Caramel Pears (aka my whole food Netflix treat)

Okay, so I am not even going to tell you this is healthy, but it’s one of my favorite treats that I save for times I’m really tempted to fall off the bandwagon. You know the days that you collapse on the couch and barely have the energy to reach for the remote to watch a West Wing rerun? Tough life. I know.

But for real, after a long crazy day, I crave quiet and a sweet treat. It’s important to me to keep to my 80/20 philosophy. Since giving up refined sugar, I truly don’t enjoy junk filled treats anymore. One night after a particularly rough day, my sweet husband came home with gluten-free wedding cake cupcakes. I was so excited, but after about halfway through the cupcake, I realized it tasted overly sweet and I just wasn’t really enjoying it. I didn’t want to say anything because it was such a sweet gesture, but he noticed it too. Afterward, we both decided it just wasn’t worth it. Not to mention, I felt pretty crummy.

Sure I could have an apple as a dessert or nothing and some nights that works great, but when we want something that feels decadent and special here’s our go to treat!

Caramel Sauce over Pears (aka my clean eating netflix treat)

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar
  • 2tablespoon of salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/4 cup of half and half
  • 1 can of pears in pear juice

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter and coconut sugar together.
  2. Add vanilla and cream.
  3. Bring to a boil while stirring over medium low and whisk until it's dark brown and creamy.
  4. Serve the caramel over sliced canned pears.

Notes

If you use unsalted butter add a small dash of salt. Be sure not to buy the pears with artifcial sugar that's no good and I hate when I accidentally do that!

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Healthy Strawberry Shortcake + An Honest Review of Bob’s Red Mill Paleo Flour Review

Real Foodie Family Strawberry Shortcake Picture

So I am all about sweet treats that are good for you. I know that sounds like an oxymoron, but they totally exist! My goal is to make delicious desserts that I don’t have to think twice about seconds! This strawberry shortcake is gluten free, grain free, soy free, and refined sugar free. The crazy thing is it does not taste healthy. It tastes totally indulgent.

Picture of Bob Red Mill's paleo flour

I think the secret is that I used Bob’s Red Mill Paleo Baking Flour. Bob’s Red Mill was super generous and sent me a bag of their Paleo flour blend to try out.

Here’s my Honest Review:

Pros:

  • I’ve been mixing my own “flours” to create grain free blends, but I was really drawn to the idea of not having to mess with that!
  • I also loved that you can use it cup for cup in most recipes! I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it is  to work with and the neutral flour-like taste it has with only a hint of coconut flavor.
  • My mind is spinning with all the fun recipe possibilities that this flour brings. I want to rework a bunch of my favorites by subbing in this flour. I am thinking Homemade Chicken Strips are in our future!

Cons:

  • It’s pricey ranging from $9-$13 depending on where you buy it.
  • There’s a bit of a coconut taste to the flour  flavor that you might find you want to work around if you are making a savory dish (salt and spicy spices like chili help with this!).

Grain Free Shortbread

Okay, enough gushing about my new favorite flour blend.

Here’s what I liked about this strawberry shortcake dessert:

  • It came together super quickly and required only one bowl. That’s winning in my book.
  • It was such a hit with my entire family! I served it to my parents when they came over for dinner and they loved it. My mom even said, “you should tell them we don’t eat like this and we loved it!” My son’s eyes were shining when he saw the whip cream, “Thank you, Mama, for making icing WITH strawberries.”  And almost almost two year old wanted thirds…
  • It was Grain Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, and Refined Sugar Free without tasting like it!

Healthy Grain Free Strawberry Shortcake

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 17 minutes

Total Time: 37 minutes

Yield: Serves 6 people

Serving Size: one small slice

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana (mashed)
  • 1 cup of Bob's Red Mill Paleo Baking Flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 egg (whisked)
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • 1/2 pint of strawberries hulled and sliced
  • Butter for Greasing
  • Parchment Paper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Grease 6 x 2 inch cake pans add parchment paper and grease the parchment paper as well.
  3. Mash the banana.
  4. Mix in the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, lemon juice, egg, milk, and oil.
  5. Bake for 15-17 minutes until a tooth pick comes out clean.
  6. Slice Strawberries.
  7. In an electric mixer whip cream and honey on high for about three minutes.
  8. Watch closely and stop whisking when you have soft peaks.
  9. Add whip cream to the first layer of cake.
  10. Add a layer of strawberries.
  11. Add the rest of the whipped cream to the top layer of the cake and add the rest of the strawberries.
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Disney with food allergies

Disney vacations are meant to be magical and in true Disney fashion traveling to Disney World with food allergies is just that. It’s easy! It is probably the best experience with food allergies I’ve ever had.

