Zucchini Pizza

I’m always on a mission to find healthy pizza alternatives. I love this recipe because I get an extra dose of veggies and it satisfies my pizza cravings.

On top of being super tasty, zucchini pizzas are very easy to make, they’re ready in a hurry, and you get to use up all those zucchinis! It’s really a win all the way around.

Use a zucchini as your crust, top it with sauce and cheese and pile on your favorite toppings. I love making these during the week when I don’t feel like cooking much (and by cooking I mean cleaning up afterward).

Zucchini Pizza

  • One zucchini
  • 1/4 cup marinara sauce
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese (or whatever kind you like on your pizza)
  • Chopped veggies/toppings of your choice (I used onion, peppers, and mushrooms)
  • 1 tsp. oregano

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut your zucchini in half length wise. Cut out the center of each zucchini, making a little boat to fill with toppings. Spread sauce on zucchini halves and then sprinkle with cheese. Top with veggies and oregano. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until your veggies are cooked to your liking. Dip in ranch dressing if your one of those people (like me). =)

Chocolate Yogurt Kisses

I’ve officially found my new favorite snack. These yogurt kisses are melt-in-your-mouth delicious and totally guilt-free.

You can use your favorite kind of yogurt or follow the recipe that I used (below). Naturally, my favorite are the chocolate peanut butter ones pictured here. I’ve also made a few batches of just peanut butter that come in a very close second.

My kisses aren’t exactly pretty… but they sure taste great. Hopefully you have more luck getting them in the kiss shape. Regardless, they’re definitely worth making.

“Chocolate Yogurt Kisses”

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp. honey

Mix all ingredients. Spoon mixture into a plastic baggie. Cut the corner of the bag and squeeze yogurt onto lightly greased cookie sheet. Freeze. Devour. Share.

No-Carb Pizza Crust

That’s right… No-carb pizza crust! Didn’t think it was possible? Well it is. So go ahead and smile. =)

The only carbs in this pizza crust are from the flax, and they are all from fiber. So this pizza actually is net carb free. Pretty cool right?

Oh and not only that, but it’s also gluten free, refined sugar free, and only takes a few minutes to whip up. And the best part of all? It tastes SO GOOD. This will fill any pizza craving you have, fill you up, and give you a healthy dose of Omega 3’s.

Top this super awesome crust with all of your favorite toppings. We made an ‘everything pizza’ and used everything we had in the fridge: onions, peppers, artichokes, (browned) ground turkey, Parmesan cheese, mushrooms, and jalapenos.

I think I could talk all day about how awesome this pizza is, but I suppose I’ll just give you guys the recipe. Enjoy!

 

No-Carb Pizza Crust

(Makes about three 8-inch round pan pizzas)

  • 2 cups milled flax meal
  • 1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 Tbs. oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • Dash salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the dry ingredients, and then add your eggs. Stir until a sticky dough is formed. Let it sit for a few minutes until it’s easier to work with. Wet your hands and press the dough into greased pans. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Add sauce, cheese, and toppings. Continue baking for an additional 20-30 minutes until toppings are browned to your liking. Devour.

 

 

Oh-My-Goodness Oatmeal Squares

Oh. My. Goodness. That’s what you’ll be saying as you shovel these guys into your mouth.

These Oatmeal Squares are one of our all-time favorite desserts. I try not to make them too often because I literally cannot stop eating them until I’m sadly scraping the bottom of the pan, wishing I’d made a double batch.

We had these for dessert last night after I made a complete disaster while cleaning up dinner. I’m admittedly a complete mess, particularly in the kitchen. Luckily, I’ve been fortunate enough to find my better, much cleaner half.  As I blow around the kitchen tornado-style, Lucas follows closely behind, catching the things I drop and wiping up splatters.  He had his hands full last night. We made tofu pasta with spaghetti sauce (super delicious btw). I must have been telling a very animated story as I carried the spaghetti sauce over to the sink because before I knew it the remaining spaghetti sauce covered every inch of our white kitchen. I laughed hysterically… Lucas about broke out in hives at the site of it and (jokingly) accused me of “dousing” him in spaghetti sauce. Whoops!

Anyways, back to the Oh-My-Goodness Oatmeal Squares… Even the non-healthy dessert eaters love these guys. They’re really that good.

Oh-My-Goodness Oatmeal Squares

  • 2 ripe bananas (mashed)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup dried fruit (I used dried blueberries and cranberries)
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate and/or peanut butter chips
  • 1 1/2 cup steel cut oats
  • dash salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix your dry ingredients, and then add your wet. Press mixture into 8×8 greased pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until edges are golden brown. These are best stored in the refrigerator.

Avocado Salmon Lettuce Wraps

Avocado Salmon lettuce wraps are my take on the traditional tuna salad. I love this meal. It’s perfect for lunch, nice and light and reminds me of summer.

Because of the mass overfishing of tuna, we make these wraps with canned salmon or canned chicken. They taste just as delicious, and we’re doing our part to protect the tuna. Give it a try!

The lettuce wrap offers the perfect crunch, and you’re saving on calories by skipping the bread (so you won’t feel as guilty when you finish the meal with chocolate and/or peanut butter).

Avocado Salmon Lettuce Wraps

  • One can of salmon
  • 3-5 romaine lettuce leaves
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. Mayonnaise (or miracle whip if you prefer)
  • 1/2 avocado (smashed)
  • 1 Tbs. dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbs. red onion (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup apple (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup celery (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup spicy pickles (chopped)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Drain salmon. Mix mayo, mashed avocado, and mustard. Add remaining ingredients. Fill lettuce leaves and devour!

