Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes

Get ready for this mouth-watering pancake thread– it only begins with these original Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes!

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Along with many of my other recipes, these pancakes have a baseline of ingredients that I use to make a variety of flavors. The batter is comprised of all of the same things for each type of pancake, but the toppings and spreads differ to make a large selection of flavors!

You won’t believe that this batter is literally made of only 2 simple ingredients. All you need to make these protein-packed, low-carb cakes is 1 mashed banana and 2 eggs! This combination of ingredients makes 2 medium-sized pancakes. If you want more pancakes than this, follow the 1:2 ratio. (Ex: 4 mashed bananas: 8 eggs makes 8 pancakes)

These Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes were the O.G. cakes that fueled my experimentation with other flavors. No matter how unique and delicious my other pancake recipes are, these will always have a special place in my heart (and stomach)💛

🥜🍌🥞Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes🥞🍌🥜

Batter (same for each type of pancake I post): 1 mashed banana & 2 eggs whisked together

Toppings: 1 tbsp natural peanut butter (melted in small microwave safe bowl), 1 tbsp raw honey, 1/2 banana cut in small slices, dash of cinnamon, 1 tbsp glazed pecans

Directions: First, prepare your batter. In an appropriate sized bowl (based on how much batter you’ll be making), peel and mash your bananas. Use the ratio-rule and add the proper amount of eggs. Whisk together with a fork. Next, take a large saucepan to medium heat on the stove. Spray the pan with non-stick spray. Once heated, pour your desired amount of batter into the pan. Once the bottom of the pancake is firm, use a spatula to flip cake onto its other side. After your pancakes are cooked thoroughly, place them on a plate and add your peanut butter, honey, banana slices, cinnamon and glazed pecans.

To check out more of my 2-ingredient pancake flavors, click the links below!

 Triple-Berry Pancakes
Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
PB&J Pancakes
Cherry Walnut Pancakes
Double-Blueberry Pancakes

–Cass🌻

Aksarben Village Farmers Market Summer ’17

Aksarben Village Farmers Market

Omaha, NE– Open Sundays 9:00 am- 1:00 pm

Located on 2285 South 67th Street, Omaha, NE 68106

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My very first sunflower purchase in my 19 years of life! These are my favorite flowers, and In Season’s stand was selling them for $1 a piece- what a STEAL!

I have officially chalked up my second Nebraska farmers market stop, and this time I had the pleasure of accompanying my good pal Braeden! She and I have known each other since the good ol’ elementary school basketball days and I’m so lucky she enjoys exploring our city as much as I do.

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Braeden with her vegan/gluten free donut from the Scratch Baking Co stand

Comparing this experience to my last one at the Village Point farmers market, I can say there were many things learned and many differences present in each. For starters, the Aksarben Village farmers market had a much higher multitude of stands that sold a wider variety of foods than the Village Point farmers market did. (Which is by no means a bad thing- we were just astonished by how long the stands kept extending down the streets! It seemed never-ending😆) This was great for us, especially since we arrived right after the stands opened up shop. We had plenty of time to stroll, observe, and interact with stand owners.

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Homemade pendant and jewelry stand! Yes, I know this isn’t food, but I just thought it was the most adorable idea ever
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My favorite flower of all time was only $1…unfortunately my sanity kept me from buying each and every one
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Freshly squeezed lemonade stand
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Freshly squeezed lemonade, strawberry lemonade, and mango lemonade
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First stand I’ve seen selling carrots!
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My new oat obsession- I have finally found a gluten free/low calorie/low sugar granola to enjoy! Plus, it’s a local brand!! I got the Lemonade flavored granola for my smoothie garnishes and Peanut Butter granola bars to grab on the go. Delish👌🏼
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The Gourmet Granola: straight out of Omaha
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First stand I’ve seen selling eggplant! I’ve never tried one before, but it’s on my cooking bucket list!
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I use frozen colored cauliflower in my smoothies all the time, but never have I seen fresh bunches being sold! (Until now😊)

Onto our second lessoned learned: arrive early or right on time! I made the mistake of getting to the Village Point farmers market a couple hours too late, so the majority of the produce was already gone. It definitely made it harder to take pictures of the beautiful and creative displays the stands had to offer. Thankfully, each stand owner was more than happy to let me photograph their products due to the abundance to sell!

