Ran 7.02 miles, 1:12:38, so slow it was like I was walking 10:21 pace. The heat combined with me being NOT mentally in the mood to run, made this incredibly hard. However, I have an awesome boyfriend who road his bike next to me the whole way, just to keep me company. He’s the best and was rewarded with an Italian feast- keep readin
Wednesday after work, I took my mom to Road Runner Sports to get fitted for walking shoes. I joined their VIP club earlier this year when it was ~$2 to join. You get 10% off of everything, year round, and quite often that goes up to %20 off. Oh and free shipping. What I really like about RRS is their 90 shoe return policy for VIP members.
I was able to test out a new pair of running shoes, discovered they caused some discomfort after about 2 months, and I exchanged them for a different pair with no issues. #winning
Anyways, my mom had walking shoes that were probably older than me. They did a bunch of feet analyses and told her the best type of shoe for her. She tried on about 6 pairs and ended up getting the Asics Gel-Nimbus 15 and custom insoles.
I’m not sure how much she has walked in them yet, but I know she was in love with them in the store.
Back to today- So I had been wanting to try this recipe out when I saw it on the Food Network. Love Giada. Cheesy Muffin Pizzas, but we call them Pizza Muffins just cause it rolls off the tongue better. I basically followed the recipe, but I made some substitutions.
- 2 Lean Italian chicken sausages- cooked and fat drained
- 1 cup (8 ounces) coarsely grated light mozzarella
- 2/3 cup chopped baby spinach
- 1/2 cup (4 ounces) mascarpone
- 1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan (about 1 ounce)
- 2/3 cup purchased tomato-basil sauce
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 a small lemon)
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Nonstick vegetable oil spray
- Whole wheat flour, for dusting
- 1 pound ball fresh whole wheat pizza dough
In a large bowl, combine the cooked sausage, mozzarella, spinach, mascarpone, Parmesan, tomato-basil sauce, basil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
Position an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 425 degrees F. Spray a standard 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick spray.
Lightly flour a work surface. Roll out the pizza dough to a thin large round, about 1/8-inch thick. Using a 4-inch-diameter round cutter, cut out 12 rounds for pizza crusts. Working with 1 crust at a time, settle 1 dough round into the prepared muffin pan. Press and pull the dough up the sides of the cup. Rotate the pan and repeat until the dough covers the bottom and sides. Pack in 2 to 3 tablespoons of filling. Repeat with the remaining dough rounds and filling.
Bake the pizzas until the crusts are golden brown and the filling is bubbling, 16 to 18 minutes. Let stand 1 minute. Then use a small knife to loosen the pizzas. Arrange on a platter and serve.
I also made regular cheese pizza (sauce, light mozzarella, sprinkling of Parmesan, and fresh basil), a mini calzone (with the extra filling and dough), and fruit salad. He’s a big eater so I wanted to make sure we had enough food…
The original recipe calls for cooked chicken breast, but I thought sausage would taste better (more like a pizza). I love that it sneaks spinach in there. Kyle doesn’t like most vegetables, so this is a great way to sneak them into him (also great for kids!). I waited until he had eaten a ton of the muffins before I told him 🙂
I also used more tomato-basil sauce than the original recipe calls for because I love sauce. To me, the best part of the pizza is the sauce. I also used whole wheat dough just because it is slightly better for you than regular dough. I got mine from Trader Joe’s (FYI they freeze really well), but I know Safeway carries fresh dough too.
I know these aren’t healthy, but I believe in everything in moderation. I eat healthy 95% of the time, so eating 2 pizza muffins after running 7 miles isn’t going to kill me.
But this recipe is definitely a keeper. I want to make them for a party! Who wants to throw a party?