Easy and Delicious Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Hi Everyone!

Happy February! Isn’t is crazy how far into winter it is already? One thing I’ve been doing this winter is experimenting with remaking my favorite recipes to incorporate more vegetables, because during the season where everyone gets sick that’s always a great idea. Cauliflower has become a big trend in the last year, because it is incredibly versatile and has little flavor to it. It is perfect as a substitute for rice, pizza crust, or thickening smoothies. 

This cauliflower crust has been tested by my family and I can safely say that while it is a bit more crispy that normal pizza crust, it is absolutely delicious!

So, without further ado, please enjoy this great alternative to a normal pizza crust and let me know what you think! 


Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 bags frozen cauliflower rice (preferably organic)
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1 cup mozzarella
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce 
  • any other vegetables or toppings of your choice 

Steps:

First, cook the cauliflower rice according to the package and let it cool. In a food processor, blend the rice until fine. Squeeze the rice in a towel to get all of the excess moisture out of it, and then mix the cauliflower with the eggs, half of the mozzarella, and the salt. On a pan lined with parchment paper, spread the dough out into 2 or 3 pizzas and top with olive oil. Bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees, and top with sauce, the rest of the cheese, and any other toppings of your choice. Bake again for 5-10 minutes, or until golden and crispy, and enjoy!

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Energizing Coconut Coffee

Hi Everyone!

Happy 2018! I cannot believe that it has been another incredible year with all you foodies. I am so thankful for all of the opportunities this year brought, including becoming a guest chef at Laney and Lu cafe, spreading my real food community even wider, sharing more recipes with you, traveling to London for the first time, and teaching a cooking class for kids at my local Whole Foods. Wow! 2017 was truly an amazing year, which makes me even more excited for 2018.

So now we begin January, which everyone assumes to be the “resolution month” of the year. However, instead of only having a healthy intention or resolution this month, I challenge you to work on improving one aspect of your life with each month this year. This could mean drinking more water, eating more fruits and veggies, becoming more active, taking more time to relax, or improving your relationships with others. I tend to think that having one specific time everyone has to “change” their lifestyle each year seems a bit daunting, so instead of dealing with this pressure looming over your head each winter, try to just make small self-improvements throughout the year. This way, you can just focus on the positives and improve your health all year, rather than the negative things you want to change about yourself.

Anyways, this month I am sharing a delicious recipe with you for a healthier, warming “latte” recipe I have been loving recently. I’m sure you all have heard about the wonderful benefits of coconut oil (which I will detail in an upcoming post), but one of my favorite uses for it is in my coffee. Weird, right? You actually can’t taste the flavor from the oil, and instead it just adds a light creaminess and energy boost. On school mornings, I often eat breakfast very early and don’t have much time to make anything complicated, so although I enjoy making creative breakfasts, paring this coffee with a fruit and nut bar or smoothie is a great solution.

This coffee also has a new ingredient that I just started using in it, called Collagen Peptides. Collagen contains the essential amino acids that make up most of the proteins in our bodies, so it is great for strengthening hair, skin, and nails (which everyone can benefit from.) It is a totally safe powder for all ages with just one ingredient, and has no taste at all. You can find it at any health food store, and while it is pricey, one container goes a long way. The collagen in my coffee adds a nice protein boost that keeps me going all the way to lunch.

Also, I know that some people tend to have concerns regarding caffeine at a young age (or any age, really) and the effects it has on people. While normal coffee and milk does tend to give me a caffeine crash, this collagen and coconut latte does not, likely because of the healthy fats and protein that balances it out. However, this is only with my personal experience, so it’s important for everyone to research individually what morning drink, if any, works for them.

Without further ado, here is my favorite new coconut coffee recipe that I hope you all enjoy! Please comment with your ideas regarding the new year and resolutions, and I hope you all have a happy and healthy start to 2018. Thanks for being a great community and spreading the real food love! ❤

Energizing Coconut Coffee


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup organic, hot brewed coffee
  • 1 tbsp organic coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp organic milk (or dairy-free milk, if you’d prefer)
  • 1 scoop Collagen Peptides
  • 1 pinch cinnamon

Steps:

To begin, add all ingredients to your blender. Blend on high for five to ten seconds, until combined, and then transfer to your favorite mug or to-go cup. Enjoy!


