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Munchkin Meals & What I Ate Wednesday

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Happy Hump Day!!

It’s been a while since I shared some of the little dude’s meals, so today I thought I’d show you what my 17 month-old can eat in a day. Along with my eats. :)

I’m linking up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons for another What I Ate Wednesday. This month’s challenge is to vegify our meals and to share our favourite ways to cook and eat veggies. Two words: Green Smoothies!!!

Last Friday’s eats, starting with breakfast for two:

Plain bagel with butter, gruyere cheese, scrambled egg and apple for me and the little dude and small green juice.

Lunch was quick:

Falafel salad (made with frozen falafels, spinach, cukumber, homemade hummus and balsamic glaze) and huge green smoothie – or shoud I say Nutriblast? ;) –  for an early PM snack. Both shared with my son.

Toddler Snackin’:

Organic blueberries and strawberries, cheddar-apple mini muffin (I’m on a mini muffin baking kick lately) and iogo toddler yogurt.

Afternoon Tea:

Echinacea, to fight a cold.

And finally dinner for all:

Homemade Pizza! Well, semi-homemade. :) Whole Foods pizza dough, topped with tomato sauce, cheese and Genoa Salami. Side of berries for the little man, side of ceasar salad (unpictured) for the grown-ups.

I’m sure there were a few more snacks here and there, but these are the photos I took, and my mommy-brained memory can’t pinpoint to any other specific eats from that day.

In other news, my Valentines Treats Giveaway is still running until February 14th. Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a $10 Starbucks gift card and 5 amazing Swedish Dubbel Nougat chocolate bars.

Peas and Crayons

Thanks for stopping by here and have a wonderful rest of the week!

 

 

 

 

The Gluten-Free Experiment: Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Posted on by Susan Posted in Recipes | 4 Comments

Hi friends! Happy almost weekend! :)

Any fun plans?

I’m planning on buying some more caulifower! I don’t really know why, but I’ve been neglecting to buy and use cauliflower for the past few years. There isn’t really a reason why, I just always liked other veggies better. But this, my friends, is going to change very, very soon.

Not only did I figure out how to make a super easy slow cooker veggie curry featuring cauliflower, but a couple of days ago I also decided to go into full experimenting mode.

I’m not sure why, I guess it’s a Pinterest-inspired idea, but I really decided to make a gluten-free pizza crust. Luckily none of us is gluten-intolerant, but we’re pretty big on wheat products (bread, cereal, beer and most of all pizza…) and I thought dinner would be a good opportunity to cut down a little.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

I can’t really remember where exactly this recipe came from (feel free to point me to the source so I can give proper blog credit), but here’s what I did:

I used 1/2 head of cauliflower, 1 egg, about 1/2 – 3/4 cup of shredded parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. First I shredded the cauliflower finely in a food processor until it had a texture similar to that of rice. I then toasted the shredded cauliflower in a large pan for a few minutes (my pan was to small to fit all of the cauli, so I had to do several batches). I mixed all the ingredients with the cauliflower to make the “dough”, which I shaped into two small, thin crusts and baked at 400º F for 20 minutes.

Topped with our favourite toppings, including garlic, mushrooms and blue cheese and prosciutto for the guy version (below).

The verdict: It was surprisingly good! ;) It obviously didn’t taste like the thin and chewy Neapolitan thin crust pizza that I love so much, but considering the amount of pizza I’m eating, this is definitely a healthier alternative to sneak some extra veggies in and cut some wheat out. However, it is very time consuming, so its not something I could do often, even if I wanted to.

Do you eat gluten-free on a regular basis? Do you have any fun gluten-free recipes to share? This was actually the first time I deliberately made a gluten-free dish, but honestly, I can’t imagine how people with sensitivities manage to get by without it. I love occasional pastries and bread, but also a beer every now and then, and even though there’s rice flour and other substitutes, the wheaty, doughy taste is what makes it, isn’t it? You gluten-frees are strong!

I’m linking up at the Ladies Holiday Photo Friday Blog Hop today, so don’t forget to check out some of the other fabulous bloggers, if you get a chance!

What I Ate Wednesday: Summer Staples Edition

Posted on by Susan Posted in Eats | 3 Comments

Hi friends!

Wow, I missed almost an entire month of What I Ate Wednesday due to our Europe trip.

And I really don’t want to share today’s eats with you, because to be honest, they were less than healthy. :-o

Instead, I would like to share the summer staples that made up for the majority of my eats this summer. So, how about both?

  1. Today:

    Pretty Peach!

    - Breakfast: coffee, homemade (from scratch!) Swedish cinnamon bun (kanelbulle – these are not as soft and spongy as the North American version, but dense, doughy and delicious)
    - A.M. Snack: organic peach
    - Late Lunch: Cheeseburger and Fries from a new local deli/diner just around the corner.
    - P.M. Snack/Treat: another cinnamon bun
    - Dinner (*planned as of writing this post*): Salad with sauteed mushrooms, heirloom tomato salsa, organic corn, hard boiled egg

    OK, I guess today’s eats weren’t so bad after all.

  2. Summer Staples:

    I literally had these at least once a week

    - Pizza (always a staple!) ;-)
    - Kombucha
    - Organic Heirloom Tomatoes – we pick up a ton of those at the Farmers Market each week

    Produce that's currently in season is so good!

    - Organic Peaches and Plums – have you tried Champagne Peaches??? OMG!!! Foodgasm!!!
    - Family BBQ’s
    - Freshly squeezed orange juice (love Cyoni here in Vancouver, and we had a glass of Brämhult’s almost every morning in Sweden)

I’m not looking forward to the end of summer. It will be bittersweet. BUT, let’s focus on the fact that the farmers market is running until mid-October! :razz:

What did you eat today? What were your summer staples this year?

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