Skinny Baked Cauliflower With Tomatoes!

Baked Cauliflower With Tomatoes

This is so easy and even more delicious than it looks. If you like cauliflower, but can’t think of ways to make it interesting, have I got a yummy side dish recipe for you.

This could even be a vegetarian entree.

I’ve been into baking things lately that are almost no prep, and I love toasted seasoned bread crumbs.

This whole side dish serves about 4 or more people and has only 110 calories of bread crumbs, so divide that by 4- not much at all calorie or carb-wise, and it provides a ton of golden goodness and flavor!

Prep time is 5-10 minutes.

 Ingredients:

1.) 12 ounces cauliflower florets, I used the fresh, pre-washed kind in a bag. 80 calories.

2.) One half cup chopped onion, I used a brown one. 32 calories.

3.) One cup chopped tomatoes, I used little grape tomatoes and just cut them in half. 30 calories.

4.) Fresh garlic cloves, peeled and whole or cut up, to your taste. I used 10 whole garlic cloves. 40 calories.

I know that’s a lot, the garlic bakes very soft and mingles with the cauliflower, so it’s not sharp at all. I love garlic, but 4-5 cloves would be enough.

5.) One third cup seasoned bread crumbs, I used whole wheat ones from 4C brand. 110 calories.

6.) One tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO). 120 calories.

7.) Olive oil spray, a generous amount. Maybe 100 calories or less.

Garlic salt or salt and pepper to taste. Dried parsley for garnish, optional.

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Wash and chop up the cauliflower if yours isn’t the bagged kind, wash and cut up the tomatoes and onion and peel the garlic.

Slice, chop or mince the garlic if desired, or leave the peeled cloves whole, like I did.

I used an 8×8 deep baking dish- just put all of the veggies right into it and toss them together in the tablespoon of olive oil. I just used my hands.

You can add some garlic salt or salt and pepper now, or do it at the end.

Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the top. Lastly, spray the top of the dry bread crumbs very generously all over with olive oil spray.

I added a sprinkle of garlic salt and dried parsley on top, as well.

Cover the top with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until the top of the bread crumbs are toasted golden brown.

I served this with simple chicken breasts and it was a big hit!

Calories: The whole dish as I made it was about 512 calories, so 4 generous side dish servings are approximately only 128 calories each serving, and so healthy!

Enjoy and hop over and “Like” Skinny Mama Meals on Facebook for more recipes and weight loss inspiration.

XOXO-

~ Heidi

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The Hormonal Shifts

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I’m starting an all female punk band and calling it The Hormonal Shifts.

We’ll be more violent than The Sex Pistols and more revolutionary than Pussy Riot and we’ll probably go to jail for breaking things.

If we don’t have our blood sugar even and our estrogen and progesterone balanced, we might murder everyone in the front row, but that’s the price you pay if you’re a die hard fan of The Hormonal Shifts.

This is the story of me needing Emergency Birth Control Pills. You may be thinking that birth control pills aren’t a medical emergency, but you would be wrong.

Friday night I was shocked to discover that I was out of my pills. My health insurance was doing prescriptions by mail and I was used to them arriving on my doorstep.

I still get my period on the reg, but I never stop taking the active pills, because I used to suffer from severe Endometriosis, painful periods from hell.

I knew that my gyno’s office would be closed on the weekend and I was going to have a sudden crampy period that would ruin my happy.

The next morning I waited until 10am to page my gyno’s emergency number and he didn’t call me back. I paged him again and waited an hour. Nothing.

He’s kind of older, so I thought perhaps he might be dead.

He did save both of my ovaries with the endo surgery and possibly my ability to have a child, but he was just doing his job then, and now he was failing at it when I needed him.

This is a man who’s over 60 and has the song “Bad to the Bone” play as his cell ringtone while he’s between my legs doing an exam.

I began to panic and realized he may be traveling out of zone. I would have to call my regular internist’s doctor on call.

Now I was paging a complete stranger who’s never met me that I need emergency birth control pills. Talk about looking like a complete whore who can’t keep it in her pants for one Saturday afternoon.

I either looked like a big ho or an emotional basket case. Continue reading

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Failing Up!

Hot Air Balloon Paper Mache

Bex’s elementary school had its annual art show, where each class does a project that’s displayed at an open house where the parents come and ooh and ahh at our little Picassos.

I’m sort of unofficially a class Art Mom, because I volunteer to assist the art teacher, which is a Vanna White unpaid job for an audience of six year olds.

I basically pass out materials and tell the kids who say they hate their project that it’s magic, art is subjective and of course a penguin can have eight octopus tails, as their little lips quiver and they threaten to go into full meltdown mode.

It’s way better than the volunteer job from hell in computer class where the Apple programs have about a million bugs and only work half of the time.

The computer teacher is a very nice guy, but I run a website by myself and if I can’t get those applications to work, I don’t know how we expect first graders to Steve Jobs it.

Our class was given the element of “Air” and luckily not fire because Bex recently told me that setting my hair on fire would be “a dumb way to die.”

I also learned from him not to poke a stick at a grizzly bear, pass it on.

Someone came up with the idea of hot air balloons. At a butt crack early morning briefing, another school mom from an older class informed us that since their kids were older, hers would be true art while ours would be “cute crap.”

