Cauliflower Alfredo…

What exactly does this taste like? I happen to be a person who very much likes pasta – tortellini, gnocchi, penne, rigatoni… even obscure pastas like orecchiette pasta and campanelle. I have tried them all. Love them all. On the new Beyond the Scale program, I can totally eat them. Except I’m not doing just Beyond the Scale. I’ve added in my own component of clean eating. So, while I’m not cutting out breads, pastas, and the like necessarily, I am limiting them. A LOT. Mainly because if I make a pot of it, I will eat a pot of it. Out, I have the will power to eat smaller portions of pasta. At home though, I make zucchini noodles. So when I heard there was a way to make Caulifredo pasta sauce, I knew I had to try it.

First of all, my little tiny processor almost keeled over on me from the sheer exhaustion of trying to blend all of the ingredients together. Word to the wise – use a bigger blender if that’s what you want to do. My little Mini Prep processor was able to do it, but I thought I was going to watch it implode.

That being said, after following the directions to a tee, I took a taste and decided it needed something. So, I brought it to the “dinner guinea pig” A.K.A. the husband. He said, “Hmmm… needs more butter to taste like mashed potatoes.” “It’s supposed to be a sauce!” So back to the drawing board I went. I added in a little more salt and let it simmer a little longer, stirring occasionally to make it more like the consistency of a béchamel sauce.

Instead of breading the chicken, I used some grated parmesan cheese. I had to watch the chicken closely to make sure the cheese didn’t just burn. I paired it with some mushrooms and zucchini pasta. Caulifredo sauce on top. DD ate regular whole wheat pasta. There are certain battles I do not try to win.  #WonderWhereSheGetsHerStubbornessFrom

In the end, it was a pretty good dish. I might try adding more water next time to make the sauce more saucy, but it was good. It got high ratings from both DH and DD, which is actually pretty hard to come by! So I’ll take it!

On a side note, nutmeg tasted surprisingly good with this.

Source: http://www.heandsheeatclean.com/blog/2013/09/clean-eating-alfredo-caulifredo-sauce-fettucine-noodles

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DD’s Whole Wheat Angel Hair Alfredo

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Super Easy Fried Rice

There are a few foods that have made their way into my weekly menu. This easy fried rice is one of them. At only 2 sp for 1/2 cup, it is awesome! The smart points are only for the recipe, no meat included. I usually add in some diced chicken breast or some shrimp and it only climbs a smart point or two.

Somehow the picture I took  picture was deleted. Source:  100 days of real food

First Attempt at Quinoa

I’ve eaten quinoa at restaurants, but never in my own home. I actually bought some a few weeks back, when I first started this clean eating journey. It has sat in my pantry, mocking me, since then. I researched on countless websites, asked many of my friends, and finally came to the realization that making quinoa isn’t that hard.

12696769_10107203308628613_1081873585_oThis one pot chicken and broccoli was great. The joke of it is, I liked it, my two kids liked it (ages 1 and 4) and DH couldn’t stand it. He ended up eating some leftovers from the night before.

I’m glad I’m starting to see my kids enjoying clean eating. I can see this as more of a lifestyle each and every day. Try this recipe. I can’t vouch for the men in your house, but everyone else will like it! :0)

Source: http://ifoodreal.com/one-pot-chicken-and-broccoli-quinoa/

Surviving the Super Bowl…

Contrary to popular belief, it is actually possible to make it through the Super Bowl and eat clean. Yes, I said it, clean! And people actually like the clean stuff better. What did we eat?

  • Grilled chicken wings with clean rub
  • Veggie platter with clean queso dip
  • Jalepeno poppers
  • (blue cheese dip that DH made, that was sorta clean)

The queso dip was amazing. Just amazing. The best part was that it was pretty filling so you couldn’t have a ton of it. It’s 7 sp for each serving and the total serves eight people. The husbands all loved it and commented on how great it tasted.

We had the homemade jalapeño poppers (baked instead of breaded and fried) and the veggies for snacking. The end of the night came and I didn’t feel super bloated or gross. Winning!

(On a side note, at the end of the night, the dip came right off the pot as soon as I started rinsing. Bet other quesos don’t do that. Wonder what the others do to your insides? Just saying.)

 

source: http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2015/01/26/recipe-creamy-queso-dip-veggies/

15 pounds down = New Pants Size

A few weeks ago, while getting ready, I pulled the zipper pull right off of my favorite comfortable jeans. Lucky for me, I don’t really need jeans this season, but I was still out of luck. I made the decision right then and there not to buy another pair in the same size.

Fast forward four weeks and fifteen pounds lighter…

I bought a new pair of jeans today. In a size smaller than I was in December. And they were actual jeans, not jeggings. Yay!!!

Ground Turkey Skillet with Green Beans

This weekend at Sam’s Club, I grabbed some ground turkey. I say some but it was actually five pounds. Five pounds of ground turkey. What does one do with that much turkey? Well, luckily for me, there’s a great link on Pinterest for just such a question: http://www.thegraciouspantry.com/10-clean-eating-recipes-you-can-make-with-a-pound-of-ground-turkey/

12311354_10107177464580293_331619598_oSo what do you make with five pounds of turkey? Pretty much anything you want. I started with the Ground Turkey Skillet with Green Beans. Super easy recipe to follow and it’s the type of recipe that you can change a lot and still have something great. I added in mushrooms and paired it with whole wheat pasta and some shredded cheese. Yum!

 

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Clean Eating No Bake Oatmeal Granola Bars

Yes, you read that title right. Clean Eating No Bake Oatmeal Granola Bars. Whenever I see the words No Bake I automatically think it’s going to taste like mud. Really, though, most no bake things come out like big, sludge messes. This one is easy and tastes like heaven in bar form. The nice part about it is you can add other items or change out things and it still tastes great.

The most important part of this one is to do the dry stuff in a bowl and then warm up the wet items. The coconut oil is key because when it gets below 75 degrees, it hardens. Once this gets to room temperature, it does begin to lose its shape a bit. According to the original recipe, you have to put it into the fridge. I find that putting it in the freezer is better; the bar stays in its shape and it softens when you take a bite. I want to try it out with walnuts or pecans. It would probably taste fantastic with the almond butter.

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I pour them into a foil pan and freeze them. Then I cut them down into small cubes. They have just enough sweet and bitterness in each cube to enjoy!

For those following Weight Watchers, these are about 6 Smart Points for the size that I make them.

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Source: http://www.thegraciouspantry.com/clean-eating-oatmeal-granola-bars/