If you’re reading this, it may be because I shared it on Facebook. Yesterday, I posted that I was deleting social media (as in from my phone, not my accounts. I’m not that tech savvy). I need a break from the constant tornadoes of stress and negativity and responsibilities. But most importantly, I need to get rid of the distractions that have been keeping me from taking care of myself.
I need space to breathe for a little bit.
Today, I got that chance. It was a nice enough day out and I got to spend most of it in the kitchen. To me, that is my stress relief. My kitchen is my kingdom and it’s been a very long time since I’ve been able to spend in there just creating, imagining, testing, writing.
First up: Wonton Pizza Bites
These were inspired by my kids and their tiny fingers (and constant need to run). They’re perfect if you like crispy, thin crust pizza and can easily be customized with your favorite pizza toppings (shown is just sauce, cheese and oregano). Pretty straight forward directions, but they came out fabulously. Would be great for a party snack, too.
Once the oven is preheated to 350F, lay out a sheet of parchment paper on a baking tray. Arrange the wontons and place a small amount of sauce on each one, more or less to taste. I’m not super huge on sauce.
Next, layer on the toppings! I just went simple with testing this one out and used mozzarella and a sprinkle of oregano. But any toppings would work.
Toss the tray into the oven for about 15 minutes, watching for the corners to curl a bit and brown. The longer, the crispier.
- Wonton wrappers
- Pizza sauce (or tomato paste or even marinara)
- Your favorite pizza toppings
- Marinara for dipping
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Place parchment paper on a baking tray and arrange wontons
- Spread a small amount of your sauce over the wontons, leaving a small space at the edges
- Sprinkle mozzarella on each wrapper
- Sprinkle oregano and add any additional toppings
- Bake for 15 minutes, or until edges curl a bit and begin to brown
Later on, I got to make fried rice for the first time ever. Yep. In all my
30 years, I’ve never once made fried rice. But I’ve been craving rice for a few weeks, so I took the opportunity to try. It was super simple and way faster than I expected!
Started by heating a couple tablespoons of vegetable oil over medium heat and added thawed carrots and peas. I just kinda let them fry until they were a bit tender.
Then I added beaten eggs to one side and let them scramble.
Stirred them up until they were well mixed.
Then added the cooked rice. This was made earlier in the day and was room temperature, though they say day old rice is actually best, so that’ll be my dinner project tomorrow.
I poured my soy sauce directly into the rice on top and then mixed well until it looked completely combined. Then just heated through.
Honestly, it was pretty damn good! I’m hoping to perfect teriyaki chicken tomorrow to add it to this.
*Note that this makes a massive serving, so cut the amounts if you only want to make a single dinners worth. I wanted to have enough for leftovers tomorrow.
- 3 cups cooked rice (best of refrigerated overnight)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1-1.5 cups of frozen peas and carrots, thawed
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce (more or less to taste)
- In saucepan, heat oil over medium heat
- Add peas and carrots and fry until tender
- Push peas and carrots to one side and pour the beaten eggs onto the other
- Use a spatula to scramble the eggs until fluffy, then combine vegetables and eggs well
- Add rice to the mix and pour desired soy sauce directly over
- Mix well until heated through
Serve and enjoy! I’m really hoping the chicken comes out well tomorrow. I really enjoyed this rice!
One last thing I got to do was something I’ve been meaning to do for weeks, but never really remembered until it was too late in the day. I made a large batch of green tea! They say green tea has so many benefits if you drink it every day and I do like the taste (and the versatility since you can add so many things to change it up instantly). It’s been a nice, refreshing change from plain water today.
To anyone that’s left messages I haven’t seen on Facebook or messenger, thank you for your concern. I just need a little more me time right now. If you send me messages, I promise I will read them. ♥️