Cauliflower Crusted Pizza


So hear is another fun and tasty recipe that’s healthy! I had never eaten cauliflower prior to a year a go. It looked like broccoli that had not gotten its color in and I had no interest in eating it, much less mixing it with anything else!

Yet, when I found out that I could make a pizza crust out of cauliflower, I was intrigued more than anything to find out how it tasted once adding my favorite toppings! Of course after making it a few times and looking at other recipes, I was able to create one to call my own. No lye, there is work involved, however it’s worth it when it’s time to eat!😉

What’s Needed:

1 Head of Cauliflower 

1 Cup of Parmesan Shredded Cheese

1 Egg

Blender

Bowl (for mixing)

Parchment Paper

Serves 2-2.5 people (pictured above recipe was doubled to feed 4-4.5people).  

Begin by getting a head of cauliflower and chopping it into pieces small enough to add to your blender. Once cauliflower is well blended, you take a clean wash towel and put half in the towel at a time and roll it long ways. Once rolled, ring out as much water as possible from the cauliflower. 


As you can see from above, this is what happens when I mistankly add my egg before ringing out my cauliflower😂). Rung out nearly 3/4 of water (and egg). Re-ring if necessary to get as much water out as possible. 
In a bowl mix egg to with Parmesan cheese in a bowl. 
Mix egg and Parmesan mixture with cauliflower by hand or spoon. You can add a few shakes of bottled basil and oregano seasoning as I did. 
I pressed out the cauliflower into a shape I wanted and used my hands to pinch up the sides and lastly used a fork for the edge design. 
Bake for about 20 min. or until gold brown as desired on parchment paper. 
Check out that crust (please know that the crust is nothing like real pizza crust and may be a little floppy when done. 

Add whatever sauce and topping you like and bake for an additional 15-20 min. This was a barbecue chicken and spinach pizza!😊

Mini Turkey and Pesto Sandwiches

Another quick and easy meal that can also be taken on the go are these tasty turkey and pesto sandwiches!


Ingredients:

-1 8-10  oz jar of Pesto

-1 package of 12 rolls of sweet bread

-1 large tomoato (more depending on your preference)

-1 package of turkey breast 

-1 12 slice package of Mozzerella  

– Salt 

-Pepper

-Oregano 

-Italian seasoning  

Start by cutting the rolls in half and putting Pesto on the top pieces as pictured below. 


Next up on the bottom pieces of rolls, apply 2 pieces of turkey breast to each one and apply a slice of tomato and add a dash of salt, pepper, oregano and Italian seasonings


Place mozerella (or your choice of cheese) folded over the tomatoes and the strategically place the top half on top making your sandwich ( or pull apart and do individually). You can melt about a tsp. of butter and garlic powder and mix and apply to each role. Place in the oven for about 6-8 min or until cheese has begun to melt. 


Tahdah! These are great during football season or for lunch.

In this case, even for a weekend party in your little guy’s room!😜


Enjoy!

Broccoli Bites

I wanted to share a quick and easy recipe that is perfect for little ones and yourself when it comes to our favorite veggie, broccoli!  I found this recipe a few years ago and made it for the first time for my daughter’s 1st birthday party. I am not a fan of broccoli, unless it’s covered in cheese and that only brings about a “like it” and not “love it!” Yet with that being said, I love this recipe and I’m sure you will too!


Ingredients:

-10 oz bag of frozen broccoli 

-2 oz bag of your favorite shredded cheese (I do a blend of mozerrella and cheddar). 

-1 box of Chicken Stuffing Mix (you can doing just the cornbread as well if your spouse accidentally picks it up 😬)!

-1 egg (or 2)

– A dash of salt

-A dash of pepper

-Ranch Dressing (optional as a dipping sauce)

Yields about 28 pieces

 

Thaw your bag of brocolli a couple of hours prior or emerge in hot water and then drain. Once done, pour out broccoli out in my cutting board and begin chopping them up in small pieces. Once broccoli is chopped, put it in bowl and basically add all the other ingredients together making sure it’s well blended by spoon or hand. 

After mixing, take about 2 tsp. of the mixture and form into a cross of a ball and patty like shape. Once done place on a greased cooking pan about an inch apart and bake for about 12-15 minutes until golden (see picture below). I actually like a little crust at the bottom!

Hint: If your having trouble getting your mixture to form, put it in the microwave for 30-45 sec so the cheese can melt. 


Now of course I have to make the recipe my own, by adding a few extras not described in the original recipe, however you can add different herbs and spices too if you dare! Another alternative is to add chicken! You can take about 3 chicken tenderloins or 2 breasts and boil them for about 20 min. and once cooled chop up or shred with a fork and add to broccoli mixture. I usually make it twice the size than a regular broccoli bite and add some type of rice seasoned on the side with a salad for a complete meal. 

Let me know how you like these little healthy snack and don’t forget to upload your pictures!

Meaty Zucchini & Spinach Lasagna Rolls

When I decided to stay home for nearly a year and a half after leaving Nordstrom, to spend time with my family, I discovered my love for cooking. I had always cooked prior, however I wasn’t able to do so as often as I would have liked. Being at home allowed me to play with different recipes and create my own at the same time. Whenever I made something knew and I made it a point to take pictures of the process hoping to put it on the blog, however you know how life is when you let it get the best of you!

My husband and I love to entertain our friends and family over the years and have received many compliments of how tasty our dishes have tasted. Furthermore, it’s always a plus if the kids like it because then you know you are doing something right!  I will be posting a a few recipes that my family and I love and want to share with you. I hope you will try them and let me know what you think! 

Without further adew, here you go!

