A Healthier Pizza Recipe for Your Cozy Date Night In

I’m a big advocate of Pizza Sundays… yes, it’s a thing. I love cozying up with a glass of wine and a cheesy slice (or three) to make the weekend last just a little longer before the sheer terror of Monday sets in. But, let’s be honest, this can be a fattening habit – so I took matters into my own hands.

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Y’all know I am not a food blogger by any means, hence the horrible photography (sorry guys, I’m learning) but I don’t try to be – I just want to share any and everything that may help make your life a little easier (or more delicious) – which brings me to this healthier arugula and prosciutto pizza “recipe”*

*Side note: I don’t really follow recipes. This is more like a “throw all these ingredients on a flatbread and roll with it” type thing but who has time for an elaborate meal, anyways?

This meal was actually amazing. And so, so easy to make. We paired ours with freshly made Moscow Mules for a perfect lil’ at-home date night.

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[Serves 2]

Ingredients:

  • 2 pieces of whole grain naan
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 6 tbsp. pesto (you can make your own or use a store-bought version)
  • 6 slices of prosciutto
  • 2c. arugula
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Sea salt (to taste)
  • Mozzarella cheese (to your liking)

How to make it:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Drizzle each piece of naan with 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  3. Top each with 3 tbsp. of pesto (or more if you’re a big pesto person!)
  4. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  5. Cook for 5 minutes, then take out.
  6. Tear 3 slices of prosciutto for each piece of naan and place the pieces on top of the cheese.
  7. Add more mozzarella to cover the prosciutto.
  8. Cook for another 5 minutes, or until browned to your liking.
  9. While the pizzas are cooking, mix 2 cups of arugula with a pinch of sea salt and the juice from half a lemon.
  10. Take out of the oven, slice into fours and top with arugula.

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Enjoy! xx

 

7 Things You Can Do with Your Girlfriends that Aren’t Dinner & Drinks

We’re all guilty of it. It’s our escape from a busy work week, our Saturday night plans to look forward to or our chance to catch up on gossip over a glass of pinot and a cheese plate – we LOVE to do dinner and drinks with our girlfriends. In fact, probably 97% of my plans with my girlfriends consist of one or the other (usually both). While there’s something about a glass of wine and a delicious meal that just *soothes the soul*, let’s face it – it’s tough on your wallet AND your waistline. So how can we combat the ever-tempting option of dinner & drinks for our next girls’ night out?

I’ve come up with a few creative ways to spend time with your girlfriends without making you broke or feel gross. DISCLAIMER: I am in full support of going out with girlfriends for a bite and a drink (or three) BUT maybe try and limit to once or twice a week if you’re trying to save some ca$h and keep your hot bod, k?

1// Take a group fitness class.

Whether it’s barre, spinning or a bootcamp class you’ve been wanting to try, recruit a friend to pass the time quicker! Bonus – since you burned all those calories, those post-class mimosas are totally acceptable.

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2// Go shopping.

Remember the days your mom would drop you off at the mall for a couple hours with a friend and it was, like, the funnest part of your weekend? Go check out a cute boutique and bring your right hand gal with you for a much-needed second opinion on those high-waisted jeans.

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3// Go on a walk.

I honestly kind of love this idea but never do it. The whole point of getting together with a girlfriend is to catch up on each other’s lives, so why not scout out a pretty trail or path and chit chat while you burn some cals?

4// Create your own spa day.

You can buy cheap-ass face masks at Target for $1.99 and pick your fave Essie nail color for just about $8 a bottle. Pick up some champagne and pamper yo’selves.

5// Host dinner at home.

It’s amazing how much money you can save by cooking at home verses going out. Buy a cheap bottle of wine, whip up some apps and pick an easy recipe off Pinterest for a cozy girls’ night in.

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6// Get hooked on a new Netflix series.

I’m currently tuned in to Orange is the New Black, but Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder are next up on my list. Get back to your middle school days and have a *slumber party*, complete with comfortable PJ’s, mani/pedis and a binge-watching escapade of whatever show you choose.

7// Attend a workshop, seminar or conference with a like-minded gal pal.

Call me a loser but I’m so into this stuff Lol. Find a friend who’s also into fitness or bettering herself in her career – whatever it may be – and find a workshop, seminar or conference that you can go to together for a refreshed perspective and some great takeaways.

What other ideas do you have for time spent with your girlfriends? 

Good-for-You Sunday Night Burger n’ Fries

I looove comfort food on Sundays. There’s just something about a cheesy slice of pizza, big bowl of ice cream or juicy cheeseburger (maybe all three. just kidding. maybe) to close out the weekend. I’m guilty of letting my healthy eating take a backseat on the weekends, and the truth is, it REALLY adds up. If you think about it, taking “off” Friday-Sunday from your otherwise healthy lifestyle means at least 10-12 days a month! LIGHTBULB -“hmmm maybe that’s why I’m not seeing results…”

So in an effort to satisfy my cravings without giving in whole-heartedly, I’m on a quest to make the healthiest versions of foods I crave – like this Feta Arugula Turkey Burger and Sweet Potato Fries recipe! This dinner is sooo good and full of good-for-you ingredients. Who’s whipping this up for Sunday night dinner, tonight? (It’s okay to have a glass of wine too since, y’know, it’s healthy.)

Feta Arugula Turkey Burgers

  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 1 handful arugula, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2c feta cheese
  • 1/2c chopped red onion
  • 2 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • Seasonings (to your liking): parsley, sea salt, pepper

Add turkey, chopped arugula, feta cheese, red onion, Dijon mustard and garlic into a medium-sized bowl. Crack the egg into the bowl and mix together. Season with parsley, sea salt and pepper to your liking. Form into 5 patties and cook over stovetop or grill until browned on each side.

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Baked Sweet Po’ Fries

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • Seasonings: Paprika, sea salt, pepper

Combine olive oil and seasoning in a medium-sized bowl. Wash the sweet potato; you can either peel it or leave the skin on. Cut into 1/4 in. strips and toss into the seasoning mixture. Place the sweet potato fries on a cooking sheet and bake for 25-35 minutes at 450 degrees.

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     | bunless over lemony arugula and shaved brussels |

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            | in a whole-wheat flatout wrap with arugula & avocado |

Happy Sunday! xx