2014 in review – What a year!

This past year has been crazy – a baby, a death in the family, etc… And I hope that 2015 brings more time to try new things in the kitchen (and pass it onto you!).  Happy 2015!

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 250,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 11 days for that many people to see it.

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Mexican Cauliflower “Rice” for copycat Moe’s Burritos

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One of my favorite quick service spots to eat is Moe’s Burritos.  Unfortunately, my hole-in-the-wall town doesn’t have a Moe’s (or a Chick-fil-a, don’t get me started) so I have to resort to booking flights with connections in Atlanta and making sure my layover is long enough for me to hop over to Terminal C so I can eat at Moe’s.  See how sad I am?

I decided that I wanted to try to make something similiar for dinner to tide me over until my next flight in ATL.  I used low-carb tortillas (because I’m lazy and don’t make my own, but you can) for the burrito, made a cauliflower mexican rice that I found to be a great filler for the burrito.  But I didn’t think the rice worked very well as a stand-alone side.  And I whipped up some guacamole (mash avocado and add some homemade salsa, a dollop of sour cream, and salt).

Mexican “Rice” Recipe

1 small head of cauliflower, riced in a food processor

1 T coconut oil

1/2 yellow onion, chopped

1/2 – 2/3 can of tomato sauce (no sugar added)

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp minced garlic

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or more if you like things hot. I don’t)

Heat coconut oil in a pot.  Add onion and sauté until clear.  Add riced cauliflower in large pot and add all spices/tomato sauce.  I add sauce until it looks “right” to me.  I know that’s not very specific.  Heat cauliflower through, about 20 minutes, on med heat.

And it ends up looking like this:

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Make your guacamole:

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Then take a tortilla, add some previously cooked chicken, then some rice, then some cheese, then lettuce, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, etc…  Whatever you usually like on your Moe’s burritos.

Enjoy!

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Primal/Paleo Snack Ideas

Apples and Peanut Butter

 

My go-to snacks before I tried a low carb lifestyle were things like pretzels, chips, and cookies.  Without those things, I needed new and fresh ideas for snack foods (because it’s a long time between meals!).  Here are my new favs:

1.  Apple or banana with almond butter

2.  Deli meats with homemade ranch dressing

3.  Carrots/veggies with ranch dip

4.  Nuts (Cashew, Macadamia, Almonds, etc..)

5.  Hard boiled Eggs

6.  Small amount of dark chocolate

7.  In season pitted fruits or berries (cherries, peaches, blueberries, raspberries, etc..)

8.  String Cheese (or any kind of cheese)

9.  Pickle rolls (ham, cream cheese, & small dill pickles)

10.  Full fat Greek yogurt (sometimes I through a little honey in here to sweeten it)

11.  Tuna on a cucumber slice

12.  Pork Rinds (I don’t like these but my husband does)

13.  Beef Jerky

14.  Avocado (this is yummy just smashed up with salt or as guacamole)

15.  Larabars (or, as I recently found, Kind Bars)

Add your own ideas for low carb snacks in the comments!  I am always up for a new snack 🙂