What you will need:

-1 box of Lasagna noodles

-1 tsp 
-2  8oz cans of tomato sauce

-1 can of tomato paste

-1 package of ground turkey

-1 package of mixed cheese (2 cups)

-1 cup of fat free ricotta cheese 

-1 1/2-2 zucchini’s

-1/2-1 whole onion

-1/2-1 whole green pepper

-1 egg

-1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

-1/4 cup of basil (or substitute for a few dashes out the bottle)

-2 Tbsp of grated Parmesan (or sprinkle as much as you like can also be substituted for packaged shredded Parmesan)

-A few dashes of Season All (to taste) for sauce or substitute with salt 

-Additionally you can had a little garlic, oregano and other herbs and spices you like 

Now, begin by boiling your lasagna noodles. I cooked 8 of them to cover a standard Pyrex baking pan (or whatever you have).

Second I cooked my ground turkey along with my onions and green peppers until well cooked. Then I added my tomato sauce and paste mixing in a few dashes of Season All to taste ( I also threw in a few dashes of oregano, garlic powder, parsley and Italian seasoning).

Next up while my sauce is on medium heat marinating for about 10 min. I prepare in a bowl my rocatta cheese, nutmeg, basil, egg  and spinach a mix together. 

Once the noodles were done, I layed them out on my cutting board and spread my roccata cheese mix on top and added some slices of zucchini on top (The original recipe did not call for zucchini and only included 6 noodles so I had to spread mixture out sparingly. Lol!

Once done, you roll them up. You then put just enough sauce to coat the bottom of the pan and place rolls on top side by side. Next up you pour the other half of your sauce on top and then cover with shredded cheese of your choice to bake about 25 min. (sorry forgot to include that picture). Afterwards, you can sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top and bake for an additional 10 min. uncovered. 

Tadah! Now you have a cheesy and tasty  meal for you and the family to enjoy with hidden healthy goodness! 🤗

Enjoy!

Allergic to my own Sweat

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No you are not misreading reading the title, I am allergic to my own sweat… well sort of. I have what is called Exercise Induced Urticaria. What is that you ask? As I understand it, its when the mast cells in your immune system releases histamine and causes welts or raised bumps due physical exertion. In a nut shell, I break out in hives when I sweat, which is brought on by exercising.

My first real encounter with the condition was when I had my first mile run in middle school. As soon as I finished running and got to the locker room I just started scratching my legs uncontrollably and then all over my body from head to toe. I literally scratched until my legs were numb and I  couldn’t feel anything.

I remember crying because I didn’t know what was happening and why. I couldn’t look at at anything that was dirty including dirt itself because it would just send me scratching all over again.  At the time I thought it was an isolated experience because I had  never had it happen before, but then again, I had never attempted run the mile before.

On another occasion I willingly decided to go running around in my neighborhood for some exercise. I started jogging and then decided to push myself by running up these long flight of stairs down the street from where I lived. All I know is by the time I went up the stairs and down, I was itching. I didn’t know how I was going to get home. 

I was itching like a crazy women and everything I saw outdoors made it worse! The bushes, dirt, tissue on the ground, I was in agony. I closed my eyes and prayed asking God to just help me make it back home. Needless to say, I did make it home, but I knew this was no longer an isolated experience.
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I did ask my doctor at some point in my life, but they didn’t know what it was the result of. I recently learned that a lot of cases were misdiagnosed over the years because some doctors just didn’t know what they were dealing with. Today there are several different types of urticaria (hives) and some are more severe than others and even life threatening.

Some control the breakout by taking an antihistamine like Zyrtec an hour before planned exercise or something stronger prescribed by their doctor. In all cases, doctors recommend exercising with a partner just incase and emergency arises. I consider myself very fortunate to not have this condition on the extreme end. I can only imagine how scary that could be.

Over the years I have noticed that I don’t break out everytime I exercise, it’s only when I am running, jogging or over exerting myself. I do try to stick to moderate to low workouts and make sure to have a fan nearby to keep me cool. I wear light weight or very little clothing (my workouts are mostly done in the house). In addition, I drink ice cold water and use a wet rag to help bring my body temperature down.

I have tried a antihistamine, but I don’t know if it worked because the two times I took them, I didn’t wait an hour for it to work. I attempted my workouts and ended up paying for it 10-15 minutes later! I definitely plan on getting a handle on this and not allowing it to stop me from doing what I want to do.

One of these days I will be able to run a marathon, but in the meantime, yall pray for me because even as I write about my condition, I’m beginning to itch. Smh.

http://www.livestrong.com/ http://www.familydoctor.org

For the Long Run

So I have this jacket that I absolutely adore. It’s an oldie, but goodie (at least 5 years old), yet I still get plenty of compliments when I wear it! I learned a long time ago that it doesn’t matter how “old” a piece is, its about how you take care of it. In addition, it also goes a long way if you invest in the best quality (notice I said “invest,” that does not always mean you have to spend more money)!

I believe I have been able to preserve many pieces of clothing in my closet, because I look for the best when it comes to the material. I hate polyester like most people and I can’t stand wearing an item for the day and then having to deal with pilling. It is possible to get high quality clothes for a low affordable price. You either have to take your time and search around or pay someone else to do the work for you! 😉

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Exaggerated Collar Jacket, Basic Tee-Nordstrom/ Skinny Jeans-Vigoss/ Boots- Enzo Anglioni

An Added Piece

This was the perfect look for running errands on a day where the weather was crisp,  but the sun was shining bright. I love a good scarf in this season and I have plenty of them! You may be surprised to learn that I even wear them around the house cause I’m always cold!  Lol. Today’s outfit is plain and simple, yet the accent of a printed scarf makes my look both eye catching and fun!

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Dolman Sleeve Cardigan-NY & Co./Chambray Top & Leopard Print Scarf-Nordstrom/ Leggings-Vince Camuto/ Boots-Enzo Angiolini