Sunday, July 24, 2016

Pizza Bread!

Some nights, I just want to chill out and not fuss over dinner. Those are usually the nights I make nachos, or occasionally, microwave popcorn.  Just being honest folks!

I'm well aware that those are NOT healthy choices and sort of undermines what I do all week long food wise, so when Sunday night was turning into one of those evenings, Hubby suggested just ordering a pizza. I was like, nooooo .... we really need to be saving money and well, ordering pizza was just NOT what I wanted to spend my last $20 on!

So I got off the couch and grabbed a loaf of french bread from the freezer, a jar of pizza sauce from the pantry, and a package of pepperoni and a bag of shredded cheese from the fridge.

Tada!

Pizza Bread!


Frugal Tip: Buy the marked down bread, place in a plastic shopping bag and toss in the freezer! Perfect for last minute bruschetta, garlic bread, or, in this case, PIZZA BREAD!

This is also a great thing to teach college kids to make ... it's one of the things the Boy made a few times with good results ;-)

Here's what you need:

Loaf of French bread, cut in half and then sliced in half again. IF it doesn't sit flat on the bottom, trim so it does
Pizza sauce (I am really stuck on this Trader Joe's version)
Pepperoni (again, Trader Joe's)
Shredded mozzarella cheese (I had 2 bags but only needed one)

Heat your oven to 400 degrees.

Line a large baking tray with parchment paper for easier cleanup.

Place your bread on the sheet.


Spread a generous amount of pizza sauce over the top of bread. I just used a large spoon to do so.


Top the sauce with a generous amount of cheese, spreading it out. NOTE: if you use too much cheese, it will melt and run off the bread making you very very sad


Grab a bottle of Italian Seasoning from your spice rack if you have it ...


Sprinkle the cheese with the seasoning IF you have it ... if not, no worries


Now lay on your pepperoni


and add on just a little more cheese over the top


And then bake for 15 minutes of so until the cheese is melted and all bubbly ...


This was a quick, frugal and satisfying dinner!  I served a garden salad along side (iceberg lettuce, sliced cucumbers and sliced red peppers) ... I'm thinking I need to put this on my meal rotation list!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Frugal Activities



Hey hey, it's been awhile since I've done the Frugal Activities post and I know a lot of you liked them because of my full disclosure too!

So, what the heck, since I seem to have fallen off the Menu Plan Post, let's revive the Frugal Activities shall we?

I generally try to start my week on Monday with it ending on Sunday

Here are some of our Frugal Activities that we did this past week!

1.  Said no thank you to Hubby to go for Pollo Tropical for lunch on Monday (I was home as I had a procedure done that morning) ... we ended up eating leftovers. Probably saved $20 as I know Hubby would have made me order a large whatever ;-)

2.  Did my own manicure. Like I've said before, it's not spa quality, but plenty sufficient for me and work. Saved $20, well worth it to do it yourself!


3.  Utilized my insurance and had a co-pay of $60 for my procedure. I'm glad I got a second opinion as the first doctor wanted to try something more dramatic and the insurance company has a higher co-pay for that procedure. This doctor believes she was able to get what was needed the way we did it. (FYI ... just got an email from the testing facility which I have an account set up to see results, thankful everything is 'benign' ... great news!)

4.  Hubby used a box of muffin mix and made a cinnamon crumb cake instead. That was a pretty sweet treat!

5.  Convinced Hubby to just toss some chicken thighs in the crockpot and make BBQ chicken so we didn't have to run to the store! It worked, served up with some green beans I had already planned to use for the week.

6.  Meal Prepped my lunches for the 3 days I was to be at work on Tuesday (while I was still home, recovering). I've been doing this for a while but it's been a little sporadic lately. Need to get back on track!

7.  Instead of running to the store just for the Kcups for coffee, I used my kcup filter thingy. I am not overly thrilled with the results but I did use the best coffee I had on hand (Organic, Costa Rican).  Secretly, I'm counting down the days til I can hit the store up!

8.  Utilized a monthly membership that we have for a facial. Sadly, I upgraded (see #4 below).

9.  Organized my Publix (where shopping is NO longer a pleasure) coupons for $5 off $40 and $50, writing the effective date range on the backside of each so I don't have to dig out my cheater readers every. stinking. time.  Glad I did ... see #5 below.

