Pizza Flatbread

If you live anywhere near a Sprouts farmers market you definitely need to download their app. We discovered recently that you can do all your shopping on the app to make a list or have everything delivered! Since I am currently obsessed with fresh lemon and herbs we have been going to the store every few days. This recipe takes everything I love about summer and pulls it together in this awesome appetizer!

The dough takes about 30 minutes to rise. While that happens you can throw together your sauce! Top with whatever you have available and wow your guests (or family) with this super easy flat bread!

The lemon oil and herbs are what make this recipe stand out about the traditional flatbread. Everything is so fresh.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups of AP flour

1 packet of dry active yeast

3/4 cups of warm water

1 tsp of lemon zest

Juice from one lemon

1/2 cup of olive oil

2 tbsp of sugar

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper

1/2 cup of chopped herbs ( I used oregano and basil)

Pepperoni

Fresh mozzarella

2 tbsp of tomato paste

1 cup of chopped tomatoes

1 tbsp of garlic

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees

Mix yeast, sugar and water and let sit for 5 minutes

Add in the flour, lemon zest and half of the herbs

Mix with a dough hook until smooth ( add more flour if needed)

Drizzle a little oil over the ball cover and let rise

Tip** place in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let sit on top of the oven while it preheats

In a sauce pan heat chopped tomatoes, garlic, lemon juice, remaining herbs, crushed red pepper, over medium heat. Add water if you need to as it cooks down. Once it starts to thicken like a paste add 1 tsp of oil or butter.

Pat out the dough on parchment paper and drizzle liberally with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook for 5 minutes then slather the bread with your tomato mixture. Bake for another 5-10 minutes until the dough starts to look golden brown.

Add your cheese and pepperoni. Broil until cheese melts and pepperonis crisp.

Serve with side of olive oil!

What’s your favor summer appetizer?

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Grilled Chicken Adobo Bowls

It has officially been a month since we got married! Today is actually my birthday. Patrick took the day off so we could spent some time together. We have both been working crazy hours to catch up from our wedding time off.

The entire past month has honestly been a blur. We got back our amazing wedding pictures and have been working on framing/hanging them throughout the house. Today we finished putting together some furniture that we desperately needed for our bedroom. Hopefully now I can stop tossing the clean laundry on our folding table šŸ˜¬.

One thing that has definitely changed is our eating! We were eating straight junk food the first two weeks after we got back. Now that the weather is perfect we have been grilling almost every day.

These adobo bowls are so fresh and delicious! If you are going lower carb like me just skip the rice and beans here.

I love these because if you have anything left over it is so easy to toss into a wrap with some egg and have the best breakfast burrito. PS did you know mission tortilla has mini low carb wraps now? They are the perfect serving size and only 4 net carbs!

Ingredients

Boneless skinless chicken thighs

Chipotle chilis in adobo sauce

Garlic powder

2 limes

1 cup of prepared basmati rice

1 cup chopped peppers and onions

1 handful of asparagus

1 cup of pico or 1 cup of chopped tomatoes, onions, and jalapeƱos

1 can of low fat refried beans

2 ears of sweet corn

Optional toppings: avocado, cheese, sour cream

Directions

Prepare a grill or grill pan

Marinade chicken thighs with 1 chopped chipotle chili and 2 tbsp of sauce, 1 tsp garlic powder, salt /pepper, half of a lime juiced, 1 tablespoon of olive oil

Grilled until cooked through

Cook off your peppers and onions until fork tender ( I cook mine on the grill with a grill pan)

Grill the asparagus with a little olive oil and salt

Grill the corn with a little olive oil and salt (smoked paprika is good here too!)

Slice off the cobb and set to the side

Heat refried beans through

Toss the rice with the rest of the limes juiced, one lime zested, lots of pepper, salt to taste

Assemble the bowls! I like to put my veggies down and top with chicken, Patrick likes the rice and beans down and top with everything else

These are especially good with the chipotle Tabasco sauce drizzled on top!

Enjoy!!!! These are one of our favorite meals! Super easy for meal prep!

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Everything Bagel Creamy Grits

When I think breakfast I think savory, fluffy, toasty buttered breads. One of our favorite breakfast sandwiches is an everything bagel with eggs and bacon. The garlic onion crunchy topping is perfect.

Sometimes I am in the mood for something quick and we usually don’t have bread in the house so I experimented with some of my favor flavors!

Grits are definitely a southern thing. I actually can’t believe most of the people I meet either don’t like grits or like them with sugar. Anytime I have a grits recipe I usually enlist Patrick’s son to be my official taster. He loves his grits really creamy with lots of hot sauce.

These are soooo easy, but have a lot of flavor. We love the Trader Joe’s everything but the bagel seasoning, but you can definitely make your own. All you need is dehydrated chopped onion, garlic powder, sea salt, and black sesame seeds.