My husband and I took my 20 month old and 4 year old to Disney World. When planning out our trip, we were a little concerned about what I would eat for the four days we were there. Traveling with food allergies can truly be a nightmare. It’s one of those things that I almost hate to say, because I don’t want to sound melodramatic, but the thing is eventually you really do get hungry.

I was incredibly shocked to find out how easy it was to eat soy and gluten- free at Disney World. It made it magical for me. I anticipated relishing the fun and joy my kids had, but I was not expecting just how fun it would be to eat “real” food that was safe.Disney wth Food Allergies

The first day we got there we walked into the food court to grab a bite before hitting the parks and I quickly said to my husband, “Y’all get food. I’ll wait until we have options for me.” It was burgers and pizza and I knew it was a going to be a no- go. Since we’ been traveling all day, I was pretty hungry, so I decided to ask the lady behind the counter if they had anything gluten-free AND soy-free. I knew that would be the kicker. To my surprise she said, “absolutely!” The chef came out and met me.

The chef asked,”What do you want?”

“Well, what can I have?” I asked. Typically there’s like one or maybe two options at a restaurant that covers both allergies.

“Anything you want. I can make you a pizza or a hamburger. I have buns that will work for your allergies. I’ll make you whatever you want.”

I was shocked. Welcome to Disney World!

Character Dinner at Crystal Palace

Review of Allergy-Free Food at Disney:

  • My first meal (that I mentioned above) was at Pop Century’s Cafeteria. It was good, but not great. More along the lines of fast food burger. Nothing special, but not bad and I had a bun.
  • The ONLY place I had a hard time finding something that I could eat was Epcot. I enjoyed their amazing ice cream in France (just ask about allergens) and was so happy they had a soy-free blend. However, the delicious yummy other vendors just didn’t seem to have an option for me. Everything was cooked in soybean oil. If I was only gluten-free this would not have been a problem. They had a ton of delicious looking gluten-free options! In fact, that’s where my idea for the Ribs with pickled jalapeños served over sweet potato hash with white cheddar came from!
  • We ate lunch at the quick-serve Flame Tree Barbecue in Animal Kingdom and it was crazy good. Seriously, it may have been one of the best meals we had there. I am a Memphis girl and I know my barbecue. I ordered the Rib, Chicken, and  Pulled Pork sampler. The ribs were out of this world, and the chicken and pork were great too. I am SO thankful our Disney Planner recommended this restaurant and put it on our itenerary. I knew I could trust her, because she’s a foodie too :).
  • We had dinner with Minnie and friends at Hollywood and Vine and it was a fantastic experience. First, it was just so great for the kids. Getting out of the heat and getting to slowly eat dinner while seeing so many characters was the perfect thing for them. Once again, the chef came out and met me and went through the entire buffet line letting me know what was safe for me to eat. He even had a soy-free/ gluten-free dessert I could have. I fell in love with a roasted corn and fried plantain dish he was serving (don’t be surprised if you see that soon on here) and when he learned that I love to cook he taught me how to make it!
  • We ate lunch at the quick-serve Pinocchio Village Haus and they had allergy friendly meals as well. I ordered the Caprese Pizza on Udi’s crust. I didn’t have high hopes since it was freezer crust, but y’all it was delicious. I ate every bite. The pizza was super fresh with basil, fresh mozzarella, and balsamic vinegar.

    Caprese Pizza (gluten-free and soy-free)

  • We ate dinner at Crystal Palace, a character dining restaurant in Magic Kingdom. This was my all time favorite place we ate and you can tell from the rest of my post that that is a high praise. The entire experience was Disney perfect. My kids eyes were shining with the excitement of seeing their favorite Pooh characters. They let us truly take our time with dinner and dessert (and delicious coffee), while the kids met the characters and went on a friendship day parade. The chef came out and met me here too. He really went above and beyond and made me my own honey salmon, so it would be safe for me. He even made me soy-free and gluten-free rolls that were incredible. They tasted like yeast rolls and I ate too many!