10. Boating on Saturday and met up with some friends. We took hot dogs (from the freezer) with buns, the condiments, chips and dip (made with sour cream and ranch packet) along with some sesame noodles (made that morning). It was a nice, relaxing frugal day for the most part.

And of course, in keeping with tradition and to make myself accountable, here's the NOT so Frugal Activities from this past week!

1.  Ran that air conditioner non-stop all week long. I've been lucky in that the electric bill has been under $350 but I'm certain this month will be over $400. It's just so dang hot here (mid 90's and sunny). Honestly, we should turn it up (warmer) when we leave the house BUT Hubby insists that it takes longer and more energy to cool it back down. That's not what the electric company says!

2.  Had some food waste. A little. Ok, maybe a little more than that. The stuff was in the guest kitchen fridge which is usually pretty cold but I think with the kids around this past weekend, they were in and out getting juice and snacks (cheese) a bit more than we are used to the fridge being opened.  We also made some tacos using some ground chicken from the freezer. Not quite sure what Hubby did but they were just meh ... and we tossed out about 1 1/2 pounds worth (I'm bummed as that was good ground chicken from Whole Foods ... he was off on his cooking creativity that day ... it happens).

3.  Spent over $300 on plants and 2 small tables for the house. Ok, this in itself is not the end of the world. We moved furniture around in the LARGE living room at the advice of a realtor friend. Then we had these big open spaces. So figured, what the heck, lets get 2 big plants. That wasn't the problem, they were $25 each. It was the pots, the soil, etc. The tables? Probably should have shopped around a little more but we were tired. $150 for a small table (that has 2 USB ports and 2 electric outlets, drawer and pull out writing shelf) and a small table with drawer and wicker for $69 on clearance. I offset the cost by cashing in $200 from Digit (which I normally use for additional debt paydown). Glad I had that so I didn't have to hit up the REAL savings accounts!

4.  Upgraded what should have been a FREE facial and spent $40. That left me, technically, with $10 for fun stuff for the week.

5.  Stopped at Publix on my way home from work on Friday ... after a LONG, stressful day to pick up a few things I had on my list and to check for my favorite LaCroix Peach/Pear water (no go ... empty shelf!) ... spent $30 over my allocated $50 AND didn't look at my list once. WTF? Spent $75 after using my $5 off $50 ... at least I got another hunk of beef to make my new favorite recipe, Mexican Beef in the InstantPot ...

6.  Went boating on Saturday which is normally an acceptable Frugal Activity BUT Hubby bought ice ... even though we have an ice maker, he thinks we don't have "enough" to fill up the huge boat cooler. I think we do, he thinks we don't ... it's a $10 expense that I just make a noise about and then let it go ... but STILL ;-)

I'm skipping out on a Sunday update for this week as I don't anticipate doing ANYTHING besides chilling on the couch and floating in the pool!

What have you done this week to stay accountable and Frugal?

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Shrimp with Cucumber & Mangos




I had shared this recipe a while ago and that recipe called for a full pound of shrimp. Being that I used half a bag last week to make my Shrimp Avocado Salad, I opted to cut this in half and use up the rest of the bag I opened (and don't worry, I have shrimp on my list as it's B1G1 and it will be a nice filler to get to $40.00 to use my $5 off $40 coupon ;-)

1/2 pound of cooked shrimp, peeled and those pesky tails removed! I prefer to cut in half or 1/3 to make smaller bite size (Aldi)
1/2 cup of cucumbers, seeds scraped out if really watery and chopped (Aldi)
1/2 mango, chopped (Aldi)
1/4 cup of canned pineapple, drained, and chopped (Aldi)
1/4 of a red pepper, diced (Walmart)
1/4 of a small rd onion, diced (Aldi)
1/2 smallish jalapeno, seeds and membranes removed, diced (Whole Foods)
1/4 cup of parsley leaves, chopped (I used the little containers of the dried stuff) (Publix)
3 tbs olive oil (Trader Joes)
juice from 1 limes (Trader Joes)
1 tsp dijon mustard (Publix)
1/2 tsp honey (the Boy [?])
1/4 tsp garlic powder (Aldi)
salt and pepper to taste

Ready to get this going?? Let's go!

