Wonton Pizza Cups

A great alternative to making an entire pizza is to make mini pizzas in wonton wrappers. These also make a great fast and easy appetizer for birthdays, holidays or just for snacking on during a sports game or movies at home. For us, I happened to have some leftover wrappers from another recipe I had made and thought why not fill them with pizza toppings and have a fast and easy dinner with a side salad. I quickly threw them together and a few minutes later everyone agreed…..I must make these again. So easy yet so good.

Here is what I did:

Wonton Pizza Cups

non stick cooking spray

wonton wrappers

cooked chicken, diced pepperonis, or cooked italian sausage…although, you could also go meatless if you wish

diced peppers

canned mushrooms, drained and chopped fine (squeeze as much liquid as possible from them)

diced black olives

pizza sauce with extra saved for dipping

mozzarella cheese

NOTE: depending on how many cups you plan to make, ingredient amounts could differ which is why I did not put specific amounts of anything.

Take your nonstick muffin pan and spray each cup with non stick cooking spray. Each cup will need two wonton wrappers. First, place the first wrapper in the cup and just put a few shreds of cheese to “glue” the top wonton wrapper to the bottom. Then lay the next wrapper opposite corners on top the first. Press them down so you have a nice area to fill with your preferred pizza toppings. Above is what we used but feel free to use what you like on pizza. Each wonton wrapper gets toppings, then about 1 tablespoon of pizza sauce and cheese on top.

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Bake these in a 375 degree oven for about 12-15 minutes.

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Remove them from the pan immediately and serve them with additional dipping pizza sauce if you wish.

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Getting Your Significant Other On The Healthy Bandwagon

Whether it be your husband, wife, or significant other, if one part of the pair is trying to be healthier, I think it’s only normal to want the other part of you to be healthier also.

The big question is, how to make this happen? Honestly, you can’t unless they are ready willing and able. Sometimes just you being healthy and them seeing the benefits of your progress is enough to persuade them to give it a try. If they see the rewards of you feeling better, having more energy and even losing weight,they may be more apt to giving it a try.

When I first started to change to a healthier lifestyle, my husband was not into any changes what so ever. After a few months, and a not so great doctor appointment, he came home and said we needed to change some things with him. By this time, I had already lost a good amount of weight and had started walking for exercise. We agreed that he would start walking with me twice a week for two miles. We also agreed that we would not cut red meat totally out of his diet, but would have it no more than twice a week. As far as the snacks that my husband loved, they almost all changed. Chips turned into baked chips, ramen noodles were banned from the house, he rarely had the pleasure of cookies being in the house, and eating an entire frozen pizza was never going to happen again. Oh, and his beloved deep fryer went to the city dump.Ultimately, he adjusted fairly good to all these changes.

We added more veggies to our meals and had healthier snacks readily available to grab and go.

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Today he is walking with me almost on a daily basis and if we are not walking we are doing some other activity. I still to this day ask him to join the gym I belong to, but so far he continues to turn me down. That’s alright though because we have accomplished what we were trying to do which is making our family healthier.

Now, there are a few tricks that you can try if your significant other is picky about what they like to eat or do for exercise.  You can easily bake things only using egg whites and not the entire egg. If you need something crunchy, try panko crumbs and baking the items instead of breading and deep frying. In some recipes applesauce can be substituted for the oil that’s called for in the recipe. Substitute ground turkey for ground beef. It is very easy to hide veggies in casseroles like spinach or zucchini in lasagna, finely chopped carrots in chili or a thin layer of hummus in wraps, etc..

When suggesting exercise, don’t suggest it during his/her favorite television show or when it’s 90 degrees outside.  Suggest it at a time when nothing else is really happening, you have a better chance of getting a positive response. Make exercise more fun than actual exercise. Suggest trying a new sport like tennis, bike riding, find a pool with open swim times in your area, go hike and area trail, learn to geocache, try basket ball at a near by park with hoops, try frisbee. There are so many things you could do and all the while be getting exercise.

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Concentrate on starting out slow and don’t force them to do it, because they will never stick to it. I will admit, I was pretty lucky, both my husband and son just sort of followed along when I decided to make my lifestyle change. We have learned so many new sports and activities, and are so much happier because of our new way of life. Not everyone is going to feel this way at first. That’s ok. You do what you need to do for yourself and if they like the change they see in you maybe they will follow along for the adventure.

Calzones

We have a local grocery store that will occasionally have a sale on their homemade pizza dough. I know, why don’t I just make my own, right? Well, I don’t enjoy baking as much as I enjoy cooking. So this is my way of cheating.

Anyway, so I always take advantage of this sale and instead of making pizza, I make calzones. I am not really going to even call this a recipe, because honestly you could stuff them with just about anything.

On this particular night, it was just veggies and cheese. I cut up some onions, mushrooms, spinach and sauteed them until soft. I also added black olives at the end, and let all this cool while I rolled out the dough.

I rolled out the dough to about the size of a personal pizza, and added some pizza sauce. Topped it with my cooked veggies.

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And finally, I added some mozzarella cheese. Keep in mind, I did not measure any of the toppings because it really depends on how big you roll out your dough. You want a good amount of space between the topping and the edge of your dough as in the picture.

Next, you want to run your finger under water and outline the entire edge of the dough. (This will be like your glue to hold it together.) Then fold over the top part of the dough and align it as close to possible with the side holding your toppings. Roll over the edge and press firmly with a fork to seal the edges all together.

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Lastly,  brush the entire calzone with a little beaten egg white. (This will make your calzone brown nicely) Cover your pan with parchment paper, for easy removable and just in case your sealed edge leaks a little melted cheese.

Bake at 400 for about 20 -30 minutes. Watch carefully, because again it will depend how big or small you made each calzone.

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Let them cool 5-10 minutes before serving, they will be very hot inside.

Another favorite filling of ours is alfredo sauce, cooked chicken, mushrooms, onions, garlic, cooked spinach and cheese.

Give this a try and be creative.

ENJOY!

Weekend Happenings

Friday night after a long week of work, and surprise landscaping that my husband decided we needed to do this summer, we went out for dinner. It was a new restaurant to us called Rustique Pizzeria that we actually taste tested at the Feast with the Beast Monday night.

We arrived and saw that they had a great outdoor seating option which we took advantage of on such a nice night.

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Upon arriving, I noticed that almost every table had the same appetizer ordered. Pesto fries, which I had never heard of before. I knew there was no hope what so ever for us to order that, because my husband does not eat pesto. He claims it reminds him too much of the under side of a lawnmower!!! So, while reading the menu I noticed you could get a sandwich and add pesto fries for a small amount extra. (I have not eaten fries in years, but these sounded tasty and I love pesto, so I splurged) He ordered the margarita pizza, and I ordered the veggie sandwich and pesto fries.

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Oh my, I was in heaven. They are everything I imagined, and so was the veggie sandwich. I even tasted his pizza, yum- yum- yum!

I told him anytime he wanted to go out, this would be my top choice of restaurants.

Saturday our son went sailing for the first time with some friends as a last hurrah before they all go their separate ways to college in a few weeks. Which left us alone. We decided to go fish Lake Michigan out of a different port this time.

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We went past some cool tugboats along the way.

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Although we did not have any luck catching fish, the water was perfect and the weather was tolerable. No rain just a little chilly at times.

It ended up being a nice weekend, with some well deserved down time to relax.