I had a major hankering for pizza on Saturday but there was one big problem: I didn’t have any in the house. So I whipped up this healthier alternative. I love this meal and have already made it again!
Here’s what you need:
Two slices of toast (I used Udi’s)
About 1/4 cup goat cheese
7 cherry tomatoes
Small handful of frozen spinach
Toast two slices of bed. Meanwhile, slice the cherry tomatoes four ways, and then, in a small pan, cook them on medium until they start to wilt. Add in the spinach and cook for another minute or so; dump the goat cheese on top and stir it all on top. Pour the cheesy mix on top of the toast and – TADA! You’re done. It takes less than 5 minutes from start to finish.
The best part is that Henry saw my plate and remarked, “Mommy’s pizza!” I had to laugh because you know a ‘healthy’ version of a real dish is a winner when a toddler correctly IDs it.
Fun Debate: Cool at 13, Adrift at 23
I read this article on the New York Times with interest: Cool at 13, Adrift at 23. I thought it would be a fun debate topic for the blog!
Kristien and I have been having this debate for year: Do we want our kids to be ‘cool,’ grown-up, and very popular or more ‘dorky,’ wholesome, and with just a few close friends? (Side note: We realize that we don’t really have control over this; it’s just a discussion about childhood v. growing up that we like to have). We both saw the NY Times article and simultaneously e-mailed it to each other!
The article basically states that kids who are seen as ‘fast track’ and cool in middle school may eventually experience a social status crash, as they ‘lose their way’ and end up more likely to do drugs and engage in criminal behavior. Note: ‘cool kid’ status is a predilection, not a predictor, of these behaviors – there are always cool kids who end up super successful. I’ve personally seen this go both ways.
So – here’s the debate questions. In general, do you think cool kids experience a social status crash or do they always rule the roost? Do dorky kids end up being in charge? Would you rather your kids be super cool or a little dorky? <— Side note: I use the label ‘dorky’ lovingly!
I’m 26 and 8 years out of high school. A lot of the “cool kids” I knew in high school are still pretty much stuck in high school. Same clique-ish group of friends, never branched out, all went to the same college, and a lot of them aren’t doing too much with their lives now that the “glory days” are over. Now, this obviously isn’t generalizable to everyone, but just my experience with most.
I was not so cool growing up (glasses AND braces, double whammy!), and now I feel like I am successful with a steady job, a house I just purchased, and about to get married. I also branched out and went to a college where I knew NO ONE, and it taught me to be friendly and meet lots of people, which is a great skill in the world and the workplace. So I like to think I’m a dork who “made it”! haha