Caul Me Crazy Cauliflower Pizza

Caul me crazy (and bad at jokes) but I am obsessed with Cauliflower pizza. I saw a recipe online and heard cauliflower2recommendations from friends, so I decided to give it a try. Now the third time I made it was arguably the best as you learn as you go.

Ingredients

1 whole head of cauliflower, cut into florets (for the non chef extraordinaire like myself this just means cut it into tiny pieces by the stem but leave the ‘tree looking part’ together)

2 eggs

¼ cup of parmesan cheese (I say the more cheese the better it tastes )

1 tsp of onion powder

1 tsp of Italian seasoning

salt & pepper as desired

Recipe

  1. Use a food processor to finely chop the florets of cauliflower. If you do not have a food processor like myself, simply put all the cauliflower into a pot with water and bring to a boil, then turn down the heat to a simmer and let sit as the cauliflower softness. This usually takes about 20 minutes for me, but test the softness of the cauliflower as necessary.

  2. Next place the cauliflower in a dish towel and ring out all the excess water. (In my case I had to mash the cauliflower first and then ring it out because I didn’t have a food processor. The softer the cauliflower the easier the abashing will be, and this can be done with a potato masher)

  3. Once DRY AS POSSIBLE, transfer to a bowl and mix in the rest of the ingredients. once combined spread across a parchment lined baking sheet (or a baking sheet heavily covered in PAM or other non stick cooking spray)

  4. Bake the crust at 400 degrees for 40 minutes, then add topping and bake for another 8 minutes or as desired!

So along with the recipe I have included the holy grail of tips about this dish: make sure you get as much water out of the cauliflower as possible. I mean when you think that it is all gone and as dry as can be ring it out again. I apologize for being so MIA recently but soon enough I will be back in full swing! Let me know what you think of this recipe below!

*disclaimer: pizza may come out in all shapes and sizes but all are delicious! aka mine came out in a terrible oval and one even triangle like.

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So Obsessed Saturday: Avocado Please

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Can you ever have enough avocado?! I mean really I have probably gone through 5 this week…so I guess you could say I am obsessed. There are tons of uses as well as tons of benefits!

Here are some avocado fun facts:

They contain more potassium than bananas!

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Avocado is a high fat food! WAIT WHAT Emily why would I want to eat something that is high in fat. This is a huge misconception because not all fats are the same! Avocado is high in fat but they are the good fats! Monounsaturated fatty acids and the main source is oleic acid which makes up 70% of olive oil, and is what gives olive oil its nutrient value.

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Avocados are very high in antioxidants and also help you absorb antioxidants from other plant foods! Antioxidants are very important to your body and keep a lot of it in check, avocado is high in certain ones that are great for your eye sight!

They are packed with fiber, both soluble and insoluble, which will help you stay full longer and in turn can help you lose weight if that’s your goal!

I have been using avocados a million ways this week, and I don’t think that that is much of an understatement as they are so versatile!

Salad: You can top your salad with chunks or slices. My favorite has been chicken, spinach, tomatoes, or whatever other veggies I have on hand mixed with avocado and some olive oil. The olive oil adds flavor and the avocado adds creaminess and removes the need for a really heavy dressing!

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Instead of Mayo: As mentioned before avocado is very creamy and can take the place of something else less healthy such as mayonnaise. You can mash up the avocado and spread it on bread for your sandwich, or I have even mixed it with chicken instead of mayonnaise to create a different type of chicken salad. (It may even be good with eggs for eggs salad…might have to try that one!)

avocadspreadGuacamole: This is quite the obvious one as avocado is the main ingredient in this very tasty dip. You can really get creative with guac because you can add really whatever you like. I like mine with lime, cilantro, tomatoes, onions, salt and pepper, not a fan of spicy. Guacamole is usually eaten with tortilla chips but you can also use veggies to dip instead for a slightly healthier option!

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Fun Food Friday

One of the greatest parts of being home is being able to make just about whatever I want. The trouble is at school it doesn’t make sense to invest in a dozen eggs when you only have a microwave shared by your own hall, needless to say I have been driving my family a little crazy with all the food I’ve been making!

So I don’t know if Fun Food Friday will be a regular thing, but hey we are all along for the ride. I found this super yummy Protein/energy Ball recipe that I love. I have messed around with a  few different ones and sometimes even tried to make my own, but I think this one has turned out the best! What I love about these kind of recipes is that besides the basics you can add just about anything without really messing it up. Another reason I love this recipe is because they are no bake which is a huge plus!

