Chicken Burrito Pizza

Sometimes it’s way more fun to make your own pizza instead of ordering pizza.

Just find a recipe and go to the store.

You don’t even really need a recipe as long as you have an idea for the pizza toppings. I wish I could remember what magazine I ripped this recipe out of a long time ago so I could give due credit, but I don’t.

While we prepared the pizza, we munched on Nature’s Valley Natural White Cheddar Puffs.

Ingredients

For the pizza

  • 2 tablespoons salsa (we cheated and used more than just 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 eleven inch pizza crust (you could either make or own, or buy the pre-made dough.  To save time we bought the whole wheat pre-made so all we had to do was roll it).
  • 1 cup shredded low fat mozzarella
  • 1 four ounce chicken breast, grilled and diced
  • 4 tablespoons black beans
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced (we left this off because we thought there was enough onion in the pico de gallo and guacamole already)

For the pico de gallo

  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 small green chili, diced (I left this off since I don’t enjoy spicy stuff)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • salt

For the guacamole

  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • juice of 1 lime
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. Spread salsa evenly over prepared dough (healthier option than marinara or pizza sauce, can’t tell the difference!), then sprinkle with mozzarella.
  3. Top with chicken, black beans, and onion; bake for 7-10 minutes or until edges of crust are golden brown.
  4. Meanwhile, combine tomato, chili, cilantro, and onion in a small bowl.  Season with salt and set aside.
  5. Halve the avocado, remove pit, and scoop into another small bowl.  Mash avocado with a fork; mix in cilantro, onion, and lime juice.  Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Remove pizza from the oven, cut into slices and place on a serving tray.  Top with the pico de gallo and guacamole.

The original recipe makes 12 slices, but we made ours have 8 slices for the size pizza stone we had. 

Prep time:  20 minutes, total time:  30 minutes.

Just a tip: Make sure you line the pizza stone with enough floor so the dough doesn’t get stuck to the stone!  Also, if you overload a slice with ingredients, it’s very difficult to eat without a fork and knife… but it’s just as delicious!

Enjoy! 🙂

Tony Rich’s Indoor Ironman

What: Tony Rich’s Indoor Ironman & Silent Auction

When: 7 AM Sunday, July 31 (Silent Auction 7/25/11 – 7/31/11)

Why: to raise money for the YMCA’s Reach Out Campaign

Where: 615 Washington St. Brighton, MA 02135

This Sunday is a great opportunity to show your support for Tony Rich and the Oak Square YMCA!

Read the press release below and donate now!

Every little bit counts.  Read here to see how you can help improve lives within our community.

Rich to complete Indoor Ironman and raise $10,000

  Hosted by the Oak Square YMCA to benefit its annual financial assistance fund

In 2004, lifelong Boston resident Tony Rich walked into the Oak Square YMCA for the first time to become a member and begin training for an Ironman Triathlon. Comprised of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile marathon, to complete this task of physical and mental feat, Rich would have to gain more than significant biking and running endurance. He would have to learn to swim. Since that time, and having enrolled in swim classes at the Oak Square YMCA, Rich has not completed one Ironman, but two: 2007 in Florida and 2010 in Lake Placid, NY.

On July 31, 2011 at 7:00am Rich, a now 7 year member of Oak Square YMCA, will attempt an indoor Ironman to raise $10,000 for Reach Out, the Y’s financial assistance fund. Each year, the Oak Square YMCA provides nearly $300,000 in financial aid to strengthen its community and help its neighbors of all ages and abilities live healthier, more active live. “Thanks to the generosity of the Y,” Kamala D., another longtime member says, “We’ve truly been enabled to make fitness and fun an integral part of our family’s daily life. It has become a second home, and we’ve been exposed to a multitude of enriching experiences we would otherwise never been able to afford.” Such an impact in the community simply would not be possible without the support of dedicated Y members and volunteers like Rich: “Helping the people in need in my own community is a cause very important to me,” he states.

For the indoor Ironman at the Oak Square YMCA, the 2.4 mile swim will be held in the lap pool; for the 112 bike ride Rich will hook up his bike to a computrainer. Courtesy of Fast : Splits in Newton, the device simulates an outdoor riding experience, and at the same time, allows you to analyze your pedaling stroke, power and other metrics; and the final 26.2 miles will be a treadmill marathon. Tony states that some conditions will be more favorable indoors such as being in a controlled climate and not having to compete for water space with thousands of others as in an outdoor Ironman. The computrainer also allows the bike course to be customizable to the Queen K in Hawaii, for example, but there is certainly a factor of monotony in swimming 170 lengths of a pool and being “stationary” for six hours on the bike and treadmill. To curb this, Rich will be using a waterproof casing for his MP3 player and a few spin bikes and treadmills will be set up for those who want to bike and run beside him for encouragement.  Tony will also rely on his experience of completing more than 20 marathons to overcome the mental challenge of running a marathon distance on a treadmill.

