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Sweetpotato Pizza Crust with Sweetpotato Curry Sauce

9 Oct

In case you didn’t see my Sweetpotato Cookie Dough Dip, let me tell you a little something special. Why did I spell  “sweetpotato” as one word you may ask? What I used here in this recipe is not just your typical sweet potato. No, these are California sweetpotatoes! The recipe Redux community is having a California sweetpotato contest, and of course, I had to participate! What’s unique about California sweetpotatoes is that they are grown in soft sand and are hand sorted during harvest to minimize scarring and scratching. The result is a visually, higher quality sweetpotato. California sweetpotatoes are a “nutrition bang for the calorie buck” with 4 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein, a good source of vitamin C and more than a day’s worth of vitamin A, all for 105 calories per serving. Plus, they are available year-round.

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Many that are striving to live a healthy lifestyle avoid pizza at all costs because of thinking it is so bad. But when a recipe like this is created, the fear of pizza can disappear!

Made with gluten free rolled oats and sweetpotato, this pizza crust is far from the typical unhealthy crust. You can now have your pizza and eat it too!

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Sweetpotatoes are so versatile in the fact that they are not only delicious plain, baked in the oven like other potatoes, but they also turn out great in recipes! Whether a savory or sweet dish, these sweetpotatoes raise the bar on any typical recipe. In this unique pizza crust recipe, it added such a great taste and texture.

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My boyfriend (who is skeptical sometimes about my healthy food) loved it! That is proof that it is a tasty recipe. Want a pizza night soon but also don’t want to ruin your hard work in healthy living? Make this recipe for a great night with family or friends. I decided to make two mini pizzas. I topped one with a sweetpotato curry sauce (see below crust recipe) and veggies, and the other one with regular pizza sauce, veggies, and chicken. The sky is the limit with a delicious crust like this!

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Sweetpotato Pizza Crust
Makes 2 mini pizzas or 1 medium pizza

–    1/2 cup California Sweetpotato, cooked (about 1 medium sweetpotato)
–    1/2 cup Oat Flour (1 cup Rolled Oats, blended to flour)
–    1 whole Egg
–    2 tablespoons Chia Seeds (or flaxseeds)
–    1/2 teaspoon Coconut Oil
–    1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt, Cayenne Pepper, and Garlic Salt
–    1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place sweetpotato, flour, and egg into high speed blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add in other ingredients and mix just until incorporated. Cover a pizza tray with parchment paper. Spray parchment paper with nonstick spray and place pizza dough on it. Spread out to desired thinness (may need roller). Place into oven and bake for about 20 minutes. Remove and add desired toppings. Bake in oven for another 5 minutes. Remove from oven, cut into slices, and enjoy.

Optional Sweet Potato Sauce
–    1/2 cup sweetpotato, cooked
–    3 tablespoons Canned Coconut Milk
–    1/2 teaspoon Crushed Garlic
–    2 teaspoons Curry Powder
–    1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
–    1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
Directions: Blend all ingredients together in high speed blender. Use as a topping for sweetpotato pizza crust above if desired.

Sweetpotato Benefits
1) High in vitamin B6
2) Good source of vitamin C
3) Contain vitamin D
4) Contain iron
5) Good source of magnesium
6) High in fiber
7) Rich in vitamin A

Chia Seeds
1) Combats Diabetes: with its gelatinous coating it can prevent blood sugar spikes, and is also slow digesting which has lead to it being a possible treatment for diabetes
2) High in fiber: just 1 oz. has 1/3 of daily needed amount
3) Packed with Omega 3 Fatty Acids
4) Supports Bone and Teeth Health: packed with calcium
5) High in Manganese: an essential mineral for your bones
6) Rich in Phosphorous: aids body in synthesizing protein for cell and also maintaining healthy bones
7) High in protein: great source for vegetarians
8) Fights Belly Fat: it’s stabilizing affect on blood sugar also fights insulin resistance which is tied to an increase of belly fat
9) Contain tryptophan: also found in turkey, it is responsible for regulating appetite and improving sleep
10) Improves heart health

I received free samples
of California sweetpotatoes
mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am
entering a recipe contest sponsored by
the California Sweetpotato Council
and am eligible to win prizes
associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time

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Spaghetti Squash Cakes, Sliders, and Pizza!