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No-Bake Peppermint Cacao Energy “cookies” + My Holiday Tips!

Happy Holidays everyone!

No matter what holiday you’re celebrating this season, it will most likely be filled with delicious treats and homemade meals. Of course, it’s important to indulge in your home-baked favorites and traditions, but it’s also important to find a balance of healthy, real food and sugary sweets. 

As you all know, one of my favorite things to do is remake recipes into healthier versions! I also love homemade power bites and bars, such as my recipe for my favorite power bites or my apple cinnamon power bites on my blog! The other day, I was wanting to bake up a new kind of healthy recipe, so I decided to experiment with a cacao and peppermint version. Though this rarely happens, on the first try they were absolutely perfect! So, I had to share the recipe with you all.

These bites can easily be rolled up, cut into bars, or be pressed down with a fork for a healthy cookie shape. They’re also perfect for a healthier treat to leave out for house guests (or santa :)). 

As far as my top tips for the holiday season go, I would be sure to drink plenty of water, because it is so dry this time of year and the water will offset some of that sugar (haha), make a healthy breakfast full of nutrients to start the day so that you start the day off with plenty of energy and vitamins (smoothies and avocado toast are perfect) and sharing your healthy creations with loved ones. When spending time with those close to you, it is a great idea to share some of your healthy inspiration and hopefully impact some of them! 

So, I hope you enjoy this holiday recipe as much as I do, and stay tuned for one last post detailing all of my favorite things from 2017 in it! Happy holidays everyone, thanks for all of the support. ❤


No-Bake Peppermint Cacao Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/3 cup whole grain oats 
  • 8 dates, organic and potted
  • 2 tbs cacao powder
  • 2 tbs. organic coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract (or essential oil)

Steps:

To begin, in a food processor combine the cashews and oats. Process until fine, and then add the rest of the ingredients. Blend until everything is combined, and roll into bites, cut into bars, or shape into cookies (about 10). Enjoy with friends and family! 

Healthy Protein Cookie Dough (with chickpeas!)

Hi Everyone!

Recently, I have been making recipes that are high in protein because of the busy days of school and sports. So, when I saw several recipes for edible cookie dough all over the internet, I became curious how I could make this a healthy recipe (as I usually do.) I thought of chickpeas, which are high in protein and have little flavor on their own, and created a chocolate chip “hummus” of sorts.

This recipe is a great dessert, but is even healthy enough for a snack on the go. I love dipping fruit into the “cookie dough”, or spreading it on whole wheat toast. Overall, this dough is a perfect choice for a healthy snack or when you want something sweet! 

I am headed off to London today, so please stay tuned for a post detailing all of the fun kinds of new dishes I try! Also, if you are traveling over Thanksgiving, check out my post on tips for traveling and eating real food. Enjoy!

Healthy Protein Packed Cookie Dough

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 can organic chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond butter 
  • 1/2 cup honey or pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbs. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbs. organic milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

Steps:

In a food processor, process the chickpeas. Add in the almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla, milk, and salt. Fold in the chocolate chips and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Enjoy!

1-Minute Healthy Banana Bread

Hi Foodies,

Today I’m sharing a recipe for an easy, nutritious, and filling snack that you can easily make in no time at all. Because it is cold here in New England during fall, I am always looking for recipes that are not only warm but also delicious. I have been seeing several of those mini cooking videos about mug cakes recently, so I thought it would be fun to come up with a healthier version! My result makes a great small meal or filling snack, and is easy enough to mix and match with your favorite add-ins.

For many, fall is a very busy season, and I can personally say that there have been several mornings I have barely made it to the bus. So, this recipe is perfect to throw together when there’s not much time to cook breakfast, and it is so tasty you will forget it took you 1 minute to make.

For breakfast, I like using almond butter instead of peanut butter and adding raspberries, but for a dessert-like treat, I like using the peanut butter and a few dark chocolate chips. This recipe is also packed with protein from the nut butter, flax seed, and almond milk, so it makes a great breakfast!

