I usually make my kids dinner and then make myself my “healthy” dinner. As an adult, I have different macronutrient needs than the children do so I don’t limit their carbohydrates like I do my own. Even my macronutrient needs change. (I don’t eat the same way when I am not regularly lifting weights as I do when I am.)
I am not on a “diet” per se. I don’t follow the paleo diet, south beach, atkins, weight watchers etc. I like to say I am on an eat more vegetables and less starch diet. But that doesn’t mean that the kids and I can’t have our family pizza night.
Thanks to Viva Italia Days at Publix: Hunts Tomatoes, Progresso™ Brand Products, Kraft Parmesan Cheese, Pillsbury™ Refrigerated Breads, Betty Crocker™ Cookies for sponsoring today’s discussion
Pizza, like tacos, is one of those meals that can be easily adjusted to suit my wellness goals. Some of you may be wondering why I don’t just make my kids eat what I eat. The main reason is that I believe when someone is forced to eat something, the emotions associated with it can result in an aversion to the food. I don’t want their emotions to deprive them of delicious food! The feeling of helplessness and being coerced to eat something you don’t want to eat can result in a long term aversion to the food. My kids eat all sorts of vegetables and different foods. But it hasn’t always been this way. It took years and patience.
I simply enjoy my food and make it known that I’m glad nobody wants any of because then there’s more for me! Over the years, the kids have asked to “try” my food. Most of the time, they end up loving it!
The other reason that I am okay with making two separate meals, is that my daughter is allergic to dairy. Many of the low carb dishes I enjoy are made with dairy products and since I don’t want her to go into anaphylactic shock, I don’t force her to eat it. We make her a cheese less pizza!
Our Personalized Pizza Night
While my kids
play with roll out pizza dough, I start cutting up and food processing cauliflower to make this delicious low carb version of a family favorite.
I have been wanting to try this recipe. My mother in law sent me this cauliflower pizza crust from the Detoxinista. Follow that recipe link for her step by step cauliflower pizza crust instructions. I used to it make the most delicious Spinach Mozzarella and Bacon Pizza!
My thoughts on this substitute pizza crust
Much like spaghetti squash, I find this pizza crust to be tasty but nothing like a normal bread based crust. My first attempt was a huge failure. I didn’t bake the crust prior to topping the pizza and ended up with a soft mash. The consistency was a lot like grits but I ate it–and it was delicious. My second attempt was very close to a pizza crust texture.
Have you seen the frozen Cauliflower pizza crusts in the freezer section of your grocery store? Since we originally shared our thoughts on this recipe, we’ve tried several different varieties. A homemade crust is better, then again just about homemade anything is better. And there is no way that the frozen crusts we’ve trust are just cauliflower. I’m not sure what other added ingredients are used to make the store bought cauliflower crust taste and feel so breadlike. It’s definitely not something we put into our homemade version.
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