Brian and Lisa Make the Perfect Pizza Yet Again!!!

One of Lisa’s co-workers graciously gave us a Pampered Chef Pizza Stone! Definitely the perfect gift for pizza lovers like us! Therefore in the theme of a super italian food weekend we thought it would be fun to make a homemade pizza with our new cookware.

Regarding the ingredients, we highly recommend the Fresh and Easy for the best pizza. We started with one of their fresh, Whole Wheat pizza dough balls. Leave the dough out for 20 minutes at room temperature. Roll the dough into a 12-14 inch circle. Coat the pizza stone with 1 tsp. of olive oil, and then rub a small amount of minced or crushed garlic into the crust. Top with your favorite sauce, cheese, and toppings. For this one Lisa sliced up some Salami! Then bake for 8-12 minutes.

 

Italian Food and Italian Food and Italian Food and Italian Food and Italian Food

Yeah, that’s right. Italian food.

Lisa and I are staying at my parent’s house right now, and, as a result, are eating loads of Italian food!!!

While I haven’t been eating “diet food” or counting my calories, I do seem to have put a stop to the rapid weight gain I was experiencing a week or two ago – even while eating Italian food for every meal. I think this is due to the fact that we haven’t been eating fast food as much. While home-cooked, Italian food is generally high in carbohydrates and calories, it’s obviously not as bad as they crazy crap that they put in fast food.

I’m starting to think it might be a good time to start exercising more. My weight seems to be pretty steady, and the roads over here are great for skating on. I think I’m going to have to bust out my longboard and do a little skating every day. That’s how Rocky got in shape, right?

Day 49: English Muffin Pizza Feast Again!

Last night was so much fun! We did the english muffin pizza feast again, and it was fabulous! We made the alfredo, classic, and buffalo pizzas. You can find the recipe on our day 43 post. We are absolutely loving this receipe(s) and cannot wait to make them again. 

If you have any low calorie pizza suggestions, please share them by posting a comment below!

CALORIE SCOREBOARD:

Brian= +1,439           Lisa= -7,071 

  Brian Lisa
Coffee 0 75
Rice Chips 0 120
100 cal. Pk. 0 100
Honey Nut Cheerios 0 110
Fruit by the Foot 0 80
Carrots & Celery 0 25
String Cheese 0 60
Sunflower Seeds 100 0
Beer 891 0
Vodka 65 260
Mini Muffin Pizzas 501 501
     
Total Calories Consumed: 1,557 1,331
     
# of Steps 9,393 10,485
# of calories for steps 329 367
# calories living 1,440 1,440
Total Calories Burned 1,769 1,807
     
Net Effect for Day -212 -476

 

Day 45 – Super-low Calorie English Muffin Pizzas

We made English muffin pizzas again, because they’re so delicious. We’ve both been really missing pizza since we started this diet, and this seems to be the best way to get around the fact that it’s usually around 300 calories a slice – OR 700 AT COSTCO!!! For less than the amount of calories in onc slice of cheese costco pizza, you could eat 6 English muffin pizzas with a topping. We’re really looking forward to when we get to a point in our diet where we’re just trying to maintain our weight, because we’re gonna make 12 of these for each of us! 😛  We found these Nature’s Grain Light English Muffins, and they’re only 80 calories.

CALORIE SCOREBOARD:

Brian= + 1,866         Lisa= -5,880

6/6/2011 Brian Lisa
Goldfish 180 0
Vodka 650 130
Mini Pizzas 523 523
Cheerios 0 110
Carrots and Celery 0 50
Pop Chips 0 120
Rice Chips 0 180
Coffee Creamer 0 45
100 Calorie Pack 0 100
Oatmeal 0 130
Fruit by the Foot 0 160
     
Total Calories Consumed: 1,353 1,548
     
# of Steps 14,401 15,409
# of calories for steps 504 539
# calories living 1,440 1,440
Total Calories Burned 1,944 1,979
     
Net Effect for Day -591 -431

Day 43: English Muffin Pizza Feast

Pizza is still my absolute favorite food, and we are always looking for ways to incorporate it into our diet! We found some Thomas’s Light English Muffins which only have 100 calories each. Then we topped them with a small amount of our favorite sauces, and some Low Fat Mozzerlla cheese made with 2% milk makes an excellent pizza. We also topped them with some ham slices, but you could use chicken or spinach on them as well!

