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Taco Salad ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Taco Salad

Versatile hearty salad made with meat, cheese, lettuce and whatever else you like.

It is the middle of March and ridiculously hot already here in Oklahoma. Okay, maybe it isn’t quite that hot but our air conditioner is in need of help, a.k.a. it isn’t cooling. At any rate, it is too hot to make something in the oven for dinner tonight, so I’m changing up my menu and having Taco Salad instead. It’s good to be flexible.

This salad can be fixed in a variety of ways to meet your dietary needs. I’ll be making it TWO ways today! Yep, two ways. Since Sean, Tiffany, and I are doing keto we need high fat, so I’ll be using 73% ground beef. Currently Michael cannot eat beef or he breaks out in a rash and has difficulty breathing, so I’ll fix his with ground turkey. The only other difference will be in what ‘chips’ we use. Michael will use plain tortilla chips and the rest of us will use pork rinds. :)

So, let’s get started.

Brown the ground meat.

Browning Hamburger ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhen it is about half done, I like to season it with salt and pepper.

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Now add remaining seasonings. This depends on your tastes. You can simply add a package of taco seasoning or a mix of seasonings like I do. Tiffany doesn’t like purchased taco seasoning, so I’ll use some onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, cumin, and chili powder.

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Prepare your lettuce. Wash it if it is dirty. We like green leaf lettuce; it has nutrition unlike iceberg.

Wash & Dry Lettuce ~ Lifeofjoy.me

I put each ingredient in a separate bowl so that each individual can put on the toppings of their choosing. Since this meal was not on my menu when I shopped last week, I don’t have an avocado; thus, we’ll use some sour cream (which I don’t need if we have avocado).

We have tomato, refried beans (for Michael),  sour cream, and CHEESE tonight.

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Tiffany put a little carrot, green pepper, broccoli, and zucchini in the salad. Seriously, a little of each, like a tablespoon or two. Most times it is just plain lettuce. ;)At dinner, everyone will build their salad to their liking. This is mine. :) Mmmm, mmmm!

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Serve with nacho tortilla chips, plain tortilla chips, or to keep it keto use pork rinds.

Taco Salad and Pork Rinds ~ Lifejoy.me

I crushed up a few in my salad.

Taco Salad

Ingredients

  • 1-1½ pounds ground meat
  • ¼ teaspoon each cumin and garlic powder
  • heaping ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon each paprika and onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • lettuce
  • cheese, your preferred variety
  • various veggies on hand, like tomato, onion, green pepper, zucchini, broccoli, carrot, avocado, etc.
  • sour cream, optional

Instructions

  1. Brown the ground meat.
  2. Season with the listed seasonings.
  3. Tear washed lettuce leaves into bowl and add in variety of veggies or none at all.
  4. Serve salad with meat, cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips or pork rinds, as desired.
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Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Chicken Sausage Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Chicken Sausage Mushroom Casserole

The combination of chicken, turkey sausage, mushroom, cauliflower and cheeses is like chicken and dressing without those carbs.

This is yet another wonderful recipe from Linda’s Low Carb Menus and Recipes. I don’t know why I don’t make this more often. We really like it and it is tasty. It tastes almost like chicken and dressing, at least when I make it with turkey sausage; I don’t think I’ve ever made it with pork sausage.

It is another of the recipes that I found when I did the hCg diet and was on phase 3. However when I was watching calories, I tried making it with less cheese and it just wasn’t creamy enough. But when you include all sixteen ounces of cheese and your cauliflower is nicely cooked, it is just delicious! :)

So let’s get to it.

Dice the celery and onion. I do it finely, because we do not like chunky crunchy veggies in our casseroles.

Chicken Sausage Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.me Chicken Sausage Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.meI start by sautéing them in a little coconut oil; I use refined coconut oil so there is no coconut flavor. Tiffany went a little overboard on the onion this day. ;) It was still delicious.

Add in the diced mushrooms. We don’t use the entire package, only about four ounces worth because Sean does not care for them. This is also why they are diced into small pieces rather than simply sliced. :)

Chicken Sausage Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.meI like to lightly salt these because salt helps them release water and thus, speeds the cooking process.

