Review: Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Pizza, pizza, pizza!  SpecialK decided he loved the cauliflower crust pizza we tasted the Costco.  It has peppers on it which I won’t eat.  I found this pizza at Trader Joe’s and decided to give it a try.

SpecialK won’t let me make a cauliflower crust pizza, because he knows I won’t put enough starch in to make him happy.  (Yet he denies that his taste buds are programmed for sweet and starchy.  Ah, but I digress!)

Sitting snugly on a freezer shelf, I decided it’s residency had ended and it was time to bake it up.

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I preheated the oven, and put this pizza on a sheet of parchment paper onto our pizza stone and baked it.

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Their photo looks more red,   I like this picture, showing their artfully created version versus my cooked version.

It tasted like the frozen pizzas I ate as a teenager.  I tried to think of how to doctor it up, maybe some ricotta cheese?

The interesting note here is that it did not taste like cauliflower.  It tasted like a frozen pizza.

Final verdict, I would buy again.

What have you tried lately?

 

 

 

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Magic sweetener

I have shared before that I am going to inherit diabetes.  I am fighting that inheritance with every fiber of my being, but the writing is on the wall.

Growing up, my Mom had a cup of instant coffee every morning.  She put a saccharin tablet in, some milk, and that was how she became human in our craziness.

Saccharin was vilified in the nutrition world, then it t was declared ok, again.

SpecialK has been encouraging me to use substitute sugars sparingly.  We have lower sugar jams here and he has discouraged me from using any sugar free products.

I know I can’t have sugar, and walk daily to counter my inheritance.

Imagine my surprise when my general practitioner recently talked with me about sweetener choices. After a brief conversation, during which my head spun around, she asked me if I was willing to stay with one group of sweeteners.  I said yes, so here’s the lowdown.  No more purchases of Maple Grove Farms sugar free maple flavored syrup.  No more baking with Xylitol.  She wants me to use maple sugar and maple syrup as our sweetness.  She told me that maple syrup/sugar is absorbed by the body slower than white sugar, and has vitamins and minerals that white sugar does not possess.

I contacted my nutritionist and she echoed the same statement about vitamins and nutrients.

I will be going back for more bloodwork in the beginnning of November, and will assess the impact to my blood sugars.  We buy maple sugar from Amazon, and get maple syrup often at Costco.

SpecialK was happy to kick Xylitol to the curb.  Will you try these changes with me?894A6B7C-E71B-4F0E-9017-3E452B535DD4

Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil salad at home

True story time.  I went shopping earlier this week, knowing we had fresh mozzarella in the fridge.  I had promised SpecialK a tomato mozzarella salad, so I bought a couple of pints of grape tomatoes and a package of fresh basil.

We had purchased a bottle of Trader Joe’s Balsamic glaze, and SpecialK asked that I used that.  I did, and made the salad leaving the basil out.

We finished it off, and while SpecialK was traveling, I made it again, remembering to use the fresh basil.  Honestly, I was heavy handed with the balsamic glaze, lesson learned.

I had made this salad earlier this year, before we had the balsamic glaze.  Use 4 part oil on the tomatoes to 3 parts balsamic glaze on the mozzarella.

Want to grab fork and join me?

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To make this salad:

tomatoes

mozarella balls or sliced mozzarella

fresh basil

extra virgin olive oil

baslamic glaze or balsamic vinegar

Salt

Directions:

1) Wash and dry the tomatoes, add them to a large bowl.

2) Place mozzarella in a small bowl, cutting into bite size pieces if necessary.

3) Add extra virgin olive oil to the tomatoes , and toss.  Add salt and pepper, to taste.

4) Add balsamic to the mozzarella, and toss.

5) Rinse and dry off the basil.  Roll the leaves together and cut into thin strips.  Add to the tomato bowl, carefully mixing with the tomatoes.

6) Add the mozrella to the tomatoes bowl, and toss together carefully, so as to keep the mozzarella bite size.

Add serving spoon and enjoy!

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Me and My Fitbit

It’s a very interesting note on our behavior.  Just when I felt I couldn’t push through one more day of steps, I called my nutritionist to discuss.

She told me that just because the American Heart Association recommended 10.000 steps a day, it didn’t have to be every day.  Then, my group of international walking pals started another challenge, I am on Team Purple.  So I started my steps again and pushed through the 28 day challenge.

The challenge ended yesterday, and Team Purple did not outwalk Team Yellow.

Today, my inner 3 year old wants to throw a tantrum. I don’t want to walk today, then I look at my steps for the day, and wonder if I could somehow pull this one out.  The weights are on my hands and I am pushing through the resistance.

