Shrimp & Andouille Sausage Gumbo

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I know it’s been a while ūüėČ ¬†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

Homemade Shrimp Stock

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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! :)

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Cauliflower “Breaded” Chicken

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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.

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Cauliflower Pizza with Chicken Sausage

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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.

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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

Cauliflower “Fried Rice”

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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 Рhigh protein and high fiber (wedding diet) Рand 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.

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Dexter: Sous Chef Pug

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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!

Cooking with Friends: Pizza for Cheat Day

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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.

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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

Cauliflower Mash: Wedding Diet Staple

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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).

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Simple Spaghetti Squash

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If you haven’t cooked with spaghetti squash – you are seriously missing out! ¬†It is such a simple process, I was amazed. ¬†To cook the squash, all you have to do is cut it in half and drizzle olive oil over each half, and sprinkle salt and pepper. ¬†Then place face down onto a baking sheet and cook for about 45 minutes, at 350 degrees. ¬†After it has cooked, to check if it is done you can stick a fork in the top of it. ¬†If the fork goes through the skin you can remove it from the oven. ¬†Then flip it over (put a paper towel in your hand to help with the heat) and use a fork to get the middle out. ¬†If cooked correctly it should come out in perfect strands, just like noodles! (see photo below) Continue reading

Salmon: Suddenly A Favorite

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I have always been a salmon lover, Jamie not so much. ¬†So when we started dating there wasn’t a lot of salmon cooked. ¬†He does like teriyaki sauce – I was determined to make him like salmon. ¬†I assumed he had a bad experience with not good salmon, so I was ready to change his mind about one of my favorites. ¬†I decided it to pair it with something enticing like teriyaki sauce and throw in an extra bonus – homemade teriyaki sauce. ¬†To make a long story short – he loved it! ¬†Definitely going to try out another salmon recipe to keep his mind in a positive place about the wonderful pink fish. :) Continue reading