When these veggies are well on their way to losing their crunch, I add the sausage to brown.

Chicken Sausage Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhile that is browning, I steam my cauliflower, unless of course, I have forgotten about it and need it quickly. In which case, I steam it in the microwave. Then give it a course chop. It’s already cooked and has lost it crunch so I don’t have to chop this too finely.

After the sausage is browned, add in the softened cream cheese and blend it in well. Add in the cooked chicken, cheddar, salt, and pepper. Spread into a greased 9×13 baking dish.

Chicken Sausage Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.meBake at 350º for about 40 minutes, until the top is nicely browned. We accidentally left ours in a little longer this time. (I have no idea why this picture has a green hue.)

Chicken Sausage Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Chicken Sausage Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis is a hearty dish and there will be leftovers, even when I serve it to four hungry adults with no side dishes.

Chicken Sausage Mushroom Casserole

Ingredients

  • 3-4 cups cooked chicken, chopped (1-1½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breast or the meat from a small-3½ pound-rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 pound sausage
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 tablespoon onion, diced
  • ¼-½ pound mushrooms, diced
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 16 ounces cauliflower, steamed
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions

  1. Sauté onions, celery, and mushrooms, lightly salted
  2. Add sausage and brown.
  3. Stir in softened cream cheese, until well blended
  4. Add coarsely chopped cooked cauliflower and the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Spread into a greased 9x13 baking dish.
  6. Bake at 350º about 40 minutes until the cheese is completely melted and top slightly browned.
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I hope you enjoy this.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Meaty Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Meaty Casserole

Very meaty bowls of deliciousness with lots of cheese!

This is a recipe I found years ago, shortly after I’d started my first low-carb diet. I copied it out of a book from the library but have been tempted to call it pizza bowls because it has all the things I love on pizza. It’s just that it doesn’t have enough sauce to really be a pizza bowl and of course, there’s nothing replacing the dough/crust. In the end, I opted to just leave it as meaty casserole.

So this is pretty simple and doesn’t take very long to accomplish either. It is made in individual serving bowls, so can be made to order. :) Thus, the kids and I use ground beef and Michael gets ground turkey.

So begin by browning the ground meat.

Meat Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.meSeason it with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.

Meat Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.me(This pan already had some grease from cooking some bacon or steakumms on it earlier. I didn’t bother to get rid of it but probably should’ve since my meat is a fatty one. ;) )

Add diced tomatoes, which I choose to puree with a stick blender.

Meat Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.me(I add a tiny bit of baking soda so that there is less chance of heartburn later.)

Meanwhile, make sixteen meatballs out of the Sweet Italian Sausage links. I don’t know how large the links are generally but these are rather large. I ended up only using one and a half.

Meat Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.me I think I’ll make twice as many but half as big, next time, since it is difficult to cut them when eating them. Smaller would definitely be better. Who knows, maybe there are only supposed to be four that size. ;)

Next add additional ‘toppings’. I add canned mushrooms and diced green pepper to Michael’s and mine. Sean and Tiffany do not care for those items. Next comes pepperoni, which I cut into quarters, so it’s more bite-sized.

Meat Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.me Top with the ground meat, after the tomatoes have thickened. (About 5-8 minutes)

Meat Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.meI like to put some pepperoni before and some after the ground meat.

Then top with cheese.

Meat Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.meI like to put them all on a rimmed baking sheet so that it is easier to move them.

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Bake at 400º for 15-20 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly.

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It’s supposed to have the shredded parmesan cheese added before baking but I always forget until just about the time I go to put it in the oven and then I’m in too big of a hurry, and decide to just wait until later. ;)

Meaty Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound ground meat
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 4 ounce can sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 teaspoon oregano or Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic or a sprinkling of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt or a bit less onion powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 6 ounces pepperoni slices
  • 2 links Italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheese of choice
  • 4 tablespoons parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400º.
  2. Brown ground beef over medium heat, drain, if desired. 😉
  3. Add tomatoes, which I purée first.
  4. Add 1/8 teaspoon or less of baking soda along with the other spices, salt and pepper.
  5. Cook until sauce thickens, about 5-8 minutes.
  6. Remove casing from Italian sausage and form into 16 small balls.
  7. Divide sausage, pepperoni, green pepper, and mushrooms between individual dishes.
  8. Add beef mixture to each.
  9. Top with 1/2 cup shredded cheese and 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese.
  10. Bake 15-20 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly.
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I hope you enjoy these. We have. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Ground Meat and Green Bean Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Ground Meat and Green Bean Casserole

This is a cheesey, low-carb, complete meal in one pan, and is quick to throw together but should have some time to bake.