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1 cup oats

2/3 cup coconut flakes

1/2 peanut butter (or almond butter if you prefer. freestyle it!)

1/2 cup ground flax seed (I only had whole ones so I used that!)

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/3 cup honey

1tbsp chia seeds

1tsp vanilla extract

Directions: combine all ingredients in a bowl and chill for one hour. once chilled roll into balls of desired size and store in a container in the fridge. they will last for about a week! (When I made mine i also added some hemp seeds and extra flaxseed, tinker witht eh recipe cause you cant really do any wrong!) Let me know how they turned out for you!

So Obsessed Saturday: Chocolate Chip Cookies

I also have the greatest cookie mug in the entire world.

It’s Nemo from Finding Nemo. (be jealous)

It's Nemo from Finding Nemo.

I also have the greatest cookie mug in the entire world.

This post is happening for many reasons. Well to start off I gave up sweets for the 40 days of lent. Now that I am home I find it only right that I get to make my absolute favorite homemade chocolate chip cookies. Which brings me to my other reason. I love working out and I love being healthy, but whats really healthy is balance. It is so important not to deprive yourself of things just because they aren’t the best things in the world for you. It’s hard to be successful in being healthy if you don’t let yourself have a cheat every once in a while. Cookies are good for the soul. And not only do I love to eat these but I also love to bake them, or really anything (I love baking).

My cookie baking obsession began with two of my life long best friends as we would bake cookies AT LEAST once a week in the Summer together. However now that we are away at school, it is our bonding activity when we come back, jut bake cookies together. My friendship with these girls has grown so far as to the point that I can literally walk into either of their houses and just raid the cookie jar without them even being home and such behavior will be construed as normal. So I guess you could say chocolate chip cookies are more than just cookies, they’re our greatest sign of friendship.

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So here I have decided to share with you my all time favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. I hope you enjoy it and love it as much as I do!

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted (secret: melt it all the way) 
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease your cookie sheet or cover it with parchment paper (I have this super cool one that doesn’t need to be so if you don’t have one totally get one (: )
  2. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon. Drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart. (Sometimes I make the cookies smaller because then you get more, they last longer then haha)
  4. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. Put your phone away and enjoy with close friends and a cold glass of milk.

So Obsessed Saturday: Pancakes

Here in Olean, New York, there isn’t always much to do. However, like in any little city there are little gems throughout the town, and today I got to experience one of the best: Sprague’s Maple Farm. This place is just any breakfast lovers dream, because their breakfast is off the chain (and I don’t use that phrase loosely, so you know this is the real deal!)

What makes this even greater is that I love pancakes,as in the path to my heart is paved with pancakes.

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Any time you order pancakes you automatically get an unlimited amount with your meal, which is quite sly on their part because it sounds so great – but you never have room in your belly fore more! So today I made a deal with myself that I would beat the house at their own game, and get an extra order of pancakes.

And that is what I did – because I am not a quitter. MY first order was three pancakes the size of my head, 2 homemade sausage patties (omg so yum), a plate of hash browns (also my favorite), and 2 scrambled eggs. the first set of pancakes I got where buttermilk and then on my second round I got 2 apple cinnamon pancake. And ladies and gentlemen that brings my grand total up to 5 head sized pancakes. So to say that right now I have a food baby would be an understatement, because it is more like twins.

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I don’t regret my over indulgent decision because it is nice to treat yourself, and being a college kid a great ‘home made’ meal is something that can’t be compared to. Thats why I love pancakes os much because to me they are a little piece of home. Over the summer I went through a huge pancake phase, where I would come home from work and my mom would be supermom and make me pancakes at 9 at night. Therefore they are my go to comfort food. The best is when the center gets a little soggy from the butter because it is melted, and there is maple syrup dribbled on top ( I used to strictly be a chocolate chip girl, but now I’m ‘mature’ …hardly)

Also being away from home, it is always nice to go out with your closest friends and enjoy a good hearty meal. That, to me, is one of the simplest perks of life, a meal. To really enjoy not only the food but the company that you keep. Although it is not the same as being at home, comfort food anywhere brings you just that: comfort, and the people around you who care can bring you that too!

So there you have it, a little obsession and a little heart and soul on this saturday! Let me know what your comfort food is below!