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November: crock pot Mac

The Mac and Cheese in the photo below came from a crock pot!

I was nervous to try this on Thanksgiving because I did not have time to do a trial run with it.  My concern was that it would just turn into a pot of shells and gooey separated cheese.  I am pleased to say that it was a GREAT success, and that it was the only dish that had NO leftovers (yay!)

I found it on Pinterest – the link is here

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Scallop Pasta

Scallop Pasta

I love scallops, but I have never cooked them myself. This was super easy and SO delicious. I used garlic basil pasta from Trader Joes for the one pictured, but I also just used Trader Joes rice pasta over the weekend and that one was delicious as well. Last thing – I added red pepper flakes to give it a kick – not needed, but if you like spicy I vote DO IT!

I found this bad boy on Pinterest – thank you Judy for sharing:

http://judyskitchen.blogspot.com/2011/10/seared-scallops-with-pasta-mushrooms.html

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Thank you Mimosas in the Morning for this one:

http://www.mimosasnthemorning.com/2012/07/cauliflower-pizza.html

For mine (pictured) I used a ton of veggies – eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, peppers, onions, and a ton of garlic (maybe too much if you’re not a garlic lover) I sauteed the veggies before i put them on the personal pizzas, since we were only broiling in the end (not enough time to cook the veggies).

I altered this recipe by using trader joes soy cheese in the crust, and the yogurt lactose free cheese on top. I am sure it is delicious both ways.

I fed these to two of my meat eating, dairy eating friends and they loved them, and said they were very filling. I always call it a win when my meat eating friends like my veggie cooking.

One thing that I am iffy about is that it called for 1 egg for every 1 cup of cheese, and cauliflower. my crusts were a little more wet when I was putting them in the oven than I think they should have been. I have seen other recipes call for only 1 egg per every 2 cups of cauliflower. I think I will try that next time.

UPDATE: Last night (3/6) I tried this again with some friends.  I used (2) cups of cauliflower to 1 cup of soy cheese and 1 egg.  SO. MUCH. BETTER. Crust was far less soggy than before – much more like real crust.  ALSO – after you’re done cooking the cauliflower (in the microwave) if you strain it or ring it out with paper towel it helps to get the moisture out (again, less wet).

Last, but important – I cooked 4 of mine on parchment paper, and 1 on the pan. The ones on the parchment paper cooked better, and didn’t stick, so I suggest that.  Another update: do not use tinfoil, ever.  Use spray on a cookie sheet, or parchment paper.

Have fun! Guilt free pizza is so fun!

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Deep Dish Pizza

Deep Dish Pizza This deep dish pizza is inspired by Little Star Pizza in San Francisco, CA. It is cornmeal deep dish crust, and it is AMAZING. So, we start by using the crust recipe in this link: http://www.eatliverun.com/deep-dish-pizza-at-home/ (thank you, Jenna @ eatliverun.com) When I make this pizza we use mozzarella, spinach, feta, onions, garlic, pizza sauce and mushrooms. We sometimes use peppers, and pepperoni (usually on half as I do not eat meat). Here are the changes from the recipe attached to what i do: *Before you put the crust into the pan sprinkle the cornmeal around the pan so that it is on the outside of the crust as well *press the mozzarella into the crust bottom, and up into the sides of the deep dish. trust me, it is part of the secret. *cook down the spinach and the onions before putting them on the pie, and make sure you get ALL the liquid out before you put it into the crust *this may sound funny but before you put this pie in the oven push/squish down all the toppings into the crust. It just makes it better, so do it. *the recipe says to let it sit 15 minutes after you take it out of the oven. the pizza will smell very good … don’t be tempted to eat it right away, let it sit – it needs to. enjoy 🙂