Well hey there! Looks like somebody is having a late evening, just like myself. I’ve got a treat to reward you for staying up later than usual, and I think you will love it. I do, and I’m constantly begging my husband to make this for our weekly Pizza Night!
But first, let’s talk about how a workout just didn’t happen today.
It was super cold, again. And after my gym run last night, I decided that as mentally prepared as I was to get back to running and half marathon training, that right posterior tibial tendon of mine just isn’t. I did two fast miles to test her out, and after those two miles I was already feeling it again. I know it’s still tender from the marathon, and I know that it was in fact already injured before the marathon in the first place. I keep forgetting that 26.2 miles is A LOT of stress on your body, and it was just over a week ago at this point. So here’s to being patient, and giving my feet and ankles a little more down time. Frustrating, but hopefully this weekend I can add a few more miles and put this extended “rest week” behind me! I had high hopes to run a local 5K here in Little Rock this weekend, but I think I’m going to push it back and do one later this month or early Feb.
I wore my marathon shirt, and I know what you’re thinking. I’m thinking it too. When will races start providing men’s AND women’s sized shirts? One more dress for my collection: check! It is really comfy though, so I can’t complain too much! I wore my MaxFlow headband, and was very impressed that it stayed on for those two sweaty miles! I was running HARD, so I was excited when it didn’t fly off mid-run! I will say though, I sometimes wonder if different types of hair, and didn’t shapes of heads can effect how well headbands stay put.
I stumbled across this quote tonight, and I fell in love.
Ok, now time for that pizza treat!
Easy Homemade Spinach Bacon Pizza
My husband found a version of this recipe floating around Pinterest and decided to give it a try. Turns out, it’s probably the best pizza we’ve made thus far! Warning: it’s probably not the most healthy pizza recipe you will ever see.
Here is what you will need:
-Pizza crust (we just buy one in the can and roll it out on a cookie sheet, don’t forget to pre-bake it first though!)
-6-8 pieces of cooked bacon
-4 oz of cream cheese
-Several heaping handfuls of spinach
-Diced grilled chicken (optional)
-1 cup parmesan cheese (about)
-1 cup cheddar cheese finely grated (ish)
-Fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
1. Pre-bake your pizza dough! Don’t forget this step! If you don’t, it will be soft and chewy! Yuck. Just read the directions, k?
2. Cook your bacon. And chicken if you’re using chicken as well. We didn’t this time because we actually forgot. And now that we’ve had it both ways, I think I prefer it sans chicken.
3. Sautee the spinach leaves with the minced garlic (mmm) until cooked, then combine with cream cheese (softened) and half of the parmesan cheese. Mix it up! P.S. Remember to throw in WAY more spinach than you think you will need because when it wilts it disappears quickly.
4. Spread some olive oil on the dough, then spread your parmesan/cream cheese/spinach mixture all over the dough. Or half-way baked crust at this point.
5. Sprinkle on bacon pieces and chicken
6. Add more cheese, i.e. cheddar cheese, rest of parmesan, or large slices of mozzarella cheese like we did
7. Bake at 400* for another ~12 minutes. Or so.
8. Let cool, and chow down!!!
Seriously the best pizza ever.
AND it bodes well for a perfect long-run-carb-loading meal! I know, all you dietitians cringe when I say I eat pizza the night before long runs. I know, I know. I could probably pick a better meal. But tradition is tradition, and if my belly is happy, I’m happy.
So, let me know when you make this, because I know you will LOVE it. We do!!
Do you have a weekly meal tradition you share with someone, or yourself?
We started our Friday night “pizza night” tradition about a year ago, and have loyally stuck to it unless we happen to be out of town! Usually, whoever doesn’t make the pizza is in charge of making a dessert. And whoever makes the desserts, gets to pick the movie for the night 🙂
P.S. If you haven’t entered to win a MaxFlow headband for yourself, don’t forget to check out the post and enter before Friday. Also, be sure and jot down that discount code for Sweet Miles readers!
Speaking of discount codes, the folks over at MoMo Bands have graciously offered to provide Sweet Miles readers with a 25% discount between now and January 31! Just go to www.momobands.com and when prompted at checkout, enter promo code: sweetmiles. Let me know if you picked out a cute one! They are also sending me a few of their latest styles, which I will be sure to share with all of you!!
You can read a little more about these adjustable, non-slip, fabric headbands over at THIS POST.