Paradise Pizza:Healthy Alternative

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This Dessert Pizza is healthy, dairy free, and great for summer events. I always get great comments on this one because it’s different and not full of sugar so more than one piece is okay, plus I dare you to only eat one piece. 

Supplies/Ingredients:

  • 16″ pizza pan or smaller
  • rolling pin
  • wire strainer
  • med. bowl
  • 2 rolls of sugar cookie dough (organic if possible) *1 roll may be enough if your pan is less than 16″
  • 2-3 ripe kiwis
  • 1 container of strawberries (fresh)(organic if possible)
  • 1 container of blue blueberries(fresh) (organic if possible)
  • 1 can of crushed pineapple in juice
  • 1 vanilla or banana flavor yogurt 16oz. total (I use so delicious non- dairy unsweetened vanilla) always use carrageenan free as well. 
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of coconut flakes, sweetened or unsweetened to preference. 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and have the cookie dough already thawed out in the refrigerator. Then place the dough on top of the oven while it heats up for easy kneading  and rolling. You may use some flour to keep the dough from sticking to hands and rolling pin. Use rolling pin for even covering of pizza pan. You can cut off the extra dough around the edges and add to any weak spots. 

Place in oven 14-16 minutes long, you want to watch and make sure the edges do not burn but the dough is not raw either. 

Next wash off all fresh fruit. Dice strawberries on their side to make a dollar coin cut to mimic pepperoni, peel kiwi’s and cut in half long ways, then cut on angle to mimic green bell peppers. Blue berries can be tossed on as is. View picture above for reference. 

After crust is done cooking, let cool on rack. We want the dough cooled off enough to put the cold yogurt on. Next empty the can of pineapple into a wire strainer with a bowl underneath to catch juice. Once drained, put drained pineapple in med. mixing bowl. Add the yogurt and mix together. 

Once crust is completely cooled off, spoon yogurt mix over the crust as a pizza sauce. Place strawberries, blue berries, and kiwi slices all over. Keep the coconut on the side or sprinkle on Paradise Pizza. (for non coconut lovers) Finally slice into squares or into pizza slice and enjoy! Comment if you have any questions!

Here’s to keeping it real-Ms. Shawna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dairy free Ranch Chicken & Rice

Yet another dish you don’t have to do without if your trying to eat more nutrientous or on a dairy free  food life. This was actually inspired by my mini me aka sister that could pass as my daughter and yes as of now she is my favorite as much as we get along we have very different talents and cooking is not hers…but this dish she wanted from having a friend make it for her. I listened to her description of it and off we went to the store! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 organic ranch packet
  • Salt
  • Organic parsley 
  • White rice
  • Organic Ville Dairy free ranch dressing
  • 2 packets of organic chicken breasts (4-6 slices) 
  • Coconut or olive oil
  • I was able to buy everything at Publix #lovePublix 
  • pictures are below

All depending on how many you are cooking for…I would do 1 cup rice per 2 people.

  • Start boiling water for rice
  • Preheat oven to 350 
  • Coat a baking pan with oil
  • Spice the chicken lightly with salt then the whole package of ranch evenly as possible on the chicken
  • Place in oven for 35-45 minutes depending on cut
  • Place cook rice in big enough mixing bowl 
  • Add dairy free ranch dressing into of the rice and stir
  • Start light then add to taste
  • Chopp cooked chicken in pan then pour on top of rice 
  • Mix together adding parsley To your desire 

So this new recipe was win! On the first try and why give up ranch right?! Please comment if you have any questions.

   
   
Hope you enjoy and here’s to #Keepingitreal

Cooked with love -Ms. Shawna

Dairy free lean lasagna

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I haven’t had lasagna for years because of all the cheese. Figuring out I was allergic to dairy meant giving up a lot of foods but I’m slowly enjoying them again and of course making them with health in mind. This recipe is easy and delicious. I ate that whole pan above in one day😜

Ingredients

whole grain lasagna noodles

1 jar of organic roasted tomato pasta sauce

2 organic tomatoes, zucchini, and onions

1 pack of turkey meat (preservative/antibiotic/hormone free)

organic olive oil

organic parsley

intructions

start boiling a pot of water and set noodles in long enough to cook only halfway. Oil a fry pan and add onions to brown, add zucchini and tomatoes. These only need to be cooked halfway as well right before they start to really carmalize. Set these aside on another dish and add oil if necessary for the turkey meat. You want to cook the turkey meat all the way but not over done as it will cook in the oven as well. Set your oven to 350 degrees. Add a lil salt and as much parsley as you want to the turkey meat. In a glass pan pour a small amount of oil to prevent sticking. Pour a thin layer of the roasted tomato sauce in glass pan. Lay three noodles into the sauce and spread more sauce over the noodles.
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Next spread cooked turkey meat over sauced noodles.

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Then add another layer of sauce and other ingredients.
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Finally add the rest of the sauce and lay three more noodles on top.
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Cover the glass pan with aluminum foil. Cook for 30-40 minutes in oven.
The turkey meat is not only lean but juicy and flavorful in this dish. It was such a hit with the fam that I made it twice in the week. They never complained it needs cheese either because the ingredients satisfy those taste buds and hunger!
Here’s to #keepingitreal
Made with love-MissShawna

Make your house smell like Apple Strudel from scratch!

