Sunday, February 18, 2018

Mashed Cauliflower

Just plain yummy. Now I am a slacker on posts I know. It is for a good reason though I am addicted to the Olympics it is like sucking up all the free time. I don't even watch sports until this time when I literally watch like 15 hours of ice skating and snowboarding a week. Which is pretty funny. Now this has nothing to do with this awesome sneaky healthy side. I love making this because it truly reminds me of mashed potatoes if you make it just right.

What you need~
1 head of cauliflower
2-6 cloves of garlic
Olive oil
Seasoning
Milk

Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees F. Cut your cauliflower pretty small so it gets extra tender. You want the cauliflower almost mushy to make this. I lightly coat in olive oil and and season with salt and pepper. I also remove the outer layer of the garlic and roast that too with the cauliflower. While this is roasting get your food processor out. Now I have tried the blender, food processor and stand mixer. Now they all work okay but the food processor really has the ability to get the perfect mouth texture I like to mimic potatoes. Once done roasting dump all of the cauliflower and garlic into the food processor and start to blend. Slowly add your milk to get it to the texture you like. I served this with stuffed pork chops and a mushroom/onion mole sauce I made.  SUPER good and I will always love this mashed cauliflower as a side.



NOM NOM

I really just love this option instead of heavy potatoes. You can get away with eating a ton of it as well. Happy cooking.

Until next time~
XoXo Emily

Monday, February 12, 2018

Roasted Vegetables In Salad

This will change your life. I went to a pizza joint and I got a salad. I know that sounds insane but it was so good. They actually roasted broccoli and had that in the salad and I am telling you this changed my entire life. Last night for dinner I made salad and roasted broccoli and sweet peppers. It just really adds another layer of delicious flavor and depth to the salad. It is also super easy to do and people will be blown away at the extra step you took.

What you need~
Two large heads of broccoli
6 large sweet peppers
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Salt & pepper

Start by pre-heating oven to 450 degrees F. Get a large sheet pan out to place your veggies on. Dice the vegetables to a smaller size but not to tiny as they shrink when baking. Toss the veggies in your oil and I used curry oil.  I roasted mine for about 10 minutes. Let it cool before putting in the salad or if you really want to you can serve in the salad warm. I like them cooled a bit.

Chop up the veggies.

Done roasting and cooling.

Mixed in the salad. Roasted goodness.

YUM!
I know this is an extra step but it makes salads all the better. It also makes my boring salads seem a lot more exciting.

Until next time~
XoXo Emily

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Orzo Pasta Salad

Just super simple and yummy. I am sure you are like what the heck is Orzo. I mean it looks like rice but it is actually pasta. It stays true to it's size when you cook it and works really well in a cold salad. I love it with a lemon sauce. I made this due to working late last night I knew it would be the perfect lunch since I packed it with veggies. I love it. I sorta feel bad for eating it all and not leaving any for Ryan. OH well.

What you need~
2 cups of orzo (cooked according to package and cooled)
1/4 cup of oil (I used lemon liquid coconut oil)
3 tablespoons of water
1/2 a cucumber diced
4 small sweet peppers diced
3 green onions diced
5 small pepperoni chopped up
1/4 cup greek olives chopped
Italian seasoning to the oil and garlic salt to taste

I really just prep all the veggies, cook the orzo and mix up the oil and seasonings. Then dump it all together and let cool before eating in 2 hours. It is amazing!



It really is fantastic and so refreshing with the lemon undertones. Try it soon.

Until next time~
XoXo Emily

Monday, February 5, 2018

Travel Adventures: Wisconsin Dells

What is better than fun in February?
We needed a bit of a mini vacation and this was fun and much needed. We ate some really tasty food and many laughs. Some highlights:
  • We may have drank drinks the size of our heads. I am a sucker for a Miami vice.
  • Pretty sure the man at the check-in desk hated us but we had some funny jokes. At least smile a bit dude.
  • People watching is always fun. We may have saw a man wearing a 80's bright jumpsuit at the swim up bar.
  • Went on a really scary water ride with the girls. We did not realize how intense it was going to be and once we dropped into a giant tunnel it got insane.
  • The food. Oh goodness the food was amazing at the places we went too.
  • The friendship. So many good laughs with everyone. It really was a solid weekend.

I love that I am not looking at the camera. Brandon looks happy.

Ryan is a creeper here. Classic.

We look like we are 12. Katelyn looks all smiles though.

Liz legit has a polaroid camera. This was hilarious and fun. These pictures for some reason reminded me of when we were younger. We all patiently waited for them to develop to look at them. Big smiles.

Both Friday and Saturday night we played this super fun game where you are a wizard and you need to kill the other wizards. I managed to win Saturday night. As you can see we had some yummy beverages too.

This was amazing. Handmade bloody Mary and chaser.

Yum!

Monk's has some tasty burgers. The chips where good too.

The best biscuits in gravy I have ever had at The Keg.
I am always a fan of adventures and this was a good little get away. The Wilderness were we stayed was nice. Our giant rooms were relatively nice. This place is huge so be prepared to walk a lot.

