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or just trying to EAT BETTER,
you NEED to try this!
 Question:  Have you ever scrapped the toppings off of a pizza to avoid eating the crust?  No fun.  It’s basically the toppings of the pizza and I don’t miss the crust at all this way.  
This is the way I’m kinda obsessed with making it right now.  
You should be really creative with this and then tell me what YOU did!
Boars Head Pepperoni or Turkey
we use this kind.  They don’t Compromise!
Pasta/pizza sauce
purple onions
artichoke hearts
green bell peppers
a little mozzarella
1. Toss pepperoni/turkey, onion, bell peppers into a skillet and “Stir Fry”
2. Add artichoke hearts and cook a while longer.
 3. Then add pasta sauce.  Cook it until it’s bubbly and thickens up.
Crazy easy to make and kind of confused I didn’t think to do this sooner.  
But oh well, I have it now and I hope you do too 🙂


This is what we ate last night.  I have it pinned on my Pinterest board “EATING and DRINKING”.  I’ve made it a few times and  it is SO YUM!  Last night, however,  I had to make a few adjustments… because I didn’t realize when I started that I was out of a few ingredients.  That’s never a fun moment when I am half way into cooking and realize I DON’T HAVE ALL THE STUFF I NEED!  Sadly that happens more than I want to admit. LOL  That’s when it’s nice having friendly neighbors 🙂
So I improvised last night and it turned out great!  
So I thought I’d share…
First, grate the CAULIFLOWER
Cook the CAULIFLOWER in microwave on high for 8 min.  
DON’T add water.  It makes it’s own moister.
Oven preheat to 450ª 
I actually think I will lower the temp and increase the cook time next time I make this.  The outer edges burned on mine. 
Spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray.
Add 1 EGG, GARLIC (fresh or powder), a little SALT, and OREGANO.
I’m sorry I didn’t measure. 
Pinterest:  add 1 cup grated mozzarella.
Me: had no mozzarella, so I cut up our Boar’s Head Provolone cheese.
MIX it all up.
PLOP the MIXTURE onto the cookie sheet.
SPREAD it out with your hands.
Brush OLIVE OIL onto the crust.
BAKE it for 15 minutes.  
Add sause and toppings.
I used pizza sauce, red & yellow bell peppers, feta cheese, and parmesan. 
I would have used pepperoni for the kids, but…I was out 🙁  
Put this under the BROILER until toppings are warm and cheese is melted.
So this did NOT appeal to my kids, but my husband and I enjoyed it.  I actually thought it was GREAT!  Next time I will NOT call it pizza, and I think my kids MIGHT like it 🙂
If you think of a creative name for this “pizza”, PLEASE share… so my kid will eat it!  🙂
Give it a try. 
 What are your favorite toppings?  


Cut up some peppers and grab some hummus.

instead of chips, you will…
  • Lower your risk of cancer!
  • Improve your immune system!
  • Fight against vision loss!
  • Protect against cardiovascular disease!
  • Help keep fluids & minerals in balance!
  • Enhance muscle function!
  • Help regulate your digestion!

I LOVE chips, but when I look at it this way, I have NO problem putting down the bag and grabbing the veggies!

No cholesterol or saturated fats!
Rich in protein!
A great source of calcuim!

Anti-Aging: 12 Oatmeal


Add oatmeal to your normal diet to slow down the aging process because it

  1. lowers cholesterol

  2. boosts immune system

  3. stabilizes blood sugar

  4. reduces risk of diabetes

  5. has special antioxidants to protect heart

  6. prevents breast cancer

  7. gluten-friendly – it has a small amount of gluten but studies have shown that adults and children with celiac disease can tolerate it

Add other Anti-Aging foods to your oatmeal… like

Check out  Mr. Breakfast.com for 144 

different ways to make oatmeal!

Let me know what you try and how you like it!

Anti-Aging: 10 Prunes


One of the healthiest foods!

They are most commonly known as a natural laxative, but there are numerous other benefits from these fruits.

Prune Nutrition Facts

Glycemic Index (GI) Rating: Although rich in simple sugars, prunes do not cause a rapid rise in blood sugar levels, possibly because of their high fiber, fructose, and sorbitol content. Therefore, prunes have a low GI rating of 29. The Glycemic Load (GL) of prunes is 9.57 (low).
Calories: Prunes have about 240 calories per 100 grams (67 calories per 1 ounce).
Macronutrients: Prunes are rich in carbohydrates. They are also an excellent source of dietary fiber (6.1 grams per 100 grams). Prunes contain very little protein and hardly any fat.
Vitamins: Prunes are a good source of vitamin A and vitamin K.
Minerals and Trace Elements: Prunes are a good source of potassium, copper, boron and magnesium.
Phenolic Compounds: Prunes are rich in phenolic compounds (184 mg/100 g) such as neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acids.

