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.


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


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


  • 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


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.


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


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


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.


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


add your pepperonis


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


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


To make these cheese sticks you will need…


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


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.


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.


for the other mixture experiment I crushed up some pork rinds


and then added almond flour and the spices


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.


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.


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



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TSA#5 – Why Diet’s Don’t Work

Jan 28, 2013 by

See if any of this sounds familiar…

(Sometime after Christmas)

I’m going to go on a diet on January 1st.  This is the year that I get into shape.  for reals.

But since it’s not January 1st yet, I am going to indulge and let myself eat whatever I want because after January 1st, the diet IS ON!

(Mid January)

OK, the diet is on, but it really sucks to not eat anything fun.

Next weekend is my birthday.  I get to splurge on my birthday.  After that, the diet is back on!

(early February)

Superbowl parties don’t count.  Of course you have to eat all those fun snacks and appetizers.

And we have to go out for Valentines day and you can’t go out AND be on a diet so I’ll just have one fun night out and then back to the diet.

Also, chocolates.  You have to have chocolates and candy for Valentines day.

And wait, what??  Girl Scout cookies are out now?  Well crap, I have to support my nieces and buy several boxes.  They have to sell 450 boxes to get to go on the cruise.


I admit I should not have eaten all those boxes of Girl Scout cookies, but dammit if there isn’t anything better than frozen thin mints.

Ok, the Diet is going back on now.

Easter is coming up or something lets get on this fasting for 40 days thing.


Crap, spring is coming and summer soon after.  I better get back on the diet and get in shape.

I’m going to do really well this month.  Shoot wait, I have my friends big birthday bash and a work trip this month.

I’ll splurge on those and just get on the treadmill a little extra next month.


When did summer get here already?

Time for a juice fast


Just fasts suck.  I want a cheeseburger!

Ok, I’m just not going to eat anything until the big party at the beach next week.


Summer is almost over and I still need to get with my diet and get into the real shape I know I can.

No more parties or splurging.  I can do this!


Where did summer go?  How is school starting already?

Who has time to cook?  I’ll just grab something quick from the fast food place, but I’ll try to be healthy.

I’ll just get a salad…and fries.

And this year I WILL NOT pig out on all that Halloween candy


OK, I said I wasn’t going pig out on all that Halloween Candy, but it’s just cheaper to buy it at Costco.

Next year I should not buy it on Oct 1st and keep it around the house.  That was my downfall.

And with Thanksgiving coming up, I should probably just put the diet on hold for a bit, until after the holidays.


I really need to stop overeating on all that holiday food, but those sugar cookies just remind me of Christmas so much!

And eggnog!  Who doesn’t love a glass or two of eggnog.  That is what Christmas is all about.

But right after Christmas, I am going on a diet.

Well, I should probably way until after the first of January to start the diet, with all the new years parties and such.

That’s it!

I’m going to go on a diet on January 1st.  This is the year that I get into shape.  for reals.

And that is why diets don’t work.  Insert your own birthdays and anniversaries and schedule into the above timeline and you get an unattainable goal.  We have stuff to do.  We have places to go, and people to see. We have lives.

So what is the answer?  How do we fix that endless cycle?  How do we get into a healthy cycle?  It’s simple.

Eat less, move more.

We have two big problems with our American diet and lifestyle.  We eat too much, and we sit around too often.  The portions of serving sizes have gotten huge and we sit around all day and the combination of the two is killing us.

So what do we do to fix this?  We are going to eat less and move more.  No fad diets.  No get slim quick schemes.  No pills or powders.  We are going to make this very simple.  We will eat less and move more.

Part 1: Eating less.

The good news about the ginormous portion sizes if you are a couple is that you can split any meal and have more than enough food for both of you.  This not only saves you the extra calories, but you also save money when you are going out to eat.  My wife and I do this all the time.  We share a meal and sometimes even have leftovers.  If you are going solo, eat half of your meal and take a break.  Often times I rush through a meal and then after stuffing it all into my mouth realize I ate too much and feel terrible after.  Slow down.  Take your time.  Understand that it’s too much food and you don’t have to eat it all.  Eat half and stop.  Take a few minutes.  If you are still hungry then maybe eat more, but 90% of the time you will be full and can take the extra’s home for leftovers.

