Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year!

See ya' 2008! Hello 2009! I am excited about 2009. A little nervous about it too. So many changes on the horizon and I hope with those changes good things follow. If cooler heads prevail, then it will be a good year.

We aren't big New Year eve's people. We rather stay at home with a few good friends, good food and lots of laughter. Oh, and sharing it with people who are also in bed by midnight! HA! I made an awesome spicy chicken and one tofu pizza. If you like Asian flavors then you will LOVE this recipe. It is super easy and quick to make. Recipe at the end.

Training is going okay. Still fighting an injury. Right now I am focusing on just getting to and through the race in a few weeks. No illusion of beating any time, just working on finishing without being crippled afterwards. Sigh. It is SO frustrating. All this hard work only to realize that I won't be able to go out and test the training. After the race I am taking 2-3 weeks off running to give my leg time to really heal. Then start some serious weight training to strengthen these old quads of mine. I will have the rest of the winter to work on gaining strength before May training starts.

Spicy Chicken Pizza

1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons water
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon minced gingerroot (Do Not Grate)
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons peanut butter
8 oz, boneless chicken or extra-firm tofu, cut into bite size pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 cup (3 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese
1 baked (12 inch) thin pizza crust
1/2 cup scallions

Combine the vinegar, soy sauce, water, brown sugar, garlic, gingerroot, red pepper and peanut butter in a small bowl and mix well. Saute the chicken in the olive oil in a skillet for 3 minutes or until cooked through. Or dry fry the tofu. Remove the chicken or tofu to a plate. Add the peanut butter mixture to the skillet. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook 5-7 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently. Add the chicken or tofu and cook for 1 minute longer.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Sprinkle the cheese on the pizza crust. Top with the chicken or tofu mixture. Place the pizza directly on the oven rack. Bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the topping is bubbly. Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with scallions.


runswithdog said...

I feel very fortunate that you like to cook as much as you do. If you didn't, I think that sometimes I would go weeks eating only pb & j's. That was good and spicy pizza!

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