Place shrimp, cucumbers, mango, pineapple, red pepper, onion, jalapeno and parsley in larger bowl.

In a separate smaller bowl, mix all the other ingredients, whisking to incorporate well.

Pour the liquid over the shrimp mixture, cover and place in the fridge for 30 minutes or so to allow everyone to do a meet and greet and get friendly with each other.

I was so dang excited for lunch again ... 

Serve cold and enjoy!!

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Crockpot Baked Potatoes

It's summertime here and MAN IS IT HOT OUTSIDE!

Like, sweltering hot!

So, rather than turn on the oven and make the kitchen hotter than it already was, I opted to make the baked potatoes in the crockpot.


Uhm, yeah, it works like a charm!

Easy peasy, lemon squeasy ...


Scrub your taters.  I use a scrubby sponge.



Let them dry.

Give them a little love and massage some olive oil over them.

Season them with some coarse salt.


Toss them in the crockpot and turn it on to low for 8 hours OR high for 4 hours.  I did mine on high and started then at 4pm ... we ate about 8:30 and they were done! They were NOT Costco size taters, just for the record, but ordinary, run of the mill potatoes :-)

Go about your daily stuff. Need some ideas? For 8 hours, maybe go make some money for the bosses.

Or for 4 hours, go float in the pool. Or, clean house. Read a book. Pinterest!

Whatever you do, remember, you got some taters cookin' at home!

*Note - don't be tempted to cook longer than 4 hours on high or 7 to 8 hours on low ... I did 6 hours on high and then was gone when they finished, so the crockpot went to warm and well, they were a little overdone. NOT the end of the world, but still, not recommended!

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Shrimp & Avocado Salad - Whole30 / Paleo

*This is another repost BUT I made it at 8am on Tuesday for lunch at the office ... I was so excited about lunch that I tapped into the bowl by 10:30am!

I really love it when I come across a recipe that I have ALL the ingredients on hand to make, except one!  I mean, it's like mandatory that you make it!

This original recipe comes from Skinny Taste (which, by the way, I got her cookbook for Christmas and I'm sad to say I've not cooked ONE recipe from it yet!) and of course, I made a 'few' modifications but the whole idea comes from there!


And yes, it's Whole30 compliant (of course, I made this at the start of Week 2 and was still in the excitable mode!)  It will stay around for a repeat, trust me!

Here's how I did it:

1 lime, juiced (Costco)
1/4 red onion, finely choppped (Aldis)
1/2 tsp avocado oil (or olive oil) (Costco)
dash of salt (Costco) dash
black pepper to taste (Costco)
1/2 pound of cooked, peeled shrimp, cut in bite size pieces (8 ounces or thereabouts) (Whole Foods a while ago)
4 sangria tomatoes, chopped (Costco, these are like little tomatoes)
1 avocado, diced (Costco)
1/2 tbs cilantro, chopped (Publix)

The shrimp was frozen but not to worry, a quick rinse under running cold water 
defrosted these bad boys quickly!

In a small, non-reactive bowl, combine the lime juice, oil, red onions, salt and pepper and let that sit for at least 10 minutes to mellow out the onions (cool tip, dontcha think?)

My lime was pretty juicy so I had a lot of juice but all is well!

In a LARGE bowl, combine the shrimp, avocado and tomatoes. Add the smaller bowl of the onion mixture and combine. Gently stir in the cilantro.

That looks like a LOT of avocado, but again, all is well!

Serve up and enjoy!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Butternut Squash

*This post has been sitting idle in my draft box for oh, almost 2 years (October, 2014 to be exact) ... what the heck? I'm sharing it NOW and then going to make sure I re-share again when the season hits! 

I am not a huge fan of veggies, I'm sure you already know that, but I have been working on it!

And of course, butternut squash is running rampant at the grocery stores lately, with Whole Foods having the organic stuff at 89 cents a pound! Really? Nothing is ever 89 cents a pound at Whole Foods, you know, so yes, I grabbed a small squash. 

Mind you, every 2 weeks, I get the bug, and pick up a butternut squash, a spaghetti squash, an acorn squash AND some zucchini. Generally it's the pretty display and the less than $1 per pound sign that lures me in ... after all, it's Frugal and it's supposed to be good for you ... so hook me up and reel me in, every time.

