How to Make the Easiest Low Carb Pizza

This isn’t my first rodeo in the realm of Low Carb Pizza – specifically Cauliflower Pizza Crust.

Easy Low Carb Pizza by TheNewLighterLife.com

Seriously…ricing the cauliflower…steaming it…straining it, no thanks. And in the end, it just falls apart and tastes like kaka, (okay apparently kaka is literally poop – that’s going a bit far).

But what if I told you this pizza is the easiest to make and most delicious low carb pizza you’ll ever eat?!  In fact, it’s so good we’ve had  6 times in the past 7 days. Goodness…I LOVE variety but this is to die for!

Cauliflower for Low Carb Pizza

There are just 3 ingredients in this pizza. It doesn’t need salt. And the cauliflower – don’t you dare precook it or mess with straining the water out of it! Read again, DO NOT PRECOOK the cauliflower, (that was always my least favorite part anyway).

Blendtec Low Carb Pizza Cauliflower Prep

This recipe originally came from Dr. Berg, (who by the way has some fascinating health information). I watched how he made his pizza on a YouTube video but this puppy needs to be in a print version.  Head over there if you’d like to see him demo the pizza.

Blended Cauliflower for Low Carb Pizza

Here is the recipe…

Low Carb Pizza (Cauliflower Crust)

Note:

Serves 3  (it’s very filling)

Approximate nutritional info per serving  is for the crust only: 114 calories, 6g fat, 2g net carbs, 10g protein

Ingredients:
  • 2 c. cauliflower, uncooked and shredded
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 c. mozzarella cheese
Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. To prepare the pizza pan, cut a piece of parchment paper to fit inside the rim of the pizza pan.

Low Carb Pizza Pan Prep

In order to get the 2 cups of cauliflower, process cauliflower in food processor, cheese shredder, or mixer. (I use the mixer)  Measure out 2 cups of shredded cauliflower and place it in a medium-sized bowl.

Shredded Cauliflower Low Carb Pizza

Add 2 eggs and 2 cups of mozzarella cheese to the bowl of shredded cauliflower. Mix well.

Low Carb Pizza Mixture

Pour the mixture into the pan and press it evenly and flat.

Low Carb Pizza Dough

Unbaked Low Carb Pizza

Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.

Baked Low Carb Pizza Crust

Remove and top with pizza sauce, toppings, and cheese.

Low Carb Pizza with Sauce

Unbaked Low Carb Pizza

Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and lightly browned.

Easy Low Carb Pizza by TheNewLighterLife.com

 

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Low Carb Pizza Recipe

Low Carb Loaded Baked Faux-tato Casserole

I’m really excited to get to share this Low Carb Loaded Baked Faux-Tato Casserole!  I’m an Irish girl and I LOVE potatoes but they are not always conducive to my eating plan.  But I promise, you won’t even miss the potatoes in my revamped casserole.  (if you’re into potatoes, you can find the original recipe, here)

For today, I give you…

low carb baked potato casseroleLoaded Baked Faux-Tato Casserole

Serves 6

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut up into florets
  • 1 lb. ground beef, browned
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 1 c. mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 c. bacon, cooked and cut up
  • 1/4 c. butter, melted
  • 1/2 pkg ranch dressing mix
  • 1 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Place the cut up cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl, cover loosely, and microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Drain cauliflower of all the water and place it and the cooked beef into an ungreased 9X13-inch pan.

In a large bowl, combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, onion powder, bacon, butter and dressing.

Gently toss sour cream mixture with beef and cauliflower.

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until hot and bubbly.   Sprinkle with cheese the last 10 minutes of baking.

Approx. nutrition info per serving:  574 calories, 46g fat, 4g net carbs, 35g protein.

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Loaded Baked Faux Tato Casserole

Kicked Up Steak Rub

I LOVE a good steak but this kicked up steak rub recipe is so yummy and spicy – it’ll knock your socks off! But before I go there…

Somehow almost a whole year has passed since I posted to this blog! That was one serious hiatus!

Good news is…it’s over!!  And I’m back to regular posting.

Spicy Steak Rub SeasoningKicked Up Steak Rub

For my celebratory post back, I’m sharing with you our very favorite steak rub.  We used to eat steaks out at restaurants, but this rub is so good, I rarely even want a restaurant steak anymore.  This is far better than some of the upscale steaks we’ve had out.  It’s our absolute favorite!  I got this from a friend years ago, and we’ve made it ever since!

It is fantastic!
It is tasty!
It will kick you in the hiney!

Spicy Steak Rub

My kids, who do not like spicy foods, even like this rub but I use less rub for their steak.
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Note:

Adjust the amount of the rub to you preference.

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander

Directions:

Mix the spices in a bowl.  Sprinkle mixture over steak. Rub the seasoning into the steak. Flip, repeat for the other side.  Grill steaks according to your preferences.

Spicy Steak Rub Recipe

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Kicked Up Steak Rub Recipe

 

Thai Coconut Chicken Soup Recipe

I realize we are getting out of soup-eating weather but  I guarantee, you won’t regret making this Thai Coconut Chicken Soup Recipe!

I originally made this soup almost 10 years ago when I first read Eat Fat Lose Fat.  I’ve made just a few changes to the original recipe and it suits us just right now.  One change I made is to not add the chili flakes to the soup pot since I have younger children eating it.  Plus instead of chili flakes, we use this….

