Zucchini Pizza and Cheese Fried in Cheese (KETO)

Feb 11, 2014 by

Wow has it been a long time since I’ve posted a recipe.   I’ve been very busy with a lot of new projects and a new kid and thus I have not taken the time to get some new posts up.  I’ve been cooking a lot as usual, but in a new way.  I recently started on the KETO diet as a way to lose some weight, but really more to experiment with an entirely different way to eat and see how my body liked it.  I’ve been having some bad allergies and sinus issues where I couldn’t taste anything, hence the no new recipes for a while.  Allergy shots have been helping and the new diet is in full effect.  I’m still learning as I go as its a whole different paradigm, but the essentials are, low carbs, high fat.

With that, I’ve been cooking some fun low carb recipes lately and this was one of them.  You know I love zucchini and put it in everything from muffins, to waffles so I was happy to incorporate it into my low carb pizza.  This meal turned out amazing and I LOVE the marinara sauce.  It’s so simple and so tasty.

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Here’s the final product and it is good.  Now lets get making with the food.

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Here’s what you’ll need for the marinara sauce.  I modified the recipe from this one.

Ingredients:

  • 28 oz can Peeled San Marzano Tomatoes
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

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Here’s the easiest part of this recipe.  Put all of that into a blender or Nutribullet and blend it up.  It’s just that simple.

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Now onto the pizza making parts.  You’ll need some zucchini, mozzarella cheese and pepperonis

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Slice the zucchini at 1/4 inch strips.  A mandolin slicer is the way to go for this.

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Grill them up on high heat for 30-45 seconds per side.  You just want them to have the nice little lines but still be firm.

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Line a baking sheet with tin foil and lay down your zucchini strips.  Add a little salt and pepper and spoon on your marinara sauce

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add your pepperonis

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and then the cheese and throw it in the oven at 350 until the cheese is melted (about 5 minutes).

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Viola, super yummy and low carb pizza.  Now onto the cheese fried in cheese

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To make these cheese sticks you will need…

Ingredients:

  • String cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • almond flour
  • oregano
  • basil
  • garlic powder
  • an egg or two
  • pork rinds

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basically you are going to dip the string cheese into the egg and then into your coating and deep fry them.  I experimented and tried out two different coatings.  The first was just Parmesan cheese and the spices.  Pour out your cheese onto a plate.

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add in your spices.  This was all by eye.  I used a good sprinkle of garlic powder and a nice dash of oregano and basil.

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for the other mixture experiment I crushed up some pork rinds

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and then added almond flour and the spices

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I got this nice consistency

again, just cut the string cheese in half to get more manageable pieces.  Dip them in the egg, then roll them in the mixes and set on a tray.

Before frying in oil, put the coated cheese pieces in the freezer for 20-30 minutes so they can chill out and be easier to work with when you are frying them up.

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Fry them in oil as you would deep fry anything else.  They only need to cook for a very short time until they are nice and golden brown.  Both mixtures turned out good, but I think the cheese only mixture was the slight favorite.  My friend who ate with us that night was blown away that you could fry cheese coated in cheese.  He was very happy.

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speaking of happy, here was my little helper for the evening and one of the reasons I’m not posting as much lately.  He’s worth it.

As always, let me know how it turns out when you make this

Ben…

 

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Resolutions Start When You Do

Dec 29, 2013 by

The simple truth of news resolutions is that they only work when you do.  Within that truth lies this one; your resolutions start when you do.  You can have great ideas and plans for all the great things you want to change in the new year, but they won’t happen until you start.   As with all of these weekly posts I’ve been posting for the past year, it comes down to simple actions being taken.  Thinking about and planning the great diets and workout routines you will start in the new year don’t amount to squat unless you take action on them daily.

Soon you will see a lot of new faces at the gym and running along the streets in your area.  Very soon after you won’t see those faces anymore.

It all comes down to taking action.  Intentions are well and good, but they don’t make the difference.  Your resolutions start when you do, not on January 1st.

If you make any resolutions this year, let them be to take some simple actions toward your goals.  If you are looking for any simple actions to take each week to make your life better, then check out any of the 51 suggestions below.

Have a safe and happy new year and may 2014 be the best year you’ve ever made for yourself and others.

Ben…

TSA = Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing. Previous TSA’s: 

 

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Dec 23, 2013 by

If you’ve been paying attention, the last several week’s posts have all been about adding a little holiday joy into your life.  I hope you’ve taken the time and action to do just that, but if not, its not too late.

Tomorrow is Christmas eve and as the calendar goes, Christmas the next day. You have two full days to decorate your house a little, make some Christmas cookies, and call up some friends to come over for a nice holiday get together.  Throw some Christmas music on Pandora, or watch your favorite Christmas movie with your family and friends and enjoy the moment.