In addition to scheduling a time to bike or run with Tony, The Oak Square YMCA and Tony Rich encourage the community to support Tony by visiting irontony.com and donating to the 2011 Reach Out Campaign.  With the help of Xterra, H2O Audio, Sun Multisports, Max Performance, Air Tran, and others, the YMCA will host a silent auction leading up to and ending on the day of the Indoor Ironman, July 31, 2011.  For more information on how to get involved, please contact Sara Nelson at snelson@ymcaboston.org or 617.787.8678.

And don’t forget to check out Tony’s blog, here!

Inspiring.

That’s all.  Goodnight!

Four F’s for Friday

FUNERAL

I’m starting this entry on a sad note.  Chris’s funeral services were held on Wednesday.  What a sad, sad day it was.  I saw so many faces from the Wilmington community and from my childhood.  I was so proud of my brother and his friends for being so strong and honoring Chris as pallbearers.  Definitely not an easy thing to do, but the service was beautiful.  For the eulogy a family friend read a letter that Chris had written home to his family back in 2009 a few months after he enlisted in the army.  For the funeral procession, Wilmington residents lined both sides of the streets, standing on the sidewalks and holding American flags.  The fire department had the trucks outside with the lights on / sirens off and they were all standing with their hats off, heads bowed.  The town had the flag at half mast.  I felt proud to be from Wilmington then, with everyone coming together like that to support the Crosby’s.  I wish Chris’s family, friends, and girlfriend the strength and courage to get through this horrible time.

 

 

 

FLOWERS

Let’s get happier.  Flowers will always do that!

Aren’t these beautiful?

Just what I needed to brighten up my week.  Thanks Tim!  🙂

 

 

FOOD

I love food.

Wednesday night I cooked a meal that I saw on Eat.Live.Run – gnocchi with goat cheese, tomato, and basil.  Holy creamy deliciousness!  Thank you Jenna for this awesome suggestion (check out her other stuff too – it all always looks amazing!)

Ingredients

  • 1 package pre-made gnocchi
  • 1 log goat cheese (6 oz)
  • 1/2 cup cooking water left over from boiling the gnocchi
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup torn basil leaves

I bought the pre-made gnocchi on my Whole Foods excursion Monday night.  These are gluten free.

Side note – regarding a gluten free lifestyle, check out my friend Jen’s blog here.  She shares her stories of living with Chrohn’s Disease and making the switch to a completely gluten-free diet.  For those looking for gluten free products, recipes, etc – this is the place to go!

Back to the gnochhi.

Thankfully, just the day before Slesh told us to use the basil from her basil plant on the porch.  Thanks Slesh!

Directions

Super easy.  Took me 15 minutes total.  Not even!

  • Cook gnocchi in boiling salted water for a couple minutes until all the gnocchi float. Drain and save 1/2 cup water.
  • Transfer the hot gnocchi to a large bowl, add goat cheese, cooking water, cherry tomatoes and basil.  Mix well so cheese melts.
  • Season with black pepper, and serve right away!

 

This week I also really enjoyed the salad I made for lunch on Thursday.

Spring mix salad greens with mushrooms, chopped broccoli, tabbouleh, and mozzarella cheese.  With Lite Northern Italian salad dressing.  In a classy Tupperware container of course.  I honestly pack so many Tupperware containers for work every day it’s ridiculous!  Probably why we have to run the dishwasher so often.

FITNESS

I totally rocked Wednesday night spin class.  50% I’m attributing to my new playlist and the other 50% to Bridget, Trina, and Geoff being in class again.

Spin Playlist

  1. Viva La Vida – Coldplay
  2. S & M – Rihanna
  3. Faded – Soul Decision (that’s right)
  4. Escape – Enrique Iglesias
  5. Losing My Way – Justin Timberlake
  6. Only the Good Die Young – Billy Joel (in honor of Chris)
  7. Go Your Own Way – Glee Cast (in honor of my spin guests)
  8. Last Friday Night – Katy Perry (per Bridget’s request)
  9. Tell Me – Ra
  10. Can’t Stop – Maroon 5
  11. Insurance – The Higher
  12. Rock That Body – Black Eyed Peas (favorite of the class)
  13. Memories – David Guetta feat Kid Cudi
  14. Somebody Told Me – The Killers
  15. Dream Girl – Dave Matthews Band
  16. Son of Sam – Elliot Smith

Burn & Build on Thursday morning was tough.  I was on 6 hours of sleep every night this week (if there’s one thing I’m definitely NOT good about, it’s getting enough sleep) so it was really hard to wake up for class.  AND my CD’s kept skipping in the stereo.  Really need to cleanup my iPod.  So I don’t have a defined playlist to share since I was all over the place!  But here’s the workout:

First half of class – everyone in large circle around the room.

