Margherita Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

Margherita Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

This margherita pizza uses a pre-made cauliflower crust which you can find in the freezer section at most grocery stores. Not only does using this pre-made crust save time, it also saves on calories and carbs!

cauliflower crust

Drizzling the balsamic glaze on top just before serving adds another element of flavor to this dish.  You can make your own by reducing regular balsamic vinegar in a saucepan over the stove top. It is also available pre made in a squeeze bottle at most grocery stores. Find it in the vinegar and salad dressing isle.

Margherita Pizza with Cauliflower Crust
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 


Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 Pre-Made Frozen Cauliflower Crust Find in your grocers freezer section
  • 1/2 Cup Pizza Sauce Whatever kind is your favorite
  • 1 Clove Garlic, chopped
  • 6 Mini Fresh Mozzarella Balls
  • 10 Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 10 Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • 4 Grape Tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 Tablspoon Balsamic Glaze
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Unwrap cauliflower crust from packaging and place on baking sheet

    cauliflower crust
  2. Spread pizza sauce evenly over crust.

  3. Top with remaining ingredients.

  4. Bake 10 minutes

    margherita pizza
  5. Remove from oven. sprinkle additional fresh basil if desired. Cut into 4 slices. Drizzle balsamic glaze over top if desired.

 

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Chipotle Steak and Avocado Salad

Chipotle Steak and Avocado Salad

This recipe makes a quick weeknight meal and only takes minutes to prepare.  I always make it from leftover steak.  I am addicted to Costco and buy the 4 pack of beef filet from there and cook them all at the same time to use for meals later in the week, like this salad. You could of course you could use any cut of steak that you like and always sub out the beef for chicken or pork. Make it vegetarian and use tofu.

You could of course also throw in any other veggies you have on had if you like including cucumber, celery or carrots.

With this salad only consisting of protein, veggies and healthy fats, it is clean eating and Whole 30 approved!

Chipotle peppers have become one of my favorite ingredients, but beware that the heat is in the seeds so it is important to scrape the seeds out of the pepper before chopping it. You can always add in a few seeds if you like your dishes spicy.

Chipotle Steak and Avocado Salad
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 2 people
Ingredients
  • 2 Heads Romaine Lettuce chopped
  • 1 Cup Grape Tomatoes sliced
  • 1 Large Avocado sliced
  • 1/4 cup Red Onion chopped
  • 8 Ounces Beef Filet
  • 1 Chipotle Pepper in Adobe seeded and chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Salsa of choice
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil for cooking/re-heating steak
Instructions
  1. Chop lettuce and place in bowl.

  2.  Slice grape tomatoes, red onion and avocado.
  3. Add tomatoes, onion and avocado to lettuce and toss to together. The avocado should coat the lettuce pieces. Set aside.

  4. Chop chipotle pepper and set aside.

  5. Slice steak into bit size pieces and set aside

  6. Pour olive oil in skillet, and heat for 30 seconds.

  7. Add steak and chipotle pepper to skillet tossing to coat all of the steak pieces with some of the chipotle pepper. Cook until desired doneness is reached. Or if steak is precooked, just toss with pepper and cook until heated through.

  8. Divide lettuce mixture into 2 serving bowls and top with desired amount of steak. Serve with your favorite salsa.

 

Best Dippers for Chocolate Fondue

Best Dippers for Chocolate Fondue

Chocolate Fondue

Chocolate fondue is a fabulous party food and with February upon us, it makes a romantic dessert. Here are a few ideas to put together one effortlessly and some of the best dippers that go perfect with it.

Chocolate Fondue

Melting chocolate can be slightly tricky but here are a few tips that make it easy.

Use a double boiler or place a bowl over a pan of simmering water.

When microwaving, stop every 20-30 seconds and give the chocolate a stir.

If using a fondue pot, use the lowest setting.

Adding a tablespoon of butter or coconut oil at the very end will add a beautiful sheen to the chocolate.

