Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

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This has become one of our staples at least 2-4 times a month. We try it with different toppings etc. every time. Lyn tried spaghetti squash a few others and we found a sweet potatoes recipe we are going to try.

I can’t believe I have not posted I guess I just go to my Pinterest and grab from there.

Enjoy

 adapted from here

Toppings of your choice, tomato, pesto or Alfredo sauce, cheese, precooked meats* & precooked veggies*

We also add some of Lyn’s pasta sauce

Preheat oven to 450F.  Line a baking sheet with either a Silpat or parchment paper.

Place the cooked Cauli-Rice into a tea towel and squeeze all the water out of the Cauli-Rice.  It is important to get the rice as dry as possible so that there won’t be extra moisture in the crust which will prevent it from crisping up properly.

In a medium bowl combine the dry Cauli-Rice, egg, 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, salt & pepper and mix to combine well.  Press the cauliflower mixture into an even thickness on the prepared pan, either into a round or rectangular shaped pizza.  I kept the crust pretty thin, about 1/4-inch thick.  Bake for 15-20 minutes until the crust is firm and golden brown.  Remove the pan from the oven and turn off the oven and turn on the broiler and move the rack to up close to the broiler. Top the cooked crust with sauce, cheese and toppings of your choice.  Place under the broiler until the cheese is bubbly and melted

Enjoy!

* Meats and veggies need to be cooked before placing them on the pizza as after the crust is baked, the pizza is only under the broiler to melt the cheese, not long enough to properly cook meats and veggies.

 

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Savory Cauliflower Cake

Savory Cauliflower Cake

We tried a lot of different things with cauliflower, mashed potatoes, roasted, sautéed with garlic, in salads,  I keep saying that I will try the cauliflower crust pizza one of these days pictures look good, but Lyn found this awhile back and we finally, well she finally made again the other day. This time instead of a bunt pan she used a parchment paper lined pie dish came out just as good and was easier to remove from pan and cut just didn’t settle as well.

This healthy, savory cauliflower cake recipe falls somewhere between a quiche and a meatless meatloaf. Garbanzo bean flour adds nutty flavor plus protein to make the cake a satisfying vegetarian main dish recipe. The flavor is best when the cake is warm or at room temperature, so it’s an ideal choice for a buffet.

From EatingWell:  January/February 2014

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/savory_cauliflower_cake.html

8 servings Active Time: 50 minutes | Total Time: 1 3/4 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 medium head cauliflower (about 2 pounds), trimmed and broken into small florets
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 teaspoon caraway seed, ground or crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 3/4 cup garbanzo bean flour (see Tip)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 jarred roasted red pepper, rinsed and chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, divided

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Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper.
  2. Bring about 1 inch of water to a boil in a large pot fitted with a steamer basket. Add cauliflower and steam until tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until tender and golden, about 8 minutes. Add caraway seed, coriander, crushed red pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Gently stir in the steamed cauliflower, doing your best not to break up the florets, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes to combine the flavors.
  4. Whisk garbanzo bean flour, all-purpose flour (or gluten-free blend), baking powder and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Whisk eggs in a large bowl until mixed. Sprinkle the dry ingredients over the eggs and whisk to combine and eliminate most of the lumps. Stir in roasted red pepper, feta and 2 tablespoons dill. Add the cauliflower mixture and gently stir to combine. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
  5. Bake until the top is golden and the cake is set, 35 to 45 minutes. Let cool to warm; remove the pan sides and the parchment. Serve warm or at room temperature, garnished with the remaining 1 tablespoon dill.

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Nutrition

Per serving : 187 Calories; 9 g Fat; 4 g Sat; 4 g Mono; 152 mg Cholesterol; 15 g Carbohydrates; 11 g Protein; 2 g Fiber; 563 mg Sodium; 296 mg Potassium

1 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 medium-fat meat, 1/2 fat

Tips & Notes

  • Garbanzo bean flour, made from ground dried garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas), is a gluten-free flour used in many traditional Middle Eastern recipes. Look for it in natural-foods stores and/or in well-stocked supermarkets in the gluten-free section. Once opened, store airtight in the freezer.

 

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WHFoods Recommendations

You’ll want to include cauliflower as one of the cruciferous vegetables you eat on a regular basis if you want to receive the fantastic health benefits provided by the cruciferous vegetable family. At a minimum, include cruciferous vegetables as part of your diet 2-3 times per week, and make the serving size at least 1-1/2 cups. Even better from a health standpoint, enjoy cauliflower and other vegetables from the cruciferous vegetable group 4-5 times per week, and increase your serving size to 2 cups.

