Sweet Potato, Kale, Caramelized Onion Cauliflower Pizza

Hey ya’ll! I just had a mini panic attack. I thought I wasn’t going to be able to blog today because my computer wouldn’t connect to the internet. After multiple scream sessions (at least without me throwing anything), I managed to get my computer back onto the internet. Today I have a special recipe for you. A sweet potato, kale, caramelized onion cauliflower pizza. Wow. That is a mouthful. It is definitely a mouthful of greatness.

Sweet Potato, Kale, Caramelized Onion Cauliflower Pizza

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1 c of Kale (you can add more if you want, which I ended up doing)
1 onion
1-2 large sweet potatoes (this depends on how much sweet potato sauce that you want)
1 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp skim milk
1 bag of frozen cauliflower
2-3 tbsp of basil paste
1-2 tbsp of garlic
2 eggs
1 cup of fat free mozzarella cheese
Extras: I added some honey sesame chicken that I made a few days before on top, cheese for the top

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1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Stab sweet potato with a fork all over and place into the oven. Cook for about 45 minutes or until soft.

2. Chop onions into slices. Place oil into a skill and toss in onions. Keep on medium to high heat. Stir every few minutes for around 30 minutes. Keep going until brown and caramelized.

3. Once they have caramelized, add in the kale. Cook until it has softened.

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4. Boil all of cauliflower in a pot for around 5 minutes or until soft. Then place into a food processor. Grind until into fine bits that are easily mashed.

5. Place into a mixing bowl. Add in the basil and garlic. Mix well.

6. Then add in cheese and eggs. Spray a cooking sheet or cover it with parchment paper (then spray it with cooking spray). Place mixture on the paper and smash it down until it forms a large pizza.

7. Once the sweet potatoes are done, remove, and turn the oven up to 450. Place in the oven and bake for 25-3o minutes, waiting until the crust is pretty brown.

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8. While the crust is cooking, take your sweet potatoes and get out all of the insides and place into a small mixing bowl. Add in the milk an stir well until it makes a creamy paste.

9. Once the pizza is removed from the oven, spread the paste on the pizza as if it was sauce.

10. Then add on all of the toppings on the pizza with the cheese being the last thing that goes on the pizza. Place back into the oven until the cheese melts.

11. Enjoy!

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Look at that bad boy. It was packed with nutritional benefits and it had a ton of flavor. It was definitely one of the best cauliflower pizzas that I have made. You really can’t go wrong with caramelized onions. They are one of my favorite pizza toppings. The kale was actually really nice too because when it was in the oven it got crispy and turned more into kale chips. The sweet potato was a good alternative to pizza sauce because it was more creamy and smooth compared to the chunkier sauces that I have used. I was pretty much in a pizza coma. There was so much fiber packed into this that I was full for hours upon hours until I went to bed that night. That is a nutrition win if I do say so myself.

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The one mistake that I made was not spraying the pan with nonstick spray. It took me forever to get each slice off of the pan. It still tasted great though. The chicken was a good addition because it allowed me to get some protein while I was consuming all of this vegetables. I will definitely be making this again. It has inspired me to make some other kind of pizzas too, such as BBQ chicken pizza or a thai style pizza. I really like making the massive pizza instead of making 4 individual ones because it just provides with bigger slices and lots of little portions for me to eat throughout the week.

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I hope you enjoy my little slice of pizza heaven and have a good Tuesday. I’m going to be off to class soon, which consists of Nutrition Counseling and Food Nutrition and Behavior. Tuesdays are a long day for me, so I pack a ton of snacks to enjoy throughout the class. I will be having my leftover pizza for dinner though.

What is your favorite type of pizza?
What is the best topping on pizza?


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WIAW in the East Village and Beyond

Hey ya’ll! I have been gone. Don’t worry because I have some super valid reasons. The first weekend of February, actually January 31st, I had to go to the ER in the morning. Why you may ask? Well I had a ton of pain in my stomach. Being my typical self, I laid in bed from 5 am-8 am just crying and taking tums to see if that would make it better. I’m pretty stubborn, but I ended up calling my mom and she was like go to the ER. 12 hours later in the ER: Hey, you are getting your appendix out. Cool story bro, but can I just have my Chinese food? No. So pretty much I was dead for a week and a half after that. Then I got blessed with the wonderful news that I had strep throat. The gods are in my favor, duh. Then there was a possibility it was mono, but thank god that didn’t happen. So finally, this weekend was my first weekend to finally be out and about like a normal person. Where did I go? EAST VILLAGE! Thankfully since it is my favorite holiday, What I ate Wednesday, hosted by the lovely Jenn, I get to share all my foodie adventures I had.

