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Pizza on a spaghetti squash crust-carb free!

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Here is a step by step w/pics if you want it Part 2
Alright kids...let me blow your mind.
Pictured you see pizza. Cheesy, meatly, delicious pizza. What you might not see..is there are no carbs. No 'white' flour. No 'wheat' anything. So I can call it gluten free too, right? I'll have to ask some of my gluten free pals. Either way...you can pretty much eat this pizza guilt free. AND sneak in veggies on the kids while you do it.
Kinda detailed..so bear with. Also..make sure you have plenty of time. I mean..good pizza takes a while..right?
Ok..you are going to start with a spaghetti squash. It's in the veggie section. Pale yellow. Super hard. You'll cut that sucker in half, scoop out the seeds, and put it cut side down on a parchment covered 1/2 baking sheet and roast in the oven for about 30-40 minutes.
Then once it's roasted, you'll let it cool for a bit. Then scoop out the center into a big bowl and think "wow..this DOES look alot like spaghett…

Deen shrimp with bell pepper salsa

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This is another one of those 'diet' meals. But whoa..was it good!

Let's start with the shrimp...
the other day I was watching an episode of Home for Dinner with Jamie Deen. I mean..I gotta get my Deen fix SOMEHOW since Paula isn't on anymore! But since I'm doing the diet thing..we tweaked the recipe a little...like..we didn't wrap it in bacon. That's about the only change. :)

Jamie Deen Shrimp (tweaked from here)
1lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 Tablespoons Sriracha sauce
3 Tablespoons honey
1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
skewers
hot grill

In a bowl mix together the sriracha sauce, honey, and paprika. Add shrimp. Toss to coat. Allow to sit for about 15 minutes, then put onto skewers*, however many you can fit on there. Then grill until done!

Serve over/with a bed of this awesome Bell Pepper salsa! Another weird thing I can't have on the diet (what have we covered so far? pork/bacon, pears..the list continues) white onions. What? I know, right? But …

City Slicker Pear Butter

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Conversating with a friend the other day went like this-
He said: I'm canning salsa that is totally from my own garden.
I said: I made pear butter the other day in the crock pot...
He said: But did you grow the pears?
I said: No, bought them..what's your point?
He said: Then you can't take credit for it. It's City Slicker Pear Butter. It doesn't count.

"It doesn't count"...well that's where he's wrong (he's also a colossal ass btw). B/c this butter counts, it counts big time! And it's all crockpotted and super simple!

Now...here is the pitiful backstory on the pears. I'm on this diet right? And we go to the store and I see these pears, and I buy said pears, to get home and look at my approved foods list..and 'no pears'. What tha? I had to do something with them.
So I scanned through some recipes, and when I didn't find one that fit my needs..I just made my own.
The reason pears aren't on my food list..they are swee…

Beer Mini Muffins

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It's that time of year...fall is coming..and the "seasonal" crafts have been released. Now myself..I'm not a huge beer drinker. However when I do..it's Blue Moon..(I blame my attorney on that one)...and I was very excited to see this year they came out with a Caramel Apple Spiced Ale.
What do I do with it? I bake with it!

Beer Mini Muffins-(featuring Blue Moore Caramel Apple/butterscotch chips)
Oven at 350

3 cups self rising flour
1 bottle Blue Moon
1/3 cup milk
1/2 bag butterscotch chips
1/2 jar (approx 6oz) apple jam/jelly

Combine all in a bowl. Drop by spoonfuls into a greased mini-muffin tin and bake for about 10 minutes.
Let cool...devour!

They aren't overly sweet, they aren't really savory..and you can get the hint of the ale. Since they are in mini form though..it's hard to stop at one. Or 6.
I'm excited to play around with this recipe..and the other seasonals! I'm thinking Harvest Pumpkin Ale with white chocolate and cranberries. Or m…