What I Ate Wednesday #60: The. Best. Pizza.

This is not a joke. We found the best pizza in Baltimore. Saturday night Nathan and I decided to knock another restaurant off of our bucket list and headed over to Verde Pizza. This is another relatively new spot in town and we had pretty high hopes after seeing some amazing-looking pictures on their facebook page.

Margherita Pizza Verde Canton Baltimore Maryland MD

Margherita Pizza

Verdura Delizia Verde Pizza Canton Baltimore Maryland MD

Vedura Delizia – smoked bufala mozzarella, roasted butternut squash cream, zucchini, roasted red peppers, basil & evoo

Hard to argue with the looks of those pizzas, right? Right. So we made our way over.

The kitchen was pretty open and there were 2 chefs making the pizzas right up front. I always love watching the food being made!

Verde Pizza Kitchen

Open kitchen

I sipped on a glass of Nero D’Avola as we waited for our appetizers. It was a great choice; very easy drinking, light tannins, and a little bit fruity. I loved it!

Nero D'Avola Red Wine

In case you don’t know what a glass of red wine looks like..

Appetizers

Tre Porcellini Foccacia Roasted Red Pepper Eggplant Mushrooms Verde Pizza

Tre Porcellini – Roasted vegetable trio of red pepper, eggplant, and mushroom,
served with homemade foccacia

The Tre Porcellini consisted of three roasted vegetables—that night they offered mushrooms, red peppers, and eggplant—served with homemade foccacia. They were all great, but the slightly-sweet red pepper was my favorite. The eggplant, however, had a little extra olive oil on it that was perfect for dipping the bread in!

Insalata Mista Spring Mix Grape Tomato Balsamic Glaze Extra Virgin Olive Oil Verde Pizza

Insalata Mista – Spring mix with grape tomatoes, EVOO, and balsamic glaze

We also split the Insalata Mista. Such a simple salad but all of the ingredients were so fresh. The grape tomatoes were like candy and the balsamic glaze was just sweet enough. We also got a little parmesan on the side to sprinkle on top. I would highly recommend that!

Pizza

The best way to test a pizza place is to get their margherita pizza. That was our original plan, but when my pizza-loving husband set his eyes on the menu, it was quickly decided that we would be ordering 2 pizzas. Another night to take home leftovers! [It’s kind of our thing now.. ;)]

Margherita Tomato Sauce Homemade Mozzarella Basil Extra Virgin Olive Oil Verde Pizza

Margherita – Tomato sauce, homemade mozzarella, basil, EVOO

As soon as Nathan took his first bite he said he was immediately transported back to Gusta Pizza, our favorite pizza in Italy. The crust is so light and perfectly crisp. We loved the char on the outer edges from the brick oven, there was the perfect amount of the rich, flavorful tomato sauce, and the homemade mozzarella was so creamy.

Salsiccia e Funghi Tomato Sauce Homemade Mozzarella Sausage Wild Mushrooms Ricotta Basil Extra Virgin Olive Oil Verde Pizza

Salsiccia e Funghi – Tomato sauce, homemade mozzarella, sausage, wild mushrooms,
fresh ricotta, basil, EVOO

When I asked the waitress how the Salsiccia e Funghi pizza is, she replied “you know, standard awesome.” She was spot on. The sausage was just a little bit smokey which paired well with the meaty mushrooms. The dollop of homemade ricotta cheese in the middle might have been my favorite part. I don’t think I’ve ever had such creamy, melty ricotta before and I could have gone for more on top!

I know I said we made this bucket list so we could get to a bunch of restaurants before we head to California, but we are seriously considering heading back to Verde again. Can’t you see it in Nathan’s face? 😉

Pensive Nathan

So pensive.

Food for Thought

Have you ever tasted a dish that transported you back to another time in your life?

What’s the best pizza you’ve ever had?

Mango Chipotle Chicken Salad

You can always count on a large container of vanilla greek yogurt in my fridge, but after tasting my latest container over and over again, I realized that this was definitely an off batch of vanilla.

It is definitely plain yogurt. Now I’m trying to figure out what to do with all of this plain yogurt! I have to spice it up or sweeten it up or just do something to it! So as we sit here with a fresh rotisserie chicken, I figured chicken salad is the way to go.

