Portobello Pizzas

If you have kids, know kids, or a man of any sort, I’m sure you see a lot of Pizza go by. My kids love Pizza, and my husband really loves pizza. I haven’t tried making my own crust yet, other than with cauliflower, and I have an almond flour crust recipe I need to try. But usually I just get a thin crust pizza dough, and then let the kids do their own toppings. So the other night I also had some big Portobello mushroom caps, which I used for my “crust”. I don’t love pizza as much as my family, it just isn’t my thing. But – I will eat these all day long.

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I put some of my homemade marinara in the bottom (remember I make a big batch, and I still have enough for lasagna tomorrow), then loaded it up with fresh spinach and kalamata olives. 5 little pearls of wet mozzarella and some fresh basil. Bake it until the cheese is bubbly. Let me tell you, it was way better than regular pizza, and I saved probably a hundred or more calories per piece (and yes, I did eat all three – don’t judge me). When I told Brent he said he would try it next time, which is amazing, as usually nothing substitutes from his pizza. But it is just like my kids – if you give it to them enough, and make them taste it enough, they start to prefer the healthier option. On a daily basis both kids ask for broccoli, one of my oldest’s favorite sides is grilled asparagus, and my husband has come a looong way since we met. We both have. Just try new things, and keep trying them, you will see results in your health and your taste buds as time goes on.

It has taken me many years to get where I am, and I still have work to do. When I first started on my journey to being healthy, I really set a one year goal. I wanted to lose a hundred pounds in a year. Life and kids extended my goal, and now I realize it doesn’t matter how long it takes to get there, and even when I did hit the 100 pound loss mark, I wanted to keep going because it wasn’t about the weight anymore. It was about being the absolute healthiest I could be. So here I am, years after changing my lifestyle, still learning and changing, and making progress. There wasn’t a magic pill, there wasn’t a machine or special food that could make it work or go faster. All I could do was work as hard as I could and do my best to eat better than I did. That’s the secret, work hard! Don’t work hard for a week and give up, it takes a long time. And the longer it takes, the more likely you are to keep it off. I lost a large amount of weight quickly once, and gained it all right back and then some, because I didn’t learn anything about eating right or actual nutrition.

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I have some other pictures of me, even bigger than that that I will find. It will work! Keep trying!! Whether you are trying to lose weight or just stop eating poorly, do it. It’s that easy, just make a decision and stick to it.

Creamy Cilantro Verde Sauce

My husband was craving some grilled chicken with verde sauce I had made a while back, but being that I am trying to make as much as I can from scratch, I had to look up a new recipe!

So I found this one on Favorite Family Recipes.

I made it by the recipe exactly, except I did not add the sugar or tobasco. I tasted it after blending to see if it needed it, and I thought it was amazing as it was. And anyone can add tobasco later.

So my version was this:
1 cup of green chiles (or a verde sauce)
1/3 c sour cream
1/3 c plain Greek yogurt
1/3 c cilantro (I just tore a handful off and put it in)
1 Tbsp garlic (minced or powder)
1 Tbsp lime juice
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cumin
1 4oz packet of ranch seasoning

It all fit in my magic bullet and after we were done I just put a lid on it and put it in the fridge. This might be the best sauce I have ever made, seriously. It would be could on almost anything I can think of, or as a dip! And with summer coming, I can guarantee this will be coming with me to lots of places! My kids devoured it over their chicken, and then dipped all their bell peppers in it. And also wanted it over their quinoa. Next time, I will probably just use 2/3 c Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, so if you do that let me know how it turns out!

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Busy day ahead! I have a tough workout at the gym, dropping off catalogues for my best friend, taking orders, and wrangling these crazy kiddos all day!

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Easy and Clean Spaghetti Sauce

Eating healthy is not just my lifestyle, it really is something I am passionate about helping others do too. So many people say they can’t do it or it’s too hard, or that they love burgers too much. I think this is a transition point for The Gourmet Wife, as I really do want to help educate on the benefits of healthy living, as well as show you how you can have the foods you love with just a few changes. If you are looking for a recipe to try, but are concerned that your family won’t like it or it will be too difficult, try this one!

Example: My husband is a spaghetti conisseur. He loves Italian food and always has. When I was pregnant with my youngest, I craved Italian. I think it was because he was a boy and took after his daddy, because that kid can put away some spaghetti. After finding a recipe for bolognese sauce at http://www.bikinibodymommy.com, I tweaked it a little to make a homemade marinara that is super healthy and packed full of vegetables. I have had so many people ask me for the recipe that I figure it would be easier to post it on here.
These are the ingredients needed for the sauce:

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Ingredients:
1 can organic tomato paste
3 stalks of celery
3-4 carrots (peeled)
1 large tomato
Garlic cloves

I started by putting the carrots, celery, tomato, and garlic in the food processor and making a purée. I put it in the pan with the organic tomato paste, and as much water as you need to get it to the consistency you like. I added some sea salt and Italian seasonings, and that was it! I let it simmer while I cooked the organic ground turkey, then added the meat to the sauce. Another yummy thing to add in is a can of organic fire roasted tomatoes.

I also cooked a spaghetti squash to have instead of pasta. You can have whole grain pasta, or julienne a zucchini to have instead. We always made spaghetti every week, and I made it with a jar of sauce and a box of pasta. Once I began to alter my eating habits, I cut out white flour altogether. Now when I have pasta, I have a hard time sleeping and I just feel like I am lagging all the next day. Hard to believe I felt like that all the time at one point, and I that I believed it was “normal”. It isn’t! Spaghetti Squash is a delicious alternative, and it is super easy to cook. Cut it in half, turn it face down in a baking dish or cookie sheet, and bake at 350 for about 30-40 minutes (until it pulls apart with a fork). For my kids I do make whole grain pasta, because although they eat tons of vegetables, this squash is something they haven’t become acquired to yet. My husband usually alternates on whether he has pasta or squash, depending on how hungry he is.

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This is a yummy, easy recipe to make to encourage your family that eating healthy (and cutting out processed foods) can be delicious! It takes a little more than opening a jar of sauce, but I promise you this is just the beginning of a better way of eating.