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It's A Pizza & Wine Kinda Night

by Courtney on June 11, 2010

Tonight’s dinner still has me smiling…but first, let me cover my earlier eats!

Lunch

Today’s lunch really wasn’t all that exciting, and actually stuck with the ugly food trend I started this morning.  While it tasted delicious, it just didn’t make friends very nicely with the camera. ;)

I started out with some leftover roasted cauliflower, which I ended up covering in some hommus.  The hommus was definitely a good addition…it gave it a little more “oomph”!

Then I had to include one of my beloved Chobani’s today…it’s been two days!  I was starting to feel the withdrawal side effects. ;)

Plain Chobani with a chopped up pear, drizzle of honey, cinnamon, & nutmeg.

Again, sticking with the boring white lunch trend today, I added a little granola and ended up with this scrumptious yogurt mess. :-D

A couple hours later, I also snacked on this blueberry Clif Z Bar.  Seriously, I don’t care if they’re supposed to be for kids…I’m a kid at heart!  I LOVE these bars!! :-P

OK, now let’s get to the good stuff!!!

Dinner

Jay and I decided earlier today that it was a pizza + wine kinda night.  While Jay set out on working in the yard, I got to work in the kitchen.  I made sure to keep myself hydrated with a little vino while I prepared the goods. ;)

I broke out a bottle of Chateau St. Michelle Riesling that we’ve had for a while now.  It’s been a while now since I’ve had a Riesling but it tasted absolutely delish!  This is actually one of the first bottles of wine that I got Jay to try and actually LIKE!

Tonight I decided to make two different pizzas out of one crust.  My lovely hubby did my least favorite job of separating and rolling out the dough (Thanks Jay!) :-D

Naked Dough… :shock:

While he took care of the dough, I got all the toppings ready:

Fresh garlic…MMMM :-P

PESTO!  My experiment for the night…

Ever since our first experiment, pizza in this house is now solely cooked on the GRILL!  So after throwing the “naked” dough directly onto the grates for about 8 minutes, it was time to get down to business.

Pizza #1 – Pesto Chicken & Sun-Dried Tomato

Pizza #2 – Chicken & Veggie White Pizza

Both Pizza #1 & Pizza #2 received a treatment of some EVOO, garlic, & more garlic powder on the crust.

Pizza #1 was topped with a pesto base, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, baby spinach, onions, mozzarella cheese, some tomato-basil grilled chicken which Jay grilled up yesterday, and some fresh basil.

Pizza #2 was topped with some fresh tomato slices, tomato-basil grilled chicken, green & yellow bell peppers, onions, mozzarella & Romano cheeses, dried oregano, and some fresh basil.

The pizzas then went back onto the grill for about 8-10 more minutes, until the bottoms of the crust were crispy, and the cheese was melted….

And we ended up with these delicious pizzas! :-D

I started out with one piece of each (we cut Pizza #1 into 4′s and Pizza #2 into 6′s).

The Pesto Chicken Pizza was absolutely AMAZING.  If I could think of another word to describe it any better than AMAZING right now, I would, but it’s all I got.  The flavors of the pesto + chicken + sun-dried tomatoes was the perfect combo in my book!

The white veggie pizza was also scrumptious, but I’ve made something like it before, so it wasn’t quite as exciting. ;)

With a little more vino…. ;)

I actually ended up going back for a second piece of the Pesto Chicken…it was THAT good! :mrgreen:

I’m pretty positive that I have some Pretzel & Ice Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies in my future, since I haven’t had one since breakfast this morning!  Other than that, it’s a relaxing Friday at home with the hubby…it’s been a long week!

Question for the night:

What’s your favorite way to “unwind” on a Friday night?

I think for me, it actually depends on my mood. Some nights, like tonight, I just like staying home and relaxing, since we haven’t been able to in a couple weeks.  Other nights, Jay and I enjoy being out with friends, maybe going out to dinner, or enjoying a bonfire. :)

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1 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] June 12, 2010 at 1:34 am

Grilled pizza – that’s what I call summer.

I had an ice cream cone with my mama at the local scoop shop – great Friday night.

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2 actorsdiet June 12, 2010 at 1:55 am

the pizza looks terrific!
it’s friday?!?!

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3 Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly June 12, 2010 at 9:58 am

Grilled pizza is awesome and both of those look fantastic! Also…I LOVE LOVE the kids clif zbars too! My favorite flavor is the honey graham but the apple cinnamon runs a close second! A few days a go I crumbled up the apple cinnamon and mixed it in a JELLO vanilla pudding cup and it was a great quickie sub apple pie! So yum! Have a great Saturday, Courtney!!

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4 Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life June 12, 2010 at 11:00 am

The honey graham is my favorite too!!! :-P
Hope you have a great Saturday too!

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5 cardiopizza June 12, 2010 at 11:03 am

Those pizzas look great!

I took the easy way out last night and ordered one from Dominos :) I enjoyed a cold Sam Adams beer with it too!

I also do not like rolling out the dough, it’s tough! LOL!

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6 Shanna, like Banana June 12, 2010 at 11:26 am

Pizza and vino nights are the BEST! ;)

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