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Simple Meals for a Complex Gal

14 Jul

I believe in simplicity; it’s a beautiful thing.  When life gets hectic, there’s nothing like sitting down to enjoy a simple meal.  Sure, there’s a time and a place for complexity.  Without it, man wouldn’t have set foot on the moon and Einstein wouldn’t be a household name.  But simplicity is the foundation of complexity.  Its primitive nature is, in and of itself, wondrous.

Okay, so maybe only a loony-bin would call the upcoming recipe “wondrous.”  Nevertheless, I think it serves as an important reminder to enjoy the small things in life and, when the chaos slows down for even the briefest of moments, to notice the wee details that are so easily overlooked.   

Keep in mind the molecular chemistry taking place on your tastebuds as you consume this delectable piece of gastronomical simplicity: 

Vegetarian Pita Pizza

  • 1 pita
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato sauce
  • oregano to taste
  • McCormick Grill Mates roasted garlic and herb seasoning to taste
  • 1 Laughing Cow garlic & herb cheese wedge
  • 1/4 cup Boca ground crumbles
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line circular baking pan with square of tin foil. Place pita on top of the lined pan.
  2. Place 1/4 cup ground crumbles in a microwave-safe dish and microwave on high for 20 seconds. Set aside.
  3. Spread tomato sauce onto pita. Evenly sprinkle the McCormick seasoning and oregano on top.
  4. On a separate cutting board, slice cheese wedge into bits (as large or small as you desire). This may require two knives: one to slice the cheese, another to scrape it off the other knife.  Sprinkle cheese bits, followed by microwaved ground crumbles, evenly over tomato sauce.
  5. Bake the pita pizza for about 9 minutes, or until pita is crisp and the crust is slightly browned.
  6. Using a spatula, transfer pita pizza to a plate. Cut into 4 slices and consume!

Laughing Cows

11 Jul

Can cows laugh?  Every time I pop out a Laughing Cow cheese wedge from its cute little container, I wonder. 

Why “Laughing Cow?”  We obviously know why it’s not “Mad Cow” – if it was, they probably wouldn’t have any consumers.  But why not “Snoring,” “Burping,” “Growling,” “Purring,” or “Whistling Cow?”  Indeed, a question to ponder while you eat these…

Veggilicious Laughing Cow Chicken Quesadilla 

  • 1/4 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup broccoli
  • 1/3 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1/2 clove) minced garlic
  • 2-3 ounces cooked or canned white meat chicken
  • 1 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • black pepper to taste
  • salt to taste
  • 2 10-inch whole wheat tortillas
  • 2 Laughing Cow garlic & herb wedges
  • nonstick cooking spray
  1. Use a frying pan with a diameter greater than that of the tortillas.  Saute broccoli, carrots, and garlic in the oil for about 7 minutes on medium/high heat..  Half-way through, add soy sauce, chicken, salt, and pepper.  Put mixture in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Smear 1 Laughing Cow wedge on one side of each tortilla.  Spray pan with a little cooking spray and reduce heat to medium/low.  Place one of the tortillas, cheesy side up, onto the pan.  Evenly spread the bowl of stir-fry mixture onto the cheese.  Then place the other tortilla, cheesy side down, onto the veggies.  Cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Using a spatula, carefully flip quesadilla and cook for an additional two minutes.
  4. Remove quesadilla from pan and plate.  Cut into 4-6 slices and serve!

Are you still wondering if it’s possible for cows to laugh?  Me too.