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Holiday Side Dish: Cheesy Cauliflower Mash

*Post sponsored by Real California Milk, but recipe and opinions are my own.

December is a fun time with lots of holiday celebrations. If you are hosting a festive dinner, try this easy side dish recipe that tastes rich, cheesy and decadent, but is also low carb. Yes, that is possible. Trust me. It’s my creamy cauliflower mash made with Real California cheese, butter, rosemary, thyme, and garlic. I promise you, even kids who don’t like veggies will be asking for more. Check out the recipe below:

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Ingredients

1 small head of cauliflower (cut into 1-inch pieces)1 cup of grated Real California Oaxaca cheese (mozzarella also works)
1 cup of grated Real California asiago and dry jack
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp fresh rosemary (minced)
1/4 tsp thyme
2 tbsp Real California butter

Directions

1.Boil the cauliflower florets until you can cut through it like soft butter; this takes about 20-30 min
2. Remove the water from the pot so your mash won’t be too watery
3. Carefully transfer the cauliflower into a food processor and blend until smooth (you can also use a potato masher as well for a chunkier texture)
4. Return the cauliflower mash into the pot on very low heat
5. Slowly blend in the grated cheeses and spices

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Hope you enjoy this keto-friendly and delicious cauliflower mash that pairs well with your roasted chicken dish or steak! To find dairy products with the Real California Milk seal, use this product locator to find a store near you. Click HERE for the link.

Holiday Side Dish: Cheesy Cauliflower Mash2020-09-04T12:34:20-07:00

Easy Rosemary & Garlic Cheese Keto Chips Recipe

* Post sponsored by Real California Milk, but recipe and opinions are my own.

Do you love savory and crunchy snacks as much as I do? There’s something about munching on salty potato chips that just bring back happy childhood memories. However, my metabolism isn’t as fast as it was when I was a kid.

After losing twenty pounds via a low carb lifestyle, I’m more conscious of what I put into my body; my mentality about portion control and eating lower carb foods have helped me to maintain my weight-loss, have a steady energy level, and reduce stomach bloat. But I still have cravings for junk foods like chips. Through my partnership with Real California Milk, I discovered that I could create my own healthier keto-friendly snacks baking with asiago, dry jack, or romano cheeses to make crunchy crisps. The flavors and textures of these cheeses are similar to parmesan. However, I recommend baking with these cheeses because they come from California dairies, which 99% are family run establishments; I have to give my state lots of love and support. Here’s my recipe for my Rosemary and Garlic Asiago Cheese Chips:
Ingredients:

3/4 cup of shredded or crumbled Real California Milk asiago cheese (* optional romano or dry jack)

2 tbsp of minced fresh rosemary

2 tbsp of garlic powder

12”x17” non-stick baking sheet (or parchment paper)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300F
  2. Evenly mix the Real California cheese, rosemary, and garlic powder
  3. Place 1 tbsp of the cheese mixture on a non-stick baking tray about 2” apart from each other; flatten each pile so it will bake and crisp evenly. If you use parchment paper, be sure to generously spray it with a cooking oil to prevent them from sticking to the paper.
  4. Bake 6-8 min until it’s golden brown
  5. Carefully remove the tray from the oven and let the chips cool (10 min) on the baking sheet.

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And if you have a slight sweet-tooth, I also recommended mixing cranberries to the mix. If you’re curious about where to find these Real California cheeses, click HERE for a product locator.

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Do these chips make you hungry enough to try this easy recipe? Let me know in the comments.

Easy Rosemary & Garlic Cheese Keto Chips Recipe2020-09-04T12:34:20-07:00

Savory Post-Thanksgiving Breadless Sandwich (Low Carb)

So you know that feeling of eating too much during the holidays but not wanting to throw out the delicious leftovers? Yes, I’ve been guilty of that too. But this year, I wanted to share a recipe that can include that delicious turkey from last night into a more waistline friendly meal. This is what I call my Post Thanksgiving Sandwich. Think of a typical sandwich minus the carb loaded breads. Instead, I substitute bread slices with tofu slices. And bonus… these sliced tofu keeps the sandwich together as well as absorbs all the flavors from the ingredients.

