Primal + Keto Pizza

When people say they won’t do keto because they find it too limiting, we shake our heads because it just doesn’t have to be that way. Rich and hearty salads, succulent meats, tender roasted veggies, tempting snacks and desserts—there’s not much you can’t eat on keto if you know how to do it.

This fresh and flavorful pizza is proof positive that you don’t need to give up great food (even comfort food!) to enjoy all the health benefits of keto living. We love this recipe for the substantial crust, the creamy cheese, bright tasting sauce and all the amazing toppings. (Hint: make a couple crusts at a time and freeze one between waxed paper in a sealed freezer bag.) Once you try this pizza, you’ll definitely want to make it again!

Ingredients:

Crust:

Mushrooms:

  • 1 cup sliced Cremini/button mushrooms
  • ¼ cup sliced red onion
  • 2 Campari tomatoes, quartered
  • ½ Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ Tbsp. Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp. dried oregano
  • Pinch of salt

Toppings:

  • 4 oz. cooked Italian sausage, sliced
  • 4 oz. fresh mozzarella
  • 1/3 cup Raos Marinara Sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. thinly sliced fresh basil
  • olive oil to brush the crust with

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375º degrees. In a bowl, combine the almond flour, flaxseed, collagen and 1 tablespoon of tapioca starch. Stir in the salt, garlic powder, dried oregano and baking soda. Slowly add in the coconut milk, olive oil and avocado oil. Whisk the egg and add it to the dough. Allow the dough to rest for a few minutes.

Toss the mushrooms, red onion and campari tomatoes with the olive oil, avocado oil, minced garlic, oregano and salt. Lay the vegetables out on a parchment covered sheet pan and roast for 15-20 minutes, flipping once in between.

Slice the fresh mozzarella into thin slices and place them between two pieces of paper. Allow them to dry out like this for 30 minutes.

Dust another parchment covered sheet pan with half a tablespoon of tapioca starch. Pour out the dough onto the parchment and spread it out so it is in a rectangular shape. Sprinkle more tapioca starch on the dough and your hands as you work. The dough will be sticky so you can also use a silicone spatula to help you spread. Sprinkle the last of the tapioca starch over the top of the crust and spread it until it’s a rectangular shape around 10”x6”. Bake the pizza for ~10 minutes or until the crust is just set.

Heat a grill over medium heat. While it is heating, remove the crust from the oven. Spread on the marinara sauce, leaving a small amount of crust around the outside of the pizza. Sprinkle half of the basil all around the sauce. Lightly press the mozzarella slices onto the sauce. Arrange the sausage slices and mushroom mixture on the pizza. Brush a little olive oil on the crust. Carefully move the pizza from the pan to the grill, making sure to place it over indirect heat. Cover the lid and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese starts to melt slightly and the bottom of the crust is a little browned. Remove the pizza from the grill and garnish with the remaining basil immediately. Cut into 6-8 squares and enjoy!

**This pizza has a dense crust that’s a perfect vehicle for all sorts of topping goodness. The pizza crust is pre-baked and then grilled with the toppings. If you don’t have a grill, you can bake the pizza from start to finish in the oven – prebake the crust as directed and then finish baking at 400 ºF for about 5-7 minutes after you’ve added the toppings. This recipe uses fresh mozzarella which is dried out before baking, but it will get watery on your pizza if you grill it for too long. If you want more of a melted and browned cheese, swap out fresh mozzarella for a block or shredded mozzarella that has moisture already removed.

Nutrition Information (1/6 of pizza):

  • Calories: 367
  • Total Carbs: 9 grams
  • Net Carbs: 5 grams
  • Fat: 29 grams
  • Protein: 17 grams

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Skinnytaste Meal Plan (July 1- July 7)

A free 7-day flexible weight loss meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers SmartPoints®.

Have a great 4th of July weekend!

If you’re new to my meal plans, I’ve been sharing these free, 7-day flexible healthy meal plans (you can see my previous meal plans here) that are meant as a guide, with plenty of wiggle room for you to add more food, coffee, beverages, fruits, snacks, dessert, wine, etc or swap recipes out for meals you prefer, you can search for recipes by course in the index. You should aim for around 1500 calories* per day.

