friend Tina made a delicious Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo that looks amazeballs.  
  4. My friend Nicole made Korean Beef Bowls that are going on my menu this week – yum!
  5. You guys know how much I love balls in my mouth (!) so check out Ally’s round up of 35 meatball recipes!  I am sure you’ll find a ball to put in your mouth.

I have an unexpected snow day today!  My mind is racing with all the things I can cook in my kitchen today.  Although a lot of it will be given away.  My friend MaryBeth and her husband Josh just adopted their fourth child (the last two children are only 10 months apart in age – two babies under the age of 1) and I signed up for their meal train someone organized for them and Monday is my day to drop off food.  

It will probably be enough food for days, but I don’t mind!  I am making them my buffalo chicken chili, chicken tikka masala with homemade naan, homemade mac n cheese for the kiddos, and probably a batch or two of pumpkin scones.  

Hope everyone has a fabulous Friday – make it a great day!

 

Pizza/ Weight Watchers

Skinny Pizza Dough

Party Pizza Friday just got a whole lot better with this skinny pizza dough.  Seems all the Weight Watchers are making the two ingredient “dough.”  I found the recipe through Jane (the mucho mama on Instagram) who found it from Jen (jen_weightwatchers on Instagram) and people are making everything from bread sticks, to bagels, and obviously pizza dough.  You just use equal portions of plain Greek yogurt (non-fat) with an equal portion of self-rising flour.  People have also had equal success with using plain old all-porpose flour.  

I took it just a step further and decided to add yeast because I think it adds to the texture.  My no rise pizza dough has long been used by blog readers over the years, so this recipe is the same concept, although I did let my dough rise 30 minutes on Friday night while I checked mail, got into comfy clothes, etc.

Skinny Pizza Dough
Serves 4
A few simple ingredients and you'll be a pizza pro at home in no time.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
243 calories
48 g
4 g
2 g
8 g
1 g
125 g
1104 g
2 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
125g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 243
Calories from Fat 14
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
3%
Saturated Fat 1g
4%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 4mg
1%
Sodium 1104mg
46%
Total Carbohydrates 48g
16%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
25%
Iron
16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup water
  2. 1 teaspoon yeast
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  5. 2 cups self-rising flour
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix the yeast and water and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Heat oven to 425.
  2. Mix in the salt, yogurt and flour and mix until combined. You can roll it out and bake it right then, but I think it tastes better after just a 30 minute rise. Leftover dough will last 5 days in the fridge.
Adapted from by Jen_weighwatcher on Instagram
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fat
2g
protein
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carbs
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Adapted from by Jen_weighwatcher on Instagram
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I bake my pizza on my baking steel, but even if you use a cookie sheet, use parchment paper because you’ll be able to transfer your pizza in and out of the oven so much easier.  I dock the dough, meaning I stick a fork in the dough so I don’t get any big dough bubbles on the pizza.

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I used my zero point marinara and sauteed mushrooms.

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Then added baby spinach and two ounces of Trader Joe’s lite mozzarella cheese (2 points).

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Baked it on my baking steel for 14 minutes.  The bottom crust was amazing and the lite mozzarella got super cheesy. One quarter of the dough recipe is 5 points, my toppings were free except for the cheese, making this pizza 7 smart points and totally filling.

Sadly, I posted this screen shot on Instagram and was instantly bombarded with “what the fuck is self-rising yeast?”  Ha – I meant to put 2 cups self-rising flour – is there a way to erase a part of your Instagram story???  Inquiring minds want to know.

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On Saturday morning I went to the first WW meeting after the plan changed – what a full house!  I think there were 80 people there.  Last Sunday I weighed 179.8 on my scale at home (still need that pedicure!) and Saturday weighed 178.2, so minus 1.6.  according to the WW scale, I was 177.8, so that would be a 2 pound loss.  Either way, I am back to weighing on the WW scale, not my scale at home, but it was a loss, so that’s good!  And I had wine, I had my Christmas party, so it’s all good.

I had such a fun day Saturday hanging with Hannah.  Um, turns out we both love shopping at Walmart and Jacob was working all day, so time was no object.  Not kidding we spent at least two hours there – and neither one of us can get out of there without spending $100, which is why I try to only go there once a month.

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When I got back from Weight Watchers, I made this 4 point breakfast calzone.  The points for the dough recipe above comes out to 1 point per ounce.  I used three ounces of dough (3) and filled it with scrambled eggs with mushrooms, spinach, marinara sauce and 1/8 cup lite Trader Joe’s mexican cheese (1).  I baked this for 20 minutes at 400 on my baking steel.  Now this would be a great brunch idea over the holidays – a breakfast pizza bar!  

Note though, be sure to cook your egg filling and let it cool before putting it in the rolled out dough – I didn’t do that and ended up with a hole in the bottom of my calzone where the hot eggs “cooked” the dough before I put it in the oven.  

Anywho, you can set out a variety of toppings, bake on parchment and put the guests name next to their calzone and everyone eats at the same time.  

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l went to church yesterday to see my Mom before she goes to Virginia for Christmas.  This woman below is 101 years old and decked out her walker with tinsil and greenery.  So cute!  

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I have no doubt my Mom will live to 101 too – it was nice to see her and catch up at her house after church and the church lunch.

