Meat Lover’s Pizza Dip

So, I heard there’s a big football game coming up pretty soon. And y’all know me, any excuse to make & eat party food. This pizza dip would be great for a Super Bowl party (or any party), for after school snacking, or you can go crazy and eat it for dinner (which is exactly what my husband did one night recently.) It can be a low-carb alternative to traditional pizza, depending on what you eat it with.

Meat Lovers Pizza Dip

You can also add whatever pizza toppings you like. I made this a ‘Meat Lover’s’ version, full of (turkey) pepperoni, seasoned ground beef, and bacon. Sausage and Canadian Bacon would have been good too.

Meatza Pizza Dip

This is a cheesy, creamy dip, that is good with tortilla chips, corn chips, pita chips, toasted French bread, bread sticks, and the list goes on. I wasn’t a big fan of the pretzels used in the above pic however. They turned a little soft & I didn’t like the texture. Of course, the dip is also good eaten with a spoon!

Pizza Dip

Meat Lover's Pizza Dip

Meat Lover's Pizza Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ¼ tsp garlic salt
  • 1 (14 oz) jar pizza sauce, (or homemade)
  • 1/4-1/2 pound lean ground beef, cooked & crumbled (I added oregano, garlic powder & onion flakes while cooking)
  • Pepperoni (desired amount; turkey pepperoni is less fat/grease); divided
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Bacon pieces (desired amount)
  • Chips/bread/etc for dipping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together cream cheese, sour cream, oregano, and garlic salt in a medium sized bowl until blended.
  3. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly into a 9 inch pie pan.
  4. Top cream cheese with pizza sauce.
  5. Sprinkle ground beef and a few pepperonis on top of sauce.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes, uncovered.
  7. Remove from oven and top with cheeses, additional pepperoni, and bacon pieces.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes longer, or until cheese is melted and bubbly and pepperonis are beginning to crisp and brown.
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Recipe adapted from Belle of the Kitchen and my Pizza Casserole

As you can see, the amounts and ingredients are very versatile. Anything you like on pizza will probably work well in this dip. Feel free to add more or less meat, cheese, and spices.

Will you be watching the Super Bowl? Thought about what food you will be serving? That is the most important part, right?
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Quick and Easy Stromboli – Dinner in under 30 minutes

Spring is here, and so are the extra curricular activities for my kids. We have just finished volleyball, soccer is ending soon, and softball and T-ball are beginning. Not only does that mean I’m doing a lot of running around, it also means that dinner time is usually something that can be done quick, fast and in a hurry! With someone having practice almost every night of the week, I’ve been trying to make things with little prep time AND something they all will eat. Which is almost an impossible task. However, things involving bread and cheese are usually winners. Enter the Quick and Easy Stromboli!

Next time I’ll add a little more filling, but my kids aren’t big on meat or veggies, so my options were limited. You can always add more cheese. Mo’cheese is mo’betta 🙂
Excuse the next few pics. They were taken in my gloomy kitchen with my cell phone. This was one of those ‘come on and let’s go’ nights!
All you need is some pizza dough. I used this recipe because I actually thought far enough in advance that I could make it in my bread machine on the dough cycle. Since that doesn’t happen often, a store bought pizza dough is fine. And if you use a prepared dough, this meal can be made in under 30 minutes! Spread it out in a rectangle and fill it with your favorite things – or do what I did and clean out the fridge…I had partial bags of different cheeses, some turkey pepperoni, and Canadian bacon. You could also add peppers, onions, sausage, etc. Make sure you leave about an inch or so border.
Starting with the long side, roll up your dough, like making cinnamon rolls. (Which, by the way, can also be made using pizza dough!) Brush the top with butter or olive oil. Add some Italian seasoning if desired.
Bake, slice, eat, run out the door! At least that’s the way it works here.

