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Monday, December 31, 2012

Sun. Dec 30th

Pineapple Black Olive Pizza for Lunch!

Daily Tidbit:   Is there anything better than exhausting oneself doing post holiday shopping with the family, and then going directly to a good friend's house to throw your feet under a table and enjoy some good company and delicious homemade Pizza, with cool toppings like Pineapple, Arugula and Black Olives?  Not today!  I have to admit that for many years I thought Pineapple was just too strange on Pizza, but last year I gave it another chance only to find that I actually enjoy it!  Truth is Pizza is good, so just about anything you like could be good thrown on top.   

If you need some inspiration for your next pizza night, here are 5 Crazy, Weird, Delicious Pizza Toppings from Zagat:


Pineapple Orange Zucchini Smoothie!

Breakfast:  Plain Shredded Wheat Cereal with Walnuts
1 cup Plain Shredded Wheat Cereal
1 cup Fat Free Milk
2 tbsp plain Chopped Walnuts
5 oz Pineapple Orange Zucchini Smoothie (recipe below)
Regular Coffee, sprinkle Cinnamon, splash Fat Free Milk


Pineapple Black Olive Pizza for Lunch!
Lunch: Homemade Pizza at a Friend's house!

3 slices of Homemade PizzaByZach:   
2 slices with Pineapples & Black Olives &
1 slice with Arugula and Lemon, YUM & YUM
Spiced Hot Apple Cider
Coffee, black with a little Sugar


Snack:  1/4 cup lightly salted, dry roasted Peanuts, Fat Free Milk


Shrimp Satay with Veggies

Dinner:  Shrimp Satay with Veggies
1 Large serving - as pictured - of Shrimp Satay:  
12 Shrimp over Veggies:  Broccoli, Peas, Onions, Carrots, Mushrooms, Baby Corn, Red Peppers, and Water Chestnuts, and then topped with fresh chopped Cilantro, Scallions & 1/2 Avocado (full recipe below)
Red Wine 

Dessert: No Food, just another glass of Wine!


Pineapple Orange Zucchini Smoothie Recipe:

Into blender put:

1 cup fresh cut Pineapple
1 cup All Natural Fat Free Vanilla Yogurt
2 Bananas
1/2 cup raw Zucchini (skinned and chopped)  
1/2 cup Orange Juice

Blend and serve!  The Zucchini is totally undetectable, by appearance or taste; it is like getting a serving of Vegetable for free!



Shrimp Satay Recipe:

This is a new and easy recipe for Satay that I found in Women's Health Magazine, which uses Coconut Milk, Hot Sauce and the usual Peanut Butter, Soy Sauce and a few other ingredients.  I adapted the recipe according to what we have in the house and how we like it and we LOVED it!

Sautee Veggies of choice in oil in hot pan.  Meanwhile whisk the following ingredients together to make the Satay Sauce:

-1/2 cup Light Coconut Milk
-3/4 cup Creamy All Natural Peanut Butter
-4 tbsp Soy Sauce
-1 tbsp crushed Ginger Paste
-Juice from 1 Lime
-3 tbsp Hot Sauce (Hot Red Chili Sauce, akin to Tabasco I guess)

When Veggies are cooked to desired done-ness, add the Satay sauce, heat and then add the Shrimp, cover and cook until done.  Serve immediately with Cilantro, Scallions & Avocado, if desired.
PS.  We ended up adding a little Crushed Red Pepper Flake at the table, to add a little more heat, which made it a perfect balance with the cooling, creamy Avocado on top.


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