Would you give this a try? Comment below to let me know 🙂

**The recipe below is my own and partnered with House Foods with this sponsorship

*Serving size 2

  • 16 oz of House Foods Extra Firm Tofu (sliced into 4 pieces about 4 oz each)
  • 8-10 pieces of butter lettuce
  • 4 slices of vine ripen tomatoes (sliced 1/4″ – 1/2″ thick)
  • 4 slices of turkey from leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner (6 oz)
  • 4 slices of spicy pepper jack cheese (4 oz)
  • 1 tbsp of salted butter
  • 2 tbsp of Fig (cranberry) jam

Directions

  • Slice the House Foods Tofu so it resembles 4 slices of bread
  • Pat tofu slices completely dry with a paper towel; this process is important since it will help make the slices more crispy like toasted bread.
  • Set large non-stick sauté pan on medium heat. Then melt the small sliver of butter or spritz a bit of cooking spray before carefully placing the tofu slices on the pan. Cook for about 10-15 min on each side or until you see that it’s a golden brown color; you can also add a pinch of salt to the tofu slices as an option. Set aside on a paper napkin when done.
  • To stack the sandwich, start with one slice of cooked tofu, add 2-3 pieces of lettuce, 2 slices of tomatoes, 2 slices of the spicy pepper jack cheese, and 2-3 oz of sliced turkey. Top of the sandwich with one more tofu “bread” slice; add 1 tbsp of fig (cranberry) jam on the top tofu slice (optional). Repeat directions to make the second sandwich and serve.

Enjoy!

Savory Post-Thanksgiving Breadless Sandwich (Low Carb)2020-09-04T12:34:21-07:00

Where To Eat Savory Low Carb Moroccan Cuisine in Los Angeles

Hungry? Craving for something savory and flavorful to eat?

Ever since my visit to Morocco a few year back, I’ve been craving and looking for an authentic Moroccan restaurant in LA. Many restaurants here have a few Moroccan inspired dishes but don’t actually specialize in this type of cuisine; you’ll typically see one or two Moroccan style dishes in a mediterranean restaurant. But honestly, I wanted to eat something that reminded me of my days in Morocco.

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Back when I visited Marrakesh, circa 2010, I loved eating this country’s traditional cuisine called lamb tagine (hearty stew like cuisine cooked in a clay pot); the lamb was simmered in a stew with dates, cumin, paprika, almonds, ginger, cinnamon, olive oil, etc in a clay pot.  I also enjoyed eating all the various mezze plates (think Moroccan version of Spanish tapas).

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Fast forward to 2016, I meet a LA local chef that specializes in authentic Moroccan cuisine; his name is Ben Benameur, owner of Tagine Beverly Hills. He shares with me stories of how he grew up watching and cooking with his grandmother, who inspired him to pursue the career he has today. And what caught my attention about his cooking is that he offers low carb dishes that carry the essence of the Moroccan flavors. Therefore, his cuisine reminded me of the traditional Moroccan dishes, while maintaining the low carb lifestyle that I’ve been living.  Can you guess what Chef Ben whipped up for me?

CLICK HERE to watch the short video clip.

Where To Eat Savory Low Carb Moroccan Cuisine in Los Angeles2020-09-04T12:34:21-07:00

7 Healthy Eating Tips for the Concession Stand

So you’re at a sporting event watching the LA Lakers, NY Yankees, Real Madrid Soccer Squad, etc. , The minute you walk into the arena, you can smell the burgers, hot dogs, popcorn, and pizza wafting through the air. Recently, I was a spectator at the Special Olympics in Los Angeles and thought what healthy foods can I eat here? The temptation to eat poorly can be overwhelming unless you can mentally prepare yourself. So here are my quick helpful tips:

1. Order a burger wrapped in lettuce to reduce the carb in-take

2. Order grilled chicken instead of fried chicken to reduce carbs from the flour crust.

3. Order a salad with dressing on the side or squeeze lemon wedges as the dressing to reduce the amount of sugary dressings they pour on the salads.

4. Order a light beer to reduce calories and carbs than normal full bodied beer.

5. Better yet… drink water or order unsweetened iced tea.

6. Order a bag of plain peanuts instead of candy; the protein will keep you feeling fuller longer and has way less sugar.

7. If you must eat less than healthy… split your food with a friend. This way, you can enjoy the flavor of the food without going overboard on calories.

Let me know how helpful these tips are by commenting in the comments section below.

7 Healthy Eating Tips for the Concession Stand2018-06-25T22:19:53-07:00
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