Oh, it's time to cleanse, ladies and gentlemen. After two weeks of vacation, it's time to detox from all the junk food that Mike and I ate (oh Lordy, and drank!) the last two weeks. It's time for a couple of weeks of some cleaner eating and that for me, usually includes cutting out carbs for a while.
While I am most certainly not a carb hater, a good cleanse does me a world of good. I feel better after only a few days in, my energy starts to return and I feel so much better. I don't stay eating like this but revert back to eating carbs again in a couple of weeks. Believe it or not, I'm not a huge carb eater, excepting of course, my sweet tooth. We eat protein for breakfast, usually a salad for lunch (this why I have so many bean breakfast dishes and salad recipes on this site!) and then dinner is carbs and a dessert if I have made one that day. I feel better when I keep the carbs to a minimum and the protein high, with of course, desserts and alcohol being my vices.
All bets are off when we travel, of course, so between two weeks of dinners out and alcohol galore I came home craving vegetables.
It got so bad at one point on vacation that Mike and I ate Walmart salads. I am totally serious. The salads in restaurants can be SO over the top and calorie laden with rich additions that twice Mike and I bought salad bowls at Walmart.
I can't believe I just wrote that.
So. I am back to more clean eating – and a little more exacting than usual, since I am trying to detox – and have some recipes to go with it!
This cauliflower “bread” has been on my radar for months now and I will be making more dishes with cauliflower in the coming weeks.You DO have to love cauliflower to like this “bread”, so be warned.
It's not a bread consistency but it IS amazing how it bakes up into a little flatbread-type base that has you eating pure veggies instead of bread.
I am definitely trying this with pizza! (another to-do on my list)
The best part of this? My son loved it. He even helped to make it and is a complete lover of cauliflower bread now, something which pleases me immensely. Oh, this finally getting out of the picky eating stage, how I do love it! My daughter tried it, which is miracle enough but my son? LOVES it.
It was so cute, while he was making this he talked about how he wanted to take “home ec” in high school, just like they did in the Archie comics. I had to break it to him that he's been taking home economics for years already, with me, in our kitchen.
He didn't believe me, of course.
So this is that easy, folks. Shape it… bake it…
Load it up!
I will definitely be making this again, it satisfied that cheesy craving you get for garlic bread! Well, close, I mean, let's be honest, there's nothing like garlic bread. However, if you are looking for a gluten-free and healthy alternative,this works as well. (of course, watch the other ingredients, like bacon, for the gluten free version)
So..thoughts? Are you on board with all the cauliflower uses, like bread, sauces and rice? Or totally not ever going to touch your plate?
Love you more than chocolate, (well, maybe not right now with this whole cleanse. I really, REALLY want chocolate.)
- 2 1/2 cups of shredded cauliflower or chopped in the food processor
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese
- 1-2 tbsp chopped green onion
- 2 slices bacon normal or turkey
- 1 teaspoon olive oil for baking sheet
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix the first four ingredients together in a large bowl until evenly distributed.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and use the olive oil to grease the parchment paper.
Spread and flatten the cauliflower mixture into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. Make sure the thickness is even. Use your hands to make it a square.
Bake for 25-30 minutes until dried out slightly and browned on the edges.
Remove from the oven and and sprinkle the cheese,onions and bacon on top.
Return to the oven for another 3-5 minutes, until cheese is browned and bubbling,
Remove, cool slightly and slice to serve!