BBQ Cauliflower “Wings”

20131029-162825.jpg With football season among us beer and wings seem to be the most common Sunday food fair. My dad and I watch every Patriots game together and I can assure you there is never a lack of wings or beer (and gf cider 🙂 ) but in an attempt to be a little more healthy I surveyed Pinterest for ideas. Here is an awesome recipe that I found on pinterest and modified for cauliflower “wings”. While these babies aren’t chicken, they taste amazing and are a fun, healthy, and tasty alternative! I like to make them just to snack on.

Here’s what you will need:

1/2 cup of gluten free flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)

1/2 cup of water

1 large cauliflower

1 Tbsp of water

1 cup favorite BBQ sauce

Here’s what to do…

 

Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees.

In a medium/ large mixing bowl whisk the water and flour together until you have a batter.

Separate the cauliflower into bite size pieces and dip the pieces in the batter, covering as much of the cauliflower as possible.

Remove access drippy batter and place the cauliflower bites on a greased cookie pan and put in the over for 30 minutes.

In a small bowl  mix the BBQ sauce of your choice with 1 tbsp of water.

When the cauliflower bites are ready (after 30 minutes) remove from the oven and cover entirely with the BBQ sauce mix. Using a kitchen brush is the most effective way to do this.

Place the bites back in the oven for 10 minutes

You should see the cauliflower start to “bubble” and sizzle after 10 minutes, remove them and let cool.

Enjoy!!!

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A Berry Sweet Green Smoothie

I’m all about berries during the summer. Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries; you name it I will gladly eat it.

So in the spirit of fresh berries I wanted to make a summery smoothie with one of my all time favorites, blackberries. Below is my recipe for a deliciously sweet and healthy blackberry-induced smoothie.

What You Need:

  • About 15 blackberries
  • 1 whole orange
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup spinach (I used spinach and arugula when the pic was taken–stick to just spinach)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk

First mix the berries, orange and almond milk. Then once that’s been liquified add in the mango and spinach. If you want the smoothie thicker add a couple of ice cubes to the mix. If you prefer a thinner drink, add a little more almond milk!

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Orange Strawberry Green Smoothie

I recently discovered how delicious it is to add orange to a green smoothie. Especially now that the weather is warm, it lightens up the smoothie and adds that refreshing, sweet citrus taste. I’m excited to release a few orange smoothie recipes, starting with this one below. I hope you all enjoy!

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Ingredients:

1 large orange

5-6 large frozen strawberries

1/2 cup spinach

1/2 cup almond milk

Low Cal Coffee Coolata

Coffee lovers rejoice! Now you can make the perfect coffee coolata without all the calories or the trip to Dunkin Donuts!

While this recipe is insanely easy it does require a little bit of prep. The night before you plan to make it freeze roughly .5 ounces of almond milk. I recommend using a 1.2 ounce tupperwear to freeze the almond milk in for convenience and easy measuring. You also will need an entire tray of ice cubes.

Ready for how simple this is to make? Here it is:

Using a coffee maker brew 5- 6 oz of coffee (the smallest cup size option on the Kuerig)

Let the coffee cool so it is no longer steaming

Add all of the ice cubes from the full tray and the frozen almond milk

Blend

And that’s it! You can also add sugar for sweetness if needed.

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My First Kale Green Smoothie

image photoI decided to give kale a try since I’ve been hearing all about how nutrient dense it is. Turns out I don’t like kale but, I made a few #greensmoothies with it that came out well. Below is the first one I made that I liked. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup kale
  • 1 cup honeydew melon
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup almond milk

Grape Galore Green Smoothie

This #greensmoothie is different from any green smoothie I have made so far because the main ingredient is red grapes. I agree, putting red grapes in a green smoothie seems odd, but the outcome was very pleasantly surprising. If you like your smoothies tart, this is a great one to try!

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Ingredients:

25 red grapes

1/2 cup frozen mango

1/4 cup water

1/2 cup spinach

Because the grapes and mango take up so much space in the blender cup, I blended these ingredients with the water first and then added in the spinach.image

Watermelon Green Smoothie…YES!

If  you haven’t been able to tell from my recent posts, I am EXTREMELY excited that summer is just around the corner. Not only is summer the best because it hosts my birthday but some of my favorite food is in season, and with summer comes the beach! woo!

In honor of all things summer I have been eating watermelon and so naturally I decided to make a watermelon #greensmoothie. Here’s my first watermelon green smoothie recipe:

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  • 1 cup of  diced watermelon
  • 1/2 of a pear
  • 1/2 cup of spinach
  • 1/4 cup of almond milk

*Note: I froze this smoothie over night before drinking to make it thicker, if you want a thicker consistency and are planning on drinking it immediately add ice cubes when blending

My Go-To Green Smoothie

This is the recipe for my go-to green smoothie. I make this one at least once a week if not more, it is so easy to make and delicious!

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The recipe below is for a 22 oz smoothie:

1 banana

4-5 large frozen bananas

1 cup Spinach

1 1/4 cups of almond milk

Enjoying the  go-to smoothie at work and taking a self

Enjoying the go-to smoothie at work and taking a selfie