Archive for October 20, 2009

A Glo-ing Review

Pizza!

Thank you for all your sweet comments on my BSI: Acorn Squash submission:  Acorn Squash & Apple Pizza. They’ve been totally making my day!

IMG_3475Speaking of my pizza, I am currently enjoying the leftovers with a peach.  The pizza reheats pretty well, fyi. 😉

Converting Food Weight to Volume

I am making split pea soup in the crock pot today.  When it came time to measure out my ingredients, I found a super-cool online resource: an online conversion tool for cooking! They have a huge list of foods to choose from, and will convert weight to volume and vice versa for any of those foods.

For instance, since I don’t have a scale, I wanted to know how many cups of split peas were equivalent to 16 oz:

Picture 1This is awesome!  Check it out!

Glo Bars!

Imagine my excitement when I saw what had arrived while I was in California:

IMG_3451The Glo bars I ordered from Angela! They came with a sweet thank you note and an Operation Beautiful card, too. 🙂

I ordered a 10 bar Variety pack, as well as 10 Renew bars.  This morning, I tried the Revive Bar, the Peanut Butter and Chocolate Glo Bar:

IMG_3474Check out the simple ingredients list, from globakery.com:

Ingredients: Oats, organic brown rice syrup, crisp rice cereal, dark chocolate, unsweetened coconut, hulled hemp seed, ground flaxseed, sesame seed, natural peanut butter, pure vanilla extract.

No artificial flavorings or additives here!  The bar also provides quite the nutritional punch.  Clocking in at 259 calories, over 7 grams of protein, and almost 4 grams of fiber, the Revive Glo Bar is a great bar when you’re on-the-go!

Natural ingredients and impressive nutritional stats are all well and good, but what about the taste?  If it doesn’t taste good, you’re not going to want eat this vegan bar, right?

Happily, the Revive Glo Bar tastes wonderful.  Chewy and nutty, with just the right amount of crunch and sweetness (hello, rice syrup and dark chocolate!)  I loved it!

Wholesome ingredients, healthy, and yummy; what’s not to love?

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October 20, 2009 at 12:17 pm 7 comments

Acorn Squash & Apple Pizza

Going to bed at 8 am and getting up at 1:30 pm makes for a very weird day.  Regular food blogging shall return tomorrow!

Originally, I was planning on just throwing together a quesadilla or something for dinner, but I decided that I would feel better if I actually cooked a real meal on my first night back home.

I’ve been wanting to participate in Blogger Secret Ingredient for awhile now, so I decided that this was the week to finally submit a recipe.  Megan is hosting this week’s contest, and the secret ingredient is…. acorn squash.

And so, without further ado,  here is my recipe for

Acorn Squash and Apple Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 3 small apples
  • 1 pizza crust of your choice
  • 3 oz. goat cheese
  • 1 oz. gorgonzola
  • 5 T. plus 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • Salt, pepper, and cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Prepare your pizza crust.  I had this mix I needed to use up, but a handmade crust would work just as well. IMG_3460IMG_3461
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Start by cutting the acorn squash in half and scooping out the seeds and stringy insides.  Remove the skin.
  4. Cut the squash into small cubes (1/2 inch or less).
  5. Toss the squash cubes with 2 tsp. olive oil, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. pepper, and 2 tsp. cinnamon.
  6. Bake the acorn squash for 18 minutes. Keep the oven on, but increase the temperature to 450 degrees.
  7. Meanwhile, prepare the onion. Remove the top and bottom, and cut the onion in half from top to bottom.  Thinly slice the onion, and cut the circular slices in half.
  8. Heat 3 T. olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  When the oil is hot, add the onions, along with 1/8 tsp. salt.
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  10. Stir the onions regularly until they are softened and browned.  If they are sticking too much to the skillet, add a bit of water or white wine to “deglaze” the pan.
  11. When the onions are caramelized to your liking, remove them from heat and place them in a separate bowl. IMG_3462
  12. Slice the apples thinly.
  13. Add another 3 T. olive oil to the skillet, and add the apples and 1 tsp. sugar when the oil is hot.
  14. Similar to the process with the onion, stir the apples regularly until they are softened and browned, deglazing as needed.
  15. When the apples are caramelized to your liking, remove them from heat.IMG_3463
  16. Spread the goat cheese over the pizza crust.IMG_3464
  17. Top with the apples, squash, and onions.  Sprinkle with gorgonzola.IMG_3465
  18. Bake at 450 degrees for 12 minutes.IMG_3469

Enjoy!

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October 20, 2009 at 12:20 am 14 comments



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