I am not a big fan of cauliflower, but I have found that you can make some pretty awesome recipes out of cauliflower that taste really good and make it a lot healthier!! I never knew cauliflower can be a replacement for BREAD!!!
So as many of you are pizza fans just like me, I was looking for a healthier version of pizza where I do not feel guilty, but still enjoying the food I am eating!
So I am excited to give you a recipe for cauliflower pizza crust and you can really make the pizza any way you want it with your favorite toppings!! My personal favorite is Mediterranean, so this is the recipe you get from me!
2 1/2 cups grated or ground cauliflower (use a food processor)
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
1 tsp Himalayan salt
If you are making the Mediterranean Pizza you will also need:
1/8 cup Kalamata olives
1/4 cup feta cheese (I use fat-free)
2 cups fresh spinach leaves
2 medium size tomatoes
1/4 chopped onion
Preheat oven to 425.
Place cauliflower in a heat-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap with a few holes to vent. icrowave for 4 minutes, remove plastic, and stir to cool it off a little. If there is any extra liquid in the bowl with cauliflower, use several paper towels and press down to absorb the liquid.
Place cauliflower in a bowl and fluff with a fork. Add basil, oregano, garlic, Parmesan, and mozzarella. Mix well and taste. Add salt.
Press mixture out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper that’s been sprayed with non-stick spray Press out to about 1/4 inch or slightly thicker. Keep mixture tight together and in an even layer. You can bake one large pizza or multiple smaller ones.5. Place pan in oven and bake until golden brown. Generally 15-20 minutes is a good time frame, and it should be starting to brown on top. Remove from oven and let cool.
6. Add 1/4 cup tomato sauce and spread evenly around crust (leaving about 1.4 inch around the edges uncovered)
7. Top with desired toppings, and return to oven to melt cheese, etc. Let rest for a couple of minutes and then slice and serve.
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So which of you reading this is totally guilty of waiting until the New Year to start back up with your fitness journey? Who is guilty of letting go of their nutrition because the holiday food tastes good, letting go of the gym because it’s well…. too cold, and not really caring about what they look like because your not in a bathing suite or shorts/tank top in the winter anyways?
If this is you and your feeling the slightest bit of guilt, maybe its time to rethink your winter and holiday habits! I am not asking you to completely give up holiday food and treats… I know I am not, but what I am doing is finding healthier alternatives so I can still enjoy, but stay healthy and feel good about myself inside and out without feeling self conscious of how I look in my clothes!
There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with letting go of the normal “New Year’s Resolution” that everyone does and start now! You don’t have to set yourself back by letting go of yourself when you can be that one that is moving forward and then when the New Years comes, your ahead of the game and your making it easier on yourself and your body to be healthy, happy, and confident in the skin your in!
As an online fitness coach, I love to reassure people that may be following me and my journey that my goal is not to set unrealistic goals on you, help you be “skinny” or starve yourself! My goal is simply to help YOU fulfill YOUR health and fitness goals, whether its to lose 5 pounds, 25 pounds, or 100 pounds (depending on how much you need to lose to be a healthy weight), or just tone and gain better eating habits and/or exercise habits! My goal is also to motivate your and help you become a positive role model for those watching you and also to help you have a healthier lifestyle so you can share this with your household and children if you have them! As a mother, this healthy lifestyle has impacted me the most!! I do not talk about how “fat” I am or how I need to lose weight… especially in front of my kids.. But what I do love to talk about is how mommy loves to be healthy because our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, which is given to you from God and our job is to honor God with our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV). So its time to practice what I preach and show them mommy is leading by example so they can do the same and grow big, strong, and healthy!
So for this week, I have prepped my meals to help me stay accountable with my nutrition. I am prepped so I do not have to spend time during the week cooking, and I can no longer make excuses for not having “time” to cook or anything prepared if I’m on the run! I take less than 3 hours total to prep and I’m ready to roll! Here are some of the meals I’m eating with some new recipes for you that hopefully you can use for your family!
Honey Glazed Salmon
4 4 oz filets of salmon
4 tbsp whole wheat flour
5 tbsp raw honey
2 tbsp I cant believe its not butter
1 tsp fresh minced garlic
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp lime juice
Himalayan salt (or sea salt) and pepper to taste
Pre heat oven to 400 F.
In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, melt butter.
Add garlic, honey, lime juice, salt and pepper. Cook for 3 minutes. Set aside.
Season the salmon with Himalayan salt and pepper.
Coat the salmon filets in the flour and then drizzle the honey mixture over filet.
Heat Olive oil in large skillet on medium high heat.
Add salmon to hot skillet, skin side on top first and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Flip salmon and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
Place in oven and bake on 400 for 8 minutes or until cooked thoroughly.
Serve with remaining honey glaze.