The point is to have yourself a merry little Christmas.  That is all you have to do this week.

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Merry Christmas from our family to yours.

Ben…

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Add a Little Holiday Spirit

Dec 16, 2013 by

Building upon my previous post of creating your own traditions, infusing a little holiday spirit can be just just as simple as adding a little candy cane.

Candy Cane Cookies

If you are looking for an easy way to infuse some holiday spirit, just make some chocolate chip cookies and add in some crushed up candy cane.   It’s just that simple.

These are perfect for any holiday party or just to make the house smell awesome while you are wrapping presents.

My wife gave me the best compliment after making these, which was

“Never make these again!  They are too good and I can’t stop eating them!”

Your Truly Simple Action this week is to infuse a little holiday spirit into your week.  Turn on some Christmas music.  Make some cookies.  Invite some friends over for some eggnog (WARNING: Adults only!)

Ben…

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YOU Create Your Traditions

Dec 11, 2013 by

Close your eyes and think back to your favorite Christmas as a child.

I remember going up into the mountains to chop down a tree.  We spent more time getting stuck in the snow and helping out others get unstuck than we did getting the tree, but it was so much fun and exciting.

I remember the most delicious eggnog every year from our neighbors Christmas eve party.

I remember finding the little tiniest piece of plastic left out by my parents as they assembled the Millennium Falcon and being able to identify exactly what it was and knowing what I was going to get to open on Christmas day.

I remember hanging the stockings by the fireplace.

Those traditions I cherish didn’t just spring magically into existence.    My parents, neighbors, friends and relatives all worked to create those magical moments that I now remember fondly.

Now it is your turn.

Those fond memories of traditions past don’t create themselves.  It’s time to start a new tradition for your family.

I now have a son and this is his first Christmas so now I get to create some fun traditions for our family.  Now granted he’s only 11 weeks old and is happy with the blinking lights on the Christmas tree and won’t remember anything else, but I get the opportunity to create something magical.  I get the chance to create happy times among family and friends that will last for years to come.  I get to carry on traditions of the past and create new ones to be carried on in the future.  I get to create something to look forward to every year.

Could you use a few more great things to look forward to around the holidays?

Your Truly Simple Action is to create a new tradition this year and make something magical that you’ll look forward to recreating next year.

This will be fun and here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Invite some friends and family over for a Christmas party
  • Bake some cookies and deliver them to neighbors
  • Make some Eggnog (Warning: Adults ONLY) and sing Christmas carols
  • Adopt a family in need and buy them some gifts

The point is to take some time this year and create a new tradition that will last for years to come and will create wonderful memories for all those who take part.

What are your favorite holiday traditions that you do with your friends and family?  Share them in the comments to give some good ideas to others.

Ben…

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Plan a Dinner with some Friends

Dec 2, 2013 by

I hope your Thanksgiving was awesome.  I hope you gathered with family and friends and ate way too much great food.  I also hope you paused at sometime during the meal to think how much fun it was and maybe even wondered why you don’t do this more often than just once a year.

Here is now your chance.

Plan a dinner with some friends this week.  Pick a few friends out and send them an email or text and pick out a night that works for everyone.  Then divvy up the meal so not one person is doing all the work.  Make something awesome to eat.  This is especially easy to do around the holidays as you can make it a festive themed event and make some tasty food and drinks like this Puerto Rican Eggnog (*Caution: Adults Only).

Have everyone show up at the designated houses.  Put some good music on, put the cell phones away and enjoy each others company and some good food and drink.  Tell stories of what happening in your life.  Discuss interesting things you saw that day.  Talk about the challenges you are going through and ask for some opinions and advice.

The bottom line is to share yourself and your time and some good food with others.

We had a great thanksgiving but one of our friends was sick and sadly couldn’t make it, so in the spirit of more great leftovers we are going to do a Thanksgiving 2.0 soon for her.  Beyond the great food, its just another great excuse to get together.

Your TSA for this week is to plan a meal with friends this week.  Then do it again next week.  Watch this turn into a fun new event you look forward to all week.  Invite some new friends and neighbors and watch it grow into a new tradition.

Ben…

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Give Thanks and be with Friends and Family

Nov 25, 2013 by

Thanksgiving is already here and as such we should give thanks.

Your Truly Simple Action for this week is truly simple.  Be thankful for all the great things in your life and share them and yourself with your family and friends.

Gather your friends and family around you this week and enjoy each others company.   Make a tasty turkey and something with pumpkin in it and sit down for a nice meal.  Play some games with the family.  Take the kids to the park and play some flag football.  Eat some leftovers and watch a good movie together.

Take the time this hectic week and this long weekend to be thankful for all the great stuff you have going on and share it with the great people in your life.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Ben…

TSA = Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing. Previous TSA’s: 

 

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