    Here’s the goofy picture my husband took of me freaking out about how good the rolls were!

    And on top of that, the chef said, “what do you want for dessert?” I was debating between a cookie and a brownie (pictured in the title picture of this post) and he brought me both to sample!

  • The last place we ate was 1900 Park Fare for the supercalifraglistic breakfast and I know you guys aren’t going to be able to deal if I gush anymore, but it was amazing. My kids were in love with the Mickey waffles and I was shocked when the chef came out and asked me if  I wanted him to whip me up some Mickey waffles with Namaste batter and they were SO good. It made me happy to think that little kids with gluten or soy allergies could still get Mickey waffles too. Annnnd I looked it up and it looks like these are dairy free too. I have no idea how they taste that good, but they do! 1900 Park Fare is known for its chilled strawberry soup and it definitely didn’t disappoint. This was our last day and it was the perfect way to say “goodbye” to Disney and see our favorite characters one more day! Our Disney Planner recommended saving our last Dinner Service (we did the dining plan) for our last morning which was not a park day and I am really glad we did!

    Allergy friendly Mickey waffles and coffee (Disney had really good coffee that tasted like Starbucks).

WhaT I would Do Next Time:

  • I would definitely use a Disney Planner again. I highly recommend Cathy Sprayberry at Yellow Shoe Travel. It doesn’t cost any extra to use a planner and it makes it way less stressful. She has kids and totally got our speed. She talked to me about what was important to our family and then made an amazing itinerary for us. It was so great to have someone to call if I wasn’t sure what to do. She also made our dining reservations and notified the restaurants of my food allergy, did our fast passes, made us custom touring plans, and had some fantastic tips for us.
  • If we go again with little kids, I would probably do the dining plan. We wouldn’t have gone to as many character meals if we hadn’t done the dining plan, but those were what gave the kids a chance to regroup, cool off, and catch up with all the fun we’d had.
  • I would eat at an off time, so we could ride when others were eating and not eat when it was so busy (we were there during spring break).
  • We opted for trip insurance and were very glad to have done so in the days leading up to the trip (see below).

To put a cap on how much of an impact their food accommodations left on us, you should know that we came very close to cancelling our trip in the two days before we flew to Orlando.  Our daughter came down with some virus that apparently children her age “aren’t supposed to get,” so she wasn’t feeling her best.  Also, halfway through our time at Epcot, our dear son began repeating “I’m so cold!” in an unseasonably warm 95 degree Orlando day…in the sun.  Thanks to an Uber ride, a great pediatrician and antibiotics, we finished the trip up with a home run, but I seriously can’t wait to go back with healthy kids and have a re-do. Next trip I am dying to try out Be Our Guest since Belle has always been my favorite! Has anyone been?

 

REAL foodie Family: What We’ve Been Up To

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So I’ve meant to do posts all a long about our family. How we are indeed real. In fact, we are SO real that I’ve broken my own personal rule of going to bed with the kitchen clean every night….yet again.

I go through seasons of keeping a clean house and it feels great. But everytime my family gets sick, I fall behind. And this month has been a month (or more!) full of sickness. Good grief! We have passed strep back and forth. I didn’t know adults could get it, but I’m on my third round of antibiotics.

I became a crazy lady. Driven with the desire to END this ridiculously long bout  of sickness, that I religiously disinfected my entire house (multiple times). When our pediatrician told me that strep doesn’t live on surfaces (except wet things like toothbrushes), my entire face must have dropped. I made our house smell like those disgusting yellow bottles of lysol for no reason? So here’s to hoping everyone stays well this time!

When my kiddos throats were hurting, I had a harder time finding things they would eat that would be both comforting and semi-healthy.

I pulled out my old Baby Food Maker  (glad I kept that thing on the top shelf and didn’t get rid of it) and made homemade apple sauce. I knew it would probably taste better than the jarred stuff, but had no idea what a hit it would be. My husband declared, “this is more like apple pudding.” The baby food maker did a  great job of  making it super smooth.

