Jicama French Fries (Paleo)

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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.

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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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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.

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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

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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“The Best Meatball!” :)

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Super Bowl was here again and neither one of us had a specific team we were rooting for, but of course we were still celebrating with friends, drinks and food.  Since we are on this health kick recently (aka wedding diet), I wanted to make something that we could eat without feeling guilty about it.  Of course I went the first place I always go – the Internet.

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