Pizza Waffles Review

As a proud new owner of a waffle iron, I have been trying to find all sorts of recipes that I can try out that don’t actually involve making a waffle. While, I have definitely made my fair share of waffles so far, it was time for some experimenting. So I decided to try out this recipe from Spend with Pennies for pizza waffles.

They started out by looking like this …


… definitely not the most appetizing think I have ever seen. But then came out nice and golden brown.


I did have a little cheese leakage, but it was to be expected. I also don’t think I put enough ingredients in, but my dough didn’t seem strong enough to hold anything else. I stuffed mine with mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and some sautéed sweet mini peppers. A great combo, just not enough. If I do decided to make them again I might try biscuit dough instead of crescent roll dough. Should be able to hold more of the good stuff.

What is your favorite way to use your waffle iron besides the typical breakfast waffle?


Veggie Veggie Chili Recipe

It is not secret that I love a good crock pot recipe, so this past weekend I decide do experiment with a veggie chili. I am a big meat fan — my go-to chili normally includes ground beef AND Italian sausage, but my boyfriend tends to stray away from red meat whenever possible. I am not opposed to a meatless meal, so I went ahead with making a meatless chili, and it ended up working out.

The biggest change I made compared to other veggie chilis I have seen was using sweet mini peppers instead of bell peppers. I’m not a huge bell pepper fan, but for some reason I can’t get enough of the sweet mini peppers. They definitely added a new dimension of sweetness and flavor to the chili.

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Food Woes

So in theory, not have a job means I would have all the time in the world to try out new recipes and really amp up this blog? Right. However, that doesn’t take into consideration the cost of all those fun recipes with all of the expensive food. I had all of the intentions of amping up this blog, but my grocery budget has not allowed for it like I planned.

Instead of new recipes and fun cooking times, I have been sticking to my staples: potstickers, grilled chicken, tilapia and the occasional quesadilla. I can only share things about the same recipes so many times.

Being at home most day everyday has also brought me to another aspect of this post-college life — food is around me to eat all the time. The whole reason this blog was started was because of my bad relationship with food. I didn’t really think about what I was eating, I didn’t think twice about having some fries and a burger, or dessert, and the inclusion of fruits and veggies was minimal. I feel like I am starting to veer down a not so great path, which is not where I want to head, but it’s hard for me to resist a good french fry (potatoes are cheap).

Food has also been there as a comfort in this time of nothingness. I would definitely qualify myself as a stress eater and an emotional eater, so my spoon has found its way into the ice cream more times than it should have. I know its not bad to indulge every once in a while (I couldn’t go without my cheat day way back when), but I have probably been indulging more than I should be.

I think the only saving grace in during this my experience has been finding Blogilates. Cassey Ho is a pilates instructor who does Youtube workouts and creates calendars to follow. I have been follow the beginners calendar, while not perfectly, it has given me some consistency and a way to work out without spending money on a gym membership. I have also gone for a few runs in my new park because NYC doesn’t know what winter is this year.

This weekend I should be trying out a new recipe, but in the meantime I plan on sharing a little bit more of my experience with Blogilates — still about being healthy! For anyone else who may be falling off the wagon: you aren’t alone, and it happens, but we gotta remember how good it feels when we stay on and see the results we want — mental, emotional and physical!

Soup for the Soul

NYC finally received its first snowfall of the season, which meant it was finally time for me to indulge in a soup recipe. It’s not often that I come across a soup recipe that I don’t want to make, so yesterday’s decision was a tough one. I didn’t want anything to complicated, but I also wanted something that was really going to pack a punch and remain a go-to. I ended up deciding on loaded baked potato soup, and it did not disappoint.

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Besides just revamping the blog, I have also decided to expand the reach of the blog with … Instagram! My personal feed is full  of other people’s tasty looking food, so my thought is other people may want to sneak a peak at my tasty food.

The blog will be reserved for mainly healthy food and things I make from scratch, but the Instagram will be everything and anything I eat (at least the food I manage to get a good picture of). Now I am by no means a professional photographer, and there are definitely prettier pictures out there, but that means there is room for improvement. You can follow it at @healthyasanewb or follow this link.


Research Day is Never a Bad Day

In between applying for jobs and unpacking my new apartment I have spent a considerable amount of time researching new recipes that I want to tryout and feature on the blog. I am always amazed that somehow one click on Pinterest ends up leading to hours of drooling over mouth watering pictures of food that I can only dream of making — I have to eat healthy at least some of the time, right?

Fortunately or unfortunately, NYC has been hit with a cold spell, which has put me in the perfect mood for a steaming bowl of soup. I am a sucker for a one pot meal or a slow cooker meal, and soup fits perfectly in that category.

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I’m Back!

After a very long hiatus and an unexplained absence, Healthy as a Newb is back! As a college student, I found that managing a blog was not as easy as it seemed, and thus a summer and a semester break ensued.

However, now I am newly graduated — with a journalism degree from Ithaca College — on the job search, and settling in to my new apartment in Brooklyn, N.Y.,ready to take another shot at this blog. Since starting my healthy journey almost a year ago, I can happily say that I have continued on that road. While, my eating habits are definitely not perfect (sometimes ice cream is all too necessary), I am still on a good path.

For the first time I have a full, while small, kitchen to experiment in — trying out new recipes and sharing my own. Not all the kinks are worked out to my new blogging plan, but I definitely plan on creating more of my own original recipes and talking about the food I love.

If you would like to see what I am up to out of my food world you can follow me here and here. Sometimes I can be kind of interesting.