There’s also a precise, organized grocery list that will make grocery shopping so much easier and much less stressful. Save you money and time. You’ll dine out less often, waste less food and you’ll have everything you need on hand to help keep you on track.

Lastly, if you’re on Facebook join my Skinnytaste Facebook Community where everyone’s sharing photos of recipes they are making, you can join here. I’m loving all the ideas everyone’s sharing! If you wish to get on the email list, you can subscribe here so you never miss a meal plan!

Also, if you don’t have the Skinnytaste Meal Planner, now would be a great time to get one to get organized for 2019! There was a print error last year, but it’s perfect now! You can order it here!

THE DETAILS:

Breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday, are designed to serve 1 while dinners and all meals on Saturday and Sunday are designed to serve a family of 4. Some recipes make enough leftovers for two nights or lunch the next day. While we truly believe there is no one size fits all meal plan, we did our best to come up with something that appeals to a wide range of individuals. Everything is Weight Watchers friendly, I included the updated Weight Watcher Freestyle Points for your convenience, feel free to swap out any recipes you wish or just use this for inspiration!

The grocery list is comprehensive and includes everything you need to make all meals on the plan. I’ve even included brand recommendations of products I love and use often. Cross check your cabinets because many condiments you’ll notice I use often, so you may already have a lot of them.

And last, but certainly not least, this meal plan is flexible and realistic. There’s plenty of wiggle room for cocktails, healthy snacks, dessert and dinner out. And if necessary, you can move some things around to make it work with your schedule. Please let me know if you’re using these plans, this will help me decide if I should continue sharing them!

MONDAY (7/1)
B: PB + J Smoothie (4)
L: Honey Sriracha Chicken and Broccoli Meal Prep Bowls* (7)
D: Angel Hair Pasta with Zucchini and Tomatoes (7) and a green salad* (2)
Totals: Freestyle™ SP 20, Calories 1,023**

TUESDAY (7/2)
B: Avocado Toast with Sunny Side Egg (4)
L: Honey Sriracha Chicken and Broccoli Meal Prep Bowls (7)
D: Blackened Fish Tacos with Cabbage Mango Slaw (4) with Cilantro Lime Cauliflower “Rice” (1)

Totals: Freestyle™ SP 16, Calories 996**

WEDNESDAY (7/3)
B: 2 hard-boiled eggs (0) with 1 cup mixed berries (0)
L: Honey Sriracha Chicken and Broccoli Meal Prep Bowls (7)
D: Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu (5) with Roasted Broccoli with Smashed Garlic (2)
Totals: Freestyle™ SP 14, Calories 1,040**

THURSDAY (7/4)
B: Avocado Toast with Sunny Side Egg (4)
L: Grilled Salmon Kebabs (0) with Chickpea Salad with Cucumbers and Tomatoes (1)
D: Easy Inside Out Turkey Cheeseburgers (8) with Low Carb Potato Salad (4)
Totals: Freestyle™ SP 17, Calories 1,209**

FRIDAY (7/5)
B: PB + J Smoothie (4)
L: Asparagus Egg and Bacon Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette (3)
D: Mexican Shrimp Diablo (3) with ¾ cup brown rice (5)

Totals: Freestyle™ SP 15, Calories 886**

SATURDAY (7/6)
B: Breakfast BLT (6) (Recipe x 4)
L: Chicken Chimichangas (6)
D: DINNER OUT!

Totals: Freestyle™ SP 12, Calories 679**

SUNDAY (7/7)
B: Crustless Ham and Cheese Quiche (5) with a peach (0)
L: Zesty Lime Shrimp and Avocado Salad (2) with 12 tortilla chips (4)
D: Campfire Dinner Meatloaf Foil Packets (8)

Totals: Freestyle™ SP 21, Calories 1,006**

*Prep bowls Sunday night, if desired.  Green salad includes 4 cups romaine, 2 scallions, ½ cup each: tomatoes,
cucumber, chickpeas and 2 tablespoons light Italian dressing.

**This is just a guide, women should aim for around 1500 calories per day. Here’s a helpful calculator to estimate
your calorie needs. I’ve left plenty of wiggle room for you to add more food such as coffee, beverages, fruits,
snacks, dessert, wine, etc.

