Hi, and happy Monday! Entering into a new week can feel a bit intimidating but also exciting, right? At least it does for me. On Sunday nights, I try to soak in as much of the relaxation time as I possible can, before Monday hits me like a train – in a good way! I enjoy the excitement and productivity that comes with starting a new week. Anyone else?
This week, my Monday consists of unpacking from my trip to Salt Lake City for the Tastemaker’s Conference, cleaning, and re-reading the notes I took from the conference. I learned SO MUCH this past weekend, it was incredible. It was my first conference ever attending, and it definitely won’t be my last. I ate lots of delicious food, networked with fellow food bloggers, met with incredible companies, and listened to a number of phenomenal speakers offering their own advice on how to grow a company. It left me a bit overwhelmed, but excited as hell to get started on my journey.
When did my online health and fitness journey begin? Not this weekend, but two years ago. I have been a fitness instructor for about 4 years and I’ve been obsessed with food my entire life. I started posting ratchet photos on my personal social media pages of the food I was cooking and eating to stay fit on a daily basis – and it seemed to catch on! I then went on to create a social media account strictly for posting fitness tips and healthy meals. A year later, I created a website for Pump&Crunch but didn’t really do much with it. I would post a recipe here and there, but never thought about the fact that I could possibly make money from it. It wasn’t until this weekend that my eyes were opened to the fact that I CAN and WILL create an empire through my website. Gosh it’s a great feeling.
I learned to take what I’m good at, develop it into a brand, and share it with the public. My mission is to teach. I want to provide my readers and followers with all the information I can on living a life that is healthy and that you’re proud of. Although I’ve been posting on my website for a few months now, I am considering THIS POST to be my NEW BEGINNING! It feels damn good to type that out and tell you guys. I am so excited I can barely sit still right now.
So, here it is. My first blog post and recipe to share with you all on my new journey… and it’s PIZZA! What better to start off with than that? (…I’ll wait) Also, this isn’t your ordinary pizza, but a HEALTHY pizza with a spicy kick to it! I added my new favorite pepper, shishitos and red pepper flakes to give this healthy pizza an extra somethin’ somethin’ today. Now, don’t get all nervous on me when you see “peppers” in the ingredient list. I’m not really a big fan of spicy foods, but these shishito peppers are delicious. They are sweet, a little smoky, and super tangy. You’ll love them on top this pizza as well as on or in many other things you make in your kitchen!
Have you ever had cauliflower crust? If not, today is the day to try it. Take all of your weird thoughts of Cauliflower and throw it out the window! I wore myself out on all the cauliflower products over the past few months, but the cauliflower pizza crust tastes just like thin flour crust! (At least the Trader Joe’s brand does!) It tastes fantastic, is healthy, fun to decorate, and can now be found at most grocery stores pre-frozen in a variety of brands. If you want to make your own from scratch, by all means do it. But I’m a girl on-the-go and am all about that QUICK & EASY life, ya feel me?
If you’re ready to have some fun and enjoy a delicious AF meal at any time of the day, scroll down for the recipe to this bad boy!
Let’s get cooking!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
12″ pizza = Serves 2
(or 1 really hungry person – AKA me)
- 12″ Cauliflower Pizza Crust
- I used Trader Joe’s Brand Cauliflower Pizza Crust and loved it. Any brand of Cauliflower crust would work great here – or you can make your own.
- 1 Tbsp Pesto
- I use Costco’s Kirkland Signature Brand Pesto. For more of my favorite items I buy from Costco, click here!
- 1 Handful of Fresh, Organic Arugula
- 1 Link Teton Waters Grass-Fed Beef Sausage, sliced into 1/3 inch pieces
- I purchased this brand of sausage from Costco, as well. Your favorite pre-cooked sausage works in this recipe as well. Other healthy options I recommend would be Aidell’s or Open Nature branded sausages.
- 4 Shishito Peppers, ends chopped off and cut in halves lengthwise (leave the seeds)
- 1 Tbsp Goat Cheese
- 1 Cage Free, Organic Egg
- Red Pepper Flakes
- Sea Salt & Black Pepper
- Cook Cauliflower Crust according to package instructions.
- For Trader Joe’s Crust, bake at 450F 10-12 minutes per side – starting face down. Read your crust’s instructions and cook fully.
- While the crust is cooking, cut Teton Waters Sausage into about 1/3 inch circular pieces. Add the sausages to a skillet and sauté about 5 minutes per side on medium heat, until crispy.
- When the Cauliflower Crust is finished cooking, it’s time to add the toppings. Spread pesto evenly on the crust, leaving about 1 inch from the outer edge.
- Sprinkle a layer of fresh arugula on top the pesto.
- Add sausage pieces and shishito peppers on top of the arugula.
- Break up the goat cheese into pieces and place evenly on top the pizza.
- Crack a raw egg in the center. Season with a pinch of red pepper flakes, sea salt, and black pepper.
- BROIL pizza for 5-7 minutes until egg is cooked how you like it and veggies are crispy.
- Remove from oven, cut into pieces, and ENJOY!
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Yours In Health,