Guilt-Free Portobello Mushroom Pizza

This might be the easiest and quickest pizza you’ll ever make. We all love pizza, but pizza doesn’t always love us back. AMIRITE?

I won’t bore you with seven paragraphs about our family and the seasons and how fat our cat has become in the last year like other food blogs. Let’s get down to business.

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Portobello mushrooms have a meaty texture that makes for a very filling gluten-free / keto pizza option. They’re a great source of fiber, B-vitamins, and they’re rich in minerals.

Ingredients

  • Portobello Mushroom

  • Your favorite pizza sauce or marinara

  • Mozzarella

  • Pepperoni and/or whatever your favorite pizza toppings are (fresh basil, bell pepper, tomatoes, etc)

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Getting Started

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (Fahrenheit)

  2. Remove the stem from the portobello mushroom.

  3. Bake mushroom for 5-7 minutes in the preheated oven.

  4. Pull mushroom out of oven. Flip oven settings to broil.

  5. Fill the cap (inside area of mushroom) with your pizza sauce and top with mozzarella cheese. Place pizza toppings over the cheese.

  6. I recommend for this next step using a wired cooling rack on top of a rimmed cookie sheet. Placing mushroom on the rack let’s the mushroom-pizza juices drain into the cookie sheet and keeps your pizza from getting soggy.

  7. Slide your portobello pizza (on cookie sheet) right under the broiler. Leave for a a few minutes until cheese is melted.

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Once you pull your pizza out—-it’s ready to enjoy! Takes less than 15mins!!!!

If you like this recipe, make sure to share on Pinterest and Facebook!

Deliciously Easy & Healthy GF Cookies

Many times I struggle with naming my recipes, and this time was no different. I chuckled though at the thought of GF (Gluten Free) in the title being mistaken for “Girlfriend” Cookies. But if I’m being honest, Girlfriend Cookies has a certain sassy ring to it, and I like it!

Delicious Gluten Free Cookies
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These cookies are a family fave! I’ve been making them since Eliza could eat solid foods. Here’s what I love about them:

  • High in fiber

  • Contains a good amount of protein

  • Very filling (make you and your kiddos full, so they’re a great snack)

  • Contain a large amount of your recommended daily intake of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants like Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, and Magnesium.

And the best part is, these cookies are so easy to make. Your kids can even help you!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Ripe Bananas

  • 1 Cup of Oats

  • 2 Tbs of Peanut Butter

  • Handful (or two) of Dark Chocolate Chips

Getting Started

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Mash 2 ripe bananas in a bowl. This is the major binding agent for your cookies. You can use a fork for this, or a potato masher if you have one.

  3. Pour in a cup of oats.

  4. Put your 2 tablespoons of peanut butter in the bowl. Creamy peanut butter is preferred as it will also help bind the other ingredients together.

  5. Mix all 3 ingredients together well. I use a fork for this.

  6. Grab a handful or two of dark chocolate chips and sprinkle them in your bowl. Mix ingredients together so chocolate is evenly(ish) distributed throughout.

  7. Here’s the fun part. Do you want fun shaped cookies? If so, grab a cookie cutter and use it to form your cookies on the cookie sheet. These cookies don’t rise—I repeat, these cookies do not rise. So make sure you make each cookie the size you’d like to eat them as. There’s no rules on what your cookies need to look like so take some creative control here.

  8. Once you have cookies formed, put in the oven for 17mins.

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Make sure to let your GF cookies cool for a couple minutes before taking a bite. This recipe yielded 7 large star-shaped cookies and we ate them in less than 10mins!!!

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If you liked this recipe, please share it on Facebook and Pinterest! Having a sweet tooth doesn’t have to always result in making bad choices. Choosing snacks like this, over processed garbage cookies you can buy at a store, will fulfill your cravings and give you some added health benefits.

ENJOY!!!

Keto Burger Bites

These juicy, cheesy, and saucy mini burgers are guaranteed to have your mouth watering. There’s two parts to this simple and quick recipe, the burger, and the magic sauce.

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The burgers are the easiest part! Here’s what you need:

  • Ground Beef (80/20)

  • 1 Egg

  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder

  • 1 Tsp Onion Powder

Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together with your clean hands. Next you can form into little bite-sized burgers. I used a protein-powder scoop we had lying around to make perfectly-round burgers. You can also use a small mason jar lid or cookie cutter to form your burger shapes.

Grab a pan, throw in some avocado oil or butter and place your burgers in the warm pan to cook.

