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Cauliflower pizza crust- super easy to make GF, Paleo and grain free

IMG_3213I recall the days of making cauliflower pizza crust for my son when he was on the ketogenic diet.  My family found it surprisingly delicious.  At that time the recipe we acquired was a bit more labor intensive.  Being the hunter that I am, I found a new-to-me recipe that cuts down the preparation to 10 minutes but  do allow 55 minutes for baking time (can’t seem to reduce the baking time yet).  Did I mention the total recipe only requires 3 main ingredients?

 

2 pounds cauliflower florets, riced
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup soft goat cheese (chevre)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
pinch of salt

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 400F, then get to work on your crust.

Step 1: Begin by making your cauliflower “rice.”

Simply pulse batches of raw cauliflower florets in a food processor, until a rice-like texture is achieved.

Step 2: Cook & Strain the rice.

Fill a large pot with about an inch of water, and bring it to a boil. Add the “rice” and cover; let it cook for about 4-5 minutes. Drain into a fine-mesh strainer.

Now here comes the secret:

Once you’ve strained the rice, transfer it to a clean, thin dishtowel.

Wrap up the steamed rice in the dishtowel, twist it up, then SQUEEEEEEEZE all the excess moisture out! (Be careful not to burn your hands!)

It’s amazing how much liquid will be released, which will leave you with a nice and dry pizza crust.

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Step 3: Make & Shape the dough.

In a large bowl, mix up your strained rice, beaten egg, goat cheese, and spices.

Don’t be afraid to use your hands! You want it very well mixed.

It won’t be like any pizza dough you’ve ever worked with, but don’t worry– it’ll hold together!

Press the dough out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. (It’s important that it’s lined with parchment paper, which is not to be confused with WAX paper– they’re very different!) ON a side note I used a silicone mat.  

Keep the dough about 1/3″ thick, and make the edges a little higher for a “crust” effect, if you like.

Step 4: Bake!

Bake for 35-40 minutes at 400F.

It’s that easy and absolutely delicious.

Be well,

Lynn

P.S.  I need to spread credit where credit is due: thanks to www.detoxinista.com for this updated recipe.

3 Ideas that put you in the holiday spirit but keep you away from sugar.

The holidays scream “treats”.  It’s tradition to convene with family or framily (friends and family) around food.  Specialty items such as sugar cookies, gingerbread houses, halloween candy only come around once a year.  So what’s a little indulgence, right?  Unfortunately those aren’t the times we find balance.  Rather we may find ourselves trying to ‘get it all in’ before the tradition ends.

I too love traditions.  Even though we do create a few cookie and chocolate staples, around the holidays we also add non-food traditions.  Since Christmas/Hanukkah is approaching I’ll keep this post to this time of the year.  

Here are 3 ideas that keep us in the holiday spirit and away from sugar:

  1.  Advent Calendar.  My kids (even the teen) love opening a small gift every day.  You can be creative with what the calendar looks like.  It can be in the form of a mailbox, $1 at the dollar store (it was a hit last year)  or as a wooden calendar with drawers/doors (purchased mine at Michael’s for $17).  I filled each of the boxes with assorted items in each compartment:  balloons, fake teeth, yoyos, erasers, expandable sponge capsules, natural gum (such a treat!), stickers, tattoos, etc.  On the 25th day of this year I’ve added a small bottle of essential oil for each of my children (age 10 and 13).  Shhh.
  2. Handmade cardboard “ginger” bread house.  I use recycled cardboard, a few “craft items” picked up at Michael’s, buttons, and even cornstarch as snow.  
  3. An ornament making party: the power of glue guns, ornament balls, decorative pieces and a child’s imagination.  All ages love this (even the teens).  

Be well,

Lynn

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My new favorite “rice”

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 After Thanksgiving I’m usually “potato-ed” out.  I’ve consumed my fair share of roasted and sweet potatoes and yams.  The day after I’m ready for a different side dish to my standard protein fat and veggies meal.  Yet, rice doesn’t settle well with me even though I enjoy the flavor.  Often I make dishes for my family that include rice:  fried rice, curry, rice bowls, for examples.  But I’ve needed a substitute.  

