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Garlic Cheddar Mashed Cauliflower

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I made this the other week and it was so good I made it again tonight!  It is very easy, except you have to wash your food processor afterwards.  I can’t stand cleaning that thing!

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Cut up your cauliflower.  Cut finger and try not to bleed on cauliflower.  Oh wait, don’t do that … please be safe :)  First time cutting myself on my crazy nice knives and it wasn’t too bad.

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I boiled the cut up cauliflower in this pot for 10 minutes, drained it, added it to the food processor  and pureed it until it looked like mashed potatoes.  Add it back to the pot and add salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, Earth Balance (or butter) and a little cheddar cheese (or add a lot!)

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Yum!  I added shrimp and it was amazing.  I had another plate, but I tried to make this one pretty for you.

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Also, I am finally getting into Instagram and have been using it to post pictures of my meals and workouts.  Click here to follow me pleasee!!  I have been trying to follow the Tone It Up meal plan (5 meals a day) and I’ve been eating more vegetables and less processed foods. :)  I feel less obnoxious posting constant food and workout pictures on Instagram, so if you are curious, follow!  Thanks!

Zucchini Noodle Ratatouille

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I’m not a chef, but I’m trying to get better at “winging it” in the kitchen!  I can easily follow a recipe, and I got my inspiration for this from Nom Nom Paleo.  No I’m not going paleo, but I like this blog because I can get veggie ideas.

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I bought the Paderno Spiralizer at Williams Sonoma last weekend and it is so much fun to use!  You could also use a julienne peeler to make zucchini noodles.  I washed my two zucchini and cut off the ends.  I also cut them once in the middle to shorten them and to make it easier.

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I sautéed an onion (that was way too big) in some olive oil.  I added salt and pepper and regretted putting that much onion in my Le Creuset dutch oven.  Next time, I’ll use less onion!

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Lots and lots of spiral noodles!

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I added the noodles to the onion and mixed it around for a bit.  I put the lid on and let it steam for a few minutes.  Make sure to check on it so you get the noodles right.  Not too crunchy, not to soggy!

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This Beekman 1802 tomato sauce is awesome!  My Mom gave it to me for Christmas and it was the right chunky consistency for this recipe.  I added it to the noodles when they were almost ready.

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I sautéed mushrooms separately because Colby doesn’t like them.  I LOVE mushrooms so I made a bunch and added them to my plate.  Next time, I think I will add red peppers to the mix.  I added baked chicken to my noodles for dinner and it was great.  The other time I made this, I added turkey meatballs and enjoyed it even more.

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