Anna-Leigh’s Breadsticks

These are really great with spaghetti. They’re quick and easy, and everyone will be really impressed that you made them from scratch!

1 Tbsp. dry yeast (1 pkg.)
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
3-3 1/2 cups flour

Mix and knead 3 minutes. Let rise 10 minutes. Shape into bread sticks. Roll in melted butter. Let rise 10-20 minutes. For lighter, fluffier ones, let rise a little longer. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

These are also good with oregano, sesame seeds, etc. Use your imagination! You might add garlic to melted butter if desired.

Berry Quinoa Salad

 Berry Quinoa

(Wonderful recipe and picture from Eat, Spin, Run, Repeat.com)

What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup of uncooked quinoa
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons of slivered or coarsely chopped raw almonds
  • 1 teaspoon ground flax seed
  • 2 teaspoons hemp seeds (also known as hemp hearts)
  • 2 teaspoons sunflower seeds
  • 6 cups mixed baby greens
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or grapeseed oil
  • 3 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar or fruit-infused vinegar
  • 2/3 cup mixed fresh berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries)

What to Do:

  1. Rinse quinoa under water in a fine mesh strainer.
  2. Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan.  Add the quinoa and simmer for 15 minutes (or until all liquid is absorbed).
  3. Add the ground flaxseed, hemp seeds, and sunflower seeds to the quinoa, and stir to combine.  You can place it in the fridge or on the counter to cool the mixture.
  4. Whisk together the oil and vinegar to make a quick dressing.
  5. Wash the greens and put them in a large bowl.  Pour the dressing over the top, and toss to evenly coat.
  6. Divide the greens between two salad bowls, followed by the cooled quinoa mixture and berries.
  7. Sprinkle the almonds over each salad and serve immediately.

Pizza With Homemade Dough

Dough:
1 1/3 cups warm water
1 1/2 teaspoons Fast Rising yeast
2 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour ( possibly a little more; dough may be a bit wet)
1/2 teaspoons salt
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Maybe some Italian seasoning if you have any – sprinkle it all around the dough ball and stir in – it adds flavor to the dough!

TOPPING:
Classico White Pizza Sauce
Spinach Leaves
Pineapple Tidbits or Red & Yellow Peppers
Queso Fresco cheese – or Feta (you can buy Queso Fresco cheese at Walmart, its in a circular package)
Italian seasoning (for garnish)

First, add the water and yeast in a large bowl and stir till yeast is dissolved. Let sit for a few minutes, about 5 so the yeast can activate. Then, add the flour a cup at a time and mix in well. Then add the salt and mix. After all the dry ingredients are in, put 1 Tablespoon at a time of olive oil and mix around, making sure the dough is in a ball. If you have Italian seasoning, sprinkle that in and stir around. Then, cover the bowl with plastic wrap (I usually make sure I have a rubber band to wrap around the rim of the bowl, it’s easier) and let sit for 1 hour to 2 hours.

Now, preheat the oven to 400. I usually add some more flour since the dough will be a bit wet, then stretch it out in a pan. Add the sauce (Classico White Pizza Sauce – the bomb, in my opinion), then spinach leaves as the base, then slice the peppers, or if you are using the pineapple, put that on the spinach, THEN sprinkle the cheese on. If you are using Feta, you can sprinkle. If you buy Queso Fresco, hand crumble it in bits. Bake it for about 10-15 minutes or until it looks done!

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