Next, you gotta make that SAUCE baby!!!

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of Avocado Mayo

  • 2 Tbs Mustard

  • 2 Tsp Red Wine Vinegar

  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder

  • 1 Tsp Onion Powder

  • 1 Tsp Pickle Juice (from the jar)

  • OPTIONAL: 1 Tsp of Organic Ketchup (I personally like the sauce best with a little bit of ketchup, but I’ll leave this up to you!)

Combine all these ingredients into a bowl and, stir it up! I let my 3 year old do this part because she loves to help in the kitchen. She may or may not have been eating the sauce with a spoon while stirring it.

Once you have flipped your burgers and they are cooked to your liking, sprinkle a bit of cheese on top, throw a pan lid on your pan so that cheese melts, and THEY’RE DONE!

Top your mini burgers with the sauce you just made (YUMMM!!!), lettuce, and a pickle!

Yummy Keto Sliders

Don’t forget to enjoy!!!

The Best Keto Pizza Recipe

It’s cheesy, it’s crusty, it’s slightly garlicky, and sauvory AF.

It’s my super secret and easy recipe for Keto Pizza. Essentially the dough is made up of mozzarella, cream cheese, egg, garlic powder, coconut flour, and blessed by the keto angels themselves.

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The best Keto Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup coconut flour

  • 1 1/2 cups of Shredded mozzarella

  • 3 tablespoons of cream cheese

  • 1 egg

  • Garlic Powder

  • Favorite pizza toppings

  • Parchment paper

Keto Pizza dough

First, preheat your oven to 425. Now, grab a microwaveable bowl and toss in a cup and a half of mozzarella and the cubed cream cheese. Microwave for one minute. Stir it up with a fork, and toss back into the microwave for an additional 30 seconds. Next toss in your coconut flour, an egg, and few sprinkles of garlic powder. I found that mixing this together with damp hands (yes, damp! Wet your hands first) works best. Once you’ve mixed the ingredients all together, I form into a ball and put on top of parchment paper. You can form your pizza dough with your hands, or put an additional slice of parchment paper on top and roll it out with a rolling pin. This crust will rise a bit, so keep that in mind when determining how thick you want your crust. Once you have your desired shape, put your pizza dough on top of a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper. Don’t forget to poke some holes in the pizza dough crust with a fork, this prevents your crust from bubbling. Finally, toss in the oven for 8mins. Pull it out and check it after 8mins, then throw it back in for another 5mins.

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The fun part is next! Spread your favorite sauce on top, a thin layer of sharp cheddar, some mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni and/or your favorite toppings. Pull your pizza up off the parchment paper and put on the oven racks directly. This lets your crust crisp up a bit on bottom and get that golden color. Let cook for about 2mins or until your cheese is melted.

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And the final step is, ENJOY!!!!

Starbucks CopyCat Matcha Lemonade Recipe

When I discovered matcha lemonade at Starbucks, I was SHOOKETH. How did I have so much energy with zero crash?! What was in this magical green powder? Needless to say, my Starbucks gold card was getting reloaded more often than I’d like to admit.

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I was spending way too much money, so I googled how to make this refreshing drink at home. NADA. I mean really, there was NOTHING on Google or Pinterest. So I did what any desperate mom would do, I FIGURED IT OUT. Ohhh my gosh did I ever figure it out!!! You guys- it’s basically an exact replica.

Also, matcha is OF-THE-LORD. I’m pretty sure Jesus himself was drank matcha right before he walked on water. I’m not a theologian or anything, just a gut feeling I have.

It’s super high in antioxidants, makes you happier and more energized, improves your skin, and helps prevent cancer, just to name a few. No biggie.

So here it is…. the magical recipe for Matcha Lemonade (DUN DUN DUUUUUUUN)

supplies:

  • Matcha Powder

  • Water

  • Lemonade Drink Enhancer

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instructions:

Because matcha is hard to stir, I like to put mine in a shaker bottle (or blender would work) with water before I put it in a glass. Grab a shaker bottle or blender and throw in a tablespoon or so of matcha powder, a few squeezes of lemonade drink enhancer (or fresh squeezed if you tryna be fancy), and shake it up or blend it together. Pour over ice. ENJOY!

It’s that easy!!!

Hope you enjoyed this recipe! Let me know if you tried it in the comments!

Essential Oils - The Basics

The thing I get asked the most about on instagram is essential oils.

Let’s be real though—essential oils have gotten more and more popular in the last few years. It’s basically taking over everyone’s social media feeds, and there’s a reason why. THEY ARE AWESOME.

