Hey guys! I’ve been testing some healthier recipes that I’ve found in books and online. Today’s experiment was cauliflower rice! I hate cauliflower, but this actually had a nice taste 😁😁😋
1 large head fresh cauliflower (about 2-3 pounds)
2-3 tablespoons coconut oil (for cooking & flavoring) *you can also try lemon or garlic infused coconut oil or butter or ghee*
1/2 medium onion, diced (about 1/2 cup)
1 clove garlic, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
1/2 teaspoon Aleppo pepper (or crushed red pepper flakes)
zest from 1 lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
2 teaspoons lemon juice (I used 1 1/2 tbsps ♥️ lemon)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
Prep the cauliflower. Break the cauliflower into florets, removing the stems. Place the florets in the food processor bowl and pulse until the cauliflower looks like rice. This takes about 10 to 15 one-second pulses. You may need to do this in a few batches to avoid overcrowding (which leads to mush).
2. Cook the aromatics. Place 2 teaspoons coconut oil in a large, nonstick skillet and heat over medium-high, about 3 minutes. Add the onion and cook until it’s translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and Aleppo pepper and stir-fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds
3. Finish it up. Add 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil to the pan, along with the cauliflower, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Stir everything together and sauté until the cauliflower is tender, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in the parsley, try a bite, then add more salt and pepper, if necessary.
MIX IT UP!
Replace the lemon zest & juice with lime and swap in cilantro instead of parsley.
Keep the lemon and replace the parsley with fresh or dried rosemary.
My mini chef and I experimented with pumpkin muffins today and it was quick and super easy! They are moist and yummy, can’t wait to have another for breakfast!
Filling Ingredients 8-ounces cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/8 teaspoon vanilla Muffin Ingredients 1 package spice cake mix 15-ounces canned pumpkin Optional: confectioners sugar to sprinkle on top
Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put muffin liners into pan. 2. Beat filling ingredients together until combined. 3. Beat muffin ingredients together until combined. (only use the mix and the pumpkin, nothing else) Batter will be thick. 4. Drop about 1 tablespoon of the batter into each muffin cup, spreading it to cover the bottom.
5. Drop in a level tablespoon of filling. 6. Cover with enough batter to fill the muffin cups full. 7. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes Makes 12 muffins
Hey guys! So I’m all about quick and easy breakfasts and I’ve added a new recipe to the collection. I found this recipe on BuzzFeed and it is yummy and super easy for a busy morning. As they said “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” 😂😂
Here’s the recipe:
4 cups pancake mix
2 cups milk
1 peach, sliced
1 cup blueberries
1. Preheat oven to 425˚F (220˚C).
2. Pour pancake mix, milk, and eggs into a bowl and mix just until combined.
3. Pour batter onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and spread to the edges.
4. Place peach slices on top of the batter, followed by the blueberries.
5. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
6. Cut into squares and serve immediately, or freeze up to 1 month. To reheat, place on a microwave-safe plate and heat for 20 seconds per pancake on the plate
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch loaf pans. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine sugar and lemon zest. Rub together with your fingers until fragrant.
In a large bowl, whisk together the lemon sugar mixture, eggs, olive oil, lemon juice, and vanilla. Whisk until smooth. Stir in the dry ingredients until combined, the batter will be thick. Stir in the zucchini and pour the batter into the prepared loaf pans.
Bake for 60-65 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
Place the loaves on a cooling rack and cool for 15 minutes. Loosen the sides of the bread with a knife. Carefully remove the loaves from the pans. Let cool completely on rack.
While the bread is cooling, make the lemon glaze. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar and lemon juice and zest. Whisk until smooth. Drizzle the glaze over the loaves. Slice and serve.
I stumbled across three recipes today and they all looked so delicious that I had to try it! I’ve been trying to eat healthier and I’m on the search for easy and delicious recipes. I ate this salad for dinner with turkey that I seasoned with spicy taco seasoning mmmhmmmm!
Here’s the recipe
1 lb Roma tomatoes
1 English cucumber
1/2 medium red onion, sliced
2 avocados, diced
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil or sunflower oil
Juice of 1 medium lemon (about 2 Tbsp)
1/4 cup (1/2 bunch) cilantro, chopped
1 tsp sea salt or 3/4 tsp table salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
Gently stir all the ingredients together, add the salt and pepper just before serving.
SOOOO… no dessert?! what to do? Chocolate cake in the microwave in less than five minutes and minimal clean up?!? What?!? YES PLEASE PASS IT OVER HERE!
I stumbled across this recipe from A Table for Two and I just had to try it as the chocolate cravings were stabbing me in head! You have to try this! Mix it up, add more stuff, I used chocolate and peanut butter chips!
1/4 cup AP flour
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp white sugar (I added an extra tsp)
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp milk
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp hazelnut chocolate spread
Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl
Mix in oil and milk until batter is smooth with no lumps
Pour into a microwave safe mug with enough space for the cake to rise without pouring over
Drop chocolate spread or chips or whatever floats your boat in the middle, no need to push it down.
