Cooking What I Plan.

I’m always so pleased with myself when I actually follow through on a recipe I said I would. Last week I mentioned this Smoked Salmon Pizza made with Leeks and Pesto. I got Leeks last week in my Door To Door Organics box, and searched Food Gawker for ways to use them. There were a ton of Leek Soup recipes, but Spring is coming so no more soup! Pizza is year round friendly, and I had Salmon.

So like usual I made a few changes to the recipe. Like always I used a Whole Foods 365 Organic Wheat Pizza Crust to start off. The recipe called for a heavy cream Pesto sauce, but homie doesnt use heavy cream, so I made my own Cream Pesto Sauce! I used 2 Pesto Cubes (I made Pesto last summer and froze it in ice cube trays) melted in a sauce pan, added a teaspoon of Olive (just to make it more runny) and a large dollop of Fat Free Cream Cheese. stir on medium low until smooth. Spread evenly over crust.

Oh ha! Before I made the sauce I actually baked a Salmon Steak. I didn’t have smoked salmon, and although I love Smoked Salmon sometimes its too intense for me. Any way  I only have one Salmon Steak left, so this was a great way to use it up. I basically just sprinkled some seasoning on it and baked it at 350 for 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Ok back to the stove top. I cut up my Leeks (to be honest I have never used Leeks so I really didn’t know how to cut them, so I just did thin slices off the end) and tossed them in a little heated Olive Oil with Mushrooms. When those got nice and cooked I threw in some Kale, because let’s be honest, I’m a little MAD FOR KALE! Let it all cook down.

To put it all together I layered it like this

-Pizza Crust

-Pesto Cream Sauce

-Light Sprinkle of Mozzarella

-Sprinkle Salmon evenly

-Glop sautéed veggies generously

-Sprinkle more Mozzarella

Bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes.

Ok I know I keep saying this, but this is the BEST pizza I have ever made! Ha! Mr. Gaunt LOVED this! Im so glad I did regular Salmon and not smoked. It was beautiful!

On a side note this past weekend in Washington I made Kale Chips! Whoohoo! These are all the rage on food blogs and Food Photography Sites. I was waiting to make these with my mom for her Birthday, and we did just that! They turned out pretty darn good, shockingly crispy and chip like. They are also very easy. I bought Purple and Green Kale just to mix it up. You can read how to make them here. I was also shocked how much people liked them! Even the guys, so definitely try them.

BBQ and Baseball

Well no weight has been lost, none. Thats fine though. I’m still really trying to enjoy myself and my achievements and not freaking out about not dropping weight so fast. I know this summer when the pool is open and Mr. Gaunt and I can walk the trail in the evenings that the weight will still come off. Today we got a call from a friend of ours about joining a Softball league by our house. Mr. Gaunt and I played on a Home Depot team for 2 seasons up in Boulder, but havent played really in about a year. I LOVE softball even though I kind of suck at it. I get to play catcher which is my favorite position.  Mr. Gaunt plays first base because he is tall and fast. Anyways we will be playing catch at the park now and hopefully hitting up the batting cages a couple times a week now. I’m very excited.

Last week we made BBQ chicken Pizza which was delish! It’s just a basic Whole Wheat Thin Crust Pizza from Whole Foods, with BBQ sauce, Chicken, onions and cheese topped with Cilantro. Oh and I just noticed we also put dollops of fat-free Cream Cheese on it too! It was splendid.

The drink in the first picture is my new favorite! Its called Steaz Zero Calorie Sparkling Green Tea, and I buy it at Big Lots or Whole Foods! It’s a lot like Izze Esque only it has Green Tea in it, and its cheaper (at Big Lots), Im a big fan.