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

low fat ham and pineapple flatbread pizza

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!

flatbread pizza low fat


Low Fat Ham & Pineapple Flatbread Pizza


  • 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


  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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A ground beef gyro sandwich? You betcha! In fact, we think it’s the BEST ground beef gyro sandwich and rated it 7 out of 10 stars… also earning its spot in the family of easy ground beef recipes!

ground beef gyro sandwich

The idea to use ground beef for a gyro sandwich isn’t a new concept, but it was new to us!  Greek flavors are one of my favorite whether it’s a hot gyro sandwich or my Greek Chicken & Lentil salad with hunks of feta cheese, you can’t go wrong!  Developing a recipe that not only I found delicious, but my kids too…IT’S A KEEPER!

My beautiful helper in the kitchen has grown a bit since her last time on the blog.  She was busy slathering our gyro sandwich bread with the “secret” sauce, except for one.  My son loves grilled cheese sloppy joes, so that’s how we chose to make his gyro too.  A little less adventurous he is, but he nibbled his sandwich down to the very edge of the crust.

(also photobombed by our cat-dog, Bailey)

ground beef gyro sandwich panini

As we were browning the ground beef it occurred to us that our sandwich needed something to help it all stick together.  Unlike our favorite sloppy joes, there’s no sauce in this gyro sandwich.

Wanting to stick to our original recipe idea of using thick white bakery bread, we busted out some “secret” sauce (aka, garlic and herb Laughing Cow Cheese) and slathered it on one side of the bread while the other side got a coated in some heavenly tzatziki sauce.

easy gyro sandwich with tzatziki

Not only did we create the best ground beef gyro sandwich, but the leftovers made the best greek noodle salad!  Anytime I get a chance to repurpose leftovers I’m giddy with excitement.

Yes, I’m that much of a dork.

Next time though we will double the tzatziki sauce.  Can’t be having any close calls not having leftovers of THAT around.  Trader Joe’s has a great version but it’s a little thinner with sliced cucumbers in it which doesn’t do well on a sandwich (unless you like sauce dripping from you face to your elbows.)

Either way, tzatziki sauce makes it all come together.

greek gyro salad

*I’ve also made this with lean ground turkey and it’s excellent as well.

Gyro sandwich, salad, or both? Beef or Turkey? Let me know when you try one or both!


*recipe slightly adapted from Kayotic Kitchen

The Best Ground Beef Gyro Sandwich
with Easy Tzatziki Sauce


  • 1 lb. lean ground beef (or turkey but beef is better)
  • 1/2 c. chopped white onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 TB paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp greek seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp each: curry powder, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, thyme
  • White Italian Bread, sliced thick
  • 1-2 TB light butter
  • Garlic Herb Laughing Cow Cheese (1 per sandwich)
  • Thinly sliced red onion
  • Tomato slices
  • Tzatziki Sauce Recipe


  1. Brown ground beef in large skillet with onion over medium-high heat.
  2. While the meat is browning, add all spices to a small bowl.
  3. Drain and return meat to skillet over low heat. Add minced garlic and all seasonings stirring to combine. A little water can be added to help it come together if needed. Remove from heat.
  4. Spread butter on 1 side of bread slices and place butter side down on griddle or large skillet to toast. Spread laughing cow cheese on one slice before turning on griddle/stove then allow 5-8 minutes for the bread to get nice and browned (like a grilled cheese). Remove from heat and spoon gyro meat onto slice with the cheese spread pressing down to pile it high. Top with shredded onion and tomato. Spread tzatziki sauce onto other slice and smoosh the sandwich together, slice in half and devour!
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Beef Sandwich

Mini meatloaves with a thick homemade BBQ style sauce that bake up in a fraction of the time of a traditional meatloaf.  And if the word ‘meatloaf’ makes you cringe…call them extra large baked meatballs.

mini meatloaves with bbq sauce

What makes these meatloaves so flavorful is the addition of sautéed onions, dried thyme (my favorite herb), and a bbq style sauce that binds it all together.  Using 1 1/2 pounds of meat always gives me 4 nicely shaped mini meatloaves.  I used 93% lean ground beef but you could use whatever cut you prefer, even turkey but they might need more sauce.

extra large baked meatballs with bbq sauce

We don’t eat a lot of red meat I’d say, so tossing in a mini meatloaf night is a nice change of pace.  Of course we love a good burger off the grill, or traditional meat spaghetti sauce, but usually it’s chicken that gets the most attention round here.  Step aside chicky!