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I have found the happiest place on Earth. Also known as Pommes Frites. So the way this place works is you go in, order a small, medium, or large fry then pick your sauces. You can get one sauce along with your order, but if you want to pay extra you can get three sauces for like 2$ or something. The service is incredibly quick. The inside is incredibly small though, but I think it makes it feel like a more homey atmosphere. I ended up going with a simple choice this time, which was the pesto mayo. My roommate ended up getting the rosemary garlic mayo. The regular bag, which is the smallest size was MASSIVE. We ended up having tons of fries to take home, which ended up being our savior the next day from our hangover. We are looking forward to going back with my little brother (WHO IS COMING MARCH 7TH!!), so we can try a bunch of different crazy sauces like pomegranate teriyaki.IMG_3141

On our trek to go get margaritas, we ended up stopping at a super cute macaron place on St Marks Place. It was macaron parlour. Obviously before we went in, I had to yelp it to make sure it was acceptable for our delicate plates. It had 4 and a half stars, so you know I was going to go in. They had a ton of flavors from thai chili peanut to caramel apple cider. I think I died and went to heaven. I am a huge macaron connoisseur.

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This is the caramel apple cider macaron. It is super cute with the pink and blue color. You definitely wouldn’t think it was that flavor based on the appearance. It was delicious though. As you bite into the macaron, a nice salty sweet caramel oozed out onto your tongue. The cookie part had hints of spiced apples in it. Together it actually tasted really close to cider, which I am a huge fan of (definitely one of my alcohol drinks of choice).

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Saturday was probably one of my favorite holidays of the year: National Margarita day. Really any day that you can day drink and have delicious margaritas is a pretty stellar day to me. I ended up getting a medium coconut margarita frozen while my roommate got a regular small margarita on the rocks. The coconut was to die for. It actually had coconut mixed in, which was nice to suck up every once and a while in the straw. Let me just tell you about this place: Benny’s Burritos. It has low stars, but I’m not sure why because happy hour is the bomb. Smalls: 3$, Medium: 6$, Large: 9$. You can’t go wrong with that. The larges are massive too in huge soda cups. These are pretty strong too. I was feeling good after this first one.

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Since I was drinking on a practically empty stomach (I had only managed to eat about 10-15 fries at Pommes Frites and we had been walking around for a while), I decided that I needed to eat some brunch. Thankfully it was about 2 pm, so breakfast was still acceptable. The food gods were really blessing me that day because there were my holy mecca of breakfast tacos on the menu. Although the restaurant called them egg wraps or something. STOP LYING TO YOURSELF. You need to advertise these bad boys because all the Texans in NYC will come flocking to your establishment and you will go to a 4 star place from 3.5 stars. These were legit. I got a bacon and egg taco. It came with two tacos and potatoes on the side for only about 4$. Now that is a deal to me. I sort of felt nostalgic and like I was at home while I chomped on my brekkie tacos and chugged my marg.

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Since I was feeling pretty good already from my previous margarita, I thought why not order another one. This time I went with a small frozen raspberry margarita. If you love raspberries then this is definitely the choice for you. It was really good. I struggled to finish it though because I was pretty tipsy at this point. After our meal, we decided to trek back home for a nap before going out with our guy friends. The best was that we had to go the bathroom really bad during our walk, so we snuck into a bar, used their bathroom, and snuck out. #WINNING. Then we trekked through Chinatown in order to get my 10,000 steps. We ended up getting about 15,000 steps from the whole day. It was kind of exhausting especially because we were tipsy.

Happy WIAW!

Did you celebrate national margarita day?
What is your drink of choice?

A Sweet Treat – Petit Fours

Hey ya’ll! I hope everyone is having a fantastic day. Today is a very special day. Two of my best friends, since high school, have the same birthday, which is today. I’m very sad because this is the first time in 9 years that I haven’t spent with them. So I thought I would give them a very special shout out on the blog and share a recipe that can be used for birthdays and birthday parties – petit four cakes.
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This is us watching Harry Potter at the alamo drafthouse. They had butter beer, which was really delicious.  We always have the best time. Happy birthday Isa and Shayna! I love you guys so much. So now time for the more delicious part of the post. A petit four recipe. I love to bake. It is such a stress relief for me, so anytime I can bake I am a happy person. These petit fours are not your traditional ones that are extremely tedious, but instead they are pretty simple to make. If you want to do a meticulous version, you can bake them on a jelly roll sheet and cut them into little square, but who wants to do that. No one.

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Petit Four Cake

8 oz unsalted butter (make sure it is at room temperature)
8 oz of sugar
4 large eggs (at room temperature)
8 oz of all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla bean paste

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1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Get a silicon baking pan that are in small squares such as one for brownies or fudge. Then grease or spray the pan with non-stick cooking spray.

