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Spring has sprung!  I love it!  With the weather warming up and the days getting longer, I am finding a renewed energy.  I am welcoming it with open arms since this past winter was a bit rough and full of ups and downs.  The only thing is, with this new energy I am wanting to accomplish so much that I am finding myself overwhelmed and conflicted.  This is not a new thing for me but simply has reappeared in my life again.  What seems to be overwhelming me lately is something that I know so many other people deal with, how to balance the needs in life with the wants in life.  I am also overwhelmed and excited to know that in less than three months we will have a new little one joining us.  While this is super exciting, my mind is also racing with all the things I need and want to accomplish before hand, because once that little one comes that will be my only focus for quite some time.

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As I mentioned before, I am having trouble balancing the need to do and the want to do.  Which has gotten me thinking, when do the wants become the needs and how do you make this happen?  This transformation has to happen at some point, otherwise you keep doing the same thing day in and day out and you never challenge yourself to make a change.  Then all of a sudden ten years goes by and you are doing the same thing or stuck in the same situation.  It is easy to say, "you just have to do it", but when life and responsibilities get in the way how do you make sure you make the change you need in order to love the life you live?

Roasted Tomato Flatbread l www.wanderingroot.com
Roasted Tomato Flatbread l www.wanderingroot.com
Roasted Tomato Flatbread l www.wanderingroot.com
Roasted Tomato Flatbread l www.wanderingroot.com

Don't get me wrong, I love my life.  I have so much to be thankful for, like an amazing and supportive husband {without him I would probably still be waiting to publish this blog}, a little one on the way, great family and friends, and a fantastic job, but I want and need more.  Does this sound crazy?  I have so much, yet I want more.  I want to live up to my full potential and push my self to learn more, see more, accomplish more, and so much more!  I know I am not living to my full potential right now and that bothers me daily.  

Roasted Tomato Flatbread l www.wanderingroot.com
Roasted Tomato Flatbread l www.wanderingroot.com

I know that it is time to turn the wants into needs.  I also know that it is time to stop questioning how to make this happen and just make it happen.  Therefore, it is my goal to do something daily, even if it is small, that is something I want to do.  I feel this is the only way I will get the transformation going.  I will keep you posted on how it goes.  I am putting it out there, so I must do it!

Roasted Tomato Flatbread l www.wanderingroot.com
Roasted Tomato Flatbread l www.wanderingroot.com

I will start with this amazing flatbread that I made and photographed over two weeks ago, thinking I would get it posted right away but didn't.  Time to stop putting things off!  So don't put off making this, it is so delicious!  It is an indulgent meal/appetizer so it is rarely seen in our house, but when it is, it is thoroughly enjoyed.  It would make a perfect weekend meal, paired with a huge salad and a cold glass of white wine.  If you love tomatoes, you will fall all over this flatbread.  It is tomato heaven!

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Roasted Tomato Flatbread

serves:  2-3 as a meal or 4-6 as an appetizer 

ingredients

1 1/8 tsp rapid rise yeast

3 oz warm water

1 cup all purpose flour + more for kneading the dough

1/4 tsp sea salt

1 3/4 tsp italian or pizza seasoning

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

3 Tbsp tomato paste

3/4 c diced tomatoes, with juice

3 medium/large tomatoes

1 c + 1 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese

1 clove of garlic, minced

2 Tbsp basil, sliced

3-4 tsp olive oil + more for drizzling

salt

pepper

truffle oil

 

directions

1.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

2.  Combine yeast and warm water in a large bowl, let sit for 5 minutes.

3.  Add 1/4 tsp italian/pizza seasoning, sea salt, and 1 c flour to yeast mixture.  Use a wooden spoon to combine everything together, then turn dough out onto a lightly floured counter top.  

4.  Knead dough for 3 minutes or until dough is smooth.  Add more flour if the dough is too sticky.  Form a ball with the dough.

5.  Add a little more flour to the countertop, set the ball of dough on the flour and place a large bowl over the dough, let sit for 15 minutes.

6.  While the dough rises, slice the tomatoes and place on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Toss the tomatoes and place in the oven.  Roast for 8-10 minutes, turn tomatoes over and roast another 4-6 minutes or until lightly browned.  Set aside.

7.  In a blender or food processor add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, 1 1/2 tsp italian/pizza seasoning, and crushed red pepper.  Blend until thick and smooth.  Set aside.  

8.  Drizzle 3-4 tsp olive oil on a baking sheet or preferably a cast iron griddle*.  Take the ball of dough and place on the baking sheet, turning over to coat the entire ball in olive oil.  Using your hands, stretch the dough into an 8 x 10 rectangle.  Using the olive oil makes this a super simple process!  Place in the oven for 4 minutes.

