I've discovered the 5-minute cooking video thanks to YouTube. Starting a blog used to be the latest and greatest; now it's having your own YouTube channel. I like YouTube cooking videos because they're brief, easy and highlight one recipe, rather than having to sit through a half-hour TV cooking show. I came across the Lean Body Lifestyle YouTube channel, which was created by a body builder who features high protein, nutrient dense, low fat recipes. I appreciate that this guy makes simple everyday food. Nothing super creative or innovative; just recipes that supply important basic nutrition and are really quick to prepare. I trialed his low carb, high protein pizza that uses egg whites as the crust. He adds full strength tomato paste instead of pizza sauce and reduced fat cheese. It cooks in about 5 minutes! Rather than writing out the recipe, just check out his video since it's so simple:
I decided to make this for my hubby on Father's Day morning and, as suspected, it tasted pretty much like a pizza-flavored omelet (what's pizza without a doughy crust?). But it was still yummy especially after adding spinach, shiitake mushrooms and extra spices to make it more interesting. Overall I love the nutritional value of this pizza-omelet: the egg whites and cheese add lean protein and the cooked tomato is rich in the antioxidants lycopene and vitamin C, which boosts the absorption of iron in the spinach. The mushrooms and spices (oregano, basil, garlic and onion powder) all have disease-fighting properties as well. I don't promote a low carb diet but sometimes I'm in the mood for a lower carb, low fat meal when I want to pack in the nutrition but have it be quick-digesting. Half a pan of this recipe even with my additions has only about 200-250 calories, 5 grams fat and 20-25 grams protein, and it's very satisfying!