This week’s recipe is so quick and easy that I forget that it needs to go into the oven and bake for 40 minutes. Yes! 40 minutes. However, when I forget that one little thing and need it to be done sooner, I just finish it off on the stove, which is what I did when I made it the other day and took pictures to share with you today.

Brown your ground meat with the diced onions, celery, and mushrooms. Once again I used ground turkey instead of ground beef. Since I’m on keto diet, I add a little coconut oil to up my fat content a little.

Ground Meat and Green Bean CasseroleGround Meat and Green Bean Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.meNow, I made the mistake of just dumping in the drained canned mushrooms. I knew better when immediately after doing it but it was too late. My kids, even though they are grown, do not like big pieces of sliced mushrooms-I should have diced them too.

If you are following a low-fat diet, then drain your meat. If not, drain off whatever is excessive to you. ;) As I mentioned already, I added a bit of coconut oil to mine since I’m following a keto diet.

Add in the remaining ingredients and combine.

Ground Meat and Green Bean Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt is at this point that you put it in the oven to bake until it’s nice and bubbly. SO, if you put it in a 2-2.5 quart greased casserole dish, it will take about 40 minutes. WHEN I remember to allow enough time to bake it, I prep it in my cast iron skillet and just put the skillet into the oven. My skillet has more surface area than my 2.5 quart casserole dish, so it takes a little less time for it to bake and get all bubbly.

However, as I mentioned earlier, when I forget to allow enough time to bake it, I simply lower the heat on my burner, put a lid on the skillet, and cook until it is bubbly.

Ground Meat and Green Bean Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.meServe!

Ground Meat and Green Bean Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.meThose nice browned bits are because I cooked it on the stovetop and it got a bit stuck but oh so yummy. :)

Ground Meat and Green Bean Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground meat
  • 2 14-ounce cans French cut green beans, well-drained
  • 4 ounce can mushrooms, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced (about 2.5 ounces)
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Brown the meat with the onion, celery, and mushrooms. (Drain the fat if desired.)
  2. Combine all ingredients.
  3. Transfer to a 2-2.5 quart greased casserole dish, if not using an oven safe skillet.
  4. Bake uncovered at 350º for 40 minutes or until hot and bubbly and the cheese is melted.
  5. Original recipe said it serves 6. This serves the 4 of us adults with a little left over.
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I got this recipe from the awesome website www.genaw.com when I was on phase 3 of the hCg diet.

I hope you like this one.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Sausage Balls ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Sausage Balls

An easy appetizer with a few simple ingredients. It’s gluten-free and keto.


I remember having sausage balls at parties. I only made them once or twice quite a few years ago and that was with Bisquick.  I recently came across this recipe over on KetoSizeMe for sausage balls that are gluten-free and legal for keto and I realized what a perfect snack these are.

You simply combine all the ingredients and drop on a cookie sheet and bake at 350º for 16-20 minutes.

Sausage Balls ~ Lifeofjoy.meBelieve it or not, the sausage is down in that bowl. ;)

Sausage Balls ~ Lifeofjoy.meI use a cookie dropper to make short work of forming the balls.

Sausage Balls ~ Lifeofjoy.meI made these with turkey sausage.

Put them in the oven on 350º for 16-20 minutes.

Sausage Balls ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Sausage Balls

Ingredients

  • 1 pound breakfast sausage
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Form balls and place on cookie sheet
  4. Bake 16-20 minutes
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Until next tie, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Chicken Lasagna Florentine ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Chicken Lasagna Florentine

A creamy, cheesy, chicken dish with spinach.  You could serve this over pasta of some kind or zoodles, if you desire but we just eat it the way it is. Good served with broccoli, to share some of that yummy sauce.