I can’t believe how ridiculously EASY and FAST this is to make. I had heard of cauliflower rice but couldn’t believe that it could truly substitute rice: the consistency and the tolerance for juices.  Boy, was I wrong.  It’s absolutely delicious and even faster to make than rice!

Recipe:

Cauliflower (in a Vitamix or blender for 30 seconds until it’s seriously chopped)

Sautee the chopped cauliflower in a pan in oil for 1-2 minutes.  Add in your favorite vegetables and seasonings.   

fauxfriedriceIt’s that easy.  And perfect for us paleo fans as well.

Be well,

Lynn

Non-toxic hair gel, simple, safe and effective

photo 1 (2)My 10 year old son cares about his hair more than my teenage daughter does!  It may stem from him having to wear a helmet for two years when he was sick.  Regardless, he is a leader in pursuing a new hair style: the shave, the beatles, the rat’s tail and now the mohawk.  He doesn’t consider what others are doing but rather pursues what he wants when he wants it.  His rat’s tail was my least favorite, but I vow to keep quiet.  This is his way of developing his individuality and I try hard to step aside.  (Once, he insisted on getting his ears pierced so I bought him a magnet earring.  Fortunately that “phase” passed. Phew!)

I’ve had in my house a toxic bottle of hairspray sitting in my cupboard for the past several years.  I pull it out about once a year for a costume party that I’m attending.  But yes, it’s toxic.  Unbeknownst to me, my son used it for the first day of his new hairstyle, proud to display it at school.  When I saw him after school I explained to him that it was extremely toxic and a product that should either never be used or used only once in a while.  In other words this product is not something to use consistently nor regularly.  I showed him the bottle and we discussed the ingredients.  Some of you may be thinking… ‘wow, Lynn just said it was okay for her son to use a toxic substance?’.   Yes, you are correct.  But allow me to explain a bit more.  He’s at the age of 10 and exploring his independence.  Anything “taboo” is enticing to him.  He’s my child that will say “yes, mom” and do what he intended to do.  He WILL be exposed to other toxins in life and he does spend time outside of my mostly “protected” home.  I took this as a good opportunity to inform him.  

He chose to use the hairspray on day 2 as well.  I trashed the hairspray.  

photo 2 (2)I reached out to Google and found this excellent simple, fast, recipe that was entirely natural.  And even better, it worked!  Now we have a win-win situation.  He’s using consistently a natural, non-toxic hair gel that I’ve made and lives in our house.  The toxic opponent has been permanently removed.   I’ve learned that he’s not ready to make the best health decision unless the natural product is his only option.  But I’m hoping that when he’s exposed to other toxic substances in the future he’ll be thinking about what we discussed.  

Here’s the recipe.  Adapted from DIY Natural 

Homemade Herbal Styling Gel

This homemade styling gel contains no harsh, drying chemicals or synthetic materials.

Ingredients:

Directions:

Heat water and mix together with gelatin in a small bowl. Stir well to combine and refrigerate for about 3 hours, or until set. Once cooled and set, add essential oils if desired, and stir to combine. Using a funnel, transfer to a small squeeze bottle for easiest dispensing. Keep styling gel refrigerated between uses. Gel will keep for about 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Use this homemade product on wet or dry hair and style as usual. I have had great results with both.

Be well,

Lynn

 

Meditation Invitation is wrapping up

A huge thank you to those of you that participated in the meditation affirmation “practice”.  I did get my meditations in for these 10 days and I’m pushing forward to continue implementing meditation daily.  I’ll keep you posted on my progress and I’d love to hear about yours.  

Thank you for others insight and sharing your experience.  We’re all in this health movement together.

Here’s a recap of the meditation audios available:

Feel free to bookmark this page.

