Ketogenic Primal Paleo Gluten-Free Pizza Casserole



I've tested a lot of different pizza recipes since I've taken up the Paleo lifestyle, but the one I'm giving you today is definitely my favourite.  Then again you know I'm all about making things as simple as possible, and this recipe gives you all the flavour of pizza with hardly any work.

There are only a few ingredients, no mucking about making a crust, and the results are really delicious.  For those of you who can't eat nuts and are not really happy with any of the other crust alternatives, this is a great option, not to mention that it works perfectly for a Ketogenic version of the Primal Paleo diet. 

To make it even easier, I make my version in my mini oven, so I use a 9 x 9 inch baking dish. It makes 4 slices - 2 very filling servings.


Ingredients :

2 ounces of soft cream cheese
2 large eggs
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon Pizza seasoning (I use Frontier Herb Pizza Seasoning Blend - 1.04 oz)
1/2 teaspoon crushed pepper flakes (leave this out if you don't like it spicy.)
1 1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup organic pizza sauce (I use Eden Foods Sauce Organic Pizza Pasta Gls 14 oz.)
8 black olives, cut in half



Directions :
  • Preheat oven to 350'F
  • Grease a 9 x 9 inch baking dish.  (I also like to line the bottom with parchment paper.  This makes it really easy when it comes to cutting slices.)
  • In a food processor or heavy duty blender, combine the cream cheese and eggs until you have a smooth batter. Add the cream, 1/4 cup of the Parmesan, the garlic power and 1/4 teaspoon of the Pizza Seasoning. Blend again until smooth.
  • Sprinkle 1 cup of the Mozzarella evenly over the bottom of the baking dish, then pour the egg mixture over it.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, then take it out of the oven.
  • Spread the top with the pizza sauce, sprinkle the rest of the Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese evenly over the top, and add 4 olive halves to each quarter.
  • Return to the oven and bake for 10 minutes more.
  • Once you take it out of the oven, leave it to sit for about 5 minutes before cutting into 4 slices and serving.
I like to serve it with a spinach and arugula salad with an olive oil and apple cider vinegar dressing and sprinkled with chopped cooked bacon.

It's hard to believe this is a healthy Primal Paleo Ketogenic meal isn't it ?!?



 “Life isn't about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”   - George Bernard Shaw




My Indoor Garden Update






It's been just over three months since I started my indoor kitchen garden and I'm still totally thrilled with it.

Soon after my lettuce really started to grow I used it to make a salad for a dinner party and nobody could believe how delicious it was.  The taste was 200% better than anything you can buy in a store.

                             

My herbs and salad greens continue to grow at a huge rate.  I have so much basil I haven't been able to keep up with it.  I now have bags of it in my freezer as well as lots of home-made pesto - which is not a bad problem to have.

                                      

In fact I've had to take one of my lettuce plants out of the grower because it was taking over.  I put it into a glass to see if it would continue growing, and it has, so I'm still picking lots of salad leaves.

                           

The basil plant has gotten so big I didn't think the lettuce next to it would survive but as you can see it's a bit spindly because it has to reach for the light, but it's still doing very well.

But the plants I'm really thrilled with are my tomato and jalapeƱo pepper plants.  As you can see they have tons of fruit and the tomatoes are now turning red.  It's amazing to me that I can grow these inside with absolutely no natural light.

                            

I really think this whole indoor garden thing is a great option for those without any outdoor space. Especially now with people being so sick of all the problems with the food we get in the stores, and a lot of people looking to grow some of their own food instead, I think this could become a very popular alternative.


 “Life isn't about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”   - George Bernard Shaw














Broccoli Fries - a great way to use Broccoli Stems






Does it annoy you as much as it annoys me to throw out all those broccoli stems?  Especially when I'm paying extra for organic produce it really seems a huge waste of money.  Many times the stems are the largest part!

After playing around with a few ideas I've finally found a great way to use them - by making fries!

Now, I know this might seem a bit strange, but stick with me here. I'm really not crazy!


The broccoli stem is very edible once you peel off the exterior.  In fact I think it's very tasty.


To make fries, I first chop of the exterior small bits, then peel the stems.


Once peeled, it's easy to slice them.  I like to make mine very thin like French pomme frites.  That gives more surface for crisping which you need because these aren't the same as potatoes.

They are a completely different texture so you shouldn't expect them to get as crispy as potato fries do, but they are still delicious in their own way.  You just have to be prepared that the texture will be more like home fries then French fries.


To easily coat my fries I put them into a plastic bag, pour on a bit of olive oil and add salt and pepper, and then smush them around until they are completely coated.


I pour them out onto a parchment lined baking tray, making sure they are all laying flat in one layer.  This will make sure all the surfaces brown as evenly as possible.

After heating my oven to 425'F, I bake them for 10 to 15 minutes, then, when I see they are starting to brown, I take them out, flip them over, and put them back in to bake for another 10 minutes or so.  (I can't really give you better timing than this because I find it depends on so many things - the pan you use, the size of the fries etc.)