What are your favorite fall breakfasts while on-the-go? Let me know in the comments, and if you like this recipe, please share with family and friends! 🙂


1-Minute Healthy Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 banana (plus extra for topping)
  • 3 tbs. almond or regular milk, preferably unsweetened and organic
  • 1 tbs. pure maple syrup or honey (optional)
  • 1 tbs. peanut or almond butter
  • 2 tbs. ground flax seed
  • 2 tbs. whole wheat flour
  • pinch cinnamon
  • pinch baking powder

Steps:

To begin, in a medium mug, mash 1/2 banana. Add in the peanut butter and maple syrup, if using, and combine. Stir in the milk until the consistency is smooth, and then add in the flax seed, whole wheat flour, cinnamon, and baking powder. Once batter is completely stirred and there are no clumps, add in any extra mix-ins if desired, and microwave on high for 1 minute. Top with banana slices, peanut butter, and any other toppings you may like. Enjoy!

 

Perfect Protein Pancakes

Hi Everyone!

I have a fun and easy breakfast recipe to share with you all today- protein pancakes! As the school year is back in full swing, mornings have gotten busier and there is less time to make a fun and creative breakfast. So, I have been looking for some healthy and unique breakfasts beyond oatmeal, smoothies, and toast. While those are great options, it is also nice to think outside the box and switch recipes up. Additionally, it is important to eat a protein-rich breakfast before school and sports, so you are full and fueled for the busy day ahead. This recipe is both creative and filling, and takes maybe 1/4 of the time it takes to make traditional pancakes! 

When I first came across a recipe for egg and banana protein pancakes, they turned into a scrambled egg consistency that was not very similar to pancakes. So, after a ton of delicious recipe testing, I’m excited to share this one with you! 🙂

As always, please share with others if you liked this recipe, and enjoy! 


Banana Perfect Protein Pancakes 

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs. coconut oil
  • 2 eggs (preferably organic)
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbs. ground flax seed 
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Optional toppings- almond butter, berries, banana slices, or maple syrup

Steps:

To start, heat the coconut oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. In a separate bowl, mash a banana and mix in the eggs, cinnamon, and flax seed. Once combined, scoop onto skillet and flip once golden. Enjoy and serve with almond butter, fruit and/or maple syrup!

My Tips for Teaching Kids Cooking Skills

Hi Everyone!

Many people (especially those reading this) enjoy cooking, but how exactly did you learn? Was it watching your grandma bake her famous apple pie or making homemade tacos with your dad as a kid? Was it YouTube videos that you watched when you were looking for a simple recipe to make? Surprisingly, not many people learn to cook at a young age, even though it is one of the most important life skills. 

I’ve been lucky enough to have several opportunities to teach kids how to cook, by running a program at my local elementary school, teaching a class at Whole Foods, cooking on my town news channel, and giving individual lessons to a little girl in my town (which is in the picture below.) These are just some of the tips I have found useful, and while I may not be an expert, I hope that they are useful for you too!

So, whether you’re a kid yourself who came across my blog, or someone who knows kids themselves or has their own, consider teaching them to cook! There is tasks for any age in the kitchen, and that way come college, kids will already know how to cook, and it won’t be another new skill for them to learn.

So, please check out my tips for teaching kids to cook and let me know what works best for you! 🙂

  1. Show that cooking is fun and not a chore! When something is seen as unenjoyable and more of a required activity than something that is fun to do, kids will be less apt to do it. So, show them that you are excited to cook and emphasize how much fun it is!
  2. Ask them about their favorite foods and ingredients, and use them to start. Often times when a kid’s favorite food is being cooked, they’ll be more willing to help and see how it’s made, because of the delicious outcome. 
  3. Let them have their own tasks, and give them independence. If there’s one thing kids like, it’s being independent and in charge! Let the kids do something on their own, such as mixing in an ingredient, cracking eggs, or measuring an amount of something. They’ll feel more accomplished if they know they worked hard to make the dish.
  4. Emphasize the importance of reading a recipe and have them create their own! Giving kids the opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind dish on their own gives them a boost of creativity and lets them think outside of the box. Reading a recipe shows them the chronological steps of cooking and (as a bonus) helps kids who are learning to read!
  5. Share their recipe with others and make sure to give them feedback. Of course, it’s important to give first time cooks or young kids all positive feedback, but after they’ve had some experience, ask them what they think would make it even better the next time. This will get them excited to cook again! It is also great to have them show others what they made, and to make them feel proud of what they’ve cooked!

Please share with others if you like these tips, and stay tuned for some more! 🙂