Also try cooking at home a little more.  You can better control your portion sizes and not eat as much.  Put less food on your plate.  You will eat what you have in front of you.  Try smaller plates or bowls.  If you have a smaller surface area you won’t be able to fill it with so much food.  Again slowing down here is important.  Take a smaller portion size and eat that.  Then get up and go get more if you really need it.  You will find that you don’t need it.

Lots of great recipes on the Food & Cooking section.

Part 2: Move More

If you sit at a desk all day like I do its important to get up and move around.  I have a big bottle of water at my desk that I try to drink and get up to refill often.  I also go running at lunch.  This is a nice way to break up the day for me.  If you can’t exercise at lunch, try to get into the habit of doing it before or after work.  Take the dog for a walk in the morning.  Go for a jog with the family in the evenings.  Get up off the couch and do something.  Turn off Honey BooBoo and spend that time walking around your neighborhood.  Go for a hike on a nearby trail.  Ride your bike down to the local park and let the kids run around.  Just get up and do something.  Start small.  Walk around the block.  Then when you can do more, walk around 2 blocks.  Get into the practice of turning off the TV and doing something active.  Once you make this a habit you will start to see big changes in your health and weight.

So this is your Truly Simple Action of the week: Eat less and Move more.

Resolve to eat smaller portions and start the habit of getting up and off the couch to get more movement in your life.

That’s it.  Simple huh?

Also a quick note on foods to eat or not eat.

You know what’s good for you and what is bad for you.  It’s not hard.  If its growing out of the ground its probably good for you.  If it has a lot of ingredients and chemicals that you can’t pronounce then its probably bad for you.  Throw away the bad food and go out and buy good food.  This will help you on your way to a more healthy lifestyle.


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Slow cooked pork shoulder

Mar 22, 2011 by

I often don’t cook the healthiest of recipes, as evidenced by this, this or this, but thats OK.  Thats what diets are for.

I’m back on the slow carb diet, which I do occasionally to shed some pounds so I can make more of these.  I’m back on the diet because I’m reading Tim Ferris’ new book the The 4-Hour Body.

I met Tim out at SXSW several years ago right has he was launching his The 4-Hour Workweek book.  I liked the book and hit it off with Tim.  I had him come out and speak at my company and I’ve enjoyed his work ever since.

The slow carb diet he originally blogged about is a very simple diet and he goes into much more detail in his new book.

Basically you avoid anything white, any carbs, and eat a lot of protein, vegetables, and legumes.  And one of the keys to the diet is to repeat your meals and eat the same thing over and over.

So for that I set out to create a really easy pork shoulder recipe, and it turned out to be one of the easiest and tastiest things I’ve ever made.

So If your looking for a great easy recipe that tastes awesome and you can eat all the time on this diet, look no further.  It will take you less than 5 minutes to prep and then you just put it in the crock pot and let it go.


I’ve not cooked a lot of pork shoulder before, because I never knew what to do with it.  I previously made some awesome al pastor tacos with it and fell in love.  This recipe is even easier.


First you’ll need a pork shoulder.  You can get this at any grocery store.


Next you’ll need some spices.

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional.  I love it, my wife not so much)
  • 1 (4 pound) boneless pork shoulder roast
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 2 cups chicken broth


Mix all your spices together.


throw 2-3 bay leaves into the bottom of your crock pot.


rub half the spices on once side of the pork shoulder


Place that seasoning side down and pour the rest of the seasonings on the other side.   Pour in the chicken stock around the sides of the meat.


And you cook it for 5 hours, flip it over, and then cook it for another 5 hours all on the low setting of your crock pot.


Seriously, how easy is that?  When its done, it will be fall apart tender with a fork.  Simple shred the pork with a couple forks to eat.


For the 4HB diet its great to have meals ready to go, so put it in a tupperware container and you are set for many happy meals with this tasty meat.


And my dog LOVES the pork shoulder bone, so we are all happy with this recipe.

That’s it.  This recipe is so easy to make and store so you can eat this whenever you need to while on your diet.

The other great thing about the diet is you get a cheat day once per week, so go nuts.



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