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Easy “Cheesy” Cauliflower

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Today for lunch I was craving cauliflower and all we had was a frozen bag of it.  This made my wheels start turning…not very fast, but I did come up with a plan.  I took the frozen bag of cauliflower and emptied it into a large bowl and poured hot water over it.  A couple of minutes later I drained all of the water and tried to make sure the cauliflower was pretty dry.  I then put the cauliflower back in the bowl, drizzled it with EVOO (probably about 1 tablespoon all together) and then added some flavor. I then added 1 teaspoon sea salt, 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper and 1 teaspoon ground garlic (these are my best guesses on the amounts as I did not measure, but I would recommend doing it to flavor and everyone has different taste buds).  I stirred everything together and then added about 3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast…and stirred some more making sure I had a nice even coverage of flavor on the cauliflower.  I then put the cauliflower on a flat baking pan and put it in my oven which was pre-heated to 375 degrees.  Due to being hungry I only baked for about 12 minutes, but would say that you could bake anywhere from 12-17 minutes, depending on the amount of “roasty-ness” you want.  This was a wonderful, healthy, “cheesy” cauliflower side dish that our family will be having again (many more times!).  Enjoy 🙂

P.S.

If you want to kick the recipe up a notch or two a touch of cayenne would be wonderful (we will be doing this next time I make “cheesy” cauliflower).

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Quick & Easy Cucumber Salad

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Quick & Easy Cucumber Salad

2 large cucumbers

4 green onions

3 roma tomatoes

1/3 cup  romano basil vinaigrette

1/2 cup Feta cheese

fresh ground black pepper

Wash and dry your veggies.  Slice cucumber, seed, then chop cucumber and place in salad bowl.  Chop green onions and roma tomatoes and add to salad bowl.  Add in dressing, Feta cheese and fresh ground black pepper to taste, gently stir.  Enjoy!  Quick, easy and healthy.  Make 6 nice sized servings.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 198 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories

89
Calories from Fat

46
% Daily Value*
Total Fat

5.1g
8%
Saturated Fat

2.4g
12%
Cholesterol

11mg
4%
Sodium

319mg
13%
Total Carbohydrates

8.2g
3%
Dietary Fiber

1.5g
6%
Sugars

4.5g
Protein

3.2g
Vitamin A   15% Vitamin C 23%
Calcium 9% Iron 4%
Nutrition Grade A-
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional Analysis

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Chicken Caprese

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Cook chicken breast(s) in a little olive oil. Season as wanted, I used a small amount of sea salt, fresh ground black pepper and garlic powder.

Roma tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and balsamic vinegar.

On medium-low heat start reducing your balsamic vinegar. I reduced 1/2 cup to use, and had a little leftover.

Fresh basil.

Coarsely chop fresh basil. You can leave whole, but smaller pieces are easier when eating finished product.

Remember to keep an eye on your balsamic vinegar as it reduces.

Roma tomato (or whatever your favorite kind of tomato is that you want to use).

Thinly slice your tomato.

Mmm, mozzarella!

Slice your mozzarella.

By this point your chicken breast(s) should be done cooking. Place them on broiler pan. Also, turn on your broiler (very helpful step that I almost forgot).

Chicken breasts waiting to be capresed.

Generously top your chicken breasts with your chopped basil.

Add a nice layer of tomato on top.

Top with mozzarella.

Sprinkle a little sea salt & garlic powder on top of mozzarella for added flavor.

Time to broil. Keep an eye on your Chicken Caprese as it is under the broiler as you want your cheese to melt, but not burn.

When your mozzarella cheese is melted, remove from broiler, carefully place your Chicken Caprese on plate and top with your reduced balsamic vinegar.

We had our Chicken Caprese with a side of whole wheat pasta that was dressed with a little olive oil, garlic, sea salt, fresh ground black pepper and green onions.

 

Hope that you enjoy my Chicken Caprese as much as we did…my husband literally licked his plate clean.  Total meal took me less than 20 minutes to prep & cook.  Fast, super easy and full of wonderful flavor!

 

 

 

Easy 3 Minute Lighting Fix

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