Put a paper towel in the microwave and place mug on top of paper. Microwave on high for 70 seconds.
And that’s it folks! Warm, moist chocolate cake in under 5 mins! Your tummy will thank you! 😀
For a long time I caught myself in a food rut, I would make the same thing every other week and even though the food tasted good we were all getting a little bored. If I left it up to my 4 year old, he would eat pizza every night and not complain * then again, who would?!*. So I decided to try one new recipe every week to break up the monotony.
This week I though I would try this Basil Pesto recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction. I made a couple of changes because my poor little basil plant looked a bit naked after I picked a cup’s worth of leaves 😀
I mixed the pesto with penne and grilled some chicken breasts, my son made a salad and we had a quick and easy dinner! It was very tasty and both kids thought it was so cool to eat alien green pasta 😀
1 cup fresh basil leaves
1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves
1/3 cup pine nuts (i used toasted walnuts)
1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
3 cloves roasted garlic
1/3 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon each salt and fresh ground pepper
Blend the basil, spinach, pine nuts, cheese, and garlic together in a food processor or blender. Pour oil in slowly while still mixing (or a little at a time, then mix, then more oil, then mix again, etc). Scrape down the sides, then add lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Pulse until everything is blended together and relatively smooth. Taste and add more salt/pepper if desired.
I’ve realised that inviting people over and telling me 20 minutes before they arrive is a genetic trait of my husband and it’s now presenting itself in my son *slaps forehead* *mutters curses*
Yesterday I had to come up with a very quick dinner and a treat for his little friends. Baking a cake or cookies would take too long, jello takes forever to set and pie takes even longer than forever. As I stood there staring into my pantry I noticed a box of rice krispies in the corner! EUREKA! Rice krispy treats! Quick, easy and done in less than 10 minutes, perfect!
I fancied it up a little with some left over Reese’s Pieces from Easter * Ok ok I keep a secret stash in my underwear draw because that’s the only place none of my kids or the hubs would look in 😀 You can try adding sprinkles, m&m’s, or whatever you have on hand….well….maybe not sardines.
Here’s my quick recipe!
4 tbsp butter
16 oz mini marshmellows
1 tsp vanilla
6 cups rice krispies ( rice cereal)
reese’s pieces or m&m’s or chocolate chips for toppings
Melt butter over medium heat.
Add marshmellows and stir frequently until melted.
Add vanilla and stir.
Pour in rice krispies and a handful of chocolate chips and stir well.
Remove from heat and pour into a pan and let cool a little.
Spray hands with cooking spray or a little oil (this keeps it from sticking to your skin) and press until flat and smooth.
Add more toppings on top and press in! Easy peasy!
Hey guys! So I’m still under the weather *bummer* and I find that dishes from my home always make me feel a little better. Today I made a quick breakfast that my mom always made a few times a week.
It’s really just eggs, saltfish *salted cod or bacalao*, sliced onions and a piece of hot pepper *I use habanero*. Boil the fish for a few minutes to remove some of the salt and shred it. Slice the onions and pepper. Add about a tbsp of oil (coconut or vegetable) to frying pan and heat. Sauté onions, saltfish and pepper until lightly browned, add your eggs and stir until cooked through. Serve with avocado slices, roti *flat bread* or wraps and more pepper sauce if you can handle it, my favorite is Berties pepper and pimento sauces. 😋
There will be no conversation, just go to your kitchen and make this. NOW!!!! Thank me later!
2 cans of crescent rolls (you can use biscuits too)
Cheese (Whatever type you like, I used velveeta)
12oz or 16oz package of bacon, cooked
flour for dusting (optional)
jar of jalapenos
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray or line your baking tray with parchment paper. Lightly flour your work surface if you don’t want any crescent roll stickage.
Unroll one can of crescent rolls (or 1/2 can of biscuits) on your work surface. Using your hands or a rolling pin, press the seams together and lightly press & stretch a little into a nice rectangle. Add a layer of cheese (I like a pretty thick layer, & I use Velveeta because I love how it melts) & then add your layer of bacon and jalapenos. Unroll the remaining can of crescent rolls on top & press all the seems together both on top and all around.
Using a pizza cutter or a knife (I prefer a pizza cutter) slice into squares. Place the entire thing on your baking sheet using a large spatula, working in batches if you need to. Lay all the squares right beside each other, just as they were before you sliced it. You want all the cut seams to be touching so that your cheese doesn’t leak out.
Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the top of the crescent rolls are lightly browned. Remove from the oven & cool on a wire rack for 3-5 minutes before digging in. The crescent squares will pull right apart. Serve & enjoy!
I’m bringing this appetizer to theFiesta Friday #64, hosted by the Amazing A because they are so so so delicious! I know they’ll go fast! Thank you to the wonderful hosts!! ,Ginger & Bread and Safari Of The Mind.