There is this café’ that serves apple strudel that I’ve made a tradition of getting every time I visit, but I want to have this more than once a month, without the processed ingredients. So I put on some Mumford and Sons ~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ST59IaiCUdA ~ and did some late night baking. The best thing about late night baking is the joy of having your baked treat for breakfast the next morning with your coffee or tea.

This recipe uses healthier alternative ingredients and its Vegan. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 min.

Ingredients for pastry:
1 cup all-purpose flour (I use King Arthur GMO free)

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

3 tablespoons sugar (Use unrefined cane sugar)

1/4 cup cold unsalted butter, diced (I use Earth Balance Vegan butter)

4 to 6 tablespoons ice water

Ingredients for Apple filling:

1 1/4 pound apples (such as Granny Smith or Macintosh), peeled and sliced
(I used two organic red delicious & one green apple) *Note I had enough apples left over that another batch of dough was needed so just two apples is plenty.

1/3 cup sugar (Unrefined cane sugar of course)

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon (organic)

1/4 cup all-purpose flour (K.A.)

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (simple organic brand)

Use a medium size bowl to mix flour, sugar, and salt in. Use a pastry cutter to mixed chopped cold butter into the mixed until it clumps together. I like how these turned out but truthfully I wanted a more flaky texture. To do this I would just use the whole block of butter which is only two more Tablespoons than required in the recipe. The key is to just lay off the water if the dough is moist and gathered together already. You should have a nice rough ball of dough to set aside on a floured surface.

For the Apple filing just add diced apples to a smaller bowl with sugar, flour, and vanilla extract. I just sprinkled the cinnamon around all the apple pieces until I was satisfied. Mix with a wooden spoon until most of the flour is sticking to the apples.

Now comes the fun part of rolling out the dough and making your own pastry designs.

I made two rectangles and some circles from star like shapes.

Roll out the dough as thin as you can without it becoming too fragile and cut out a rectangle with added width for the top. On the extra side, slice out the tops of triangles to lap over the apple filling. Place some of the apple filling on the solid side and wrap the other side over pinching the dough together. Place on a cookie sheet with some type of oil (coconut oil) spread out. Another design is using a star shape to put a smaller amount of filling in. Just pull all the star points to the top pinching together. Lastly brush some butter on the tops of the dough, then place in the oven at 375 for 20 to 30 minutes. Keep on an eye on the Apple strudel until the tops start to turn brown but make sure the bottom doesn’t burn either. Finally enjoy! Comments of questions welcomed.

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Upgrade your Food Game!
~Love Miss Shawna~

Vegan Chocolate cupcakes with strawberry surprise!

Hello fellow vegans and those just trying to eat healthy! I made these for the 4th of July and had no complaints:) I’m not vegan, but baking vegan is ideal when your dairy free and want a healthier alternative to processed goods. I have the recipe posted with just a few tips….

Going down the ingredients list, I used King Author’s unbleached all purpose flour(GMO free). This could easily be turned Gluten free with the choice of flour too.
I used Ghirardelli Cocoa powder (GMO free) *You can check these companies sites to see their non GMO claims.
Unrefined sugar of course is needing, and I used light brown sugar since the recipe didn’t specify.
The choice of oil would probably make a difference in taste. I used coconut oil and the cupcakes didn’t even have a coconut flavor so not to be worried.
Now for the filling…I either like to stuff my cupcake with lots of filling or the recipe doesn’t give an accurate amount to use. I recommend having more than just 2 cups of strawberries. With this recipe I made 2 1/5 pans of full cupcakes and had to make the filling twice. The second time I added bananas to the mix. Yum! I also didn’t see the point of cornstarch as it just clumps up into white chunks in the mix. A simple simmer of organic strawberries with cane sugar added is perfect.

Finally cut out the middle of the cupcakes carefully and set the left overs aside for another creative dessert. You could even make cake balls with them! I ended up getting creative with my soul sister and making a mini peach cobbler. We simple mixed the cupcake crumbs in some water and honey then made a layer at the bottom of a baking pan. She then simmered peaches on the stove, could add cane sugar, cinnamon, or vanilla extract. We added the peaches on top of the chocolate layer and heated in the oven 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. It was donut good, and the crumbs weren’t wasted. Get creative!

Hope you enjoy this recipe! These are nice and rich. A little heavy without the egg but feel free to add one if your not vegan and let me know how it turns out.

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Vegan Chocolate cupcake recipe:

http://www.mnn.com/food/recipes/stories/chocolate-cupcakes-with-strawberry-filling-vegan

Upgrade your Food Game!

Pastries are like a piece of heaven to me so….Cinnamon roll time!

