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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Good Race!!

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I ran the White Rose 5 Miler on Saturday!  I LOVE this 5 mile race and did it in 2010 and 2011.  I was a little nervous since I haven’t been running as much as I should, and I’ve had a sinus infection.  It went very well and I actually think it was almost the same exact time as my 2010 race!  I’ll have to compare once the official times are up.

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Perfect weather (I didn’t wear the sweatshirt in my before race pic) and I wore my prescription sunglasses :)  I’ll post more about the race once I get my race pics from my Dad!  I had a great time and I really want to do another race soon.  I taught BODYPUMP yesterday afternoon with some soreee legs but I was fine.  I’ve been stretching my hamstrings a lot.  I’ve been wearing my compression socks!

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I also made an awesome dinner last night and wanted to share.  It was SO easy but tasted so good.  I’ve never cooked scallops before because they intimidate me.  This risotto was very good and it came with a seasoning packet to add to the rice.  I found it in the organic aisle.  For the scallops, I added vegan butter to a very hot hot pan.  I dried the scallops with a paper towel, added salt and pepper and put them in the pan.  3 minutes on one side and 2 minutes on the other.  Perfect!

Favorite Summer Breakfasts

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Overnight Oats

As soon as the weather starts to warm up, I crave these oats!  When I first started reading running and healthy living blogs, I couldn’t understand how these bloggers ate cold oats soaked in yogurt!  Now I crave them and it is my favorite way to eat a big breakfast.  Don’t let the small bowl fool you!  If you are watching calories, you could easily get to 500+ calories in this tiny bowl… or else that is just me because I put so much peanut butter on top!  Here is my favorite mix…

  •  1/2 serving of So Delicious Blueberry Coconut Milk Yogurt
  • 1/4-1/2 cup Silk Almond Milk
  • 1 serving oats (usually 1/2 cup)
  • Tbsp Chia Seeds

Mix that up at night (I usually make two at a time because I split the yogurt container) and stick it in the fridge! In the morning I add…

  • Banana (or sometimes blueberries or strawberries)
  • Way too much White Chocolate Wonderful – Peanut Butter & Co (cheaper at Target)  This is my absolute favorite PB

 

My Favorite Smoothie

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I am blessed with a beautiful Vitamix blender and I use it daily.  It is great for hot soups in the winter, sauces for dinner, chopping veggies and of course, smoothies!  Above are the ingredients I use, except I forgot to take a picture of my huge container of fresh spinach.

Here is my favorite variation and this is the order I put it into the Vitamix…

  • 1 cup vanilla or original almond or light chocolate soy milk (depends if I want extra chocolate)
  • Powder mixes (Usually 1 scoop chocolate vega protein, but I’ll add a scoop of Colby’s chocolate Recoverite if I just did a crazy workout or run)
  • Chia seeds and PB2
  • Tons and tons of spinach… seriously like 2 and 1/2 cups
  • Banana
  • Frozen berries (usually strawberries because they taste so good in this smoothie!)

The frozen berries and banana weigh down the spinach.  I feel like everything blends the best in this order.

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Not the prettiest color, but it is delicious!!