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Lavash Pizza- recipe

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Holy moly... This is a no-brainer, but I had to share because it was so good. Like, real pizza good. The bf loved it. It was ready in minutes. I got the idea from Skinnytaste.com, which is a great WW recipe site. I get lots of ideas from that skinny lady.

Sauce- 32 oz. can of whole tomatoes with basil, 6 garlic gloves, 1 T olive oil
Ricotta mix- about 1/4 cup ricotta, a little finely shaved garlic, salt, and pepper
1 9x12 inch whole wheat lavash (the whole piece I had was about 240 calories)
Mozzarella- 1 slice (about an ounce)
Parmesan and red pepper flake- optional, but delicious!

-Preheat oven to 425 degrees
-To make sauce, sautee whole cloves garlic in oil until lightly browned, then add canned tomatoes with the juice, break up the whole tomatoes as they warm up, and let reduce until chunky
-Half a piece of lavash, spread a couple tablespoons of marinara on top, dollop with riccotta mixture, topwith broken up pieces of mozzarella
-Bake for about 7-10 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and beginning to brown and the edges are crispy

For one whole lavash pizza (2 big pieces) it was about 340 calories, cheese and all. I served it with a light Cesar salad :)

Skinnytaste recommends spraying the lavash with oil before baking to make crispier, but these were plenty crispy without the spray...

I am having this again for lunch tomorrow.

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2BEABETTERME 3/1/2012 8:03PM

    I just discovered lavash a crust this week! I like using Flatout Bread but couldn't find it at the local store so I grabbed the Lavash instead. It was awesome! And huge! Yumm-O! emoticon

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CHIPLEY_FL 3/1/2012 12:11AM

    I'm a doofus too, because I don't know what lavash is either. The pizza looks so good I want to try it. I have been craving pizza. It could be when I walk during my lunch break at work I am close enough to a Hungry Howie's to smell the pizza cooking. It is torture. .

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LIVELAUGHXO 2/29/2012 9:41AM

    Yum! That looks delish. Will try it :) Thanks for sharing!!

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    I feel like a doofus lol... but what exactly is Lavash and where do I find it? Regular super markets? What kind of aisle? haha... as I said, I'm a doofus. I can't wait to try this once I figure out the lavash part. heh.

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RYDERB 2/28/2012 10:42PM

    Why did I wait so long to read your blog. That looks AMAZING! I know what I'm going to be dreaming about tonight. I wonder if you can gain weight from dreaming about pizza? emoticon

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MWARDELL 2/28/2012 9:06PM

    YUM! I love pizza!

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THINKSHRINK 2/28/2012 12:14PM

    That looks soooo good! I'll try it soon...thanks for sharing!

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TIMEIICHANGE 2/28/2012 11:42AM

    this looks so yummy! I want to try it. I do my own personal pizza with a wheat pizza but this has a lil twist. I can wait to try this. thanks!

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Week 8: from 149.8 to 149.6

Monday, February 27, 2012

I will avoid cliches entirely int his post.

Week 8 was hard for me, but I haven't a clue why. I had the week off of work, got a lot of schoolwork done, ate withing my calories all 7 days and exercised 6 days of the week. I blogged my about my food, pushed myself by doing more hikes (fewer flat walks), and I finally started a little strength training (with cardio as a Sparkfriend suggested- it helped!). I bought clothes in a SIZE 8 because my 10 and 12 work pants have been sliding off of my butt. I have NEVER bought a size 8 that really FIT.

All of these things make me proud, but dang is it hard not to obsess. I want to re-evaluate everything, but I have to trust that what I've been doing is working and just keep it up. I am an experienced quitter, but not this time.

Yesterday I went to a brunch for my best friend's birthday- and it was FUN. I ate a beautiful salad, fruit, crab legs, a glass of champagne, and a chocolate covered strawberry. It was all within my calories, so I'm thinking I need to incorporate more chocolate and champagne into my life, lol! Everyone said Mike and I look great, which I LOVED (I'm such a sucker for compliments!)...

Alright... Onward march. In week 9, I will keep it up, not stress about this little loss, and NOT step on the scale mid-week. I really hope that in my next weigh-in, that I feel like I'm really in the 140s, and not on the edge of the 150s. I'm ready for the next level.

Love and luck to you all in the coming week. Here's to a fresh start! emoticon

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ELFLACO74 3/4/2012 9:45AM

    Seppiesusan is right,sometimes im in same number for a whole week and somewhere the following week bang! 3 or 4 pounds out of one shot,so dont worry we all are in the same boat we all will get there.