Clean Stuffed Peppers
4 whole peppers (colored or green.. its your preference)
1/2 lb lean ground beef (93 %)
1/2 lb ground turkey (99 % lean)
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp chopped purple onion
2 tbsp chopped jalapeños
1 large portobello mushroom chopped
1 8 oz can organic spaghetti sauce
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (2%)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
salt and pepper to taste
Pre heat oven to 375 F
Cut tops off peppers, leaving a large opening at top for filling. clean out inside of pepper so there are no remaining inside
In a medium bowl, mix ground beef, turkey meat, garlic, onion, jalapeños, mushrooms, 4 oz of spaghetti sauce, garlic and onion powder, salt and pepper.
Add mixture to fill each pepper. If you have leftover, you can make small meatballs to place in pan with peppers.
Place peppers in a cooking dish.
Add remaining sauce over peppers.
Top with mozzarella cheese on each pepper.
Cook for 50 min or until fully cooked through meat.
Let cook prior to digging in!
Hope you enjoy these recipes and can cook them for you and your family!! Be sure to comment your experience with them below!
I have found when I meal prep, to cook these recipes in bulk that way I have dinner, and then lunch and dinner for the next day or so!
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So over the holiday, I made a few new recipes and I must say, I’m super proud of my cooking skills!!!
I am really excited to start sharing some of these as a big goal I have in my near future is publishing a cookbook.. so I want to share some that I will be incorporating in my book (of course with better images)!
So lets start with these amazing breakfast Quiche recipes!! I have made quiche maybe once or twice in my life?? But since my boyfriend is here visiting and it was his Birthday, I wanted to make him something special and he suggested a healthy quiche!! Well I went healthy for the most part, but the one (Apple Gouda) was kinda hard to make completely clean since I don’t think there is such thing as clean gouda!! Haha!!
Lets start with….
Greek Special Quiche
1 whole wheat pie crust (I got a pillsbury and used half dough and spread thin for crust)
4 egg whites, 2 whole eggs
1 cup almond milk (unsweetened vanilla)
1/4 cup chopped onion (I used Sweet onion)
1 tbsp olive oil (I use extra virgin olive oil)
1 tsp fresh minced garlic
1/2 cup fresh chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup raw chopped spinach
1/4 cup kalamata olives
1/4 cup low fat feta cheese
3 tbsp chopped sun-dried tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped artichokes
1/2 tsp Himalayan salt (or sea salt)
1/2 tsp pepper
Spray pam or Olive oil spray
Pre heat oven to 350 F.
Spray pie pan with Pam spray or olive oil spray (your preference) and place pie crust on pan, covering entire bottom on pie pan.
In a small pan, add Olive oil and onion and cook on medium for 3 minutes, mixing occasionally.
Add garlic to pan and cook for another minute. Then set aside to cool.
In a separate small/medium bowl, add eggs, egg whites, almond milk, salt, and pepper and mix. Set aside.
Add chopped mushrooms, spinach, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, chopped artichokes on top of pie crust in pan.
Add egg mixture on top of other ingredients (the eggs do not have to cover all ingredients. It will cook through).
Add feta cheese to top it off!
Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until slightly brown on top!
Let cool before digging in!!
Apple and Gouda Quiche
1 Pie crust (I used whole wheat pillsbury and used half crust to make thin)
2 red apples chopped (save 4 slices lengthwise for top of pie)
1/2 cup shredded Gouda cheese
4 egg whites, 2 whole eggs
1 cup almond milk (I use unsweetened)
1 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 cup chopped purple onion
1 tbsp fresh minced garlic
1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
1/2 tsp pepper
spray pam/olive oil spray
Pre heat oven to 350 F.
Spray pie pan with Pam or olive oil spray and spread 1/2 pie crust over pie pan, covering bottom of pan (it will be a think crust).
In a small pan, add olive oil and onion. Cook for 3 min.
Add minced garlic and cook for another min. Set aside to cool.
In a small/medium bowl, add eggs, egg whites, milk, nutmeg, chili powder, salt and pepper. Set aside
Add chopped apple and gouda to pie pan on top of crust.
Add egg mixture on top of apples and gouda. Its ok if it doesn’t cover everything, it will cook through.
Top off with 4 slices of apple.
Cook for 45-50 minutes, or until lightly brown on top!
Let cool before digging in!!
Ok… now that you got the breakfast recipes which by the way are PERFECT for holiday family get togethers, I want to share with you my new and improved, PUMPKIN SKINNY CHEESECAKE!!!
Pumpkin Skinny Cheesecake
1 low fat graham cracker pie crust
12 oz pumpkin puree
8 oz plain greek yogurt
8 oz vanilla greek yogurt
8 oz soften light cream cheese
2 whole eggs, 2 egg whites
1 packet vanilla protein powder (I use Shakeology since it has more nutrients and superfoods)
1/2 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees
Mix all ingredients together (except pumpkin puree) using a hand mixer. Make sure filling is smooth.