Quick and Easy Stromboli

(1) homemade or store bought pizza dough
Meat, cheese, veggies of choice
1 T. melted butter or olive oil
sprinkle of Italian Seasoning
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Roll out pizza dough into a rectangle shape onto a lightly floured surface. Roll it fairly thin, because it will rise while baking. Mine was a little thick.
  • Place toppings evenly over the dough, leaving a one inch border around edges.
  • Roll dough, starting at long edge, pressing the seam together at the end.
  • Place rolled Stromboli, seam side down, on a baking sheet or hot pizza stone. (I used a pizza stone)
  • Brush dough with melted butter or olive oil, and sprinkle on seasonings.
  • Bake 10-15 minutes or until golden brown and the dough is cooked through.
  • Let rest for 5 minutes, then slice.
  • Dip in marinara or pizza sauce if desired.
Served with a side salad and some fruit, you have a fast and easy meal covering all the food groups!
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Super Bowl Round-Up

If some of you are like me and just now digging out from the snow, you may be heading to the grocery store to stock up on supplies for the game tomorrow. I may not know who’s playing, but I have my Super Bowl menu pretty much figured out – priorities.

(Pictured, left to right)
and if you like any of those, you may also like:
Chicken BBQ in the Crockpot
-OR-
“Cheater” Chili (super quick and easy, 3 ingredients!)
and just a suggestion, but the best chips ever (IMO)
Let’s not forget the dessert!
Chicago Mix (for the sweet and salty lover – just sub out the candy corn for your favorite candy!)
Looking for something simple and low fat? The 2-Ingredient Angel Food Cake is the ticket.
Or, need something low carb?
These Cinnamon Crunchies will satisfy the low-carber’s sweet tooth!
You can also turn almost anything you have on hand into a delicious flatbread or pizza…just stock up on some Stonefire Flatbreads. They are delicious!
{Disclosure} I was sent samples to try, and there will definitely be more of these in my future. Expect some recipe posts soon!
You can also keep things neat and tidy by having Stonefire Pita Bread ready for filling at your Super Bowl gathering. That way, when people jump up and down, the contents won’t go flying everywhere 🙂 Yep, always thinking over here. ha!
Have a great weekend!

Upside Down Pizza Casserole

Just in time for the weekend, I present this little twist on your regular pizza night. My family loves pizza in all shapes, flavors and forms. We eat low carb, crustless, thin crust, thick crust, with meat, without meat, you name it! So, when I saw this Chicago Style Pizza Pot Pie at Eat at Home, I knew I had to give it a try.

I’m glad I did! It was delicious. I’m not sure why it seemed even better than “regular” pizza, but it was to me. My girls thought it was too much sauce, but I felt it was just right. My son picked out the meat, but then he ate it. There just isn’t any pleasing all of my kids at the same time!
See, it’s literally an upside down pizza! However, it has a thicker, heartier filling and it is made in a 9 x 13 casserole dish, which is easy and convenient for me. Plus, it’s just something a little different. I get tired of the same ol’ thing.
If you serve it crust side down, it isn’t the prettiest. However, one bite of all that ooey, gooey, cheese will make you forget what it looks like.  Or you could always serve it crust side up, like a pot pie.

Upside down Pizza

1 premade pizza crust (I used Pillsbury)*
3 cups shredded cheese (I used an assortment of cheeses; great way to use up those partial bags!)
1 jar pizza sauce
Meat and/or veggies of choice (I used turkey pepperoni, Canadian bacon, and some leftover Italian Meatballs)
*If you want to make your crust from scratch, check out the one from Eat at Home. It looks simple, but the night I made this I was very short on time. My girls had to be on opposite ends of the county at the same time…anyone know how to clone? I could use another ‘me’ sometimes!
  • Preheat oven to 425 F (or as directed if using premade crust)
  • Grease a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish
  • sprinkle cheese in an even layer across bottom of pan
  • add meats and veggies over the cheese
  • pour sauce over the meat, spreading it over entire surface
  • Top sauce with pizza dough. Since I used a premade crust, I just opened the can, stretched it out enough to cover my casserole dish, and laid it over the filling.
  • Make a few slits in the top of the dough and bake 25 minutes or until golden brown and crust is done (check times on premade crust)
  • Enjoy!
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Pizza Puffs & Cookbook Review + GIVEAWAY!

