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Showing posts from April, 2018

Cauliflower & Cheese Bake

This is the longest winter ever.  It seems like it will never end.  I think we're having a few signs up spring now.  Lighter outside.  But the nights are still super cold, and snow flurries are still in the game.
I wanted comfort food without wrecking my reboot, and I still have some frozen cauliflower in the freezer, so I thought I'd give "mac" a try.  If I could get all the cheesy goodness for less calories, I'd be happy.
It worked! Although, next time I think I'll rice my cauliflower, it was super cheesy, creamy and delicious.

Cheesy Cauliflower 16 oz. cauliflower florets, frozen
1 cup cheddar, shredded 2 Tbsp. butter 2 Tbsp. flour 1 cup so delicious coconut milk drink, unsweetened
Topping 2 cups beer bread, cubed 2 Tbsp. butter Microwave frozen florets until no longer frozen.  I do about 8 minutes.Preheat oven to 400F.While that's going on, grease you 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish.In your large saucepan, melt butter.Whisk in flour until smooth.Add milk. Whisk …

Oil-Free Granola

It's April!  The holiday season is over, and now it is time to reboot my lifestyle.  I've let myself be bad for awhile, and it shows. No problem. Simply stop being bad and start being smart!

I'm going to be adding more straight up homemade items to the recipes going into the fresh food season, and I've got some ideas and tricks up my sleeve I think you're going to really enjoy! I'm also bringing back the nutrition info, to help people make healthy choices and do the macros/micros thing.

The base for this is super easy.

4 cups oats, old fashioned or steel cut
1-2 cups goodies (no more than 1 1/2 in the oven)
1 cup pure maple or Log Cabin original
Pinch of salt

Here's my Maple-Nut Cherry Granola
4 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup red quinoa, uncooked
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds/pepitas
1/4 cup pecan pieces
1/4 cup salted almond pieces or slivers
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla bean paste
5 oz. sweetened, dried cherries
1 cup Log Cabin original

Stale Bread Monkey Bread

I hate food waste. I try really hard not to do it.  Just ask my mother-when she cuts romaine I annoy her mercilessly for wasting the ends rather than saving them for soup.

So I was unhappy to find the rolls I bought on Saturday for the kielbasa dinner I had planned tonight were absolutely rock hard this morning. Immediately I started looking for ways to use up stale bread that weren't bread crumbs or french toast.

And then I saw a monkey bread recipe using fresh bread, rather than biscuits.  So, I figured, I could adapt it to this.

1 bag of stale rolls (about a gallon bag and a half), diced large
2 eggs, beaten well
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp +/- cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 stick of butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
Preheat oven to 350F.Thoroughly grease whatever you're using to bake. This doesn't stick together as well as the fresh made stuff (make sense if you think about it-no gooey bread). I used the traditional bunt, but next time I'll use a plain old casser…