3. Sift the all purpose flour, baking powder, and salt into a mixing bowl. Then place that mixture aside.

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4. In a separate mixing bowl, cream the butter. Then add in the sugar and vanilla. Add the 4 eggs into the mixture one at a time until thoroughly blended.

5. Slowly add the sifted flour mixture until mixed well.

6. Spread into the silicon pan up to 3/4 of the square.

7. Bake for 15-18 minutes until you can touch the top of the cake and it bounces back.

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This is just a plain vanilla cake for the base. However you can make a ton of variations of cake to make as petit fours. To make a lemon cake, you can add 2 tbsp of lemon zest and 2 or more tsp of fresh lemon juice. I’ve made them and they are quite delicious. I think if you want a stronger lemon flavor, I would add more lemon juice. You can also make an orange cake using the same ingredients, but oranges. So orange zest and orange juice. Also chocolate would be a delicious cake to make. Just add 2 oz or more of unsweetened cocoa powder. A raspberry cake would be good too. I have all kinds of delicious flavor combinations in my head. Yum. Next comes the hard part of all of this.

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For the filling part, which comes after the cakes cool off, you will need pastry bags, tips, and filling. For the first time we made these, we ended up buying round tips, which was such a bad idea. You need a sharper tip to stab into the cake. For the filling, you can either make your own or buy pre-made filling. We ended up buying pre-made filling from this super cute bake shop in Austin, Make it Sweet, where we bought all of the baking tools at. This store is fantastic. They offer tons of classes and have all kinds of baking supplies. It is awesome. So for this part, you take each cake one at a time, poke in the tip, and squeeze your pastry bag to insert the filling into the cake. Sometimes it is hard to tell, so I would practice on one cake and then cut it in half to see if you got enough in there. We ended up filling our cakes with lemon and Bavarian cream. Delicious.  Now it is time for the icing.

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Petit Four Icing
2 lbs of confectioners’ sugar
2 oz of butter, melted
8 oz of heavy cream
1 tsp of almond or vanilla flavoring
food color if you would like to color your icing

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1. Place all of the ingredients in the top of a double boiler over hot water. You can just use two pots in this method. Place water in the bottom pot and then place another one on top of this. Although if you have a double boiler, props to you for having awesome cookware.

2. Stir the mixture until it is smooth.

3. Divide the icing into smaller groups and color each if you want to.

We ended up making our petit fours hot pink and aqua. These were for our volleyball players, so that is why we choose those super girly colors. These were okay for our first attempt at them. We are going to perfect them now today for my mom’s friends engagement party for her son and his fiance. We made notes as we baked them about all the things that we needed to edit, so now we can make perfect petit fours. Although they were not the prettiest of cakes for our first time, they were still extremely delicious.

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Be careful if you dye them a darker color like the aqua. It can stain your mouth for a little while like eating a blue piece of candy. You will certainly enjoy these treats though. They are cute little cakes to have at parties or at tea time. While they aren’t very healthy for you, they are nice to have as a sweet treat every once in a while. A smart thing to do is bake them and then place them in the freezer. You can take one out at a time to enjoy when you are craving that sweet treat. One batch made about 40 cakes.

I hope everyone has a fantastic day, especially my two best friends!

Have you ever had a petit four?
What is your favorite thing to bake?

WIAW #6

Hey ya’ll! Sorry I’ve been absent from the blogging world. I just have so much going on right now. My volleyball team and I leave this Friday, so I’ve been having last minute practices, dealing with volleyball team drama, and convincing some public school volleyball coaches to let my girls miss tryouts to come with the team. Luckily everything has worked out so far! Also my internet is very bad, so it is pretty hard to write posts too. It takes me a couple of hours to get things working unlike at my apartment where it takes me at the most about 30 minutes.

Enough with all the drama! It is on to my favorite day of the week: What I ate Wednesday. Thanks so much to Jenn for hosting this day. It is a once a week event where bloggers can share what they have been eating in a friendly and awesome environment. I love it. It always gives me a lot of great ideas about what to cook.

Lets see what I have been eating lately in my absence.

I’ve been eating a ton of eggs. I just love omelets. It is something about the gooeyness of the cheese with the soft texture of the eggs and the crisp vegetables. Eggs are great because they are a great source of protein and it is a really filling breakfast that will last you for a couple of hours. This is important because it keeps you from snacking throughout the day, and by eating a healthy breakfast it keeps your metabolism going.

