Happy Friday!! I am so glad it is almost the weekend I could cry. This is the first and only weekend in August that I’m not traveling/have something huge going on. The first weekend was one of my best friends’ weddings, last weekend was the Healthy Living Summit, and then next weekend, the last one in August, I leave for NYC on Thursday night through Sunday to watch my niece and nephew with my mom because my sister has a wedding to attend herself in Montreal. I’m saying all these things aren’t amazing and fun, its just nice to stay put sometimes!
Last night I went out to happy hour to Ping Pong Dim Sum, this cool newish place in DC. I’m not sure where the ping pong comes into play because there’s no ping pong anywhere in sight, but the place is actually quite loungy and fancy. They do have an amazing happy hour, where drinks that are normally $9-$11 a pop are only $5, plus cheap beer and wine, too. They have dim sum, which is basically small appetizers, sort of like an Asian style of Spanish tapas where you are encouraged to share and try a bunch of things. I met my friend Jillian, who I hadn’t seen in a long, long time, so it was great to catch up!
I started out with an Earl Gray Julep:
Which is Buffalo Trace bourbon infused with earl-grey tea, shaken vigorously with mint and sugar. It is pretty strong since it’s pretty much just bourbon on the rocks, and I had two of them during our few hours there.
For food, we got a bunch of Dim Sum to share, most of which was $3 for happy hour!
Steamed Chive Dumplings
King prawns and chives in green chive pastry.
We also had the Seafood Dumplings:
Which was snow crab, prawns and scallops in carrot pastry.
I loved both of the kinds of dumplings, but Jill though they were “a little too sticky” so I had 2 of the 3 of both of those.
We also ordered Vietnamese Spring Rolls:
They had prawns, noodles and vegetables and were wrapped in rice paper and served with chilli fish sauce. These were SO good and the sauce they came with was delicious… in fact, I dipped some of those lettuce leaves in there once the rolls were gone just to soak it up. We split those evenly so I had 1.5 of the rolls.
That was Round 1.
Round 2 consisted of Prawn Toast
This was shrimp on toast flavored with garlic and coriander and sprinkled with sesame seeds. We split those down the middle and they were gooooood.
Crispy Prawn Balls
This is one of my favorites from there and consists of chopped king prawns and spring onions in shredded egg pastry, served with sweet and sour sauce. I’d love to try to recreate these in a healthier version.. stay tuned. I had one of those three and let Jill have two since she’d never had them before and they are awesome.
Last, but not least, I had to get some veggies in so I ordered the Bok Choy, which Jill wouldn’t touch. 🙂
It was steamed in soy sauce with garlic on top and was really good. I love bok choy but have it so rarely so this was a treat.
I walked away from this happy hour feeling really good about my decisions. I had only two drinks which was just the right amount, plus I didn’t overdo it with the food. Looking back this looks like kind of a lot but I actually left feeling still a little hungry! I got to treat myself a bit with some of the fried food (which as you probably know is a rarity for me) but I balanced it out with steamed dumplings and bok choy. I was home safe and sound by 8pm and actually got laundry done and the kitchen cleaned after I got home so it turned into a productive night.
I was still a little hungry when I got home, and was craving pizza… I used to order a medium pizza from Domino’s and eat the whole thing or close to it but try to refrain from making that a habit. Instead, I made this delicious 3 point pizza that was MORE satisfying than getting delivery!
In the broiler, I sliced up a tomato from my farm share and heated it for about 5 minutes so it was hot throughout and getting a little soft. I added 1/4 cup of reduced fat shredded cheese (2 pts) and spread it between the two tomato stacks and then put them back in the broiler. Meanwhile, I toasted an arnold thin, and once the cheese got melty, I took the tomato cheese stacks out and placed them between the two halves of the arnold thin (1 pt). I added 1 tsp of Garlic Gold Paremsan nuggets and split that between the two, plus added a few leaves of fresh basil to each half.
It was still light out, so I went out on my balcony to eat
This was SO good and so easy! The broiler heats up so quickly so I don’t have to wait for the whole oven to reheat, so I see this being a frequent treat if I’m craving pizza. This was AWESOME and only 3 points!!
What’s your favorite typically unhealthy food (nachos, pizza, etc) to healthify? Do you have a recipe for it? Share it in the comments and feel free to link to the recipe on your blog if you have one!