Meatless Irish Stew

A vegetarian take on a tradition Irish stew:

Potatoes – check

Carrots – check

Onions – check

Meat – um, no check, but replaced with portobello mushroom!!!


Beefless Stew



Well, technically it’s throw-back-Sunday, but whatever.  I had the fixins for baked coconut shrimp for February’s snack challenge, but I didn’t get a chance to make it until now, so a little throw back to last month!

This was easy and tasty.  The only thing I would do differently is make a dipping sauce to go with it!!


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


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.


Using potato masher, I smashed the cauliflower


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



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.


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