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More Father’s Day Fun + A Quick, Healthy Pepperoni Roll Appetizer

This weekend we had a lot to celebrate.  My father-in-law, my dad, my husband and my brother-in-law all came over to our house to celebrate Father’s Day.  It was also my mom’s birthday weekend.  We don’t get to see my husband’s parents often, so it is a special time for my daughter and my niece to have them in town for a few days.

IMG_1214Since there were ten of us, we decided that the easiest way for all of us to casually eat was for us to host a Father’s Day cookout.  The weather couldn’t have been better.  We spent a majority of the afternoon on the patio enjoying good food and drinks.

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My favorite go-to quick, healthy, finger food appetizer is a pepperoni roll made with low fat crescent rolls.  How is easy is this?  Just a few ingredients:

  • Low fat crescent rolls (in the refrigerated section)
  • Low fat mozzarella cheese
  • Turkey pepperoni
  • Dash of oregano, red pepper flakes, basil
  • 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil

Set oven to 375 degrees. Roll out dough onto a baking pan to form a skinny line (approximately 3 inches wide and 12-16 inches long).  In the center of the line, place a line of pepperoni and top with cheese.  Fold edges over to seal the pepperoni and cheese.  Spread olive oil on top of pressed edges.  Sprinkle oregano, basil and red pepper flakes on top.  Cook in oven for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve as is or with marinara sauce.  So easy and good!

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My daughter is finally starting to eat finger food, so we gave her a little taste of the soft dough to “gum on” (since she doesn’t have many teeth).  I think that she approved!

IMG_1261Since I was the one behind all of the photos for the day, I didn’t end up getting a picture with my dad, hence why the picture below is of my dad and I right before we walked down the aisle at my wedding.  I don’t want to seem cliche sharing a bunch of pictures of my dad on this special day, but I do want to tell my dad that I love him and appreciate him more now that I am a parent myself (because I know he reads this).

481020_10101234980920193_575689915_nEven though we all got together for a cookout on Saturday, we also gathered on Sunday for breakfast (that’s right, all of us).  Flying biscuit here we come!  The most kid friendly, quick and delicious place to go for breakfast in Myers park.  My daughter actually behaved and had some quality snuggle time with her dad.  I hope that they are close as my dad and I are when she is older (actually, I have no doubt they will be).

photo 2-70I asked my husband what he wanted to do on Father’s Day, and he said that he wanted to go for a bike ride (while his parents watched our daughter).  What a great day to do this!  We utilized the greenway and also made a small grocery shopping trip out of it.  We haven’t ridden bikes much since we had our daughter, so I have not been able to share what a great casual hybrid bike that I found on sale last year in the offseason.

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I found this Specialized (that’s the brand) bike at Bike Source in Park Road Shopping Center.  While I was there, I bought this nifty basket to put on the back.  Get this.  It is removable and acts as a grocery basket when I go into the store.

photo 4-40Part of living a fit life is finding ways to be active outdoors.  If you have the time, getting out on a bike to do errands is a perfect way to enjoy the weather and get a little exercise in.

Saturday Cheat Day, Sunday Recipe + Workouts

Saturday afternoon classes at Flywheel were rocking!  I don’t know if it was the weather or what, but the stadium was packed all day.  Starting last week, my 2:45 PM class was designated as the “March Madness” class for the week.  The top 8 male and female power numbers advanced to this week.  The top 4 male and female power numbers from this week will move on to next week (until we have our champions).

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You didn’t have to be on the torqboard to move on, but I wanted to show the awesome numbers that were cranked out today.  Nice work!  Since I teach a double later in the day on Saturday, I am starving by the time my second class is over.  We do love going to eat on the weekends too, so we typically head straight out shortly after class is over.

At our house, one or two of our weekend days are designated “cheat” days when it comes to food.  During the week, we definitely don’t deprive ourselves, but we do try to refrain from alcohol, fried food and desserts.  Two reasons for “cheat” days:  One, we typically workout harder on the weekend (so we need the extra calories), and, two, I truly believe you need days like this to enjoy life.  I love good food (and a lot of what I would classify as good food is not healthy).  I grew up about an hour from the country, where my dad’s side of the family is known for the dessert table at a family reunion and tailgating is  a must before a Hokie football game.  My husband grew up in a family that eats ice cream out on Sunday nights and has been known to have more than a few cold beers at the horse race track.

photo 2-2Like I mentioned in my post yesterday, when we have our daughter, we frequent “kid-friendly” restaurants.  Tonight was no exception.  Mellow Mushroom it is!  We made ourselves feel better by ordering small side salads prior to our pizza coming, but we took the time to indulge on our “cheat” day.

That takes us to Sunday.  Yet another rocking class for 7:30AM.  Brunch today was much cheaper than last week at another one of our staples – Flying Biscuit.  You can’t go wrong here with children. Other than my biscuit, I went the healthier route today: Hollywood Omelette (made with egg whites and includes spinach and mushrooms), chicken sausage patties and fruit.

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Since it’s Sunday, we typically cook ALOT of food for dinner so we can use it for leftovers during the week (keeping with the theme of time management).  I wanted to share with you one of our favorites.

Baked Russet and Sweet Potatoes – SO EASY!  Like the recipe last Sunday, little to no prep.

IMG_08021.  Set your oven to 425 degrees.  Go ahead and slide the pan that you will be using to cook the potatoes into the oven while it is preheating.  That’s right.  In the oven.

2.  Cut potatoes into wedges.  The russets can be bigger than the sweet potatoes.  For whatever reason it is harder to crisp up sweet potatoes.

3.  Throw the sliced potatoes into a big bowl.  Mix with a little bit of olive oil, sea salt and pepper.  You can even chop up an onion, peppers or jalapeño to add to the mix.

4.  Once the oven is preheated, take the pan out and pour the potato mixture onto the pan.  You will hear a sizzle if you did this right.

5.  Slide pan back in the oven with the potatoes for 45 minutes to an hour (depending on how crispy you want them).

It is as easy at that.  Let me know what you think!  You can get that french fry taste using your oven.