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Cauliflower Crust Pizza: Low Carb, Low Cal, Gluten Free Deliciousness!

wpid-dsc_0168.jpgOn my never ending quest to maintain some semblance of slimness, I’ve been trying to cut back on my carb intake, so when I saw a recipe for cauliflower crust pizza I just HAD to try it! The original was a little bit bland and didn’t hold up that great so I tweaked it and this is what I came up with.

It’s FABULOUS! I promise you, no one will know it’s cauliflower!

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(Measurements are approximate as I rarely measure anything!)

1/2 large Cauliflower (raw) (1.5-2 cups)
1 egg
1 cup shredded cheese (Italian, mozzarella, etc. Whatever you like)
2 Tbsp Coconut Flour
1 Tbsp Basil
2 Tbsp Dehydrated Minced Onion
2 tsp onion powder
2 Tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp Pepper Blend
1/2 tsp salt
Note: Use any seasonings that you like, but only DRY seasonings. Don’t use anything wet, other than the egg.

Preheat your oven to 400F

If you have a juicer, juice the cauliflower and then squeeze out any additional liquid, using cheesecloth or a nut milk bag. If you don’t have a juicer, just grind the cauliflower in a food processor or blender and then squeeze out the liquid using cheesecloth or a nutmilk bag. You want to remove as much liquid as possible. The goal is for the cauliflower pulp to be dry or as dry as possible.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cauliflower with all of the dry ingredients, including the cheese. Make a hole in the middle and drop in the egg, beat it slightly and then combine with the rest of the ingredients.

Once everything is combined, press it out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, or a silicon baking mat. Press it as thin as possible, but not too thin. (I know, how thin is too thin, lol?!) About 1/8″ (2-3mm) thin is perfect.

Bake at 400F for 15-20 minutes (crispy edges). Remove from the oven, flip over and top with your sauce & toppings.  (My sauce recipe is below.)

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Tips:

1. I don’t really measure anything. When adding the seasonings, I keep adding stuff until the “dough” smells yummy.
2. I roll my crust between 2 sheets of wax paper until it’s the size that I want. I then peel off the top sheet and flip the crust onto my baking surface. I then peel off the other sheet of wax paper. (Peel carefully to the side, not straight up, or you may tear the crust.)
3. Coconut flour absorbs liquid. If you don’t have any, you can leave it out, but I suggest you just go get some.

Pizza Sauce:

1 can tomato paste
1 can tomato sauce
2 tsp Sriracha (optional)
Italian Seasoning
Minced Garlic
Onion powder
Salt
Pepper

Combine all ingredients. (Season to taste.)

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Coconut Oil Moisturizer

Remember Luster’s Pink Oil Moisturizer? I say remember because anybody with any knowledge about natural hair care knows to stay far far away from that stuff! Mineral Oil City!! Not to mention the fact that it is funnnnnky! I hated the smell of that crap but I LOVED the way it made my hair feel. So so soft! I was a little sad when I found out that mineral oil is bad for your hair, but since I couldn’t stand the smell of LPOM anyway, it was an easy habit to break. What’s my point? Well, being the ingredient junkie that I am, I bought some Lanolin (pure, natural) a few weeks ago without knowing how I was going to use it. It’s just been sitting around, looking all lonely because once I opened it, I found that’s it’s just a bit more sticky than I anticipated. I tried mixing it with some aloe to use on my feet and the result was not pretty at all. It was a clumpy mess! So it sat for a while longer…

Well, after a while I had the brilliant idea to see how it melts. So I melted a little and started adding some stuff and viola! I made my own oil moisturizer, minus the mineral oil and stinky smell. In fact, it smells quite delish!! A word of warning though. Some people are allergic to lanolin, so if you have issues with it or sheep’s wool, this is a recipe that you may want to avoid. (And for all you anilmal lovers, the sheep are not harmed during the lanolin extraction process. Lanolin is extracted from the shorn wool.)

For once, I actually measured the ingredients. Yay me!!

