Tag Archives: veggies

No sugar …30 days….join me won’t you?

9 Feb

Come on guys….misery loves company! I’m eliminating added sugar for the next 30 days and I’m actually on my way to the store to stock up on some healthier stuff to eat. If anyone wants to join me feel free to share your own experiences or I would welcome any good recipes. I will be posting different dinners, snacks, desserts, etc on here that don’t contain any added sugars. Sugar from fruit, milk, veggies are ok but anything that has the word sugar or any form of sugar in the ingredients is a no no. Oh and no artificial sweeteners (equal, Splenda, etc) or honey. Fun stuff guys…fun stuff.

I am horribly addicted to sugar and I’m hoping to break that in the next month and learn some healthier ways to satisfy my sweet tooth. 

 

Here is a link to the challenge so you can join in too! 

 

 

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Attempting “clean” eating……whatever that means.

4 Apr

I’m really trying to eat better lately but I’m having a hard time trying to figure out what I should actually be eating. I’ve been reading about clean eating lately and while everyone has their own version of what this means, I think I get the gist of it. Its pretty much eating whole foods rather than processed, several smaller meals a day, lots of water and stay away from crap. Sounds easy enough….yeah right.

I’m going to give it a really good try though and I will be posting recipes I find and make – the good and the bad. And make no mistake guys, there will be bad. 

My first attempt is a veggie pizza made with a cauliflower crust…..yes I said cauliflower. I’ve heard that you can make faux mashed potatoes from cauliflower but I couldn’t quite picture the crust. I looked it up, found some recipes and gave it a try. I knew that this wasn’t going to taste or be the same texture as regular pizza crust, but I figured it could work when I’m craving something carby. There were many reviews on this crust raving how it was just as good as the real thing and how even the pickiest eater in their family loved it. I call bullshit. 

First, I will give my opinion of just the crust. Unless I did something wrong, and I’m pretty sure I didn’t, this is not a substitute for actual pizza crust. The texture was wet, and it tastes like cauliflower with a crispy outside and mushy inside. The taste was good, but the texture takes some getting used to. Plus, be prepared to use well sprayed parchment paper underneath or it will stick to whatever you baked it on. 

Now for the final product. Once I added the oil sauce, veggies and cheese, it started to resemble something I could enjoy. It had good flavor and I could see making this and cutting it up as appetizers or on a night where everyone else is eating real pizza. 

Now that I’ve made it sound so good and you guys are just waiting to make this here is the recipe:

Cauliflower Crust:

1 head cauliflower, cut into florets

1 egg

1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded

1 teaspoon oregano or Italian seasoning blend

 salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 450. Rice the cauliflower in a food processor. Get a small saucepan, add and inch of water and bring to a boil. Add the cauliflower and cook for 4-5 minutes until soft. Strain the cauliflower and place in a clean dish towel. Twist the dish towel and squeeze out all the excess water. In a medium bowl mix together cauliflower, egg, cheese and spices. Cover a baking sheet or stone with parchment paper and cover generously with cooking spray. Bake crust for 15-20 minutes. 

Now its time to add sauce and toppings. 

Oil Sauce:

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp minced garlic

1 tsp oregano

a pinch of salt

Mix together and spread on crust.

This is where you can add your favorite toppings. I used chopped onions, mushrooms, olives and mozzarella cheese. 

Place back in oven and bake for another 10 minutes. 

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Thats a fat bunny.

3 Apr

Its been almost three weeks of no caffeine and I’m finally feeling much better. I actually have a bit of energy to work out and I’m trying to get back to my healthy eating. That means its recipe time! I’m thinking of making a pizza with cauliflower crust….I will let you know how that goes.

First things first though…..last year a family member made bread shaped in a bunny for Easter and used it as a veggie tray. I thought it was so cute and I remembered it this year when it was time to make Easter dinner. I looked for a tutorial but only found pictures of the bunny after it was put together so I just made the dough into shapes, formed a bunny and let it sit out for a little bit. Actually, for a long time….too long. My bunny morphed into something “Pilsbury doughboy-ish”. I threw him in the oven anyway and I have to say he came out pretty cute. But then I left it too close to the edge of my table and the dog ate his left ear and paw. I couldn’t stand the thought of throwing my bunny away so I removed the pieces, covered them with spinach and put veggies on top. Don’t judge me 🙂

The first picture is right after I put him together, the next is what happens when you let dough rise for too long and the last is the final veggie tray.

 

To make Mr. Bunny Bread, I used 2 loaves refrigerated bread dough and just cut them and formed them to make bunny parts. I recommend only leaving it out to rise for about 30-45 minutes and not the 4 hours that I did. Brush with an egg and bake in oven preheated to 350 for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Let the bread cool completely and hollow out tummy for dip. Place on tray covered with greens and add some veggies. 

I know a lot of people use raisins for the eyes and slivered almonds for the teeth but I had neither so I used a black jelly bean cut in half for the eyes and skipped the teeth. This was a big hit and much more fun than the normal veggie tray. 

 

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Veggie Pizza w/Garlic Olive Oil Sauce

25 Jun

I really love pizza but I hate pizza sauce. I’ve put up with it over the years because I didn’t want to have to order a separate pizza just for me……but I’ve convinced my husband to try pizza with olive oil sauce and I in turn let him put pineapple on it. I’m not a fan of meat on my pizza either so I came up with one thats all veggies & no red sauce – yummy!

Veggie Pizza w/Garlic & Olive Oil Sauce:                                Image

1 crust of your choice – I used whole wheat

garlic olive oil sauce (recipe below)

shredded mozzarella cheese

mushrooms, sliced

banana peppers

tomatoes, diced

olives, sliced

onions, diced

pineapple chunks

Garlic Olive Oil Sauce:

2 tbsp olive oil

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

1 tsp oregano or italian seasoning

pinch of salt

Mix all sauce ingredients together in bowl and spread over crust. Top with cheese & veggies. Put in preheated oven for 11 minutes at 425.

This is so good! Last night I added cheddar cheese and it made it even more delicious. I’m going to try it next time with feta.  Oh and the sauce is perfect for dipping bread in too.