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Purely Elizabeth Giveaway!

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Dinner, Giveaways | 0 comments

Purely Elizabeth Giveaway!

I’m really excited about this giveaway.  The  Purely Elizabeth line was created by a fellow Institute for Integrative Nutrition Graduate.  This line was inspired by Elizabeth after she saw a need for vegan and gluten free products that weren’t overly processed or loaded with added sugar.  Her line has become so popular it has been featured in O Magazine, Natural Health, Women’s Health magazine and many others.   Purely Elizabeth products are free of Dairy gluten Sugar GMOs As an added bonus all products are Certified Vegan.   Today you have a chance to win all three of my favorite flavors at Purely Elizabeth, Original, Cranberry Pecan, and Pumpkin Fig.  There are a variety of different recipes you can use Purely Elizabeth products check out their website to see their unique and tasty recipes. What would you do with Purely Elizabeth Granola if you won? See below for various ways to be entered to win!     a Rafflecopter...

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Cauliflower Margherita Pizza

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Blog, Dinner | 1 comment

Cauliflower Margherita Pizza

 When Salt Lake City food blogger, Becky Rosenthal asked me to cook with her I must admit, I was a little intimidated.  When Angelo and I found out we were moving from Detroit to Salt Lake City I immediately started checking out the food scene. We had been to Salt Lake City before, the first restaurants we experienced were Sage’s and Copper Onion.  Both of them were amazing and we said to each other if this is what the food scene is like in SLC we could totally live here.  Little did we know a year and half later we would be living there!  When I first started reading Becky’s blog SLC Foodie, I saw her review on Copper Onion and immediately knew I could be friends with her.  She is a foodie and is clearly passionate about sharing the incredible and growing food scene in Salt Lake City.  Fast forward two years and I attended one of Becky’s Mixers specifically for bloggers and met some amazing women as well as finally meeting Becky(although I felt like I had known her, you know how you read someone’s blog for so long its like they are your long lost cousin!) Becky has a passion for food and a passion for creating recipes and adding her own twist to it.  I love getting with other like-minded people in the kitchen.  Collaborating with other people in life just makes everything so much better.  If you think you’re a genius try working with someone else, twice the ideas and twice the fun!  We made an amazing cauliflower crust pizza along with a Mediterranean Cous Cous Salad.  The Mediterranean salad turned out to be so fresh, and tasty with kalamata olives, pine nuts, feta cheese, bell pepper, onion, and a light olive oil lemon dressing this salad will be my go to salad for the summer.  I made it about a week after Becky and I tried it out and loved it the next day in a wrap with hummus. I’ve made cauliflower crust pizza a few times.  I love it because I can literally eat the whole thing and not feel guilty about it!  The crust isn’t quite as crispy as a typical American Pizza, but after eating pizza in Naples, Italy I love having a messy pizza that I can get down and dirty with(Think Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love-except you’ll still fit into your jeans).  To make the cauliflower crust we added eggs, cheese, salt, pepper and some herbs to help cut the taste of the cauliflower.   I love how versatile cauliflower is, you can make mashed potatoes with it, substitute couscous for it, and make an amazing pizza crust.  I love pizza as much as anyone but I don’t love how sluggish and gross I feel after eating too much of it.  Here is a guilt free recipe that is guaranteed to make you feel satisfied without feeling greasy and lethargic afterwards. Ingredients 1 small head of cauliflower, leaves and stems removed 1 teaspoon basil 1 teaspoon oregano 1 teaspoon parsley 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup Manchengo sheep milk cheese (or Mozzarella) 2 eggs cornmeal, to dust the pizza stone For the Pizza Sauce 1 jar marinara or pizza sauce 1/2 cup sheep milk cheese 5-8 basil leaves Preparation Preheat over to 350 degrees Chop cauliflower into small pieces, pulse into a food processor until it looks like a small grain.  Transfer cauliflower into a large bowl, add herbs, slant, cheese and eggs. Mix to combine. Sprinkle a tablespoon of cornmeal all over a pizza stone.  Place the cauliflower mixture on the middle of the stone and press it into a circle about 1/4 inch thick. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 and then another 10 minutes at 450 degrees.  Crust will be done when it turns golden brown. Remove crust from over, change temperature to 450 degrees.  Add pizza sauce, cheese and your preference of toppings, and bake for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.  Manga Manga! Check out Becky’s blog post about our pizza here...

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Sweet Potato Fries

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Dinner, Snacks | 0 comments

Sweet Potato Fries

  Sweet Potato fries have become somewhat of an obsession with me the past few weeks.  They are so good and satisfying without any guilt. I always try to have a few sweet potatoes on hand, so when I’m craving comfort foods these are my go to snack, that can easily be turned into a dinner. Sweet potatoes are low-glycmic as opposed to white potato which are high-glycemic.  Sticking to low-glycemic foods helps you burn fat more efficiently, doesn’t spike your blood sugar, and as a result you won’t crave salty and sugary foods in one or two hours. I play around with the seasoning on this recipe each time I make them.  I love that this recipe is so customizable so you can make it however you want. If you’re craving something sweet you could use cinnamon and stevia* as your seasonings.  I usually like mine spicy so I’ll add some crushed red pepper. Below is the a basic recipe and taste just fine as is, but feel free to experiment and let me know what you like best!!!  I LOVE to eat these with Guacamole or try them with my Creamy Corn and Avocado Soup! Benefits of Sweet Potatoes: I’ve already mentioned the benefits of a low-glycemic diet.  Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of carotenes, and vitamins C and B6. Sweet potatoes are also easily digested by the body making them a “quick exit” food, which means you’ll have more energy.  In addition they are a good source of maganese, copper, biotin,  vitamin B2, and dietary fiber. Ingredients: 1 sweet potato(or one potato per person) olive oil salt pepper Preparation: Preheat oven to 400F. Cut sweet potatoes into even strips Add about 2 tbsp olive to a bowl and toss with strip of potato.  Add a decent amount of salt and pepper to properly season each piece.  Experiment with seasons.  Some of my favorite combinations are paprika and cumin or garlic powder or cinnamon and stevia*. Place sweet potato strips onto a nonstick(or spray with nonstick spray) baking sheet.  Place in oven, checking every 10-15 minutes.  They key to getting a good crispy edge on each side is to keep flipped throughout the cooking process.  I cook them for about 30-40 minutes(until they reach the desired crispness I like!), but I flip them every 10 minutes or so. *Purchase stevia through iHerb.com.  They have the best prices and if you use coupon code OZI624, you’ll receive $5.00 off your first order! Make sure your buy NuNatural brand, it is my favorite, and doesn’t give a bitter...

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