Mock Potato Salad (aka Cauliflower Salad)

So trying this!!! Very excited!

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Potato salad is a summer staple, but  since potatoes don’t mesh with a low-carb diet, what is a picnicker to do? Never fear, because you don’t have to give up on picnic salads. Making the salad with cauliflower instead of potatoes is just as good, and in some ways, superior.

Potato salad can get heavy, but this version is really light and refreshing. Just like potato salad, there are many versions and variations on the theme of cauliflower salad. I put together elements from several recipes, and I think this version is really flavorful and not over-mayonnaised.

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Ingredients:

1 large head cauliflower, about 2.5 lbs as packaged 

1 small dill pickle

1/4 of a medium onion

4 hard boiled eggs, chopped

1/2 Bell pepper, diced

1 stalk celery, diced

2-3 green onions, sliced

1/4 C mayonnaise

1/4 C sour Cream

1 T lemon Juice

1 T mustard, either…

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3-2-1 Quick Light Carrot Cake Snack

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Grilled Tomato with Panko Bread Crumbs and Cheese LOW CARB

These are so GREAT!!!

Modified by me

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Low carb  by  only  sprinkling with panko bread crumbs lightly on top or substituting Parmesan or Romano on top and adding more cheese

WHO DOESN’T LOVE A MODIFICATION WITH MORE CHEESE?!!!

Minutes to Prepare: 5
Minutes to Cook: 4
Number of Servings: 3
Serving Size: 2 halves

Ingredients

        3 Large Tomatoes – sliced in half
        1/8 cup of Panko Bread Crumbs just a sprinkle
      1 tsp of minced garlic
              1/2 tbsp of parsley or Italian seasoning
             Parmesan and mozzeralls shredded mixed together to liking for low carb,

Directions

Heat grill to medium heat.

Spray an Aluminum foil pack or pan with cooking spray. Add,Sliced tomatoes and season with salt & pepper.

In a small bowl, mix the remaining ingredients  garlic, parsley and cheese). Sprinkle over tomatoes making a tiny mound. Top with bread crumbs OR Just more Parmesan/ Romano grated cheese

Turn grill down to low.

Place tomatoes on grill and cook until bread crumbs turn brown.

Be careful it happens fast!
Original recipe from Spark.com low carb modifications by me.

ENJOYYYYY!!!!!

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B-u-b-b-l-e-s … Is how we say it around here!

Why do kids like bubbles so much! My LO loves them. She sees the bottle or any bottle that remotely look like them and she goes nuts. “BUuuuubbbbbbblllllleeeeesssssss!!!!!!” in her one and half year old voice.  If she sees them on TV “BUuuuubbbbbbblllllleeeeesssssss!!!!!!” Wouldn’t it be nice if you loved anything in life as much as a kid loves Bubbles?

I have a recipe that I haven’t tried quite yet but  have heard from many how well it works for giant kid sized bubbles. I’m  sharing it today so that you too can have a baby in a bubble day.

 

Its pretty simple or so it seems we will be trying this as soon as the lawn guys are gone today.

Outside.

6 cups water

1 cup light corn syrup

2 cups dawn dishwashing liquid

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Let’s see if our turn out this well

This is what is supposed to happen we shall see

Recipe from http://www.food.com/recipe/giant-bubbles-54559

Now to brain storm on what to use for the bubble wand…

Ill keep you updated.

Quiche me baby, I really Leek you!

This was my first attempt at using leeks in any of my recipes but my friend Mollie raves about them in quiche.I have bought them 4 or 5 times and always thrown them out because they were foreign to me. I wasn’t sure how or what to do with them.

If you read Avocado Chocolate Mousse Yesterday than you heard that  Mollie had been here with me testing out a recipe. We enjoyed a few cups of fresh brewed loose leaf tea on the patio which was nice. The  weather has gone from heat wave last week to cool and fall like here in south western Connecticut. Mollie is my own personal google when it comes to a lot of things especially in the cooking department. She also helps me with my daughter and garden issues. I think I may have convinced her to  begin her own  blog here as well! You’ll be very happy with her, shes got a lot of great knowledge in that pretty little head of hers! She showed me how to cut the leeks today.

Back to the Leeks. A leek is related to an onion but not as strong. We don’t really do onions in this house so I thought maybe leeks would be the answer.

Here was my mission 

Make a yummy  quiche with whats in my fridge freezer including the leeks. Ahhh!

