Meatballs – NOT!!

A favorite appetizer at cocktail parties is Sweet and Sour Meatballs, but being vegetarian I do not partake of those tasty morsels.  But now I have my own version!!  My version came out a bit larger than appetizer size and didn’t get completely glazed, but the taste was wonderful!!

http://happyfoodhealthylife.com/vegaterian-sweet-and-sour-porcupine-meatballs/

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WHAT?! Another Cauliflower Recipe..

So Ok, maybe I’m having a love/hate relationship with cauliflower. I love the nutrition provided by this veggie and love the fact it is such a diversified vegetable.. but I hate the texture and lack of flavor. I have this horrible texture thing going with a lot of foods and I have tried making mashed cauliflower before. It turned out lumpy, runny and bland. SO I thought I’d use the texture and blandness in my favor and load it up. Hence.. my LOADED SMASHED CAULIFLOWER

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I started by steaming a head of cauliflower in the microwave. Chopped and in 1/4 cup of water. Heated for 5-6 minutes, until the cauliflower was fork tender.

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Using potato masher, I smashed the cauliflower

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Then added Cream cheese, sour cream, shredded cheddar, bacon and green onions. Combine and pour into baking dish and baked uncovered at 350 for 20 minutes.

I have to say… it’s a pretty good substitute for loaded baked potato

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Recipe:

Preheat oven to 350

1 head Cauliflower, broke into large bite size pieces

1/2 cup cream cheese

1/2 c sour cream

1 cup cheddar cheese

1/2 cup diced cooked bacon

1/4 diced green onions

 

 

Better Late than Never!

Well SkinnyM is sure outshining me on this blog thing.. but I’m committed. I am going to do this. It only took me the past hour to find my log in and password… or ok.. set up a new password. Why does every password I have need to be different. I mean honestly. I am over 40, the brain cells aren’t multiplying at this point… I’d rather not have to waste my energy remembering all my user names and passwords. AND heaven Forbid you try to reuse a password you had previously!! Really?!?! Who cares??? “Passwords must contain 1 upper case, 1 lowercase, 1 number, 1 symbols. Good ness… how about just fingerprints or retinal scans.. would be soo much easier!

Ok, off the soapbox and I was here for a reason… Oh yeah… my new foods/recipes, challenges. For the January Challenge..yes.. yes I am WELL aware its mid-February… but the JANUARY challenge was to make something you haven’t made before.. or prepare a food differently.. so I’m not a huge fan of Cauliflower.. I’ve tried (and will continue to try) different preparations to eat more… Here is one that I kinda liked.. It had a great flavor from the seasoned spicy sauce.

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER STEAKS

Preheat oven 350

Remove leaves and stem from Cauliflower head.

Slice into 4 1-1 1/2 in Steaks.

Lay on greased cookie sheet and season with salt and pepper

{optional – sprinkle with cayenne or Chili powder to give more flavor}

Brush Seasoned sauce over the tops and roast for 15 minutes.

Flip over, brushed sauce over again and roasted another 10-15 minutes until golden.

 

Seasoned Sauce:

1/2 cup sour cream

1/4 cup hot sauce

1tsp Garlic powder

1tsp onion powder

Dash salt and pepper

 

 

 

 

Spinach Balls

With a nod to Mardi Gras this month, both CarbLover and I made spinach balls.  (CarbLover forgets how to blog post so you may or may not see her version!)  These were a pretty tasty and filling snack.  Next time I may add some garlic or other herbs.

Spinach balls Healthy Appetizers

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Guacamole!!!

You can’t have a snack themed challenge without the ultimate snack….Guacamole!!!

This is one of the few things I can make without a recipe!!  Avocado smashed with a fork, diced onion, diced tomato, minced garlic, squeeze of lime…..eat!!

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