Well, Tiffany and I dropped the ball yesterday. I was working on my dad’s final dessert completing his Christmas present from last year, so Tiffany began working on dinner, which was this recipe. Well, since I was dealing with a bad recipe, I didn’t remind her to take pictures. Then when I finished what I was doing and helped prep the ingredients she needed, I was so frustrated with my recipe flop that I didn’t even think about the pictures again.

So, she finished layering the ingredients and put it in the oven and that is when I remembered. Crazy! Consequently I tried to figure out something else I could share but I just couldn’t come up with anything else. Thus I’m sharing this recipe without procedural pictures. Sorry guys!

First you cut up the chicken into bite-size pieces and cook in a skillet with a little bit of oil.

Cook Chicken ~ Lifeofjoy.meNext prepare the alfredo sauce. Melt one tablespoon of butter in a pot and add a clove of garlic, minced, cooking for about 30 seconds or so.

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Then add  one and a half cups of heavy cream and simmer for about 5 minutes.

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Then add 1/4 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese and 2 ounces of cream cheese.

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Combine well. Simmer the sauce on low for about 10-15 minutes. This is important because the sauce will thicken during this time.

Meanwhile, prep remaining ingredients (I don’t have all of the spinach pictured here.)

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Preheat the oven to 350º.

Add the chicken to the sauce.

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Now it’s time to layer it into a 9×9 or similar pan. (Pictures show an 8×11 pan.)

Chicken sauce,

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spinach, which we like to give a rough chop,

Chicken Lasagna Florentine ~ Lifeofjoy.memozzarella

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And repeat chicken sauce, spinach, mozzarella, parmesan.

Chicken Lasagna Florentine ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Bake for about 20 minutes, uncovered. Can broil for a few minutes to brown the top a bit at the end.

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Let it stand for about 10 minutes, if you can, and the cheese will stiffen up a bit and make it easier to serve and look less like soup. As you can tell in this picture, we didn’t wait. ;)

Chicken Lasagna Florentine ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Chicken Lasagna Florentine

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken breast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cups mozzarella, shredded
  • 2 cups spinach, I slice mine into ribbons
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan, shredded

Instructions

  1. Cut the chicken breast into bite-size pieces and brown in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper as desired.
  2. Melt butter in pot and saute garlic for about 30 seconds.
  3. Add heavy whipping cream and simmer 5 minutes.
  4. Add cream cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, Whisk to combine.
  5. Simmer 10-15 minutes on low to allow the sauce to thicken up a bit.
  6. Preheat oven to 350º
  7. Add chicken to sauce.
  8. Layer ingredients into 9x9 pan:
  9. chicken sauce, spinach, mozzarella
  10. chicken sauce, spinach, mozzarella, Parmesan
  11. Bake about 20 minutes.
  12. (Can broil for a few minutes at the end to brown the top a bit.)
  13. Let sit for a few minutes when it is finished to allow the cheese to set just a bit and make it easier to serve. 😉
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Good served with even more spinach underneath individual servings or with a side of broccoli.

Chicken Lasagna Florentine ~ Lifeofjoy.me(Updated 1/30/17: Added pictures for each step and changed featured image.)

Until next time, God bless,

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Cheese Cracker ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Cheese Crackers

Every once in a while I want a cracker. A cheese cracker. :)

I found the inspiration for this little gem on YourLighterSide.com.

They are incredibly easy to make. :) All you need are a microwave and a deluxe slice of American cheese.

Start by taking a deluxe American cheese slice. I’m told it has to be the deluxe. I’ve not tried it with anything else.

Cheese Crackers ~ Lifeofjoy.mePlace it on a piece of parchment paper.

Cut it in half. I use a long blade knife, so that I can just press it down and not have to drag it.

Cheese Crackers ~ Lifeofjoy.meNow cut it half again.

Cheese Crackers ~ Lifeofjoy.meCut each strip into about 5 pieces.