One of my favorite food bloggers is Nicole of Prevention RD. I’ve been reading her blog for years now, and she has inspired me to try many new things…like tofu! Yes, my family wasn’t thrilled with that, but I discovered tofu isn’t so bad 🙂 We share the desire to take our favorite foods and lighten them up, and that healthy eating can be delicious! I was very excited for her when she announced she was writing a cookbook, and I was even more excited when I was contacted by the publisher to review the book! Not only that, they are offering a free copy to one of you!!

You know when you start looking over a cookbook, and immediately start bookmarking pages that it’s a good one. One of the first recipes in the book is for Pizza Puffs, and I knew they had to be made immediately. My kids and I love all things pizza!

Pizza Puffs from Prevention RD’s Everyday Healthy Cooking Cookbook

3/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 cup fat free milk
1 egg, lightly beaten (I used Egg Beaters since I was out of eggs)
4 oz. (1 cup) part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
34 slices turkey pepperoni, quartered (I used about 20)
1/2 cup pizza sauce (homemade or store-bought; I used this easy version)
2 tablespoons fresh basil, thinly sliced
Directions:
Preheat oven to 375˚F. Grease a 24-cup mini-muffin pan.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and oregano; whisk in milk and egg. Stir in mozzarella and pepperoni; let stand 10 minutes.
Stir batter, and divide among mini-muffin cups. Bake until puffed and golden, 20-25 minutes.
Warm pizza sauce, then stir in 1 tablespoon basil. Sprinkle puffs with remaining 1 tablespoon basil. (I omitted) Serve puffs with pizza sauce for dipping. (if desired, my kids didn’t want sauce.)
Yield:
24 pizza puffs
Nutrition Information (per pizza puff):
38 calories; 1.4 g fat; 14 mg cholesterol; 123 mg sodium; 3.5 g carbohydrate; 0.1 g fiber; 3.0 g protein (stats per book)
*using the above stats, I calculated these as 1 Weight Watchers Point Plus (per puff)!
These made a great portable meal for the kids the other evening when we they had an insane schedule and had to actually eat dinner between volleyball games. I preferred them at room temp, so they will be great to pack for lunches at school, to have as appetizers, you name it! (When hot they are puffy and airy with melty cheese; when cooled they are more dense like actual pizza bites – they are good both ways!)
The cookbook is like Nicole’s blog, it has a wide variety of recipes with amazing pictures of each dish. The next on my list to make is the Greek Orzo and the Chocolate Dutch Baby. I’ve also already made Oven Fried Pickles from the book! It’s also the perfect time of year to try the Lightened-Apple Crisp, and the Carrot Cake Pancakes with Cream Cheese Glaze looks absolutely amazing!
So who’s interested in Prevention RD’s Everyday Healthy Cooking Cookbook with 100 Light and Delicious Recipes?! Just enter via the rafflecopter form!

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Disclosure – As stated in the post, I was given a copy of the cookbook for review. All opinions are my own.

Low Carb Pizza Crust (that you can pick up, hold and fold!)

I’m not a newbie to low carb, and I’ve experimented with different low carb pizza crusts before. There was the egg and cream cheese crust and a previous cauliflower pizza crust attempt. The cauliflower crust had potential, so I decided to give it another try after I saw ‘The Secret to Perfect Cauliflower Pizza Crust‘ by The Detoxinista.  The key, she said, was to really squeeze all the liquid from the cauliflower before mixing your other ingredients.  I gave it a try.

Tip: Make your crust thicker than you think you need bc it will flatten out quite a bit once cooked (because of the moisture drying out.)  Once you bake your crust, add toppings and bake a few more minutes.
We had a little meat lover’s action going on.
But check it out!  Low carb pizza that you can pick up, hold, and fold, just like regular pizza!  Pretty cool.
It is also pretty tasty.  The only thing I will do differently next time is to add more spices to the crust.  The cauliflower has a little natural sweetness to it once baked, so I think adding more spices would help.