2 Aug

Remember that spaghetti squash I posted about yesterday? Well I have some fun creations for you all to try out next time you cook one.

There was a fun burger contest I was competing in on Instagram, and the day’s theme was sliders. I decided to get creative with my leftover spaghetti squash.

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Yep, for part of my creation, I decided to try to make some Spaghetti Squash Cakes. Wow, I could have eaten them all just plain like that! But I resisted (at least most of them) so I could create my desired product. Spaghetti and Meatball Sliders.

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These were so delicious. And so quick and simple! If you’re like me, and made my delicious turkey meatballs, and froze them for when wanting them (great food prep idea for quick meals), then you are basically set to go! Coupled with my homemade tomato basil sauce from yesterday, and you’ve got yourself some delicious yet healthy sliders.

But then another idea came. Why not make all the mini patties, into one, big patty. Or shall I say, pizza crust? :)

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Yes I sure did! I made a personal spaghetti pizza with some more spaghetti squash, by doubling my patty recipe! Using the same exact ingredients, but just in a new way! With so many different meal options, why not make my homemade turkey meatballs and tomato basil sauce, and freeze to have on hand?!

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Spaghetti Squash Cakes
Makes about 8 mini patties
-1 cup spaghetti squash,cooked
-1T coconut flour
-1T ground flaxseed
-1 egg white
-1 tsp dried oregano
-1/4 tsp each: garlic salt, onion powder

Directions: Combine all ingredients in bowl and stir until thoroughly mixed. Heat non stick pan on stove over medium heat. Form small patties with hands and place on hot pan. Cook about 5 minutes on each side, or until browned. Eat plain, as a side to a meal, or make my sliders or pizza below!

Spaghetti Sliders
-1 recipe of Spaghetti Squash patties, see above
-1/4 cup homemade tomato basil sauce, here (or any tomato sauce)
-4 Spinach and Sundried Tomato Turkey Meatballs, here
-1 big handful sauteed spinach
-1/4 cup low fat crumbled feta cheese (or cheese of choice)

Directions: Make patties according to recipe. Place half of the patties on a plate. Layer with sauteed spinach, tomato sauce, one small meatball, and feta cheese. Top with other patty. Enjoy!

Spaghetti Pizza-makes 1 big personal pizza
-2 batches of Spaghetti Squash Patty ingredients, above
-1/2 cup homemade tomato basil sauce (or tomato sauce of choice)
-2 spinach and sundried tomato turkey meatballs, crumbled into bits
-1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
-a few fresh basil leaves
-sea salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place ingredients for two batches worth of spaghetti squash patties in bowl. Mix until thoroughly combined. Spread out onto a piece of parchment paper, sprayed with non-stick spray. Flatten to desired thickness. Bake in oven for about 30 minutes, or until reaching desired crispness. Remove from oven and top with spaghetti sauce. Sprinkle crumbled meatballs and feta cheese, and top with basil leaves. Add sea salt and pepper to taste

Spaghetti Squash Benefits
1) Rich in vitamin C
2) Contains vitamins A, B-6, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, and vitamin K
3) Rich in minerals that lead to good healthy, the dominant being manganese. This aids in healthy bones, tissues, and sex hormones, and also plays in metabolism and regulation of blood sugar.
4) High in fiber, leading to satiety and decrease of cardiovascular disease
5) Only 42 calories in 1 cup compared to about 200 in a cup of spaghetti.

