Let’s breakdown this title: Low fat – Ham & Pineapple – Flatbread – Pizza.
What’s not to enjoy about that combination?

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This ham and pineapple pizza didn’t start out low fat.

Often times I’ll make a quick pepperoni pizza for the kiddos using crescent rolls.  Unfortunately, the only cheese we had on hand when it came time to making the pizza was a block of pepper jack.  The kids really wanted ham and pineapple, but no pineapple was in the house either.

“What would Pioneer Woman do?” I ask myself.

She’d dig through her fridge and make a pizza with what’s she got!  So that’s what we did…and it was fabulous.

crescent roll pizza

The low-fat version I swapped out the shredded pepper jack cheese for a wedge of laughing cow cheese and used a Flat Out wrap instead of the crescent rolls.  I love flat out wraps because they’re low calorie, provide a good amount of protein and fiber!

The low fat version came in around 210 calories providing 24g. carbs, only 6g. fat, and a total of 21.5g. protein! (numbers are approximate calculated from wrap, ham, cheese, and sauce used.)

If using crescent rolls the approximate calories would be 485 with a breakdown of 33c, 25.5f, and 28.5p.  (figuring 2 crescent rolls and 2oz pepper jack cheese, all else remaining the same)

Laughing cow cheese is a staple in my fridge.  We use it in so many ways from pasta sauces, to veggie dip, gyro sandwiches, and even melted in omelets.  While it worked great to keep the fat low in my ham & pineapple pizza, I’d prefer real melty cheese and would probably do it with a little of both next time.  However, it’s nice to have tasty options when you’d rather get your fat calories elsewhere in the day!

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Low Fat Ham & Pineapple Flatbread Pizza

Ingredients

  • Flat out Wrap (I used Italian Herb)
  • 1 wedge Laughing Cow Pepperjack Cheese
  • Pizza sauce to liking
  • Chopped Deli Ham
  • Trader Joe's Island Salsa (or sub pineapple tidbits)
  • Sliced red onion

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Lay Flat Out wrap on cookie sheet and spread surface with pepper jack Laughing Cow Cheese. Spread pizza sauce to your liking, about 2 TB I found is plenty. Spread with ham and a few dollops of Island Salsa or pineapple tidbits. Add some thinly sliced red onion on top and bake in preheated oven until desired crispiness about 10-15 minutes.
  3. *Can be made the same way with crescent rolls pressed into a rectangle and baked 12-15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Slice and return to oven to crisp up edges if desired.
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Carrot cake cookies that are macro friendly, perfectly soft with the right amount of spice and hint of orange, freeze well and only 53 calories each?! Yes I’ll have another, please!  A recipe success x100 and they’re super simple to throw together…

A big pet peeve of mine is stumbling upon a cookie recipe labeled as “healthy.”   Usually the recipe contains copious amounts of things like almond butter, honey, oats and dark chocolate to name a few.  People believe that because these are “clean” or  use “natural” ingredients that they can consume them freely.  Well I’m here to tell you, those recipes are often HUGE calorie bombs, high in carbs and fat.  If you’re trying to lose weight, creating a calorie deficit is key and you CAN overeat on the “healthy” stuff.

With that said these carrot cake cookies come in at only 53 calories a piece with 2.1g fat, 7.3g carbs and 1.2g protein and they’re DELICIOUS!!  I will warn you though…you can’t eat just one.  “NEVER have I ever…eaten one just one homemade cookie.”  Drink!  (if you’ve not seen the Big Bang Theory episode where they play Never Have I Ever….look it up.  cry with laughter funny)

Enjoy a carrot cake cookie or two with breakfast, pack some for a pre-workout, add them as a treat to your work lunch, or hide in the pantry and eat them so your kids don’t know you have cookies.  They’re great with coffee too!

Just go make them already so I’m not talking to myself.  Or go buy what you need to make them.  Or borrow ingredients from your neighbor. And if you’re super weird and don’t like carrot cake then share this recipe with someone who’s normal and would appreciate it.

 

Macro Friendly Carrot Cake Cookies!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (250g) shredded carrots
  • 1/4 c. + 2 TB brown sugar
  • 4TB. butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp grated orange rind
  • 2TB. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup all purpose white flour
  • 1/2 cup kodiak cakes (protein buttermilk pancake mix)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder

Instructions

  1. Using a food processor with grater attachment (or handheld grater on medium blade side) shred carrots and add to a large mixing bowl along with brown sugar and melted butter. Stir to combine.
  2. Next, add grated orange rind, applesauce, vanilla extract and egg and stir until thoroughly combined.
  3. In a small mixing bowl add flour, cinnamon, baking soda and baking powder. Gently stir then add to bowl with wet mixture. You got it...stir it again to combine.
  4. Drop by rounded spoonful or 1" cookie scoop onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350* for 8-9 minutes.
  5. Makes approximately 24 cookies. They freeze really well too! Allow to cool completely then store in freezer approved ziplock bag. Heat for 20 seconds and enjoy!
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Everyone has their favorite kitchen items they can’t live without.  These are just a few of mine!  Plus don’t miss our favorite cherry smoothie recipes.

 

 

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A. Blendtec Classic 575 model.  It’s a smoothie making magician!  It has a preprogrammed smoothie button, among others, that does all the work for you and no tamper needed.

Before making my purchase I watched several youtube videos and ultimately decided based on what I needed a blender to do, the Blendtec series was the best bang for my buck.  I purchased mine at Costco last year and have nothing but success.