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BIZZ27 3/2/2012 4:42PM

    You obviously know that those last 10 pounds are going to be very hard to lose, but I can tell you exactly why you didn't get a huge loss this week. First off, when you've got 10lbs to go, 0.2 is still good!! Second, you said something in this blog that just said "RED FLAG" to me... Not in a bad way. In a great way, you just won't see it on the scale right away. Strength training. You've decided to build up some muscles, and turn that last little flab into a rock. That is absolutely wonderful, and exactly what you need to do, but that is your difference right there. Muscles weigh more than fat, so while you're building them and getting smaller, the scale might not reflect that. I have a question for you now:

Would you be ok with weighing 145 and looking fabulous and fit, or are you obsessed with your number of 140?! You might have to come to the realisation that 140 might just be a few pounds under your comfort zone, especially if you're building muscles. But I can tell you, everyone will think you look absolutely stunning even if you're at 145 with muscles!!! Don't lose hope, you're doing wonderful!!!!!!

WAY TO GO!!!!!

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APONI_KB 2/29/2012 7:38PM

    I've been where you are - and back up, let's not talk about that because it is not going to happen this time.

The point is that I did it with WW. What used to make me CRAZY was when I was within a few pounds of lifetime and would lose a whopping 0.4 or 0.2 pounds a week. I would tell myself (and WW would agree) that any loss is a loss. That's great but I fear I'm not above sitting there just seething while people would walk in and lose 5 pounds their first week. Oh that's GREAT, wow you're awesome - grrrr.


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SEPPIESUSAN 2/27/2012 9:03PM

    Very often a week of tiny loss is followed by a week with a much bigger loss, especially for people like you who are doing everything right. I hope that happens for you next week!

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LIVELAUGHXO 2/27/2012 4:27PM

    Way to go! I know sometimes it's hard to swallow a small loss, but EVERYTHING adds up! You are doing so fantastic and as long as you keep moving towards your goal, you are rocking it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPARKLEMEL89 2/27/2012 12:04PM

    Props on getting to an 8!! Don't buy too many clothes in that size though, they'll be useless once youre a size 6! emoticon

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CINDYBUNNIE 2/27/2012 10:42AM

    I read pretty often that the nearer you are to your weight goal, the harder it is to shed the weight. You have last than ten pounds left to go, but you're doing awesome! I'm sure adding the strength training will help you lose the weight faster. Wonderful that you're in size 8 pants!


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Food log 2/23

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Day three of blogging was just as fun for me. My usual meals aren't too far off from this, but during work weeks I always repeat breakfasts and lunches (like oatmeal and yogurt/fruit/granola twice each, and a Greek salad Mon.-Thurs.). But having this week off, I could try out different things, which was really fun.

Breakfast: Quinoa with cinnamon, brown sugar, 1/3 cup light soy milk, and strawberries- I loved this, it was delicious, different, and kept me just as full as oatmeal (349 calories)

Lunch: Pork tamale I found in my freezer from the holidays over romaine lettuce with tomato, pickled jalapeno, cilantro, and salsa verde mixed with light sour cream (256 calories)

Snacks: First I sectioned a HUGE pomelo (it's like a grapefruit, but less bitter) and ate the WHOLE thing! It was great, but I needed another snack before our walk tonight... (113 calories)

2nd snack: half a pretzel rod with a piece each of ham and mozzerella cheese, a little mustard (126 calories)

Dinner: I've been dreaming of chicken pot pie (of all things), so I concocted a casserole by browning a large chicken breast (cut into pieces), tons of black pepper, a pint of mushrooms, and some onion, then deglazed with a splash of reisling, mixed in 2/3 of a can of 98% fat free Cammpbell's cream of chicken soup, topped with a little parmesan cheese, and baked... NOTHING like a pot pie, BETTER. It was like a really good chicken and gravy meets French onion soup. I'll be making this mistake soon again. A little steamed broccoli, and Mike got brown rice, too ;) (478 calories)

And the nutrition:

Thank you all for reading. I love reading other food logs and recipes for ideas and inspiration- especially all of you Bahama Mamas! Are you ladies doing this just for a week? Longer, I hope!

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THINKSHRINK 2/27/2012 10:07AM

    It all looks beautiful AND delicious. And your dishes are gorgeous...I love vintage colors and patterns!