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Obsession-Worthy Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream


Many years ago, I was reading a blog post by a blogger I’d been following for a while. She wrote about a recent struggle with depression and her honest words made such an impact on me. I remember thinking how brave it was for her to tell her story. While I hated that she was going through it, I also recall feeling comfort in her words because it was another reminder that even those we admire and put on a pedestal are human. I was just like…Wow, it must’ve taken so much for her to share that. At the time, I was early on in my blogging journey, and I told myself that I would always try to share my struggles, just like she did. 

Last week, I gave a speech at the University of Guelph at their Awards of Excellence Gala (you can see some photos in my saved story on Instagram!). In my speech, I shared how I’ve struggled with my mental health, like anxiety, since I was very young and how it’s felt debilitating at certain points in my life. I spoke about how various personal challenges have coincided with a career that’s made me face them head on. The day before the event, I almost decided to scrap my speech and write something that was easier to talk about, but I said screw it and decided to share it. It was my story! Allowing myself to feel shame surrounding my story only gives it power. 

After my speech, a man with a warm smile came up to me, crouched down next to my chair, and thanked me for my speech. He talked about a time in his life when he struggled with his mental health, and we both had tears in our eyes by the end of our conversation. Another man came up later to tell me about his young relative’s struggles. This night was yet another reminder of the power of vulnerability and it left such an impact on me!

It’s been a bit of a strange year for me (one that I can’t believe we’re already half-way through!). I went through an emotional time for the first few months of the year and found myself in a mild depression. I lost joy and passion for so many things. At certain points, I couldn’t even bring myself to get back to messages from friends and family. It makes me emotional just writing about it now because the difficult emotions of that time come back so easily. After suffering in silence for 2 to 3 months, I finally opened up to my friends and family about it and got help. I’ve been in a much better place since the spring. I wanted to be honest about it and to let you know what was going on at the time, but I didn’t feel strong enough to talk about it when I was in the thick of it.  

There’s also been another reason for my absence and this is something that’s much easier to tell you about! I have a third cookbook in the works and I’ve been working on it for about a year and a half now! Okay, okay, I did let this news “slip” in the blog comments a couple times and also in my Instagram DM’s, too, so you may already know. 😉 I’ve held off announcing it here because during certain periods, well, I wasn’t even sure if it was going to come to life. When I fell into my depression at the beginning of the year, I lost passion for almost everything. Creativity and motivation aren’t things that can be forced so I just went with the flow and tried to trust that I’d feel myself again.

After working through some things and starting to feel better, it was as if a lightbulb flicked on in my head. I came to life. I was suddenly thrilled at the prospect of creating again. I could not get to work fast enough. And since late winter, I picked up where I left off before January and dove into the work that I love so much. Shortly after, Eric, Nicole, and I started working with our recipe testing group (about 40 incredible testers strong!), and things have been going better than I could’ve imagined. The recipes are so delicious…my testers are telling me it’s my best collection of recipes to date. I’m so proud of it and I’m nearly finished, only about 1 month away from handing in my manuscript. Once my manuscript is in, I’m going to be diving into the food photography, which I’ll be shooting for this 3rd book. I’m a bit nervous at the prospect of shooting 100 photos in 2 months time, but I’ll get there, one day at a time! It will be fun to shift from recipe creation and writing to something so artistic like photography. 

The cookbook is going to focus on something you all have been asking for more and more of over the years, and that’s more dinner and lunch recipes! It’s mostly going to focus on savory recipes, with a dessert chapter, of course (how could I not include a dessert chapter?). It’s going to feature food you’ll want to make for weeknight dinners, weekend meals, portable work/school lunches, and special holidays and occasions. Gah. There are so many gems. It’s slated to be out fall 2020, so not too long to wait (at least in the publishing world, this feels SO soon)!! If there’s anything you’d love to see in the book, please leave a comment below and let me know!! 

Thanks for listening and for your support through the ups and downs of life. I’m so grateful you’re here as I’ve felt like a big ‘ol failure on the blogging front this year. It’s time to shake the guilt and move onward and upward. And if you’re reading this and struggling too, I’m sending you all the love in the world and hope you can find a support system!

