Making stuff makes me happy. I used to own a scrapbook store and loved creating samples for my store, coming up with new ideas in my own scrapbooks and then eventually learning to make personalized cards and, well, anything paper and sticker related. I still am pretty crafty, but I love all the machines and things they have come out with to help you with all of the little things. The Cricut machines are my jam. I love them and with all of the snow days we have had here in NC, I have had a lot of time to play in the kitchen and in my craft room.
Cooking is like creating to me. Granted I am usually trying to recreate what someone else has, but it is still interesting and fun. Then after you have recreated someone elses master piece enough times, you can begin to put your own twist on it. Pizza for dinner on the weekend has been a long time favorite. My girls attended the school where I am not the principal. They both teach at our rival school, but I am very fortunate to work in a school district that is student-centered. The principal of their school and I are friends and it is nothing to pick up the phone (or shoot a text) to see what she does in this situation or have her get in touch with me about how our school does something else.
I say all of that to say this: I am a super collaborative person and hope that people always feel comfortable shooting me a text or an email (or even a phone call) to ask me about this or that, including cooking some of these items. I will help in any way that I can. Just know that I am NEW NEW NEW to this, so I will only be able to share with you the struggles I have had. As you read my blog, you will see that I have a lot of struggles! LOL. Anyway, tonight we eat PIZZA!
I have to laugh a the name of this pizza because it seems so funny that we are struggling with our weight and trying to get healthy, but we call this Fathead Pizza. I somehow picture in my mind two little kindergarten students angry with each other and the worst they can think to call each other is “Fathead.” In reality, todays kindergarteners know much worse words that Fathead. I guess it is just my memories of yesteryear.
Anyway, we are used to having a night out after various sports with our girls where we all go to the local pizza place and the whole team and all of the parents eat together in true southern fashion. Now that my children are grown, my husband and I still love pizza. I would dare say it might be one of my most favorite foods.
Kristie’s Fathead Pizza Dough is on page 129 of her book, or you can watch her video here. The dough is relatively easy if you have ever made boxed kinds of pizza dough. If you aren’t familiar with this, I highly recommend putting the dough on parchment paper and then placing another piece over the dough before rolling it out. This is just a quick and not-so-messy way to get the dough flattened out the way you want it.
Because I have tried Keto a bit before, I have made other Fathead Pizza Dough recipes. I can honestly say that Kristie’s recipe with the oat fiber and italian seasoning steps it up a bit in texture and flavor! I seriously considered just covering it in garlic and butter and eating it as garlic bread (hmmmm…..that is a thought for another meal).
**Be mindful that it can be very sticky when you are kneading the dough. You will “need” to do this in order to mix it well. Don’t hesitate to oil your hands using whatever oil you prefer. Some recipes call for olive oil, but just slathered up with coconut oil since it is so good for your skin anyway.
I used a Pampered Chef baking stone and the parchment paper to cook the dough until it began to brown. Because I like a crispy crust, I took it out of the oven after the 10-12 minutes and flipped the dough off the parchment paper directly onto the baking stone to cook the other side. It took a little less time, but I stood in the kitchen to watch it.
I used a no added sugar tomato paste with a little oregano mixed in to add a depth a flavor. About 2 tablespoons of tomato paste to a 1/4 teaspoon of oregano. I then diluted it with water to get the consistency a little thinner so I could spread all over the dough. A little mozzarella and some pepperoni = time to chow down! I have been thinking that bacon would be good on it, as well. I used to love bacon pizza! Or even a taco type pizza like you get at some of the more popular pizza places. Oh! The possibilities are endless!
For this yummy recipe, I say, “Kudos Kristie!!!”
Breakfast: Bulletproof Coffee
Lunch: Some left over sausage gravy and a belle’s biscuit (I couldn’t eat it all, so I am no sure how much of it I actually had….I’d say around half)
Dinner: A slice of this yummy pizza….the rest will be left overs for tomorrow (or my grandson will most likely eat it before I ever get to it tomorrow).
Until Next time,
Keto on, my friends!