Saturday, January 18, 2014

A Little Bit of Cuteness

Good morning! I just wanted to start your Saturday morning out right with a little glimpse of cuteness.
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Isn't she a doll? Here is one of the gifts I gave her for Christmas. It is a "C" to hang somewhere in her bed room.
 
 
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The two recipes I am sharing today are all things cauliflower. You would never guess this, though. Who would know that cauliflower makes awesome pizza crusts and rice?
 
 
Cauliflower Rice Peanut Stir Fry (2)
 
Doesn't this look exactly like a big plateful of rice? Believe it or not, this is actually cauliflower. Cauliflower rice is really simple to make. All you do is chop up some cauliflower florets and steam them in the microwave for a few minutes to produce perfectly cooked "rice".
Cauliflower Rice Peanut Stir Fry (1)
 
Topped with stir fried vegetables and a creamy peanut sauce, the rice makes an amazing oriental feast. A handful of roasted peanuts will not be regretted.
Cauliflower Rice Peanut Stir Fry (3)
Cauliflower Rice Peanut Stir Fry
serves 1-2
For the cauliflower rice:
3 cups cauliflower florets
 
For the stir fried veggies:
½ cup broccoli florets
½ cup sliced red onion
½ cup sliced bell pepper
½ cup sliced mushrooms
2 tbsp peanut oil
 
For the peanut sauce:
1 tbsp natural peanut butter
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tbsp hot water
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp vinegar
1 tsp peanut oil
dash of garlic powder
2-3 tbsp peanuts, to garnish
 
Heat 2 tablespoons of peanut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in the broccoli, onion, pepper, and mushrooms, cooking until golden brown and tender. Meanwhile, use a hand chopper to finely chop the cauliflower. Microwave on high in a microwave safe bowl for 4 minutes. To make the sauce, whisk together 1 teaspoon of peanut oil, the hot water, brown sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic powder, and peanut butter until smooth. Put the cauliflower rice on a plate, arrange the sautéed veggies over top, drizzle on the peanut sauce, and finish it off with the peanuts.
 
cauliflower pizza crust (5)
 
Now that you have been utterly amazed with cauliflower's versatility as rice, you will be shocked at the crispy and delicious pizza crust it makes. I topped mine with some notomato sauce and shredded cheese for a twist on the traditional Friday night pizza.
 
cauliflower pizza crust (3)
 
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
1 large head of cauliflower
2 eggs
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
2 tsp Italian seasonings
 
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, and spray a large baking sheet. Using a hand chopper, chop up the cauliflower into tiny pieces. You could also use a food processor and process the cauliflower until fine, but not completely blended. Place half of the cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl, cover, and microwave for 6 minutes. Allow it to cool, and then squeeze out the extra moisture with a cheesecloth or towel. Combine the uncooked cauliflower, cooked cauliflower, eggs, yogurt, and seasonings into a large bowl. Stir well. Press the mixture into the baking sheet, evenly spreading it out. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, add on your toppings, and bake for another 8 minutes. Finally, broil on high for a minute or two until your cheese browns.

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