Craving pizza? But you want less of the stomach ache and guilty feeling that follows? This recipe is just for you! When I am crazing pizza, this is my go to for something tasty, filling and still healthy. I choose to use cheese alternatives since my stomach doesn't love dairy. I also use cauliflower flats for a keto/low carb meal. You can substitute any ingredients and make it your own. The mix of arugula with really any salty meat always pairs well. This was done in under 20 minutes and so satisfying!
1/2 bag of baby arugula
1 package of sliced prosciutto
1 pack (of 2) cauliflower rounds
2 cups of parmesan cheese alternative
Salt and pepper
Directions: Brush cauliflower flats and bake. Toss arugula with drizzle of olive oil, with a pinch of salt and pepper. Once flats are baked, add arugula, prosciutto and cheese. Add back into the oven for 3 minutes for cheese to melt. Drizzle balsamic over the top and enjoy!
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Don't run, we need carbs! I love pasta just like anyone else, and I definitely don't deprive myself of it. Instead of swapping out one of my favorites, I add in some healthy options to make it a well rounded meal. A source of protein, a health fat, vegetable and carb is all you really need! Obviously, change as you wish. I always have fresh vegetables in the house, so typically when making this dish, I'll add in whatever vegetables that may begin to go bad. I've had zucchini and peppers in a different variation, as well as arugula tomatoes. I've also swapped out the pasta for gluten free pasta, brown rice, chickpea, etc. I prefer to use cheese alternatives, but like I always say, make it how you like it! Let me know what you think in the comments!
Whole wheat penne pasta
1 cup Fresh broccoli
1/2 white onion
Handful of baby carrots
Grilled chicken (2 breasts)
Grated alternative parmesan cheese
2 cups of fresh spinach
Salt and pepper
Boil water and when beginning to boil, add pasta. In a sauce pan, heat your olive oil and minced garlic. Add in your vegetables to sauté with salt and pepper, and a squeeze of lemon. Cook your chicken either in a sauté pan or air fryer. I seasoned my chicken with garlic powder, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. I then added the chicken into the air fryer for 12 minutes. When your pasta is cooked to your liking, strain and add to the vegetables in the pan. Once mixed, portion into bowls, adding your grilled chicken on top. Top off with grated cheese and enjoy!
When done right, you'll think this is your favorite Chinese takeout spot. I love this variation because it's a great low carb option yet allows you to eat a favorite food. Essentially it's just about the same ingredients, you're just swapping out the rice and extra oils for cauliflower and low sodium soy sauce. You can add as many extra veggies as you want, or keep it super simple with just cauliflower and the eggs. I love to add different proteins with it, too. Sometimes I'll make chicken or shrimp to complete the meal. You can see two variations in the images below.
4 whole eggs
1 bag of cauliflower-ed rice
1/4 piece of fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves
Low sodium soy sauce
1 whole white onion
Begin by chopping all of your vegetables into small cubed sizes. Add to sauté pan with salt and pepper, minced garlic and minced ginger. Add in 2 tsp of soy sauce and 2 tsp of sesame oil. Once cooked, add your 4 eggs and scramble into the vegetables. Once fully cooked, add in your cauliflower and mix all together. To taste, add more salt, pepper, soy sauce and sesame oil. Once the cauliflower is browned, you're ready to enjoy!
Tip: I like to cook the cauliflower a bit longer until it's a little crispy from the pan. I also taste through out cooking to see what more it needs, so measurements are not always exact!