Naan Style Pizzas

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Pizza is one of my all time favourite foods. Really what is not to love?! Bread, cheese, endless topping combinations- Pizza has it all!

These Naan Pizzas are great for entertaining, as appetizers, or for a small meal. I did two types: Caprese Naan Pizza and Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Pizza. You can easily change it up and put whatever toppings you fancy on- just make sure to grill the naan first as it keeps it from getting soggy in the oven!

Caprese Naan Pizza

– 2 Naan Breads

– oil for grilling

– 2 tbls pesto

– handful of cherry tomatoes, cut in half

– 10 slices bocconcini cheese

– 5 large basil leaves chopped

– balsamic vinegar for drizzling

Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Pizza

– 2 Naan Breads

– oil for grilling

– 2 Tbls pesto

– Half large purple onion, sliced

– 1/3 cup goat cheese, crumbled

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 400

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2. Start Caramelizing the onions in a frying pan with butter over medium-high heat.

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3. Lightly coat naan breads with oil and grill them either on bbq or grill pan.

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4. Arrange grilled naan bread on baking sheet and spread on pesto

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5. Arrange toppings on the naan

6. Cook in oven for about 10 mins or until cheese is melted

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7. Drizzle Balsamic Vinegar on cooked pizzas

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8. Slice and Enjoy!!

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Zesty Pasta Salad

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This past weekend, for the first time in what felt like aaages, the forecast didn’t call for rain. So with the promise of a sunny Saturday my friends decided to have a last minute BBQ. I was told to bring a side dish. At first I thought I would make my grilled corn salad that I posted a little while ago. However, when I got to the grocery store- they had no corn! I had to think fast and sticking with the salad theme I landed on a pasta salad.

This recipe is super easy and can be adapted to suit your tastes.

Ingredients:

1 package rotini, cooked

1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped

1/2 cup sliced black olives

1 cup cucumbers, chopped

1/4 cup red onion, chopped

1/2 cup- 1 cup crumbled feta cheese

1/2 cup-1 cup Italian dressing

Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions:

Cook pasta according to package directions. While it is cooking, chop and combine tomatoes, olives, cucumbers, and onions in a large bowl. Drain pasta and add to bowl. Crumble in feta. Pour in dressing and stir to combine. Refrigerate for an hour.

It was a hit and the bbq! Enjoy!

Moroccan Inspired Couscous

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This recipe was inspired by the salad bar at Longo’s Grocery Store. Whenever I go I can’t help but fill a small (sometimes big) container with a variety of their green, grain, and pasta salads. One of my favourite of the bunch is their Moroccan Couscous.

Here is my take on it:

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, minced
few cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
1 19 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 cup couscous
1/2 cup raisins/dried cranberries
2 cups orange juice
1 lemon, zest and juice
pinch of sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup sliced almonds
a handful chopped cilantro

Directions

1.Heat olive oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic and spice and sautee for a few minutes until onions begin to soften.

2. Add the chickpeas, couscous raisins/cranberries, orange juice, lemon zest and juice,  and salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer uncovered, then cover and turn down to low and cook until cousocus is tender and liquid has been absorbed.

3. Turn off heat and let rest for a few minutes before fluffing with a fork. Add almonds and cilantro. You can enjoy either hot or cold.

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For the Love of Reading

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I used to love reading. In elementary and high school I could often be found curled up in my room reading until well past midnight on a week night- just a few more pages… 1 more chapter…I need to finish this book tonight!! Feeling a bit tired the next day at school was worth knowing how a certain book ended.

However, all this changed when I got to university. Reading was no longer something to do for leisure, for fun,  or on a rainy afternoon. No, reading had become work. No matter what the course was, every night there was some 50 page article or essay to read on one subject or another. Now don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed university and what I studied. In fact, I learned a great deal from all the readings I had to do, and have kept and reread many. But when I finally had a spare moment from school work, the last thing I wanted to do was pick up a book.

I probably read less then 10 books for pleasure during my university years. So when it was time to start thinking of new years resolutions this past January deciding to get back into reading was a no-brainer. There were a few reasons I made this resolution, but the main one was that since being out of university and not being “forced” to read anything, I could slowly feel my mind getting less sharp. Recalling names, words, fact etc was getting slightly harder and I did not like that one bit! At first my resolution was to read a book a month. January and February went well, but I started to slack a bit in March and April. Then at the suggestion of my roommate I got a library card and joined Goodreads.com – an online book and reading community. They have a reading challenge where you set a goal of how many books you want to read in a year and it helps you track your progress. I set my goal at 15.

Today I started what will be my 15th book this year The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson. I have definitely regained my love and enjoyment of curling up with a book and don’t see it stopping anytime soon!

Set your own reading challenge and follow my progress here!