Monday, September 17, 2012

Raw Vegan Brownies

As you may have heard me mention, we are trying to some extent to get away from eating quite as much meat and processed foods in general.  We won't talk about the giant pre-packaged cinnamon roll I had this morning...I guess the key word here is trying.  

So this endeavor has me looking for replacements for some of my favorite naughty treats that aren't quite as naughty...hence these raw brownies.

Do they taste like fresh from the oven, decadent, dripping with chocolate brownies?  Well, of course not.  But seriously they're not bad.  If you're someone like me who thinks they have to have their chocolate sweet fix everyday, they are a pretty good alternative.  

Here's the recipe I found at 28 Cooks

1/2 c dried dates
1/2 c dried cherries
1/4 c carob powder (or cocoa powder)
1 c walnuts
3 tbsp agave nectar (or honey)

Process all in food processor until ingredients are well mixed and chopped. Press into a small square baking pan and freeze for 1 hour. Slice brownies into 12 pieces. Store in fridge

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Pinterest sort of inspires and depresses me at the same time.  I see so many things on there I'd love to try to do and I get all fired up.  Then I realize there are so many hours in a day, and there's only so much money, and I continue making excuses why I can't do these things until I have to just go to bed and watch old reruns of M*A*S*H until I recover.  

Occasionally though, I do get up the courage to try somethings I see on there...such as Cauliflower Crust Pizza.  I'll just be honest, I don't really like cauliflower.  I can eat it, but I'd just rather not.  But fixed up this way....I'm all over it.  Once again this got the family seal of approval. 

I did a couple things different from the recipe, and I'll note those below for you.  I didn't realize until after I started the recipe was for one serving, so had to increase the cauliflower to feed us all.   You'll definitely want something else to eat with this, a salad or whatever floats your boat.  But I definitely think it's worth a try!

Here's the recipe with any changes I made from Stick a Fork In It

1 cup cooked, riced cauliflower (I used 2 cups)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese*  (I kept the cheese at one cup even though the cauliflower is increased)
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp crushed garlic
1/2 tsp garlic salt
Olive oil (optional)
Pizza sauce
Mozzarella cheese, shredded
Other additional toppings of your choice
To rice your cauliflower, take 1 large head of cauliflower, remove the stems and leaves, and chop the florets into chunks. Add to a food processor and pulse just until it looks like rice. Alternatively, you can grate the cauliflower with a cheese grater.
Place the riced cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl, add 1/4 cup water, and microwave for 6-8 minutes, stirring half-way through.
To make the pizza, preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Spray a pizza pan or cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, combine the cauliflower, mozzarella cheese and egg together and stir until well incorporated. Add the oregano, garlic, and garlic salt. Transfer to the cookie sheet, and shape into a 9-inch circle. Brush the crust with olive oil to help it brown in the oven.
Baked at 450 degrees F for 15 minutes, until the crust is browned and cooked through the middle.
Remove the crust from the oven, add your sauce and toppings. Place under a broiler at high heat until the cheese is melted and bubbly. (About 3-4 minutes).