This is my first ever vegan ice cream recipe on the blog (can you believe it?!), and oh dear me, it’s one we can’t stop eating. I’ve been in a bit of a vegan ice cream bender since I bought this Cuisinart ice cream machine in the spring. It’s so much easier to use than I thought! Almost too easy. 

Happy Canada Day long weekend to my Canadian Friends! And happy 4th of July to my American friends! Have a safe, happy, and delicious weekend, everyone.











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Obsession-Worthy Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream

Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free

This is my favourite kind of summer indulgence! My reader-favourite Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies meet my dreamy homemade peanut butter and coconut milk ice cream in this cooling summer treat. Chewy coconut, snappy chocolate chips, and tender bites of soft peanut butter cookies blend perfectly with a creamy vanilla and peanut butter vegan ice cream. If I’d known how simple it was to make my own vegan ice cream (only 5 ingredients!), I would’ve invested in an ice cream machine long ago. Well, I’m making up for lost time now! The peanut butter ice cream is inspired by Cookie + Kate.

Yield
8 (1/2-cup) servings
Prep time
10 Minutes
Cook time
12 Minutes
Chill time
overnight (ice cream bowl) + 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 batch Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies, divided
  • 2 (14-ounce/398 mL) cans full-fat coconut milk*
  • 1/2 cup (105 g) natural cane sugar
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) smooth natural peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons (10 mL) pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste

Directions:

  1. Chill the ice cream bowl in the freezer overnight, or for at least 12 hours. This step is very important to ensure the ice cream thickens properly. 
  2. Prepare the Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies. After baking, cool the cookies for 10 to 15 minutes, then transfer each one to a plate. Place in the freezer on a flat surface for a minimum of 25 minutes. As soon as you transfer the cookies to the freezer, get started on the ice cream.
  3. Add the ice cream ingredients (entire cans of coconut milk, sugar, peanut butter, vanilla, and salt) to a blender and blend for about 8 to 10 seconds, until smooth (be sure not to blend longer than 10 seconds, as it may effect the final texture of your ice cream). 
  4. Place the frozen ice cream bowl into the ice cream maker, insert the churning arm, cover with the lid, and turn on the machine (if the instructions for your ice cream maker are different, please follow the directions that came with your machine). Slowly pour the mixture into the bowl as it churns. Churn for about 22 minutes, until the mixture has thickened into a very thin, soft-serve texture. 
  5. Once the cookies have been in the freezer for 25 minutes, chop 6 of the cookies into small, almond-sized chunks. Reserve the remaining 7 cookies, at room temperature, for later.
  6. After 22 minutes of churning, slowly add the chopped cookies, a handful at a time, to the mixture while the machine is still churning. I like to use a fork to gently push the chopped cookies into the ice cream and help it along. Churn another 5 to 8 minutes, until the ice cream has thickened a bit more. It will have a thick, soft-serve texture when ready. There will be some hardened ice cream along the inside of the bowl…I like to think of this as the chef’s extra helping (wink, wink)! Serve immediately, or for a firmer texture, transfer the ice cream to a loaf pan or airtight container and spread out smooth. At this stage, I like to crumble an extra cookie all over the top (and gently push it into the ice cream) to make it look extra-enticing, but this is optional. Cover and freeze for 2 hours for a more traditional ice cream firmness. 
  7. To serve, scoop into bowls or ice cream cones. Or, if you’re feeling wild, make ice cream sandwiches with the leftover cookies…oh yea!!
  8. Storage tip: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for 3 to 4 weeks. Be sure to cover the ice cream with a piece of wrap to prevent freezer burn. To soften, let the container rest on the counter for 20 to 30 minutes before scooping.

Tips:

* The cans of coconut milk do not need to be chilled beforehand.

 

Always follow the directions that come with your ice cream maker as there may be slight variations. My churning time is an estimate only; you may find you need more or less time with your machine! Watch closely during the last few minutes of churning. It it still looks too soft, feel free to let it churn a bit longer than the range I provide.

 

This is the ice cream maker that I use and love. Pro tip: This machine is a bit noisy once the mixture starts to thicken, so I like to keep the machine in a nearby room with the door closed while it churns (don’t worry, my machine doesn’t seem too offended and still makes great ice cream!).

