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Homemade Pizza

18 Jul

I found a recipe for a handmade organic pizza dough on the blog 100 Days of Real Food ( my favorite blog right now).

I added a few extra spices in the dough, but left the rest of the recipe the same.

I couldn’t eat it because I have celiac disease, but my husband really like it and he is really picky.

Here is the recipe that I used:

(Pizza Dough)
2 tsp of dry active yeast
1 cup of warm water
1 tsp of natural sea salt
1 tsp of garlic salt
11/2 tsp of dried basil
2 tbsp of olive oil
3 cups of organic whole wheat flour

*Add yeast to warm water for a few minutes before adding all other ingredients.
After all ingredients are mixed together, kneed the dough to create a smooth ball. Add more water if the dough seems dry. I had to add water little by little till I felt it was just right. If you feel there is too much water, add more flour.
Cover the bowl and put the dough in the refrigerator for at least an hour. I put mine in for 4 hours to let it rise.
When ready, roll the dough out with a rolling pin.
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees
I added organic pizza sauce, cooked Turkey sausage and mozzarella cheese.
I baked it for 10 minutes.

This was a really fast and easy recipe. I was excited and proud that I actually made the dough myself instead of buying a pre made dough. I’m glad my family liked it and I will be making this again soon.

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Food

12 Jul

I went to the grocery store the other day.  I moved to a new state about 9 months ago and it has taken me that long to commit to a single store. There are several in the town we live in.  I have tried them all, but I finally settled on this particular store because it offers a larger selection of produce and has a lot of natural, organic and gluten free choices.

I am not in love with this store, the baskets are horrible if you have more than one child and their aisles are way too small for maneuvering if you have a lot going on. I am also confused by the amount of non food items they cram into their store. I spend a whole shopping trip telling my toddler that I will not buy her camping gear or scented candles. I would also like to give my two cents to whoever thought I would appreciate having a trillion balloons displayed at every checkout.

But, (sigh) I have to admit, their food choices, however more pricey they are, does give the customer the opportunity to feed their family a bit more healthy.  For the sake of my wallet, I have had to really stick to my grocery list and not buy a lot of packaged foods for my toddler. This is of course a good thing, since we are trying to eat less packaged foods, even if they are organic.

Grocery shopping is where I begin to display some anxiety. Often times, when reading all the blogs and Facebook posts out there on organic and natural foods, I see that the author has either left out the issue of price or they continuously tell the reader that the health of their family is worth the cost. I agree with the latter. But, there are some of us who struggle monthly with a budget and when we see that a large container of regular strawberries is $3.99, it is really hard to pick up the same sized container of organic strawberries for $6.99. It took me a very long time of doing research to finally justify the $6.99 box. Yes, I feel my family deserves the best quality of food there is to offer, my wallet does not always agree.

My recent switch to organic and natural foods has a lot to do with me no longer working. When I was working fulltime, I never really felt like I had the time to do any research on the subject. I worked a job that kept me preoccupied both at work and at home. I cared about what my daughter ate, but with her in daycare, I was unable to control the foods she ate while she was there. They did not allow outside foods unless a child had an allergy. Now that my full time job is raising my two daughters and running a household, I feel like part of my new job is to invest in the healthy eating of my family.  (I am of course not saying anything bad about working mothers, I was unable to handle the high stress of my job and anything else that went on around me.)

I have recently become a vegetarian, something I never thought I would do. For some reason, when I breast feed, I either crave certain foods, or there are foods that gross me out.  With my second child, I find meat to be extremely unappealing.  My being a vegetarian is really throwing my husband for a loop. I no longer share in his enjoyment of BBQ and steak house restaurants. Eating out is hard for me because I also have celiac disease on top of being a vegetarian. Oh, and did I mention that I have never liked fish or shell fish of any kind. It’s a good thing we don’t eat out a lot.

When going meatless, I also lost a lot of my baby weight. I was grateful for that. I still take prenatal vitamins because I am breastfeeding and I take a B-12 supplement daily due to the lack of meat. I am thinking of cutting out cheese as well. I don’t drink milk or eat yogurt because of lactose issues, but I love cheese and it has been really hard for me to give it up.

Now that I am vegetarian, I am eating all sorts of foods I have never eaten before.  I actually don’t mind tofu and have experimented with it when making Asian food, Italian food, and preparing it on its own.

This week I made a cheesy quinoa dish.  It was really good and I enjoy the fact that quinoa has a lot of protein in it, about 6 grams for every 1/4 cup.

Here is the recipe:

2 cups of Quinoa

3 cups of water

Olive Oil

1 small package of mushrooms (I used baby bella)

2 cups of spinach

Salt and Pepper to taste

½ cup of soy milk (or milk, rice milk, almond milk, ect)

1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup of shredded parmesan cheese

*Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Prepare quinoa by placing the water and quinoa in the pot and bringing the water to a boil. Cover and let simmer for approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a pan on the stove, sauté the mushrooms in olive oil (you don’t have to use mushrooms and spinach, any of your favorite vegetables will work well). I like to add garlic salt to my mushrooms for flavor.

Once the quinoa and mushrooms are done I add the soy milk and cheese to the quinoa. I then stir in the mushrooms and spinach adding salt and pepper to taste.

I place the cheesy quinoa into a glass dish and bake it for 15 to 20 minutes at 375 degrees. I also will sprinkle a handful of cheese on the top.

I enjoy experimenting with different recipes now that I am not eating meat, my family however,  is not as excited. So far my picky toddle refuses to try this dish and my husband uses his excuse of being on a diet not to partake. He also does not like mushrooms.

I am happy about my food choices right now and am hoping to become more educated on the subject of organic foods and GMOs. I really want to be able to provide the best quality of foods for my family and I am working on getting them to try new foods.