Cheese Crackers ~ Lifeofjoy.meSpace them apart so they don’t melt into one big piece. Microwave for 30-45 seconds.

Cheese Crackers ~ Lifeofjoy.meYou will probably hear a lot of sizzling, which is okay. Take them out and let them cool for a few seconds.

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Cheese Crackers ~ Lifeofjoy.meCheese Cracker ~ Lifeofjoy.meRepeat the process with the other half of the cheese slice. :)

Enjoy the crunch.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Pepperoni Pizza Muffins ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Pepperoni Pizza Muffins

The subtle taste of pizza in a muffin.

Pepperoni Pizza Muffins ~ Lifeofjoy.meI love pizza! Yep! I sure do! Many diets have failed me because I cannot imagine giving up pizza forever (and sometimes, not even for a few months). So you might be able to imagine that I struggled a bit on the keto diet which does not allow bread.

Naturally I had to find a few recipes to help me through this dilemma. The first is one I have had for several years, Pizza Topping Casserole, which is really quite good. It has all the flavor of the toppings with a hint of the sauce but nothing to substitute for the crust. It works some of the time. The second is the breakfast keto pizza. This one has a crust, yummy toppings, sauce and filling.

Pepperoni Pizza Muffins ~ Lifeofjoy.meWell, today I bring you Pepperoni Pizza Muffins. This has that bread quality without any wheat, corn, rice, et cetera. It uses lots of eggs, some almond flour and a bit of coconut flour. We got this from lowcarbyum.com. According to them, the muffins have 2 net carbs per muffin, 182 calories, 14.4g fat, and 7.8g fiber. My counts will be a little different because I used turkey pepperoni since Mike is allergic to both beef and pork, and cheddar cheese instead of the recommended mozzarella.

Tiffany first fixed these for us to have the week of the conference as a grab and go breakfast. I decided I needed to make them again to have on hand. Plus, I needed a recipe to share with you today. ;)

Begin by beating the eggs slightly.

Pepperoni Pizza Muffins ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen add flours, cream cheese, baking powder, salt, and water.

Pepperoni Pizza Muffins ~ Lifeofjoy.mePepperoni Pizza Muffins ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd half of the cheese and the pepperoni.

Pepperoni Pizza Muffins ~ Lifeofjoy.meSpray muffin tin. Fill each muffin tin 1/2 to 3/4 full.

Pepperoni Pizza Muffins ~ Lifeofjoy.meSprinkle the remaining cheese on top of the muffins.

Pepperoni Pizza Muffins ~ Lifeofjoy.meBake at 400º for 20-30 minutes.

Pepperoni Pizza Muffins ~ Lifeofjoy.meI used this cute pan, so they kind of look like mini bundt cakes.

Pepperoni Pizza Muffins ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Pepperoni Pizza Muffins

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Asiago cheese
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2/3 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup pepperoni (about 2 ounces)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400º and spray muffin tin.
  2. Place eggs in mixer and beat eggs slightly.
  3. Add flours, baking powder, salt, cream cheese, Asiago cheese, and water; combine.
  4. Cut pepperoni into quarters. Add it and 1/2 cup shredded cheese. Combine.
  5. Fill muffin tins 1/2 - 3/4 full.
  6. Bake 20-30 minutes.
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If you want these for lunch, you might heat up some marinara sauce and dip it in.

Serve right away or refrigerate and reheat later. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Pizza Topping Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Pizza Topping Casserole

Craving the taste of pizza but shouldn’t have all that bread? Then this is your answer

Pizza Topping Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.meYears ago I did the HcG diet and the Atkins diet. Both are low carb diets; well, the HcG diet is low carb on one of its phases. Anyway, I found this wonderful recipe back then. On low carb, you cannot have bread and that leaves pizza out of my diet, which just does not work for me long term. I love pizza! So this helps fill that void.

The original recipe calls for one pound of bulk Italian sausage. Well, today I didn’t have that but I had some Italian link sausages filled with peppers and mozzarella cheese. So, that is what I used.

