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Dried Blueberry and Goat Cheese Arugula Salad and Margherita Pizza

Posted Sep 05 2012 10:06pm

This morning I got up and went for a quick work out. I jumped on the elliptical for 20 minutes to warm up and then stared at the weights for a little while. Four years ago, I had firmly decided that I was NEVER going to go a squat, hang clean or bench press EVER again. I had done these “manly” exercises for so long due to our weight lifting regimen, that I just swore them off. It has been a nice, squat free four years until this morning.

I don’t know what possessed me to throw those weights back up there, but it happened. Initially, there were no weights. I didn’t really want to embarrass myself by putting more weight than I could squat on and being that person dropping the clanging plates in a big echoing thud. Just the 45 lbs from the bar for me please. I pumped out 10 quick ones and convinced myself that that was just the warm up. Yup.

I grabbed two weights to put on the end, thinking they were fives, but no, tens. Obviously I couldn’t put them back because now I felt like people were staring at me. Anyone else ever get that feeling at the gym?

Eight more quality squats done. Feeling better about myself, I put two more fives up there (total 75 lbs). Pushed out 8 more reps. After racking that last squat, my legs were filled with lactic acid. Not the, “I’m in shape and my muscles feel juiced” kind of burning, but the “I thought we gave this up!” kind of burning. I put the weights away and waddled over to finish up with some abs. Not the most impressive squatting work out, but I walked away knowing that I am NOT back at the beginning. I can still squat with some weight and this is a GREAT place to start over again :-)

For my abs, I pulled out an oldie. This is an ab circuit that I have been doing since high school and I love it.

Workout complete and a wobbly, I went home and cooked up this gem for breakfast:

I love putting salsa on everything because it is the easiest way to turn something ordinary into something delicious. On the side I just had an english muffin with Chive Cream Cheese to cool the mouth down.

For lunch I whipped up a salad. I was thinking about what I had wanted to go into this and the only things that I could really settle on were blueberries and goat cheese. Weird.

The result was actually pretty fantastic.

Ingredients:

Arugula Goat Cheese
Dried Blueberries Pistachios
Cucumber Sun Dried Tomato Dressing

No need for directions here…just make sure you take the pistachios out of the shells :-)

And last but not least, dinner. I came home ready for eats. Today, I don’t know if you knew, is National Cheese Pizza Day! Cool right?! You can’t help but celebrate that holiday! So Brent and I decided to make some Margarita Flatbread Pizzas. Yummo.

This was really easy to make, and was a perfect way to celebrate the day.

Ingredients:

2 Flatbreads 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 Medium Tomatoes, Sliced 1/2 Cup Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded
1/4 Cup Fontina Cheese, Shredded 8 Basil Leaves, Chopped
1/4 Cup Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese 1/4 Cup Feta Cheese

Directions:

1. Mix up the Olive oil, garlic and salt in a small bowl.

2. Add the sliced tomatoes to the olive oil mix. Cover them with the oil and let them marinate for a little while.

3. Spread the oil and garlic on the flatbread, leaving the tomatoes aside. Top the flatbread with the mozzarella and fontina cheese first. Then spread out the tomatoes and sprinkle with the basil, parmesan and feta cheese. (DO NOT PUT THE TOMATOES ON THE BOTTOM LAYER…you’ll end up with soggy flatbread).

4. Bake it in the oven at 300 degrees for 15 minutes. You want the cheese to be browning and melted.

While Brent and I were putting these together, he started to spread the mozzarella cheese around and was REALLY spreading some mozzarella cheese on them. I kept telling him that there were 4 other cheese to go on top of these and his response was, “I’ll make mine and you make yours,” hahaha this is what Brent’s looked like coming out of the oven….

Cheese Mania! There was more cheese on it than anything else. But he said it was STILL delicious. Actually, 4 hours later he mentioned again how good it was. To each their own!

Happy Cheese Pizza Day!


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