Gluten Free, Guilt Free Super Food Pizza!

That’s a big claim, isn’t it? ¬†But I stand behind it ūüôā ¬†My past three posts have been leading up to this moment….this beautiful moment!!! ¬†I have had an underlying determination for months….knowing that someday, some how, I MUST come up with a way to create a pizza that I can firmly believe is healthy! ¬†It’s a strange thing…because I have never really liked pizza that much…but once I decided that I shouldn’t eat it any more, it’s started looking a lot more attractive. ¬†Especially every time my pastor is offering me free Cici’s. ¬†Oh boy. ¬†But now, I believe I have done it! ¬†The only thing questionable is that I did use cheese, but if you have followed me long enough you know what I believe…if it is natural,¬†preferably¬†raw (I have found it!), and if it is full fat…then in moderation, it passes the test! ¬†The book we try to follow says to keep dairy at 25% or less of your daily intake. ¬†I’ll admit…I don’t always find totally natural, full fat cheese. ¬†But we do the best with what we have, and I am still confident that you will find this pizza quite delicious and extremely nutritious! ūüôā ¬†Read on!!!

Here’s what you need:

(For a large crust:

*4 C grated cauliflower, about 1/2 head

*2 Eggs

* 1 3/4 C Mozzarella, shredded

* 1-2 Tbsp Franks Hot Sauce

* Handful of Parsley Leaves

*Tbsp Pizza Seasoning, or Italian or something similar)

  • 2 Tbsp(ish) Kale Pesto (There is your deliciously hidden super food!)

(Original recipe, you will have leftovers, or you can halve it:

*2 Small Bunches Kale

*1/2 Cup Olive Oil

*3 Cloves Garlic, Coarsely Chopped

*1/2 C Walnuts, Toasted and Chopped

*1 tsp(ish) lemon juice

*1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning, or something similar

*Salt and Pepper to taste)

  • Roasted Asparagus, chopped into thirds (about 1/3…but really to your tastes ūüôā )
  • Cooked Chicken, about 1/2 C. ¬†I used meat from a whole chicken I had used to make home made broth! ¬†But if you want to make it easier, pick up a rotisserie chicken. ¬†Just know you are going to be ingesting some artificial stuff!
  • Roasted Red Pepper Slices (about 1/3 C)
  • Red Onion, Cut into chunks
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • Mozzarella, shredded (Optional)

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Follow the directions to make a cauliflower crust!  
  2. Follow directions to make your tasty kale pesto!
  3. Melt the butter in a pan. ¬†Add onions and caramelize while you are waiting for the crust to be done! ¬†Red onions don’t take as long as white ones I am noticing, so keep an eye on them and stir frequently. ¬†I believe mine were done in 10-15 minutes.
  4. Preheat your broiler.
  5. Spread the pesto out on top of the crust.
  6. Top with mozzarella if you are using it!
  7. Arrange your roasted red pepper, chicken, asparagus, and caramelized onions on top.
  8. Toss in the oven under your broiler just for a few minutes!  So the cheese gets melty and everything else is warmed through.
  9. Slice.  Taste.  Do a little happy dance.  I did!

My mother in law loved this. ¬†That’s kind of a big deal. ¬†No offense Lorri, I love you! ¬†But I didn’t tell her till afterwards that she was eating cauliflower and kale. ¬†She went back for seconds! ¬†Also a big deal, because she is not a big eater! ¬†In fact, between the three of us…we ate the whole thing in one night!! OOOPS! ¬†That’s how you know it’s real good. It’s GONE! ¬†And to think we were being kind to our bodies at the same time!! ¬†Hallelujah!!!

Chop your onions, and get them a-caramelizing!

Caramelized Onions 2When your crust is done baking and you have gotten the pesto to your desired consistency…spread it!!!

Guilt Free Pizza 1.5So green!  I love it!!  Now if you are using mozzarella, sprinkle it on!!!  Alternately, to take it a step closer to health, you can use chunks of goat cheese instead!!

Guilt Free Pizza 2Already looks yummy!!!!  Now toppings toppings toppings!

Guilt Free Pizza 3

Look at all those colors!

Guilt Free Pizza 5Yummy!

Guilt Free Pizza 3

Guilt Free Pizza 6

Guilt Free Pizza 7

Seared Salmon with Warm Lentil Salad

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I never realized that healthy food can be comfort food. ¬†Warm. ¬†Tasty. ¬†Fills up the tummy and makes you wanna curl up on the couch and just…be still. ¬†That’s what this was for me!! And so very, very simple!!

This was my first experience with lentils! And I must say, I very much enjoyed it! Pleasantly surprised. ¬†We ate leftovers for days and were happy about it!! ūüėČ

This IS a Perfect Weight America recommended meal, so…if you are going for super health, try and get all your ingredients fresh and organic.

So, here’s what you need ūüôā

  • 1 Tbsp Garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 C Chicken Stock (Preferably free range!)
  • 3 Carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 Onions, chopped
  • 1 lb Lentils
  • 2 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 3 Sprigs Fresh Thyme, leaves stripped
  • 24 oz Wild Caught Salmon Fillets (Fresh or frozen…but fresh will taste better and probably be more moist!!) cut into 4 even pieces!

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Bring 6 Cups of water to a boil. ¬†Add lentils and remove from heat, cover, and let sit for 20 minutes. ¬†Set your timer and continue prep!! But don’t forget to drain them after 20 minutes! ¬†This was so interesting to me…I had never heard of this technique…kinda like a fast-soak! Who knew?!
  3. In a nice big pot, heat up 2 Tbsps of  your coconut oil.  Saute your onions, thyme, salt and pepper for about 8 minutes.
  4. Add garlic, stir, and cook for 1 minute.
  5.  Add carrots, lentils, chicken stock, and tomato paste. Stir it all together, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until the lentils are tender.
  6. Heat a large, oven safe pan to high heat. ¬†The original recipe says to rub the last 1 Tbsp of coconut oil on the salmon fillets. ¬†I found that…icky and not-working-y. ¬†So I took a couple Tbsps of coconut oil, melted it and drizzled it over one side of the fillets. ¬†Then gave it a nice shaking of salt and pepper.
  7. Toss the fillets in the hot pan. ¬†If you are using the melted coconut oil method, put it coated side down, then drizzle the rest of the coconut oil on the other sides of the salmon while it cooks and sprinkle salt and pepper on it! You’re going for a sear here, so just cook them about 3 minutes. ¬†Flip them, then transfer immediately to the hot oven in the pan. ¬†Cook 4-6 additional minutes, or until its done to whatever degree you desire ūüôā ¬†I didn’t have a big enough pan, so I had to cook my fish in shifts…I had a¬†casserole¬†dish heating up in the oven, so when it came time to transfer it to the oven, I set it straight into the 450 degree¬†casserole¬†dish while I seared the next shift. ¬†It worked pretty good!
  8. Take out and serve with your warm lentil salad.  SOOOO warm and wonderful!

Credit to Perfectweightamerica.com for this beauty! I barely changed anything!! I hope you enjoy!