If you want to make your own just throw in two apples peeled and cubed. Steam it in the babyhood maker (I poured in water to the first line).

After it’s cooked, pour out about about half the juice and dump the apples into the container. Blend (we added a teaspoon of coconut sugar and 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg). Henry LOVED helping at this stage.

In other news, we are trying to create a few routines (Bill and I are both big picture people, so we have to be intentional with this stuff) to create anchors in our week for both us and the kids. Bill and I don’t rest well. We’ve known it for a while, so we are trying to make Friday’s a day that relax and unwind.

On Fridays I work to get the house clean with the kids. We enjoy (or I enjoy depending on the day) getting the house clean and restful for the weekend.

Fridays are now grain-free pizza night. Everyone loves it and most of the time it means I don’t cook unless I make our Real Foodie Family’s Grain Free Pizza. Typically we head to sprouts and grab Against the Grain Pizza. We love the pepperoni!

What traditions do you enjoy as a family?

Since we’ve been sick so much. We’e been reading a good bit. Right now I am reading The Ministry of Motherhood: Following Christ’s Example in Reaching the Hearts of Our Children and loving it. It’s been offering such a sweet reminder to be intentional with my kids. I HIGHLY recommend it. It’s not one of those books that makes you feel guilty for what you are not doing. She’s so real.

For fun I am reading A Portrait of Emily Price and it’s fun fast read. So far I’ve enjoyed Katherine Rae’s other books a bit more, but I am still enjoying this one

I am about to start reading Little House in the Big Woods to Henry and I am super excited. The Little House series was my all time favorite as a little girl. Henry loves for me to read to him and I am looking forward to sharing this story with him. I think we will read either when Ella naps or before bed. He loves time with me before bed. Sometimes I am so wiped that I have a hard time coming up with a good bed time story that is crazy enough to keep up with his imagination. Hopefully this will help!

I’d love to hear any book recommendations you may have! Leave me a  comment

Creole Cauli Rice (One Pot Meal)

 

So if you’ve been on the fence about eating healthy and having less grains, I totally understand! I didn’t truly commit until last January. I had been gluten-free for a quite a while and dabbled in no sugar, but never truly committed to one thing. As I’ve said before, my husband and I have noticed quite a huge difference in how we feel (even though we only do 80/20). All that to say if you don’t know if you can do it, try this dish. Nothing about it tastes healthy, but you are getting loads of vitamin C, K, B6 and magnesium.

My family ate every single bite of this one dish meal and it comes together super quickly. When I took my first bite, I was shocked at the depth of flavor in this simple dish. It truly tastes so much like gumbo and I didn’t even make a roux.

Obviously I don’t buy a lot of convenient food items, but there are some that are pretty clean and really help me get dinner on the table. Riced cauliflower and Aidell’s Cajun style andouille sausage are the stars of the dish. P.S. I make zero money if you buy these. I just wanted to include the brand name, because it really makes the recipe.

This was so good that  I am putting it on the menu again this week. I was shocked by how much my kids loved it too. I might double it this go around, so we can enjoy leftovers for lunch.

Creole Cauli Rice

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoon of avocado oil or naturally refined coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of chopped onions (I used frozen)
  • 1/4 cup of chopped green bell peppers (I used frozen)
  • 16 oz of pearled or riced cauliflower
  • Aidell's Cajun Style Andouille Sausage
  • 1 cup of frozen chopped okra (thawed in the microwave)
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon of avocado oil
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 1 can of Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes (drained)

Instructions

  1. Heat oil on medium high heat.
  2. 1/4 cup of chopped onions (I used frozen)
  3. 1/4 cup of chopped green bell peppers (I used frozen)
  4. Cook of over medium heat until onions are translucent.
  5. Add in cauliflower.
  6. Cook on Medium High Heat.
  7. Chop Sausages.
  8. Add in sausages.
  9. Add in more oil if the cauliflower isn't browning well by making a well and letting it heat up before your mix in the cauliflower mixture.
  10. Add in garlic.
  11. Brown cauliflower in sausages until they are starting to turn brown and caramelized.
  12. Add in tomatoes and okra.
  13. Salt and Pepper to Taste
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Homemade Pantry Enchilada Red Sauce

Enchiladas are my love language. Just kidding. Sort of. Bill’s love for Mexican food combined with being gluten-free has always made Mexican restaurants a go-to option for us! When we first got married, I loved to make a variation of Real Simple’s Chicken Enchiladas. I learned that if you broiled the rolled up enchiladas (spray avocado oil or olive oil on them first) then the enchiladas would be crispy on the outside and you won’t be left with any of that mushy mess.

