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Keto Pizza Skillet

I have been wanting to share the keto pizza skillet recipe with you guys. With this recipe, you can make it as unhealthy or as healthy as you want. If it is one thing I learned over the last few years, just because a recipe is “diet friendly” doesn’t make it healthy. I am looking at you “paleo” desserts. This recipe has cheese and meet. There is fat. You know what there isn’t a lot of? Carbs. I used ground beef, you could use sausage, ground turkey, a mixture of it all, no meat, whatever you like. I really loved the flavor from the pepper in this recipe, and I don’t like pepper on my actual pizza. Play with the veggies. I think you can really make this veggie heavy and sneak in a lot of stuff for your husband kids.

What You Need

1 pound extra lean ground beef

around 40 slices of turkey pepperoni (we like a lot of pepperoni, you could do less ovciously) diced into fours (I stack them several at a time to make this a quick and easy process)

1/2 an onion

1 green bell pepper

jar of pizza sauce

2 garlic cloves

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp Italian seasoning

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 bag Parmesan cheese

1/2 bag of mozzarella cheese

What You Do

–Heat your cast iron skillet with olive oil, add ground beef, peppers, onions, garlic cloves and seasonings.

–Cook until the meat is brown, then add in the pepperoni and pizza sauce.

–Top with cheese and then place under the broiler in your oven for 3-5 minutes, until the cheese is starting to bubble and become golden.

I served ours with a Caesar salad and it was delicious!!! We had some leftovers which worked great for lunches the next day.


Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Last week I had lunch with a friend at one of my favorite local places, SoHo Social. I almost always order the sweet potato fries with gorgonzola dip as an appetizer, so I don’t want more fries with my meal….you know? I decided to try the brussels they had listed and OMG!!! They were the best I have ever had! I knew I had to recreate them at home immediately. Enter this super simple concoction!

What You Need

1 package shaved brussels or around a pound of regular brussels halved

olive oil


black pepper

2-3 tablespoons real maple syrup

What You Do

–Preheat oven to 400 degrees

–Place brussels in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil, salt and black pepper to taste. Be sure to mix it around real good!

–Line a pan with tin foil and spread out in a single layer.

–Bake for 15 minutes. Toss them around and put them back in for about 8-10 minutes.

–Drizzle 2-3 tablespoons of maple syrup on them, mix them around real good and good for about 8-10 more minutes.

Enjoy the deliciousness!!!!!!!!!!!!


Simple Banana Bread

So, I got a call from daycare on Monday afternoon that Zoe was running a high fever. Her teacher had joked with me that morning that her only goal for the week was to keep Zoe healthy for surgery Friday. Sigh. We were working on a three week streak, but all good things come to an end. One of the best things about working from home though, is I can make a delicious breakfast in the mornings! We had some squishy bananas left over from last week. Once a banana has a brown spot on the outside, I am like….yeah, no. Wont eat it. I figured I had to have most of the items on hand for a banana bread so I got to it!

What You Need

3 very ripe bananas

1/3 cup melted butter

Pinch of salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 large egg

3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 and 1/2 cups flour

What You Do

–Preheat oven to 350 and line a bread pan with parchment paper (less clean up!)

–Mash bananas with a fork and stir in the butter.

–Mix in baking soda and salt.

–Stir in sugar, egg and vanilla extract.

–Mix in flour.

–Pour batter into pan and bake at 350 degrees between 50 minutes to an hour. It took mine right at 55 minutes.


The Best Burrito Recipe

On Sunday, Chris and I were piddling around in our favorite grocery aisle. The international foods/pasta aisle. You know the one. The one filled with ALL the goodness and carbs. Lots of carbs. I asked Chris what kind of pasta he wanted and he was all maybe some kind of burrito or something instead. You don’t have to ask me twice about any type of Mexican dish. I AM ON IT! I looked up a few difference recipe suggestions online, combined and tweaked from several and came up with this deliciousness. I might be biased, but this is better than any restaurant burrito I have ever had.

There is enough meat to do around 5-6 burritos.

What You Need

Soft flour burrito tortillas/wraps (we used the Mission large ones)

1 lb extra lean ground beef

2 cups cooked rice (I used Minute Rice because it was what we  had on hand)

1 can reduced sodium black beans

1/2 an onion, chopped

2 teaspoons minced garlic

3 tablespoons tomato paste

6 tablespoons water

taco seasoning

Other Things I Used

enchilada sauce (we prefer Trader Joes)

cheese dip

shredded three cheddar cheese (or Mexican cheese, cheddar cheese, colby jack, your preference)

fresh diced tomato

Cooking spray

What You Do

–Spray a medium sized pan with cooking spray, cook onions and garlic for 2-4 minutes, add ground beef and brown

–Add taco seasoning (4 tablespoons/one packet) and mix around until completely blended. Stir in 3 tablespoons of tomato paste and 6 tablespoons water. Mix in black beans.

–Heat burrito wraps according to package (I did this in microwave with damp paper towels)

–Lay tortilla wrap on flat surface. Layer the rice, then the beef/bean mixture, top with some shredded cheese. Add in any toppings you may like, I did fresh diced tomato for Chris.

–Wrap the burrito by pulling each of the sides over first, then folding the two ends. Top with a little enchilada sauce and white cheese dip if you are wanting the true restaurant feel to it!!! You may want to heat them in the oven for a few minutes after assembling (350 degrees wrapped in tin foil), or serve immediately!

I imagine you could make a few extras and wrap them up and freeze them, breaking them out for lunches or a quick week night meal. These were honestly put together in under 30 minutes and so good!!!! We only had one each and are saving the leftover meat to make taco bowls or salad later this week.

The cheese sauce and red sauce just swirled together on its own in pure perfection!


Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

I love a breakfast casserole and this one has to be the best one I have ever made. I think Chris and Zoe both agree. It was pretty simple to throw together. The best part is, you could prepare it ahead and refrigerate it to save time in the morning. You would just make it up to the point where you layered the tater tots and refrigerate.

What You Need

Cooked Ground Sausage (I used a fully cooked back of turkey sausage, you could use any kind you want. Just brown it before throwing the casserole together)

3 cups of cheese (i prefer sharp cheddar or a cheddar mixture)

2 cups milk

3 eggs

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 package frozen tater tots (2 pounds)

Bacon Bits or 4-5 slices of cooked bacon crumbled

What You Do

-Preheat oven to 350F

-Brown the sausage if you didn’t purchase pre-cooked

-Layer the sausage in your baking dish/pan (I used around a 9×13, maybe a little smaller because it was oval shaped) Cover it with 2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese

-In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, onion powder, salt and pepper.Pour evenly over the sausage and cheese in the pan.

–Layer with tater tots.

–Bake in oven for around 40 minutes. Top with bacon and remaining cheese, bake another 10 minutes.