I like my veggies well done. Consequently I start by dicing and sauteing those first. Then I add the meat, to brown. Sometimes I have to add a bit of coconut oil to keep it from sticking to my pan (since my cast iron skillets are a bit abused ;) )

Pizza Topping Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.mePizza Topping Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhile the meat is cooking, combine the heavy whipping cream, eggs, tomato sauce, and seasonings.

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Pizza Topping Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.mePizza Topping Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.mePizza Topping Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.mePizza Topping Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.mePour egg mixture over veggies, meat, and cheese.

Pizza Topping Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.mePizza Topping Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.mePizza Topping Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.meBake at 350º for 45-55 minutes until nicely browned and knife inserted in the center comes out nearly clean.

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Pizza Topping Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 4-8 ounces fresh mushrooms, diced
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano (or basil or Italian seasoning)
  • 3 1/2 ounces pepperoni, chopped (I used turkey pepperoni)
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, chopped (2 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced (1 ounce)
  • 8 ounces cheese (I used mild cheddar)

Instructions

  1. Saute veggies
  2. Add sausage and brown.
  3. Combine cream, eggs, tomato sauce, and seasonings
  4. Add chopped pepperoni and cheese to pan
  5. Pour egg mixture over veggies, meat, and cheese
  6. Bake at 350º for 45-55 minutes
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Enjoy!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Breakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Breakfast/Brunch Pizza

If I eat this whole pizza, I’m full for several hours. Breakfast sausage is great on it, as is bacon.

Breakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis is a good, filling breakfast or lunch; well actually, it could be eaten for any meal of the day. :) The toppings are completely up to you. On this one, I put pepperoni on all of it and canned mushrooms on half of it. It is a very simple recipe. I recommend that you get your toppings ready before you start to cook the “crust” so that you don’t overcook it.

Let’s get started.

Beat two eggs until frothy. I like to use my immersion blender and it is done extremely quickly. :)

Breakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meBreakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meBreakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd 1 tablespoon almond flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste).

Breakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd one tablespoon nutritional yeast or grated Parmesan cheese. I used the nutritional yeast. We cannot tell it is even in there. Supposedly, it adds a cheesy flavor but is very good for you.

Breakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meBreakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd blend away.

Breakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meHeat a medium size skillet, one that can go under the broiler. I use my cast iron skillet. I actually used my fajita pan today. Heat with your choice of oil, butter, or spray oil (like Pam).

Breakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd egg mixture. Cook until nearly dry on top and flip.

Breakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meBreakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meAt this point, I turn off the heat and add the toppings. Today I just used a plain canned tomato sauce.

Breakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd about 1/3 cup of shredded cheese of your choosing. I used mild cheddar.

Breakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meI shredded it very fine, so there seems to be a bit more than 1/3 cup.

Breakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meI add the toppings on top of the cheese so that they get heated under the broiler before the cheese gets too done. Today I used pepperoni and some canned mushrooms. Use whatever you like. You could use sausage and bacon or ham. Really, use whatever you like. Although if you are considering veggies, I recommend sauteing them first, unless you want them nearly raw. ;)

Breakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.mePut it under the broiler until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Breakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meIf you eat the whole thing, it will keep you full for hours. If you share it with someone, you’ll be ready when lunch time rolls around. ;)

Breakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meBreakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Breakfast/Brunch Pizza

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast, or grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • spray oil, butter, or other oil of your choosing
  • 2-4 Tablespoons tomato sauce, green taco sauce, pesto, garlic sauce, or alfredo
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheese
  • toppings (I used pepperoni and canned mushroom)

Instructions

  1. Beat eggs until frothy.
  2. Add almond flour and nutritional yeast or Parmesan cheese and salt.
  3. Blend again
  4. Add oil to oven safe skillet over medium high heat.
  5. Pour in egg mixture.
  6. When the top is nearly dry, flip and turn off heat.
  7. Add sauce, cheese, and toppings.
  8. Place under broiler until cheese is melted and toppings are heated through.
  9. Cut and eat. 🙂
http://lifeofjoy.me/breakfastbrunch-pizza/

Oh, I almost forgot! I give credit where credit is due. I got this from GinnysLowCarbKitchen.blogspot.com and adapted it to suit our tastes.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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