Tasty Tuesday: Cauliflower Rice Recipes

Get creative with your cauliflower rice! These comfort-food-inspired recipes will earn rave reviews…  Yumminess from Hungry Girl...

First up is: Sloppy Jane Stuffed Peppers.  Sloppy joes are yummy… but why let bread have all the fun? Enter peppers! Add cauliflower rice, and prepare to be wowed.

1/4th of recipe (1 stuffed pepper half): 278 calories, 5.5g total fat (2g sat fat), 423mg sodium, 28.5g carbs, 7g fiber, 18g sugars, 28.5g protein.  SmartPoints® value 4*.

Prep: 10 minutes     Cook: 30 minutes     MAKES 4 SERVINGS

Ingredients:

4 large red bell peppers (look for peppers that sit flat when stem ends are up)
2 1/2 cups roughly chopped cauliflower or 1 3/4 cups cauliflower rice
1 1/4 cups canned crushed tomatoes
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. molasses
1/4 tsp. each salt and black pepper
1 lb. raw extra-lean ground beef (4% fat or less)
1 cup chopped onion

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Carefully slice off and discard stem ends of bell peppers, about half an inch from the top. Remove and discard seeds. Place peppers cut-side up in a deep 8″ X 8″ baking pan. If they don’t sit flat, gently lean them against the pan sides.
  • Bake until soft, 25 – 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, if starting with roughly chopped cauliflower, pulse in a blender until reduced to rice-sized pieces, working in batches as needed.
  • In a medium bowl, combine crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, honey, red wine vinegar, molasses, and 1/8 tsp. each salt and black pepper. Mix until uniform.
  • Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add beef, and sprinkle with remaining 1/8 tsp. each salt and black pepper. Cook and crumble for 4 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Add cauliflower rice and onion. Cook and stir until beef is fully cooked and veggies have softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low. Add tomato mixture, and cook and stir until hot, about 3 minutes.
  • Blot away excess moisture from bell peppers. Evenly distribute filling among the peppers.

BONUS recipe: Cheesy Broccoli Cauli’ Rice.  Why do broccoli and cheese pair so well together? We can’t explain the secrets of the universe, but we can give you a great recipe featuring the combo plus cauliflower rice.

1/4th of recipe (about 1 1/4 cups): 144 calories, 6g total fat (3g sat fat), 416mg sodium, 17g carbs, 5g fiber, 6g sugars, 8g protein.  SmartPoints® value 3*

Prep: 15 minutes     Cook: 15 minutes     MAKES 4 SERVINGS

Ingredients:

5 cups roughly chopped cauliflower or 4 cups cauliflower rice
1 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread
1 cup finely chopped onion
2 tsp. chopped garlic
3 cups roughly chopped broccoli
1/3 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup light/reduced-fat cream cheese
1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper

Directions:

  • If starting with roughly chopped cauliflower, pulse in a blender until reduced to rice-sized pieces, working in batches as needed.
  • In an extra-large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook and stir until onion has slightly softened and garlic is fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Stir in cauliflower rice, broccoli, and broth. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, uncovering occasionally to stir, or until veggies have softened and broth has evaporated.
  • Reduce heat to medium low. Add all remaining ingredients, and cook and stir until cheeses have melted and mixture is uniform, about 2 minutes.

Share your favorite recipe with us….. Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

 

Tasty Tuesday: Tropical BBQ Chicken Taco

Thank you Hungry Girl for another yummy recipe…. The best part about her recipes are they are usually really easy and helps me to look at various options in my recipes to help me stay on track in my weightless journey.  Today’s Healthy Tropical BBQ Chicken Taco Recipe is one I probably would have never thought about….

Prep: 5 minutes      Cook: 10 minutes
Entire recipe (2 tacos): 255 calories, 5g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 730mg sodium, 30g carbs, 7.5g fiber, 11.5g sugars, 26.5g protein.    SmartPoints® value 6

Ingredients:

3 tbsp. bagged cole slaw mix
2 tbsp. crushed pineapple packed in juice (not drained)
1 tbsp. finely chopped red onion
2 tsp. chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp. seasoned rice vinegar
One 3-oz. raw boneless skinless chicken breast cutlet
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. onion powder
1 1/2 tbsp. BBQ sauce with about 45 calories per 2-tbsp. serving
1 Flatout Hungry Girl Exclusive 100% Whole Wheat with Flax Foldit Flatbread (if only they were gluten free)

Directions:

  • In a small bowl, combine cole slaw mix, pineapple (and its juice), onion, cilantro, and vinegar. Mix well.
  • Pound chicken to an even thickness. Season with garlic powder and onion powder. Bring a grill pan (or skillet) sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Cook for about 4 minutes per side, until cooked through.
  • Chop chicken, and place in a medium bowl. Add BBQ sauce, and stir to coat.
  • Cut flatbread in half to make two round pieces. On a microwave-safe plate, microwave for 10 seconds, or until warm.
  • Divide slaw mixture between flatbread pieces, and top with chicken mixture. Fold and chew!

