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Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 2/17/2021

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A dish just about everyone can agree on anytime is pizza, and this tasty recipe for veggie pesto pizza with a homemade cauliflower crust is a healthy alternative to delivery or frozen options. While it takes about an hour to prepare and cook, those extra few minutes of prep are well worth the results.

Ingredients for Cauliflower Crust

  • 1 Large Cauliflower Head, Stalk Removed
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated
  • 1/2 Cup Mozzarella, Shredded
  • 1/2 Tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp. Dried Oregano
  • 1/4 Tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 Large Eggs, Lightly Beaten
  • Crust Directions

    Get the oven preheated to 400 degrees F. Place a sheet of parchment paper atop a baking sheet. Begin by breaking up cauliflower into small pieces and use a food processor until finely chopped. Give the cauliflower a gentle steam, drain well and allow to cool. Combine the cauliflower and the cheeses, spices and eggs into a bowl until well mixed.

    Place ‘dough’ onto the parchment lined baking sheet and begin kneading and spreading it into a circle or shape of choice. You can determine the thickness of your crust from thin to a hand-tossed style. Add any ‘extras’ to the crust if desired by brushing it with olive oil and sprinkling add-ons to the edges. Place atop a pizza pan. Bake for 20 minutes, and begin prepping the toppings.

    Topping Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Pesto Sauce, Fresh or Pre-made
  • 3/4 Cup Fresh Spinach, Chopped and Packed
  • 1/3 Cup Fresh Basil, Chopped and Packed
  • 2 Plum Tomatoes, Sliced
  • 2 Portobello Mushrooms, Sliced Thinly
  • 1 Medium Yellow Pepper, Julienned
  • 1 Cup Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated
  • 1/2 Tsp. Oregano, Fresh or Dried
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Halved
  • Rub the prepared cauliflower crust with a side of open garlic clove until the top is fully covered or to desired taste. Spread the pesto sauce atop the crust, adding extra if a saucier pizza is preferred. Top your masterpiece with the prepped spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, yellow pepper and sprinkle with the basil. Evenly spread the cheeses across the toppings and sprinkle the oregano to finish it off. Place in the oven and bake 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted or until the crust reaches desired crispiness.

    When cut into 6 pieces, this pizza is only 310 calories with an estimated 4 grams of saturated fat—so enjoy it guilt-free with your family and friends in your new home anytime the craving strikes.

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    Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 9/30/2020

    Photo by Polina Tankilevitch from Pexels

    Looking for a healthful treat? One that will keep you energized when you need a boost? Or a treat for the kids to replace sweets or cookies? These scrumptious Pecan, Coconut & Date Bars might be just what you're looking for. Great for travel, camping or giving to friends and co-workers, they blend the buttery goodness of pecans with the natural sweetness of dates. Unsweetened coconut lends a touch of texture and bolsters the nutritional impact of these delicious bars.

    Just Three Ingredients

    In addition to a food processor, you'll only need:

  • 4 cups of pitted dates
  • 1 cup of pecans
  • A half cup of unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • That's it! That's the whole recipe.

    How to Make Your Bars

    Step 1. Place all three ingredients in your food processor and blend them together.

    Step 2. With a spatula, move the mixture from the food processor into an 8 × 8 × 2” baking pan. 

    Step 3. Press.

    Step 4. Presto! Simply cut the mix into bars of your desired size. No cooking necessary. 

    Nutritional Benefits

    Any time you are looking for a way to replace refined sugar or chocolate chips in recipes, think of dates. Natural sugar provides considerably more nutritional value than refined options.

    One date carries 20 calories, and this is one reason Pecan, Coconut & Date bars are a high-energy treat. While these treats are not a low caloric food, and are best made just for special occasions, the nut content means they support healthy metabolism. They also provide vital nutrients:

