Quinoa Crusted Spinach Pizza


To make the crust I used a 12 oz box of Quinoa 10 min. rice cooled, 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1 tsp. of baking powder 2/3 cups of water, 3 tsp. of Flax seeds and 1 tsp. of kosher salt. You basically blend it all together in a food processor. 

Once done, it will be gummy and you will press it out on parchment paper over a pan and brush that with olive oil. I cooked it for nearly 40-45 min. to get it like crust. I did flip it over about 25 min. in. 

For the sauce I used a 8 oz can of tomato sauce and half of a small can of tomato paste along with a few dashes of oregano, Italian seasoning a pinch of salt and garlic powder to taste. 
Once crust is ready add sauce, about 2 ounces of cheese of your choice and toppings (I did fresh Spinach and a all white cheese mix), put your pizza back in oven for about 10 min. and enjoy!

Now if you don’t get the 10 min. cooked box of Quinoa, you will have to soak the regular for 8 hours in an inch of water in refrigerator and drain. The store I went to only had the tri-color in a box so I had to alter the original recipe. 😉



Enjoy!

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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!😊

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Fat Flush Diet

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My latest health kick, the “Fat Flush Diet” by Kim Lyons (from the Biggest Loser). Some who know me may be saying, “what do you need that for?” Well just as the title indicates,  I’m looking to shed some lbs. Particularly, my leftovers from having my daughter almost two years ago! I came across this lovely recipe while on the FB page of a friend. I took the recipe for what is was and decided to dive in and try it head first.

The pros about this drink was that the ingredients are simple and easy to find at any grocery store, the cons…it calls for cucumbers and I strongly dislike cucumbers! I thought about leaving them out, but I didn’t know how effective the drink would be. 

Here is the recipe I saw:
1/2 gallon water
6 wedges grapefruit
1 tangerine sliced
1/2 cucumbers sliced
2 peppermint or mint leaves
Ice
Directions: Blend everything using a blender and let sit for 2 hours for maximum results and drink throughout the day.

My problem lies here. After blending all the ingredients There was a 3 inch layer of froth at the top that tasted all cucumber and there was a settling mixture that sat at the bottom of the pitcher that thicken each day. I ended up adding 2 tsp. of honey, 1 tsp. of lemon juice to each cup and warmed it up like tea to make it bareable. I did this for a week not knowing for how long before I would see results.

Now fast forward to today, I discover Kim’s original recipe:
1 pitcher
Water
1 grapefruit sliced
1 tangerine sliced
1/2 a cucumber sliced
Mint leaves (as much as you like)
Ice
Directions: Put all ingredients in a pitcher of water and let sit for a while and then drink an 8 oz glass before every meal, 3 times a day for 10 days!

Now essentially all the ingredients are the same, its just the execution. Trust me, blending the ingredients together in a blender as oppose to letting them sit in water is a BIG difference! I also found that some people misinterpreted the drink as a replacement for food! It’s funny how things get changed up and added to on the internet. Now according to Kim, there are some substitutes like lemon instead of grapefruit or oranges instead of tangerine. She also suggests adding tropical flavored tea bags to the mix for an even better taste. Either way, I don’t know if it’s the drink alone or the added fact that I have cut out many foods from diet the last two weeks, but I definitely see and feel different. However, I think I will try this again…this time blender free! 🙂

http://www.Kimlyons.com; youtube

Note to self: Always do your research first. Not sometime, but all the time!

Bean & Egg Salad

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So on my quest of eating healthier and trying new things I present my pinto bean and egg salad. Now most people add virtually anything everything to make a salad, however I am a picky eater. I usually go for some lettuce, ranch dressing and if I am feeling lucky, some pieces of chicken and croutons 🙂 . As for this salad, it’s simple yet tasty! What’s your favorite kind of salad?

Ingredients:
°Several pieces of fresh cut lettuce
°1/3 of pinto beans (boil your own or you can use the can)
°1 boiled egg
°Balsamic vinaigrette (or extra virgin olive oil and vinegar)
°Dash of pepper (optional)

Vegan?

So I am sure many of you know about the vegan diet that Beyonce and Jay-Z are doing for 22 days. Jay-Z says you can call it a “spiritual and physical cleanse.” I myself have done spiritual and physical cleanses, in the form of fasting. Fasting generally means abstaining from food and focusing on prayer and I typically do it based on a need. A need for God to do something in my life, a need to break unhealthy eating habit and of course the need to loose those extra unwanted pounds! I haven’t fasted in several months and upon reading about what the two pop stars are doing, I thought it would be great idea to start back up…after the holidays that is. In life, you got to know when to pick your battles and fasting during a holiday is not one of mine. I have done several fasts that have included, no food for 3 days, only vegetables for a week and one meal in the day. Of course the no food for a day is the hardest however, it can be done.

So what does it mean to go vegan? No meats, no fish, no poultry, no eggs, no dairy and no honey whew! Am I crazy? This is going to be interesting.  I am not only going to challenge myself to go vegan for a week, I’m going to prepare all the meals myself and only drink water. Self, that means no candy, no kool-laid and definitely no Popeye’s! My husband says he will also join me on the fast…mmmmm. There was a time  before my husband and I got  married, it was him and “Little Debbie.” The only time I see her is generally around the holidays, however, I think she has been creeping in a little more than usual!

I thought about doing the fast for 22 days, but I think a week will be good enough. It’s been said that it takes 21 days to break a habit. If anything, I am not trying to stop eating bacon, meatloaf or any other meat at the end of this fast. I just want to be able to explore other ways of eating healthier by introducing new foods to my body. Now, anyone who truly knows me, knows I am a picky eater. I am the one who goes to Subway and orders a sandwich who doesn’t want it toasted, but her meat heated separately for exactly 10 seconds and not a minute more! No, I’m not kidding. If I go to a new restaurant, I am checking the menu online before I go so I know what to order. The only time this has failed me was when my husband had his companies’ dinner and we ate at a Greek restaurant. I looked online and knew what I wanted to order when I arrived. Sadly, I was told they no longer had the dinner I wanted and what I was looking at was an old menu. As you can imagine, I had no idea what I was going to do. I was the last to order and the last to eat!

On a serious note, I think we will be just fine. Most of the fasts I have done in life have been with my husband. We put God first and lean on each other for support. I am excited about this challenge I am setting for myself.  In life, you got to set goals. You have to do things that you don’t want to do in order to prove you can do it. Whether it’s starting a new diet or starting your own business, know you have the power to make it happen. Greater is HE that is within you. I’ll let you you know how I do!