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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Skinny Chocolate Chip Scones



I think I came across this scone recipe on Pinterest and couldn't get it out of my mind.  I had to make them immediately.  I've made Chocolate Chip Scones before and loved them, but I liked the idea of making them a tad healthier by using part whole wheat flour and a few other substitutes. Don't get me wrong, it's hard to beat a classic scones, but if you're in the mood for scones and not feeling overly indulgent, these are a great alternative.  Plus, it's always nice to sneak chocolate into breakfast! We really enjoyed these scones, and I'm happy to have this recipe on hand.

Skinny Chocolate Chip Scones

3/4 cup cold buttermilk
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons cold butter, but into small pieces
3/4 cup chocolate chips
cooking spray
1 large egg white, lightly beaten
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar

1. Preheat oven to 375F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray or line with a piece of parchment paper.

2. Combine the first four ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring with a wire whisk.

3. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl, whisking to combine.  Cut in the chilled butter with a pastry blender (or 2 knives) until the mixture resembles coarse meal.


Gently fold in chocolate chips.

4. Add buttermilk mixture to dry mixture, stirring just until moist.

5. Place dough onto a floured surface and knead lightly four times with floured hands. Form dough into a 9-inch circle onto the baking sheet, about 3/4-inch thick.


Using a knife, cut dough into 12 wedges all the way through.

6. Brush egg white over dough and sprinkle evenly with sugar.


Bake until golden, about 18 - 20 minutes, depending on your oven.  Serve warm.


Sunday, August 26, 2012

BBQ Chicken Pizza


It's certainly been a while since I last posted, but we've had a super busy summer!  Being a working mom has forced me to come up with simple, quick dinners for the week that don't require us spending half the night prepping in the kitchen (and the other half cleaning up all those dishes!)  I'm excited to share one of favorite dinners we've been making lately, and it's actually pretty quick and manageable for a weeknight!

My friend Kathleen gave me this recipe for BBQ Chicken Pizza, and it reminded me of the version from California Pizza Kitchen.  This is such a simple pizza to throw together, but the flavors are fresh, bold, and oh-so-tasty!

Typically homemade pizza is not my idea of a weeknight meal, but hear me out.  One of our favorite go-to summer dinners is to marinate chicken breasts in Italian dressing and cook them on the grill.  We like to double the amount of chicken and save half for another meal.  Here's a wise tip I learned for working moms: "cook once, eat twice" - it's so true!  And if you can repurpose what you've cooked to create two different meals, that's even better in my book.

Having the chicken already cooked is a huge time-saver, so let's move on to the other time-suck: the dough.  My favorite pizza dough recipe makes enough for two large pizzas, so make a batch on a weekend, freeze the dough, and move the bag of frozen dough from the freezer the the fridge the morning you plan to make your pizza.  Now all that's left is chopping some onion and cilantro!  A quick dinner that tastes like you spent hours in the kitchen!

BBQ Chicken Pizza

1/2 batch pizza dough
1 - 2 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped*
your favorite BBQ sauce, amount varies
shredded Colby cheese (approx. 2 cups)
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
cilantro, chopped, for finishing

*In a pinch, you can use precooked chicken strips from your grocery's deli!

1. Place pizza stone in a cold oven.  Heat oven to 500F and preheat stone for at least 30 minutes, preferably 60 minutes (if you have time!).

2. Shape dough into a large round on a piece of parchment paper.  Brush crust lightly with olive oil.

3. Top dough with BBQ sauce as you would do with traditional pizza sauce.  Add chopped chicken, chopped red onion, and shredded cheese.

4. Transfer pizza onto a baking sheet or pizza peel and slip onto the preheated baking stone.  Bake for 10 - 12 minutes (watch closely as ovens vary) until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown.

5. Slide pizza onto baking sheet or pizza peel and transfer to a large cutting board surface. Allow to cool for several minutes, slice, and top with fresh cilantro.  ENJOY!

Wouldn't you rather spend your time looking at this face than slaving over a hot stove??? :-)



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