 Cauliflower Pizza Crust 

adapted from The Detoxinista – my changes in italics
{makes 1 large crust}

4 cups raw cauliflower ‘rice’*
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup mozzarella cheese
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon basil
pinch of salt

*pulse cauliflower in a blender or food processor to achieve a rice-like consistency

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 F.
  2. Cook your cauliflower ‘rice’ by boiling about an inch of water in a large pot.  Add the cauliflower, and cover. Cook for about 4-5 minutes, then drain with a fine-mesh strainer.
  3. Place your drained cauliflower ‘rice’ on a clean, thin dishtowel. Wrap up the steamed rice in the dishtowel, twist it up, and squeeze all the water out! This is the key to having a crust that will hold together! Be careful, the cauliflower and water is hot, but squeeze it good (rubber gloves are handy for this step!)
  4. In a large bowl, mix your strained rice with the beaten egg, cheese, and spices. Mix well.
  5. Press the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or sprayed aluminum foil (mine still stuck to the foil a little, but not bad) into your desired pizza shape. Keep it about 1/3 to 1/2 inch in thickness.
  6. Bake crust for 35-40 mins in preheated oven. The crust should be firm and golden brown when done.
  7. Remove crust from oven and add toppings of choice.  I used pizza sauce, turkey pepperoni, turkey sausage, Canadian bacon, and real bacon bits, and cheese, of course!  Return the pizza to the oven, and bake an additional 5-10 minutes, until the cheese is hot and bubbly.
 **There are excellent step by step pics in the original post.

 

Breakfast Pizza

The other day I mentioned a breakfast pizza in my brunch post (don’t forget to enter the giveaway!) and thought I would share the recipe today.  It’s so easy, and can be made pretty quick depending on the ingredients you choose.  I am finding that you can put pretty much anything on a pizza crust and it’s going to be a hit! (Remember my macaroni and cheese pizza?!)
This is one of those meals that can be for breakfast, lunch or dinner (and brunch, of course).  I went with the basics of bacon, egg and cheese, but the topping options are pretty much endless.  I originally got the idea from Pinterest, and the pin was from the blog Born Free.  I used my favorite store-bought crust, b/c I didn’t have time to make homemade pizza dough, and baked my bacon, which was a first for me.  I highly recommend it if you hate dealing with popping, messy grease from regular bacon.  I haven’t tried this with turkey bacon yet.

Breakfast Pizza 

pizza crust of choice
2-4 oz. cream cheese (optional, but recommended)
4-6 eggs (depending on the size of your pizza crust)
6 slices of bacon (or topping of choice); cooked and crumbled
1-2 cups shredded cheese (depending on your preference)
salt and pepper (to taste)
As you can see, this recipe is so versatile that this is just a guide.  I made 2 large pizzas, so I doubled my quantities on everything (the above is for one). Next time, I will use more cream cheese (I only had 2 oz for 2 pizzas) or I will try using sausage gravy as my ‘sauce’!
  • Heat oven to required temp for your pizza…I think mine was 425. I pre-baked my crust for abt 7 minutes.
  • While the crust is baking, scramble your eggs.  Add salt and pepper as desired – just remember that if you are using bacon, it’s going to add a lot of salt.  (I just used pepper.)
  • When the crust has finished baking, remove from oven and add your cream cheese.  Cover crust as you would with pizza sauce.  You can add any seasonings you like as well.
  • Add scrambled eggs on top of the cream cheese, place bacon or other toppings on top of eggs, top the whole pizza pie with cheese.
  • Pop back into the oven until cheese is nice and melted and crust has completely cooked.  This took about another 7 minutes for me.
This was something everyone enjoyed, and it was so easy, I’m sure I will make it again soon.

Bubble Up Pizza {recipe revisited}

Bubble Up Pizza is the most popular recipe on my blog.  For good reason, I think.  It’s super easy, super kid-friendly, and it’s pizza. And biscuits!  How often can you go wrong with biscuits?!  Well, I started getting some feedback on the recipe – mostly positive, but a few people said it wasn’t enough sauce, and a couple said they couldn’t get it done in the middle.  So, I decided to make this again, per the recipe, to see if I had any issues.

