Last night I told you about my renewed plan to get healthy. Here it is in summary:
Step 1 – Start seeing a dietitian.
Step 2 – Write down what I eat.
Step 3 – Keep to 1,500 calories per day (no restrictions on carbs or other food groups, just watch my portion sizes. Eat slowly and take breaks during my meals.)
Step 4 – Plan my meals for the week.
Another one of my takeaways is to try to come up with our dinner menus on the weekends. Brett and I often find ourselves wandering the grocery store after work and opting for some bad meal choices. This way, we plan in advance and have everything on hand for later in the week.
Here is one of the first recipes we tried and it is a WINNER! I’ve heard of the rumors of this one for a little while now but was reluctant to try it. Really? A pizza that doesn’t use dough for a crust, but instead uses cauliflower. So, it’s low carb and veggie friendly? Yup!
A stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort is a pure adventure as we found out on our most recent vacation. The sprawling hotel is full of amenities and jaw-dropping vistas of the resort’s own savanna. Waking up from a room here, is like waking up in the middle of Africa. You can find a giraffe outside your patio one morning and a herd of zebras on the next.
Animal Kingdom Lodge has several different spots to satiate those elephant-sized hunger pangs you work up after walking in the parks all day. There are the three sit-down restaurants – Jiko, Boma and Sanaa – plus the quick service eatery, The Mara.
Living in New England you become accustomed to seeing a Dunkin’ Donuts on every other corner (if not every corner). It almost feels like heresy when you step into another donut establishment. However, that isn’t the case when you walk into Kane’s Donuts in Saugus, Mass.
Everyone loves pizza. And, everyone loves cookies. Why not combine the two?
This is my recipe for a popular potluck dessert or a special treat for the office. You can use any type of cookie recipe and toppings that you like – just like you make your favorite Italian pizzas with sausage, pepperoni or just cheese. To make it even easier (if you really aren’t that adept at baking), just buy the tubes of cookie dough and flatten into a pizza shape.
The masses of people tend to hover around Hanover Street in Boston’s North End, a little Italian escape within walking distance of the Garden, Faneuil Hall and Charlestown Navy Yard.
Of course, there is some great food to indulge in on this main thoroughfare, but if you wander the streets of the neighborhood for a bit, you enjoy some of the best people watching and you can find some hidden gems.
Pictured above: Gelato shops like this one pop up all over North End’s Hanover Street. The area is bustling with people heading to the cafes, restaurants and bakeries. But sometimes, you need to veer off the beaten path to find something to fill your tummy.
Pizzeria Regina isn’t so much a hidden gem off of Hanover Street, but a Boston institution. Since 1926, this little spot (which has now spawned locations in shopping malls and in the ‘burbs), is small, cozy and an experience that everyone should try. The line for a table or a booth waits outside under the heat of a warming lamp. It quickly can wrap for a block with large parties ready to enjoy some of these oven-baked jewels.