Sweet Potato Crust Pizza

Sweet Potato Crust Pizza (Gluten Free)

By Gina Howe

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Ingredients:

  • 5 ½ Cups peeled and cubed sweet potatoes (about 2 large)
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 1 ¼ Cup gluten-free oat flour *
  • ¼ Cup Almond meal*
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • I Tea dried basil
  • 1 Tea dried oregano
  • 1 ¼ Tea garlic powder
  • ½ Tea crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions:

  1. Steam sweet potatoes in a microwave steamer for approx. 8 minutes or over the stove top in a steamer basket for 20-30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, add the chia seeds and water to a small bowl, whisk with a fork and let stand for 10 minutes to make a chia egg.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 ͦ
  4. Add steamed potatoes to a food processor. Add in the chia egg, oat flour, almond meal, olive oil, vinegar, basil, oregano, garlic powder, and pepper flakes.  Process until combined and sticky dough forms. **
  5. Line a large pan, rectangle or round with parchment paper. Scoop the dough onto the parchment paper and use a rolling pin to spread.  Wax paper over the top of the dough will help if dough is sticking to the rolling pin.  Take care to spread the dough to an even thickness to help in bake evenly, approx. ¼ – ½  inch thick.
  6. Bake the crust for approx. 15 minutes. Remove from oven and, carefully, turn over.  I find that a second pan placed over top and flipped is the best way.  Bake for another 15-20 minutes until edges are golden brown.
  7. Add desired toppings and return to oven for 10 minutes or until toppings are heated and cheese is melted.

The pizza pictured is topped with:

  • Artichoke hearts
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Capers
  • Red onion
  • Cilantro
  • Feta
  • Grilled chicken
  • Diced tomatoes tossed in olive oil
  • Sun dried tomatoes

*You can use store bought oat flour and almond meal or make your own with gluten free oats and raw almonds.  Pulse in a food processor, blender, or coffee mill until a fine, flour-like texture.

** If you do not have a food processor, the potatoes can be mashed in a bowl and all the ingredients combined by hand or hand mixer.  A stand mixer can also be used to combine ingredients.

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Healthy Tuna Noodle Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans tuna, preferably Albacore
  • 1 small onion , diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tea thyme
  • 1 can or package of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 16 ounce package of frozen petite mixed vegetables
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms (optional)
  • 2 ounces of cream cheese
  • 2 ounces plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, or volby jack work well)
  • Approx. 6 oz noodle of your choice (egg noodles, penne, macaroni)
  • 1/4 cup toasted Panko
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. In a large saute pan, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add onion, celery, ans mushrooms and saute 10 minuets or until soft. Add thyme and stir.
  2. In the meantime, bring pot of water to boil.  Add noodles and cook until tender, but firm.
  3. Add mixed veggies, soup, cream cheese, yogurt and shredded cheddar.  Stir until well incorporated.  Add tuna and stir well.
  4. Add cooked noodles to pan and stir well to coat the noodles.  Cover and allow flavors to meld and noodles to finish cooking, approx 5 minutes.
  5. Serve with a sprinkle of toasted panko and Parmesan cheese.

 

Ranch Chicken Quinoa Bake

Ingredients:

  • 4 skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • ranch dip mix (clean premixed packet or see recipe below)
  • 1 can or package cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 cups broccoli cut into small florets
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1/4 cup toasted panko or breadcrumbs
  • Chopped parsley for garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. Place quinoa, stock, cream of chicken soup and ranch mix in in slow cooker and stir to mix well.
  2. Place chicken breast in and submerge.
  3. Cover and cook for 6-8 hours on low or 4 hours on high.
  4. During last half hour, add broccoli.   Cover and continue to cook until broccoli is tender.
  5. To serve, chicken can be removed, shredded and stirred throughout or breast can be served whole on top of quinoa mixture.
  6. Place in 4 bowls and top each with shredded cheddar and toasted panko.

Ranch Dip Mix:

  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • pinch of salt

Stir all ingredients together.

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MAKING ISAGENIX PART OF MY CLEAN EATING LIFESTYLE. SELLING OUT? NO WAY!!

By Core Essentials Fitness on Monday, August 3, 2015

 

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As someone who is a clean eater…..I avoid processed, fake foods.  I stick with real, whole foods.  I eat organic as much as I can and believe that food is medicine.  I have also tried to help bring my clients over to this way of eating……sometimes with more success than others.  I know, change is hard.  I just really firmly believe that we are in charge of our own health.   We only get one body.  We need to take care of it, nourish it and be aware of what we are putting into it.  There has been so much research and so much evidence about the harm that food additives, preservatives, and artificial colors and flavors are causing us……not to mention contributing to the obesity epidemic. But, that is soap box is for another blog.

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Today, I just wanted to share how this clean eater……and my entire clean eatin’ family, have found a company that we can get on board with……Isagenix.

This relationship began out of my desire to have a product to recommend to clients.  I never really thought that I, personally needed any help with healthy eating other than some supplemental protein.  However, clients frequently ask about what types of proteins they should use post-workout or to supplement if they do not get enough protein through their diet.  I have also had questions about good meal/protein bars, vitamins, and brands of omegas……etc.  I thought, “Wouldn’t it be great to not only be able to recommend something that I felt passionately about, but to also be able to just hook them up with the products myself?”

Also, though I desperately try to get all of my clients eating clean, eating enough, and eating frequently; sometimes it just doesn’t happen.  Clients skip breakfast when hurried, work through lunch, don’t bring snacks with them……you know the drill.  Then what happens?  They end up starving and making a bad decision.   Or even if they don’t make the bad choice and hit a drive through, the effect of eating too little or too infrequently is a pokey metabolism.  So, while I never thought that I would need meal replacement shakes and bars, I though, WOW!  This just might fill a need for my clients.

So, we (hubby/business partner and I) began to search.  What line of products would fill our need?  The search was an arduous one.  Finding a line of healthy, real nutrition without a bunch of junk in it proved challenging.  Then we found Isagenix.

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Isagenix has changed our lives.  We thought we were healthy, but now feel amazing.  The meal replacement shakes fill our need for post-workout protein, the bars are great for on the go, but the real game changer has been the Cleanse For Life and Ionix Supreme Products.  Not to mention the vitamin packs and the Omegas.

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We have been using the products….proteins, snacks, e+ natural energy shots, electrolyte drinks……..What we are the most excited about are the support products.

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For the average person who is embarking on the journey to get healthier and fitter, nutrition is key.  What happens in the kitchen can be even more important than what happens in the gym!  Isagenix is real nutrition made easy.  You know that you are feeding your body great stuff, but it is also so easy.  Plus the proof speaks for itself.

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