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RED SKIN MASHED POTATOES

This is my absolute favorite way to indulge in mashed potatoes, that does not have some kind of extra-indulgent aged cheddar in it. I don’t always follow this recipe specifically but I do come by fairly close. The last couple of years I’ve replaced milk with unsweetened vanilla almond milk and I honestly can’t taste a difference. If anything it lacks an extra thicker texture but flavor is still there. I also sometimes use vegetable stock if I don’t have chicken stock and it works just as great.

BUT unless you have a really good quality garlic powder that is super fine, not those tiny granules then you must use fresh garlic. Oh, and of course fresh ground pepper instead of store bought ground pepper makes a big difference. I NEVER not use fresh ground pepper. It’s a must! Okay, that’s all. ENJOY!

 

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  1. Place the potatoes in a large pot and fill with water just to the very top of the potatoes.
  2. Bring them to a boil over medium-high heat and simmer for about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Drain the potatoes into a colander. Place the butter and garlic into the pot, add the potatoes and mash them about half way. Add the chicken stock and milk then finish mashing until desired consistency. Add a little more chicken stock if the potatoes seem dry.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.

CHOCOLATE BERRY PROTEIN SMOOTHIE

Here’s a clean smoothie option to get a good amount of protein, fiber, and healthy fats to start your day. I love using Garden Of Life chocolate which is a vegetable based protein powder. It’s easier on my digestive versus whey protein. But use what works best for you. Maca powder supports healthy vitality and energy. Cacao nibs are packed with tons of nutrients but it adds more depth to the chocolate. Feel free to use your favorite nut milk. Lately I’ve been using unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Always go for unsweetened!

With about 8 grams of net carbs mainly from the mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries), this is definitely low-carb and diabetic friendly. It gives just the right bit of sweetness to the smoothie. If you want to keep your net carbs lower, then omit the maca powder which brings your smoothie net carbs down to 5 grams.


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  1. Place everything into a high speed blender until smooth.

SHREDDED RADICCHIO & BRUSSELS

This is a very straight forward recipe that only takes minutes to cook. It’s so simple and so good for you. Most of the meal prepping I do is literally veggie dishes so I can easily heat up and only worry about the main deal. This recipe goes great with practically anything. Bake, pan sear/fry whatever it may be your favorite fish, or chicken breast, steak and lay it on top a bed of the Shredded Radicchio & Brussels. I’ve added a small handful of it to a rough chopped salad among whatever other random goodies I have in the fridge for a quick, lazy lunch or even dinner. BUT, my absolute fav is creating a circle of this in an oiled iron skillet, leaving a 4-5inch in diameter space in the center where I crack an egg or two in the center. Place the lid on top and let cook on medium-high heat for several minutes. Cajun seasoning sprinkled on top is divine! With toast and the oozing yolk, OH MY GOODNESS!

Sooo my point is, make a big batch of this ahead of time. Use it in all sorts of things. Make your life easy. Get your veggies. Be healthier, feel healthier. And life is good. Hey, feel free to add or replace ingredients too. I love it when you guys go outside the box, after all that’s the whole point of this food blog. Creativity and options is endless. Last thing though… To make life that much easier, I buy the bags of shredded carrot but by all means feel free to save some money by using the good ole cheese grater. You can do the same with the brussels sprouts. Personally, I prefer using a very sharp knife and making thin slices to each one. The radicchio though, you’ll have to use a knife to get the shredded effect. It’s about 1/4 of a radicchio head to get a solid cup of thin slices. Okay, I’m done babbling. Go make nowwww!

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  1. In a large saute pan over medium-high heat drizzle about a tablespoon of olive oil and add everything except the lemon juice.
  2. Stir frequently for about 5-7 minutes or until the brussels sprouts turn a vibrant green.
  3. Then, squeeze the lemon juice on top, add salt and pepper. Stir for about 30 seconds and remove from heat.

CAULIFLOWER PIZZA CRUST

Don’t roll your eyes and runaway! Hear me out. I came up with this  concoction of an amazing pizza crust alternative for many reasons. NOT because gluten free and low carb is a fad these days. I’ll explain.

