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Friday Five: Ode to Cauliflower for Low Carb Eaters

Friday Five:  Ode to Cauliflower for Low Carb Eaters

Cauliflower definitely has never been the coolest kid in class. It can be a little smelly when you cook it, can sometimes be a bit bland especially when prepared incorrectly, and doesn’t have the same unique appeal as some other vegetables that only surface once a year. However in my opinion cauliflower deserves its own moment in the spotlight and around here, today will be the day. Not only is cauliflower delicious on its own, it makes a great low carb substitution in some of your favorite dishes. Try this five delicious cauliflower recipes and share your own favorite ways to enjoy cauliflower in the comments.

1. Cauliflower Crust Pizza, 3 P+, 122 calories
Pizza with a cauliflower crust? That’s right. By mixing up cauliflower with some cheese and egg then baking it, you can create a wheat free version of crust to make your favorite pizza. The nuttiness of the cauliflower adds a great flavor and it’s a delicious low calorie way to enjoy pizza.

2. Cauliflower Tots, 2 P+, 65 calories

Love tater tots? Try these cauliflower tots next time you are craving a tater tot. They are a bit labor intensive to make, but freeze great. So set aside some time and make up a big batch. Then just bake them and serve up with your favorite dipping sauce.

3. Creamy Cheesy Cauliflower Mash, 1 P+, 84 calories
For mashed potato lovers, cauliflower can be a great lower carb and calorie option. Although it won’t taste exactly like mashed potatoes, it is a yummy option and enhanced with some cheese and garlic makes a perfect side.

4. Cauliflower Rice, 0 P+, 35 calories

This is perhaps the most famous of all cauliflower, low carb substitutions and is something I have in my fridge pretty much all the time. It makes a perfect substitution for rice in my opinion with no points plus and hardly any calories.

5. Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce, 3 P+, 85 calories
Although this isn’t a traditional lower carb option since Alfredo sauce is actually low in carbs, it is a delicious and lighter option that uses the versatility and creaminess of cauliflower to mimic the richness of the traditional cream based sauced. Serve it over a bed of spaghetti squash with some chicken and broccoli and you have a perfect low carb meal.

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Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese

Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese

A classic spinach artichoke dip is pretty darn hard to beat. It’s bubbly, it’s cheesy, it’s warm, and even though it may be a bit 80’s, I will always welcome it at my party. So yesterday was my stomach when screaming for lunch, it seemed like a perfect idea to stuff my favorite dip into a grilled cheese sandwich. Layered with spinach, artichoke, cream cheese, and shredded cheese – this makes a perfect lunch. I wanted some added protein so I threw in some turkey. Vegetarian bacon would also be delicious. The only thing I can really think of that would make this meal even better would be a Wonder Years marathon.

Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese
Servings: 1 servings
Serving Size: 1 sandwich
Nutritional Info: 288 calories, 10.2g of fat, 22.4g of carbohydrates, .7.4g of fiber, 37.8g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 7 * (more…)

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Sausage, Potato, and Veggie Bake

Sausage, Potato, and Veggie Bake

One dish, one big giant toss of everything together, and twenty minutes in the oven. Easiest meal ever, especially if you cheat and buy the veggies pre-cut from the salad bar. This is one of those recipes I use over and over, just switching up the veggies, sausage, and spices depending on what I have or am in the mood for. Usually I try and match the spices in the sausages and then top everything with some crumbled cheese, avocado, or an egg. Quick, easy, versatile, and delicious.

Sausage, Potato, and Veggie Bake
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
Nutritional Info: 284.1 calories, 12.2g of fat, 28.1g of carbohydrates, 3.7g of fiber, 16.6g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 8 *
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Quinoa Egg Muffins

Quinoa Egg Muffins

These may just be my new favorite thing to have in the house for a quick breakfast or snack. Although similar to the egg muffins and mini quiches I have posted in the past, these little gems have even more protein and staying powder since we are adding quinoa to the mix. Toss in whatever veggies and cheese you have at home, stir together, and bake for 30 minutes. Incredibly easy and delish.

Quinoa Egg Muffins
Servings: 3 servings
Serving Size: 2 muffins
Nutritional Info: 185.2 calories, 6.9g of fat, 15.4g of carbohydrates, 2.2g of fiber, 15.7g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 *
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Sunday Slow Cooker: Red Beans and Rice

Sunday Slow Cooker: Red Beans and Rice

This meal is a bit like a warm hug that lasts the perfect amount of time from someone you haven’t seen in awhile. It’s familiar, it’s cozy, it brings back some wonderful memories, and its easy. Not like that awkward half hug, side hug, or my personal nemesis the not welcome hug where one person goes in for the hug and the other person stands rigidly praying for it to end. I am usually a giver of these, not the receiver. It’s just awkward.

But back to the good hug that you’ll get from this recipe. It’s one of those simple and hearty recipes that only takes a couple of minutes to throw together and tastes great. Personally I like it with some smushed avocado on top. You can also throw in some browned ground beef or turkey, sausage (yum!), and vegetarian crumbles if you want to add even more flavor.

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice
Servings: 6 servings
Serving Size: 1 cup
Nutritional Info: 200.1 calories, 1g of fat, 38.6g of carbohydrates, 12.6g of fiber, 10.5g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 *
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Friday Five: Get Out and Grill

Friday Five:  Get Out and Grill

I apologize in advance if you live in Colorado and just got an April snow storm. I completely agree, it’s not fair. Not fair at all. Instead of pulling out summer shorts, you had to unpack the winter puffer and wipe your car off one more time. Maybe you can store away this post for the warmer weather that must be coming your way. Or if you are hardcore (i.e. crazy) like the grilling women in my family, you can brave the elements and grill anyway. My Mom would grill in a blizzard, and probably forget to wear her jacket. No, seriously. (That’s why we love her) I am partial to a grill pan when the weather doesn’t go my way. No matter how you grill – inside, outside, warm weather, or all weather – these recipes taste great.

What are your favorite grilling recipes? Bonus points for grilled dessert ideas!

1. Sriracha Barbecue Chicken, 5 P+

This is one of my favorite all time grilling recipes. If you like barbecue and heat, you will love this recipe. Usually I grill up a double or triple batch with some simple grilled veggies, and use it all week long for salads, pizza (yum!), and rice bowls. It also works great with chicken breasts or pork tenderloin if chicken thighs aren’t your thing.

2. Grilled Eggplant Caprese

I love this recipe from Serious Eats for a grilled version of a classic Caprese salad. The eggplant is gently grilled and then stacked with fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil. The points plus and calories will depend on how much cheese and olive oil you use, but it is a very easy dish to keep low in points.

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