6oz Pure Aloe Vera Gel (like for sunburns, but clear. I use FOTE)
2Tbsp Pure Lanolin (beeswax can be used as a substitute. See tips below)
2Tbsp Coconut Oil

Melt the lanolin until it’s liquid. Add the coconut oil and aloe and stir well. Mixture will be a creamy lotion with a consistency similar to the vanilla icing that you drizzle over cinnamon rolls. Apply to wet or damp hair to seal in the moisture. (You’ll be amazed at the softness and the shine!)

Day 3 hair:
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Tips:

1. You can use whatever type of oil you like. My 1st batch was made with Olive oil, but the coconut version smells wayyyyy better.
2. It’s a bit oily, but if you’ve ever used LPOM, you already know that. Day 1 was the worst, but after a couple of days, a lot of the oiliness went away. (Soaked up by the pillowcase, no doubt, lol!)
3. Lanolin can build up, so this is not something I would recommend for frequent (daily) usage if you’re a no-poo (like moi). Every few days with a co-wash between uses and you should be fine. Otherwise, you’ll probably need to clarify. I’m likely only going to use it after my henna / bentonite treatments as a leave in moisturizer. (Once a week)
4. If you’re sensitive to lanolin, beeswax can be used as a substitute (I used 1/2 of a 1oz stick). You’ll need to add more oil and mix it with the beeswax really well before adding the aloe and you’ll probably need to use a handmixer to get it nice and smooth (I did).

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Jojoconut Gel (Lightweight Curl Custard)

Ok, so I was checkin’ out Gypsycurl’s youtube video on Jojoba gel a few months ago and it was good, but not quite what I was going for, so changed it up a lil bit. I’m pretty pleased with the results. I get pretty good curl definition and softness with a light hold. If Shae’s Pudding is too heavy for you, then you should try this recipe. It’s especially great if you have a silky hair texture (which I don’t, lol). It’s not really heavy and has just enough oil to control frizz, but won’t make your hair greasy. It’s awesome on my baby boy’s hair.

Normal disclaimer: All measurements are approximate. I just dump stuff in and guess at the amount. I’m pretty good at guessing, though.

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3-4oz Vitamin E Gel or Pure Aloe gel (you can get Vitamin E gel at Walgreens, it’s with the Aloe Vera gel)
3-4oz Flax seed gel (very thick)
1oz Jojoba Oil
1oz Coconut oil (optional. my hair loves coconut oil)

Mix ingredients well and apply to damp (or wet) hair. (I spray my hair down with my leave in, then apply this gel, twist and seal.)

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Can I get a hit? (of Henna, that is.)

Hennaheads Unite!!
My name is Shawnette and I am addicted to henna. There. I said it.

I freakin’ love this stuff!!! Hate the smell, but love, love, LOVE the results. I could spew on for days about the shine and softness and strength, yada, yada, but I won’t. I’m just going to get to the nitty gritty and post my mix. And I invite all of you closet henna heads to step forth and embrace your madness like I have.

I’m sure you all know by now that I don’t measure anything… Fair warning: it’s very messy!!

150g Karishma Herbal Henna (Primo stuff, man!)
2Tbsp raw honey
2Tbsp whole fat yogurt
2oz Aloe gel (or juice)
2oz Amla Gold Oil
1Tbsp Coconut Oil
2Tbsp Sheacocoa
2oz Lemon juice
1c Hot Espresso
Rubber Gloves (Henna will stain your hands)
2 Plastic Baggie Caps

Pour henna into a bowl. Add lemon juice and hot espresso and stir well. Should be thick, like mud. Cover tightly and let sit overnight for color release. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Put on your gloves. Section your hair and work the henna through from root to end, making sure to coat every strand. Put on your baggie cap and let it soak in for at least an hour (conditioning). If you’re doing it for color, at least 4 hours. Rinse well and then deep condition with baggie cap for at least 30 minutes.