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I bought a bunch of this mint and have been putting the leaves in my water! Strawberry mint-infused water is my favorite
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Homemade decor (our favorite mirror for us tall gals)

This trip was definitely one to remember, and it has made me anticipate the next! My next (and last) Omaha farmers market stop will be on Saturday, August 5th in the Old Market downtown from 8:00 am- 12:30 pm. I am sad by how fast this summer has flown by, but I can’t wait for one last hoorah before I leave for college for the fall semester on August 8th. Until then,

–Cass🌻

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

No eggs, no flour, no baking, no problem. Paleo cookie dough that is sweet, filling, and high in protein will make your life C O M P L E T E.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip cookie dough

This recipe is made with 5 simple ingredients and just 10 measly minutes of your day. Along with the ingredients, all you will need is a food processor, a spatula, a spoon, a mixing bowl, a measuring cup, measuring spoons and miniature single-serving tupper ware bowls.

IMG_8137🍪Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough🍪

–1 (15 oz.) can no salt added chickpeas (drained)

–1/2 cup natural peanut butter

–2 tbsp agave nectar or honey

–2 tsp vanilla extract

–1/2 cup dairy free chocolate chips (can use regular chocolate chips, but this recipe will no longer be considered “paleo”)

–*optional* 2 tbsp PB2 powdered peanut butter (to make dough a thicker consistency)

Blend the chickpeas, peanut butter, agave nectar/honey, vanilla extract and PB2 powdered peanut butter in a food processor until evenly blended and smooth.

Transfer dough from the food processor with a spatula to a mixing bowl. Pour in 1/2 cup chocolate chips and fold them into the dough with spatula or spoon.

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Single-serving size containers

For easier storage and convenient serving size portions, divide the dough mixture into 6 small tupper ware bowls. I find that this tasty treat tastes best after being stored in the freezer, even though it is perfectly fine to store in the refrigerator as well.

Each small-serving container has about 250 calories, 13 grams of protein, and 14 grams of fat. Eaten as a post-workout snack or dessert, this cookie dough is naturally sweetened and high in protein to promote muscle recovery.

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There’s chickpeas in here?!

Once you try this nutritious cookie dough alternative, there’s no going back to the old stuff, trust me!

Enjoy,

–Cass

Protein Balls: Vanilla Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Almond

You know what they always say, beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.

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Vanilla Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Almond protein balls

These protein-packed energy balls not only look amazing, but they taste even better. And the best part- they’re SO easy to prepare and last for up to 2 weeks.

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Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes

The variety of recipes for protein balls are endless, and you just need to use a simple baseline to create them. Here is the baseline I followed, and the one you can follow as well to create your own protein balls: choose a nut butter, a protein powder, a sweetener, and your add-ins.

I chose to make two different flavors of protein balls (Vanilla Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Almond), and my recipes will be explained via the protein ball baseline below!

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Vanilla Peanut Butter protein balls- dry ingredients in one bowl
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Vanilla Peanut Butter protein balls- wet ingredients (combined in a separate bowl then mixed with the dry ingredients)

🥜Vanilla Peanut Butter Protein Balls🥜

Nut butter: Natural Jif peanut butter (1/2 cup- 28 grams protein)

Protein powder: Arbonne vanilla protein powder (2 scoops- 20 grams protein) & Arbonne Protein Boost (1 scoop- 10 grams protein)

Sweetener: raw honey (1/3 cup) & vanilla extract (1 tsp)

Add-ins: raw unsalted pepitas (1/4 cup- 7 grams protein), milled flaxseed (2 tbsp- 3 grams protein), old fashioned oats (1 cup- 10 grams protein), PB2 powdered peanut butter (2 tbsp- 5 grams protein), & unsweetened coconut flakes (1/4 cup- 2 grams protein)

Total protein content in batter: 85 grams of protein

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Vanilla Peanut Butter protein balls batter, pre-ball form– 85 grams of protein in this picture!

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🍫Chocolate Chip Almond Protein Balls🍫

Nut butter: Natural Justin’s original almond butter (1/2 cup- 28 grams protein)

Protein powder: Arbonne chocolate protein powder (2 scoops- 20 grams protein) & Arbonne Protein Boost (1 scoop- 10 grams protein)

Sweetener: raw honey (1/3 cup) & vanilla extract (1 tsp)

Add-ins: chia seeds (2 tbsp- 6 grams protein), old fashioned oats (1 cup- 10 grams protein), dairy free chocolate chips (1/4 cup- 2 grams protein), sliced almonds (1/4 cup- 6 grams protein), cocoa powder (2 tbsp- 4 grams protein)

Total protein content in batter: 86 grams of protein

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Chocolate Chip Almond protein balls batter, pre-ball form– 86 grams of protein in this picture!