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Here is a #nsv I had over the weekend.  My Mom told me they were having lasagna at the holiday lunch, and a quick search on my WW app told me that it would cost me anywhere between 11-17 points PER SERVING.  Um, no thanks.  So I brought my lunch!  I cooked up chicken and had leftover green beans and potato from the night before and my lunch only cost me 5 points.  And I avoided the dessert table.  That hardly ever happens.

Who besides me is working all week?  Hopefully it won’t be too crazy busy, but I am not banking on that – seems like whenever I think its going to be quiet stuff blows up.  

Happy Monday my friends – make it a great day!  And make this pizza dough!  You’ll thank me later. 😀

Pizza

The Best Pizza Dough Ever

I know that’s a pretty bold statement.  What’s even a more bolder statement is that I tweaked the pizza dough recipe of Nancy Silverton, who basically spent years perfecting her pizza dough.  And do you want to know why I cheated on her recipe?  I was being frugal and used the flour I already had on hand.  While her recipe calls for bread flour and rye flour, I already had semolina flour and 00 flour in my pantry, so subbed in equal parts of those flours.  I also realized I didn’t have wheat germ and left that out too.  I have to say though, after the hundreds (probably thousands!) of pizzas I’ve made at home and in restaurants, this is my new favorite pizza dough.

That pizza above was made after the dough rested in the fridge for two days.  This one was made with dough that was six days old:

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The dough that rested for six days definitely had more flavor.   If you want a detailed version of Nancy’s dough recipe (and the actual complete recipe!) check out this post here.  But because I know a lot of people are intimidated with yeast dough, my directions are a lot more simple.   While I appreciate that person’s attention to detail in that link above, I know many would look at that long post and think that making this dough isn’t worth it – but believe me, it is!

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After you mix everything together to get ready for the first rise at room temperature (I actually put my dough in my oven with the oven light on because I keep a cold house.   You’ll note it’s a really sticky dough – that’s totally fine.  I just left it in the mixing bowl, but I do recommend covering it so that you don’t get a hard coating on the top of the dough if left uncovered.

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After the 90 minutes I transferred the dough to a plastic container to put in the fridge in the basement.  That’s it.  You’ve just made pizza dough!  The first pizza above was made on day 2 of dough being in the fridge.  I’ve put this recipe into the Weight Watchers app, and I get 10 smart points per serving – I divided the dough into 8 sections, so each section is 10 points, then you have to build your extra points for toppings, etc.  I will say though that on the second pizza, because it had risen longer in the fridge, puffed up more and I only ate 3/4 of the pizza.   Look at me, stopping when I am actually full!

Here is the dough after it’s been sitting for 6 days:

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Friday nights pizza was turkey pepperoni and kale, with 1/4 cup 2% Kraft mixed Italian cheese, 1/2 ounce of provolone and a balsamic drizzle.  In total that whole pizza was 16 points.  I loved how the kale because almost “chip like” and was light and crunchy at the same time.  This was one of the best pizzas I’ve made in a long time.

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That’s crust perfection!  I also liked Nancy’s idea of brushing the raw dough with a bit of olive oil (I actually used grapeseed oil) and sprinkling salt before going in the oven.  This also bakes at 500 degrees – much higher than my normal 425, but luckily my Baking Steel can handle going to that high of a temp.   I froze the rest of the six portions of the dough, and on Friday morning I’ll pull out one portion to thaw in my fridge during the day so I’ll be all set for the next six Party Pizza Fridays!

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I had another open weekend.  I was planning on a day trip to meet up with my friend Lynne in Milwaukee, but her Mom had a fall, and that had to be postponed.   I did manage to have both a productive and lazy weekend at the same time.  I went to the gym both days (when I went to cancel my membership at the end of February, they threw in March for free!).  Saturday I hit the gym hard.  I just saw this guy CJ, who has cerebral palsy, push a hard workout, and thought I have no excuse not to do the same.  I started out with a 5 minute warm up walk on the treadmill, did 2000 meters (1.2 mile) row, 80 flights of stairs on the stair master, then got a mile into my run when I could feel my blood sugar drop.  Damn.  I started with 252 and it dropped all the way to 58 – which shows how much my blood sugar can drop when I push myself.  I’ll need to bring some fruit with me next time to keep my blood sugar up.  I did take a new gym selfie – my face definitely looks thinner in this picture.

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Here’s my meal plan for the week:

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The lower part was my grocery list.   Basically all the meat (including the shrimp!) was in my freezer, so I didn’t have that much to buy – mostly produce!   It’s amazing how cheap I can shop for myself!  I love that I spent .4 cents on a serrano pepper!  Braeburn apples were on sale for .39 cents a pound – not sure if I’ve ever tried those before, so I only bought two.   That “reduced produce” at the bottom?  Long time readers will know this as the “Dollar Bin” at my store, which is now $1.49.  I was able to buy 6 oranges and 2 pears for $1.49 – nice!

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So my only goal this week is to lose 1.2 pounds so I can hit my 20 pounds loss AND get my 10% bling at Weight Watchers this week.  Hoping my sister and I can get our walks in this week – today is supposed to be close to 60 degrees, but we’ll see if the rain stays away for us.