Vegan Maple Caramel Truffles

Chocolate-covered maple-flavored caramels anyone? Umm, yes please!

Being a Pennsylvania girl, I love my maple syrup. But it’s not just for pancakes, people! Ohh, no. Maple syrup is good on just about everything.

I’m like Elf. Maple syrup spaghetti? Why not.

Okay maybe that’s a little extreme, but give me a maple-flavored treat and I’ll be your friend for life.

Last night I needed a maple syrup fix. And what could be better than maple syrup covered in chocolate? Nothing (unless we’re talking peanut butter of course)! Thus, I whipped up a batch of these maple syrup caramel truffles. YUM!

Vegan Maple Caramel Truffles

(Makes about 8 truffles)

Maple Caramel Center:

  • 3 Tbsp. coconut butter
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/3 tsp. maple extract
  • dash salt

Chocolate Coating:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp. honey (or agave)
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder

Mix your caramel center ingredients. Roll into balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. Freeze the balls while you mix up the chocolate coating. For the chocolate, mix your wet ingredients and then stir in the cocoa powder. Roll the balls in the chocolate and store in the refrigerator! So delicious!

What’s your favorite dessert flavor – maple, peanut butter, or something else?

Healthy Cinnamon Bun for One

Are you weeping tears of joy?

I am.

Here’s the standard dilemma: you wake up on the weekend, you’re happy, you have nothing to do… You want something “bad” for breakfast. You’ve been so good all week long, what can it hurt?

Problem solved. You get to break the rules without facing the calorie consequences. Seriously!?! Seriously. Go ahead, have your cinnamon bun and eat it too.

Healthy Cinnamon Bun for One

Dough:

  • 2/3 cup oat flour
  • dash salt
  • 1/3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 Tbs. almond milk

Filling and Topping:

  • 4 tsp. honey
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg

Frosting:

  • 1 Tbs. Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. almond milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. For the dough, mix the dry ingredients and then add your wet. Put half of the dough in a greased ramekin.* Mix your filling ingredients, and portion half onto the dough. Put the remaining dough in your ramekin, and top with remaining filling. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Mix topping ingredients and drizzle over warm cinnamon bun. Enjoy! =)

* If you don’t have ramekins, just use greased muffin tin.

Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

Ohhh yes. I’m serious. Healthy peanut butter cups. Shocked?! Just wait til you try them! You’ll be thanking me for this one!

Melt-in-your-mouth peanut butter chocolate deliciousness.

Happy Easter, my friends! This is one for the baskets (if you have any left by Easter morning)!

Fact: It doesn’t get any better than peanut butter cups.

I have some special people in my life who are going to love getting a basket of these guys this weekend. I mean really, who doesn’t LOVE peanut butter cups!? I think they’re the universal ticket to happiness. At least in my world. =)

Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

Chocolate layer:

  • 3/4 cup coconut oil (or coconut butter)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2-3 Tbs. honey (or agave)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder

Peanut Butter layer:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbs. honey
  • 3 packets calorie free sweetener (I used Truvia)
  • Dash salt

Combine chocolate ingredients and pour 1/2 of mixture into greased molds. I used peanut butter cup molds, but you could also use a muffin tin if you want big peanut butter cups, or try egg molds if you have them! Place your chocolate molds in the freezer while you mix your peanut butter ingredients. Pour the peanut butter filling on top of the chocolate layer and cover with remaining chocolate. Refrigerate or freeze.

This is what happens when you can’t stay out of them long enough for the peanut butter to set up (oops)…

But they are SO, SO delicious like this! I’d recommend even melting a few on purpose. YUM!!! =)

Gluten-Free Berry Pancakes

Weekends are for bumming around in your pjs, watching movies, and eating PANCAKES!!

My dad once told me, “work hard when you have to, take it easy when you can.” I think that’s really great advice.

Along with the rest of corporate America, I live for my weekends. I love getting up early, drinking my coffee, and having no obligations. Most of all, I love that there’s plenty of time for making pancakes. =)

Last weekend we made these awesome berry pancakes. They’re gluten-free and so, so tasty.

Gluten-Free Berry Pancakes

(yield 15-20 small-medium pancakes)

  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 1/3 cup oat flour (gluten-free)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg
  • dash salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (or pureed pumpkin)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 2 cups berries (blended in food processor or mashed)

Combine  dry ingredients and then add your wet. Stir in fruit. Preheat griddle to medium. Grease pan and pour batter. Flip when pancakes start to bubble (about a minute and a half).

Sweet Potato Fries

There is really nothing to this recipe. It’s fast, easy, and makes a great meal for one or a great side dish.

Lucas actually came up with this recipe. He made these fries for me the other day and they quickly became my new favorite variation of sweet potatoes. I made them for dinner last night and thought I would share them with you guys today.

Sweet Potato Fries

  • 1-2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 sweet potato
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Chop your sweet potatoes into fry shapes. Combine ingredients in skillet and heat over medium-high heat until sweet potatoes brown to your liking. Place the fries on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes. These are AWESOME with honey and/or ketchup.  Enjoy!

I also thought I would share a few Miami pictures for those of you who aren’t on facebook (I’m the girl in red). We had so much fun. Being stuck inside this week sure makes me miss the sunshine! At least it’s the weekend! Woohoo!

We went to this club called Mansion and heard some AMAZING music. Afrojack killed it. Paris Hilton, Steve Aoki and David Guetta all made surprise appearances. It was a lot of fun. =)

South beach. So beautiful!

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