Directions: Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. In another microwave safe bowl, combine the wet ingredients. (TIP: place the wet ingredients in the microwave for 10-15 seconds for easier mixing when you combine them with the dry ingredients!) Once your wet ingredients are warm and melted, pour them in with the dry ingredients. Mix them all together with a spoon until no dry ingredients remain. Get a medium-sized tupper ware bowl to place your finished protein balls in. Begin grabbing batter from the bowl and molding it into a ball shape with your hands! I suggest storing these in the refrigerator to make them last longer, but they will suffice in a cupboard or tabletop for over a week!

Each ball differs in size, making the calorie count for one ball a little difficult to determine. They range from 90-110 calories each, depending on their size. They’re filling, have the perfect balance of sweetness and texture, and are a perfect pre/post-workout snack. I will be taking 2 batches of these bad boys to my summer volleyball camp this week to get me through long days and tough workouts! Hopefully my teammates will love them as much as I do!

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I will be experimenting with more protein ball ingredients and recipes in the future, so stay tuned for more protein-packed deliciousness!😋 Enjoy,

–Cass

Arbonne Healthy Lifestyle: Dietary Supplements

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My smoothie must-haves; dietary supplements from Arbonne: Daily Fiber Boost, Vanilla protein powder, Greens Balance, and Digestion Plus

Happy belated Independence Day everyone! We all know how hard the first day back to work is after a holiday break, but I’m here to tell you there is a way to cure these beginning of the week blues… with dietary supplements!

I am constantly learning new things everyday, and I will tell you one of the most important things I’ve learned recently is why I should incorporate dietary supplements into my daily routine. Dietary supplements are vitamins, minerals, herbs, botanicals, and other substances that are scientifically proven to improve overall health and manage certain diseases.

My go-to brand of dietary supplements and nutrient boosters is Arbonne: a pure, safe and beneficial company that sells vegan certified, dairy/soy/gluten free products made without added sugars or harsh chemicals. I jumped on the Arbonne bandwagon in March, and I can’t tell you how happy I am that I did so. In fact, I loved the products I was using so much, I decided to become an Independent Consultant and share my love for this brand with others.

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My Arbonne Launch Party with some of my closest friends!

I am going to introduce you all to the Arbonne products that I am currently using (and can’t live without) to supplement my overall health…

1. Arbonne Vanilla & Chocolate Protein Powder

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Arbonne chocolate protein powder
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Arbonne vanilla protein powder

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Plant-based protein sources are much more powerful than animal by-products, like whey protein. Plant sources are much easier for our bodies to digest and absorb the nutrients from. For example, we metabolize 90-100% of the value of protein per serving in a plant-based product versus the lower 40-50% digestibility rate of a whey protein product. In Arbonne’s vanilla, chocolate and flavorless Protein Boost protein powders (made from peas, rice and cranberries) you absorb 19-20 grams of the full 20 grams of protein provided per 2 scoops! In a whey product with 20 grams of protein per serving, your body is actually only digesting half of that, which would only be 10 grams of protein.

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For more information on the benefits, uses and Arbonne advantage of this necessary protein source, click the link to view the full product sheet! Arbonne Vanilla & Chocolate Protein Powder Product Sheet

2. Arbonne Daily Fiber Boost

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Arbonne Daily Fiber Boost

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Did you know that the average American citizen doesn’t even reach half of their daily fiber intake? You need at least 25 grams of fiber to promote a proper-functioning digestive system. Get this- Arbonne’s Daily Fiber Boost provides nearly HALF of the recommended daily amount of fiber! A whopping 12 grams per scoop will keep you feeling regular and promote cardiovascular health. The best part: it’s tasteless, odorless and highly soluble in any liquid!

For more information on the benefits, uses and Arbonne advantage of this important fiber source, click the link to view the full product sheet! Arbonne Daily Fiber Boost Product Sheet

3. Arbonne Protein Boost

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Arbonne Protein Boost powder

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Similar to Arbonne’s Vanilla and Chocolate protein powders, this product is a plant-based protein powder. It differs in the fact that it is flavorless and odorless with 0 grams of sugar. One scoop delivers 10 grams of vegan protein and its uses are flexible: mix it in with flavored protein shakes or other foods and beverages (my favorite is oatmeal) to boost your daily amino acid intake.

For more information on the benefits, uses and Arbonne advantage of the Protein Boost dietary supplement, clink the link to view the full product sheet! Arbonne Protein Boost Product Sheet

4. Arbonne Greens Balance

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Arbonne Greens Balance powder

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This product is the most brilliant way to get one serving of fruits and vegetables without eating the real thing. The green powder (derived from green, red, blue, and yellow fruits and veggies) promotes a healthier diet by providing antioxidants, phytonutrients and fiber. Made allergen-free with low sodium content and no added sugars, this dietary supplement can be combined with virtually any beverage. (I’ve even made a Green Eggs & Ham omelette with this awesome stuff!!)