Tips:
1. Wear 2 pairs of gloves in case one gets a hole. Don’t ask me.
2. If you don’t have any disposeable shower caps, plastic grocery bags work well. (Recycle!!!)
3. Use towels that you don’t mind getting yucky because henna stains. I bought brown towels just for my henna nights.
4. I use a cheap conditioner to get the henna out. I can usually pick up some VO5 for less than $1.
5. If your henna has twigs, use a strainer to sift them out.
6. You can get henna cheap at your local Indian grocery. No need to spend goo gobs on shipping.
7. If you buy it locally, make sure the package specifies that it can be used on hands and feet. If not, don’t buy it.
8. There is no such thing as “black henna”. If the package says it’s black henna, don’t buy it. (“Black henna” contains PPD, a very harmful chemical.)

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Flax Cream for the Hair and Body

I found out about flax cream on Nappturality.com and have made a couple of batches that I liked, but tonight I tried something new (more oils) and it came out freakin’ awesome!!! It’s been colder than normal for the past few days, so my feet have been a bit dry & rough. I put some of this cream on them and they are butter soft now. I love, love LOVE it!!! It’s much lighter than my standard mix.

Just like the rest of my concoctions, I didn’t measure anything this time either, so all measurements are approximate.

4-5Tbsp Unrefined Shea Butter
2-3Tbsp Coconut Oil
1oz Avocado Oil
4oz Flax Seed Gel (thick) (recipe here)

Mix the shea with the oils until it’s smooth. Fold in the flax gel a little at a time and whip until it’s fluffy, like whipped cream.

Tips:

1. I usually soften my shea in the microwave, but since it’s such a small amount and it’s mixed with oils, I recommend doing it by hand. Heat isn’t necessarily your friend when it comes to shea butter (causes graininess).

2. This is a very light mixture, so it works great on fine/silky hair but it might be a bit oily if you use too much.

3. If your shea is grainy, it’s ok. My shea is a bit grainy this time, which leads me to believe that it was previously melted and cooled. The graininess has not affected the effectiveness of the end product. The grains “melt” in if you rub them.

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Shae’s Deep Conditioner

(All measurements are approximate because I almost never measure anything)

Version I

2-3Tbsp ElastaQP DPR-11
2-3Tbsp Plain whole fat yogurt
2oz Suave Naturals Coconut Conditioner
2oz coconut Oil
.5oz Vitamin E Oil

Version II

2-3Tbsp ElastaQP DPR-11
4oz Plain whole fat yogurt (plain baby yogurt)
1Tbsp Coconut Oil
2-3Tbsp Powdered Buttermilk
2-3Tbsp Powdered Coconut Milk/Cream

Mix everything in a small bowl until well blended. Work through previously detangled hair, making sure every strand is well coated and then baggie for at least 15 mins. I usually do 30-60 minutes.

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Shae’s Pudding (Curly pudding for the financially challenged.)

Ok, I absolutely love my hair, but I’m always looking for something “better”. (Aren’t we all?) I’ve been known to spend some bucks on latest greatest thing but the economy has put a crimp on my spending. I’ve been wanting to try Miss Jessie’s, but I just can’t justify the expense. Besides, I kinda like jackin’ around with stuff for my skin and hair, so this is the concoction that I’ve come up with. It works awesome! My son even lets me use it on his hair!

20oz jar IC Hair Polisher Styling Gel – $3.99 (I used the Olive. Smells yummy!)
4oz Unrefined Raw Shea Butter – $5.99 for 16oz
1oz Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Already on hand because I use it for cooking.

Using a hand blender or food processor, whip the shea butter. Add the olive oil and while still mixing, add the styling gel a little at a time. Continue to whip until smooth. I use it on damp or dry hair, not soaking wet hair because I really don’t like the Jheri Curl look. (And I’m lazy. Shingling takes wayyy too long!)

Enjoy! Your hair and your bank account will thank you.

 

Tips:

1. For extra moisture, substitute 4oz pure aloe gel for 4oz of the IC gel.
2. Substitute 2oz coconut oil for 2oz shea butter and the mix will smell yummy. (I hate the way shea butter smells.)