Healthy Cauliflower Rice

Everyone likes takeout fried rice and it’s on my favorite things to get when I go to takeout from our local restaurant. I know it’s not the healthiest, so when I found this recipe for a healthier revision of “fried” rice, I knew it would be something my family would love. It did not disappoint either! My kids didn’t even realize the rice was swapped out with cauliflower. I served it with baked salmon and it was great for leftovers too!

Healthy

12 oz bag frozen rice cauliflower
2 Tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 eggs, beaten
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 onion, diced
6 oz broccoli florets, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and grated
1/2 cup frozen corn
2 green onions, thinly sliced

In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil and ginger; set aside. In a medium skillet over low heat, heat 1 tablespoon of oil. Add in the eggs and cook all the way through. Allow to cool before cutting into small pieces. Set aside until you’re ready to finish the dish. In a large skillet, heat the remaining oil over medium high heat. Add in the garlic and onion and stir often until the onions become translucent. Add in the broccoli, carrots and corn. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes until the vegetables are tender.

Stir in the cauliflower, eggs, green onions and soy sauce mixture. Stir constantly and continue to cook for an additional 3 to 4 minutes or until the cauliflower is heated through. Serve immediately.

Source: Damn Delicious

Loaded Cauliflower Mash

I bought a head of cauliflower last week when I saw this recipe as I was killing time on Pinterest. It looked so good and I knew it would perfectly for dinner one night especially since I’m back on the LCHF (low carb, high fat) wagon. It looked so good and I knew it would help squash my cravings for carbs. It definitely did that and I loved it! The mash is super easy to make and went along with burgers (of course, bunless for me). I would have loved a little green onion in it, but I forgot to grab a bunch when I was grocery shopping.

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Zucchini Lasagna

If you’re anything like me, you find yourself with way more zucchini than you know what do with. This recipe will take care of that problem for you! I loved the combination of zucchini and spinach, plus it’s a twist without the pasta. I swapped ground turkey in place of ground beef to make it even more healthy. I might add some mushrooms next time and I’ll definitely use a mandolin to slice the zucchini thinner.

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Pickled Beets

This is the first year I’m attempting to grow beets and I can’t wait to see what we get. I love beets, always have. My daughter also loves beets and we have them quite often. Until my beets are ready, I’ve picked up a couple bunches so I can make pickled beets. This recipe is super easy and there’s no canning required.

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Stuffed Portobellos

We’re all big fan of mushrooms here and this was another quick and easy recipe to make. All four of us gobbled it up without no complaints from the kids! I can wait to make it again when I can pick tomatoes and basil fresh from our garden.

Speaking of gardens, I finally got mine in on over the weekend. The weather here in PA has been miserable. Too many rainy cold days and now it looks like summer is here…I guess we skipped spring this year. I planted some new varieties of tomatoes and peppers this year and our lettuce and beets are finally starting to peek through the soil. I’m so looking forward to being able to walk out into our backyard and get homegrown veggies. What are you planting in your gardens this summer?

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Skillet Green Beans

Green beans are one of my favorite vegetables to eat and I’m always looking for new ways to make them. This quick recipe is going to be my go-to recipe from now on! I can’t believe I never made green beans like this before. They were crisp and so delicious. I also love this new serving dish I picked up at Target last week. It’s the perfect size for serving side dishes for dinner parties!

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Asian Skillet Slaw

It’s been an insane week here lately. Cooper and I both have had colds that we’re fighting and Madeline is in a walking boot. I want to restart March over again!

Now that the weather is finally turning, I’ve been trying hard to get back into eating healthy and working out again…especially since I have to run a 5K in May with Madeline. I found this recipe for a healthy slaw and it reminded me of an eggroll…without the roll. The kids were iffy on it, but I enjoyed it and it’s great that it’s made in one pan! Quick and easy!

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Fall for Greek with Debbie Matenopoulos: Cookbook Review & Giveaway

 I was asked to participate in a blog tour of Debbie Matenopoulos’ new cookbook, It’s All Greek to Me, and let me tell you, this cookbook is a winner! Plus you have a chance to win a copy for yourself at the end of this post!

Greek food is a little greek to me. Yes I know about gyros, though always pronounced it wrong and was taught to say it correctly by an owner of a Greek restaurant in Detroit while I was traveling a few years ago.

This cookbook is a great introduction for me to all the different types of food and the meanings behind them. Debbie shares more than 120 of her family’s recipes, with a little twist to make them healthier and easier to prepare. I love how much family tradition went into this book; it’s one of the reasons why I started my blog. Debbie says that her “favorite part about putting this cookbook together was gathering all of the recipes from my family and translating them into English. There is so much history in these recipes. It was very nostalgic.  My mother  gave me my grandmother’s hand written recipe books that were written in Greek along with her own. There were pages that were coming out that were obviously worn by the years of being referenced time and time again. I felt as if I was holding our most valuable family heirlooms in my hands. I feel very honored that my entire family was willing to share their treasured recipes with me and allow me to share them with the world.”