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For more information on the benefits, uses, and Arbonne advantage of this essential nutrient booster, click the link to view the full product sheet! Arbonne Greens Balance Product Sheet

5. Arbonne Digestion Plus

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In order to support proper digestion and prevent bloating, cramps and other digestive irritations, I take one packet of Arbonne Digestion Plus every day. Each packet contains probiotics, prebiotics, and enzymes that fuel healthy gut bacteria that aid in the digestion process. Like most of the dietary supplements listed above, this product is also eligible for consumption in any beverage. I prefer it most in my protein smoothies in the morning!

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For more information on the benefits, uses and Arbonne advantage of this digestion enhancer, click the link to view the full product sheet! Arbonne Digestion Plus Product Sheet

6. Arbonne Energy Fizz Sticks

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Pomegranate Energy Fizz Stick mixed with 16 oz. of cold water in an Arbonne Shaker Bottle

As a fabulous replacement for morning coffee (or whenever you need a kickstart in your day), mix an Arbonne Fizz Stick in at least 16 ounces of water to enhance cognitive performance and alertness. I started using these life savers last semester in college and let me tell ya, they helped me survive long lectures. They are so convenient to grab-and-go for those like me with busy schedules. They also come in two delicious flavors- pomegranate and citrus! Temporarily subsiding fatigue by keeping me awake and focused, I am able to be productive during the day. This product contains B vitamins and other minerals that help support energy.

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For more information on the benefits, uses and Arbonne advantage of this energy booster, click the link to view the full product sheet! Arbonne Energy Fizz Sticks- Pomegranate & Citrus Product Sheet

7. Arbonne Fit Chews

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Arbonne Lemon Fit Chews
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These lemon, caramel, chocolate, and lemon berry flavored “taffy” chews kick your cravings to the curb while maintaining appropriate energy levels. (It is seriously like eating candy, without the added artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners!) Each chew is only 30 calories and assists with getting your body used to a new diet/exercise routine. I typically enjoy these in-between meals or after dinner as a sweet treat.

For more information on the benefits, uses and Arbonne advantage of these weight-management chews, click the following links to view the full product sheets! Arbonne Fit Chews- Lemon, Caramel &Chocolate Product Sheet// Arbonne Fit Chews- LemonBerry Product Sheet

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All of the essential Arbonne Dietary Supplements I incorporate easily into my day

Arbonne doesn’t stop with just their Nutrition line- they have safe products ranging from makeup to skincare as well. My skin has never been clearer, softer, or more natural looking since using Arbonne’s Complexion Perfect skincare set, Rescue & Renew body wash and face mask, and makeup products. Feel free to visit my website and check some of these products out! // Cassidy’s Arbonne Home Page: Nutrition, Makeup, Skincare & Beyond

I can’t stress to you guys enough how amazing these dietary supplement make me feel. They have made the biggest difference in my overall health and well-being the last 3 months of using them and I will forever be indebted to Arbonne for changing my life in the most positive way!

If you are interested in these products or think becoming an Arbonne consultant is the right fit for you, PLEASE contact me via email! I am full of information and passion, so don’t be afraid to ask me any questions. Your future will forever be changed for the better while using and promoting these products, I promise you! And share this news with your friends and family, these products are so easy to incorporate into a household and promoting health and wellness with others will make that much more of a difference.

Here’s to happier weekdays, realities and excellent health- thank you dietary supplements!

–Cass: Email Me!

Beet Berry Smoothie Bowl

🍓Beet Berry Smoothie Bowl🍓

 

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The Power of R E D — Berry Beet Smoothie Bowl

This is one of my all-time favorite smoothie bowls for a variety of reasons… one being its extravagant magenta/red color. It’s nothing like I’ve ever seen before, and I can thank my new friend, Beets, for this fabulous quality.

Along with the beautiful shade, its flavor is very unique. It does not by any means, TASTE like beets, but has a more tart flavor with a grainier texture (which I surprisingly found to be a good thing when mixing certain ingredients). The tartness comes from the frozen raspberries in the mix, and the grainy texture comes from frozen cauliflower. (Again, you CANNOT taste the veggies in these smoothies- they just add a burst of color and vitamins/minerals!!)

