Venturing Beyond PB & J's

Venturing Beyond PB & J’s: Mini Pizzas

While shopping at the grocery store this past week with my boyfriend, I had an epiphany. We had just been discussing how fun it would be to have a ‘make-your-own pizza night’ but were discouraged by the idea of spending extra money on the pre-made crust and having to put the crappy oven in his apartment to the test–not to mention factoring in calorie count for  a big pizza. It was ten minutes later as I was walking down the bread aisle that I realized make-your-own pizzas were still within our reach. The key? English muffins.

So, without further ado, I present to you hungry LDC readers theeeeee……..Mini Pizza! It’s a trashy college version of a make-your-own pizza and most importantly, it’s delicious.

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To me, the #1 benefit of the Mini Pizza is calorie control. The English muffins we bought at the store were just 130 calories per whole muffin (and only $1.60 too!) which is enough for two itty bitty pizzas. We topped ours with a pre-made pizza sauce from a jar but spaghetti sauce or even tomato paste would work just as well.

Next step, some toppings. We were too cheap to buy anything fancy at the store but were able to find some minced garlic and chopped onion from scouring the apartment (I would advise against buying anything for the pizza; the whole goal is to keep things economical and it’s a great chance to use up some leftover ingredients). We followed this with a layer of mozzarella cheese and it was time to put our creations in the oven! (Note: I would highly recommend toasting the English muffin once before adding toppings, it helps keep the “crust” from getting soggy).

The #2 benefit of the Mini Pizza is convenience–no oven necessary. You can cook your personal pizza to perfection with just a few minutes in a toaster oven or microwave and voila! It’s ready to enjoy.

Looking to spice up your Mini Pizza? Here are some other “leftovers” topping ideas!

  • Buffalo sauce pizza: Combine ranch and hot sauce into a bowl, mix well. Shred leftover chicken into little pieces and mix it in with the hot sauce and ranch. Add to pizza, top with cheese and enjoy! No chicken? The sauce is still tasty without it!
  • Classy pizza: A few leaves of spinach, several chopped up cherry tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese. A mini Caprese salad, mmm!
  • Hamburger barbacoa pizza: Sprinkle your pizza with ground beef and a light layer of barbecue sauce.
  • Mexican pizza: Switch out your traditional pizza sauce for salsa and top with Mexican cheese, ground beef and peppers. Dip with hot sauce for an extra kick.






Healthy Eating Starts Today!

It’s April 1st and it’s high time for healthy eating to recommence. Beach season is right around the corner and there’s a summer of short-shorts and tight dresses ahead.

Idk about you, but I’m starting my spring regimen with a long run, a big yellow apple, and a new pair of running shorts 🙂

—Need a push? Check out LDC’s “Post Holiday Cleanse” in the ‘All Posts’ tab—


Healthy Eating Starts Today!


It’s Spring Cleaning Time!

How great is it to feel the sun on your skin again? I can’t get enough of spring! This year, I’m going all out with spring by doing a full-scale spring cleaning of my life. That means closet, diet, and old habits are all in need of a thorough re-evaluation.

Springtime in Dublin!

Springtime in Dublin!

After visiting Ireland a few weeks past and getting a taste of spring in the UK, I felt completely re-energized and ready for April! With only one month left abroad and a trip to Portugal coming up in three weeks, it’s high time for me to leave the olive oil and fresh bread behind and start truly getting ready for beach season. Every year, we all make valiant (however last minute or half-hearted) efforts to get ready for spring break, and this is the chance to follow through with whatever lifestyle changes you promised you’d make and carry them through til summer!

I went on a long, outdoor run for the first time since December’s snow and it felt amazing. I highly recommend mixing up your usual work out routine to try something new and pump your enthusiasm back up. I might even try one of the three hundred exercise routines I’ve pinned… Spring is also the perfect time to take a good look at your eating habits: are you drinking enough water? Getting all your fiber? Eating lots of fruits and veggies? If not, time to make some changes. For further tips, check out this post 🙂

Your closet shouldn’t be allowed to escape a spring cleaning either–those three shirts you never bring to school with you but never wear back at home either? Donate them! Old sandals that are falling apart or rub your feet the wrong way (no matter how many times you tell yourself that they’re almost worn in)? Donate them! Grungy bathing suits from years ago that you keep at the bottom of your drawer? Throw them the eff out. Spring is the perfect excuse to get organized, so don’t let it pass you by.

Over the next few weeks, look around your life for clothes/knick-knacks/people/problems that are weighing you down and evaluate how best to address them.

The lush and green Cliffs of Moher (bright pastel purple skinny jeans were a must of course)

The lush and green Cliffs of Moher (bright pastel purple skinny jeans were a must of course)