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Lots of Eats… Not So Much Sleep

You know it’s going to be a long week when you already start off Monday sleep-deprived. All last week I did really well with going to bed at a decent hour and being fully rested. Then Sunday night when I was working on a group project from home, my teammates were just not responding via e-mail like they needed to. Since our decisions were due at 7:00pm I had to be at my e-mail constantly checking for a response from them. In the end only one of them e-mailed me back. *Sigh* This is why I hate group work.

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Nevertheless, the decisions were in on time (Just 8 more rounds to go. Yippee!…). But that left me still at home at 7:00pm with a few more things to pack. Realistically I wouldn’t have gotten back to my dorm room until 10:00pm or later. And there was still another assignment I had to do for Monday…

So I decided to stay home, do my homework, and leave early Monday morning to be back in time for my 9:30am class. Those two hours were tough as I was extremely tired and I had to stop half way there because I was worried I was going to fall asleep. Never again (you can quote me on that one!).

Now I am typing up this WIAW at a ridiculous hour because I just got back from watching Divergent with a few of my friends. Yes, I already saw it last Saturday, but I rarely have time to do anything social because of all of my schoolwork so I decided that I would take a quick nap after my Accounting class… and gear up to watch the movie at 9:40pm. Yikes.

This is going to be a quick post today, and my posts will probably be staying sparse in the foreseeable future with more exams and group projects this week.

I’m linking up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons, sharing all of the food I made on Saturday and Sunday!

Breakfast

One day for breakfast I made my dad a super simple stack of pancakes. 1 1/2 bananas + 3 eggs + 1/4 tsp baking powder. The texture was surprisingly better than normal and not quite as eggy as when I’ve made them in the past. They will never be quite as perfect as James‘s though 😉

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 Lunch

I had every intention of going to church this Sunday, and was even completely dressed and ready to head out. Then my new medication from my doctor kicked in and basically left me tied to the house for the rest of the day. Fun. It’s kind of on-and-off with whether it sort of/doesn’t work. Anyways, I felt awful because I was supposed to help my mom with the nursery that morning. To make up for it, I cooked her lunch that was ready when my dad and her got home.

First I made a simple homemade BBQ sauce. No crazy ingredients here!

Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce

Adapted from this recipe

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  •  2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp prepared mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a small pan and heat on the stove for a few minutes until ready to serve.

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Then I forked a few sweet potatoes and microwaved them. While the potatoes were cooking I mixed a few cups of homemade shredded chicken and heated it up on the stove. To put it all together just slice open the sweet potatoes, fill with the BBQ chicken and voila!

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Snacks

These below are homemade plantain chips that I made in the microwave. Super easy and I’ll experiment a few more times before sharing the directions.

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I already shared the recipe for my yummy Paleo Peppermint Patties. You need to make them STAT.

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Over the weekend I experimented with one more dessert recipe. I made a pecan honey no-bake base, put a layer of homemade vegan caramel on top, and then a layer of homemade chocolate on top of that. It all tasted great but I think the caramel could be put to better use. More experimentation required! 🙂

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And that sums up everything I made over the weekend! Off to get some ZZZs and I’ll catch you all later!

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Questions for you:

Do you prefer group or single projects?

What is your go-to quick breakfast recipe?

Have you ever made your own condiments before?

Chocolate/caramel OR Chocolate/mint?

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Whole Wheat BBQ Chicken Pizza (w/ allergy-free options)

Confession time: Until I opened my Bloglovin this morning and saw the barrage of Recipe Redux posts from my fellow food bloggers, I had completely forgotten that the 21st was the reveal day for January! I could excuse my absent-mindedness with mumblings of school work, but that would just be silly since I received an email recently from the Redux team as a reminder.

Recipe Redux

At first I was hopeful that the recipe I had already would fit the bill… but unfortunately scones do not look similar enough to pizza to count. 🙁

Then I remembered a pizza that I had made a very very long time ago. In fact, it was SO long ago that I actually had shared the pictures on my old blog way back in 2012 with promises to “share it soon.” Yes, so now over a year later I am finally making good on that promise.

While it’s not gluten-free or much in line with what I usually post, I have included a host of substitution options below the recipe instructions that should give you plenty of ideas. It’s a recipe that I used to make monthly before discovering my food allergies. In fact, bringing up these old pictures reminded me how much I love making pizza, so this will have to happen again sometime soon — I adapted the dough from the Master Pizza Dough recipe that I found on AllRecipes my freshman year of high school. It’s a keeper.

Whole Wheat BBQ Chicken Pizza

Whole Wheat, Egg-Free, Nut-Free, Dairy/Meat-Free Options, Vegan Option

Tomato-Free Option, Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free Suggestions Below

Makes Approximately 12 slices

Whole Wheat BBQ Chicken Pizza (w/ allergy-free options)

Pizza dough*:

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3-4 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or unbleached all purpose)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 envelope rapid rise yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Pizza toppings:

  • 1 cup barbecue sauce*
  • 1-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese*
  • 2 cups chopped grilled chicken*

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. If using a pizza stone, place it in the oven now. If using a baking sheet, either oil it or cover it in parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine 2 cups of the flour with the yeast and salt. Then stir in the warm water and olive oil. Add extra flour as needed to make a soft dough.
  3. Prepare a floured surface and knead the dough until smooth and elastic (I usually do this for about 4 minutes). Leave the ball of dough on the floured surface, cover it with a towel, and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  4. Next take the ball of dough and place it on your chosen baking pan (sprinkle the pizza stone with flour to prevent sticking). Shape it into a large circle, about 14 inches in diameter. Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes (this will prevent the pizza from burning on top and being undercooked in the middle).
  5. Take the pizza dough from the oven. Spread the barbecue sauce onto the pizza, leaving a one inch rim around the outside for the crust. Sprinkle the cheese on top and then the chopped chicken.
  6. Put the pizza back into the oven and bake for about another 20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

*Substitution options:

  • To make this gluten-free, this version from King Arthur Flour has great reviews.
  • And to make it paleo/grain-free, you have a few options: 1. Instead of the wheat pizza dough, make a cauliflower crust. 2. Another option would be to make my vegan, grain-free biscuits and just spread them out into a large circle, baking for slightly longer than the biscuit recipe originally stated.
  • Here is a list of great and healthy BBQ sauce recipes if you don’t want to use a store bought one. (Here is a homemade tomato-free BBQ sauce recipe if you can’t eat tomatoes).
  • To make this vegan, you can replace the dairy cheese with a vegan shredded cheese, nutritional yeast, or a vegan cheeze sauce. For the chicken, you can easily leave this out to make it vegan or vegetarian. Or, replace it with grilled tofu squares, cooked chickpeas, or even chopped vegetables like mushrooms/onions/etc.

Whole Wheat BBQ Chicken Pizza (w/ allergy-free options)

Now, for the other Recipe Redux participants and their pizza recipes, check them out below:

Oh, and because I can’t hold in my excitement for another day, here is the picture for the scones that was going to be up today. With two recipes already posted in the past few days though, I’ll probably wait until next week to share these. Try to contain your excitement 😉

Scones

And I hope you didn’t forget that it’s Wednesday– aka, one of THE greatest days of the week. Head on over to Peas and Crayons with Jenn for even more amazing food pictures.

With both The Recipe Redux and WIAW link-ups to keep you busy, I don’t know how you are going to have time for anything else today ***insert evil laugh here***

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What have you forgotten recently? Stories please!

Have you ever made homemade pizza before? What’s your favorite kind?

What food picture were you most excited to share in WIAW today?