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 – 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.

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BBQ Sauce Homemade

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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.

Ingredients

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

Directions

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.

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

Homemade “Healthy” Caesar Dressing

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Recipe for perfectly healthy caesar dressing (approved by the Caesar Salad Dressing Expert)

Ingredients

2 garlic cloves (can use less, I just LOVE garlic)

A few grinds of sea salt

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon Plain Non-fat Greek Yogurt

A squeeze of Dijon mustard, about a teaspoon

3/4 teaspoon anchovy paste, or to taste

A couple grinds of ground pepper

4 teaspoons macadamia oil (can use olive oil)

2 tablespoons grated Asiago cheese

Directions

Mince garlic into a bowl and add salt, smash together with a spoon to create a paste.  Add lemon juice, greek yogurt, mustard, anchovy paste, and pepper, whisk to combine.  Slowly drizzle oil while whisking constantly.  Add cheese and whisk to combine.  Taste and add anything it needs additionally.

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Soufflé Success

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I have seen chefs on TV cook soufflés a lot, and one day I decided I was going to do it!   As I always do I first researched a couple different recipes and took the things that I liked from them.  Martha Stewart has some of my favorite recipes to make – they are easy to follow and allow for a little creativity as you go.  I had to cook the soufflé at Jamie’s house because their oven had a window – very important to only cook a soufflé in an oven that has a window.  Before Jamie and I lived together he lived with two guys – Matt and Jason.   It was the perfect place to cook something sweet while they all watched football.  However, it didn’t take Jamie’s attention off of me – he took a photo of me watching the soufflé to make sure it did not sink in.

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(fingers crossed the whole time – and I even used Dexter to help me watch)

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