I have an extremely large sweet tooth. One thing I can’t resist in life, even though I eat really healthy, is candy. Recently I have rediscovered the greatness of Jelly Beans. My older brother had gone on a business trip near a Jelly Belly factor, and picked me up a bag of Snapple Jelly Bellys. That was the start of an addiction. Thank you. This is a mixed bag of jelly beans for my trip, but I have been sneaking a few out every day. Lets just hope I don’t eat them all before I leave on Friday.

Another snack I’ve been enjoying are these Lemon flavored meringues. I got them at Sprouts Market the other day when I was there with my mom. Not only are these pretty low calorie, but they are also gluten free (I’ll go into the importance of this in a couple of days). They are a really tasty snack, and the lemon flavor is not too subtle or too strong.

For lunch, a Whole Foods salad. I’m sorry, but not sorry that our Whole Foods is supreme to all other ones. Not only do we have one amazing Whole Foods, but Austin is currently in the process of building another one the exact same size near my mom’s! So excited. Anyways, the downtown location has the greatest salad bar ever. There is about 4 or 5 long buffet style stations filled with delicious goods.

In the salad was spinach leaves, balsamic roasted tofu, cantaloupe, grapes, strawberries, quinoa, edamame, raspberries, and blueberries. I love fruit salads, so this was a perfect lunch to have. It was huge too. A refreshing lunch.

I know this looks really disgusting, but it is actually crazy good. It is pan fried tofu with a eggplant and vegetable sauce. My mom and I had gotten an eggplant at Central Market a while ago, and were wondering what to do with it. She decided to make a sort of chunky sauce with it. The sauce had tomato paste, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, and red onion in it. I then added my tofu in it, and it lead to an amazing dinner. It was sort of an Italian tofu dinner.

I’ve been on a huge reading kick lately. I can read about two or three books a day when I have the time to, which is pretty nice. These are the current ones I have checked out from the library. If you liked The Hunger Games then you should definitely check out the Divergent book series (Insurgent is the second book) and the Matched series. I have finally gotten Fifty Shades of Grey from the library. I requested the book two and a half months ago. It is about time.

Hope everyone has a great Wednesday, and hurrah for it almost being Friday!

Do you have any good book recommendations?

WIAW #4: The Breakfast Club

Hey ya’ll! It is that awesome time of the week: What I ate Wednesday. Shout out to Jenn for hosting such an awesome blog link up party online. While everyone else is having epic Wednesdays, I’m sitting around my apartment all day waiting for the energy company to come hook up the gas. Yeah, no fun. Luckily I have my computer, books, and my roommate’s cat to keep me entertained. Let’s get to the good stuff. Today I’m doing a post all about breakfast. Seeing as it is my favorite meal of the day, I thought it was appropriate. However, I’m also going to give you a little nutrition lesson too.

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Breakfast is probably the most important meal of the day because it gives you a healthy start to the day. Most people think that by skipping breakfast, they will be able to lose more weight. However this is actually a myth. Eating breakfast actually increases your metabolism, which in turn helps you lose weight quicker. Also, if you don’t eat breakfast by the time lunch rolls around you are hungrier and therefore more inclined to eat more food than you would have. This leads to more weight gain. Obviously the key point here is to eat breakfast, but there are also many other benefits that can be connected to eating breakfast.

Studies have shown that breakfast has a huge impact on cognitive function. Most studies have been done on school aged children showing that by eating breakfast they perform better on tests and in school. However this information can be used for adults too since our brains need fuel to function properly. Breakfast is also connected to concentration. Studies have shown that people who eat breakfast have an easier time focusing on the task at hand compared to those that do not consume a morning meal.

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Another reason that breakfast is an important meal of the day is because of energy. By eating breakfast, we are supplying our bodies with nutrients and substance. From this, our body gets energy. When you sleep at night, the body goes through seven to eight hours without eating, so it is important to eat breakfast. Otherwise you will lack the energy needed to get through the day. No one wants bad grades or to get fired, so EAT Breakfast.

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A healthy breakfast doesn’t have to take long to make or be super fancy. All you need is plenty of fiber and a healthy source of protein. These are things that help you stay satisfied for a long period of time, provide a good amount of energy, and keep your metabolism going. For fiber, one can consume whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. For protein, there can be a variety of sources based on the diet. Obviously you can have meat, but other choices include beans (for vegans and vegetarians), eggs, cottage cheese, greek yogurt, or tofu (I saw a great recipe at Jenn’s for Tofu french toast – definitely going to try it out soon).

The lesson is you need to eat breakfast. I find that breakfast is fun. Don’t worry. I will share all of these recipes pretty soon! I wouldn’t show you pictures without telling you how to make it. I hope everyone has an awesome Wednesday. I’m just hoping that the energy guy comes soon, so I can finish unpacking and doing stuff that I need to do.

What is your favorite breakfast?
Do you ever skip breakfast?