Cauliflower Crust Pizza

by on Dec.12, 2014, under Entrees, Pizza, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Wheat Belly

Cauliflower Pizza

2 cups cauliflower, grated (about 1/2 a large head)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cup part skim mozzarella, shredded and divided
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup tomato sauce, homemade or store bought
1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, crushed
1/4 cup basil leaves, for garnish

Heat oven to 425°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Grate the cauliflower using a box grater until you have 2 cups of cauliflower crumbles. Place in a large bowl and microwave for 7-8 minutes, or until soften. Remove and let cool. Mix in the egg, 1 cup mozzarella, Parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper. Once combined, pat into a 10-inch round on the prepared pizza pan. Spray lightly with non-stick spray and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden.

Top the pizza with the sauce, remaining mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Bake in the oven until melted and bubbly, another 10 minutes. Top with basil before serving.

Cauliflower Pizza Nutrition Facts

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5-Star Cole Slaw Dressing Recipe

by on May.07, 2014, under Salad Dressing

5 Star Cole Slaw Dressing

1 tablespoon and 1-1/2 teaspoons white sugar (1 TBS Stevia suffices as replacement)
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
4 oz Homemade Olive Oil Mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Whisk sugar with cider vinegar in a large bowl until sugar has dissolved. Mix in mayonnaise, yellow mustard, celery seed, and salt until thoroughly combined.

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Homemade Olive Oil Mayonnaise

by on May.07, 2014, under Condiment, Sauces

Homemade Mayo
Ingredients
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup olive oil (not extra virgin)
  • Kosher salt, to taste
Instructions
  1. Place egg yolk, lemon juice, water and mustard in a narrow, tall container. I used a Weck jar. Pour over olive oil, then let the contents settle for a moment.
  2. Using an immersion blender, process until the mayo starts to form. Once you start seeing mayo, gently move the blender up and down. Continue until all oil is emulsified. The texture will be thick.
  3. Season to taste with kosher salt and store in the refrigerator for up to several weeks.
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Vegetable and Chickpea Curry

by on Oct.16, 2012, under Soup, Type II Friendly, Vegetarian

Makes: 4 to 6 servings
Ingredients
3 cups cauliflower florets
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 cup loose-pack frozen cut green beans
1 cup sliced carrots
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 14-ounce can vegetable broth
2-3 teaspoons curry powder
1 14-ounce can light coconut milk
1/4 cup shredded fresh basil leaves
Cooked brown rice (optional)

Directions
1. In a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker, combine cauliflower, chickpeas, green beans, carrots, and onion. Stir in broth and curry powder.
2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
3. Stir in coconut milk and shredded basil leaves. Spoon rice, if using, into bowls, and ladle curry over the top.

Nutrition facts per serving: 219 calories, 8g protein, 32g carbohydrate, 7g fat (4g saturated), 9g fiber

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Cherry Chip Cake with Fluffy Frosting

by on Aug.10, 2012, under Cakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Yield: 12-14 servings

Ingredients:
Cake

2 1/4 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups milk
4 large egg whites
1 1/2 cups sugar
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon cherry extract
1 tablespoons marachino cherry juice (from the jar that the cherries come in)
1 10-ounce jar marachino cherries, finely chopped

Frosting (this makes enough to frost a 2 layer cake.):

4 egg whites, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray 2 9-inch round cake pans with cooking spray. Line the bottom of each pan with parchment or waxed paper and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk together the milk and egg whites.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the sugar and butter until very light and fluffy, at least 3 minutes. Beat in the cherry extract and cherry juice. Add one third of the flour mixture, beating on medium speed. Beat in half of the egg-milk mixture, then half of the remaining dry ingredients. Beat until incorporated. Beat in the rest of the milk mixture, then add the remaining flour mixture. Beat the mixture for 2 minutes to make sure everything is incorporated and aerated. Fold in the cherries, then divide the mixture between the two pans.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool for 5 minutes, then run a knife around the edge of the pan and release the cakes from the pans. Cool completely on the cooling racks.

For the fluffy frosting:

  • In a stand mixer, beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks.
  • Meanwhile, heat the sugar and corn syrup over medium heat. Heat until it comes to a full boil, then remove from the heat.
  • Once the egg whites are stiff, slowly pour in the hot sugar mixture. Do not scrape the sides of the bowl, or you will have sugar crystals in the frosting. Beat the frosting until it forms a shiny, fluffy marshmallow frosting, 5-7 minutes.
  • Frost the cake and sprinkle red sugar sprinkles on top
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Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Recipe

by on Apr.24, 2012, under Cheesecake, Desserts

  • Prep: 40 min. Bake: 1 hour + chilling
  • Yield: 16 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups crushed gingersnap cookies (about 35 cookies)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted

FILLING:

  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 can (13.4 ounces) dulce de leche
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder

Directions

  • Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan. In a large bowl, combine the cookie crumbs, walnuts, sugar, cinnamon and butter. Press onto the bottom and 2 in. up the sides of prepared pan.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the milk, flour and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour into crust.
  • Pour dulce de leche into a microwave-safe bowl; microwave at 50% power until softened. Drop dulce de leche by tablespoonfuls over batter; cut through batter with a knife to swirl.
  • Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan. Bake at 350° for 60-70 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull.
  • Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chips; stir until smooth. Stir in chili powder. Spread over cheesecake. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan. Yield: 16 servings.

Note: This recipe was made with Nestle dulce de leche.

Nutritional Facts1 slice equals 468 calories, 28 g fat (16 g saturated fat), 104 mg cholesterol, 327 mg sodium, 50 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 8 g protein.