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LIVELAUGHXO 2/24/2012 11:02AM

    Those foods look yummy and healthy! Keep going -- you are doing great!

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OUT-OF-ASHES 2/24/2012 10:36AM

Great Job! Keep up the good work!

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RYDERB 2/23/2012 11:16PM

    I find myself looking forward to your food blog. There's so much variety in your days, not to mention how good everything looks. I would have never even thought of eating Quinoa for breakfast! That's something I'm going to try to do this weekend! emoticon

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FRESHBAKEDPI 2/23/2012 10:56PM

    Your breakfast looks amazing emoticon

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Food log 2/22

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Here's day two of food logging/blogging... I noticed I left out something very important yesterday: NUTRITION! Lol, you know, just the reason we're here... NBD.

Breakfast: A strawberry parfait with Greek yogurt, strawberries, and a crushed Nature Valley granola bar (181 calories)

Lunch: Greek salad with romaine, cucumber, tomato, parsley, pepperoncini, feta, a little leftover chicken, and 1/4 cup (dry) quinoa (I made 3 times that to use throughout the week). I also had some carrot and celery sticks with store-bought red pepper hummus (480 calories)

Snack: 23 (lol, diets are crazy, I really counted) pistachios and a 90 gram banana (I actually weighed it!) (156 calories)

Dinner: Shrimp friend rice on a bed of steamed bok choy- it was really good, but I had to use more oil and soy sauce than expected (okay today, though I was on the lower end of cals, whew!) (483 calories)

And the proof!:

This is really fun... And addicting!

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LANGDONIS 2/23/2012 9:43PM

    very impressive! meals looked great. I'm going to copy that strawberry parfait breakfast idea (as i am sure many are).

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    Everything looks delicious, especially the breakfast!! Keep up the great work!


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WALKINGRED 2/23/2012 12:13PM

    You guys are too nice! All this love for yogurt and my grandmother's plates!!! emoticon

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SKITTLES131 2/23/2012 11:48AM

    pistachios are yummy :) looks like a great day of food! emoticon

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/23/2012 11:11AM

    Were your meals this pretty before you started doing food logs? Or do you put a little extra effort into presentation now that you're taking photos?

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BLACKBIRDSING 2/23/2012 8:53AM

    Your meals look delicious! Great job!

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SCHWINNER! 2/23/2012 6:57AM

    Mmm, all of your food looks delicious! I love reading/looking at food blogs with pics :) Also: I love your plates!

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RYDERB 2/22/2012 11:11PM

    I need to start eating what you're eating! It look delicious! emoticon Even you plates are pretty! Thanks for adding the nutrition info. emoticon

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Food log 2/21

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I LOVE following your food blogs, and I am off of work this week, so I thought I'd give food log blogging a try!

For breakfast, I enjoyed Greek yogurt with frozen grapes while my oatmeal simmered:

McCann's steel cut oats with cinnamon, brown sugar, and a couple walnut halves (both the yogurt and oatmeal photo'd kinda ugly, so I went with their pretty containers instead!):

My stomach rumbled well before lunch, so I had a fuji apple:

For lunch, I reheated homemade veggie soup along with half a PB&J, and some veggies

Had half an ounce of almonds halfway to dinner (before SP, I would have had about ten times this many per serving!):

Once a week we have breakfast for dinner. Tonight is was egg tacos with anaheim chiles, green onion, tomato, cilantro, and AVOCADO(!), with some homemade smashed cranberry beans topped with a little feta (and Mike and I shared a bowl of strawberries that aaalmost tasted like Summer):

That was today. I think I'll do this again tomorrow- it was fun!

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/22/2012 12:45PM

    Nice pictures - I like your plates, and the presentation of your food.

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WALKINGRED 2/22/2012 12:32PM

    Thank you all for the nice comments! I love having breakfast for dinner. It's probably my favorite too, and it's fast to prepare
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MELIBUG 2/22/2012 10:45AM

    I love the idea of incorporating breakfast into a dinner meal once a week. I complete bi-weekly meal plans and think I will do the same as breakfast is my favorite meal. Great job with your selections!

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LIVELAUGHXO 2/22/2012 10:08AM

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RYDERB 2/22/2012 9:51AM

    WOW! Great job on your food blog! Everything looks delicious, but especially your dinner! emoticon

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TINABINA5 2/21/2012 10:44PM

    You did a great job food blogging

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