Italian Dunkers in 5 Minutes

Happy Thursday, friends!

Do you know what makes my day? Receiving packages in the mail or at my doorstep. Especially ones like the one I got from Wild Harvest Organic yesterday. Wild Harvest is sponsoring a recipe contest in collaboration with the Healthy Living Summit 2012 and you better believed I signed up to be a part of that. Let’s just say as soon as I laid eyes on the contents of the box, my brain began whirling a mile a minute. Recipe creation is my passion. I am thrilled to be able to participate in this fun event. More to come on that!

After work I came home and I was not feeling very motivated to make dinner. You all know by  now that I love to cook, try new recipes, create new recipes, and have fun in the kitchen. But I am only human, and today I was just not feeling the gusto.

I was hungry though, so I was going to have to figure it out. What I really wanted was to dive into the raw broccoli and hummus, BUT I refrained because that is a no-no right now. I scanned through the cupboard, the fridge, and the freezer. Then I spied the nummy leftover Bolognese sauce from Sunday evening. Then I spotted the spelt bread, then mozzarella cheese, and my mind was made up. It was Italian Dunker time, baby.

I preheated the oven to broil, then defrosted the sauce in the microwave, and toasted up a piece of spelt bread in the toaster. Once the bread was toasted, I sprinkled it with garlic powder and topped it with a small handful of mozzarella cheese. I placed it on a piece of aluminum foil and set it under the broiler for about 3 minutes (making sure to watch carefully so it didn’t burn into a crisp). Once the cheese was melty and starting to brown slightly, I removed the dunkers from the oven, sliced them into three strips with a scissors, plated them up alongside the reheated Bolognese sauce, and got dunkin’!

Italian dunkers in 5 minutes? Um, ya!

I swear the sauce was even better this time around.

Oh the high school memories that come along with this meal. I remember how excited everyone would get in anticipation for Italian Dunker day. They would use thick french bread, loads of butter I’m sure, garlic, tons of melty cheese, and served them along with some simple marinara sauce, and usually a small side salad.

I wasn’t much of a hot lunch gal, I would often veer more towards the salad bar or bring my own bag lunch, but Italian Dunker days were a different story. The lunch line went on for a mile and if you were a senior, you didn’t have to wait, you got to budge to the front (according to the seniors at least). I was a little too nice and too much of a wiener for that though, so I would usually wait in line like the rest of the younger kiddos. What can I say? I believe in liberty and justice for all. 🙂 They were always worth the wait but remember feeling a little sick in the afternoon from all of the grease. Anywho…

After dinner, I laced up the sneakers and headed down to the treadmill. It has been raining like crazy lately around here and I have felt very fortunate to have a treadmill right in the comfort of my own basement. I especially love that we have a TV hooked up to cable down there too.

I started walking while watching Wheel of Fortune, and then got carried away into watching my favorite show, “So You Think You Can Dance.” I ended up walking for an hour. Chalk that up with a morning yoga session, and I’d say I had a nice day of low-impact activity.

The rest of the night was spent relaxing and sleeping.

I am off to tackle my day. You go tackle yours!

Question of the Day: What was YOUR favorite lunch offered in school?

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