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Are you committed to a workout plan?

Meal Planning

Do you meal plan, sketch out a list of meals per day for a week or a month at a time?

I have considered the idea, however SpecialK travels for work.  I don’t usually cook when he travels.

We often buy what we like, and create meals from these items.  We had salmon, Brussels Sprouts and peaches here last week, and SpecialK knew I wanted to try grilled peaches, so he grilled all three items.

 

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I did take a second peach half after trying it; this was a good meal.  Teriyaki sauce on the salmon, some white cheddar on the Brussel Sprouts and some olive oil on the peaches.

Since then, SpecialK has been actively avoiding dairy.  There is a cheese drawer full of cheese.

Guess who gets to eat the cheese?

What is one of your favorite grill meals?

He made some, too!

Imagine my surprise when I got up last weekend, to find SpecialK making pancakes with our new flour blend.  He likes it Mikey!

He didn’t want me to make anything with my latest gluten free flour find when he wasn’t home, as he wanted to try it too.

So one morning, a week or , I made the pancake recipe from the back of the flour bag.  He liked them!  (I did too!)

He made them himself last weekend.

This is our new flour blend, you can purchase here:

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The pancake recipe is on the back, and we have cut the sugar in half, replacing white sugar with maple sugar.

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This flour is 18 g net carb per 1/4 C, the lowest I have found yet.

Your favorite pancake recipe?

We upgraded!

I was so excited a year and a half ago to buy our first instant pot.

This year, I decided to upgrade to the Instapot Ultra.  Thank you Amazon for making this possible.  I was able to resell our original one to a person who was delighted that it came from a gluten free house.

I have been lazy with this one, instead of manually doing everything, I pushed porridge and my steel cut oats were cooked.  Instead of wrapping my original Instapot with a towel for 8 hours, I push a button and yogurt is made.  I still love my Instapot, and happy that I now use the buttons instead of researching everything.

When Amazon puts it on sale again, you should get one too.  Won’t you?

Rent with Hertz

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Sometimes, you need to rent a car.  Hertz is SpecialK’s choice, I am just the passenger.

So imagine this, you fly to an airport, meet your spouse, and go to pick up your rental car.  They are out of cars.  We wait about an hour, and they give us a Dodge, with no Bluetooth. We are heading out and see several vehicles parked in the gold section. 

Eventually, we are allowed to take one of those cars

This was after they offered us a $100 voucher for our troubles, but gave SpecialK a voucher for $1.

Have I mentioned that SpecialK rents so many cars in a year that he is in their Presidents Circle?

So we start to drive out, heading to the lines of cars waiting to go through Hertz’s Checkpoint Charlie.

Two lines of cars, we move to the shorter one.  A guy comes out of the booth, to tell us the system is down, we can’t get out.

2 hours after we first approached the Hertz area, we head out.

Did you have a good weekend?

District 45

We don’t eat out often, but find our way to eat wherever we are.

We were out with Adam, Emily et famille last month, and they chose to go to District 45 in Lynn, MA.

Looking at the reduced menu they offered for brunch, I chose a panini, minus the bread.  I have never actually had a panini, as they became popular after I had renounced gluten.

The combination of ingredients appealed to me.   A flattened piece of chicken, topped with a slice of bacon, a slice of apple, covered in melted cheddar cheese.

Would you be surprised to hear that I wanted to recreate at home?

I did, using the ingredients we had at home.  A large chicken breast, that I tried to butterfly.  I ended up with 6 pieces.

We have Trader Joe’s Peppered Turkey Bacon, nitrate and nitrite Free.  1/2 slice on each piece of chicken fit great.   Granny Smith apple was sliced, not peeled.  The apple was not precooked, as the crunch of the apple slice adds a nice bite.  Top with white cheddar, which we buy at Aldi’s.

 

I am sure I will have better pictures the next time make this.

 

What new food combinations do you enjoy?

Toasted Cheese with jam

Where have you been all my life?  I might just be in love again.

i don’t recall where I read this idea, but here it is.  Toast a piece of bread, and spread a layer of your favorite jam on top.  Add some sliced cheese and return to toaster.  (Works best with toaster oven or regular oven).

It wasn’t until I was eating this that I realized the need to share this idea.

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Perhaps it is a statement of where I am at, or a need for delicious offerings, but this one works!

In other news, I got my stitches out yesterday, and can resume living, and getting my steps done.  Cancer free by my birthday was a nice gift.

What is your favorite way to eat toasted, or grilled, cheese?