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Whole30 – Day 22

1 Nov

Whew!  I survived the sweetest day of the year and didn’t eat a single piece of candy.  Just opening the bag to dump it into a bowl for the trick-or-treaters was torture.  I never realized candy could smell so strongly through the wrappers, but let me tell you it sure can.

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I came to a realization today as I began shopping and cooking my food today.  I actually really like eating whole food and I really don’t want to eat processed crap…except that candy, I really did want to eat that, lol.  But seriously, I feel like my taste buds have changed so much in the last 22 days and I’m really enjoying eating food that looks like what it’s supposed to look like and that doesn’t have ingredients I can’t pronounce.

I only had one day off this week so I tried to simplify my cooking as much as possible.  I ended up making three crock pot dishes.  Luckily I own two crock pots so that helped with time.  I was just happy to not spend all day on my feet in the kitchen, but it still did take quite a bit of time.

Top to bottom let to right I made: Paleo Leap’s Oven Roasted Garlic CabbageNom Nom Paleo’s Slow Cooker Roast Chicken and Gravy, roasted carrots parsnips and cauliflower, Pure and Simple Nourishment’s Texas Slow Cooker Beef Chili, roasted rutabaga and turnips, mashed sweet potatoes, and chicken curry.

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I had a panic moment earlier today.  I went to the bathroom and thought I was dying.  My pee was reddish-pink which is usually not a good sign.  I started drinking massive amounts of water because I was sure something was very wrong.  Then I thought about what I had eaten today and remembered I had eaten at least one whole red beet and another golden beet.  I googled it and found out that beets can actually dye your urine.  Totally crazy and thankfully I’m not dying after all!

I seriously can’t believe that I’m starting week four already.

Cauliflower (California) Pizza

28 Jun

Well, I started school again after a semester off.  So far so good.  But, in classic college student fashion, I want pizza!  The only problem with that is that I’m still trying to lose vacation weight.  It’s slowly but surely coming off, but pizza is not in the diet plan.  After a little searching on the internet I came across a pretty awesome blog called Rabbit Food for my Bunny Teeth, and found this recipe. 

The only thing I did to alter the original recipe was that I wanted to use up the entire head of cauliflower, which made six cups of shredded cauliflower.  I made that into two pizzas and just added 1 1/2 times the amount of everything called for, except for the eggs, I added two to each “dough”.  It’s kinda hard to half an egg, lol.

I keep trying to call this Cauliflower Pizza, but my mind keeps thinking California Pizza.  I think that’s a good name for it!  Maybe I just have California on the mind.  It’s highly likely.

I highly recommend you give this a try.  It’s not exactly regular pizza, but it not far off either, and you would never know you were eating cauliflower if you didn’t make it yourself or someone told you.  There’s surprisingly quite a bit of flavor that comes from the spices you add into the crust and it makes the whole house smell good once it goes into the oven. 

I’ve read some complaints about other cauliflower crusts, how you can’t pick it up like regular pizza and that it has to be eaten with a fork.  I assure you that I didn’t have this problem at all…even though I was armed with a  fork just in case.

Here’s some drool-worthy pics for you to check out:

 

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The crust before and after it’s cooked.  You can see it starts to resemble a dough more after it’s been cooked.

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And the final product!  I’m going to be honest here, it tastes even better than it looks!

Gruyere Macaroni and Cheese

8 Feb

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I made this recipe as an adaptation from a blog written by Katie, which you can check out at: http://parkerkatiecasey.wordpress.com/2011/02/06/272/

The only thing I did a bit differently was to puree the cauliflower with a bit of milk in my food processor after it was done cooking.  Then I added the cauliflower puree to the cheese sauce once it was all melted.  So good, and you can’t even tell there’s cauliflower in there for any of you picky eaters!

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