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Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
How are we all doing during quarantine? I surely hope you all are staying safe. This has been such a critical time for our world, and I empathize deeply with those that are suffering. All I can say is please stay safe, protect yourself, and protect others.

OK. Now, on to this recipe.

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese have been one of those side dishes that I've watched my mother prepare several times, but never really made it for myself. Her mac and cheese is just so amazing I've been too intimidated to make my own. But I feel I have watched her make it enough that I know the gist of what she uses to prepare it.

Mac and cheese is NOT healthy at all. Well, at least not this version of it.

I made this Cauliflower Mac and Cheese in hopes that I could take a break from pasta, but let's be honest...even with the added vegetables this dish still isn't the healthiest. But, it tastes so damn good.

What Did I Use

Basically, I prepared this Cauliflower Mac and Cheese similarly to how I've seen my mother prepare her dish. I used frozen cauliflower (about two bags of 12 oz), shredded cheddar cheese blend, milk, a crap ton of butter, and salt and pepper to taste.

I told you this wasn't healthy.

My mom actually likes to use block cheese, but I opted to use the shredded cheese blend. The shredded cheese blend has three types of cheese (sharp and mild cheddar, and monterey cheese). I liked having the variety of cheese added to this as it gives it a powerful flavor.

You can always add more cheese to this if you like. I personally think having the right balance between cauliflower and cheese really sets the dish. There's just the right amount of cauliflower for crunch and cheese in between.

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese is the perfect meat-free side dish to any dinner served
Prep Time: 5 mins | Cook Time: 45 minutes | Total Time: 60 mins
Course: Side Dish | Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cauliflower, Mac and Cheese, Cauliflower and Cheese
Servings: 5 servings

2 12 oz frozen bag cauliflower floret
1/2 cup milk (I used 2%)
1.5 cup of shredded cheddar cheese blend
1 tsp salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp melted butter

1. Preheat your oven to 400°F
2. On an oven sheet, roast your cauliflower for approximately 20 minutes to remove the moisture
3. Once cauliflower has roasted move to a baking dish
4. Add in your milk, melted butter, and one cup of cheese
4. Add salt and pepper, and stir everything together until evenly mixed
5. Add to your oven and allow to bake for 30-40 minutes covered
6. Take your dish and gently stir to check if butter and milk have cooked down
7. Sprinkle more cheese over top and add back to the oven for an additional 10 minutes or until a golden brown on top
8. Remove from oven and allow to cool before serving

You can use a plant-based milk if you like
Block cheese works just as fine. I recommend one or two blocks for this dish
If you prefer fresh cauliflower, one head should do the trick

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

Sunday, April 5, 2020
When I was in the second grade, I remember my teacher dividing us into sections to make our own chocolate ice cream. I don't remember what all we used to make it. I'm assuming not much because it was done in a classroom, but what I do remember is that it was disgusting.

From that point on I never had an interest in making my own ice cream. I would see several recipes sharing their special ice cream recipe using just a few ingredients and even then, I still wasn't into making my own ice cream.

Well, look at how the tables have turned.

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

As you guys know, I often create my own smoothies. It took some time before realizing that making homemade ice cream isn't all that different from smoothies.

I had a craving for strawberry ice cream and hated the idea of leaving home to get it. So, I used what I had in hand.

What I Used

It's pretty simple. You have your fruit. You have your liquid and sweetener. And bringing everything all together, you have your blender. I opted to use my food processor for this time around, but you can use either of the two and still get great results.

I used about a cup of chopped strawberries, 3 frozen bananas, and about 2/3 cup of milk. I wanted to use as little liquid as possible for this as I wanted to make sure this would have an ice cream consistency.

The frozen bananas gave this some sweetness without having to add extra sugars. But I opted to add in some honey for a little extra sweetness. But honestly, I think it would have been just fine without it.

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

Create this simple homemade strawberry ice cream as the weather gets warm.
Prep Time: 5 mins | Total Time: 5 mins
Course: Dessert | Cuisine: American
Keyword: Strawberries, Banana, Ice Cream, Dessert
Servings: 3 servings

1.5 cup chopped strawberries
3 frozen bananas
1 tbsp honey
2/3 cup milk (or any plant-based milk)

1. In a high power blender or food processor add your strawberries, bananas, honey, and milk
2. Pulse until bananas and strawberries are beginning to break up
3. You may have to take a spoon to help mix everything together
4. Continue blending until a smooth consistency
5. Allow to chill in the freezer for another hour or two before serving

Try to avoid using as much liquid as possible so that it will have an ice cream texture

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

Easiest Grab and Go Overnight Oats

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Overnight oats are one of those recipes you can make the night prior and it's ready to grab the following morning. It's super fast and easy to prepare, which makes it the perfect breakfast option for busy mornings.

I do believe that I've found my favorite way to prepare overnight oats. Ever since I created my first overnight oat recipe (Blueberry Cinnamon Overnight Oats) I haven't deviated too far away from the ingredients I use to make it.

Easiest Grab and Go Overnight Oats

Easiest Grab and Go Overnight Oats

Easiest Grab and Go Overnight Oats

I use rolled oats, almond milk, peanut butter, a little yogurt, and I top with fruit. That's it! I've found that using this combo has allowed me to use whatever topping I choose and it tastes amazing every time.

For this overnight recipe, in particular, I chose to top it off with blackberries and strawberries. You can for sure use whatever fruit toppings you prefer, but I love the sweet bitterness from these berries in particular.

To give some extra sweetness, you can add a little bit of honey, maple or agave syrup. It definitely helps even out the salty, bitter, and sweet tastes in this overnight oat recipe. It kind of reminds me of eating a granola bar with dried fruit in it.

Let me know if you gave this recipe a try.

Easiest Grab and Go Overnight Oats

Create this simple overnight oat recipe for your busy mornings, and top with any fruit topping.
Prep Time: 5 mins | Total Time: 5 mins
Course: Breakfast | Cuisine: American
Keyword: Breakfast, Oatmeal, Oats, Overnight Oats, Berries, Meal Prep
Servings: 1 serving

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup almond milk (or any plant-based milk)
1/3 cup of vanilla greek yogurt
2 tsp of peanut butter

1. In a small mason jar, add your rolled oats
2. Add in your peanut butter, yogurt, and almond milk
3. Stir until everything is evenly mixed
4. Refrigerate for at least four hours or overnight
5. Top with your favorite berries along with jam if you want

You can enjoy this recipe warmed up