Monday, March 21, 2011

Rosemary Artichoke White Pizza

Oi Amigos!
It's a beautiful monday and that can only mean pizza (duh)
So here it is! Use fresh rosemary if at all possible- it truly makes all the difference! Pick some out of your garden or buy fresh rosemary from the grocery store in the produce section.

Stuff you need:
  • 1 package of pizza dough mix (you may also make your own dough but I'm including this for the sake of less ingredients and simplicity)
  • 11/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of Alfredo sauce
  • 1/2 small can of artichoke hearts
  • a dash of fresh rosemary
(this recipe is for one pizza for about two people but you could easily double it)

  1. Preheat your oven to 450*F 
  2. Thoroughly mix the package of pizza dough with 1/2 cup of warm water. Let the dough sit (covered) for 5 minutes
  3. After your dough has had it's 5 minutes nap it's time to disperse the dough onto a flat baking pan that has been thinly covered in olive oil. The pan can be any shape- get creative! ***Be sure to powder your hands with flour or some of the pizza mix before picking up the dough. Otherwise, it will be difficult to manage
  4. Now for the fun part! Decorate your pizza!! 
Enjoy this pizza while listening to something groovy. Perhaps this :

     Tchau por agora,

    Friday, March 11, 2011

    Moonpie Banana Pudding Trifle

    Hello All!
    If you are anything like me- the 5 million moonpies that you caught on Fat Tuesday might be melting in the back of your car. Don't let this happen!! Moonpies are low in fat and can be easily used for a fun, retro dessert.

          Things ya need:
    • 2 cups of 2% or skim milk
    • 1 3.4 oz package of vanilla instant pudding
    • 2 bananas (I picked some up from Jimmy Lowe's fruit stand)
    • fat free whipped cream 
    • chocolate, vanilla, or banana moonpies that you snagged at the parades.
    (this recipe is for two servings but can easily be doubled to make four:)

    1. Follow the instructions on the back of the pudding box to make a simple vanilla pudding: Mix two cups of low fat milk with pudding powder, stir for two minutes, and then let it form in the refrigerator for 5 minutes.
    2. I prefer using a nice glass for desserts like this (think wine glass or champagne glass) and It's good to do this in layers. First, dice up 1 moonpie into bite sized pieces. This will be the first layer of your trife. 
    3. Next, do a thin layer of whipped cream (don't go overboard because whipped cream is super sweet).
    4. The third layer of this trifle will be the vanilla pudding. Make sure that the pudding has set and that it is thick.
    5. Lastly, add a layer of sliced bananas and a dab of whipped cream.
    Enjoy! This is such a simple southern dessert that must be enjoyed on your front porch while the sun is still out. You should probably be listening to this as well:

    -but most importantly have a marvelous friday.

    Wednesday, March 9, 2011


    This is the start of an epic blog on creative, low-fat, and affortable dishes. All recipes will contain five ingredients or less and will include fresh produce and homegrown spices from local farmer's markets, fruit stands and your own garden. This is for folks on a budget (because everybody deserves to eat well) and you know the saying: "You are what you eat" so don't be a couch potato! get to cookin'

    Other than posting recipes, I will probably tell lame jokes.