As Pittsburgh transplants, we are always looking for new and exciting weekend adventures. One of our favorite weekend spots is the Strip District, filled with lots of ethnic food joints and cute shops. The first stop on our trip last weekend was to the Pittsburgh Public Market which is filled with everything from produce vendors to handmade goods.
Somedays work seems to go on forever, you get home and the last thing you want to do is cook dinner. We are always looking for quick recipes on the healthier side for nights like these. Shortly after we started shopping at Trader Joe’s, we found many websites and books geared towards their products. That’s where the idea for this recipe came from. This Couscous Fried Rice Bowl has become an easy go for us. The ingredients are simple and can be easily changed to incorporate whatever vegetables you have.
We are always looking for healthier versions of our favorite foods. Thanks to Knead to Cook we have a new way to make pizza. This recipe is very versatile, you can change the spices and cheese. This is starting to become a monthly staple in our house, this time I decided to use smoked gouda in the crust because we had some leftover from a quiche we made earlier this week.
1 medium-sized head of cauliflower washed and cut with most of the stems removed
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon of dried basil
1/2 teaspoon of dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper
1/2 cup of grated reduced fat mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup of grated smoked gouda
Breakfast is my husband’s favorite meal so I am always looking for new ideas and ways to spruce up our weekend mornings. Last week we made ricotta spinach pasta for dinner and had some cheese left over. There are a lot more uses for ricotta in breakfast foods than I would have ever imagined! One that caught my eye was blueberry ricotta pancakes from Eating Well.
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons white wheat flour (the original recipe called for a mix of wheat and all purpose)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg white
- 1/2 cup nonfat buttermilk (I always make my own, 1/2 cup milk + 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice)
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons canola oil, divided
- 3/4 cup fresh or frozen (not thawed) blueberries
1. I always mix the buttermilk first so it has time to sit (unless you have buttermilk). Mix 1/2 cup milk with 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice and let it sit.
It’s amazing how a simple change can brighten up a room. Last weekend my husband helped me reupholster our dinning room chairs. I was very thankful for a second set of hands. Reupholstering a chair can be done by one person but is much easier with help due to having to pull the fabric tight. Continue reading Weekend Reupholstery Project