Hello! My name is Shawna and I have a pastry addiction. The smell and thought of a fresh baked good takes me back to some fairy tale land were there is endless turnovers, pies, and donuts. But wait! I’m a foodie now and bleached flour and refined sugar is no longer welcomed. That’s okay because there are plenty of healthy alternatives that contain the real stuff that makes a pastry, a pastry! It’s those little things you don’t notice until you become aware like the long list of ingredients on those store bought cinnamon rolls. I’m not condoning any company or person who chooses to eat the F.A.D. (failed American diet) I’m just sharing my experience for those who want to make a change, but feel overwhelmed at not being able to eat their favorite foods. Like I’m going to give up cinnamon rolls haha…No…So first option is to make your own in which I would just use organic ingredients and unrefined sugar. The other option is buying already made cinnamon rolls from a whole foods store. I just want to show the difference in making healthy choices to give awareness. When eating healthy you have to constantly check ingredients that you have listed as bad for your health and scan every list for those ingredients. The longer the list the better chance for me to just give up and put it down because a cinnamon roll should not have over 30 ingredients! The ones to look out for in pastries for example could be ADA, refined sugar, bleached flour, hydrogen oils, MSG(modified anything), and artificial flavors. Really is it that hard to just to use real cinnamon than artificial flavor!? Don’t forget the FDA is approving all this ingredients even though they are not used in the same brand of stuff in other countries. Research yourself to see what I mean. Anyways I take a healthy fresh baked cinnamon roll over a cold processed one any day.

Here is an example of a processed cinnamon roll ingredients list…..
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Can you read all that?! I know it is not the best picture but really why does a cinnamon roll need all those ingredients especially when half of them are not even real food? I can already spot the ADA listed. Start looking at ingredient lists to see what you can find the FDA trying to poison you with seriously I shouldn’t have to worry about these things when in another country those harmful ingredients are not allowed or used in the same exact brand name company products. Yet some how they are added into our food supply?!

Here is a real cinnamon roll compared to what is offered above….

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Do you see how big of a difference in length of ingredient lists that is? I’m giving props to this company for not using unnecessary ingredients.

You can research yourself to see the difference or just start reading labels.  Just like the can says, these were immaculately delicious!

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I’m glad to enjoy a healthy pastry that isn’t linked to disease later because that really is a piece of heaven and peace of mind.

Here’s to Keeping it real!

Banana nut butter wrap

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This is an easy, healthy snack that actually fills you up! I use all organic ingredients for optimal health but make it your own! I use

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Ezekiel’s tortillas, but regular flour tortillas are fine. First spread a thin layer of real honey on the tortilla. Choose your favorite nut butter such as organic almond or peanut butter to spread over the honey. Slice and spread about half an organic banana on the tortilla as shown. Next add some Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips. To spice it up, I add a dash of cinnamon and some walnuts. Get creative! This snack always gives the perfect chocolate fix while keeping me from biting peoples heads off when I’m hungry or are on the go.  Warning they are addicting and this easy good tasting snack may have you buying bananas every week but its so worth it! Enjoy!

My kind of cooking ~Miss Shawna~

 

A whole new kind of avocado outcome

imageThis post will be short and sweet. My soul sister was blending avocados one day on our adventures of cooking. I gag at the site of avocados, not a fan of the dip always given with rice and tacos. I took a risk and tried her sorbet with a surprise of a tart and sweet like taste. The secret is to blend one avocado and one organic banana. I use simple’s orange and pineapple juice for the tart taste and advise adding dried cranberries as well if handy. I would of enjoyed avocados and their health benefits years ago if I knew of this creation. So if you are not of fan of guacamole dip then try this easy recipe out and get creative on adding what you like. You can add more juice for a smoothie or keep it thick like a sorbet. Who says health eating doesn’t taste good!?

Amazing organic banana bread from scratch

I know how time consuming and difficult it can be to bake from scratch but even more so with all new organic ingredients and not much experience with the thousands of recipes with ingredients most of the westernized world doesn’t use. This is why I’m sharing this gem with no preservatives or The rubber known as ADA which is almost every bread on the shelf. I had set my mind to making banana bread from scratch with my new organic unbleached flour, unrefined sugar, and organic bananas. Since organic ingredients cost more than you rather get the recipe right the first time. I love to experienment in the kitchen but the goal is to have eatable food in the end. This recipe is the one I will use from now on. Its  dairy free with no milk substitute needed but an alternative butter is needed. Since I’m only allergic to milk protein then I use Unsalted butter.  The recipe is on all about.com http://dairyfreecooking.about.com/od/breadsbakery/r/banabread.htm?utm_source=facebook_sp&utm_medium=sm&utm_campaign=shareurlbuttons

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This just turned out perfect and I followed the recipe exactly except using regular butter. I made muffins and mini loafs to take on the go instead of making a large loaf. One tip I’ll give you is when baking bread only grease the bottom of the pans you use. The reason is because greasing the sides will make the bread crave in instead of having the round muffin like risen top. Any person who works in a bakery will say that when selling their muffins the sides they cover up don’t matter compared to that risen top customers see. I use organic bananas for everything bc they taste sweeter and last longer than regular bananas so think it makes the bread taste even better. So your search for the perfect banana bread is over! Let me know how it turns out for you and follow the directions exactly like using a wooden spoon to fold the batter is what it’s all about.