The day I made these I served them with some fresh sole fillets I sauteed in some butter and lemon juice and with some cherry tomatoes on the side.  Made an amazingly delicious dinner ..... and gave me lots of nutrition to boot.

I like the flavor of these so much I'm going to experiment with some other ways to use these stems.  After all, I'm paying for this nutrition so why waste it!


 “Life isn't about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”   - George Bernard Shaw



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Paleo Ketogenic Nut-Free Breakfast Sandwich



Since I started making these Keto waffles I have found myself using them more and more.

Almond bread used to be my staple for sandwiches and all things bread-like, but now the waffles are taking their place.  Almond flour can make things heavy and it doesn't agree with everyone, but when a recipe only has two ingredients there isn't much that you can find fault with.


These waffles are of course wonderful for breakfast just by themselves.  Served with lots of butter and some sugar-free syrup they definitely hit the spot.  I always make some with added blueberries or raspberries.  It's a great way to have a bit of fruit without overdoing the sugar.

Now I've found that they make a great breakfast sandwich as well. I used to love to go to Starbuck's and get one of their breakfast sandwiches but of course now that I'm gluten and grain-free that's out of the question.  A waffle sandwich is the perfect substitute.

And the nice thing is I can put in all the same ingredients I loved in the Starbuck's ones.  When I have to leave the house in a hurry in the morning, making a sandwich to take with me only takes a few minutes, especially when I have a stack of waffles in the fridge and a bag of cooked bacon next to it.

I like to add scrambled eggs or poached eggs or fried ones, but often I'll just do bacon, cheese and tomato.  Add a good cup of coffee with some heavy cream and I don't miss my Starbuck's visits at all any more.

photo by jeffreyww


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Paleo Keto Nut-free Pizza

A few posts back I showed you how to make Keto waffles.  Today I'm going to show you how I use them as a pizza base. 

As I showed you, these waffles are super easy to make.  You can freeze them and just take one or two out when you need them, and using a waffle base is not only healthy, it's the fastest way I know to make pizza.

Just use the waffle like you would have used any other base in the past.  I like to brush the pan with some olive oil before I put on my waffle.  That way the bottom gets nice and crispy.

Then all you do is put on your usual toppings - tomato sauce, cheese, etc.

Cook in a 425'F oven for 10 to 15 minutes until the cheese is all melted and is nice and bubbly - and you're done.  Faster than take out!


And as you can see it makes a nice sturdy base that you can hold in your hands just like a regular pizza base.

The added bonus is that because the waffle is made with all protein ingredients, you don't need lots of this to feel full and satisfied.  A small individual waffle pizza with a green salad on the side make an ideal dinner.


 “Life isn't about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”   - George Bernard Shaw



Indoor Garden - Month 2




Just a quick update on how my garden is doing.  In one word - Fantastic!

I have a constant supply of basil and parsley and lots of salad greens. As soon as I pick off some of the leaves more grow, so it's really working out well.

I have to say I was a bit leery when I first started this project. These units aren't cheap and the rate of growth they promised was hard to believe, but I have to say I've been very pleasantly surprised.

They had turned out to be everything I wanted and more.


The only thing that's been a disappointment was the cheaper unit I bought.  It might have been cheaper, but when you take into consideration that you have to replace the light every 6 months you're not saving any money.

It also doesn't work anywhere as well as the others.  The light is lower so you can't grow taller plants, and on top of that it's really noisy.  I finally stopped using it because I found it really annoying. Things like that are a learning experience and just show that yes, you do get what you pay for.

Other than that I'm really happy with the whole set up.  And the topper?  My tomato which I only started early January is now already flowering!  The jalapeno pepper plant looks very healthy too so I'm really looking forward to seeing flowers on that as well.

I am definitely going to keep this setup going even in the summer months.  It's the easiest form of gardening I've found yet!


 “Life isn't about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”   - George Bernard Shaw






Paleo Nut-free Ketogenic Waffles for meals all day long





Here is a wonderful basic recipe that is not only Paleo but also Ketogenic.  It has a multitude of uses, is super easy to make, and has only 2 ingredients - yes two!

It's a beautifully simple version of waffles.  Light, crispy and delicious - these are to die for. If you've ever wished you could have some Paleo bread but can't eat nuts, this just might be the answer for you.


Makes 4 to 5 large waffles




Ingredients :

4 ounces cream cheese
4 large eggs


Directions :
  • Put the cream cheese and the eggs into your blender, blend until bubbles form, then leave to stand for about 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile heat your waffle iron.
  • When it's hot, pour just enough to cover the bottom and use a soup spoon to even out the batter so it covers all the holes.
  • Close and cook until there is no longer any steam coming out of the iron. (About 5 minutes.)
  • Using a spatula, gently remove the waffle and place on a wire rack to cool.(It will be soft and floppy until it cools.)
  • If you want to eat it right away, put it into your toaster oven for a few minutes and it will crisp up very nicely.
  • You can also freeze these to use later. Just put a layer of parchment paper in between them so they don't stick together.