🍓Beet Berry Smoothie Bowl🍓

–8 oz unsweetened almond milk

–1 scoop Arbonne vanilla protein powder

–1 Arbonne Digestion Plus packet

–1 scoop Arbonne Fiber Boost

–1/2 cup frozen strawberries

–1/2 cup frozen raspberries

–1/3 cup frozen white cauliflower

–1 skinned, raw beet (cut in slices for easier blending)

–2 tbsp raw honey

–Garnished with frozen raspberries, chia seeds and a drizzle of honey

Blend all ingredients in a medium-sized blender (excluding the final toppings). Pour mixture into a bowl or a glass, add your garnishes and enjoy the uniqueness of this power smoothie!

Note: I use raw, skinless beets in my smoothies. Try to shop for small-medium beets for better color and flavor. Bigger isn’t always better!! Also, beet juice stains clothing and wooden cutting boards, so BEWARE of your surroundings when working with these vibrant dirt-dwellers!

Note: All Arbonne products I use (and more!) can be ordered through my Arbonne website, http://www.cassidyloberg.arbonne.com under the Nutrition tab! (Feel free to send me a message if you’re interested in getting 20% off storewide for an entire year! A blog post about my experiences with Arbonne, a pure/safe/beneficial company that offers chemical-free and botanical skincare, nutrition products, and makeup is coming soon!)

Benefits: loaded with Vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and manganese to supplement a healthy digestive tract, weight loss/management, strong bones, anxiety/stress relief, energy production, and clear, elastic skin.

-Cass

Chicken Crust Veggie Pizza

Everybody loves pizza, right? Everybody also knows that pizza is a high carb, sodium, fat and calorie food. What if I told you there was a way to enjoy pizza while getting additional health benefits for eating it? By changing just one major ingredient of a pizza, you can begin to devour these nutrients piece by piece.fullsizeoutput_1b92

The substitute ingredient I present to you today is none other than pizza crust made from ground chicken instead of flour! You’re probably thinking how this is even possible, but please, let me explain this magic to you…

🍗🍕Chicken Crust Veggie Pizza🍕🍗

–1 pound lean ground chicken meat (93% or higher)

–1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

–1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

–fresh or dry Italian herbs/seasonings (I used dry oregano, dry basil, and onion powder)

–dash of salt and pepper

(*Blend all of the above ingredients in a food processor until mixed together evenly.*)

–parchment paper

–any shape of cookie sheet

–cooking spray

–small rolling pin or pot

You can form your “dough” into any shape on a cookie sheet. Lay down parchment paper directly on the cookie sheet first before laying your dough down, and spray the parchment paper with cooking spray. Once you’ve laid your parchment paper, oiled the paper up and transferred your blended dough onto the cookie sheet, lay yet another piece of parchment paper on top of the dough. Use a rolling pin or the bottom of a pot to flatten out your dough. The thinner you spread your dough, the crispier it will be. Once you’ve gotten the crust to your preferred thickness, remove the top layer of parchment paper.

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–vegetables (swiss chard, red onion, yellow pepper, and tomato)

–fresh herbs (basil and parsley)

–marinara sauce

–1/4 cup mozzarella cheese

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. While the oven is heating up, prepare your toppings. (This recipe is not limited to only the above toppings- there are virtually hundreds of different topping combinations you can use! I used my favorite pizza toppings for this recipe.) Once the oven has been pre-heated, place the flattened dough into the oven and set the timer for 20 minutes or until the crust has turned a golden brown. 

Note: The parchment paper is handy for catching released moisture from the ground chicken. Do not be alarmed if your cookie sheet has a good amount of liquid in it- it will all get evaporated in the oven by the time the pizza is done cooking.

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After 20 minutes or after your crust has turned golden brown, take it out of the oven and apply your toppings. I started with marinara sauce, then a sprinkle of cheese, red onion and yellow pepper, Swiss chard, tomato rounds, and finally, fresh herbs to top it all off. Place it back in the oven for 10-15 minutes to get the toppings melted and warm. (Total recipe time: 35 minutes).

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Let your pizza cool down before using a pizza cutter. Divide it into however many pieces you desire and let your tastebuds rejoice at how amazing this tastes! Call me crazy, but I could eat this crust plain- it’s THAT good (and good for you!)

Benefits of chicken crust versus flour crust: much higher in protein and flavor, way fewer carbohydrates and calories, and lower in sodium and fat.

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I had help from an old friend from high school, who is going to be graduating from Johnson & Wales University Culinary school in February, so she has much more experience in the kitchen than I do! I’m so happy I could impress her with this recipe, and we had a great time cooking while catching up with each other’s busy lives. I love being able to share these nutritious, filling recipes with others! Go ahead a make the switch from flour crust to chicken crust- you’ll be thanking me later😌

-Cass