My “oil journey” began about five years ago, and btw, I don’t consider myself an expert in any way, but I’m an avid user and know the very basics.

Essential Oil Basics

So here’s some common oil terms:

Carrier Oil - An oil (think fractionated coconut oil) that you use to dilute your essential oil or that helps your skin absorb it quicker.

Diffuse - A way to experience the aromatic benefits of your essential oil(s). You will need a diffuser to “diffuse”

Topically - Applying the oil directly onto the skin

Aromatically - Putting an oil through a diffuser

Internally - Ingesting an oil either in a vegetable capsule or putting a drop or two in your water

What oils should you start with (my faves):

  • Lavender

  • On Guard (DoTerra) or Thieves (Young Living)

  • Lemon

  • Tea Tree Oil or Melaleuca

Getting Started With Essential Oils

Getting Started

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My favorite places to get quality oils

  1. DoTerra - there are no filler or synthetic oils added. They are pure and the highest quality you can get. They are all organic, verified pure, free of fillers and pesticides. There is also harvest the oils in their natural habitat which provides jobs to people all over the world, many in third world countries. You can ingest any of their oils—they’re that safe to use.

  2. Thrive Market - you can’t really beat the price point here. The oils I have received have all had a food label on them, and had only one ingredient in the oil (no fillers). The bottles are also significantly larger than other oil company’s, so you’re getting way more oil for less money. Make sure you get the thrive brand. I don’t know much more about these unfortunately so I don’t ingest or use them topically. I only diffuse or clean with them.

  3. Young Living - I started with YL oils and still use them. They are all organic. YL has been around for over 20 years, and their quality is awesome. They own all the farms they harvest from and have a huge selection of oils and products. You cannot ingest all of their oils, however, they have a special line of oils that are ingestible.

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How to diffuse essential oils:

Fill your diffuser with purified water and add a few drops of your favorite oil. Then turn it on! It’s that easy!

My favorite oils to diffuse:

  • Grapefruit

  • Grapefruit and Lavender (a few drops of each)

  • Lavender

  • On Guard (DoTerra oil)

  • Thieves (Young Living oil)

  • Breathe (DoTerra oil)

  • Tea Tree Oil (Thrive Market)

…and that’s it! What are you favorite oils to diffuse?

Black History Month

Today marks the first day of Black History Month so let’s talk about why we celebrate it.

This month is a time to celebrate, bring awareness, and honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans. 

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Unfortunately I’ve witnessed a lot of criticism of black history month from people. There are many that believe it’s unfair to designate an entire month to a single group of people. However, this is not a time to emphasize black history, but the extraordinary black men and women in OUR history. Black history month is not just for black Americans, it’s for all Americans. 

Black history is OUR history. The impact African Americans have made on our country is indispensable. 

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Black history has been historically erased or watered down in our history books. This is why we designate a month to our fellow Americans that are black. They are important. Their stories need to be heard. Their accomplishments need to be celebrated. 

So how do we celebrate black history month? 

We listen. We reflect. We learn. We mourn with our fellow Americans the generational trauma of slavery and segregation. We stand with them. We kneel with them. 

So let’s honor Black History Month together!

You Need To Know Your Child's Personality Type

Those of us with several children know that it’s quite common for them to have the same exact parents, grow up in the same household, and somehow have completely different personalities and tendencies. Every child is different.

This is by far the easiest and most accurate personality assessment I’ve ever learned. It’s used many times in business, but I believe it is CRUCIAL for us parents to know and understand these types.

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Every person is a little bit of all four types, however, your child (and you too!) has a primary type. This is how you generally process information and see the world.

Let’s introduce you to the four types:


D PERSONALITY ~ THE BOSSY KID

  • Direct, decisive, adventurous, impatient, very competitive

  • He/She is always right, just as him/her

  • Your D child has a strong need to achieve. They thrive when given challenges and choices.

  • They hate being told what to do, and being slowed down

  • The opposite personality is an S personality

I PERSONALITY ~ THE WILD CHILD

  • Social, energetic, easily distracted, animated, fearless, loves to perform

  • Makes you question if they pounded a red bull for breakfast

  • Thrives in social settings and requires more activity and outdoor time than your other children

  • The opposite personality is a C personality

S PERSONALITY ~ THE SWEET CHILD

  • Easy going, patient, loyal, submissive, sensitive, kind, great listener, people pleaser

  • Hates pressure, confrontation, and disappointing someone

  • Needs stability and structure

  • Give them a structure, a schedule, and let them move at their own slower pace

  • They are naturally happy, love people, yet shy away from larger crowds.

