Pizza + Packing


Today the skies of Boston were grey and so was my mood. I didn’t have my usual ‘seize the Monday’ energy and ended up spending a lot of time in front of my computer screen writing my About Me section, surfing the web, and refreshing my inbox in hope of something interesting.  Despite the looming clouds, I finally decided to go take a walk and ended up laying in the middle of the grass in Copley Square chatting with friends on the phone.  I also made my way to CVS to pick up what seems like the one hundredth tube of mini toothpaste I’ve purchased this year.  Silly airlines. I ended up spending close to $20 on toiletries, which is what usually ends up happening when I set foot in a CVS.  Oh how I miss the days when I could hop in my civic and drive to Walmart where the prices are normal.

Tonight I thought I would share my dinner with you because, so far, the meals I’ve shared on my blog have been particularly large and somewhat indulgent. Obviously, I don’t eat three-course desserts for every meal! This dinner is also an example of how I am able to spend next to nothing on groceries and still produce something that my taste-buds approve of and in less than 15 minutes.  Naan Pizza!

Ok, ok, so naan pizza isn’t that original.  But, the reason I love this dinner is because Matt and I can top our pizzas differently. Moving in with a Matt was a big adjustment for me after living with girls for four years; he eats huge portions and wants meat, hot sauce, and ketchup on everything.  Coming up with meals that will satisfy both Matt and me while sticking to a grad school student budget has been a big challenge, but I’ve learned if I can put together one or two really cheap meals like this one, I can stretch the budget a bit further to cover ‘nicer’ meals for the other days.  Tonight, I dressed my pizza with tomato sauce, white cheddar, roma tomatoes, green peppers, and basil + oregano. In the past, I’ve also topped naan with buffalo sauce and blue cheese, pesto and goat cheese, or barbecue sauce and chicken.

Pizza was enjoyed with a salad of mixed greens, raisins, pecans, blue cheese, and honey + balsamic.

A few minutes ago, I heard Matt yell “now the fruit flies come out to play” from the kitchen.  Ha! Turns outs he was breaking up frozen bananas to make a batch of banana soft serve in the food processor.  I’m not exactly sure who invented this, but I obviously learned about it from Kath and make it frequently!  I enjoyed a small bowl with a frozen snickerdoodle that Matt’s mom baked for us a few weekends ago.  Perfect dessert!

Now I must go finish packing because my room looks like this

and Matt can’t choose a tie without me!  I hope to be back tomorrow with a post from the airport.  Enjoy the evening:)

  • Stephanie
    August 16, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    I found your blog through Kath, and got so excited when you mentioned naan pizzas! I have been making them for a long time now, with Trader Joe’s garlic naan. Don’t you love TJ’s? Love your blog!

  • Candace
    August 17, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Yeah! You did it! Your blog looks great!

  • Aubrey
    August 17, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Morning! I love Naan pizza andddd my bf and I are huge fans of the banana soft serve =) Yum! PS. I hear ya on the hot sauce, meat, ketchup deal – finding a happy medium does have its challenges!

  • Jo
    August 18, 2010 at 9:48 am

    FYI- Walmart is cheaper for a reason. They do not pay their employees well, do not provide adequate health insurance and close stoes when employees try to unionize. Also they ahve been sued many times for sex discrimination.

    • Laura
      August 18, 2010 at 4:34 pm

      I was actually wondering if anyone would comment on my mention of Walmart when I was writing this post. I’m already aware of these facts as I’ve watched the documentary, but I’m glad you brought this up. My family shopped there a lot growing up, but I definitely don’t support their practices.

  • Mary Frances
    August 20, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Banana Soft Serve…Yum!