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Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Friday, July 6th, 2012

I was introduced to cauliflower pizza crust by my friend Gracen. She made me a YUMMY pizza using cauliflower for the crust. I told Peter how good it was and that you couldn’t tell you were eating cauliflower, but he was skeptical. So tonight I made pizza using cauliflower for the crust! He said it was better than he thought it would be! =) I think it turned out yummy and an added bonus is it is so healthy!

I followed the recipe from here.

Here are the basic steps in pictures:

“Rice” the cauliflower (I used my food processor)

After mixing all the ingredients together, spread out on a cookie sheet.

Bake then cover with yummy toppings!

I used cheese, tomatoes, and basil

Broil for a few minutes, then ENJOY!

 

Second meatless meal week re-cap

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Here are our thoughts on the second set of meatless meals…

This week we really missed meat! Many of the meals from this week were good and none of them got tossed out!

Corn cakes

This meal was yummy! I will make this again!

Lentil tacos

Peter liked this meal, which was a surprise to me! I thought it was ok… too much like the real thing but not the real thing, so that left me a little disappointed that I wasn’t eating a real taco.

Vegetable Tian

This was yummy! I will make this again.

Pasta e ceci soup

This soup was good. Peter didn’t like the chick peas. I will probably make this again with less chick peas and maybe add some chicken.

Spinach roll ups 

I have made this meal before. They are great!

At the end of the 2 weeks we were strongly desiring meat. In fact we ate meat 3 times on Saturday! I will definitely add some of these meatless meals to our regular menu but we will not be going meatless for a prolonged time any time soon.

First meatless meal week re-cap

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Here are our thoughts on the first set of meatless meals…

I haven’t really missed meat, but I think Peter has.  We have both been more hungry.  We feel like we haven’t been full so that leads to snacking.  But overall I think it was been good.

Potato Soup

This was frozen left overs from a large batch I made a little while back. It was good! It was Peter’s favorite meal from the week.

Mushroom and broccoli lentils

 

I liked the flavor of this meal and I thought it was easy to make.  Peter thought the lentils we crunchy… not sure if that is my fault or just the way lentils are. Do I need to cook them longer?

Stuffed zucchini

I LOVED this! Peter liked it too but it wasn’t his favorite.  It was very easy to make and VERY healthy! I will be making this again.

Mediterranean quinoa

We both disliked this meal VERY much… in fact we ended up throwing it out and going out to get spinach ravioli from Vapiano (which was YUMMY!) As far as the meal: I’m not sure what it was that made it taste so bad… I think it was the lemon juice and feta but Peter thinks it was the quinoa. I would be interested to try it again with out the lemon juice.

Penne with roasted asparagus 

This was good and easy.  I think it could have used a bit more flavor.  I ran out of balsamic vinegar so it might have been more flavorful if I was able to use the full amount needed.  I will make this again!

 

Since we had such a bad experience with the quinoa this week, I am going to scratch the quinoa from next week’s menu and replace it with Vegetable Tian.

A fresh start to 2012

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Peter and I are starting the new year off by eating meatless meals for 2 weeks.  (Weekends not included- as requested by my meat-loving husband!) This little experiment is to determine if eating more plant based meals and less meat based meals will help us to feel better: less bloated and sluggish, and more energized and satisfied. We are in no way becoming vegetatians but this little trial period might be what we need to get us eating healthier and encourage us to base our meals around veggies and not meat.

Here is my menu plan:

Week one

Monday: Potato soup (minus the bacon)

Tuesday: Mushroom and broccoli lentils

Wednesday: Stuffed zucchini

Thursday: Mediterranean quinoa

Friday: Penne with roasted asparagus 

 

Week two

Monday: Corn cakes

Tuesday: Lentil tacos

Wednesday: Quinoa with black beans and corn

Thursday: Pasta e ceci soup

Friday: Spinach roll ups 

 

I will give an update and a review of the recipes at the end of the 2 weeks.

Blackberries and Blueberries

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

This summer we signed up for a CSA.  Each week we get a delivery of fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies from a local Virginia farm.  In addition to our weekly deliveries, if you make a trek out to the farm, you can pick more items for free.  So, Peter and I went out to Great Country Farm early on Saturday morning to get some berries for the purpose of canning jams and pie fillings.  The blackberries were absolutely beautiful and plenteous! (I wish I had picked more!) I never had a blackberry before so I was a little leery about them… but they were so sweet! Yum!  Then we took a little hayride out to the blueberry field.  By then it was starting to get hot and the gnats were starting to hover. We realized quickly that we were going to have to search hard to get a decent amount of blueberries.  After a couple of hours we were able to search out enough blueberries to fill 4 pints… and Peter was beyond ready to get away from the bugs! So we left the fields and headed home after a fun time in on the farm.

Click here to see the photos from our berry picking adventure!

You shall have no other gods before me. (Exodus 20:3)

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Lindsay from Passionate Homemaking has a GREAT 2 part blog post on the dangers of making an idol out of healthy eating and natural living.  She tells of her own emotional journey to realizing the consequences of this sin and the changes she has made to allow for more joy and freedom in her life.

Read Part One here.

Read Part Two here.

Making Pumpkin Puree

Monday, October 18th, 2010

With the pumpkins we picked at Hollin Farm I made puree to be used in pies, breads, and soups.

Here is a photo journal of the steps:

4 freshly washed Sugar Pie pumpkins:

Cut in half with a large serrated knife:

Seeds scooped out with an ice cream scoop:

Arranged in a covered microwavable dish with a couple inches of water in the bottom:

After being steamed for 10-15 mins (until soft):

Flesh scooped out with an ice cream scoop:

Pureed with a hand blender and ready to use for any pumpkin recipe:

The seeds reserved for using on salads:

Resulted in a little over 1 pound of puree.  Puree can be frozen to save and use later.

Eat Well

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

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This website is an awesome tool for finding good food in your area.

15 Ways to Save Money Buying Natural Foods

Friday, June 12th, 2009

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Peter passed this article on to me in an email.

Organic foods: Are they safer? More nutritious?

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Mayoclinic.com has a great article comparing conventional farming with organic farming.  The article also gives helpful information about the labeling of organic foods.