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Daddy is old dog
Because my dogs are frickin’ adorable!!
HP and I are both big fans of pizza. I’d like to say that I’m a pizza snob and, of course, I’d choose a true New York style pizza over your typical delivery any day. But, the truth is that we’ll pretty much eat any decent pizza. True New York pizza is damn hard to come by (if you live in San Diego and seek NY pizza, you must MUST IMMEDIATELY go to Bronx Pizza in Hillcrest. They import their water FROM NEW YORK. The pizza is amazing.) Anyway, I’ve yet to find anything around here worth the “NY” label and, let’s face it, pizza may be “man-friendly” but it’s not by any means “light”. When we do order pizza we usually order from Z Pizza because I can get healthier options – low fat cheese, wheat crust, organic sauce, grilled chicken, etc.
I was ready to tackle homemade pizza that was lighter, but still man-approved. I don’t have the patience for yeast doughs so I sought out a pizza dough that was fast, easy, and would taste good. SUCCESS!
Man Approved Lighter Pizza
Toppings: 2% milk mozzarella, homemade pizza sauce (or your favorite jar sauce), turkey pepperoni, chicken breast cut into bite-sized pieces and sauteed. (I also added sliced jalapenos to mine -yum!)
No Yeast Pizza Dough:
1 cup white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2/3 c skim milk
1/4 c olive oil
Preheat oven to 425. Put all ingredients in a bowl, stir until the dough pulls away from the sides. Form dough into a ball and knead 10 times.
Lightly spray a cookie sheet. Roll dough into one large pizza crust or two smaller crusts. Spray dough lightly with cooking spray. Top with sauce and toppings.
Cook about 10 minutes. Dough will be crisp and more biscuit-like than chewy like a yeast dough, BUT!
He said he preferred it over delivery!!
I told HP he had to come up with a rating system so I can give his rating score for each Man Approved Recipe. He said forks, so forks it is.
5 forks = Make again! I’ll give you a backrub! And do the dishes! And walk the dogs!
4 forks = I want this every week!
3 forks = It’s good, Baby, but maybe needs a little “something” extra.
2 forks = I’m in the mood for takeout, you?
1 fork = I still think you’re pretty!
HP came home last night with new oven mitts for me (I kept burning my fingers through my old ones) and an oven thermometer.
He’s the best.
And my oven runs about 100 degrees hot.
Baking a two-layer chocolate stout cake should be a blast this weekend.
This is, by far, HP’s most favorite meal I’ve made so far. It’s also the cheapest and probably the easiest. Hooray!
Man Approved: Chili
1.25 lbs 96% lean ground beef
2 – 14oz cans kidney beans, drained
1 – 28oz can crushed tomatoes
1 tsp minced garlic
.25 cup finely chopped onion
salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, chili powder, red pepper flakes
Franks Red Hot
Saute onion and garlic in a pan sprayed with cooking spray. Add beef and season with salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, chili powder, red pepper flakes. Break up the meat with spoon or fork and brown (you shouldn’t need to drain if you use 96% lean beef, but if you feel the need or you used higher fat content meat, go ahead and drain here.) Add the tomatoes and beans and season with salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, chili powder, red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, then cover and turn heat all the way down. Simmer on lowest setting for a couple of hours.
Top with Frank’s Red Hot just before serving. Tastes even better the second day!
Well we’ve had a couple of weeks to enjoy dinner at the dining room table (can I just tell you how nice it is to have a meal at the table?) and we’ve had some very good results with figure-friendly, man approved meals.
This meal I got from Ashlee’s blog (I made little, tiny modifications in the prep and cooking but it’s essentially her recipe using the flour, sauce, panko method.)
1 cup flour
salt and pepper
1 cup Frank’s Red Hot
2 cups Panko bread crumbs