Share your favorite low calories pizza sauces and toppings by posting a comment below!

 CALORIE SCOREBOARD:

Brian= + 1,903         Lisa= -4,871

 Preheat your toaster oven to 375 degrees.
Slice an English Muffin in half
Top each half with your favorite ingredients
Bake for 5-10 minutes, checking frequently
Let cool and enjoy!

Pesto Muffin Pizza:     Classic Muffin Pizza:  
Ingredients: Calories   Ingredients: Calories
2.5 slices of ham 25   2.5 slices of ham 25
1/4 cup reduced fat mozzeralla cheese 70   1/4 cup reduced fat mozzeralla cheese 70
1/16 cup Classico Pesto sauce 115   1/16 cup Classico Tomato Garlic sauce 15
1 light english muffin 100   1 light english muffin 100
Total 310   Total 210
         
         
Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Muffin Pizza     Buffalo & Ham Muffin Pizza:  
Ingredients: Calories   Ingredients: Calories
2.5 slices of ham 25   2.5 slices of ham 25
1/4 cup reduced fat mozzeralla cheese 70   1/4 cup reduced fat mozzeralla cheese 70
1/16 cup Classico Sun Dried Totmato Pesto  sauce 50   1/16 cup Franks Red Hot Buffalo sauce 20
1 light english muffin 100   1 light english muffin 100
Total 245   Total 215
         
White Muffin  Pizza        
Ingredients: Calories      
2.5 slices of ham 25      
1/4 cup reduced fat mozzeralla cheese 70      
1/16 cup Classico Light Cream  sauce 30      
1 light english muffin 100      
Total 225      

 

  Brian Lisa
Oatmeal 0 100
Apple Chips 0 73
100 cal. Pk. 0 300
Goldfish Crackers 280 219
Honey Nut Cheerios 0 0
Fruit by the Foot 0 0
Wheat Thins 0 130
Sauce 20 0
Flattened Bananas 0 90
Jerky 140 70
Sunflower Seeds 90 0
Romano Cheese 100 100
Pizza 715 715
Total Calories Consumed: 1,345 1,797
     
# of Steps 12,169 7,248
# of calories for steps 426 254
# calories living 1,440 1,440
Total Calories Burned 1,866 1,694
     
Net Effect for Day -521 103

Day 42: The Office Treat Zone & Friday Fun

Earlier this week, my company announced they would be having a pizza party on Friday. As pizza is my favorite food, I tried to allow room for it, by not packing as many lunch snacks. Then I arrived at the office, and someone brought in 3 dozen donuts, which were so hard to resist! I had to keep reminding myself about the pizza later and did not cave in. For my fellow office worker, donuts have at least 250 calories each, and I’m assuming the pizza had about 300 calories per slice. Keep this in mind when you’re planning your days calories. One donut and two slices of pizza would be roughly 850 calories and not a great start to your day.

My only downfall was having a little too much Friday fun. Four shots and lots of snacks certainly increased our calories for the day.

Let me know your ways of dealing with office treats and Friday fun by posting a comment!

CALORIE SCOREBOARD:

Brian= +2,424                   Lisa= -4,974

  Brian Lisa
Coffee 0 50
Special K Chips 0 120
100 cal. Pk. 100 100
Goldfish Crackers 420 485
Sauce 60 0
Jerky 280 0
Soup 280 0
Sunflower Seeds 90 0
Vodka 780 260
Pizza 0 600
     
Total Calories Consumed: 2,010 1,615
     
# of Steps 5,983 12,675
# of calories for steps 209 444
# calories living 1,440 1,440
Total Calories Burned 1,649 1,884
     
Net Effect for Day 361 -269