It was ON, bitches. This was like a parent version of the movie “Election” starring Reese Witherspoon. Cruel sabotage would be the only logical solution. Continue reading

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Ducks Blown By Wind – Video

This is exactly how I feel on some days. Even if you’ve seen this video before, it’s worth watching again. I must be on a duck kick. My 6 year old boy and I cracked up at it together.

Don’t worry, the ducklings have a happy ending. XO ~ H

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Everyone Who Meditates Is Only Practicing

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Om.

I meditate. Not every day, although I’m sure I would benefit from it. I do it whenever I feel the need.

You know that anxious feeling like you’re spinning out of control? I do it then.

It’s not intimidating. The key, I think is to put no pressure on it, or on yourself. A zero pressure zone.

Someone said prayer is talking to God and meditation is listening. I like that idea, but you don’t have to believe in God to meditate.

I had a doctor who told me that no doctors know 100% what they’re doing, she said “We call it a practice, because we’re all just practicing.”

That’s what my meditation is like. You cannot do it wrong. Here’s what I do:

I sit down in my bedroom on the floor at the foot of my bed on a small pillow. Comfort is key.

I wear whatever I’m wearing, but no shoes, usually.

I sit with my knees up or my legs loosely crossed and relax my arms and shoulders and exhale. I might stretch first if I have any tension in my neck.

Sometimes I leave the window open so that I can hear the birds or whatever is going on outside. I relax my hands on my knees or legs, sort of open to the sky if I feel like it, palms up.

All I do it look at the clock and decide I will meditate for abut 10-15 minutes. I don’t set a timer, but you could. I close my eyes and get quiet.

I listen. I breathe in and out slowly and focus on my breathing, I expand my belly. Some people like to do “breathe in through your nose, out through your mouth,” but there really are no rules.

Let me say it again: You can’t do it wrong.

If my mind wanders, I let it. Then I gently pull my focus back. I don’t pressure myself to have a completely clear mind.

I’ve heard it described as “viewing your thoughts like birds flying over a blue sky, you can watch them fly past, just don’t let them nest in your hair.” Continue reading

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Quinoa Broccoli Bacon Cheese Bites!

Quinoa Broccoli Bacon Bites

These little miracles are high fiber, high protein, nutrition rich, healthy bites of heaven. They are a “skinny” food, only about 65-70 calories each, but they’re also very kid friendly.

A great source of calcium, too, because of the broccoli and of course, cheese!

My six year old boy gobbles them up. My whole family loves them.

Ingredients: (Makes 24 mini muffins)

1.) One cup uncooked dry quinoa. I used organic white quinoa. 640 calories.

2.) Two cups chicken broth, I used the organic low sodium kind. 30 calories.

This is to cook the quinoa in to add some additional flavor, you can also use water.

3.) 8 ounces broccoli, I used organic baby broccoli. 80 calories.

4.) Two whole large eggs, I always use organic, free range eggs. 140 calories.

5.) One cup shredded mozzarella cheese, I used organic regular mozzarella, not reduced fat. Cheddar would be delicious, too. 240 calories.

6.) Four tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, I just used Kraft. 200 calories.

7.) Five slices of bacon, cooked.

I used the pre-cooked nitrate free kind that’s in the refrigerated section and microwaved it about 45 seconds on a plate to heat it crispy. 170 calories.

Psst: If you don’t eat bacon, you can substitute turkey bacon, veggie/soy bacon, finely diced smoked deli turkey instead, or just make these vegetarian.

8.) Olive oil spray, a generous amount. 100 calories or less.

9.) Garlic salt or regular salt/sea salt. A few dashes.

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Meanwhile, simply cook the quinoa per the package directions in the chicken broth or water, you basically just bring it to a boil in a pot, reduce the heat to a simmer and put a lid on and cook for about 10-15 minutes, until the liquid is absorbed. Set aside.

At the same time, you can wash and steam your broccoli in a little bit of chicken broth or water with a lid on, I do it in a non stick skillet until a fork goes easily into it, but it’s still bright green. Pour off any excess liquid and set aside to cool.

You can cook the bacon from raw or do what I did and microwave some pre-cooked slices until crisp.

I set the hot foods aside to cool for a few minutes so it doesn’t cook the raw eggs right in the bowl!

When cooled enough, chop up your broccoli and bacon into the smallest pieces you can.

In a large bowl, lightly beat the two raw eggs and add the cooled quinoa, broccoli bits, bacon bits, mozzarella and parm cheeses, and add a few dashes of garlic or other salt. Mix very well together.

Spray a non stick mini muffin pan of 24 generously with olive oil spray. Use a spoon to slightly overfill the cups with the mixture.

Spray the tops of the raw muffins one last time with the olive oil spray and bake at 400 for about 20-30 minutes or until lightly golden brown on the edges/sides.

They will be firm in the middle, not mushy when done. Let cool before you bite into one, they are very steamy and hot in the middle!

These refrigerate and re-heat well, just microwave 2 cold ones for about 30 seconds.

A great idea to pack in school lunches!

Tip: Resist the urge to add too many more vegetables to this batter, unless you want to make full size muffins. The minis can only take so much filling, so you have to omit one other thing to fit something else in, or go halfsies.

Try my full size Quinoa Veggie Cheese Muffins.

Enjoy and hop over and “Like” Skinny Mama Meals on Facebook for more recipes and weight loss inspiration.

XOXO-

~ Heidi

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True Facts About the Duck – Video

If you’ve never seen this, it will frighten you, disturb you and never leave your memory for all eternity. You’re been fairly warned. xo ~ H :-)

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