It actually came out really good!

Ingredients:

3 Leeks

1 bunch of scallions

1 cup mushrooms chopped

1 chicken sausage chopped

1 box of frozen chopped spinach

1 Tbsp minced garlic

butter

coconut oil

5 eggs

1/4 cup light cream

pinch salt

dash pepper

Garden herbs I used basil, german thyme, lemon thyme, parsley, thai basil, oregano and basil chopped — You can use dried Italian seasoning if don’t have the fresh herbs handy.

1/2 cup shredded mozzerella

1/4 cup Parmesan shake cheese

1 tbsp garlic powder

olive oil pan spray

 Here’s how it happened at my house

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5 dollups of whipped salted butter and a little coconut oil

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This is one of the 3 Leeks
Cut about here
Wash -separate layers to remove all the dirt
then cut slightly above the roots

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Slice Leeks up like an onion add to hot pan with butter and oil also add minced garlic at this time

 

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threw leeks in food processor and added them back to pan with the chopped spinach until hot then set aside in a bowl

I chopped up hot leeks in food processor so my anti onion hubby wouldn’t notice… you don’t have to do this but do make sure to cook them well.

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Sausage I had in my freezer Chicken Smoked Hardwood sausage

You’ll probably never see a beef or pork recipe on my blog because I haven’t eaten the stuff for 15 years and I have no intentions of anytime soon. I have gotten better though 4 years ago I would’ve just thrown this out because it was in a beef collagen casing now i simply peel it which takes a long time but makes me feel better.

You can skip this step and just toss the pieces in the food processor then into the hot pan with a  little more coconut oil. ( or whatever oil you prefer I’m on the band wagon with CO lately )

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This is what the sausage should look like after the food processor
Slightly brown it (its already cooked)
place in bowl on top of spinach leek mixture

Chop up and saute mushrooms with a little butter in the pan then put on top  of the sausage in the bowl.

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Chop up a bunch of scallions too and set aside

Then we went out to the garden and picked some herbs.

German Thyme, Lemon Thyme, Thai Basil, Basil, Oregano, and Parsley

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Fresh herbs are great!
You can use dried Italian seasoning though too.

Place Herbs and scallions together in food processor and chop them up.

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All chopped up herbs.

Then get a large bowl add herbs and bowl of spinach sausage mix to it.

Add 5 eggs

(I could’ve used more if i had them or add some liquid egg whites)

add light cream mix all together

Should be soup like consistency with eggs and cream

add mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses and garlic powder to mix

Make sure its well mixed

Spray Glass dish with Olive oil spray

Add mixture

Bake at 350 for 35 – 45 minutes

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before

 

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After

The edges should be slightly brown.

Hope you Enjoy!

Please let me know how you like it and what changes you may have made.

 

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Every time my friend Mollie comes to visit we end up concocting some recipe from scratch. last week we made “Eat like its the last night of our lives” seven layer dip and baked chicken cheesy yummy in your tummy dip. Mollie brought blue Chips and spicy blue chips and they were quite possibly the best  things we’ve made so far! If I can remember the ingredients I will post later.

Going off our previous success we decided to make an “5 ingredient Avocado Chocolate Mousse” How hard could it be? After all,  we considered ourselves Giada’s in the Kitchen after last week! 

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Start with 1/2 Avocado and 1-2 Tablespoons of unsweetened Cocoa Powder

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Add Sweetner: I used Sweet Leaf Stevia because of low carb and Mollie used Organic Agave Nectar about 1 teaspoon.

Add 1 -2 teaspoons of peanut butter and a sprinkle of Salt.

Mix and mash until it looks like something from my daughter’s diaper.

We decided it’d be better with a food processor or mixer but, hey, its a first attempt.

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Add Vanilla protein powder and light cream

Oh Emm Geee— It was horrible!!! I gagged literally. So I searched my cabinets for a low carb sweetener…

Then there it was BAM!!! Vanilla protein powder so I sprinkled a bit in and added a dash of light cream and some unsweetened coconut flakes and well it wasn’t Hagen-Daaz but it fixed my craving.

Or maybe it was the Skinny Fiber I had taken 30 minutes before either way I have half left in my fridge that I am going to try again after I eat my quiche and see if it’s any better.

Definitely,  will play with this again but next time with a better recipe perhaps there are somethings that should be left to Giada herself.

Please let me know if this has gone well for you and do share what I need to do to make this better.