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Remember to share your favorite recipe with us and I will be happy to feature it in our next Tasty Tuesday post.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday – Pizza Pasta Recipe 

I haven’t tried this one yet but it is on the list for the upcoming week…

Prep: 15 minutes             Cook: 30 minutes           Calories: 513

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces rotini pasta (can substitute with gluten free)
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (can substitute with ground turkey)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 (28 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 4 ounces sliced pepperoni  (or crumbled sausage)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  • In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, cook beef with onion until beef is brown.
  • Drain. Combine beef mixture with spaghetti sauce, pepperoni and cooked pasta and pour into a 9×13 inch baking dish. Top with mozzarella.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, until cheese is melted and golden.

Yummy goodness with some leftovers….

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Have a recipe you would like to share? Share it with us, everyone always loves a new recipe to try.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

T

Tasty Tuesday – Steak, Broccoli and Mushroom Stir Fry

Yes, I know it is Wednesday…. we will be back on schedule next week.

This recipe is courtesy of CreatingMyHappiness.com.

With all of the new restrictions on my eating, I feel like I am in a dinner rut?  What about you?  I keep having the same food every day, with no variety or mixing it up? I feel like my  nose is twitching like a rabbit and I am waiting to cluck like a chicken when I laugh to hard.  Most nights I am home by myself for dinner since hubby works the swing shift.  I usually don’t like to cook much for just me.  I cook two nights a week and then freeze for hubby’s meals but often leave myself with trying to figure out what to eat.

In a chicken rut, I needed a new recipe so I went on the proverbial hunt….

I wanted something simple, or it’s not happening. I love to cook but an not a fan of complex recipes.  Fortunately, this dish, is really simple.

The recipe calls for butter and despite its bad rap, it isn’t horrible for you when placed in a recipe.  The second is garlic. I love garlic despite the fact it is one of the no-no’s on my eating plan.  With all of its good properties, it is not a good mix for me.  UGH!!

Next add the mushrooms and brown them a bit.  Toss in the steak strips, then the broccoli. It should only take a few minutes to cook. When the meat is brown, pour the sauce over it and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes until hot. We don’t eat white rice in our house, so I always use quinoa.  
Ingredients

2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp garlic, minced
8 oz mushrooms, sliced
1 lb stir fry steak strips
4 cups frozen broccoli

For the sauce:
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsbp teriyaki sauce
1/3 cup soy sauce

Instructions

  • In a small bowl mix the sauce ingredients until the sugar melts into the liquids, set aside.
  • In a large skillet saute the butter and garlic over medium heat until fragrant. Add the mushrooms, spreading them out so they’re in a single layer. Cook for 2-3 minutes, flip, then cook an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the steak to the skillet and cook until browned. Reduce the heat, add the broccoli, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes, until the broccoli is almost tender.
  • Stir the sauce again, then pour over the steak. Toss to coat and simmer for 2-3 minutes, until the sauce is hot

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Let me know if you try this and what you think….

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Reward Yourself

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It is FRIDAY!  You have worked hard whether you are a stay at home mom or you punch a time clock from 9AM – 5PM.  If you have taken any of my challenges this week, you have definitely worked hard.  Personal growth is tough.  Take it from one who knows!

Whenever you accomplish something, you should reward yourself.  I know you are thinking – no time, no money, right?  Maybe you are thinking “I didn’t do anything worth celebrating this week”.  The truth is that there is always something to CELEBRATE.  It can be getting to the gym for workout, getting caught up on the household chores or maybe you just feel good.

Rewarding yourself on a weekly basis can be beneficial for your mood, and your motivation. You deserve it, so here are 20 ways to do it…

1. Get a manicure. Homemade, in front of the television or at the salon, it will make you feel great instantly.  I make a mess with nail polish so I save time by using Jamberry.

2. Take a bubble bath. The ultimate relaxation, and take your time!

3. Put money aside for a trip. Saving a specific amount each week will help you achieve a bigger treat like a trip.

4. Go out for dinner. Whether it is to your favorite restaurant, to your mom’s house, or to eat fast food…

5. Indulge in a sweet treat. Or salty. And don’t feel guilty about it.

6. Watch a movie in bed. Slip in your comfiest pajamas and enjoy.

7. UNPLUG!!! Take time off the Internet. We all need a break from the outside world, and during that time, you’ll be able to do anything, and you won’t be disturbed.

8. Read a book. Or a magazine.

9. Pick up flowers at your local market. This little attention will bring joy into your home.

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10. Listen to loud music. And don’t forget to dance!

11. Have a glass of wine. Invite your friends for dinner, and chat with them.

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12. Wander around town. There are probably many areas that you’ve never seen. A little bit of surprise can’t hurt.

13. Look at old memories. This is a great way to make you smile.

14. Call a friend or a family member. Someone you haven’t talked to in a while, or someone you talk to every day.

15. Cook your favorite meal. And don’t forget to turn the music on while you cook!

16. Sleep 15 more minutes. Or go to sleep early.

17. Write in a diary. It is so liberating, and very amusing to read later in your life.

18. Organize a picnic. What better way to enjoy the weather?

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19. Go to the cinema.

20. Go shopping. Window shop and try clothes on that are “not your usual style”.  Who knows you may find something you like.

Rewarding yourself doesn’t have to take a lot of money, it is a chance to pamper you.  The CELEBRATE your awesomeness.

What will you do to REWARD yourself this weekend?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!