Until next time~
XoXo Emily

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Moderation

I have been a slacker. I will admit to that freely. To be completely fair I had a sinus infection and a pretty nasty bronchitis flare up. I am on the mend finally finished up my antibiotics today.  So why do you ask do I go into this ramble and what does it have to do with moderation? Being sick and unable to work out stresses me out. I have to watch what I eat closer to keep up my weight loss. But I don't want to go insane when I am sick and want a piece of pizza. So what does one do? You work at moderation. Yes the statement everything in moderation is true. This moto is something I follow closely and is why I have had success over 3 years maintaining my weight now. I base my days off of the theory that some days I am going to eat fried chicken or a salad/soup. You really have to look at the big picture here and figure out what works for you. Here are some examples.

This is literally what I ate for dinner not 10 minutes ago. Two rolls of sushi and a diet soda.. Emily.. I can feel you judging but let me explain how I fit this in. I had 3 strawberries and a yogurt for breakfast. I drank two things of chai tea not sweetened in between my breakfast and lunch. I followed that up with a medium salad (no meat) and some coconut cashews. Pretty decent meals right? It leaves me with more calories if you will for that sushi. I am eating in moderation. I am looking at serving sizes and counting it all up. 










Oh goodness it is the end of the world we ate chicken for dinner one night. This was when I was sick and damn if I wanted some mashed potatoes. I have had KFC maybe once in the past year. So because of that thought and the idea of moderation I planned this day out. Yogurt, gatorade and chicken soup for breakfast/lunch this day. Left me plenty of calories for this meal. Now could I have cut out the gravy and removed the chicken skin to save even more? Sure... but come on why do that we barely ever have chicken like this.









When I talk about moderation what sorts of salads and soups do I have? Well look at my blog history I have plenty of ideas. You can really make soup with whatever you have in fridge and the same goes for salads. For me it is easier to eat a big dinner for more calories than my other meals.













So now I am sure you are like oh you make it seem easy but come on what about beverages?
I drink beer, wine, soda and juice like I eat food. Either I save up the calories or I pick lower calorie options. Let's be real though I love a good dark beer. I drink moderately though. You do not need to go get drunk every where you go to have a good time. Having a good dark beer or a glass of wine with dinner is fine. 5 glasses of wine are a bit over the top though and let's be honest that is not moderation. I also will sub in a diet soda if there are not good options as needed. Diet coke is of course my favorite.







I bring up this topic today because people comment on what I eat and drink all the time. I wanted to bring up the idea of moderation and how you can still have your cake and eat it too. Literally eat the damn piece of cake every once and a while. Just not the entire cake okay.

Until next time~
XoXo Emily

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

American Shepards Pie

This was exactly what we needed in this sick house of ours. I am finally feeling on the mend and Ryan is still pretty sick. This meal was a mass up of random leftovers I found in my fridge and those meals always are hit or miss. This was a hit. The creamy mashed potatoes with the well seasoned hamburger patty really hit the spot. I love to throw extra veggies into anything I can so I loved this. I would actually make this again.

What you need~
2 hamburger patties seasoned well and cooked
1 bag of frozen veggies (cooked)
1/2 cup of gravy
2 cups of mashed potatoes
1/4 cup cheese

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Prep all of the food items listed above. Once everything is prepped layer in a crock or oven save bowl in the order listed above. Place in the oven for 20 minutes and then for 5 minutes broil to brown the cheese. Great way to use up leftovers.

First layer hamburger.

Top hamburger with veggies and gravy.

Add mashed potatoes and cheese.


Ta Da! 
Hot and tasty.
This was a nice way to use up random things we had in the fridge for a filling meal. I hope you try it sometimes.

Until next time~
XoXo Emily

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Coconut Flour Pizza Crust

This was so good. I have to admit if your husband comes to you and asks you to make a homemade pizza crust that is healthy and tasty you just do it. Ryan asked me to make this and with the mixer it was whipped up in no time. I made this before the death flu took over my life. I am slowly on the mend but dang that took the wind out of my sails a bit. But back to this crust it actually made about two 10 inch pizzas and I will be putting this in rotation due to how low calorie it is compared to normal pizza crust.

What you need~
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
    1 tsp Onion powder
    1 tsp Oregano, dried
    4 Eggs, large
    1/2 cup Marinara sauce
    1/4 cup Coconut flour
    1 Olive oil spray
    1 cup Mozzarella, part-skim
    6 tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated
    2 tbsp Water
It really is tasty.

Start by pre-heating the oven to 400 degrees F. Prep your pizza pan with parchment paper and spray the paper with the olive oil. In the stand mixer or a larger bowl wisk together the seasonings and eggs. Then add in the coconut flour and Parmesan cheese. Let this rest for about 5 minutes to let all the batter melt together. Spread half of the mixture on the pizza pan you prepped before. Bake until lightly browned on the edges. Remove and top with toppings. At this point I found it better to slide the crust off of the parchment paper directly onto the pizza pan to crisp the bottom of the crust a bit. Turn the oven to HI for the broiler and broil until crispy and melted. Do the same thing for the second pie. This is just the best thing to share for two. I hope you enjoy!

The second batch was much more crisp. 
Hard to let it cool before eating.


Ready to go into the oven.
 
Ready for oven.

Mixing it up.

Ready for coconut flour. 
Another picture of the yumminess.

Until next time~
XoXo Emily