Quick Bagel Bites

I am always on the hunt for something quick to make on those busy days where you have to work late or your just way to tired to actually make something fancy. Bagel bites are something that I have eaten since I was a kid. I would always see the bagel bites commercial on tv when I got home from school so my brother and I were so excited to eat them as a snack when my mom finally caved and bought a box from the frozen section at the grocery store. Since then I have upgraded and now make my own quick homemade version of the frozen treat. It’s not as fast as opening the freezer and placing the frozen treat on a baking tray in the oven, but it’s still quick and equally as delicious. All you need are english muffins, my favorite are from Trader Joe’s, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and all of your favorite toppings.

Ingredients:

  • English muffins
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Tomato sauce (any brand will do)
  • Black olives
  • Garlic salt
  • Red chili flakes

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cut each english muffin in half (one muffin makes two bagel bites).
  3. Before I put the sauce on each half of muffin, I like to sprinkle so either garlic powder or garlic salt onto each muffin for some add flavor.
  4. Spread about a spoonful of sauce onto each muffin half.
  5. Sprinkle cheese on top.
  6. Now the fun part, toppings!! You can add whatever toppings you like. I prefer olives, a little bit on onions, and sometimes I will add pieces of pepperoni or pancetta.
  7. Once you add your desired toppings place in the oven for 10 mins or until all the cheese as melted.
  8. Enjoy!

I hope that you enjoy my quick treat for those days that you just need something simple!

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Margherita Pizza

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Dough:

for this particular recipe I used a redi-made dough from whole foods…I didn’t have time to actually make homemade dough like I usually do. But I love the dough from whole foods!!

toppings:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 roma tomatoes, chopped (best if chopped thinly, but not too thin)
  • 4 cups¬†shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, washed, dried, then chopped
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

to make the pizza:

  • mix together olive oil, garlic, salt and tomatoes. Let marinate for about 15 min.
  • preheat oven to 400.
  • brush each pizza crust with some of the tomato oil marinade.
  • sprinkle the pizzas with mozzarella cheeses.
  • place tomatoes on top of cheese, then sprinkle with shredded basil and bake for about 6 minutes
  • remove pizza from the over and sprinkle parmesan, and feta cheese.
  • bake 10-12 min or until slightly golden and bubbly!

Enjoy!!!

Pizza!

It’s a nice and sonny day here in Seattle, so today I am sharing a yummy recipe my mom and I made for dinner this week! Since it’s been nice weather here for a few days, and great for an outdoor jog/yoga workout, I figured it was ok to cheat a little and eat some pizza. This homemade recipe actually tastes a lot like some of the pizza I used to eat when I traveled to Italy, a couple of years ago. Everything was homemade, from the sauce to the dough, so it tastes very authentic, but I put my own twist to the dough to make it at little healthier!

So turn on your favorite movie, pop this in the oven, relax and….enjoy!!!

xoxo

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the dough:

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 tsp. instant yeast
  • 4 cups (22 oz.) bread flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/4 cup water, at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Measure the warm water into a measuring cup, and sprinkle the yeast over the top. In a large bowl combine and blend the bread flour and salt. Slowly pour the water yeast mixture, and the olive oil into the flour and salt mixture, and mix until a dough is formed. Knead for about 5 minutes. You can use and electric mixture to make the process easier, I don’t have one so I did this by hand.
Transfer dough to a lightly oiled bowl, turning once to coat. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise, about one hour, I let it rise longer than that but only because I make my dough in the morning.

the sauce:

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4-5 plum tomatoes, cored and roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped basil leaves (use fresh basil, it tastes better and has an amazing smell)
  • Combine the oregano, tomatoes and garlic in a skilled and bring to a simmer over medium high heat, until the tomatoes become soft and mushy. Remove from heat and add salt and pepper to the sauce. Let it cool for a while and pour the sauce into a blender. Blend until the smooth and the tomatoes are no longer chunky. Place the sauce back into the pan and mix in the chopped basil.

the pizza dough: Press down the dough to deflate it. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface. Divide the dough into two equal pieces. Form each piece of dough into a smooth, round ball. Cover with a clean kitchen towel. Let the dough relax for 20 minutes.

To bake, preheat the oven to about 500F, for at least 30 minutes. Transfer the dough to your shaping surface, lightly sprinkled with flour. Shape the dough with lightly floured hands. Brush the outer edge lightly with olive oil., and bake for about 5 minutes.

Remove your pizza from the oven and evenly spread the sauce over your pizza crust. Top with mozzarella, parmesean, and any of your favorite toppings. I used spinach, bell peppers, whole slices of tomatoes, and jalapenos. Place the pizza back in the oven and bake until the crust is crisp and the cheese is melted, for about 10-15 minutes.

That’s it!! Now grab a slice, cozy up, and enjoy your yummy pizza and favorite movie!! A great way to spend a relaxed night!!

Hope you enjoy!!

xoxo