Margherita Pizza

I am not a huge fan of Tomatoes however when it comes to a Margherita Pizza I am all in. This is a lighter healthier version of pizza and of course delicious. Of course I love making Pizza on Naan bread or pita, it is fast and simple!

Ingredients

  • 3-4 Pieces of Naan or Pita bread
  • 4T Olive Oil
  • 1-2 Tomatoes
  • Chopped fresh Basil
  • 3 Chunks of Mozzarella Per Bread
  • Pizza or Tomato Sauce (I used Tomato)

Directions

  1. Coat each Naan or Pita bread with 1T olive oil
  2. Spread desired amount of Pizza or Tomato Sauce on Naan
  3. Place Chunks of Mozzarella on bread
  4. Place slices of tomatoes on Bread
  5. Sprinkle with fresh Basil

Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes

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Crockpot Whole Chicken

I love cooking a whole chicken but making it in the oven takes hours and in the summer months that hot oven is a killer for your home. Crock-pot Whole Chicken takes little effort and the left overs are perfect for a meal the next day such as; enchiladas, chicken tacos, BBQ Chicken Pizza (see previous post) etc. I also threw in some potatoes to make this a meal in itself.

Ingredients:

  • Whole Chicken
  • 3 T Oil
  • 1T Parsley
  • 2T Garlic Salt
  • Sprinkle with any seasoning (I used Pappy’s)
  • 3T butter
  • 3-4 Potatoes (I used Red and Sweet)

Directions

  1. Place 3 -4 balls of foil on the bottom of the crock pot
  2. Remove gizzards out of the chicken
  3. Rub the chicken with Oil (I sued Avocado)
  4. Place chunks of butter under chicken skin
  5. Sprinkle seasoning
  6. Place chicken on top of the foil balls in the crockpot

For the Potatoes

  1. Poke several holes in each potatoe
  2. Individually wrap potatoes in foil
  3. Place on top of chicken in the Crockpot

Cook of low for 10 hours

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I like to place a few pieces of butter under the wings as well

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I tried to get a after picture however, when I took out the chicken I was careless and it was too much of a disaster for a picture!

Whole Wheat Brownies

Who doesn’t love brownies? I absolutely love Lisa’s 100daysofrealfood.com recipes, they are delicious and easy to make. If you haven’t checked out her website do it NOW! She convinced me to try to cut out all processed food, I say try because well, I am just too busy to cut out all of it. We only have 2 real eaters in the house so I refuse to make homemade BBQ sauce and ketchup just for it to go bad and be tossed out, some things are just not worth it for me. Anyways, these brownies are more moist and healthier than any box brownie you can buy. Even though they contain sugar you can see from her ingredient comparison http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2014/05/28/recipe-5-minute-fudge-brownies/ that these are a far better choice. She uses a lot of butter in her recipes and I prefer to keep it on the lighter side so I  substituted  half the butter for coconut oil. If you don’t have coconut oil on hand feel free to use butter. Hope you enjoy

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour ( She used White Wheat I used Whole Wheat)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (She used Dark I used Unsweetened)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) melted butter (I used 1/4 cup Butter, 1/4 Coconut Oil)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips (I used mini chocolate chips, I wanted to throw in some peanut butter chips but the other half said no)

Instructions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder.
  2. Make a well (hole) in the center and drop in the butter (and/or coconut oil), eggs, and vanilla extract. Mix together thoroughly
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips with a rubber spatula
  4. Add the brownie batter a 8×8 baking dish and use the spatula to flatten out the top into one even layer

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Mix dry ingredients together and make a hole in the middle

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I used 1/4 cup melted butter and 1/4 cup Coconut Oil

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Mix ingredients and place in 8×8 baking dish

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Enjoy!

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Brussels Sprouts your kids will eat

Vegetables are something I like to make sure are a part of our diet, however getting me or the baby to eat them takes works. This recipe allows you a sweet version but keeps the nutrients. Give it a try I am sure your children will agree 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Brussels sprouts
  • 1/2 Broccoli
  • 2T Soybean oil
  • 2T Teriyaki Marinade
  • 1T minced garlic

Instructions:

  1. Cut off ends of Brussels sprouts and cut in half
  2. Cut Broccoli in half (unless already small)
  3. Place Soybean, Teriyaki marinade and minced garlic in frying pan
  4. Saute on medium for 10 minutes

Add Vegetables to frying pan of wet ingredients

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Saute on medium for 10 minutes

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Crispy Baked Pork Chops

Pork chops are not only delicious but healthy. This recipe allows you that crunchy outside but soft moist inside without frying. We had a tiny meltdown from the miniature during this meal. but was still able to tackle it thanks to the simple ingredients. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • Oil (I used Avocado)
  • 2-4 Pork Chops
  • Bread Crumbs

Instructions:

  1. Place 1T of oil per pork chop in frying pan heat on High
  2. Dip Pork chops in bread crumbs
  3. Place pork chops onto hot frying pan
  4. Sear each side for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown
  5. Place frying pan in oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes (Make sure your frying pan has no rubber pieces, if so place in 8×8 baking dish)

Dip pork chops into breadcrumbs

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Coat both sides

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The melt down

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Sear in frying pan of oil for 1-2 minutes each side

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Bake 350 for 15 minutes

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ENJOY

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Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Everyone loves mashed potatoes, but nobody loves the calories that come along with it. Cauliflower mashed potatoes are an easy way to get that craving, but also get your veggie intake as well. They are so great your husband will even love them! I used a food processor although a blender will work it may just be a bit chunkier, still amazing.

Ingredients:

  • Cauliflower head
  • Chicken bouillon (can opt out if you do not have on hand)
  • 1T cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan
  • 1T minced garlic
  • 1T Italian Seasoning

Instructions:

  1. Cut Cauliflower into medium size pieces
  2. Place cut cauliflower and chicken bouillon in medium size pot of water and boil (6-7 minutes)
  3. While cauliflower is boiling place, cream cheese, Parmesan, garlic and Italian seasoning in food processor or blender
  4. Strain cauliflower and squeeze remaining water out with paper towels (careful its hot do not let cool)
  5. Place cauliflower in food processor
  6. Mix until smooth

Place Cut Cauliflower and bouillon into pot of water

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Add remaining ingredients into food processor

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Strain Cauliflower and press with paper towels

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Place cauliflower in food processor and mix

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ENJOY!

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