Fun Run’s & Mac and Cheese

Last weekend some co-workers and I got our stretch on for a 5k run. The run was organized by a junior high student with all proceeds benefitting our non-profit client, Childhelp.

The turn out and weather were both great for a day of running, walking and supporting a local organization. In good athlete fashion, we of course needed to celebrate with lunch and mimosas after our 3 mile run!

The run began and ended at a local pub called Spoke & Wheel. On weekends they have brunch and a Bloody Mary bar. 

Among salads, sandwiches and appetizers, they had a great list of burgers. I went for the Bacon Truffle Burger: lettuce, tomato, smoked bacon, white truffle oil,
provolone, and balsamic syrup. 

Along with the juicy burger, you could chose from their long list of delicious sides.

  • kanabec tavern fries 
  • sweet potato waffle fries 
  • parmesan garlic fries
  • cole slaw
  • sautéed garlic kale
  • side salad
  • fingerling potatoes
  • grilled asparagus
  • cottage cheese
  • chilled green beans 

What else was on the list? Mac and Cheese of course!

This delicious pasta came in a mini pot and was filled to the brim.

Pesto Chicken CHEESY Pizza

My husband loves pizza. Let’s be honest, because so do I. But, sometimes I want a little healthier option when we make at home, so we compromise with a favorite recipe we have. This pesto chicken CHEESY pizza, is easy to whip up on a night when you don’t have a whole lot of time to cook. 

All you need is:

  • Pizza crust (buy pre-made to save time!)
  • Pesto sauce (I usually make my own with basil, EVO, garlic, Parmesan, & pine nuts, but opted for store bought this time).
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Goat cheese (Crow’s Dairy is a good local cheese!) 
  • Spinach
  • Grilled chicken (I usually marinate in an Italian seasoning for some more flavor)
  • Frozen or fresh corn

Spread the pesto sauce on the pizza dough. Layer the cheese. Add the chicken, corn & spinach. ADD MORE MOZZARELLA. I sprinkle some more pesto on top to keep the pizza saucy.

Read the pizza dough instructions for cooking time. Usually 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees. 

This pizza would also be good with some red or yellow chopped bell pepper, leeks and/or purple onion if you want to add even more veggies!