As with all vegetables be sure not to overcook cauliflower. We suggest Healthy Sautéeing cauliflower rather than the more traditional methods of boiling or steaming, which makes them waterlogged, mushy and lose much of its flavor. Cut cauliflower florets into quarters and let sit for 5 minutes before cooking. For great tasting cauliflower add 1 tsp of turmeric when adding the cauliflower to the skillet. …..read more

 

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Granola “Muffin” Bars

Granola “Muffin” Bars

Make your own high-protein energy bars at home with this easy, delicious recipe. The dried fruits, seeds, and whole grains in this homemade energy bar can power you through a workout, commute, or a flagging afternoon.

We use these as a snack, in yogurt, with icecream………….

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup roughly chopped unsalted roasted peanuts
  • 2 teaspoons flaxseed, ground
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ cup dried blueberries
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped dried Bing cherries
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Muffin paper cups

 

Nutrition Facts

Per serving: 228 calories, 11 g fat (1 g saturated), 26 g carbohydrates, 6 g protein, 4 g fiber, 52 mg sodium (2% Daily Value).

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How:

1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.

2. Line muffin tin with paper cups.

3. Spread the oats, sunflower seeds, and almonds on baking sheet and toast in oven for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven and place in a large bowl.

4. Reduce heat to 325˚F.

5. Add peanuts, flaxseed, cinnamon, ground ginger, dried fruit, and salt to the oat mixture. Stir to combine.

6. In a small bowl whisk the maple syrup, canola oil, and vanilla extract together. Add to oat mixture and stir to combine.

7. Fill each muffin cup to the top and press down with the back of a spoon to compress the mixture.

8. Bake for approximately 25 to 30 minutes until slightly brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before removing from muffin tin. Store in an airtight container for up to a week. –

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See more at: http://www.naturalhealthmag.com

Dairy Free- Pumpkin Coconut Pie – coud have been Gluten-Free

Dairy Free- Pumpkin Coconut Pie – coud have been Gluten-Free

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t bake too exact of a science for me but it was a snowy day and I got cabin fever so I gave this a shot.  Glad I did!

From www.LivingWithout.com

This delicious pumpkin pie is a classic family favorite re-created with your special dietary needs in mind. Coconut flour is an aromatic gluten-free option that adds extra nutrition and fiber. Don’t like coconut? Use the substitution provided. This recipe can be made with egg replacement with good results.

Crust – I used Mrs. Smiths frozen pie crust (not gluten free hence could have been in title) but if you like to make crust here ya go. Remember I don’t bake that is Lyn’s thing.

1¼ cups gluten-free all-purpose flour blend of choice ¼ cup coconut flour*** 1 teaspoon xanthan gum ¾ teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon sugar ½ teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon agar powder*, optional 6 tablespoons cold butter or non-dairy substitute,     cut into small pieces 3 tablespoons shortening 3-4 tablespoons cold water, divided 1 teaspoon cider vinegar 1. To make crust, place the first 7 ingredients in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Pulse to combine. (If you don’t use agar powder, increase xanthan gum to 2 teaspoons.) 2. Add the butter and shortening and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. 3. Add half the water and all the vinegar and process. Add remaining water, a little at a time, until dough forms into a ball. 4. Remove dough from the bowl and pat it into a disk between two sheets of plastic wrap. Roll it into a 12-inch circle. Remove the top sheet of plastic wrap and gently turn the crust over onto a lightly greased 9-inch pie pan. It may crack or break in places but it will easily pat back into place. Form and press the dough into a pie shell and crimp the edges so that they are slightly higher than the pan. To bolster the height of the crust and to prevent over-browning, make a collar around the pie rim with aluminum foil. Prick the bottom of the crust several times with a fork. Freeze the crust for 15 minutes while preheating the oven to 375 degrees. 5. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Set the pie crust on the baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and increase temperature to 425 degrees to bake the pie.

Filling

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch or potato starch
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 large eggs**
  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk***
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup sweetened flaked coconut***, lightly toasted, coarsely chopped in a food processor ( I did not use this)

To make filling,

  • Combine sugar, cornstarch, salt and spices.
  • In a separate bowl, beat together eggs and coconut milk. Add pumpkin and beat well
  • Add sugar mixture to pumpkin mixture and beat to combine.
  • Sprinkle all but 1 tablespoon flaked coconut over the bottom of the par-baked crust.
  • Pour the pumpkin mixture into the pie shell.
  • Bake the pie in preheated 425-degree oven for 15 minutes.
  • Lower the temperature to 350 degrees and bake an additional 40 to 50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove the pie from the oven and sprinkle remaining coconut over the top. Let cool on a wire rack for 2 hours. Serve or refrigerate for later use.