Then, 10 days later, I see the variety of squash STILL sitting in the guest kitchen refrigerator and end up tossing them out ... FOOD WASTE EXTRAORDINAIRE! There. I said it. :-( Boo.

So this time around, it's a beautiful Sunday afternoon, I've left the butternut and spaghetti squash sitting on the counter in the MAIN kitchen, so every time I do something, I have to move the damn things. But at least they were constantly in sight, which is why I decided to do something with the butternut squash, at least!

First up was figuring out how to manhandle the thing. Geesh.

I ended up cutting off the top and the bottom, and then peeling the skin off with a vegetable peeler. Well. That wasn't so very bad or difficult.


Then I cut it in half, which took a little more work. And at this time, my left finger pads were getting numb and tingly. Odd.

So I scrubbed my hands and put on some gloves. Way better now.

Then I sliced the halves into slices, about 1/4 inch thick, somewhat and cut those into cubes. Like so.


Cutting the cubes was by far way easier than cutting the slices! I really should have made a better attempt at cutting them a little more uniform in size, but oh well, I'm not a perfectionist and never insinuated I was ;-)  (funny observation: the Princess and boyfriend were over and he snatched a cube, thinking it was cheese ... oops!)

Then I melted some olive oil and butter in a large skillet. I am LOVING the Kerrygold Butter I picked up for $2.00 each. Yes, I know that's $4.00 a pound, but so is regular butter. Doh. I've stashed quite a few in the freezer along with the decent deal on grass fed ground beef I picked up. *In the future, I will be using only ghee as I've found I have better results with ghee than olive oil/butter mixtures ... plus that would make it Whole30 Approved too!*


Dump in the squash and add a generous amount of salt, pepper and chili powder.


Stir well to mix up and then let it cook for about 10 minutes or so til softened and a little golden color ...


At the last minute,  I decided to dump in the leftover diced onion I had in the fridge along with some garlic ... so glad I did ... this definitely changed things up so by all means, add some onions and garlic!


Done and ready to eat. 

This will come to work with me for lunch this week ... I'm pretty stoked as it tasted way better than I anticipated. Yes, I still act like a kid sometimes when it comes to trying new veggies but this may be a new favorite. Step aside, green beans!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Passiontea Lemonade

Uhm, HI!



I've got a confession to make ... I've only been to Starbucks 2 times in my whole life.

TWICE!

Which kind of makes me a not so very good copycat recipe kind of girl with this here recipe ...

BUT 

I did test it out on some folks who have had it and they say it's spot on!

Funny, first time at Starbucks was in downtown Chicago on a freakin, blustery, late November day ... Hubby wanted to duck in to this little place and I didn't know WHAT to order, it is a little overwhelming, that menu board! So I just ordered a mocha whatever, which come to find out, was a glorified hot chocolate. Perfect for that day!

The next time was with my boss one morning, who happens to know about my anti Starbuck visits ... and I got a Vanilla Frappuccino. I had no idea it was basically a frozen desert type thing and was instantly sorry I ordered it as I knew that sugar crash was going to be ugly in the office ... live and learn!

Yes, I took a picture and posted it on Instagram and forwarded to Hubby

So. Back to this recipe ... Princess was coming over and I've seen so many Pinterest pins on this stuff. I had the tea bags (bought a LONG time ago) and I had just bought some Crystal Light lemonade ... so figured, what the heck, let's do this! It's something I make pretty much every weekend now ;-)


Here is how I made it:

4 bags of Passion Tea
4 cups water
1 cup prepared lemonade
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 tsps simple syrup, if needed (I always keep a batch on hand: 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup water, heat til sugar is dissolved, cool and store in jar in fridge)

Bring your water to a boil in a sauce pan. Remove from heat and toss in the 4 bags of tea, vanilla and 2 tsps of simple syrup.


Make sure you sniff the bags before you put them in the water ... I told Hubby "hmmm, I might have to start drinking this stuff all the time!" it smelled so good!


Allow to steep 15 minutes or so. Remove the bags. DON'T SQUEEZE THE BAGS!

Pour in a large pitcher and add the lemonade, stir and let chill in the fridge for 2 hours or so.

