Thursday, December 19, 2019

Crock Pot Mexican Cauliflower Rice

I've recently fallen completely in love with cauliflower and everything you can do with it.  Cauliflower rice is my latest fave cauli dish and the fact that I can make it in the slow cooker AND make it with a Mexican kick is beyond exciting! Give this recipe a shot and let me know what you think! 

What you need:

  • One large head of cauliflower, stems removed, cut into small to medium chunks of florets. 
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce (or 2 large fresh tomatoes, chopped).
  • 1/2 cup of chicken stock (or water).
  • 1 heaping tbsp of tomato paste.
  • 1 medium white onion, diced.
  • 2 bell peppers (preferably red and yellow), diced.
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced large.
  • 1 tbsp of garlic powder.
  • 2 tsp of chipotle powder/flakes (can substitute cayenne).
  • 2 tsp of ground cumin.
  • 1 tsp of dried oregano.
  • 1 tsp of black or white pepper.
  • Salt to taste.

How you make it:

  1. Add your chicken stock (or water), tomato sauce (or tomatoes), and tomato paste to your slow cooker, stir. 
  2. Add your spices to your slow cooker, stir.
  3. Add your onion and peppers to your slow cooker, stir.
  4. Add your cauliflower florets to your slow cooker, stir everything to coat florets with as much liquid as possible.
  5. This recipe is designed for a 6-quart slow cooker. Cook on low for 5 hours tops. Cook on high for 3 hours tops.
  6. If using  a 4-quart cooker, use 2/3 of the ingredient amounts and the same cooking times.
  7. After cooking, use a spatula or other blunt-ended object to slightly “mash” the florets so that they break up into a rice-like consistency.
  8. Stir well and drain any excess liquid that you do not desire. The cauliflower will absorb more liquid if you store it in the fridge overnight, yet this is a good thing.
  9. Enjoy!
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Friday, December 6, 2019

Lemon Garlic Shrimp + Zoodles

    Delicious, low carb, clean & keto friendly! 

  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 whole medium/large zucchinis (spiralized)
  • 1 small/medium lemon (juiced with seeds removed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt (more to taste if desired)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan (if desired)
  • 20 Cooked, peeled tail off shrimp (amount optional, I prefer a LOT of shrimp!)

You can either buy zoodles premise or purchase a spiralizer & make them yourself with zucchini squash. Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan and add garlic, stirring and heating for 1-2 minutes until lightly golden. Add zoodles and lemon juice and cook over medium heat until noodles are softened, about 3-5 minutes. Gently sprinkle in salt, oregano, basil and red pepper flakes then toss to combine. Garnish with Parmesan cheese if desired.

I like to take shortcuts when I can so I get the Costco cooked, peeled tail off shrimp. I defrost them overnight the night before in the fridge or just run them through water (although the bag directions discourage this... but if I forget to defrost prior to, oh well). Then I cook them in a skillet for just a few minutes for flavor and to heat them up while making the zoom does as well. I use a little olive oil (1tsp), oregano, basil & garlic as I do with the zoodles. 

When both are done, top the zoodles with the shrimp & ENJOY 

Link for the spiralizer I use
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