You don’t have to be gluten free or low carb to be healthy or to eat healthy rather. Not everyone is gluten intolerant (not allergic, big difference). But there are benefits to avoiding wheat flours in general. Not entirely as it varies from person to person. Although, obesity is a huge issue in the U.S. and now many other countries around the world. Diabetes and heart disease tends to go hand in hand with obesity at some point in a persons life. Keeping your carbohydrate intake to a moderation is one of the single best things you can do for yourself to PREVENT the above mentioned. Monitoring it is also one of the better things you can do for yourself if you’re already obese and/or have other health issues that can be easily managed by dietary habits. So, because I’m all about moderation and compromising on this food blog, THESE are the reasons why I wanted to make this and share this. Okay, on to the good stuff…

This is actually a very easy recipe to make and you can make it ahead of time, wrap it in plastic and refrigerate it until you’re ready to use. There’s no yeast involved and no hours of waiting for dough to rise, knead, rise yadda yadda. You can make many of these, freeze it until you’re ready to use. Win win especially with how tasty this is. You can use dairy-free cheese if you’re lactose intolerant or simply replace the cheese entirely with an extra egg. And just a heads up, you might have to eat this pizza with a fork… which I’m sure is the least of anyone’s worries so long as it tastes good. Most parts of Italy you’ll find eat their pizza with a knife and fork so it’s not a sin!

There’s no wrong way to dress a pizza. We all know this. If you’re looking for a good red sauce you can always use my go-to Homemade Marinara. If you like your pizza sauce on the sweeter side just add a little bit of sugar to the marinara when heating it up. Last thing, when squeezing the water out of the cauliflower be careful to start… it does retain heat for a long time so don’t burn yourself. And squeeze the heck out of it. You’ll be surprised how much water is in cauliflower. Have fun!

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  1. Cut the florets off the cauliflower head, place them into a food processor and run it through until everything is riced super fine. Place everything into a bowl and cover with a damp paper towel. Microwave for 5 minutes.
  2. Fold the cheesecloth in half and place over a strainer, pour the steamed cauliflower into the cheesecloth and let it cool for about 15-20 minutes. Grab all corners of the cheesecloth and squeeze the cauliflower over and over until all the water is removed.
  3. Toss the cauliflower back into the bowel making sure it’s not hot still. Add the egg, Romano cheese, mozzarella, garlic powder, oregano, and salt. Mix everything kneading it altogether like a dough.
  4. Place some parchment paper onto a baking sheet and spread the cauliflower dough in any shape you like to no thicker than ¼ inch. Bake at 450 F for about 15-20 minutes.
  5. Top the pizza crust with any of your favorite sauces, cheeses and/or toppings and bake for about another 10-15 minutes.

HOMEMADE BUTTER

Making homemade butter is quite possibly the most easiest thing you can do in the kitchen. Don’t let the idea of having to go buy cheesecloth and use it scare you. In fact you can find them at pretty much any grocery store. Or you can find better quality ones that you can use over and over again on Amazon.com; which is what I do. It’s extra rewarding to make your own homemade butter especially when it only takes 15 minutes start to finish.

If you have access to heavy cream from a dairy farmer, then even better. You can save a decent amount of money especially for large families if you make your own butter especially if you’re buying a good quality block of butter at the store. Usually I buy grass-fed butter at the store. It has a lot more flavor, it never gets super hard so it’s easy to spread on bread and it softens very quick to room temperature when you want to bake. It’s also a lot healthier for you containing healthy fats because the animal is eating grass (what it normally would in the wild), not grain etc. You really are what you eat.

When you don’t have a punching bag to let out some aggression, you can squeeze and knead the liquid from the butter. It really is a great stress reliever LOL! I mean, it does help. Anyways, making homemade butter doesn’t have to end at just plain butter. You can control the amount of salt you put into it, which is perfect for those who like salted butter but have to watch their sodium intake. And the best thing of all, making different flavors for all sorts of purposes like melting on top of your favorite cut of steak. I’ll be sharing some flavor ideas very soon. So be on the lookout!


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  1. Fold the cheesecloth into two layers.
  2. Whisk the heavy whipping cream on high speed with an electric stand mixer for about 10 minutes until the pale yellow butter starts to separate from the liquid.
  3. Transfer everything into the lined strainer. Gather the cheesecloth around the solids and knead the butter to form a ball and squeezing out the excess liquid.
  4. Rinse well under cold water. Remove from cheesecloth and pat dry with paper towels.
  5. Season the butter with salt and use the back of a spoon to fold it in until everything is well incorporated. Taste a tiny bit to gauge the salt contents to your preference.