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liquid ingredients

GLutenfree dairy freee pUmkin coconut pie

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This was after 2 hours it was great but after it was refrigerated it was much better I liked the consistency and texture much better.

*TIP Agar, also called agar agar, is available in flake and powder form at natural food stores. Use agar powder for this recipe. **TIP For egg-free filling, replace the eggs with ¾ cup pureed silken tofu (about 7 ounces or half a package); increase the cornstarch to 2 tablespoons and reduce the coconut milk by ¼ cup. Proceed with the recipe as instructed.                                 ***TIP Don’t like coconut? Use 1¾ cups heavy cream or milk of choice (soy, rice, nut) in place of the coconut milk and omit the toasted coconut. Omit the coconut flour in the crust and increase all-purpose gluten-free flour blend by ¼ cup.

Ratatouille Frittata

Ratatouille Frittata

Frittatas – so much you can do with them and I like to cut up left overs into single servings so I can pop out of the Freezer and into the microwave for a quick meal.

You need a 10” oven proof nonstick skillet and a little time.

Ingredients

  • medium potato cute into ½ inch cubes
  • 6 large eggs
  • 5 Egg whites – I used packaged
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt divided in two
  • 1 egg plant or 2 small Italian eggplants – cube in ½ inch pieces
  • 2 plum tomatoes cube in 1/2″ inch pieces
  • 1 medium zucchini cube in ½ inch pieces
  • 2-3 tablespoons slice black olives
  • 6 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • Small handful of grated pizza cheese – or cheddar
  • About 1 tablespoon or less of olive oil

ingredients

 

How

Preheat oven to 350

In a steamer cook the potatoes about 5-7 minutes until fork tender

Meanwhile in blender combine eggs, tarragon, pepper, half the salt – Using the blender made a fluffier airier frittata.

In a large nonstick oven proof skillet heat oil over medium heat

Add zucchini cook about 2 minutes until it begins to soften

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Add eggplant and the remaining salt cook about 3 minutes

add eggplant

Add the tomatoes and olives stir to combine cover and cook about 3 minutes until the eggplant is mostly tender and the tomatoes have given some liquid.

 

Add potatoes and toss to combine

add tomatoes and olives

Add the egg mixture (I gave it a very short quick pulse to combine again) and cook about 2 minutes or until the edges start to set.

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sprinkle with cheeses

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Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the frittata is set, puffed and browned.

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Let set for 3-4 minutes before serving

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Lyn’s Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

Lyn’s Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

Comfort foods are a good thing they make you feel warm inside especially on a snowy. I have to nick name this one as “hide it from me” or maybe “step away from the bread” it was so good that “Gone in 60 seconds” would work for a name also. I think you get the idea I kind of like this one. As we munched we started naming things that might go good with this, almond flour, pistachios, maybe orange rind….

Ingredients

  • full cup of grated zucchini (from about 1 medium zucchini)
  • 1 1/4 cup – cup for cup gluten-free flour blend
    • If does not included xanthan gum in flour then add ¾ teaspoon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  •  2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil (or other light oil)
  • 2 extra-large eggs
  • 1/4 cup lactose free yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup chopped or pecans

Ingredients

How

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray standard 9-inch loaf pan and set aside.

Place the shredded zucchini into some paper towels and gently squeeze out any moisture. Fluff the zucchini with a fork and set aside.

Put the all-purpose gluten-free flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl and whisk to blend

In another large bowl add the brown sugar, canola oil, eggs, yogurt, lemon juice and pecans. Whisk thoroughly until smooth.

mix wet

Add the dry ingredients to the wet and beat until combined. Fold in the grated zucchini and the nuts.

add the dry

  • Reserve just a little zucchini to sprinkle over the tops of the loaves

Pour into the pan, sprinkle over the reserved zucchini

pour into pan and sprinkle zuchinni

Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a loaf comes out clean.

bake 35-40 minutes

Cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then carefully turn out to
cool completely on a rack.

let cool and serve - we could not wait

We could not wait for the completely cool part. Tip if you want skinny slices wait until completely cool.