Apr 182017
 

My “cheat” meal this week was a little different. I decided to split it between lunch and dinner.

I took Friday off as a me day. I went to physical therapy, then to the gym, ran a few errands and spent the rest of the day relaxing on the couch cuddling with Bella and Yggdrasil and catching up on TV shows. (Currently LOVING Feud!!) I decided I wanted a burrito for lunch (I used leftover shredded chicken in my tortilla) and had some chips and salsa. Then for dinner Michael and I had pork tenderloin and some Trader Joe’s garlic fries. I really wanted mashed potatoes but the fries were a good substitute.

The last few weeks my cheat meals were pizza or a burger on a bun with a beer. Those were very satisfying.

New To Us This Week

After our hike on Saturday, Michael made cauliflower pizza for the first time. I’ve never had it before. Here is the recipe Michael used:

The Ultimate Cauliflower Pizza Crust

From: http://annavocino.com/the-ultimate-cauliflower-pizza-crust/

Ingredients

  • 2 12 oz bags of cauliflower florets, stems removed
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan
  • ¼ cup shredded mozzarella
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Egg

Instructions

  1. Pulse cauliflower in a food processor until it resembles the texture of couscous. It will have a very snowy appearance.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, cook on high for 3-4 minutes. Let cool. Using cheesecloth, squeeze any and all excess water out of the cauliflower, then do one final squeeze wrapping a towel around the cheesecloth to make sure all excess water has been removed.
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, mix cauliflower, parmesan, mozzarella, garlic powder, oregano, basil, salt and egg very evenly and form a dough ball.
  4. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper, spray a light coating of olive or coconut oil. Place dough ball into center, and press into a circle, about 10-11 inches in diameter and ½ inch thick.
  5. Bake in oven for 11-14 minutes until golden brown spots start to cover the surface of the crust. Remove from oven, add your toppings, and place back in oven for 5-7 minutes or until cheese topping is melted and bubbly.
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Picking up cauliflower already riced (Trader Joe’s) was a smart move!

I opened a bottle of wine that we bought for my birthday in January:

It was a small pizza, perfect for two people. It turned out pretty good! The downside? It was very time consuming. Michael worked really hard on the pizza and the second downside was the crust stuck to the parchment paper after it was cooked, so that was difficult. We eventually figure out how to salvage the pizza and the paper off the bottom.

How did it taste? Pretty darn good. It was really tasty, much better than I was expecting, but was it as good as a bread pizza? Not quite. Michael thinks we should try again and maybe make the cauliflower a little smaller, and make sure ALL the water was out. I didn’t help much, I was on Logan duty, so I’m not sure how the process went but I think for a first attempt, this was pretty good.

You definitely can’t eat the pizza like normal pizza–all fork eating here! But it tasted really good.

Challenges This Week

The first challenge was cravings. I was feeling a bit run-down for some reason and even though I haven’t been having cravings since those first few days of quitting bread, I started to crave bread. No idea why! I was doing really well, not missing it too much. Then boom. I wanted a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup (which is surprisingly high in carbs! Why?! I don’t understand how tomato soup is almost as high as a sandwich) and then I craved pancakes and French toast! I resisted but I was seriously craving it.

The second challenge was Easter. We went to Michael’s mom’s house for brunch and I knew there would be lots of carbs for breakfast (it’s the same delicious meal every year). Michael did let her know we were doing low-carb and she made a carb-free egg casserole that was really good, so that was nice! I had salad, fruit, many deviled eggs, then the ham and egg casserole.

I skipped the delicious potato, sausage, cheese casserole and went with the egg casserole instead. I did “cheat” and have 1 mini cinnamon roll. It tasted really good, too. 🙁

Victories This Week

Several shirts and a pair of jeans (that have been slightly too tight for months) were suddenly very loose. YAY for NSV!

I’m up 1 pound this week. (Wine, ice cream, Easter candy…) I’m slightly disappointed, but am back on track and we’ll see how it goes next week.