If you are primarily grain free like me, make these zucchini enchiladas and enjoy! I wanted to do a separate post highlighting just the red sauce, because it’s that good. It’s also soy free, gluten free, dairy free, and super frugal.

Head on over and grab my recipe at Pioneer Woman’s Tasty Kitchen. Let me know what you make!

Make These Grain Free Cinnamon Rolls For Your People

Wahoo it’s Friyay! As I alluded to earlier this week has a been a bit crazy and I am SO happy to see the weekend. We’ve come to love slow Friday evenings with grain free pizza as a family and a special breakfast Saturday morning. I try to have something really yummy and grain-free  for Saturday morning. Sally Clarkson, who I adore, recommends having simple routines in our lives that our children can cling to as guideposts. Bill and I have found that we love these simple traditions/ routines as much as the kids.  I’ve started her book The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming and can’t wait to get more ideas!

Last Saturday these Cinnamon Rolls were our special treat and I think it’s safe to say they will frequent our kitchen table. We ate every last bite.

Frankly, I was dubious. I am still new to developing grain free recipes and I’ve yet to try a gluten-free cinnamon roll recipe that that was a win. Henry, my four year old, would quickly clue me in, “Hey, these aren’t real cinnamon rolls!”

That certainly didn’t happen with these cinnamon toast bites! They were melt in your mouth perfect and shockingly refined sugar free. They were also Henry approved. We all fought over the last one 😉 If you need help finding these flours check out my Grain Free Pizza post where I point you in the right direction.

P.S. I made the grain free pizza on Friday and while the pizza cooked I whipped up the dough for these. Then while Bill gave the kiddos their bath, I rolled them up and put them in the refrigerator for the next day.

Cinnamon Toast Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 2 tablespoons of avocado oil (or refined coconut oil)
  • 1 package of fast acting dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup of coconut flour
  • 1 cup of almond flour (finely ground or blanched)
  • 1 cup of tapioca flour
  • 2 tablespoons of arrow root
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/4 cup of coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • Butter for greasing the pan
  • Icing:
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 1/4 cup of orange juice
  • 14 cup of coconut sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • Dash of nutmeg and salt

Instructions

  1. Mix water, yeast, and oil in an electric mixer.
  2. Add in the rest of the ingredients blending on medium high for five minutes with a paddle or dough hook.
  3. Cover dough with a cloth and let rise for an hour in a warm space.
  4. Grease a circular baking dish.
  5. Place a sheet of plastic wrap on top of a cutting board.
  6. Place the ball of dough on top.
  7. Use another piece of plastic wrap to spread out the dough entirely.
  8. Remove the top layer of plastic wrap.
  9. Using the under layer of plastic wrap gently roll the bites together. See picture.
  10. Slice into 1 in bites and place into greased pan arranging in a circular motion leaving a 1/2 in between each bite.
  11. You can either cover and refrigerate for the next day or bake them.
  12. Preheat oven to 350.
  13. Bake for 20 minutes.
  14. Combine all of the icing ingredients in a small sauce pan.
  15. Cook on medium heat and stir until it comes to a boil.
  16. Remove from heat.
  17. Cover baked bites and serve!
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What We Eat When Life Gets Crazy

At the risk of sounding whiney, I am going to confess that we’ve just had a couple of crazy weeks and I am worn out! Without going into great detail, my kids have done that thing where one gets the whole crew sick, and we are finally *well*…until the next day the other one gets something else. It’s totally a little kid thing, but for whatever reason I feel like I’ve been running on fumes this go around.

I am not sure what exactly made this round of sickness + craziness so overwhelming but I always know I’ve got to get a handle on the crazy when I have a mountain of laundry waiting for me and toys are left like minefields all around the house.

