Garlicky Quinoa Pizza Crust

July 5th, 2018 | no comments

Seriously, I love pizza- the spicy sauce and ooey gooey cheese, topped with red onions, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil. But for the past couple of years I’ve gradually scooted gluten—the protein found in wheat, rye and barley—out of my diet, which means no pizza! 

I’ve attempted sweet potato-crust pizza, kale-crust pizza, and my favorite: cauliflower-crust pizza. Although delicious, cauliflower-crust pizza is a LOT of work! I jokingly asked my husband if he liked it, to which he replied “Oh YES!” My reply: “Well enjoy this one because I’m NEVER making it again!” 🙂 

Then I found a recipe for quinoa-crust pizza that really had me intrigued…but I have to say, I wasn’t overly optimistic.

I made a few adjustments in the recipe and am pleased to report that this pizza crust turned out beautifully, and is really easy to make. The only time-consuming step is soaking the quinoa, but if you begin the soak in the morning right after you wake up, it will be ready to use by dinnertime! 

Please note: I used pre-rinsed quinoa in this recipe. If you use quinoa that is not pre-rinsed, you will have to rinse it through a fine mesh strainer both before and after soaking. 

PS: Most pizza sauce on the market contains added sugar. Boo! Fortunately there are a (very select) few without. Rao’s Pizza Sauce contains no added sugar, only: Italian whole peeled tomatoes, Italian cherry tomatoes, olive oil, carrots, onions, salt, dried oregano, garlic, and basil.

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Garlicky Quinoa Pizza Crust
A better-for-you pizza crust made with just five simple ingredients. Serve it alongside a fresh arugula salad sprinkled with chopped veggies and toasted pumpkin seeds and dressed with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. My favorite pizza toppings include: Pizza sauce (with no added sugar) or pesto sauce, shredded asiago and Parmesan cheese, kalamata olives, red onions, fresh garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, and fresh basil. This recipe makes two small pizza crusts and yields six servings per pizza. 0 Earthfoods per serving.
Servings
servings per pizza
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups pre-rinsed quinoa I like Ancient Harvest brand
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Servings
servings per pizza
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups pre-rinsed quinoa I like Ancient Harvest brand
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Place quinoa in a bowl and cover it with water (about one inch above quinoa). Let soak overnight or at least eight hours. If not using pre-rinsed quinoa, you will have to rinse it through a fine mesh strainer before soaking.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Drain quinoa very well. If not using pre-rinsed quinoa, you will have to rinse it again in this step.
  3. Place quinoa, water, salt, baking powder and garlic powder into a food processor and process for about two minutes until smooth in consistency.
  4. Line two 8- or 9-inch cake pans with parchment paper. To make it simple, place the cake pan on top of the parchment paper, draw an outline of it, cut it out, and place it into the cake pan. Pour one tablespoon of oil into each pan atop the parchment paper and then pour the batter evenly into both cake pan atop the oil, smoothing it out evenly.
  5. Bake the crusts for 15 minutes. Carefully flip the crusts over, remove the parchment paper and bake for another five minutes.
  6. Top the pizzas as desired. Bake for another 5-10 minutes until your toppings have cooked through. Cool, cut, and serve!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (1/6 of one pizza not including sauce or toppings)Calories: 110Total Fat: 4 g; Saturated Fat:  0.3 g; Sodium: 275 mg; Potassium: 0 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 16 g; Dietary fiber: 2 g; Net Carbohydrates: 14 grams; Sugar: 2 g (no added sugar); Protein: 3 g

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Caramel Coconut Bars

June 6th, 2018 | no comments

Looking for a sweet and clean treat you can feel good about eating? No, I’m not talking about strawberries and blueberries…although you can feel good about eating those too!

Meet Peanut Butter Caramel Coconut Bars!

I found this recipe while surfing Pinterest and just knew I had to give it a try. Kudos to London Brazil (by the way…how cool is that name?!) from www.evolvingtable.com, for her Healthy No Bake Magic Bars– which I renamed Peanut Butter Caramel Coconut Bars because it just makes my mouth water to say it! These bars are gluten, dairy, and grain-free and loaded with coconut goodness. The “caramel” glaze is made by combining dates, coconut oil, pure maple syrup, water, and sea salt in a food processor. 