After going through the cookbook, I chose the recipe for Kolokithopites (aka zucchini fritters). I have bags and bags of frozen, shredded zucchini waiting to be use and this was a great way to use it! I had to make a substitution when I made my fritters because I couldn’t find brine-packed feta. The fritters turned out great and my husband I both loved them. One warning..be care when you’re frying them. I had one stick and when I flipped it, some oil splashed up and hit my forehead…I’m ok!

3 pounds medium zucchini, washed and stemmed
1 teaspoon sea salt, divided
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 to 8 ounces brine-packed Greek feta (about 1 1/2 cups), crumbled small
2 tablespoons finely grated kefalotiri or Parmesan cheese (optional)

Olive or vegetable oil for frying
1 recipe Tzatziki (optional)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Cut the zucchini in half down the center into half cylinders. With a small teaspoon or a grapefruit spoon, hollow out the zucchini skins by scooping out all the pulp, leaving about 1/8 inch of zucchini intact next to the skin. Leave the bottoms intact so that you are left with a “zucchini cup” that can be stuffed later.

Take care not to crack or puncture the skins. Cover the zucchini skins and reserve in the refrigerator to make Kolokithakia Gemista me Kima. Transfer the pulp to the bowl of a food processor or high-performance blender and pulse a few times to chop finely. Place the finely chopped zucchini pulp into a colander and toss with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt.

Cover the zucchini with a plate and put a weight on top (such as a large can of tomatoes). Drain for 10 minutes, briefly rinse, then squeeze as much moisture as possible from the pulp with impeccably clean hands.

Whisk the flour, eggs, mint, remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl until
smooth. Gently fold the drained zucchini pulp into the flour mixture along with the feta and kefalotiri or Parmesan cheese (if using). Stir until the mixture resembles a thick batter.

In a deep skillet or Dutch oven set over medium heat, heat about 1/2 inch of the oil until it shimmers. Working in batches if necessary to prevent overcrowding, scoop out heaping tablespoons of
the batter and carefully drop into the oil. The fritters will naturally flatten out. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes per side, until golden brown, flipping them over carefully, just as you would a pancake. Remove the fritters from the oil and drain on a large, oven-safe plate lined with paper towels. Keep fritters warm in the preheated oven as you continue to fry the remaining fritters in batches. Serve plain or with Tzatziki.

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Corn, Tomato and Cheddar Pie

As I mentioned, we have been overwhelmed with tomatoes and this was another one of the recipes I made to use up more of them. My garden is really slowing down now with the cooler nights we’ve been having. My cucumbers are done and I’ll only have four cucumbers left to make one last batch of cucumber salad. I had a couple ears of corn left over from dinner and stumbled across this recipe while killing time on Pinterest one night.

It was the perfect thing to make for a Sunday night dinner. The recipe is a little time consuming, especially since the crust is made from scratch and you need to seed the tomato slices (but easy to make). It was really good and gobbled it down…except for Cooper. He’s on a bit of an eating strike right now, it’s been exhausting just sitting down at the table for dinner. Our dinners usually end with a plate being thrown and him not eating anything. I won’t bore you with any more details, but I’m sure the other moms out there, know what I’m going through.

2 cups flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, cold and cut into small chunks
3/4 cup whole milk
1 3/4 lbs tomatoes
1 1/2 cups corn (preferably fresh off the cob)
3 Tbsp chives, chopped
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
7 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1/3 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp butter, melted
To make the dough, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt together. Using a pastry knife, cut in the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture becomes crumbly. Stir in the milk with a fork and stir to combine until a dough is formed. Form in a ball, wrap with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill while you prepare the filling. 
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice the tomatoes into 1/4 inc thick slices. Seed the tomatoes to reduce the chance for your crust becoming soggy. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayo and lemon juice. Set aside. 
Divide the dough in half and roll half of the dough on a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 12 inch circle and transfer to a 9 inch deep dish pie pan. Layer half the tomatoes, half the corn and half the chives. Season with salt and fresh ground pepper. Layer half the cheese on top. Repeat the remaining layers of tomatoes, corn and chives. Season with salt and pepper and then drizzle the lemon mayo on top of the last layer. Top with the remaining shredded cheese. 
Roll the other half of the crust out into a 12 inch circle. Cut out the center with a cookie cutter or use a knife to cut slits for the steam to vent. Place on top of the pie and crimp the edges together. Brush the top with the melted butter. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until the crust is golden brown. Allow to cool before slicing. The pie can be served warm or at room temperature. It great both ways!