ok, it’s wednesday, but it’s like a glorious friday because i have the next four days off! i am beyond pumped about this little break, and slightly shocked that thanksgiving is tomorrow. insanity.
also, i know there have been more restaurant reviews that usual lately. i just like to get them written before i forget how delicious the food tastes! there is one more coming from last weekend’s marathon of eating out (i was training for tomorrow?) and then there will likely be a break due to the hit the old bank account has taken with all of those meals out! cooking at home most of the time definitely saves us money!
today’s what i ate wednesday is a special treat for you. i have a crazy good dinner to share.
but first, breakfast!
this is what my breakfast looks like when i’m too lazy to pack one the night before.
thank goodness for a well-stocked snack drawer at work! raisins, fiberful ends & pieces, and a lemon zest luna bar.
it was surprisingly satisfying, except for that luna bar. it tasted overly sweet to me. i’m not sure if my tastes have changes or if it’s because it was slightly (4 months…) past it’s “best by” date, but i couldn’t even finish it! bummer because i have a couple more of them in my snack bin.
i also had about 5 mugs of my favorite tea.
tea is so warm and comforting and my office is so cold.
i forgot to photograph lunch, but it was tasty tuesday in my department yesterday, so i bought lunch at work! tasty tuesday is a fundraisor that my department organizes every holiday season. each tuesday in november and december, one lab group volunteers to prepare and serve a meal. people purchase the meal for $4-5 and all of the proceeds go to various charities around the madison area. i was happy to buy pumpkin penne and lentil salad to help charity!
i had a quick snack after work since i wanted to wait for brad to get home to eat.
a granny smith apple cut up with some brie (and more tea).
i love brie, but i have to watch how often i buy it. as with pretty much any cheese, i have a hard time stopping once i start eating it!
and now, a dinner that i can’t wait to repeat!
roasted vegetable and goat cheese pizza on a puff pastry crust
trader joe’s puffed pastries are my absolute favorite, but i have four boxes taking up prime real estate in our small freezer, so i needed to use some up! i also bought some herbed goat cheese at trader joe’s on my last shopping trip, so i decided to put them together!
it was a good decision!
first, i got busy roasting my vegetables of choice. i went with butternut squash, fingerling potatoes, onion, green peppers, yellow summer squash, zucchini, and brussels sprouts.
after setting off the fire alarm no less than 10 times throughout roasting, i let the vegetables cool a bit and defrosted the puff pastry.
then i gave it a quick brush with a whisked egg and baked it at 400* for 15 minutes until the pastry was puffed up and browned.
sauce: a light brush of olive oil + garlic gold sea salt nuggets
cheese: herbed goat cheese on one and morel mushroom cheese (from the farmers’ market!) on the other
roasted vegetables: butternut squash, fingerling potatoes, onion, green peppers, yellow summer squash, zucchini, and brussels sprouts
after assembling the pizzas, then went back in the over for ~7 more minutes (still at 400*).
then i took them out and burned my mouth because i couldn’t wait to have a bite!
brad and i couldn’t decide which one we liked best! the only difference were the cheeses, but it really made a difference. both versions were amazing.
good thing i cut small pieces! that way i got to have plenty of both.
i really liked changing things up and using puff pastry for the pizza crust! i think i’ll be doing that again. next time i definitely want to try a sauce! i wanted to use pesto, but then i forgot to thaw the pesto i have in the freezer, so i went with olive oil!
today is all about packing for the next couple days. brad and i are going home to manitowoc as soon as he is done with work today! tonight is the typical night before thanksgiving high school reunion out at the home-town bars. then tomorrow is a turkey trot bright & early, followed by two full thanksgiving meals: lunch/packers game at brad’s grandma’s house and dinner at my grandma’s.
i can’t wait!
what are your plans for thanksgiving?
what “alternate” pizza crusts have you used?
i’ve tried socca, tortillas, and now puff pastry!