When this happens, I find it harder and harder to stick to my ideals about eating healthy. I am way more tempted to eat out and not have to do another single dish and then I totally regret it.

I forced myself to meal plan and shop on Sunday (wahoo!), but that’s pretty much the only part of our life that isn’t in chaos.

So I am declaring tomorrow my “get back things in order day” and I am literally giddy about the prospect of getting the house back together and marking things off my to do list.

Any other moms out there find sanity in this?!?

I read the The Happiness Dare by Jennifer Dukes Lee and it was such a fantastic read and was one of those books you still think about months later. I highly recommend it!  I took her happiness style quiz and found that first off I am a “relator” (not really a shocker there) but secondly I am “do-er,” I like to get things done. For whatever reason, that totally surprised me, but my husband was like that’s why every Saturday you are energized by the ginormous to do list you’ve created. Bless him! Wait, it’s not the norm to get excited about chores?!

Just to clarify. I am actually a terrible housekeeper (hence the need for all the lists) but nothing makes me feel more accomplished than freshly mopped floors and ALL the clothes in their drawers. The problem is that then my kids have to eat…

I am sharing with you my favorite breakfast/ go to snack to have on hand when life gets busy.

I adapted these from the ambitious kitchen and we love them. There’s a lot of two ingredient banana cookies floating around Pinterest, and all I’ve got to say is why have two ingredients when you could have six and it really tastes good?!

These are super cheap if you don’t need gluten-free oats or soy free chocolate chips. We use regular oats but buy the dairy free and soy free chocolate chips due to my soy allergy. My favorite brand is Enjoy Lifeand they are on sale right now! You can also keep you eye out for them to go on sale at Kroger every once in a while.

Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookie

Ingredients

  • 2 bannanas mashed
  • 2 cups of oats
  • 1/4 cup of semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Mash the bananas and mix in the oats.
  3. Mix in the remaining ingredients.
  4. Using a cookie scoop drop them onto an un-greased cookie sheet.
  5. Cook for 9 minutes.
  6. Let cool.
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Grain Free Yeast Pizza

Here’s the thing about being  gluten-free for a while: you learn to lower your standards.

It’s sad, but it is hard to get all the flavor and be gluten free. Typically it tastes good except it’s super chewy or it has a decent texture, but tastes a lot like cardboard. But what if we didn’t have to lower our standards? What if we didn’t have to fake that pizza tastes good because it’s good for your gut, but because it’s just good?

It’s possible. Here’s my gluten-free pizza that is also grain free (and easily dairy free just change your cheese)! I made a delicious yeast dough. It’s more of a thin crust. You’ve got to give it a try.

Don’t let the ingredient list look daunting. I never try things with multiple flours because I am always like, “who has time or money for that?!” but I finally decided to give it a go. Since I try to keep Arrowroot , Coconut Flour, and Almond Flour in the pantry, all I had to buy was Tapioca flour (which I scored for $6 on Amazon). So with a couple of clicks on Amazon and some experimenting in my kitchen, I’ve landed on a new go to recipe. Annnnd it was really easy. Also, the sauce was so fresh and truly made the pizza. If your family  likes a hearty sauce, double the recipe.

 

Grain Free Pizza

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Yield: 1 pizza

Serving Size: 4

Ingredients

  • For the Dough:
  • 1(1/4 oz) package of fast acting yeast
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of avocado oil (or olive oil)
  • 1 cup of almond flour
  • 1/2 cup of coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons of arrowroot
  • 1/2 cup of tapiaco flour
  • For Pizza:
  • 1 (14 oz) can of organic tomatoes (drained)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 dash of cayenne
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 1- 1/2 cup of Mozzarella
  • Turkey Pepperoni

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 475.
  2. In an electric mixer usr a dough hook or paddle to mix the hot water, yeast, and oil.
  3. Add in the remaining ingredients one at time, mixing on a medium speed.
  4. Mix for 3 minutes on a medium-high speed.
  5. Cover with a towel and let rise near the oven for 15 minutes.
  6. It won't rise dramatically like flour dough, but you should notice a slight difference. The dough may look bigger or more bubbly.
  7. Pat the dough down onto a pizza stone or a pizza pan.
  8. Bake the dough for 5 minutes at 475 checking to be sure it doesn't burn.
  9. Drain the tomatoes, add in garlic, salt, cayenne, pepper, and olive oil.
  10. Stir Well.
  11. Use a potato masher to crush the tomatoes to make the sauce.
  12. Add the sauce to the crust.
  13. Cover with cheese.
  14. Spread the pepperoni over the pizza.
  15. Bake at 400 for 6 minutes.
  16. Broil for 3 minutes.