Mango Chipotle Chicken Salad

Makes 3, 1/2 cup servings

Barr & Table Mango Chipotle Chicken Salad Chobani Greek Yogurt

Ingredients
1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
1/4 cup mango, diced
1 chipotle pepper in adobo
10-12 cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 tbsp white onion, diced
2 tbsp bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup english cucumber, diced1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
2 tbsp roasted, salted sunflower seeds
3/4 cup chicken breast, shredded

Directions
Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl, except chicken. Taste and adjust any seasonings to your liking. Fold in your shredded chicken. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes to let all of the flavors come together.

Serving Suggestions
I wrapped my chicken salad up in a whole wheat, low carb tortilla with some romaine leaves and 1 100 calorie packet of Wholly Guacamole. This would also be great over mixed greens or as a sandwich instead of a wrap.

You could even do it as a fun appetizer! Get some baked Tostitos scoops and spoon 1 tbsp of chicken salad into each scoop. Sprinkle some chopped green onion and a dusting of chili powder on top and pass around!

Nutritional Stats
Per 1/2 cup serving

131 Calories  /  5g Fat  /  12g Carbs  /  2g Fiber  /  8g Sugar  /  16g Protein

Speak Up!

What is your favorite way to eat plain greek yogurt? Do you mix it into sweet or savory recipes?

What I Ate Wednesday #4 – 5 Day Slim Down Edition!

Tone It Up has become a way of life for me and when this month’s WIAW theme of Sensible Snacking, I knew I wanted to share a regular day’s worth of eats. This week I’m doing the 5 day slim down, which essentially is a way to give your body a break from processed foods and helps you slim down. I’ve done it a couple times before and I love it! It’s not too intense and I feel so refreshed when I finish.

This week’s pictures are through the eyes of Instagram.. enjoy!

Breakfast

Tone It Up pineapple protein pancake with slice strawberry, some blueberries, a sprinkle of cinnamon, a little drizzle of maple syrup, and some unsweetened shredded coconut. Hello heaven! You wouldn’t believe this delicious pancake is so healthy and loaded with protein!

Mid-Morning Snack

My usual snack in the morning is 1/2 grapefruit sprinkled with stevia or truvia while I’m sipping away on my coffee with almond milk. Talk about sensible snacking.. grapefruits are so good for you! In fact, the lovely ladies at Tone It Up wrote an entire post about them!

Lunch

The slim down plan includes recipes for tons of delicious collard green wraps, but seeing as how I ran out of collard greens, I decided to make my wrap into a kale salad. So delicious!

To combat the bitterness of raw kale, I always try to marinate the greens overnight with a touch of EVOO, vinegar (white wine, balsamic, ACV all work!), lemon juice, salt, and pepper. This helps to soften the kale and gives it great flavor for your salad!

I topped my marinated kale with a fresh pineapple and red pepper salsa, and a homemade teriyaki turkey burger.

Mid-Afternoon Snack

A cup of almond milk and a Tone It Up bounce back smoothie. This smoothie tastes much better than it looks! Another example of sensible snacking, this smoothie, filled with tons of raw fruits and veggies, really fills you up and isn’t heavy at all.

Dinner

More turkey burgers! Nathan and I went to Sam’s club on Sunday and really loaded up on ground turkey so Sunday night I went to town! I made about 20 burgers.. half teriyaki and half herb.

I had 2 small herb turkey burgers topped with some delicious mango habanero salsa with a side of roasted asparagus and cherry tomatoes. I roasted the veggies with coconut oil, which is rather new to me, but reading all about the benefits, I knew I had to try it. Kasey, Ms. PowerCakes, herself, uses coconut oil all the time and you just can’t argue with those results!

Dessert

One thing I love about the 5 day slim down is that it offers you a nice little dessert. I was just sticking to a piece of fruit, but after reading Kasey’s post on what to eat before bed, I’ve been adding 1/4 cup of fat free cottage cheese or vanilla greek yogurt to my dessert. And while this may look rather indulgent for a before-bed snack, I’ll assure you that the delicious chocolate syrup seen here is Walden Farms Sugar-Free, Calorie-Free Chocolate Syrup, as seen here, gifted by my foodie penpal last month! That stuff hits the spot!

I enjoyed my delicious yogurt with a drizzling of chocolate syrup, a sprinkling of cinnamon, and a kiwi on the side. A wonderful way to end the day!

And all of this on a “diet?” Well, that’s what is so wonderful about Tone It Up. It keeps me full and satisfied, and never bloated! I couldn’t ask for much more!