Shrimp Cauliflower Crust Pizza
As you probably know, my family doesn't eat much bread. While I do believe that you can make bread or pizza crust in a nutrient dense way, this isn't how most people (manufacturing companies, restaurants, grocers, etc.) are doing it. They tend to add a lot of ingredients that simply aren't ideal to eat regularly (if you haven't done it, try reading the ingredient label on a store bought loaf of bread or pizza crust). It takes some work to do the right way yourself.
Several times a month, we make a cauliflower crust pizza. It is delicious, and doesn't lead to any of the digestive symptoms or fatigue that we've both started to notice after eating traditional pizza. We have made pizzas with all sorts of different toppings. Today's recipe is a traditional red sauce and has shrimp on top. Feel free to be creative with your toppings!
- 1 Head of Cauliflower
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp Oregano
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- Start heating 2-3 inches of water in a large pot until it boils
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- While the water is heating, chop the cauliflower into florets
- Rice the cauliflower with grater blade of food processor (or with a cheese grater)
- Add riced cauliflower to boiling water for 4-5 minutes
- Strain riced cauliflower into a clean dish towel
- Squeeze excess water out of cauliflower. Use a big spoon so you don't burn your hands. (This step is key to not having a soggy pizza)
- Add egg and spices to cauliflower and mix well
- Spread cauliflower onto parchment paper or silicone baking sheet lined pan to form crust
- Bake at 400 for 35 minutes (depending on thickness of crust)
- Add toppings and bake for an additional 5-7 minutes
Sauce for Pizza
- 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes or 3-4 fresh tomatoes diced
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon of dried basil (or chopped fresh basil would also be delicious if you have it)
- 1 teaspoon of oregano
- half teaspoon rosemary
- half teaspoon thyme
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 1 small can of tomato paste
- Heat oil over medium heat
- Add onions and let cook for a few minutes until translucent
- Add other ingredients and let simmer. If you use fresh tomatoes let simmer for at least 30 minutes so tomatoes cook down.
- 1-2 Onions Chopped
- 1 Red Pepper Chopped
- 1 Green Pepper Chopped
- 1 lb of shrimp peeled
- 1/2 cup of shredded cheese if desired
*Substitute alternate meat and vegetables as you like
Before topping, saute veggies in oil. Add shrimp for last few minutes.
Top pizza with sauce, sauteed toppings, and cheese if desired
Have you ever heard of an Obesogen?
It is a subclass of Endocrine (hormone) disrupting chemicals that might predispose individuals to become obese. I know most people think that you become obese over time by consuming more calories than you burn, but this is not the whole story. Other factors, like hormones can come into play. Check out this study.
A researcher exposed one of two groups of mice to a substance called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). Low doses of exposure to this substance led to the exposed group having elevated serum leptin, insulin, and being overweight in mid-life when fed the same diet. If you think that a chemical like this is rare, you would be wrong. It has been commonly manufactured in the US since the 1940s and can be detected in the blood of 98% of the general U.S. population. It has been detected in carpet cleaners, microwave popcorn bags, water, food, and cookware (particularly Teflon). Check out this picture of two of the mice. The mouse on the right is clearly much slimmer than the exposed mouse on the left.
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Over the past few years, we've come up with a Thanksgiving tradition to make a fun and healthy appetizer -- shaped like a turkey. Last year I shared a picture of a veggie turkey with you. Here is a fruit turkey! Just google turkey appetizer platter and you'll get LOTS of ideas. For those of you that use pinterest, this would be another great place to find lots of healthy and creative ideas. It can be a fun kids activity too. Try it, take a photo and share it on our facebook page!
In case you are still looking for the good real food recipes for tomorrow, here is a link to a previous years post with all sorts of healthy recipes!
Finally, I know it seems obvious, but I want to remind all of you to remember what you are thankful for this holiday season. I am thankful for my family, friends, health, and of course my patients! If there is someone in your life who you are thankful for, be sure to tell them. They will be happy to know, and it is incredibly healthy for you to express thankfulness as well.
Have a happy and healthy holiday!
Dr. Jamie and Dr. Jared
Did you know that breathing properly is crucial to ideal health?
What happens if you aren't breathing properly?
- Proper breathing helps you maintain spinal stability while improper breathing often leads to instability through the spine and pelvic floor.
- Improper breathing can lead to poor coordination and poor cardiovascular endurance.
- Using accessory muscles to help with breathing can lead to problems with shoulder mechanics
- Faulty respiration mechanics can lead to recurrent back pain.
- Improper breathing can play a major role in chronic fatigue, anxiety, panic attacks, as well as many musculo-skeletal symptoms.
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I heard an analogy recently that I loved. It is about bugs on a windshield. Basically the gist of it was that if you have a windshield that is full dirt, grime, and dead bugs, and one more bug hits your windshield, you won't notice it. On the other hand, if your windshield is crystal clear, one new bug stands out.
How does this relate to your health?
As you know, I am all about eating REAL FOOD. If a person eats the Standard American Diet (SAD) full of pizza, cheeseburgers, fries and soda, it is like the dirty windshield. Making one more poor food choice doesn't change the way that you feel.
As I convince patients to shift the way they eat to a real food diet full of a variety of fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, and good quality meats, they are slowly cleaning their windshield. They often notice that suddenly, eating a candy bar or a few slices of pizza has a much greater impact on them than it used to. This is the windshield effect at work!
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