Notes

When working with grain free or gluten-free dough, use plastic wrap to spread out the dough on the pizza. It makes the dough easier to work with.

Make sure to use super fine almond flour or blanched almond flour, because almond meal will not work.

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Budgeting Money and Time to Eat Healthy

 

I received an email with a really fantastic question, so I thought I’d just make a post out of it.

A Few Thoughts on Budgeting to Eat Healthy:

  • Eating healthy costs a lot. It just does. There’s no way around. It’s sad but eating pb and j and frozen pizza is cheaper. I’ve heard the argument so many times, “You will make it back in doctor bills.” While I believe that can totally be true, I know it doesn’t really help  in the immediate or make it any easier.
  • Do not believe the lie that’s it all or nothing! I don’t believe that for a second. If you can’t buy organic, do not worry about it. Seriously, don’t even sweat it. Now, I am no doctor, but if I bet money I’d feel pretty confident saying that if you stop eating processed junk and copious amount of sugar, but move to a more whole foods type diet your body is going to thank you! If you can afford some, do your own research. Consider the dirty dozen.
  • Find your family favorites and make them cheap. Not every meal has to be a production. Find a family favorite that makes your family happy, but is cheap. Make it regularly! It may take experimenting to find that meal, but I am sure you will find it. Shoot for at least one vegetarian meal a week. That will absolutely lower your bill. Two of my family’s frugal favorites are black bean burgers and cauliflower pizza.
  • Cut your costs in non-food categories. Since eating healthy does cost more find ways to save in other areas. For example, we don’t have cable but have Netflix. I buy my diapers at Aldi instead of using pampers. You get the idea!
  • Shop at different stores, but not all in the same week. I’ve found that certain stores have much cheaper healthier options, but no one store is overall cheaper. However, when I go to more than one store a week I lose valuable time and energy and I am more tempted to buy things I don’t need. Instead, I stock up on the cheaper items and rotate between Aldi, Walmart, Kroger, and Costco.
  • Slowly stock up. Always walk by the organic aisle and if something is marked down, grab it! Eventually your pantry will be stocked with healthy ingredients. Tailor this to your family’s needs. If you don’t have a soy allergy in your family, you probably don’t need to go out and buy the pricey coconut aminos, but choose the healthiest soy sauce you can find. If you are trying to lower your family’s intake of refined sugar start with honey, since it’s the cheapest low glycemic sugar. Eventually you won’t be buying this stuff every week, but will have slowly replaced your unhealthy items with healthier options.

Shopping and Cooking Healthy without Losing Your Mind:

  • If possible don’t cook three meals in a row. You think I make everything homemade, right? I don’t. I can’t. My kids like to see me, you know, occasionally not in the kitchen. We typically do Lara bars and fruit for breakfast. Yay for no clean up! Lara bars are pricey, though. Try these filling breakfast cookies that cost pennies. My kids love them! And if I am really winning at life, my gluten light kids eat a healthy sandwich and veggies and I eat left overs from dinner the night before. This also really helps with the budget!
  • Give yourself grace as you figure things out! It takes time. It’s basically like learning how to cook and shop all over again. Find what items are cheaper at each store and stock up on them when they go on sale or when you are there.
  • Get your entire family on board. Having your spouse’s support will help tremendously and will really help keep you on track with both eating healthy and saving money in other areas.
  • Cook in Batches. Make your time and money count! It’s usually cheaper to make more of one thing than than a whole bunch of different things. I love making a lot of shredded chicken and putting some in the freezer for later. This is great if chicken is on sale one week!

I’m planning some posts about my favorite (cheaper) healthy items from different stores! I hope this helps and I’d love to hear other people’s tips. I know we can all learn from each other!