Chili Garlic SauceAlso let me say that this fish sauce is a must…

Thai Fish Sauce

The fish sauce was in the original recipe but up until this past winter, I always used 1 tsp of salt instead.  Oh this makes  difference!  Find fish sauce if you can!

Lastly, we serve this soup with a bit of steamed rice to fill the bellies and I double this recipe for our family of 6.

Thai Coconut Chicken Soup

Coconut Chicken Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped fine
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 c. chopped uncooked chicken breasts
  • 1 can whole coconut milk, (not light)
  • 3 c. chicken broth
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 Tbsp Thai fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar, (we love coconut sugar)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 Tbsp fresh basil leaves, (fresh is best)
  • garlic pepper sauce (or red chili flakes)

Instructions:

  1. Sauté onion and garlic in coconut oil in a medium pot over medium-high heat until translucent
  2. Add uncooked chicken, chicken stock, coconut milk, and all seasonings except garlic pepper sauce and basil.  Simmer about 15 minutes, reduce heat if it starts to boil.
  3. Top each bowl of soup with basil  and garlic pepper sauce.

SweetLeaf Stevia Flavor Drops: A Giveaway!

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I use to drink Crystal Light like it was going out of style.  Turns out it was…because many people figured out that Aspartame is all sorts of bad.  Once that revelation came, I ditched the Crystal Light and pretty well gave up on the idea of a flavored water that was super-convenient.

But today I’m so excited to share a new stevia product.  These handy little bottles of stevia-sweetened Flavor Drops are so easy, you just add several drops to your water to taste.

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There are 4 flavors of these Sweet Drops:

  • Strawberry Kiwi
  • Lemon Lime
  • Peach Mango
  • Raspberry Lemonade (my personal favorite)

I’ve tasted them all and they are refreshing and light.  I’m a fan!

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Pumpkin Fotato Soup Recipe

Cauliflower is my best friend since being on Trim Healthy Mama.  This lovely little (or big) veggie is great for making grain-free pizza crust but it’s ability to stand in for potatoes is why we’re tight.

Years ago my very good friend,  Anna,  shared her Pumpkin Potato Soup Recipe with me.  Let me tell you, it is yummy!

But since my potato eating days are pretty limited lately, I had to figure out how to make this fall soup work for us.

Cue my BFF.

Now keep in mind, cauliflower REALLY absorbs the liquids it’s cooked in.  My modified recipe below calls for cooking the cauliflower before you add it to the other ingredients.  You are going to want to drain out as much excess water as you can.  You may even want to squeeze your cooked cauliflower in a colander.

To make this Pumpkin Fotato Soup a complete Trim Healthy Mama (S) meal, I’d suggest a grilled chicken breast or even some rotisserie chicken on the side.

If you’re not following Trim Healthy Mama, you can make this with potatoes.  It’s yummy either way.  But please please please, do not skip out on the bacon and sour cream.  They are necessary.

Pumpkin Fotato Soup - Low Carb

 

Pumpkin Fotato Soup

  • 1 med onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 4 c. chicken broth
  • 2 c. cauliflower, boiled and drained well
  • 2 c. pumpkin, cooked (or 1 can of pumpkin)
  • 2 – 2  1/2 c. almond milk, unsweetened, original
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1  1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Toppings:

  • Sour cream
  • Bacon, cooked and crumpled

 

Directions

Sauté chopped onion in butter.  Add broth, cauliflower, & pumpkin.  Blend mixture in a blender or food processor until smooth.  Add milk to desired thickness.  Add spices.  Pour into saucepan and heat over medium heat until hot.  Do not bring the soup to a boil.  Add a dollop of sour cream some bacon to soup when serving.

 

This recipe has been linked up at Gwen’s Nest for Trim Healthy Tuesday.

Mint Chocolate Protein Smoothie ~ With Avocado

I know most are getting out of smoothie weather since winter is right around the corner.  I for one love smoothies in the RV because they are quick, easy to make, cleanup is a breeze, and don’t require a lot of space.

Today I’m sharing my favorite smoothie, my Mint Chocolate Protein Smoothie.

It will knock your socks off!

If you follow the Trim Healthy Mama plan it is an S (Satisfying).  The avocado adds a creaminess and you’ll never guess it’s in there.

Mint Chocolate Protein Smoothie - THM S ~ With Avocado

 

You can make this smoothie without the avocado, it’s still tasty just not as creamy and obviously it has less fat.  Without the avocado, it is a FP for Trim Healthy Mama.

Once again, I use my favorite protein powder by Swanson.  You can buy it here, (that is my affiliate link that will save you $5 off your first order).

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For sweetener, I use 1 Tbsp Xylitol and 2 scoops of KAL Pure Stevia Extract.  KAL is by far, my favorite stevia extract powder.  This combination results in the perfect sweetness for me and my kids, but adjust as needed.

Mint Chocolate Protein Smoothie

  • 1/2 tray ice cubes (5 to 7 ice cubes
  • 1 c. almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1/2 avocado
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil (or 1/2 tsp peppermint extract)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Stevia, Truvia, or Xylitol to taste

Pour all ingredients into a blender.  Pulse a few times and blend until smooth.

 

So what about you, do you drink smoothies throughout the winter or am I an oddity?

 

This recipe has been linked up at Stacy Makes Cents and Gwen’s Nest for Trim Healthy Tuesdays.