I used a different pan, different oven, but the same ingredients as before.
Nope, no problems!  It was a little too sauce-y for our taste (last time I reduced it a bit), but other than that, the kids loved it.  It was done in the center, and did not get too brown on top.  I cooked it for about 30 minutes.  I think the type of biscuits you use will definitely make a difference.  If you like a thick, deep dish pizza crust, you will probably like this, and like I said, it is very kid friendly!
Check out the original post for the recipe!

Macaroni n’ Cheese PIZZA

Mac and cheese pizza.  It’s a thing.  I wasn’t aware it was a thing, but it is.  I was casually perusing the isles of a Fresh Market grocery store with my 11 y/o daughter and mom one day, when they were giving out samples of a macaroni and cheese pizza.  My daughter went nuts, b/c she is a mac n’ cheese freak.  I think she would eat it everyday.  She ate several samples, it was embarrassing.  Finally I said in that quiet hiss that only mothers can do…’no more! We’ll make one at home!’, and that’s how macaroni and cheese pizza became ‘a thing’ in the mo’betta house.

This is so ridiculously easy that I am almost embarrassed to post it.  Almost, but not quite…b/c if you have a mac n’ cheese AND pizza fan at your house, and you didn’t know this was a thing, then you will love me.  Okay, maybe not love, but, ya know – like me a little, because don’t we ALL need some seriously easy throw-together-at-the-very-last-minute recipes? Yes. Yes we do.

Macaroni and Cheese Pizza (short cut version)

Kraft Homestyle Macaroni and Cheese (or your favorite brand)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or again, your favorite)
prepared pizza crust (I like the Pillsbury Artisan Pizza Crust)
real bacon bits (to taste…I just sprinkle some over the top)
Prepare macaroni and cheese and pizza crust according to package directions.  The Pillsbury crust says to pre-bake a few minutes, so after pre-baking, spread prepared macaroni and cheese over the crust.  Sprinkle the 1/2 cup shredded cheese and bacon bits over the top.  Pop back into the oven until everything is nice and melty and crust is completely done.
BAM! Dinner is D-O-N-E.
Now, obviously, this is a quick and dirty version, and you could make this with homemade mac and cheese and homemade pizza dough.  It can be as simple or complex as you would like.  All I can say is, it is quite a hit with my 2 girls!  I know it may seem strange, but it is actually pretty good, and I am not a fan of macaroni and cheese. *gasp*  I know, right?!  I’m weird like that.
Have you ever had macaroni and cheese pizza?  What is the “weirdest” pizza you’ve ever had?
 

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Pizza Cupcakes

When my 4 year old son saw these come out of the oven he said “Pizza CUPCAKES”!!  He was so excited, so that’s what we’ve been calling them. It’s not exactly what I had planned, but seeing as how I had no real plan, this is what we ended up with.  The kids loved it, so ‘pizza cupcakes’ are a keeper.  I had this Bubble Up Pizza and Pizza Monkey Bread in mind when I started, but I wanted to do it in a muffin pan.  However, I was tired, it was getting late, and I was in a hurry {side story- I had taken my daughter to a ‘bonfire’ party…a “boy/girl” bonfire party! and had got SO.FREAKIN’.LOST. that my nerves and dinner plans were shot by the time I got home.  My child was at least 30 mins late to the party, just to find out that the house we were trying to find was about 2 miles from mine. TWO. MILES.  True story.  Navigation system my a*s.}
 
I ended up taking a can of Grands Biscuits, flattening them out, and pressing them in a muffin pan (bottom and up the sides).  I put a little sauce in the bottom, then filled with cheese, and topped with a slice of turkey pepperoni. The biscuits rise (le duh) and they turned out looking like a cupcake!
Pretty darn cute if you ask me.
They received 2 thumbs up from the little guy!
and in true cupcake fashion, he ate the top first!
We have already made these again since I took these pics.  I wonder if I can make broccoli look like a cupcake?  Probably wouldn’t have the same effect!
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