Some of the best dippers include:

Strawberries

Apples

Bananas

Shortbread Cookies

Pound Cake

Madeline Cookies

Peanut Butter Balls (Mix together 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 3 tablespoons of softened butter and shape into balls. Chill a few hours before setting out to be dipped)

Marshmallows

Graham Crackers

Chocolate Fondue

 

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Cranberry and Blood Orange Cocktail with Pomegranate Tequila

Cranberry and Blood Orange Cocktail with Pomegranate Tequila

Cranberry and Blood Orange Cocktail

This cocktail is perfect for a variety of holidays throughout the year with just a change in the garnish. With February upon us it makes a lovely cocktail for Valentines Day.

We had an early Valentines celebration with some friends and I had the La Pinta Pomegranate Tequila that I got in Mexico while at the El Dorado Royale. I thought with it’s beautiful red color it would make a fun Valentine cocktail. After a little trial and error, I got just the right combo of ingredients for this delicious cocktail.

 

La Pinta Pomegranate Tequila

Cranberry and Blood Orange Cocktail featuring La Pinta Pomegranate Tequila
Ingredients
  • 2 oz La Pinta Pomegranate Tequila
  • 4 oz Unsweetened Cranberry Juice*
  • 2 tbsp Blood Orange Syrup
  • 2 tbsp Agave Nectar
  • 1/4 cup Sparkling Orange Water
Optional: Fresh Pomegranate Arils and Blood Orange Slices for Garnish
Instructions
  1. Pour pomegranate tequila, cranberry juice, blood orange syrup and agave nectar in to shaker. Shake until blended. Fill serving glass with ice. Pour drink mixture into glass add sparkling water. Garnish with pomegranate arils and blood orange slices if desired.

    *If you are using sweetened cranberry juice, omit the agave nectar.

Round Pond Blood Orange Syrup

The blood orange syrup which you can see is gone, came in a set of syrups from the Round Pond Winery in Napa. The blood orange syrup is delicious and I have used it on a cheeseboard to be drizzled over goat cheese and have used it to drizzle over pound cake and ice cream as a dessert topping. The last of it went into this cocktail! I’m looking forward to cracking open the Meyer lemon syrup and see what happens. I already know it is delicious as I sampled it while on a visit there. I think you should be able to order it online at the Round Pond website.

Cranberry Blood Orange Cocktail Ingredients

I need to be clear that I am not getting any kickback on any of these products. It just happened to be the brands I had on hand or like.  You can certainly find a variety of brands that make a blood orange syrup, juices and agave, so buy what ever you like! I made a note in the recipe but if you end up getting cranberry juice that is already sweetened, you should omit the agave nectar as it will make the cocktail to sweet.

I’m not sure about other pomegranate tequilas. You can do some sleuthing on your own to find a brand you like or you can find out where to buy the La Pinta in your area on their website. You could certainly use plain tequila as well.

La Pinta Pomegranate Tequila

I think this cocktail would be great for quite a few holidays. Just change up the garnishes a bit.  For Christmas add a sprig of mint, basil or rosemary for a pop of green. For the 4th of July omit the blood orange slice and add blueberries.

I would love to hear what some of you favorite cocktails are so feel free to comment below or email me with any questions.

Enjoy!

Sharm

 

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Almond Date Latte

Almond Date Latte

 

Almond Date Latte featuring Wicked Joe Coffee

This almond date latte is a recipe my husband created a few months ago while on the Whole 30 diet and we have been making and drinking it every morning since.

Sugar and sweeteners are omitted on this diet so those who like their coffee a little sweet need to get a little creative.

The Whole 30 diet is based on specific whole foods. When we saw dates were acceptable that was the answer to adding some sweetness to the coffee.

When I was offered a sample of the Sumatra blend coffee from Wicked Joe, I thought it would be great to try it in this recipe.

The Sumatra blend is a delicious coffee with notes of dense chocolate and spices which pair perfectly with the cinnamon and coconut oil that goes into the recipe.