Anti-Aging: 6 Cruciferous Vegetables


Cruciferous vegetables are from the mustard family ::



They prevent and slow down aging in the body!

They are filled with vitamins, fiber, and disease-fighting phytochemicals.

By adding these foods to your daily diet, you may be lowering your risk for cancer!

Some have shown to STOP the growth of cancer cells

for tumors in the:

  1. breast
  2. uterine lining (endometrium)
  3. lung
  4. colon
  5. liver
  6. cervix

                                        according to the American Institute for Cancer Research

These vegetables fight against the overload of 

free-radicals that cause cancer by reducing oxidative stress.

Cruciferous veggies also protect against cardiovascular disease.  Studies have shown that diets rich in these foods lower amounts of inflammation in the body!

Which cruciferous vegetables have the most vitamin A, vitamin C, and folic acid?

The answers are:

  1. Kale (vitamin A)

  2. Broccoli (vitamin C)

  3. Brussels sprouts and broccoli (tied for folic acid)

Brussels sprouts have the most vitamin E (about 9% of the Daily Value) and vitamin B-1 (15% Daily Value). And it’s broccoli and Brussels sprouts again that have the most healthy plant omega-3s: A cup of broccoli contributes about 200 milligrams, and a cup of Brussels sprouts about 260 milligrams.

Here’s a comparison table of cruciferous vegetables, including the nutrients for which they contribute at least 10% of the Daily Value. Keep in mind that about half of the fiber in cruciferous vegetables is super-healthy soluble fiber.

Per 1 cup:




B. Sprouts

Bok Choy

(steamed) (frozen, cooked) (raw) (cooked) (cooked) (cooked)
Calories 44 34 22 60 20 36
Fiber 5g 5 2 4 3 3
Vitamin A 33% DV 1% 2% 16% 62% 137%
Vitamin B-2 16% 9% 3% 11% 10% 8%
Vitamin B-6 17% 12% 7% 21% 22% 14%
Vitamin C 165% 75% 38% 129% 59% 71%
Folic Acid 23% 18% 10% 23% 17% 4%
Magnesium 12% 5% 4% 10% 6% 7%
Potassium 14% 7% 6% 14% 18% 8%
Omega-3s 200 mg 140 mg 60 mg 260 mg 100 mg 100 mg

Tips for Enjoying Cruciferous Vegetables

To maximize taste and nutrition, here are some tips for buying and cooking cruciferous vegetables:

  • Don’t overcook cruciferous vegetables. They can produce a strong sulfur odor and become unappealing.

  • You can buy several types of cruciferous vegetables ready-to-go in the frozen or fresh packaged sections of your supermarket, including broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts.

  • No raw veggie platter is complete without dark green broccoli or snowy white cauliflower florets.

  • Add raw broccoli or cauliflower florets to your green salad to give the nutrients a big boost.

  • Add chopped cruciferous veggies to soups, stews, and casseroles.

  • When buying fresh broccoli, look for firm florets with a purple, dark green, or bluish hue on the top. They’re likely to contain more beta-carotene and vitamin C than florets with lighter green tops. If it has yellow in it or is limp and bendable, the broccoli is old — don’t buy it.

according to WebMD

Cauliflower Tomato Soup

One of my family’s favorites from Allrecipes.com


  • 1/4 cup sliced leek (white portion only)

  • 1/4 cup chopped celery

  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine

  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed tomato soup, undiluted

  • 1 1/4 cups water

  • 1 cup fresh cauliflowerets

  • 1/2 cup frozen peas

  • 1/4 teaspoon dill weed

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  1. In a saucepan, saute leek and celery in butter until tender. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 12-16 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

Brown Rice and Steamed Broccoli & Cauliflower

I use this as a side dish or a stand alone meal.

  • cook the brown rice according to the instructions

  • steam either frozen or fresh broccoli & cauliflower

  • combine them

  • drizzle Braggs Liquid Amino’s and Flax Seed Oil on top and mix

  • if you are really feeling healthy, sprinkle kelp flakes over the rice and veggies!

OK, now it’s your turn.  I want to hear from you.

PLEASE share your Cruciferous Vegetables recipes!