Here’s a video from the girls over at Simple Green Smoothies of the Blendtec and Vitamix in Action that further persuaded me.

CONS: loud when chopping frozen items, but to be expected!

 

B. Ninja 3 in 1 cooking system.  I previously mentioned how much I adore this crockpot in my Pasta e Fagioli post. It’s truly more than a crockpot!  You can sear and saute right in the pan before setting it up for slow cooking.  The warming feature can be used at anytime vs. previous slow cookers I’ve owned that only utilize that feature after the time is up.

The ninja system has saved me many times to keep dinner warm or let it finish cooking on the stovetop low setting while I dash out to the door to pick up or drop off kids.

CONS: the sides of the pot get hot (the black sides that stick out just under the lid) and I’ve mistakenly grabbed them when going to stir something.  Once the unit is off they cool down quickly for lifting the pot to rinse out.  Also you need to use plastic or wooden utensils to not scratch the non-stick surface.  Upside is it’s a breeze to clean…downside is no shredding with forks and you’ll probably need to purchase a plastic ladel for soups.

 

C. 6.5″ Santoku Knife by OXO. A good knife makes all the difference in preparing food.  And by good I don’t mean ridiculously expensive.  Home Goods had this knife in stock for only $14.99 last month!  Rarely do I use another knife in my kitchen! In fact it gets immediately washed and put away because I use it *everyday* for everything. From slicing apples,chopping veggies, mincing garlic and herbs, slicing through cooked or raw meat or tough spaghetti squash…its my workhorse.

CONS: none.

 

D. Meat Chopper/Crusher. Hands down a life changing tool in my kitchen.  You can find these almost anywhere kitchen tools are sold nowadays, I purchased mine 6 years ago from Pampered Chef.  When making any dish that requires ground beef/turkey, like my #1 homemade sloppy joes, it easily chops up the meat vs. chasing it around the skillet with a wooden spoon.  Just do yourself a favor and get one, you’ll see the immediate difference and wonder how you survived without one.

CONS: none. just check to make sure it’s safe to use in non-stick cookware and the edges don’t seem overly sharp.

 

E. Oster 2-Tier Electric Food Steamer.  Unfortunately my particular model is no longer available but there are several competitors models out.  Oster still makes a double steamer version but it’s just slightly smaller and with overall different dimensions.  It comes in handy when you want to make rice or an abundance of steamed vegetables but not be a slave to the stove.

CONS: Due to the output of steam you must have a space on your counter not directly under a cabinet.  Storage can be a bit tricky if you’re low on space for larger appliances.

 

F. Pampered Chef Small Micro Cooker When you don’t need the big food steamer mentioned above, this one is super handy for microwave use.  I use it weekly for heating up various frozen vegetables, warming soups, or leftovers.  The handle twist-locks into place and the lid has tiny holes that allow you to drain it before removing the lid.  They also have a larger version, but this size is perfect and stores easily among my other pots.

CONS: none.

 

 

Favorite Cherry Smoothies

Ingredients

    Sunrise Cherry Smoothie
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla cashew milk
  • 1 packet Carnation Breakfast Essentials vanilla powder or protein powder
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries
  • 1/2 cup frozen peaches
  • Cherry Lime Smoothie
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 1/4c fresh or frozen pineapple
  • juice from 1/2 a lime

Instructions

  1. For either recipe and any blender, load blender with liquid first and frozen items on top. Hit smoothie button on Blendtec and let it do it's magic. 45 seconds later...cheers!
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Teaching kids to cook might sound more challenging than rewarding.  My thoughts landed there many times but I knew they were fully capable and ambitious to do more than just follow the directions on a box of brownie mix!  With a little planning and a list of recipes they were eager to create, we began working side by side in the kitchen.

Download a copy of my free Ebook “Raising Little Chefs,” with full page image layouts showcasing some of the tasks suitable for kids (of varying ages) to handle.  I share helpful tips along the way with layouts designed to encourage and engage the little chefs in your life while being suitable for any level cook to enjoy.

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We’ve provided a foundation of easy and delicious recipes to encourage you to cook with your children!

  • Watch your child’s confidence grow with each completed recipe
  • Witness new skills and techniques develop
  • Help them gain an understanding to kitchen preparation and organization 
  • Teach valuable skills like sharing, measuring, and patience to name a few

Inside you’ll also find 11 exclusive recipes to the OSH blog, a win-win for everyone!

Why an eBook?

As passionate as I am about sharing recipes and passing down skills to my daughter, there’s an equal love for documenting them.  Just as you might be inspired to try one of the recipes from our Ebook, we hope it EQUALLY inspires you to get involved with your little ones (whoever they might be to you) and photograph your time together in the kitchen. 

I recently read an article in a magazine, while waiting for my son to get his haircut, that researchers believe when kids are regularly involved in mealtime preparation (which includes joining their families at the table), they’re more likely to try new foods (ahem, veggies) and develop healthier eating strategies.  Of course I would add allowing them to photograph some of the recipe process provides a new level of involvement, curiosity, and genuine love for being in the kitchen.

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However, no fancy cameras required.  Selfies are totally acceptable as is sitting on the kitchen counter.  This Raising Little Chefs eBook is dedicated to my beautiful, kind-hearted, sweeter than pie daughter, Grace.  Inside your download you’ll find a letter I wrote to her recalling some fond memories of my childhood in the kitchen in hopes we’re creating the same for her.

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Simply CLICK HERE (or the image in the sidebar) to download your free copy and be inspired to start preparing something yummy with your little one today!

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