Blonde Runner Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe

October 11, 2016 by  
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My good friends and family that know me well know that I love pizza. It is absolutely one of my favorite foods of all time! I’m always trying to find ways to make it a little healthier and have experimented with many homemade pizzas. I have always wanted to make cauliflower pizza crust and I finally got around to it. It turned out really good. My family couldn’t even tell it was cauliflower! 

Here’s the recipe: 

First start with 2 cups of cauliflower finely chopped (I used my Blendtec but a food processor would work great too). I microwaved it for 4 minutes until it was soft. Then I put it in a kitchen towel and rang it out to get all the moisture out of it. Next I added one egg, approximately a 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese and some seasoning (garlic, oregano, basil, chives, about a tablespoon each). Mix well with your hands and spread out on a pizza stone. Bake on 450° until golden (about 11-15 minutes). Then top with sauce and your favorite toppings and bake for another 7-9 minutes, or until done. Cut into slices and enjoy. The good news is it is also gluten-free so my celiac friend could enjoy it with our family too. 

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Easy Red Beans & Rice Recipe

This is super easy and yummy! This is one of our family favorites. Great source of protein too! Enjoy!
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Easy Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

January 5, 2016 by  
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Easy Quinoa Enchilada CasseroleI love recipes that I can use some of my food storage. This is what we had tonight with cabbage salad #delicious #easy #familymeals #quinoa #meals

Easy Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

1 – 15 oz can black beans with liquid

1 – 15 oz can corn with liquid

1 – 4.5 oz can green chilies

2 cups bottled tomatoes

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups quinoa rinsed, not cooked

Mix everything together. Bake on 375° for 60 minutes. Top with cheese for the last five minutes (optional) Serve with fresh tomatoes, avocado & sprigs of fresh cilantro Enjoy! #Vegetarian #glutenfree #Healthy #foodie #recipe #blonderunnertips

Notes:  If I were to make it again I would add sauted onions and garlic for even more yummy flavor.  Enjoy.

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Superpowers & Super-foods

superpowershadowmenwomenWhen I was young I could be seen with a towel draped over my shoulders running across the yard with my arms stretched out in front of me under a blue sky in hopes of taking flight. I believed that if I tried hard enough I could fly. After many weeks of failed attempts I came to the realization that if I wanted to take flight I would have to do it on a jet plane. But even though I have tucked away those childish fantasies and I may not have the super powers I had hoped for, I will have to settle for a secret weapon. If Captain America had a shield, I figure, I could certainly give a weapon a try. So, what is my secret weapon you ask? Super-foods!

If you are like me, you value your time and adding anything extra to the hustle and bustle of a busy family life with children, demanding training and work obligations seems daunting; then I am here to tell you it can be much easier to eat right if you incorporate “super-foods” into your daily diet. Like with any other habit, small changes repeated overtime can become powerful secret weapons later.

So what are super-foods you ask? Super foods are foods that are well known for their nutrient properties. Some I would house in my arsenal of “super-foods” would be; kale, spinach, broccoli, fish, eggs, nuts, natural fruits, legumes just to name a few. Because there are so many of these foods, I couldn’t possibly cover them all here, but I do want to share one of my family’s favorite super-foods and some recipes with you.


Quinoa (Keen-wah) is often considered a “grain” or “seed” from South America and is quickly becoming more popular in America. My husband and kids like this “bird seed” because it does resemble birdseed as it is a small grain. Quinoa is very versatile and can be used in sweet or savory dishes and is packed with high quality protein/amino acids as well as other important nutrients like iron. Despite its higher carbohydrate content it is considered a low glycemic index and gluten-free food. It is also high in natural fiber.  Please enjoy the Vegetarian Quinoa Salad and Berry & Wild Honey Breakfast Quinoa.  Note:  These recipes are great for those that have wheat allergies.

Live Well,

Coach Lora Erickson

Coach Lora Erickson aka Blonde Runner is a certified running coach located in Bountiful where she resides with her husband and four children. She has been coaching runners and triathlons for over 18 years and enjoys the opportunity to work with beginners. To learn more or find these and other recipes visit


Coach Lora’s Vegetarian Quinoa Salad

This is a salad I often have for lunch.  It’s quite tasty and healthy. Enjoy.

1 cup quinoa

3 cups water

Dash of lemon juice

Dash of vinegar (sometime I use white, other times balsamic)

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 large tomato dices (fresh from the garden – yum)

½ cup diced cucumber

¼ cup finely chopped white or purple onion

¼ cup fresh chives from the garden

Fresh herbs to taste, minced (cilantro or basil is good)

1 Tablespoon canola or olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Rinse quinoa well (*important) and add the water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat, cook uncovered for about 10-15 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed. Rest and cool for a few minutes then stir in the garlic, onions etc and veggies. Enjoy. So yummy (and healthy)!

Lora’s Berry & Wild Honey Breakfast Quinoa

This recipe got two thumbs up from my taste testers (my kids). So, it will stay on our menu. They really like “bird seed” as they like to call it. LOL Enjoy.  ~ Coach Lora Erickson

½ cup quinoa ½ cup low-fat milk (soy milk works well too) 1 cup water ½ teaspoon of cinnamon Dash of vanilla extract Drizzle of wild honey ½-3/4 cup berries (fresh or frozen works – I like to use several different kinds of berries at once)

Rinse quinoa well (*important) and add the milk and water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat, cook uncovered for about 10-15 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed. Rest and cool for a few minutes then stir in the spices and vanilla. Top with berries and drizzle with honey and enjoy for a healthy and warm breakfast.


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