Soooo ... not my 'ideal' choice for lemonade but it worked

Taste, and add more sugar (simple syrup) if too tart.  Serve up over a tall glass of ice and enjoy!  *This will make about 4 to 5 servings* You think I would have gotten a picture of the glass, don't you? We were poolside that first day and well, I'm just not a fan of cameras and iPhones by the pool for obvious reasons ;-)

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Frugal Smelly Shoe Fix That Works!

*It's summertime and well, Hubby's shoes are starting to smell a tad funky so it's time to repost this and redo ... it really does work! This is another repost that is worth sharing again!

Honestly, we have real good hygiene habits in my house, I can assure you of that!

But, lets face it, living in paradise with 125% humidity can be a little trying sometimes ... my running shoes (which have NOT seen much running action for quite a while) get a little ripe smelling ... and oh man, you should smell the shoes that Hubby wears outside in the yard, patio, garage and boat that constantly get wet ... enough to suck the oxygen right out of your body ... whew!

Then you have the Boy ... who works out pretty darn hard and doesn't always wear socks, nor does the Princess ...

I mean, seriously, I've had to throw shoes away because you could smell them just sitting there. No one wants to be the person that people are wrinkling their nose at when they are walking by you!

So when I saw the featured post for the Smelly Shoe Solution (and dang, I'm still trying to find the original post because I had no need to bookmark it, such a simple fix!)



Yes. That's IT!

Ready to give this a try? I was!!

Go to the dollar store and go down the "beauty" aisle. Grab yourself a small squirt bottle ... currently they have these pretty blues, pinks, greens that are clear ... I grabbed a blue because blue makes me feel calm ... I buy ALL my squirt bottles at the dollar store ... they have a ton of different sizes and styles and I LOVE SQUIRT BOTTLES!

Then go to end of that aisle, and look for the hydrogen peroxide and the rubbing alcohol. Grab a bottle of rubbing alcohol.

Go check out, fork over your $2.12 (if you live in Florida with a 6% tax rate), and go home.

Once home, remove the label from the bottom of the spray bottle. Grab a Sharpe and write ALCOHOL on the bottle, nice and big. We don't want this to be mistaken for something else, say, like water!

Take sprayer top off, dump in the alcohol.

Put sprayer back on and give a few squirts to make sure its working as a SPRAY not a stream.

Step back from the fumes and remember how freakin potent alcohol is!

Grab shoes to be treated and step out on front steps or back door, whichever, just outside.

Hold shoes up, insole towards you and spritz each shoe 2 times (one up in toe area, other in heel area). Set shoes down (OUTSIDE) and come back in for 10 minutes.

After the 10 minute timer has sounded, go retrieve shoes. Apprehensively, give them a sniff test. Think to yourself, I need a better sniff than that and really give them a good smell.

SURPRISE! It works!!!!  Princess has these really pretty blue canvas shoes that she loves but peeeeeweeeyyy, the smell! She was gone over the weekend so I spritzed them a few times ... when she got home, she wanted to know why her shoes were sitting outside? She picked them up, holding them away from her and stopped, sniffed them cautiously and said "HEY! They smell just like when they were new!" No joke, folks. This works!!

NOTE: Seriously, I thought I was going to pass out when I test sprayed the stuff in the kitchen sink ... whew, it was strong! That's why I suggest doing it outside!

Go ahead, grab that smelly pair of shoes you avoid and give this a try! It seriously works!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Corn on the Grill

I love corn ... and when Florida Sweet Corn is in season, I'm all over it!


Only problem is that me and Hubby disagree on how to cook it.

He prefers to boil the crap out of it.

I prefer to gently steam it.

And yes, we've done it on the grill, husk intact a few times. I'm not allowed to do that anymore since it makes such a huge mess of the grill and surrounding areas (you do know that Hubby is a super neat freak, right??).

This latest way though is BY FAR the best way to make your corn.


And easy!

So very easy!

As in, peel corn, place in middle of large tinfoil, melt butter, pour over top, close up foil tightly, place on indirect heat of grill and ignore for about 20 minutes or so.


Tada!

You got perfectly cooked, sweet corn!


I'm not even going to give a "recipe" on this ... it's just too simple.   I will tell you to melt a stick of butter and season it up (I used salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and some parsley) ....