Ingredients

1 cup of fast cooking grits cooked to package instructions

2 tsp of everything bagel seasoning

1/2 tsp garlic powder

5 tbsp of butter

1/4 cup of cream cheese

1/2 cup of smoked Gouda

Directions

Cook grits to package instructions

Add cream cheese and 3 tbsp of butter

whip with a fork until creamy

Add in Gouda and garlic powder

Pour into two serving bowls

Top with butter and everything bagel seasoning

Enjoy!!

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Better Breakfast Sandwich

This past weekend was our wedding shower! Only 21 days until I am a Mrs!

I cannot wait! As much fun as the planning has been the past year, I am definitely ready to wrap it up!

So let’s talk about these sandwiches. One of my guilty pleasures is a sausage egg and cheese McMuffin. Obviously, that is not on my wedding approved food list. I decided to try and make a lightened up version.

These homemade English muffins are so airy and light. Once you toast them they are nearly identical to the popular fast food version. The sausage I made from scratch because I wanted to know exactly what was in them. Lots of fennel seeds and crushed red pepper make them soooo good.

Ingredients

1 pound of ground pork

1 tbsp of garlic

1 tsp of crushed red pepper

1 tsp of fennel

Salt and pepper

3 cups of bread flour

1 cup warm water

1 tbsp of sugar

1 packet of active yeast

1/2 tsp of salt

1 egg

2 tbsp butter

American cheese

Scrambled or steamed egg

Directions

In a mixer attach the dough hook

In the bowl add warm water, sugar and yeast until the yeast bubbles

Add in the butter and egg

Slowly add the flour and salt

Let rise for 1 hour

Roll into 6 even balls of dough

Heat a non stick skillet with oil or butter to medium low

Press down the dough balls

Cook each side for about 5 minutes

Mix the sausage with garlic, salt, pepper, crushed pepper, and fennel

Brown patty shapes in a skillet until cooked through

Toast the muffin and add the sausage, egg and cheese

Still a treat, but slightly less calories!

Enjoy!

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Crispy Salmon BLT

Our wedding is only a month away! I cannot believe how quickly everything has come together. We have been working on the finishing touches and the weather has not cooperated with my projects. It has been non stop rain. I’m hoping this means it will be nice and dry by the time the wedding day is here.

These Salmon BLTs are perfect for adding a little freshness during this dreary weather. Lemon aioli, spicy pepper bacon, juicy tomato, and fresh cut lettuce all do their part to liven up my favorite salmon.

You can use Texas toast or a lettuce wrap for these. We like the Publix onion rolls. They soak up all the aioli in the best way.

Ingredients

Green leafy lettuce

Tomato

Thick cut bacon (we like pepper crusted bacon)

1/4 cup of mayonnaise

Juice from 1 lettuce

Tsp black pepper

1 small white onion sliced

Bread

Fresh salmon filets

2 tbsp of coconut oil or olive oil

Steak seasoning or a blend of garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, pepper

1/2 tsp dill

Directions

Rub the filets with oil and season liberally

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Fry each side in a cast iron skillet

Bake for 10 minutes or until cooked through

Fry a few pieces of bacon and use the excess fat to sautƩ the sliced onion

Mix mayo, lemon and pepper

Slather on both pieces of bread

Add tomato slices and lettuce

Add the salmon

Top with the onions and bacon

Now there is nothing left, but to enjoy multiple times a week!

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Banana Pudding Cupcakes

This post is in collaboration with Rodelle. All opinions are my own. Thank you for letting me support my favorite brands!

Happy Valentines Day! Every year I usually do some kind of extra chocolate recipe. This year I branched out and experimented with Patrick’s favorite flavor profile- banana pudding.

These cupcakes are super easy to throw together. They are perfect for those last minute party desserts! We don’t like artificial banana flavors so everything starts with a rich vanilla custard. Then I added fresh chopped banana.

You guys know I love Rodelle. Their line of extracts are some of the best I’ve ever baked with to date. For the filling I used the bakers extract which is a super rich vanilla with a creamy caramel/chocolate undertone and I also used the vanilla paste. The combination leaves you with such an amazing custard base that pairs perfectly with banana.

The frosting is my go to vanilla buttercream. Not too sweet, but very airy and creamy.

The chocolate hearts are optional, but super easy. You just melt your favorite baking chocolate and pour into a ziplock bag. Snip the bottom corner and draw your hearts! I put them in the freezer for 15 minutes for the best texture.

Ingredients

For the cake use your favorite recipe or box mix. I used a classic vanilla recipe.

For the filling

1 ripe banana chopped

1 egg yolk

2 1/2 cups of whole milk

1 tbsp of Rodelle bakers extract

2 tbsp of Rodelle vanilla paste

3 tsp of corn starch

1/2 cup of sugar

1 tbsp of salted butter

For the frosting

1 stick of salted butter

1 tbsp of vanilla extract or the bakers extract

3 cups of powdered sugar

1 tsp of cream or milk

For the top

Sliced banana, sprinkles, and chocolate hearts

Directions

For the filling

Heat the milk, vanilla paste, bakers extract, sugar, cornstarch, butter, and egg yolk over low heat.

Whisk until throughly mixed and turn heat to medium.

Whisk until mixture slightly bubbles and starts to thicken.

Remove from heat.