COMBINATION 1

  • Jog perimeter of room.
  • Face into the circle:  Lunge / Squat Around the World Series (on R)
    • Forward lunge, side squat, backward lunge.
    • Do this series ten times through, then 8 pulses in each direction.
  • Repeat jog and lunge/squat series in other direction & on other foot

COMBINATION 2

  • High knees around the room.
  • Face into the circle:  Kick Series
    • Walk in – right, left, right, tap front left.
    • Walk back – left, right, left, tap back right.
    • Repeat four times, then switch the foot tap to a knee lift.
    • Repeat four times, then switch the knee lift to a front kick.
    • Repeat four times, then hold the kicks.  Kick front left, back kick right.
    • Repeat ten times, then hold the front kick forward and extend leg out and in ten times to work the hamstring.
  • Spiderman Pushup Series
    • Pushup while bringing right knee up to right elbow.  Switch and pushup while bringing left knee up to left elbow.  Repeat eight times (right / left equals one rep).
  • Repeat high knees the other way, repeat kick series on other side, then one more set of spiderman pushups.

COMBINATION 3

  • Shuffle step around the room.
  • Face into the circle:  Curtsy Lunge Series.
    • While standing on the right leg for support, bring the left leg behind right leg and lunge in a curtsy position, then bring left foot back to starting standing position.  Perform ten reps.
    • Then, still balancing on right foot, raise the left knee up to the side then extend leg down with foot flexed.  Repeat up & down lift and press ten times.
    • Combine both moves.  Perform a curtsy lunge, but instead of bringing the foot back to the starting standing position on the floor, raise the knee into the side lift.  Perform ten reps.
    • Finish with ten knee pulses to the side.
  • Shuffle step around the room in the other direction, and perform curtsy lunge series on other side.

COMBINATION 4

  • Crossovers around the room (step cross front, step cross back).
  • Face into the circle:  Runner Series.  Run in place with arms squeezed in front of the chest.  Then stop the feet and pump the arms only.  Then combine both and run in place while pumping the arms.
  • On the ground:  Plank Series.
    • Hold the regular plank 15 seconds
    • Turn into a side plank to the right & hold 15 seconds
    • Move directly back into the regular plank and rock forward and back on toes for 15 seconds
  • Crossovers around the room other direction, then repeat runner series & plank series to the other direction

Second half of class – back to individual spots around the room

  • BICEPS – Perform ten slow bicep curls.  Then hold the left arm halfway and squeeze while performing ten single curls with the right arm.  Then hold right arm halfway and perform ten single curls on the left.  Finish by pulsing both arms halfway for ten seconds.
  • TRICEPS & BACK – Facing the left diagonal, angle the body so the right leg is back straight & left is front with knee bent.  Perform ten rows, pressing the right arm down and squeezing tricep back.  Then switch to ten tricep extensions back.  Then combine for a combo of both – ten rows and ten extensions together.
  • SHOULDERS & CALVES – Calf raises while lifting arms straight in front of chest.  Synchronize the down & up for both arms and legs.  Perform eight single lifts, then hold the calf raise up and arms up in front of chest, then repeat this set three times through.
  • BICEPS – Angle biceps to the sides.  Bring arms up one at a time, and slowly alternate down and up.  After ten of each, perform ten curls with both arms at the same time, and finish with ten pulses halfway.
  • TRICEPS – Overhead extensions, twenty singles.  Then hold arms up straight overhead for ten seconds.  Finish by lowering arms halfway, and alternating between pressing elbows back and squeezing in for ten.
  • SHOULDERS & CALVES – Repeat combo from above, but this time arms should raise up to the sides and the feet are turned out in first position.
  • GLUTES – On all fours, extend right leg straight out in back of the body.  Lower and lift, keeping leg straight.  Repeat sixteen times.  Then keeping leg straight, lower and lift over other calf (more to the inside).  Then same thing but more to the outside.  Hold leg up, knee bent in, foot flexed to ceiling pulse 10 times.  Hold & squeeze.  Repeat on other leg.
  • ABS / CHEST – Lying flat on back.  Legs straight up over hips.  Arms straight up over chest, light weights in hand with palms facing in.  Lower left leg down and right arm down to the side.  Repeat on other side.  20 times.  Finish with both arms and legs at the same time.
  • ABS – Start sitting.  Bend knees, roll back for a little momentum and come back up to sitting.  Balance with legs extended in front.  Do 10.
  • ABS – Lying flat on back.  Legs straight out in front of you, raise legs off ground 6 inches – hold 30 seconds.
  • ABS – Feet flat, touch heels for obliques.  20 times.
  • ABS – Lying flat on back, hug knees into chest, then extend legs out in front of body and arms out overhead.  Repeat 10 times and hold.

Happy Friday everyone!  Enjoy the weekend.