 

No ice cream maker? No problem! The blended liquid can be poured into popsicle molds for creamy frozen popsicle treats. Simply add the blended liquid to each popsicle mold, leaving at least an inch of room at the top. Now, carefully add some cookie chunks to each, pushing them down slowly into the liquid. If needed, add a bit more liquid to completely fill each mold. Secure the tops and freeze until solid. Run the popsicles under hot water to loosen them from the molds.

Want to torture a person? Give them an ice cream cone on a hot day, and tell them they can’t eat it until you’ve snapped a good pic. bahaha.

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

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Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free

Peanut butter, shredded coconut, and rolled oats form the base of these soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies. Brown sugar lends a light caramel flavour which pairs so well with the peanut butter and sea salt. They’re completely flourless, in addition to being vegan and gluten-free, but no one will be the wiser. You must try these in my Obsession-Worthy Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream for a decadent summer treat! This recipe is from Oh She Glows Every Day (page 213).

Yield
13 cookies
Prep time
10 Minutes
Cook time
13 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon (5 g) ground flax*
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) water
  • 1/2 cup (53 g) unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup (52 g) gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup (68 g) packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt (reduce salt if using salted peanut butter)
  • 1/4 cup (49 g) mini non-dairy chocolate chips**
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) natural smooth peanut butter***
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) pure maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C), and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add the ground flax and water to a medium bowl, and whisk until combined. Set aside.
  3. To a large bowl, add the coconut, rolled oats, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and chocolate chips. Stir to combine.
  4. To the same bowl as the flax mixture, add the peanut butter, vanilla, and maple syrup. Stir until smooth. The mixture will be very thick.
  5. Using a spatula (this helps to scoop up every last bit), scoop the wet mixture on top of the dry ingredients, and stir until thoroughly combined. The batter will be very dry at first, but this is normal! You’ll need to put some elbow grease into stirring. I like to knead the dough with my hands to make it all come together. (You can also use electric beaters, but I prefer to get in there with my hands and knead until no dry patches remain.) If for some reason your dough is still too dry to shape into balls, add a teaspoon of water and mix again.
  6. Lightly wet your hands (shaking off excess water) and form about 13 balls, just smaller than golf balls. Stop and rinse off sticky hands as needed. Place each ball onto the prepared baking sheet about 2 to 3 inches apart. Gently press down on each ball to flatten into a 1-cm (just less than 1/2-inch) thick disc. If there are any leftover chocolate chips in the bottom of the bowl, scoop them up and push them into the tops of the cookies.
  7. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes. The cookies tend to only spread out a little. They’ll be delicate coming out of the oven, but they will firm up as they cool. The bottoms will be golden. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before carefully transferring to a cooling rack until completely cooled. Once cooled, the cookies will remain soft and chewy. For a firmer texture, transfer the cookies to the freezer (my favourite way to enjoy them!). Store leftovers in an airtight container or freezer bag in the freezer for up to 1 month. 

Tips:

* If you have a flax allergy you can swap 1 tablespoon ground flax for 1/2 tablespoon ground chia seed. The cookies will turn out a bit thicker, but it works in a pinch.

 

** I use Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips which are vegan.

 

*** Be sure to use 100% natural peanut butter in this recipe (you should only see peanuts on the ingredient label), as some testers have reported that the recipe doesn’t work when using peanut butter that contains added oils or sugar. Avoid using thick or dry peanut butter as the cookies won’t spread out that much. If you prefer homemade peanut butter, you can easily make your own peanut butter if you have a heavy duty food processor. Simply process two cups of roasted peanuts for 5 to 10 minutes until smooth, scraping down the bowl as necessary. This will make just under 1 cup of peanut butter.

photo credit: Ashley McLaughlin 

Alternative Sweeteners During Pregnancy + Breastfeeding

is sucralose safe while pregnant and breastfeedingThe FDA approved the sweetener sucralose under the brand name Splenda as a general purpose food additive in 1999. The initial peer-reviewed research was nothing short of glowing. The science suggested that the digestive tract absorbed little to none of it with rapid, safe, side effect free excretion. (1)

Many physicians jumped on the bandwagon quickly,

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