Shrimp Alfredo Pizza

So Sorry I have been MIA since last week. I had Healthy Travel Magazine layouts due for our July issue, Fit & Well Birmingham copy due for our June issue and my latest and GREATEST new client for my media business! Not to mention, I have 3 kids, single mom, lower back disk issue, you get the drill…. Forgiven yet? I did get the amazing opportunity to go to Sedona to experience the amazing Lauberge De Sedona this weekend (typing on my flight). I slept 11 hours the first night and 12 hours the next. The spa was AMAZING!!  I’ll tell you more in in the Sept issue of Healthy Travel magazine. Now..to the SHRIMP ALFREDO PIZZA recipe! It is AWESOME and SO easy! My 3 teens devoured it! Try it and you’ll LOVE it! Happy last week of school for us! LOVE Y’ALL! Alison

 

Pizza Bites

My kids come home starving after school. Can you relate? We make smoothies, sandwiches, bagels, dips and everything under the sun. Last week, we put this fun idea together: Pizza Bites. Use water crackers or your favorite crackers, pizza or marinara sauce, shredded cheese and turkey pepperoni. They LOVED this! We have now made them several times with fresh basil, mushrooms, black olives and spinach. Try it for your kids (or yourself). This would also be a great March Madness appetizer. 🙂

30 Mushroom Recipes

I am so excited to announce my winner of this month’s mushroom giveaway! Congrats to Kelley from Mountain Mama Cooks for her submitting her recipe for Bacon and Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms. Be sure to check out all of the other contest entrants and the Mushrooms for Hope Pinterest Board for a collection of fabulous mushrooms recipes.

I love using mushrooms in my cooking, and you can always lighten up your family favorite recipes by using finely-chopped, umami-rich mushrooms for a portion of ground meat. Mushrooms and ground meat blend seamlessly to add an extra serving of vegetables to the plate by enhancing, extending or replacing the meat. Finely chopped mushrooms look similar and blend seamlessly with meat, so classics can be healthier without losing taste or satisfying texture. A great example of this is my Baked Spaghetti with Mushrooms, but there’s so many unique ways to use mushrooms in your cooking. Using more mushrooms reduces calories, fat and actually creates a healthier main dish (I actually think it tastes better too)! With the mushroom and meat blend, you don’t necessarily have to consume large quantities of meat to feel full and satiated, and your dish will also be more economical. Also, mushrooms bring important nutrients to your diet. See my blog post on 7 health benefits of mushrooms.

Check out the 30 mushroom recipes below!

Mushrooms are still available in their pink packaging for Breast Cancer awareness so add some of these recipes to your menu list! This post is sponsored by Mushroom Council, but all opinions are my own. I love mushrooms!

Arugula-Tomato Pizza

Instead of going out for pizza, try this Arugula-Tomato Pizza, an easy 30 minute vegetarian option. I love using Mama Mary’s Pizza crusts which you can typically find near the deli section of the grocery store. They are quick and easy and not too high in calories, fat or carbohydrates. Arugula is so healthy for you, full of Vitamins A, C, K, Calcium and Iron. Arugula is said to be great for your eyesight and full of antioxidants which can help prevent cancer. It’s my daughter’s newest favorite salad green, so try to get your kids to taste it too!

Easy Dinner Idea: Grilled Pizza with Basil, Mushrooms and Mini Pepperoni

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I recently saw a pizza grill pan last week in the window at The Cook Store, a wonderful neighborhood cooking store where I live. I thought to myself, “I want that!”. I received one for a present shortly thereafter, and I was very excited (thanks @jon_lewistwitter handle). I used it the other night when I was in a pinch as I was testing recipes for my upcoming book (Chipotle Pork Wraps with Slaw).  My kids didn’t want that for dinner so I threw this Grilled Pizza with Basil, Mushrooms and Mini Turkey Pepperoni together for them. I ended up eating both (of course) because it turned out so great!

Dinner Under 30 Minutes or Football Game Day Delight: Pizza Romano

I love to serve Pizza Romano for a quick weeknight dinner or even for weekend football game fare. There’s some great SEC football games this Thursday night and this weekend, so I thought I would offer up something that’s truly simple, low-fat and delicious. I love to use Laura’s Lean Beef for the beef in this recipe. Good luck to your favorite teams!

Springy and Easy: Tomato-Basil and Four-Cheese Pizza

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Okay, when I say this pizza is good, I mean it! Words can’t describe how delicious, easy and springy it is. It’s also so simple to prepare and can be prepared in under 30 minutes. I used Mama Marys for the pizza crust, but feel free to use your favorite crusts. The combination of fresh plum tomatoes, parsley and basil along with fresh mozzarella, fontina, Parmesan and feta create awesome flavors and textures. All I can say is delish!

Kid and Adult-Friendly: Easy Pizza Quesadillas

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It’s my oldest son, Alec’s, birthday this weekend so I thought I would feature a recipe that he actually made up himself. It’s Pizza Quesadillas, and for those of you who have kids, take note. My kids actually make these by themselves with little help (except turning on and off the stove) so when you’re in a pinch on what to have for dinner, give these quesadillas a try.

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Low Budget Dinner: Sausage Mushroom Pizza

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Instead of using pizza crust, why not try pita bread? This recipe is great topped with Italian sausage, green peppers and mushrooms, but feel free to use your own favorite toppings. These pizzas can also be grilled easily. Grill over medium heat 7 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is lightly browned. Not only are these pizzas delicious, but they are economical and child-friendly.