Please note: Because these bars have added sugar (in the form of pure maple syrup) and contain natural sugar from dates, they should be treated more like a dessert, not a meal or “nutrition bar”. By the way, if you’re looking to slow the absorption of sugar in your bloodstream, it’s best to eat sweet treats like this after a meal versus an empty stomach and do so at least two to three hours before bed. 

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Caramel Coconut Bars
Enjoy one of these bars after dinner with a cup of hot tea and you will be in heaven. They have just enough sweet without going overboard. 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Course Sweet Treats
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Peanut Butter Crust:
  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup fresh ground peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
Caramel Glaze:
  • 1 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 3/4 cup pitted dates, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 pinch Sea salt
  • 3 tbsp. cacao nibs Navitas brand
  • 3 tbsp. shredded coconut, unsweetened
Course Sweet Treats
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Peanut Butter Crust:
  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup fresh ground peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
Caramel Glaze:
  • 1 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 3/4 cup pitted dates, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 pinch Sea salt
  • 3 tbsp. cacao nibs Navitas brand
  • 3 tbsp. shredded coconut, unsweetened
Instructions
For the Peanut Butter Crust:
  1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine all of the peanut butter crust ingredients. Process for 2-3 minutes, or until mixture begins to hold together and form a ball.
  2. Press peanut butter crust into a parchment paper-lined 9 x 5 inch loaf pan. Refrigerate while preparing the caramel glaze.
For the Caramel Glaze:
  1. Place oil, dates, water, syrup and salt into the bowl of a food processor. Process for 2 minutes, stopping every 20-30 seconds to scrape the sides. You want the dates to be completely smooth and the glaze to have a caramel consistency.
  2. Spread the glaze over the peanut butter bars and sprinkle with cacao nibs and shredded coconut.
  3. Refrigerate bars for at least 1 hour before serving. Store in refrigerator or freezer.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 215; Total Fat: 16 grams; Saturated Fat: 7 grams; Sodium: 40 mg; Potassium: 70 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 17 grams; Dietary Fiber: 4 grams; Net Carbohydrates: 13 grams; Sugar: 11 grams (5 grams of added sugar); Protein: 5 grams

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Savory Hot Breakfast Cereal (that’s not oatmeal)

May 3rd, 2018 | no comments

Are you bored with the same old tired bowl of oatmeal for breakfast? Looking to mix things up a bit? Then you are going to love this recipe. Rather than oatmeal, it incorporates I Heart Keenwah Toasted Quinoa Hot Cereal, a flaked quinoa that cook up in a mere minute and has the consistency of Cream of Wheat. 

I’ve found that when I make my hot cereal savory, it tends to have more staying power and hunger seems to stay away for at least a good four hours. Why savory? Because you can easily add protein-rich foods like eggs or chicken and creamy textures like butter and avocado. You can also sneak in a serving of vegetables by mixing in leftover roasted vegetables from last night’s dinner. (HINT: Always roast more vegetables than you will eat for dinner so you will have leftovers for your savory breakfast!) 

Quinoa is technically a seed, which makes this recipe grain and gluten-free!

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Savory Hot Breakfast Cereal (that's not oatmeal)
I prefer my hot cereal on the savory side by adding leftover roasted vegetables, diced avocado and hard boiled egg, sliced almonds, grass fed butter, sea salt and pepper. You could also substitute leftover chicken for the egg--it's just as yummy and filling! This recipe is grain and gluten free. 2 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup I Heart Keenwah Toasted Quinoa Hot Cereal
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp. grass fed butter Kerrygold or Organic Valley
  • 1/4 avocado, peeled and diced
  • 2 tbsp. sliced almonds Toast the almonds for extra flavor!
  • 1 organic free-range egg, hard boiled and diced
  • 1 cup leftover roasted vegetables, heated Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, and onions all taste amazing in savory cereal. Take your pick!
  • sea and pepper to taste
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup I Heart Keenwah Toasted Quinoa Hot Cereal
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp. grass fed butter Kerrygold or Organic Valley
  • 1/4 avocado, peeled and diced
  • 2 tbsp. sliced almonds Toast the almonds for extra flavor!
  • 1 organic free-range egg, hard boiled and diced
  • 1 cup leftover roasted vegetables, heated Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, and onions all taste amazing in savory cereal. Take your pick!
  • sea and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place quinoa and water in a microwave-safe bowl, stir until combined. Heat in microwave on high for 60 seconds.
  2. Stir in butter, sea salt and pepper. Top with roasted vegetables, egg, almonds, and avocado. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 400Total Fat: 22 g; Saturated Fat: 4 g; Sodium: 525 mg; Potassium: 790 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 33 g; Dietary fiber: 12 g; Net Carbohydrates: 21 grams; Sugar:  3 g; Protein: 13 g

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Craving-Crusher Water

April 19th, 2018 | no comments

Sip on this tonic throughout the day and you’ll be one step ahead of your cravings!