Fill bottom of pie crust with pumpkin puree, covering entire bottom of pie crust.
Add egg and yogurt mix to 8 inch pie pan.
Bake for 30 minutes at 250.
Then turn up to 325 and cook for 20 minutes.
Then turn back down to 250 and cook for 20 more minutes. Total cook time is 70 minutes.
Let cool. Top off with Cinnamon and even some light whipped cream and enjoy!
So there you have it!! Now, instead of devouring all the unhealthy treats that are surrounding you during the holidays, or even on a normal day, you can create healthy alternatives that still taste great and help those cravings for whatever you are in the mood for… even cheesecake!!
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Ok so I know eating a ton of chicken can get boring right? So I am trying to change things up a bit and this wrap was seriously amazing!!!! Still within calorie range for lunch and very filling!! Simple, sweet and to the point!! PS.. Using a Rotisserie Chicken makes like a little easier when cooking, but be sure to remove the skin!! Although its good, its not so healthy!
1 whole wheat wrap
4 oz cooked chicken (I used Rotisserie and took off skin) into strips
1 tbsp hummus (I used roasted red pepper)
1 tbsp Kalamata olives
1 tbsp Feta Cheese
a few slices of red/orange peppers
a few slices of cucumbers
1 tbsp chopped tomatoes
1 tsp chopped onion
Add hummus as a bottom layer on wrap and top off with rest of ingredients.
I am not sure what it is with me and Mediterranean, but I have a small obsession… ok HUGE obsession lol! But as long as I can make it healthy, Im good with it! Tonight, I made my family this awesome clean Mediterranean pizza and my boys absolutely LOVED it!!
I just realized I totally forget to add tomatoes on my pizza lol, so I’m adding those in my recipe, but its still great without too!
1 tube whole wheat pizza crust ( for 9 inch round )
1 large tomato
2 heaping cups raw spinach
3/4 cup organic pizza sauce
4 oz 2% mozzarella cheese block
4 oz feta cheese
3 tbsp Kalamata Olive slices
1 tbsp fresh Basil
Roll out whole wheat dough into pizza crust onto a large round pizza pan.
Pour pizza sauce over crust and even out, leaving crust only 1/2 inch around the pizza.
Add raw spinach over sauce and cover the entire pizza.
Slice Mozzarella Cheese into thin slices and cover pizza on top on spinach. Add 4 oz feta cheese.
Slice tomatoes into thin slices and set on top of cheeses.
slices rustic white bread or sourdough bread (I used Whole Wheat)
extra virgin olive oil, divided
2 oz. Mozzerella Cheese (sliced)
Wisconsin Feta cheese, crumbled
diced black olives
finely chopped red onion
chopped fresh basil
tsp finely minced garlic (about 1/3 clove)
ground black pepper
tsp olive oil in a non-stick 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot,
add garlic and spinach and saute until spinach begins to wilt, about 30
seconds. Remove from heat, stir in basil and set aside. To assemble sandwich,
spread Mozzarella and Feta cheese over one slice of bread into an even layer.
Layer tomatoes in a single layer over cheese. Spread spinach mixture over
tomatoes then sprinkle olives and red onions over tomatoes. Season with freshly
ground black pepper and top with remaining slice of bread.
1 tsp olive oil evenly over skillet, add sandwich and heat over medium-low
heat. Cook until bottom is golden brown, about 3 – 4 minutes, then remove
sandwich from pan. Spread remaining 1 tsp olive oil evenly along skillet,
carefully rotate sandwich to opposite side and return to pan over medium-low
heat. Cover skillet with lid and cook until bottom is golden brown, about 2 – 3
minutes. Serve immediately.
had an exhausting evening and definitely did not wake up this morning prior to
work to get my workout in. ughh! I know if I would have gotten up, I would have
been fine, but I’m human and do these things sometimes.
snack, I had plain Greek yogurt with fresh blueberries (1/2 cup) and kashi go lean cereal (¼ cup).
starving for lunch even though I was drinking my water, so I had ½ medium sweet
potato and Quinoa salad from the Ultimate Reset. This is definitely one of my favorite meals
from the Reset cleanse!
meal, or should I say snack was raw veggies with ¼ cup hummus and 1 oz raw
dinner, I had a greek salad with kalamata olives, feta cheese , with a piece of
grilled chicken. I used oil and vinegar
for my dressing!!
evening snack! Drank lots of water!!
because you do not workout, does not mean you need to ruin your nutrition
part! Remember, nutrition is 80% of your
weight loss!! If you can’t do it all, do what you can to get the most of your
results!! It’s an early night for me so I will update tomorrow!!