a new take on pizza crust | fridays with oscar

hooray for friday! we have made it through the first week of February, gang! the temperatures in Athens have warmed a bit and we are settling in for a long week of rain, but today is sunny and we are keeping the spring vibes going on inside with pink tulips and bright pops of springtime color for our tablescape.  this week on fridays with oscar we are trying a new product i found at Trader Joe’s: cauliflower pizza crust.   i am working on cutting back the wheat in my diet, so i am excited to try this crust. for the pizza topping, we are whipping up shrimp scampi. and as always, we have a great cocktail to try: the Chelsea. oscar is ready for the camera this week as we get cooking! it’s all about healthy eats: cauliflower pizza. so, read on for the recipes….

outfit of the day 

casual comfort is the name of the game on fridays with oscar, and today i mixed it up with a striped sweater and grey denim. i really like dyed denim, all the comfort and style of jeans – with a twist. this sweater would pair just fine with blue jeans, but the softer grey hue of the denim really lets my sweater shine as the star of the outfit. 

similar sweater | similar sweater 2 | similar sweater 3 | similar sweater 4 | similar sweater 5 | similar sweater 6 | straight leg jeans | penny loafers 

i couldn’t let the single red stripe on my sweater stand alone today, so i have my patent red loafer mules back in action. multi-color stripes are so fun to play with because the outfit combinations are endless – i have half a dozen other combinations in mind for this sweater!

healthy eats: cauliflower pizza

this isn’t a 1:1 for fluffy, doughy pizza crust. cauliflower crust does get crispy, and the texture is dough-like in its chewiness. the flavor is not overwhelmingly cauliflower-like, so your pizza toppings will not be overpowered. i baked the dough at 450 degrees, for 10 minutes on each side, as the package directs, then i topped with my shrimp scampi and popped it under the broiler just until the cheese was bubbly and lightly browned. i made my scampi while the pizza crust cooked.

melange dinnerware | assorted plates

Shrimp Scampi Cauliflower Pizza
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  1. 2 tbsp Olive oil
  2. 2 tbsp butter
  3. 3 large cloves fresh garlic
  4. 1 lemon zest and juice
  5. 3/4 tsp Italian seasoning
  6. 1/4 cup white wine
  7. 1 lb shrimp
  1. In a large skillet melt butter and olive oil over medium-low heat.
  2. Add garlic and lemon zest, cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add white wine and lemon juice and simmer for 2 minutes.
  4. Add shrimp. Cook shrimp only until pink. Stir in Italian seasoning. Remove from pan and set aside.
  5. Once the cauliflower crust is crispy and slightly browned around the edges on both sides, remove from the oven and brush the pan drippings on the dough. This will be the garlicky, buttery base for the scampi.
  6. Top with mozzarella and scampi and broil until cheese is bubbly.
  7. Remove from broiler, top with chopped parsley, crushed red pepper and more parmesan.

the Chelsea cocktail 

The Chelsea
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  1. 1.7oz Crop Cucumber Vodka
  2. 1.0z St Germain liqueur
  3. 5-6 Muddled green grapes
  4. .07oz Fresh squeeze lemon
  1. Shake with ice and strain into tall glass with ice stir in club soda and garnish with cucumber and grapes.

fridays with oscar

well ladies, i hope you give this pizza recipe a try, if you do, let me know how you like it! i am happy that one of my go-to grocery stores carries products that make my diet choices that much easier. i look forward to trying more gluten-alternative products at Trader Joe’s. 

similar sweater | similar sweater 2 | similar sweater 3 | similar sweater 4 | similar sweater 5 | similar sweater 6 | straight leg jeans | penny loafers 

remember, we are talking about travel for the month of february and we have a lot of fun to share in the coming weeks, so stay tuned to the blog for tips, tricks, and plenty of outfit inspiration! oscar, ollie and i wish all of you a lovely weekend!


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  1. Julie Mycock wrote:

    Hi Beth, love the outfit, the sweater is very colourful and suits you.
    Are you growing your hair, it looks nice but I do like to see it short on you.
    Wishing you, Oscar and Ollie lovely weekend xoxo

    Posted 2.7.20
  2. Paula wrote:

    Beth, another nice outfit and a great recipe. I have been trying them every week. Looking forward to trying this. I don’t have a Trader Joe’s nearby but will have to hunt for the crust. Question though why are you staying away from wheat?? Is it mainly the carbs? That is something I need to do. Also really like the table setting. So cheerfull!!!

    Posted 2.7.20
  3. Sharon wrote:

    Hope you all have a great weekend!

    Posted 2.7.20
  4. Tonya Johnson wrote:

    you look absolutely beautiful in these shots! the colours are amazing on you (yes…colOUrs…I’m a boring Canadian lol)

    Posted 2.7.20
  5. Susan wrote:

    Beth I will definitely try the cauliflower crust! I tried the cauliflower gnocchi that you recommended and it was delish! It would be great if you would list what you eat in a normal day!

    Can’t wait for the travel blogs!

    Posted 2.7.20
  6. Nancy wrote:

    Love your posts. I’m 64 and learning a lot.
    Your style is fantastic!
    Most importantly I am an animal lover. I have 2 rescued German Shepherds and a rescue Basset Hound.
    Your pup and cat are beautiful

    Posted 2.7.20
  7. Suzanne M Smith wrote:

    Oh, good to know about the Trader Joe’s crusts! I have been making my own cauliflower crusts, and they’re delicous but they do take up a lot of time. I’m psyched–hadn’t seen them and we live literally a block from a Trader Joe’s. Have a great weekend–I may have to go seek one out for sometime this weekend. Stay warm in Iowa! (You missed the caucusing!–although I guess hey’re still tallying 😉

    Posted 2.7.20
  8. Jacki F. wrote:

    LOVE, love , love cauliflower pizza crust but I prefer my homemade version rather than the prepared ones from the store (they usually have flour in them). I first tried them at a farm-to-table restaurant here in MD and then found easy recipes on the web–just egg, riced cauliflower, cheese, salt/pepper. Great for the lo-carb lovers among us. You look lovely and inspiring, as always! Have a great weekend.

    Posted 2.7.20
  9. Beth, that pizza looks great and so does the cocktail. I have a little St. Germain left from an earlier luncheon where I prepared a little white wine and St. G mix–big hit.
    I’m taking some inspiration from you Beth–my husband died earlier in January and I’m on my own now–with lots of supportive friends and fam. You made it and I will too–although there is a big hole where my wonderful hub had been in my life. For now, I’ve been kept super busy with social engagements from so many, but I know I will soon be devising an intentional approach to living on my own. Your blog is a delight and I’m definitely keeping the fashion look going–it keeps the day feeling upbeat.
    Keep the faith!

    Posted 2.7.20
  10. Connie wrote:

    Thanks for this recipe. I have been gluten sensitive for 4 years. Trader Joe’s and Costco have been my go to for gluten free choices. I cant wait to try this recipe. I so look forward to Fridays with your sweet Oscar, along with your casual fashions!!

    Posted 2.7.20
  11. Rory wrote:

    Hi Oscar, Ollie, and Beth. Have a fun weekend. Rory

    Posted 2.7.20
  12. Julianna wrote:

    Hi Beth, I’m planning a trip to Italy in June(12 days) and would like some suggestions for what type of clothing to take. I’m concerned about the heat but understand there are clothing requirements for entering some historic sites. I’m traveling with a classical music chorus so a portion of my packing space will be taken up by formal choir attire. How do you feel about packing cubes?
    Thanks for your help.

    Posted 2.8.20

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