A combination of three key sugar-busting ingredients—fiber (in the form of chia seeds or Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Organic Fiber), lemon, and L-Glutamine powder—Craving-Crusher Water is pleasant to the taste buds and will help you meet your daily water quota!

L-Glutamine is a powerful multitasker, ideal for:

  • Fighting cravings, especially for sugar and alcohol
  • Burning fat and building muscle
  • Protection from digestive issues like ulcers and leaky gut
  • Strengthening your immune system
  • Detoxifying your body on a cellular level
  • Balancing blood sugar

If you don’t appreciate the texture of hydrated chia seeds, then simply replace it with the fiber powder. 

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Craving-Crusher Water
Sip on this tonic throughout the day and you'll be one step ahead of your cravings! 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥ (if using chia seeds)
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1 whole lemon or lime Including juice and zest
  • 32 ounces water
  • 1 tsp. L-Glutamine Powder NOW Brand of L-Glutamine
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds or 2 tsp. Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Organic Fiber
  • 1/2 thinly sliced lemon
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1 whole lemon or lime Including juice and zest
  • 32 ounces water
  • 1 tsp. L-Glutamine Powder NOW Brand of L-Glutamine
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds or 2 tsp. Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Organic Fiber
  • 1/2 thinly sliced lemon
Instructions
  1. In a pitcher, stir together the lemon zest, lemon juice, and water. Add glutamine powder and chia seeds (or fiber) and combine well. Stir in lemon slices and serve!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (calculated using chia seeds): Calories: 70Total Fat: 3 g; Saturated Fat: 0 g; Sodium: 0 mg; Potassium: 120 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 9 g; Dietary fiber: 5 g; Net Carbohydrates: 4 grams; Sugar: 1 g; Protein: 3 g

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Protein-Packed Steel Cut Oatmeal

January 20th, 2018 | no comments

 

Oatmeal used to be a breakfast staple for me, but I noticed I would get hungry an hour or so afterwards. So I sprinkled a few nuts on top and the extra fat seemed to help sustain me a little while longer…but it still wasn’t enough. Then I tried stirring in some plant-based protein powder. The texture seemed off to me and I simply didn’t enjoy it.

Finally I hit the jackpot of just the right oatmeal ingredients to really make it stick to my ribs! And the magic ingredient? Eggs!

This recipe adds two eggs to the final 10 minutes of cook time, offering an extra four grams of protein per serving.

But don’t stop with the eggs! Adding 1/4 cup of nuts and a tablespoon of seeds really makes an impact on satiety and blood sugar control. I love to top mine off with a little cinnamon and a 1/2 cup of berries, or diced apple or pear with the skin on!

 

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Protein-Packed Steel Cut Oatmeal
When topped with 1/4 cup nuts, 1 tablespoon of seeds, and 1/2 cup of fruit, this recipe yields 3 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥♥
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
1/2-cup cooked
Ingredients
  • 3 cups water
  • 3/4 cup Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Steel Cut Oats
  • 2 organic free-range eggs, whisked
  • 1 tbsp. Kerrygold butter
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
1/2-cup cooked
Ingredients
  • 3 cups water
  • 3/4 cup Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Steel Cut Oats
  • 2 organic free-range eggs, whisked
  • 1 tbsp. Kerrygold butter
Instructions
  1. Bring water to a boil and add oats. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook for 10-20 minutes (depending on how chewy you like your cereal).
  2. In the last 10 minutes of cooking time, add eggs and butter and stir until combined. Stir frequently until eggs are cooked through.
  3. Top with: 1/4 cup of nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans or hazelnuts) + 1-2 tbsp. seeds (ground flax, chia, hemp, sunflower or pumpkin) + 1/2 cup fruit (berries or diced apple or pear with the skin on) + ground cinnamon.
Recipe Notes

Cooked steel cut oats can be stored in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. Add water to reach desired consistency and heat stove top or in the microwave for 60 seconds.

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