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Spicy Tomatoes and Okra

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Okay. I’m sorry that this is totally a crappy picture. I was too hungry to worry about trying to get anything decent. I promise you the picture doesn’t do this side dish justice. 

My inspiration was seafood gumbo and some frozen okra we had. I was trying to think of something to do with it, besides boiling which is a little plain, and frying, which is pretty unhealthy. 

This was a delicious side dish for the tasty salmon Justin cooked for dinner tonight.The two went together nicely, and I ended up mixing them and eating it as one dish. 

What you need:

  • Bag of frozen okra
  • Can of diced tomatoes
  • Onion, chopped
  • Bell pepper, chopped
  • Cajun seasoning (or you can make your own. I found a recipe here)
  • 1-2 chicken bouillon cubes (optional)

Pour the tomatoes, undrained, in a saucepan. Add your chopped onion and pepper and bring it to a soft boil. 

Once it’s simmering, add the okra and season it to your own taste. I used a pretty generous amount here. But as always, I did a lot of taste testing to make sure it was good. 

Let it simmer for 15-20 minutes until your vegetables are all tender. 

If it needs some extra flavor, add a bouillon cube or two. 

 

Super easy. Super flavorful. This makes a great side dish to any dinner. 

 

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Posted by on August 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

No Bake Strawberries and Cream Bar (topped with chocolate)

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This is a pretty unusual thing for me to make. I don’t do a lot of desserts. The hubby doesn’t eat many, therefore leaving me to consume an entire cake, or batch of brownies, or some other ridiculously large amount of dessert. I also have learned over the years, that baking is not really my thing. I guess that’s where this idea came in, since you don’t have to bake it. Originally I planned to do a layer of chocolate, but that didn’t turn out because I didn’t grease the dish, and it stuck to the bottom pretty bad. (See, desserts are NOT my thing.) Anyways, I had to improvise. Lucky for me, we had some Hershey bars laying around.

(Have I mentioned my husband works for The Hershey Company? We are all about some Hershey products in our house.)

The chocolate on top turned out pretty tasty, although it probably would have been better if I had some chocolate chips. I could have mixed them right in with the strawberries and cream layer, or sprinkled them right on top. Lesson learned.

What you need:

  • 1/2 lb fresh strawberries, pureed
  • 4 oz softened cream cheese
  • Tub of cool whip
  • Sugar (optional for sweetening strawberries)
  • Crumbled chocolate bare/chocolate chips

Puree the strawberries using a blender or food processor. You may want to add some sugar to them, depending on how sweet the strawberries are. I added about 1/4 cup probably. I didn’t exactly measure, just poured and tasted until it tasted right to me. 

Combine the puree, cream cheese, and about half the tub of whipped cream. Using an electric mixer, mix thoroughly. I did a lot of taste testing here too. I added and mixed ingredients until it tasted good to me, not overly sweet since I intended to add chocolate to it. 

Spread the strawberry cream mixture into a dish that will fit in your freezer. 

Spread a layer of cool whip on top of the strawberry cream layer. 

Let it freeze for a couple hours. Once it’s frozen/hardened, top with chocolate of your choice and enjoy.

And yes, I will most likely be eating this entire dessert by myself. Sad, I know. Justin has no idea what he is missing out on. 

 

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

SUCCESSFUL Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Recipes for low carb cauliflower pizza crusts have been blowing up pinterest lately. When I first saw this, I was SO excited about it. I LOVE pizza, however I DON’T love the carbs in it. So we tried it, a few times, and it never exactly turned out right It always tasted great, but it stuck to the pan really bad. So after some trial and error and A LOT of research, my amazingly smart husband finally got it right. And this pizza turned out amazing. It tasted like a homemade thin crust pizza, only better. It was so delicious, we are having the same thing again tomorrow night.

So, if you made this and experienced that same problems we did, or if it’s your first attempt, I hope this can shed some light on how to make a delicious, healthier, low carb pizza.

What you need:

  • 2 cups uncooked frozen califlower (you can use fresh, but frozen was much easier and tasted just the same)
  • 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese (I used fat free)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of basil
  • 1/2 garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of fennel 
  • Pizza toppings of your choice (including cheese, the cheese listed above goes into the dough)

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees

Put the cauliflower in a microwavable bowl and microwave for 10 minutes (8 minutes if cauliflower is thawed).
Put the cauliflower in the food processor and pulse until it is the consistency of rice. Make sure you do not over pulse it here. If it’s too shredded, the dough can be more difficult to spread. It should look like this….

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Once the cauliflower is “riced”, wrap it in a paper towel for a couple minutes. This will help pull some of the moisture out of it, and make it cook a little nicer.

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Combine the cauliflower in a bowl with the cheese, egg, and spices listed above. Mix thoroughly until the cheese is melted.

Spread a piece of parchment paper on a pizza pan and really coat it with some cooking spray. We learned the hard way that these are probably the most important steps. You CANNOT use aluminum foil or wax paper. It will stick… BAD… and you will lose a lot of that tasty deliciousness.

To spread your dough on the pizza pan, start on the outside with “blobs” of the dough mixture working your way in. Make the dough as thin as you can physically get it. It should be almost translucent.

This makes a very thin crust pizza. About as thin as a potato chip. So if you’re a fan of the deep dish, I’m sorry this is not for you.

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If you have extra of the dough mixture, don’t worry about it, and don’t try to use it all. We had a little bit of leftover too, and made some extra little mini pizzas out of it. They were also delicious.

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Bake your dough at 450 for 15-20 minutes. You will know it’s ready to come out of the oven when it looks very crisp and just on the verge of burning. You should be able to lift the edge of the pizza with a spatula. It may take slightly longer than 20 minutes depending on your oven and how thin the crust is. If you pull it out too soon, the pizza will be pretty messy and hard to eat like a normal pizza.

Once you pull the cooked crust out of the oven, turn your oven to Broil.

Last but not least, add your sauce, cheese and toppings to the pizza. Place under the broiler for 2-4 minutes, or until your cheese is melted. Make sure to go light on the sauce here, because it may soften up your crust.

Cut your pizza up, and enjoy. Hopefully your pizza will turn out as ours did.
 
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Posted by on June 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Hello world!

Welcome to WordPress.com! This is your very first post. Click the Edit link to modify or delete it, or start a new post. If you like, use this post to tell readers why you started this blog and what you plan to do with it.

Happy blogging!

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2012 in Uncategorized