Add chopped banana and let cool in the fridge.

Add plastic wrap pushing to the top of the mix to avoid skin.

Scoop the middles out of the cupcakes and fill with the pudding once cooled.

For the frosting

Whip the butter and extracts.

Start adding the powdered sugar slowly.

Use the cream/milk if you need to thin the consistency.

Whip until you are happy with the texture.

Top your cupcakes and decorate!

I hope you all have an amazing holiday!!!

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Keto Buffalo Chicken Bites

One of my all time favorite snacks is a crispy fried chicken bite with hot sauce. Hot sauce is basically my favorite food. I just try to find things to put it on since it is not social acceptable to drink it from the bottle.

Chicken thighs are big on the keto diet because they are fatter. I just think they have more flavor and can hold a marinade better. I took a pound of chicken thighs and sliced them up. Coated them with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and some hot sauce. Wrapped them in uncured bacon and baked them until crispy.

An extra drizzle of buttery hot sauce and they are ready to dip!

These are right on par with a traditional chicken bite with less calories believe it or not! If you use a low sodium uncured bacon they are even better.

Ingredients

One pound of chicken thighs

1 pound of uncured bacon

1/2 cup of hot sauce

2 tbsp of olive oil

2 tbsp of butter

Salt and pepper

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Slice chicken thighs into bite size pieces. You can get about 3 pieces per thigh.

Marinate chicken with salt, pepper, olive oil, and a drizzle of hot sauce. (15 minutes or so)

Wrap each piece of chicken in one piece of bacon.

Bake until crispy. About 20 minutes.

Melt butter with remaining hot sauce.

Brush onto the chicken bites.

Enjoy !!!!

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Keto Peanut Butter Cookies

Have you ever tried to go low sugar before? Your taste buds completely change. Things are way saltier to me now. I played around with this recipe until I found a texture that matched my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe the closest.

The key here is to use room temperature butter and really whip it to get as much air as possible in the batter. Typically I am super against airy batter, but in this case it just works. If you don’t whip your batter the cookies will be pretty dry and crumbly.

You can add peanut chunks or pecans too! I think that would make an awesome topper.

Ingredients

1 cup natural peanut butter ( mine only had the ingredient peanuts)

5 drops liquid stevia

2 eggs

1 cup soft butter

1 1/2 cups of almond flour

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking powder

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Whip butter until light and airy about 4 minutes

Add 2 eggs and continue until nice and fluffy

Add vanilla, cinnamon, and stevia

Incorporate almond flour and baking powder

Scoop batter onto a parchment paper lined pan

Bake 10 minutes or until golden brown

Enjoy!

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Low Carb Pizza

My wedding is only 3 months away!!!! I am in extreme wedding boot camp mode. I’ve been reading through so many keto articles lately trying to jump start this last push to lose weight. We were pretty relaxed with our diet during the holidays. Plus Patrick did a special order of my all time favorite candy and filled our fruit bowl with oh henry bars. Have you ever had an oh henry? They are very similar to a baby ruth, but also has a layer of caramel. We still have a fruit bowl filled, but I refuse to eat any more until after the wedding!

This low carb pizza is perfect for anytime of the day. You can swap the pepperoni for bacon and eggs to make a delicious breakfast pizza.

I used low sugar marinara, thin sliced deli pepperoni, jalapeƱos, and mozzarella. The whole process took around 30 minutes which is shorter than the time to make real pizza dough.

I was really impressed by the structure of this pizza. It held up really well and the bottom had a nice crust.

Ingredients

6 oz of chicken breast

1/2 tsp of garlic

Egg 1

1 tsp of herbs oregano, basil

Salt and pepper

1/2 cup of mozzarella

Low sugar marinara

Toppings of your choice

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees

Roast the chicken with the herbs for 15 minutes or until cooked

Cool for a few minutes and toss into a food processor with the garlic, salt, pepper, and 1/4 cup of mozzarella

Add the egg

Pat onto parchment paper lined pan

Bake until golden brown about 5 minutes

Add the rest of the cheese and your toppings

Bake until cheese melts

Enjoy!!

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Fast Hardening Royal Icing

Merry Christmas!!! I couldn’t think of a better time of year to share my go to royal icing recipe. This is so kid friendly. The best part is the icing will harden in 2-5 minutes. Sometimes it’s just way too hard for me to wait around all day while waiting for icing to harden especially if we are doing a lot of different decorations.

I decorated these with the kids in about an hour. Since we didn’t use cream of tartar these actually tasted really good too!

My favorite design was the mittens. They were so easy!!!! Just a dip into red. Some piped white then sprinkles!

Royal Icing Recipe

2 tbsps of pasteurized egg whites

2 tbsps of vanilla

3 cups of powdered sugar plus more for thickening

Directions

In a large bowl mix the eggs and vanilla. Add in the sugar and whisk until smooth. You can add more vanilla or water if you need a thinner consistency. I like to start thick and slowly thin out. Add your food coloring and decorate! Let dry in between colors. Use sprinkles when the icing is still slightly wet.

Enjoy!!!!

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