I know it’s been a while 😉 SO we are 30 days and counting… Santa Barbara here we come! And our wedding diet has shifted from basic chicken and (my favorite) cauliflower, to things that are still healthy but might include a little carbs (! I know… haha), like gumbo!
Jamie went to New Orleans for his Bachelor Party (and I asked no questions), except about the food! Which I heard was amazing, and I am super jealous. Continue reading
After cooking stock for the first time, I will never use store bought stock again It was amazing… even though it took 4 hours to cook. Check out my recipe for Shrimp & Andouille Sausage – you’ll love it!
If you have been following my blog, you will notice that we eat a lot of cauliflower. That is because there are so many interesting ways you can prepare it to make it delicious and taste different. This recipe for Cauliflower Breaded Chicken – tasted almost exactly like breaded chicken, but so much healthier and still good. I cooked this one day during the week and the only difficult thing about it, was the time it took to bake the cauliflower “bread” crumbs.
I started by chopping the cauliflower into chunks and placed them into the food processor until they were the same size as couscous. Then I sprinkled the cauliflower onto the covered baking sheet. The baking sheet is covered with parchment paper because I hate cleaning the baking sheets after I use them. The cauliflower is wet, I found that it was good to sprinkle the cauliflower onto the pan to avoid large clumps forming.
Now you may think that jicama is high in carbs, which it is, however half of those are dietary fiber which are good for you, so cut that in half. I guess I would like to think that it is a healthier option than fast food french fries. I was very excited to try this recipe out because I absolutely love french fries and since we started our “wedding diet” I have not been able to enjoy them as often as I would like.
First thing about this cauliflower recipe – it takes longer than you think Usually when Jamie cooks I am always so worried about when we are eating (hopefully before 9pm) – well this time it took me a lot longer than I thought to make homemade pizza sauce and cauliflower crust. Now that I have done it once though I have learned and can’t wait to make it again.
I started by shredding the cauliflower in the food processor into crumbles. I did not use the whole cauliflower, probably a little more than half and saved the rest for a future dinner since cauliflower is one of my favorite ingredients to cook with recently. Then I cooked the cauliflower in the microwave for about 8 minutes in a micro-wave safe bowl and let it cool for 10-15 minutes.
After I let the cauliflower cool I mixed in the ingredients for the “dough” – eggs, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, oregano, basil, salt, and garlic powder. Go ahead and pre-heat your oven now for 450 degrees and roll the mixture into a ball in the bowl. I took out my pizza stone, sprayed it with Mac Oil and rolled the “dough” out as evenly as possible. Continue reading
A friend of mine emailed me this cauliflower recipe because she knew how much I was loving it right now. One night I was looking for something to make for dinner – high protein and high fiber (wedding diet) – and I remembered this one. It ended up being one of my favorite cauliflower recipes. I had to change the vegetables up a little bit (from the original recipe) because of the high sugar content. Instead of using the traditional carrots and peas, I replaced them with asparagus and bell peppers which actually turned out really good.
I had to mention my four-legged sous chef in the kitchen – Dexter. As a sous chef he spends most of his time sitting under the cutting board waiting patiently for something to drop. I like to think he just wants to spend time with me in the kitchen, but I know that he is just looking for some cheese. I have learned that he doesn’t care for cauliflower or broccoli, when those drop on the ground he spits them out. But when cheese, tomatoes, or any bread products drop on the ground he is all over it.
I have had Dexter for 5 years and have loved to share my love of cooking with him in the kitchen. Because of his potential weight problem as a pug, he does not get to enjoy much of what I cook in the kitchen; unless it falls on the floor. So really he could also be considered a maid for the kitchen floor. Jamie has learned to love him, even with Dexter’s snoring, loud breathing, barking and loads of hair – he might not love him as much as I do, but it’s a start.
Check back and see what other recipes Dexter and I are cooking up in the kitchen!
Lots of ways to cook BBQ sauce – just a matter of how sweet you want it. I used a mix of a couple ingredients from different recipes and did make it a little sweeter. It all depends what you are serving it with and how sweet you and your guests like.
2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
5 tablespoons light brown sugar (I added a little extra to make a little sweeter)
1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (one of my favorite ingredients)
1 cup water
In a saucepan, combine all ingredients above. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, for about an hour.
I had lots of extra sauce that I was able to save in mason jars for other delicious meals. Click to see the delicious Turkey Meatballs recipe I served this delicious Homemade BBQ sauce with.
We are still going strong with our diet and for cheat day this week two of my girlfriends came over and we made pizza. We used two pizza doughs from Trader Joe’s (next time I definitely want to try and make the dough)- tips when cooking with this dough, it needs a couple extra minutes in the oven than what the directions on the packaging says.
The first pizza didn’t cook through all the way and then we left the second one in for longer at a higher heat and it was much better. We made one pizza with olive oil, garlic, burrata, prosciutto, and arugula – one thing to remember about the arugula is you have to add it after you cook the pizza and then only leave the pizza in the oven with the arugula on it for a minute or so. Cooking this pizza reminded me how much I love cooking with arugula, you will see more recipes using this peppery delight. Continue reading
The first time I made cauliflower mash for Jamie I tried to fool him into thinking it was mashed potatoes… I put it in front of him and he ate it. Then he looked up at me and said, “Is there something wrong with these potatoes? They taste strange.” Of course, I giggled and explained how they weren’t potatoes, they were cauliflower. Now that we are on our “wedding diet” of no carbs – it’s rather difficult to find sides that are only green vegetables. Cauliflower Mash has become a staple item in our diet. We have a protein and two sides, something green and either cauliflower or lentils (in my case pinto beans).
The first time I made the mash I followed a recipe – and Continue reading