9.  Take dough out of the oven.  Spread the tomato paste mixture evenly over the dough.  Top with roasted tomatoes, minced garlic, and 1 cup of parmesan cheese.  Place in the oven and cook for an additional 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted and the crust is lightly browned.

10.  Take out of the oven and top with basil, 1 Tbsp parmesan cheese, and drizzle with truffle oil.  Slice and serve!

 

*I have found that cooking pizzas on cast iron skillets or griddles results in the best crust!  This is the one I use.  

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While we all know that shopping organic is the absolute best way to go, sometimes it can be hard to buy everything organic because it can get pricey.  I believe though that it is super important that you get plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet daily.  So instead of avoiding them all together in fear of consuming harmful pesticides, use this list to determine which fruits and vegetables are a must to buy organic and which ones you can get away with buying conventionally from time to time.

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This list came about because several years ago when I realized that shopping organic was necessary and I just couldn't afford to go organic all at once.  Heck, even now I can't always afford buying all my groceries organic.  Anyways, when I started doing research on the fruits and vegetables that contained the most pesticides I kept running into several "Dirty Dozen" lists, which were fantastic and super helpful.  The only thing was, was that every list varied slightly, so I decided heck with the dirty dozen stuff and just came up with a list that contained the fruits and vegetables that are found to have the most pesticides.  This is that list.  So if there ever comes a time when buying everything organic is not possible for you, at least buy these ones organic and you will be doing great!  Remember that if you are just starting out in the organic world, take baby steps.  You don't have to make all your changes at once.  Change takes time and as long as you keep moving forward and keep taking steps, even little ones you are making improvements and that is amazing!

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Italian Grilled Asparagus Salad l wanderingroot.com

Ugh, I have been on a roll with food lately and not in a good way!  For the past week it seems like I am screwing up whatever I touch.  In one day I burned three different dishes!  This is usually a problem I don't have but geez, lately my internal clock is OFF.  You know that clock that tells you that even though the timer hasn't gone off yet, your dish is definitely done now.  I usually have that, not so much anymore.  What is wrong with me?!?!  

Italian Grilled Asparagus Salad l wanderingroot.com
Italian Grilled Asparagus Salad l wanderingroot.com

Luckily this salad has turned out amazing for me each and every time I have made it in the past month, so all is not lost!  It has taken some time for asparagus to grow on me.  It was definitely not one of my favorite vegetables growing up but now I love it.  If you haven't been an asparagus fan in the past try grilling it.  It brings out the best flavor and the ends get a little crispy which not only gives it a good crunch but it tastes really good too.

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What I am sharing with you today is the basic recipe, feel free to add some grilled chicken, grilled steak, or pasta to it and make it a meal.  It really is so versatile.  For dinner one night I added grilled steak and for lunch I added some bow tie pasta, both were great.  

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Italian Grilled Asparagus Salad

serves:  3-4

ingredients

14 asparagus spears

1/2 c grape or cherry tomatoes, sliced

1/2 c kalamata olives, sliced

5 c spring salad mix

1 Tbsp julienne cut sun dried tomatoes

1/4 c olive oil

1 1/2 tsp Emeril's Original Essence Seasoning

1 tsp italian seasoning

1/4-1/2 tsp crushed red pepper

additional olive oil for drizzling

salt

pepper

 

directions

1.  Preheat the grill on high.

2.  Wash the asparagus and trim the stems.  Line up on a sheet of tin foil.  

3.  Place the tin foil with the asparagus on the grill, turn grill to med-high heat.

4.  Drizzle olive oil over the asparagus and season with salt and pepper.

5.  Cook for 5-7 minutes, flip asparagus over and cook another 4 minutes or until lightly browned in places.

6.  Remove from grill and cut into 1" pieces.  Set aside.

7.  In a small bowl add tomatoes, olives, olive oil, Emeril's Original Essence Seasoning, italian seasoning, and red pepper.  Stir together until mixed well.

8.  In a salad bowl add the spring salad mix, top with asparagus, tomato mix and sun dried tomatoes.  Toss well and serve.

 

*Add grilled chicken, grilled steak or pasta on top of the spring salad mix, then proceed with the other toppings for a complete meal.

*Shaved parmesan or goat cheese added on top would make this dish sing.

 

Italian Grilled Asparagus Salad l wanderingroot.com
Italian Grilled Asparagus Salad l wanderingroot.com
Italian Grilled Asparagus Salad l wanderingroot.com
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