Tomato Benefits
1)Low in calories
2)High in vitamin C
3)Good source of vitamins A,K,folate and potassium
4)Provides thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorous, and copper
5)Source of fiber
6)High water content
7)Source of beta-carotene and lycopene (good skin protectors)

Creamy Tomato Basil Pizza on Cauliflower Crust

7 Jun

I bought two huge heads of cauliflower the other day. So what was the first thing I thought of to do? Make a cauliflower pizza. But this time, I wanted to change it up from the typical pizza. I was craving some creamy, yet still that same delicious tomato taste at the same time. What did that bring to mind? Creamy tomato basil soup.

So creamy tomato basil it was. But this sauce is not filled with your typical heavy whipping cream. No, this is made with the light yet still creamy texture of greek yogurt and cottage cheese. Mixed in some fresh tomato sauce and a couple other things, and there I had it, the taste I was craving, creamy, cheesy, and tomato-y (okay so I know that isn’t exactly a word, but you understand)! And of course, cauliflower crusts are delicious in themselves, now that I’ve perfected the recipe of it here.

Desiring a delicious and healthy spin on your typical pizza? You must try this!

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Tomato Basil Pizza
-1/2 fresh tomato sauce
-1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
-1/4 cup cottage cheese
-2T nutritional yeast
-1tsp dried basil
-1 tsp sea salt
-recipe for cauliflower crust, here
-fresh basil leaves
-optional: cooked chicken
Directions: Cook crust according to instructions. Place all ingredients above (except basil leaves) in food processor or high speed blender and blend until smooth. Spread onto pizza. Top with basil leaves and your choice of meat if desired. Enjoy!

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Cauliflower as Pizza Crust?

7 Mar

I kept seeing it and reading it all over the place. Cauliflower “rice”, cauliflower “mashed potatoes”, and last but certainly the most interesting to me, “cauliflower pizza crust”. I’m sure you seen it at least once or twice too!

Well, I decided to finally take a try at it. I’m usually pretty skeptical with things like this, as I rather have a smaller quantity of something actually tasty than something “low in calories” but tastes like cardboard. I can’t decide how I feel completely about it after making it. It was in no way bad at all! And I can’t say that I didn’t gobble up the whole entire pizza myself, but I also can’t lie and say it tasted exactly like the thin, crispy crust that I love. Don’t let me lead you to believe it wasn’t a good recipe, as I did love it! Like I said, I’m just not sure a severe craving for new york style pizza would be met :)

I did mix some things up from a “normal” cauliflower crust recipe, with adding some soy flour for extra protein and flaxseed for good healthy fats and fiber! For a crust made up of almost straight veggies and packed with protein, I can’t say that it wasn’t a meal I thoroughly enjoyed :)

So all in all, I would have to say it was certainly something different and yet very good for a “healthy” pizza. If you are looking for something more nutrient dense and healthier than pizza to satisfy your craving, this is surely for you! Also, if you are serious about gluten free, this is a GREAT option! And for those who are neither of these two, well, for as healthy as it is, this would even make a good side to any other meal you might be preparing! I want to get your thoughts on this. What do you think about these recipes that have recently been coming out with cauliflower in place of flour and other carbs? Do you like them? I’d love to hear!

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Cauliflower Pizza
-2 cups of cauliflower (processed until looks like rice)
-2 T soy flour
-2 T ground flaxseed
-1 egg
-1 egg white
-Seasoning as desired: garlic salt, onion powder,salt, pepper, and italian seasonings.
-Desired toppings: (for mine) fresh pizza sauce, sauteed spinach, roasted red peppers, fresh basil, and feta cheese

Directions: Cook cauliflower until soft (about 5 minutes in microwave). Mix all ingredients up through seasonings together. On parchment paper (don’t skip this, it WILL stick), flatten out dough to desired thickness, pinching dough on sides to make a “crust”. Bake at 375 for about 20 minutes. Add toppings. Bake for another 5 minutes. Enjoy!