Jun 102013
 

Have you ever had one of those weekends where you never seem to sit down and relax? That pretty much describes the bulk of my weekend. Michael and I were dog sitting for his sister Friday night and Saturday morning so we went over to her house to feed the dogs, let them out and play with them. It was so much fun!

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They were super cute and excited to be let outside for a bit. So on Saturday, we played with the dogs, I went to the gym, got a pedicure with a friend, spent a couple hours gardening, went spirits tasting, grocery shopping and then home to make pizza. Exhausted yet?

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I had a Living Social deal for Eastside Distillery–a tasting and tour for two including some salted caramels (yum1!). It was a busy place when we got there. I didn’t know we had to make a reservation so we didn’t get to do the tour, bummer, but we did get a tasting. There were two vodkas, two rums and four bourbons.

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We got 4 tasting each and that was the limit. I tried the two vodkas and the two rums. I LOVED the coffee rum. That’s what I ended up buying. I cannot wait to give it a try! The coffee rum didn’t need anything. It could totally be served over ice and that would be good.

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Since Michael is a whiskey fan, he tasted the bourbons. There was a bourbon infused with Oregon Bing cherries. It wasn’t quite as thick and sweet as a liqueur but close. The distillery was really cool. It was in a warehouse with half of it converted to a tasting room.

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They also served a mini cocktail mix–you had a choice, the ginger vodka lemonade, the coffee rum drink with milk, or a Bloody Mary. I went with the Bloody Mary because I was considering buying their mix. It was tasty! I could really taste the cilantro they added to the mix.

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After the tasting, we bought some more soil so I could finish up the garden and the fixings for pizza. It’s been so long since we’ve made our own pizza and then with Michael going gluten-free it kind of went by the wayside. Michael bought some gluten free pizza mix from Bob’s Red Mill.

The dough was sticky and not as elastic as the regular pizza dough. It wasn’t necessarily difficult to work with, just difficult to keep together and in a shape resembling a pizza. But it doesn’t have to look pretty, it just has to taste good! I topped the pizza with fresh mozzarella, spicy ground sausage, roma tomatoes and a mixture of fresh rosemary, oregano and basil from my garden.

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The crust was REALLY good. I was impressed. I had low expectations because gluten-free anything is often disappointing. I was not disappointed by this pizza. I loved it! It tasted just like regular pizza, the crust had a little crisp to it–almost like a cracker but not that crispy–and the flavors were fantastic.

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The pizza was a great finish to the very, very busy day I had. We relaxed and watched a couple episodes of Homeland before crashing. On Sunday I finished up the last bits of my garden. I wanted to plant some flowers as well as the veggies and herbs I usually do. I found some huge pots in the shed that we’ve never used so I filled a few of those.

The Garden Tour:

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From left to right: pineapple sage, oregano, basil and rosemary. With one lone marigold to shoo away the aphids. The sage and oregano are from last year and I had to trim them back a lot to thin out the overgrowth.

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Blue Salvia and Starlette Dianthus. I tried to buy perennials because I hate wasting money on flowers that bloom for a month or two and then die and never come back! Of course we got jalapenos, too:

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I wanted to try some new things this year. I got a Purple bell pepper, brussels sprouts, and straightneck squash. The squash isn’t supposed to take over the whole garden (supposedly) but time will tell. I have no idea what to do with the Brussels sprouts so I need to research that.

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Finally, I got two plants I’ve wanted for a long time: Russian Sage and a sunflower. I put both in pots because I know from experience the Russian Sage takes over everything. I am so happy that I got a sunflower! They are my favorite flower and it’s so nice being able to look outside in the garden and see it.

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Even though it was one of the busiest, craziest weekends, I’m still happy I got so much accomplished. Some friend time, some chore time, the garden is looking really great and I can’t wait to spend my summer relaxing out there! But honestly, after spending such a busy weekend never sitting down to relax makes me want another weekend to recover from my weekend…

QUESTION: Do you have a garden this year? What did you plant?