In the next few posts I'm going to give you lots of different ways you can use these, but today let's start with breakfast.


First, you can have them as just ordinary basic waffles. 

Might be ordinary, but with a bit of sugar-free syrup and lots of butter, they taste anything but.


Then there's my waffle version of Danish.  This has to be the closest you'll ever come to a grain-free puff pastry.  Really!

And it's so simple to put together.  Just toast, let cool, slather with butter and jam, sandwich two quarters together, and eat. Absolutely delicious.  

One word of warning - Make sure you let these cool completely, otherwise the filling will make them soggy rather than crispy.

Before I started eating Primal Paleo I loved having my croissants on the weekend, and I really missed them once I had to give them up.  I never thought I'd be able to eat anything even close to these delicious buttery pastries again.

Now, when I have these lovely Keto Danish on Sunday morning with my tea, I can enjoy that wonderful light crisp taste again... without any of the unwanted the side effects. 


 “Life isn't about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”   - George Bernard Shaw




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My Winter Garden is a Success!






I have to say I'm absolutely thrilled with how my winter garden has grown - and how fast it's grown as well!  

I started out looking for a good option for the winter, but with these kinds of results I'm seriously considering making this my main garden because it suits me in so many ways. 

(Please excuse the quality of the photos.  These lights make it impossible to get good images.)


It's been just over two months now and I'm already harvesting lots of herbs.  

As you can see my basil and dill are growing like weeds, and the parsley is very quickly catching up as well.  I'm using them constantly and have even had to chop and freeze some because there is just way more than I can use.  

What a nice problem to have! 



I just started my tomato and jalapeno pepper plants after Christmas and they are already growing like gangbusters.  

This little tomato plant has the thickest stem I've ever seen, which should bode very well for handling a large crop of cherry tomatoes.


My jalapeno pepper isn't growing as quickly but it's still a decent size considering it's only been a few weeks.



As for my salad garden it's just amazing.  I've got lots and lots of salad.  I pick it every day and as soon as I pick it more comes up.  I can almost watch it grow.  

There wouldn't be enough for more than one person, but for me it's absolutely perfect.  I can have fresh salad every day without worrying about it going bad.

 I can hardly wait now until the tomato and pepper plants have fruit, but I know it won't be for a few months yet.  However, once they do fruit they are supposed to keep going for many months so I'm hoping they will take me clear through the spring and summer.  Meanwhile, in a few months I'll start more plants so they are ready when the first ones are done. 

Yes, definitely this was a very successful experiment and I'm really pleased with the results. 

I live in a beautiful park-like setting with tons of birds and lots of wild deer.  They are beautiful and I love watching them, but they also love eating everything in my garden.  I hate having to shoo them away.  I'd rather just enjoy them, so growing indoors is the perfect solution for me.

And the fact that this system is working out so well is opening up a whole range of possibilities.  There are so many things I can grown.  Who knows .... maybe I'll try broccoli next!


 “Life isn't about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”   - George Bernard Shaw




     





Winter Garden - Week 4






It's just over 4 weeks now since I set up  my indoor garden and everything is growing really well.  

It's taken me a bit of fiddling to figure out the lights.  I couldn't get them to go on and off automatically so I've had to turn them on myself which is a bit of a pain.  I've looked through the instructions and I can't see anything about that.  

If anyone know how to fix this problem I'd appreciate a comment. The last garden that I set up is the only one that's working, so I'm wondering if the other two are defective.


As for the individual gardens ....

Salad Greens - The lettuce is big enough to start harvesting now.  I seeded these little Tom Thumb myself in the "grow anything" kit and they are growing very well, even though only the two sprouted initially.  I've since got the lettuce kit so I'm trying some of those pods to see if I get a better sprouting rate.

I make a bit of a mistake by leaving the light on them too low for too long, so the edges of the leaves started to burnt a bit.  I've moved the lights up now so hopefully I won't have that problem again but I can see I'm going to have to keep a close eye on the heights of the plants.  It's a learning experience.



Herbs - These are growing wonderfully.  In fact I'm really amazed.  I've never had this much growth this quickly growing herbs in any other medium.  I can see why the herb kit is the one that's given most often with the grow kits since it seems to be the easiest to get going.

I have lots of dill and the basil is going strong as well.  Even the parsley which was late getting going is starting to gain momentum now.


Tomatoes & Jalapeno Peppers -  I got another kit over Christmas and I've just set it up now so nothing to see yet. It says in the brochure that these will take longer to germinate so it will be interesting to see how those go.

So far so good.  I'm glad I tried this experiment.  It's certainly a good way to grow herbs indoors, and it looks like the salad greens garden is pretty successful as well.  If the tomatoes and peppers do as well, I'll be well on my way to covering most of my fresh vegetable needs.  

Now If I can just figure out a way to get broccoli and cauliflower as well ....


 “Life isn't about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”   - George Bernard Shaw