Be well,

Lynn

 

Organic, healthy food and products at a fraction of the price. Is it possible?

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In the last couple of weeks I’ve been receiving a blast of emails recommending that I check out Thrive Market.  It’s a new website that sells 4000 popular food, beauty,  baby and kids, home goods at discounted prices.  The catch is that there’s an annual fee of $59 (less than $5 per month). BUT you can buy products at a fraction of the cost, up to 50% off, and the products are shipped FREE to your home!  

Think “Costco meets Whole Foods”

Thrive Market’s mission is also philanthropic.  For every annual membership purchased one free membership is donated to a low-income family.  

So I gave it a look and was impressed.  We just recently ran out of fair trade, organic decaf coffee and found a product at Thrive at 12oz and only $8.45.  My kids love the “Kind” bars which Thrive offers a 12-pack at $15.99  (only $1.33 per bar!).  16 Larabars (I’m a sucker for the peanut butter chocolate chip) is only $18.99.  A 16 oz bag of coconut sugar is only $4.95.  Makeup, moisturizers and hair products appear affordable.  For one order of Kind bars I will recoup my $5 monthly fee.   Plus I’m a sucker for FREE SHIPPING.

Take a look at Thrive Market and let me know what you think.

Be well,

Lynn

 

Healthy School Lunches

Awhile back I posted on the Facebook page “School lunch ideas” that were gluten and dairy free.  Still it’s helpful to get more ideas that can look and taste delicious and meet their nutritional needs with minimally 2 veggies, 1 fat and 1 protein.  

This parent really stepped it up in presentation and in options.  

40 Days of Gluten Free Lunches

Be well,

Lynn

What do grain-free sandwiches look like?

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Dr. Hyman, a functional medicine physician practicing with a strong emphasis on nutrition just wrote an excellent article on how to create satisfying, palatable even delicious grain free sandwiches.  The options are endless. My two favorites: grain-free waffle sandwiches AND wrap anything in nori!  (I have a super easy waffle recipe that you can freeze and use throughout the week.  I’ll post that tomorrow).

http://drhyman.com/blog/2015/03/19/food-bites-with-dr-hyman-grain-free-sandwiches/

Be well,

Lynn

The Hormone Cure Quiz

Rule Your Hormones Quiz

Welcome to the Hormone Cure Quiz developed by Dr. Sarah Gottfried, a Harvard-trained gynecologist. Doctor Gottfried has used this quiz on over 10,000 clients with great success with results.  Dr. Sarah has trained additional practitioners to help her educate more than 1 million women on how to feel great again using a nutritional approach. As one of the privileged practitioners trained in the Hormone Cure I can extend this quiz to you. 

No longer are symptoms “normal”.  Now you can get answers to your fatigue, weight gain, hormonal issues, low libido, sleeplessness, hot flashes, etcetera.

I’ve used Dr. Sarah’s Hormone Cure Quiz verbatim per her requirements.  It is free to  take but will require a name and a valid email address.  Please include any additional contact information you may find helpful. 

Please complete the quiz to the best that you can. The results will be sent to me and I will contact you so we can get started in helping you feel well again.

I’m also trained as a functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner and will assist you with immune, digestive, detoxification, environmental stressors and neurotransmitters so be sure to add additional information that you think will be helpful.

You can reach me at the Contact Us page if you have any further questions.

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Reduce your stress in 10 minutes or less with little effort

To all of my wonderful supporters and blog followers:

I was sent a free series of three meditations, each 10 minutes in length.  The three meditations are intended to help the individual through meditation, find a place of solace and relaxation.  The meditations also contain messages that reinforce the power of love and can help with self-image.  I did a quick test of the first meditation entitled “Sending Love” and found my shoulders dropping a few notches (I didn’t even know they were raised!). 

Please try out and use repeatedly if you feel they are of benefit to you. 

Here’s the link

 

I’d also love your feedback if you find yourself listening to them.

Be well,

Lynn