Recent Finds and Faves

I wanted to take a post and share several little things that have been keeping me happy and healthy over the past few days. I didn’t think each one on its own could constitute a post (especially not without a decent camera), but I did want to share.

Indian Spiced Cauliflower– I saw this recipe from Everyday Maven featured on Food Stories Blog. I love roasted cauliflower and curry, so I knew it would be a favorite. I was not disappointed!! It basically constituted half of my dinner last night.

PB Crave– I won Taylor’s giveaway, and was so excited to get three flavors of PB Crave in the mail a couple days ago. I love it way more than I ever thought I would!! All the flavors are  great, without any artificial ingredients or sweeteners. My favorite flavor is the Razzle Dazzle-a raspberry white chocolate blend. Sadly, Im almost out!


Bread Pudding- I used the last hunk of my homemade wheat bread to serve as the base of this bread pudding. Bread pudding was my second  favorite dessert at the dining hall in college (I think I was the only person who ever ate it), the first being the frozen yogurt machine. When I noticed my bread getting stale, I just knew what I wanted to bake. While my version was not nearly as sweet, it still turned out pretty good. I was afraid the bread would be too dense to soak up the coconut milk and egg mixture, but it was fine. I also wanted an excuse to use these cute rose ramekins that I bought 😉

Tazo Green Tea– This weekend I realized how addicted I am to coffee; I rarely make coffee at home, but I gave into the headaches and make a pot on both Saturday and Sunday. I hate to be dependent on anything (I’m kind of a control freak), so I decided to cut it out this week. I’ll admit that Monday was really tough, and I felt like a zombie all day. It took all my will power not to go to bed at 8pm. However, each day has gotten a little better! I do allow myself one cup of tea each day, and this Zen tea by Tazo is one of my favorites. In contrast to other green teas, I find that these tea does not become bitter, even if I steep the bag for…all afternoon (I pretty much never take out my tea bags before I finish drinking tea-thus, the bitterness). I also like the mint and lemongrass flavors, which make it lighter as well.

Anything making you happier and healthier this week?

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Cauliflower Pizza Dough

I feel like this blog does a great job of illustrating the fact that I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen. I try not to judge any idea before a I eat it, and often encounter delicious results. I have started brewing my own kombucha, made chocolately desserts with tofu and chickpeas, baked delicious granola with quinoa, and even added carrots and spinach to my smoothies. So when I came across a recipe for cauliflower pizza dough I was intrigued, and saved the link for a day when I had more time and access to a large food processor.

On Monday when my mom asked if I had any ideas for dinner, this recipe came to mind. I looked at the recipe and comments, made some changes and started my first batch of riced cauliflower. Don’t be afraid by the long instructions, ricing cauliflower is really easy and not time consuming.  I wanted to be as clear as possible so the instructions ended up being a little long winded.

I will say that this dough is less firm than traditional dough. I added parmesan to the recipe in hopes of making it a bit more structured, which I think helped. When cooled, the pizza can be handled by the slice- but hot out of the oven, it is too cheesy not to be eaten with a fork. However the taste is barely distinguishable from wheat crust. My dad was pleasantly surprised that it tasted so good, and was a lot healthier. This recipe is a great substitute for traditional pizza; it is way lighter and easier than making your own wheat crust!

Cauliflower Pizza Dough

Adapted from Your Lighter Side 

serves 3 (or 4 not-so- hungry people)

Ingredients

1/2 head of Cauliflower (1 1/2 cups riced)

1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

1/2 parmesan cheese, shredded

1 egg

dash of garlic powder

Directions: After washing the cauliflower, chop half to fit into the food processor. Process the cauliflower until it breaks down into pieces about the size of grains of rice (thus the term “riced cauliflower” :)). Microwave the riced cauliflower uncovered, without water for 7-9 minutes-My microwave at home is fairly new, so I microwaved it for 7 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 450.

Let the cauliflower cool for a couple minutes before adding the 1/2 cup each of the mozzarella and parmesan, the egg, and garlic powder. Mix well.

Grease a 9 inch pizza/cookie sheet. Plop the dough in blobs around the sheet, and spread to get an even crust.

Cook for 12-15 minutes.

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I topped mine with 1/2 cup of sauce, 1/2 cup of mozzorella, goat cheese, grilled chicken, and Kalmata olives before sticking it back into the oven on broil for 5 minutes.

My sister, Claire, is not a fan of goat cheese-thus the goat cheese-less section

yum

Valentine’s Day recap and Mashed Cauliflower

I forgot to talk about what Perry and I ended up doing for Valentine’s Day, since I just did a picture post. First of all, I was surprised by a mid-morning visitor bearing roses 🙂

Any guesses on who that handsome man was?

Conflicting schedules limited the visit to about 30 minutes, but it was a great way to start my day!

I had lunch with Kath, and then headed over to cycle. I think I have perfected my pre-workout meal now! I used to just eat my normal lunch with a salad, greek yogurt, fruit, and some nuts or other randomness. But I would feel sluggish about halfway through class and be counting down the minutes until I could get off the bike. After reading this article, I changed up my pre-workout food. For the past couple of weeks, I have been fueling up with an almond butter sandwich on wheat bread with a banana. I also sip on 24 oz of green tea until about an half an hour before the class. The caffeine does wonders for my energy levels. I know caffeine has dehydrating effects, but I feel that during my 45 minute class I am not really at risk for dehydration. After class I barely made it through one round of Simply Abs. I did each exercise for 50 seconds with a 10 second break and it killed me!

I did some work and got ready to go out with Perry to see Alvin Ailey at UNC’s Memorial Hall. Ailey is one of my most favorite dance companies. Their style is an extraordinary mix of ballet and jazz, with African influences. All of the dances were incredible, but my favorites included their signature piece “Revelations”.

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Yesterday I also made mashed cauliflower for the first time. I looked at several recipes before deciding to make my own. I think its a great substitution for mashed white potatoes; the texture is definitely much lighter, but the flavors are the same. I may or may not have eaten the whole container by myself…

 

Mashed Cauliflower

8 oz frozen cauliflower

2 Tbsp plain greek yogurt

1 Tbsp butter

1 Tsp Italian Herb Blend (with Thyme and Oregano)

Defrost the cauliflower in the microwave. Add the butter and microwave until it melts. Put the cauliflower and butter in your food processor with the greek yogurt. Blend until it reaches a smooth consistency. Flavor with Italian seasoning and salt.