Wicked Joe is a family-owned coffee company based in Maine serving up 100% certified organic, fair trade and non-GMO verified coffees.

They roast their beans in a state of the art energy efficient facility using sustainable business practices from crop-to-cup. To complement their sustainable business practices all of Wicked Joe coffee beans are purchased directly from farmers and cooperatives across the globe.

Wicked Joe offers a variety of blends and single origin coffees which include Sumatra, Honduras, Bali, Ethiopia, Costa Rica and more. The Wicked Joe single origin varietals are imported directly from the country from which they are grown and are not blended with other coffees.

This latte recipe is super easy and delicious. We like to use almond milk but you can use any milk you like. If you are trying to keep it Whole 30 compliant though, you will need to skip any milk with dairy in it.

Almond Date Latte
Servings: 2 16 oz Cups
Author: Sharm
Ingredients
  • 6 Pitted Whole Dates
  • 2 Cups Almond Milk
  • 3 Cups Brewed Coffee
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Brew your favorite coffee

  2. Pour milk into microwave safe mug or dish and add dates. Be sure to remove any pits in the dates. Even if you buy pre pitted dates, a pit can be hiding every now and then so double check them carefully.
  3. Microwave for 1-2 minutes until milk is warm and dates are soft. You can also do this on the stove top. Just combine milk and dates in saucepan and heat until milk is warm and dates are soft.
  4. Add coffee, date and milk mixture, cinnamon and coconut oil into blender. I recommend a Vita Mix.

    Place a towel over the top lid in case the coffee leaks out the top when blending.

    Start blender on low speed to get it going and then increase to high. Blend until smooth.

  5. Using a large spoon, block the foam while pouring into mugs. Pour coffee about an inch from the top of the mug. Then top with desired amount of foam.
  6. If your mixture seem a little grainy and it bothers you blend a little longer. You can also place a fine mesh strainer over the mug while pouring in coffee.

    Enjoy!

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The Fat Burning Margarita

The Fat Burning Margarita

This fat burning mocktail with apple cider vinegar will get your morning off to a great start and make your digestion system happy too.

I have been hearing a lot lately about apple cider vinegar (ACV) and how it can help with weight loss and gut health. I was just shooting it strait in a shot glass, until I went on Tosca Reno’s Wellness Retreat. That is where I learned about Wetter Water. The ACV contains potassium which is an electrolyte as well as the salt.  The lemon or lime juice makes it quite a bit more palatable and helps add some vitamin C into your diet.

I have been trying to drink this consistently for the past month along with eating pretty clean and it has help me shed about 5 pounds. My girlfriend and I are following a plan we are calling the Slow 30.  It is a program we made up that follows the Whole 30 way of eating with the addition of having a cocktail or wine on the weekend. I have also been lifting heavier weights using a program by Pancakes and Pushups.

Speaking of weights, wetter water is a great post workout recovery drink as it can replace the electrolytes lost during your work out as well as help rehydrate you. Instead of reaching for that Gatorade, make yourself some wetter water!

I have finally got my husband drinking it and he is dropping weight as well. He loves cocktails so I have named this drink the Wetter Water Margarita. Fresh lemons or limes are best when available but you could certainly use bottled juice. Just make sure there is no sugar in it.  I have a bottle of lemon juice in the fridge and throw a shot of that in the concotion when I am out of fruit. Be sure and buy the apple cider vinegar that says “with the mother” on the label. The amount of water in the recipe is just a recommended amount. I can drink it pretty strong and like to get down so I only use about a half cup of water. If that seems to strong for you, feel free to dilute it your liking by adding more water.

If you want to shed a few pounds adding a Wetter Water Margarita to your daily regimen of healthy eating and exercise will help.

Wetter Water Margarita
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
Servings: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 whole fresh lemon or lime, juiced
  • 1/4 tsp course sea salt
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar with the mother
  • 1/2-1 cup water
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in glass of choice. Mix well and drink.

 

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