  • Very sensitive

  • The opposite personality is a D personality

C PERSONALITY ~ THE CAREFUL CHILD

  • Analytical, critical, careful and cautious, diplomatic, slower-paced, rule follower, logical

  • Loves things to be in order

  • A worry wart

  • Needs to understand “why”

  • Needs things to be organized and thrives in a structured schedule

  • The opposite personality is an I personality


There’s a saying (aka the golden rule), “treat people the way you would like to be treated”.

The “golden rule” is actually terrible though. You should treat people the way THEY would like to be treated. AKA based on their personality type.

As I stated before, everyone has a primary personality type. Everyone also has a secondary personality type.

If you or your child is a D personality, the secondary personality can be an I or a C.

If you or your child is an I personality, the secondary personality can be a D or S.

If you or your child is an S personality, the secondary personality can be an I or C.

If you or your child is a C personality, the secondary personality can be a S or D.

Your secondary type may be how you or your child shows up in public (school, work, daycare, etc.)

sooo…..

What are your children’s personalities? What is your personality?

LWS Healthy, Yummy, and Simple Breakfast Bites

One of my biggest challenges as a mother is making sure my kids have a well balanced diet. Mornings can be stressful, especially before coffee.

A University of Pennsylvania study found that kids that eat eggs for breakfast feel fuller longer and consume less calories at lunch than the kids who ate cereal or oatmeal for breakfast. For me, this is what keeps my girls out of the fridge all day. Seriously, they tryna steal food constantly.

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A Cardiff University study revealed that children (ages 9 to 11) are 2x more likely to score higher than average grades if they start the day with a healthy breakfast.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that a healthy breakfast is essential to our kiddos.

But let’s get back to the whole stressful mornings thing. Yeah, who has the time or energy to cook a 5 star breakfast? It ain’t me. This is why I make a ton of these breakfast bites ahead of time. I keep them in the fridge and pop them in the microwave for 20-30 seconds in the morning.

That’s what I like to call EFFICIENT.

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INGREDIENTS/ SUPPLIES:

Eggs (a dozen or so)

Nonstick Cooking Spray

Muffin Pan

Veggies

Cheese

Cooked Meat (Sausage, bacon, ham, Turkey lunch meat, Chorizo, whatever you want)

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STEP 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees

STEP 2: Whisk your eggs and a little water in a large bowl. Add salt and pepper to your liking.

STEP 3: Spray your muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray

STEP 4: Pour eggs into muffin pan. I fill each compartment about halfway with the egg mixture.

STEP 5: Add cheese to each muffin slot. We love cheese so I’m pretty generous in this step.

STEP 6: Toss in a couple veggies and your cooked meat (if you’re into that) in each compartment.

STEP 7: Throw em’ in the oven for 20mins until cooked and golden brown


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These can be kept in the fridge for 4 days or so. They’re healthy, yummy, and super simple!!!

The Power Of A Five Second Greeting

The relationship between you and your spouse undoubtedly gets more complicated and difficult after kids. I don’t know ONE mom who hasn’t expressed resentment of their spouse. I talk to a lot of moms every day and It breaks my heart to see them struggling to balance and keep their marriage/relationships in good standing while exhaustedly trying to keep tiny humans alive. And listen, I’ve been there too!

You are not alone.

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It’s my belief that a good marriage/relationship is the best gift you can give to your children. I want my children to grow up in a happy and healthy household. Not a perfect one, but one that models love and respect.

Someone recently asked me the question, how do you greet Anthony when he comes home from work?

I had to think about that for a second because I don’t greet him in a particularly abnormal or special way. It’s usually a half smile, a head nod, maybe a “what’s up!” or “hey”.

It got me thinking. That’s certainly not how we used to greet one another in our “honeymoon phase”. I was excited to see him. I was more animated and made much more of an effort. Now when I see him I’m mostly exhausted and beat down by the day.

Many of our spouses no longer receive the warm, animated greeting that was common pre-parenthood.

What if we started to think of our greetings as investments into our relationships.

Even when we really don’t feel like it. Even when it feels forced. What if we chose to fully acknowledge our spouse with love and kindness?

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Someone has to be the leader of change in a relationship and if that job isn’t being occupied by your spouse, it’s time you stepped up and did the damn thang. It’s not easy, but it’s definitely rewarding.

This only takes five seconds and could make a huge difference in your relationship over time.