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Amish Bread Pudding

by on Apr.18, 2012, under Desserts, Pudding

This is a classic dessert recipe. Don’t try to make this with skim milk or margarine. The whole milk (or even better half-and-half or cream) and butter are essential parts of the recipe.

Ingredients:

2 cups whole milk (or 2 cups half & half or light cream)
1/4 cup real butter
1/3 cup dark brown sugar (2/3 cup if not making the sauce)
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
3 cups bread, torn into small pieces (Italian or French bread works best)
1/2 cup raisins

Directions:

1. In medium saucepan, over medium heat, heat milk, half & half, or cream until a film forms over top. Add the butter, stirring until butter is melted. Cool to warm.

2. Soak raisins in warm water.

3. Combine sugar, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed for 1 minute or by hand for about 3 minutes. Slowly add warm milk mixture.

4. Place the torn bread in a butter greased 1 1/2 quart casserole.

5. Drain raisins, then sprinkle over torn bread. Pour batter on top of bread.

6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 to 50 minutes or until set. Serve warm.

 

Bread Pudding Sauce

Ingredients:

1 cup whole milk
2 tablespoon real butter
1/3 cup granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon real vanilla
1 tablespoon flour
dash of salt

Directions:

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cook for 3 – 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Set aside for 5 minutes, then pour over warm bread pudding before serving.

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Barley Risotto with Fennel

by on Feb.02, 2012, under Side Dish

Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 3 h 30 mins
Total Time: 4 h

Ingredients
2 teaspoon fennel seed
1 large fennel bulb(s), cored and finely diced, (or 2 small bulbs), plus 2 tablespoons chopped fronds
1 cup barley, pearl, or short-grain brown rice
1 small carrot, finely chopped
1 large shallot, finely chopped
2 clove garlic, minced
4 cups broth, reduced-sodium chicken, or “no chicken” broth
1 1/2 cups water, divided
1/3 cup wine, dry white
2 cups beans, green, French-cut, frozen
1/2 cup cheese, grated Parmesan
1/3 cup olives, black, oil cured, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon lemon zest, freshly grated
pepper, black ground, to taste

Preparation
1. Coat a 4-quart or larger slow cooker with cooking spray. Crush fennel seeds with the bottom of a saucepan. Combine the fennel seeds, diced fennel, barley (or rice), carrot, shallot and garlic in the slow cooker.

2. Add broth, 1 cup water and wine, and stir to combine. Cover and cook until the barley (or rice) is tender, but pleasantly chewy, and the risotto is thick and creamy, 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours on high or low.

3. Shortly before serving, cook green beans according to package instructions and drain. Turn off the slow cooker. Stir the green beans, Parmesan, olives, lemon zest and pepper into the risotto. If it seems dry, heat the remaining 1/2 cup water and stir it into the risotto. Serve sprinkled with the chopped fennel fronds.

Makes 6 servings
Nutritional Info (Per serving):
Calories: 242, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 474mg, Dietary Fiber: 8g, Total Fat: 6g, Carbs: 36g, Cholesterol: 9mg, Protein: 10g
Carb Choices: 2

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Reuben Pizza

by on Dec.30, 2011, under Entrees, Pizza

Ingredients
1 (1 pound) loaf frozen whole wheat bread dough, thawed
1/2 cup thousand island dressing
2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
6 ounces deli sliced corned beef, cut into strips
1 cup sauerkraut – rinsed and drained
1/2 teaspoon caraway seed
1/4 cup chopped dill pickles (optional)

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a large pizza pan. On a lightly floured surface, roll the bread dough out into a large circle about 14 inches across. Transfer to the prepared pizza pan. Build up the edges, and prick the center all over with a fork so it doesn’t form a dome when baking .
2. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden.
3. Spread half of the salad dressing over the hot crust. Sprinkle with half of the Swiss cheese. Arrange corned beef over the cheese, then drizzle with the remaining salad dressing. Top with sauerkraut and remaining Swiss cheese. Sprinkle with caraway seed.
4. Bake for another 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until cheese melts and toppings are heated through. Sprinkle with chopped pickle. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing.

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PB&J Cookies

by on Nov.30, 2011, under Cookies, Desserts

Ingredients
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1 cup canned white cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup reduced-fat peanut butter, such as Better’n Peanut Butter
2 tablespoons agave nectar
3 large egg whites
4 packets (about 4 grams) powdered stevia, such as SweetLeaf
1/4 cup puffed millet cereal, such as Arrowhead Mills
1/4 cup peanut butter chips
Nonstick cooking spray

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
2. In a small bowl, add the cranberries. Pour in hot water to cover and allow to soak.
3. Meanwhile, in the bowl of a food processor, combine the vanilla, cocoa, cannellini beans, peanut butter, and agave. Blend until the mixture is smooth, about 3 minutes, scraping down the side of the bowl halfway through blending.
4. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a whip attachment, beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Gradually beat in the stevia. Continue to beat the whites until they are creamy and nearly stiff. Add one-third of the egg-white mixture to the cocoa-bean mixture in the food processor. Blend to combine, about 30 seconds. In 2 batches, fold the lightened cocoa mixture into the egg whites until they are almost fully combined.
5. Drain the liquid from the cranberries and then add the cranberries to the batter. Add the millet. Fold the batter until the cranberries and millet are evenly dispersed and the cocoa mixture is completely incorporated.
6. Drop mounded spoonfuls of the batter onto the prepared sheets. Spread the batter out to form cookies about 2 inches in diameter. Sprinkle the peanut butter chips on top of the cookies.
7. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, rotating the pans one turn halfway through baking. Using a metal spatula, transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool.

Makes 20 Cookies @ 55 calories each

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