And to make sure that you use GOOD foil (I buy the 2 pack of Heavy Duty Reynolds Foil from Costco for a pretty decent price and they last forever as they are Costco size)


Use 2 to 3 large sheets and always, always, overestimate the size you need. You want to be sure you can seal it up tightly and not have any openings for the steam and butter to escape ... that will make for very sad corn.


And be extra careful when you remove the packet from the grill so you a) don't drop it; b) don't rip the foil and c) don't burn yourself.

SAFETY FIRST!  

Make sure you have a cookie sheet nearby to pull the foil pack off the grill with.

Let the pack sit for about 5 minutes or so and then carefully open the foil, there will be a LOT of steam coming out and well, steam burns are the very worst!

Roll the corn around the bottom a little bit and serve up ... Enjoy!

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Pizza Bowls - Gluten Free/Low Carb

The original recipe comes from Shutterbean ... and she puts it down as a low-carb option ... since I'm not so much of an anti-carb girl as I am an anti-GRAIN girl ... I've opted to go with Grain Free ... which, sadly, it's NOT because of the sausage I'm using. I really need to venture in to making MY own, don't you think?



So ... you know, if you are buying pre-shredded cheese, it may NOT be grain/gluten free ... make sure to check your labels ... if you see anything like food starch, wheat, etc., then you know to put it back, grab the block stuff and take that home and shred it up yourself. Honestly, not a big deal. If you have a food processor, just use the grate blade and take the super easy way out ;-) *Shredded cheese usually has a coating to keep it from clumping up which is when the grain/gluten factor is introduced*

Not to mention ....

it's usually cheaper to grate your own cheese!

And ...  as a small, side note, you should also take a peek at the italian sausage ingredients too ... I've seen some weird stuff that makes me ask myself "Why??" and then I move on to the next package.  To be super safe, best bet is to just buy ground pork (or grind it yourself) and season it up with some italian seasoning ...


Sadly, this sausage had a LOT of crap in it but it's what I had in the freezer so it is what it is (live and learn, that's what life is all about, right?)


Shall we make these and see if they are as yummy as they look? Lets!

2 8 oz packages of mushrooms, cleaned and sliced (I usually pick up at ALDI for 79 cents to $1.29 a pkg)
1 pound italian sausage links, casing removed and sliced into bite size slices
1 jar marinara sauce ... check your labels, again I like the Victoria brand from Costco as it's sugar/grain free but I'm banned for now from that store ;-( (BUT look! There are, surprisingly enough, a lot of jarred sauces that ARE sugar free as well! This one is from ALDI)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (buy the block and grate in your food processor!)
dash of red pepper flakes IF you like a little spice in your life ...

 

Ready?

Move your oven rack to the middle of the oven and fire up your broiler

Gather up 4 oven proof bowls ... they need to hold about 8 ounces or so (she recommends ramekins, I used my regular soup bowls I had picked up at Costco a while back.  Place these on a heavy baking sheet.

Grab a larger skillet, add a little ghee or olive oil and toss in the shrooms and cook til slightly soft, then add in the sausage and cook til the sausage is cooked through.


Put about 3 to 4 tbs of the marinara sauce in the bottom of each bowl.  Add 2 tbs or so of mozzarella sauce.  Add the sausage and mushroom mixture to each bowl, trying to divide evenly among the 4 bowls.



Top with more cheese and then add more sauce.  Sprinkle with the red pepper flakes (if using).


Place in oven and let broil for about 4 to 5 minutes til cheese is melted and bubbly.


Remove from oven and allow to set for about 5 minutes as they will be HOT ... too hot to even think about eating ;-)  I actually had mine on low broil and was running around the house doing other stuff and almost forgot about the broil mode and the cheese got really crispy ... just the way Hubby likes it!

Once cooled a little, grab a plate, place your bowl on that, grab a spoon and ever so carefully, blow on the mixture and taste ... uh huh ... this is delicious stuff!

I had some leftover ingredients so made this again on Sunday morning for breakfast ... it's not pretty but served a purpose!


Enjoy!

*This is NOT Paleo or Whole30 thanks to the cheese, but it IS Gluten Free and Low Carb if that's your thing! And heck, anytime I can offset that pizza craving with something a little more healthier, I'm in!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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