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Delicious Homemade Personal Pizza

While the family went into town, I was home alone for lunch and needed to think up something to fill my grumbling tummy. So, I searched the pantries and refrigerator. A little bit of flour, sugar, yeast, olive oil….how about a personal cheese pizza?! What a great idea!

I LOVE homemade pizza. This was my first time making a smaller version of the full recipe that feeds my family. Boy, it was good and filling. Compared to most pizza chains, I find that homemade pizza has relatively little grease or added sugar.

It only takes about an hour to make from start to finish. It’s simple to make at home or college if you have a kitchen with an oven. I think you’ll really enjoy it! Plus, preparing your own food makes you more aware of what goes into your body AND it’s cheaper that buying a whole pie from a restaurant.

The finished product! Yum!

Dough recipe:

  • 3/4 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 1/4 tsp. white sugar
  • 1/4 c. warm water
  • 3/4 c. unbleached bread flour
  • 3/4 tsp. virgin olive oil

Other ingredients:

  • 1/4 c. tomato sauce
  • 1/2 c. grated mozzarella cheese
  • Spices and other toppings (optional)
  1. In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water (I put the water in the microwave for about half a minute). Stir until milky substance.
  2. Add oil and 1/2 cup of the flour. The mixture will begin to shape. Add remaining flour and knead until the dough is consistent and non-sticky.
  3. Let rise in lightly-warm oven for about 20 minutes.
  4. Turn dough out onto a greased, lightly floured pizza pan and roll into a rounded shape. Preheat oven for 375 degrees F. Poke holes all over the dough with a fork. Add sauce and desired toppings.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for about 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Let baked pizza cool for 5 minutes before serving.

And, voila! You have yourself an indulging, satisfying meal.


Below are the nutrition facts for the entire pizza using MyFitnessPal. Nutritional information might vary depending on tomato sauce brand, toppings, etc. This nutritional information is for an entire plain cheese pizza.

Delicious Personal Cheese Pizza Nutritional Information

Take care!



Oatmeal Banana Pancakes (Flourless and Sugar-Free!)

Pancakes are delicious but usually leave me feeling bloated and sluggish after polishing a small stack of them. After intensively researching alternative pancake recipes via YouTube, I stumbled across a flourless, sugarless pancake recipe with only 3 ingredients!  You might be questioning the validity of these pancakes. But, I promise you that they turn out sweet and moist every time!


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 medium banana (chopped)
  • 2 egg whites
Top them off with Greek yogurts, the other half of your banana, and fresh berries!
Top them off with Greek yogurts, the other half of your banana, and fresh berries!

Grind oats in a Ninja Bullet or blender until floury consistency. Add chopped banana half and egg whites. Blend until smooth mixture. If the batter is too thick, add water to thin it out. Put your skillet on medium-high and grease with coconut oil (or butter). Flip them when they bubble in the center and crisp around the edges. One batch makes roughly 3-4 small pancakes. I added a layer of Greek yogurt between the cakes and more fruit. Healthy and low-calorie. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts for 1 Batch.


With love,


Berry Spinach Breakfast Smoothie

Smoothies are refreshing and a great way to replenish the body of vital nutrients. This smoothie is fabulous for all the right reasons. It’s delicous, nutritious, refreshing, and you can’t even taste the spinach! Get ready to jumpstart your day full of energy with this tasty treat!

Berry Spinach Breakfast Smoothie

Servings: 2



  • 1 medium banana (split into two)
  • 2 Tbsp Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • Add banana, oats, milk, berries, and spinach into blender and blend until it’s evenly light purple. The color will vary from pink to purple depending on the ratio of raspberries and blueberries you use. The frozen raspberries give this recipe the frothy consistency and really makes a difference in the overall taste. You can find frozen mixed berries from the grocery store! Just make sure they thaw a little for easier blending.


This recipes produces two generous 1 cup servings, but you can eat the whole thing! I calculated the nutritional information by using MyFitnessPal. Low-sodium, dairy-free, cholestorol-free goodness!

Nutrition Facts for Entire Recipe:

Calories: 256

Fat: 2.3 g

Sugar: 27 g

Carbs: 57.5 g

Protein: 5.1 g

Fiber: 11.3 g

Enjoy this awesome frozen treat!



The Best Cupcake Recipe Ever

Hello, friends! This weekend, my mom was looking around for different cupcake recipes to use for my sister’s upcoming graduation reception and stumbled upon probably one of the greatest cupcake recipes I’ve ever had the pleasure of trying.

So, naturally, I thought I should share this pure joy and deliciousness that my family and I have indulged in over the past couple days. The recipe’s original source is from Cake Central. Notice, I said “delicious”, which does not equate to “healthy”. But, these dainty desserts are so worth it. Trust me. It’s not every day that you have heaven in your mouth. The recipe gives instructions for a cake, but we chose vanilla cupcakes. They still turned out amazing.


  • 1 Cake Mix Box (Duncan Heines®, Betty Crocker®, Pillsbury® etc.)
  • 1 cup All purpose flour
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 generous dash of salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup Sour Cream (8 oz.)
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla If making a white cake, use clear vanilla so cake will not discolor
  • ** If making a chocolate cake:
  • 3 Mounded tablespoons of cocoa powder


For this recipe you are only going to use the actual cake mix powder, do NOT also add the ingredients from directions on the cake mix box. Just ignore any other ingredients or directions listed on the cake mix packaging.

Preheat Oven to 330°
Mix flour, sugar, cake mix, **cocoa powder, and salt together with fork, set aside.
Into Mixer bowl put eggs, water, sour cream, butter, vanilla, and cream.
Add dry ingredients and mix well on (about 2 minutes on low speed)
Bake at 330° for 65 minutes for 9 in. cake pan.
Enjoy! Let me know what you think. 🙂
Hope your day is cupcake sweet.

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