Summertime usually means serving more simple meals/sandwiches like my #1 Sloppy Joes or THIS or THIS recipe vs. heating up the oven.  That’s why making mini meatloaves is not only smart because they cut down on oven time but you’ll have leftovers you can make into an awesome panini with melty cheese (I recommend pepper jack) and sautéed onions.  I love recreating leftovers (or what I call double duty dinners)!

Leftover Paninis: Saute onions and mushrooms with a bit of salt, pepper, and garlic powder until softened. (I also like adding a drop or two of liquid smoke.)  Thinly slice two pieces of meatloaf and set aside. Spread butter on one side of good panini bread and assemble with meatloaf, onion and mushroom mixture, a slice of pepper jack cheese and cook in panini press until heated through and desired crispiness.  Serve with extra bbq sauce for dipping!

Mini Meatloaves with
Homemade BBQ Style Sauce


  • 1 1/2 lb. 93% lean ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 garlic clove
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup garlic herb breadcrumbs (or any variety)
  • 1 egg
  • Glaze
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1 TB brown sugar
  • 1 TB barbecue sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Saute chopped onions 2-3 minutes in a small skillet with non-stick spray or a little butter. Add minced garlic, thyme, salt, pepper, and worcestershire sauce. Saute on low an additional 2-3 minutes or until onions are soft and translucent. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  3. In a large mixing bowl add ground beef, egg, breadcrumbs and onion mixture.
  4. Using your hands gently combine it all together but avoid over mixing.
  5. Form into 4 mini meatloaves and place on cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes then coat the tops of each meatloaf with the sauce allowing some to drip off the sides. Return to oven for an additional 10 minutes or until meatloaf is cooked throughout.
  7. Allow the meatloaves to rest 5 minutes before slicing.
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Beef Double Duty Dinner

My new website for personal training and online coaching (located in Dayton Oh, but serving online clients anywhere!) is up and running, full of great new fitness related content AND simple recipes!

I was so nervous leading up to my photoshoot but had the best time, enjoying a Snickers bar before it all began!  As a personal trainer and coach, I live out what I subscribe to my clients with flexible dieting…not “clean” eating, MLM products, fads or quick fix guarantees.

Fill out my online questionnaire and tell me what’s held you back from achieving your goal(s)…I’ll be waiting with a snack in hand.

snickers bar pre photoshoot prep

While this site will remain my go-to for posting recipes there are times I whip up something super simple (that doesn’t require much explanation) like my favorite strawberry toast or pancake tacos and won’t include them here. However, I will from time to time create a catch-up post so my loyal subscribers stay up to date.

speaking of subscribers …

My personal training website has a feature for subscribing to the blog too! Check out some recent posts I wrote like Grocery Shopping on a Calorie Budget or Boot Camp Classes for a Leaner Sculpted Physique and stick around if you enjoy them.  Next up is a post on being ineffective and less sexy with your workouts for results.  You’ll definitely want to subscribe for that one!

This was probably sexy when I was 8. (I’d like to have those socks)

So far the recipes featured on my personal training site revolve around a few categories: low carb/high protein, breakfast, snacks, and treats.  I’ll expand as time goes on to include meal prep and work lunch ideas and hope to implement a more user friendly interface that will allow you to subscribe.

Current Recipe Categories:

*Low Carb/High Protein does not mean I promote a low carb diet.  However, many clients I’ve worked with weren’t getting adequate protein but had no trouble with carb intake.  Having a few lower carb recipes on hand can be beneficial.

*Breakfast is one of my favorite meals and I often make a whopper of a homemade egg mcmuffin sandwich but there’s more to breakfast than eggs!  I’ve been thinking outside the box to bring my clients and readers new ideas for getting protein beyond eggs…more coming shortly!

homemade egg mcmuffin iifym

*Snacks are definitely one of my favorite ways to get creative!  My clients will hear me tell them to be strategic with their calories so their bedtime snack doesn’t leave them with celery, hahaha!  I have a feeling this category will grow the most but don’t get me wrong, I love fruits and veggies for snacks too…especially with pb dip!

apples with greek yogurt dip

*Treats will include options for more macro friendly desserts that are tested and approved.  Read my post on Carrot Cake Cookies that will explain what my biggest pet peeve is with most “healthy” dessert recipes.

Stay tuned for more!

What do you think of my new site? 

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