  • Shredded coconut: Shredded coconut is a festive touch, and it's much more. Mature coconut meat, the source of shredded coconut, contains those same antibacterial elements people obtain from coconut oil. And did you know coconut, in all of its forms, contains iodine — a natural balm for your thyroid gland?
  • Pecans: These richly scented nuts are troves of monounsaturated fats, the kind dietitians call good fats. These nuts also contain flavonoids, which are plant-derived nutrients. The naturally occurring plant sterols in pecans can boost the body's own immunities. Pecans contain zinc and calcium, along with thiamin, manganese and copper, too. They support bone health! At the same time they have no sodium and no cholesterol. Pecans are relatively light in carbs yet high in fiber. 
  • Dates: Whether you choose firm, amber Deglet Noor dates, or prefer the chewy and sweet Medjool, you'll be getting compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties. Dates don't just make your taste buds happy. They help replenish your iron levels, vitamin B-6, and fiber. Because fiber in food helps us feel full, just a few date bars can satisfy your appetite. Finally, dates are a powerful source of potassium (higher than bananas), so they support your muscle-building workouts and your good heart health.
  • So, enjoy your date bars and make some to share!

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    Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 10/24/2018

    If you live a busy work and home life, finding time to cook nutritious and filling meals can be difficult. As a result, many people find themselves ordering out for lunch during the work week and settling for low-effort dinners during the week.

    One economical and time-saving solution to this problem is meal prep. You pick one day during the week, usually Sunday, and devote an hour or two to preparing meals for the week.

    Not only does it take away the concern of not knowing what to cook for dinner each night, but it also helps you save a ton of money while eating healthy.

    In this article, we’re going to give you some tips for preparing your meals in bulk, and a few examples of meals that are easily prepared at home in advance.

    Expert advice on meal prepping

    One of the first issues people face when they start prepping meals is storage. Our best advice is to look for rugged, microwavable and freezable containers.

    It’s good to have a variety of sizes, but if you have stray pieces to sets of Tupperware it can make it difficult to find the right sizes. So, we suggest starting from scratch and buying a set of three-compartment and a set one-compartment containers.

    Find out the volume of the containers you buy. Doing so will help you keep track of the portions of your meals and make it easier to prepare the right amount to avoid waste.

    Planning meals

    Many poor eating decisions happen when you’re in a pinch and need to come up with something quickly. It can seem like the cheapest option at the moment is to stop at a fast food restaurant, but you can likely prepare 3 or 4 meals for the price of one trip to the drive-through.

    The key is proper planning. Sit down and make your menu for the week. An easy way to start is to think about your favorite lunch items and figure out how you can make them in bulk.

    Make sure your shopping list reflects the portions you need to buy, and you’re good to head to the store.

    Once you’re home and have started cooking, remember that you needn’t freeze all of your meals. Refrigerate items that you’ll eat over the next 2-3 days and freeze the rest. If you’re worried about losing your meals in your crowded freezer and finding them months from now, use some masking tape to label and date them.

    Easy meals to prepare in advance

    You can usually find a way to prepare most meals in advance. However, some are easier than others. A good place to start is with rice and grain bowls and stir fries. These tend to be cheap (around $1.50 per serving) and simple to prepare. To add protein, you can include boiled eggs, beans, chicken or beef.

    Along the same line, make some brown rice and stir fry black beans, peppers, and onions. Add your favorite southwest seasonings, and buy a large bag of tortilla chips. You can scoop the rice and beans onto your chips for a nutritious and cheap lunch.

    For dinner items, you can make your favorites like shepherd’s pie or lasagna in advance and slice and freeze them in portions.

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    Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 6/15/2016

    Grilled Corn With Cilantro Lime Butter Nothing tastes better than a perfectly cooked ear of corn garnished with salty butter at a summertime cookout ! Most families cannot wait for the corn on the cob season to start. The following recipe will add a little spice to an old time favorite. Ingredients:

    • 4 ears of corn still in their husk
    • 4 tablespoons of softened unsalted butter
    • 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh cilantro
    • 1 teaspoon of fresh lime juice
    • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
    • Grated zest of 1 lime
    • Soak the corn in a large bowl of water for about 20 minutes
    • Pre heat the grill to medium heat
    • Mix together the butter, lime zest, cilantro, salt and lime juice in a small bowl and set it aside until needed.
    • With the corn still in the husk, place it on the grill to cook for 12 minutes
    • Rotate the ears from side to side while cooking
    • Remove from the grill and let sit for about 10 minutes to cool slightly
    • Carefully remove husk from the corn
    • Serve warm brushed with the cilantro butter mixture that has already been prepared
    ENJOY !