Category - Recipes & Cooking

Subway’s Share the Color Food Workshop – Giveaway

This post is in partnership with Subway. Any opinions expressed are my own.

 

I’m excited to share with you about the upcoming “Share the Color” Food Workshops hosted by Subway Restaurants in the Charlotte area!

 

Share the Color food workshops will be hosted from October 14th-21st at various Subway locations all across the Carolinas for families to attend.

Check out these links to find an event near you:

Charlotte Area

Carolinas Area

{Feel free to register for your free tickets through the link as well.}

Local food and nutrition experts will be on-hand, teaching a short lesson on nutritious food choices and making sure you have a lot of color variety on your plate. Children will participate in a hands-on sub making activity and enjoy a free nutritious lunch and a fun food explorer coloring book.

In honor of the event, I’m giving away a $25 Subway gift card to one lucky reader. To enter you must comment below letting me know your favorite thing to eat at Subway. For extra entries, share this post, and tag your friends on social media.

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Outback Steakhouse and Bonefish Grill Open in Concord North Carolina – #Giveaway

This is a sponsored post and giveaway. Any opinions expressed are my own, honest thoughts.

 

If you are a local to the Charlotte/Concord North Carolina area you may have noticed the construction right outside of Concord Mills mall. Outback Steakhouse ® and Bonefish Grill ® are pleased to announce that they are both open for business.

 

Bloomin Brands Grand Opening of Outback & Bonefish Grill at Concord Mills Mall on 11/7/16 by Carolina Portrait Designs

Bloomin Brands Grand Opening of Outback & Bonefish Grill at Concord Mills Mall on 11/7/16 by Carolina Portrait Designs

 

Tony Reynolds, Managing Partner, Bonefish Grill says,“We look forward to serving the Concord community at the bustling Concord Mills Mall.” “Our hospitality goes far beyond our restaurant’s front doors and into the neighborhoods we serve and we’re thrilled to invite everyone to come in to sip and savor the winter season.”

 

While Concord Mills has a number of great restaurants already these two additions will give an added variety and provide more sit down restaurants for the whole family. Personally, I love the Outback Steakhouse ® and Bonefish Grill ® brands and as a person with food allergies can attest to the professionalism that these restaurants go to to ensure each guest matters.

 

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{Check out my post on Dining at Bonefish Grill with a Shellfish Allergy}


On that note, I strongly encourage you to consider these two restaurants as the holidays approach. Not only are they convenient for shoppers, but also provide a great meal when cooking is the last thing on your “to-do” list.

Outback Steakhouse ® is open from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Friday – Saturday. Bonefish Grill ® is open from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 11 a.m. Friday – Saturday and 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Oh, and if you want to buy me a stocking stuffer I hear Outback Steakhouse ® and Bonefish Grill ® have gift certificates for purchase.

Speaking of gift certificates and giving, I’d love to give away a $50 gift certificate to your choice of either restaurant:

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Red, White, and Blue(berry) Salad – Guest Recipe

July 4th – a day of fireworks, BBQs, more fireworks, hopefully no trips to the ER because of said fire works, and possibly more BBQs. There will be sides of baked beans, cole slaw, pasta salads, and potato salad. You name it and it will probably be at the BBQ.

For me, though, I always enjoy when someone brings a new dish. Maybe I’m more of the adventurous type, but I get bored with the standbys. That food boredom is what caused me to create this yummy concoction!

Red, White, and Blue(berry) Salad {doesn’t it look delish?!}:

Red White Blueberry Salad 4th of July Recipe MommyB

Here’s how you make it:

Ingredients:

1pt fresh strawberries, chopped
1pt fresh blueberries
2 cups jicama, diced
1/4 cup honey
2 limes, juiced

Directions:

Combine the strawberries, blueberries, and jicama.
Mix the lime juice and honey well, then pour over the mixed salad.
Allow to chill before serving.

**Do not make this several hours in advance. Otherwise, the jicama will be tinted with the juices of the strawberries. You will then have a red, pink, and blue salad!

Now, don’t get too scared when you see jicama (HIK-uh-muh). Yes, I am throwing a root vegetable into a fruit salad. Yes, I do know that is weird. Yes, I questioned whether it would work, as well. But don’t let that scare you off! Jicama is actually used with other fruits and in salads all the time – just not commonly in the States. It is a very crunchy, juicy vegetable (similar to a turnip), but tastes like a combination of apple and pear. So, with the taste and texture combination, it really is a versatile root and works perfectly in this salad.

**If you can not find jicama, or just aren’t feeling super adventurous, you can easily substitute peeled, diced apple. The flavors will be similar, though jicama is more mild.

When added to the blueberries and strawberries, the crunchy jicama gives this dish a fun twist on the typical fruit salad. Toss with a refreshing lime and honey dressing, throw in some delicious cinnamon crisps for scooping, and you have a delicious salad to take to any 4th of July celebration – or you can just grab a spoon and eat it all by yourself. {I won’t tell!}

Cinnamon-Sugar Crisps Recipe:

Ingredients:

6 flour tortillas
1/2 stick melted butter
2 Tbs cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375.

1) Combine cinnamon and sugar.
2) Place tortillas on cookie sheet, then brush with butter and sprinkle liberally with cinnamon-sugar.
3) Flip tortillas over and repeat step 2.
4) Bake for 10-12 minutes.
5) Let crisps cool, then break into smaller chip-sized portions.

You might even want to save some of those berries and whip up a batch of strawberry swirl cupcakes to take along with the salad. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

Give it a try if you’re feeling adventurous, but make sure you watch this video on how to slice jicama. Trust me. My slicing was far more sketchy. I wish I had googled how to slice it first!

 

What are your favorite dishes to make for 4th of July? Are you adventurous or predictable when it comes to making a “dish-to-pass”?

 

Mary BioMary Renee currently lives in Missouri with her husband and 2 year old “little diva”. Southern by birth and gluten-intolerant by a twist of fate, she is determined to work her way through all the comfort foods her momma made and then some, giving each dish a gluten-free twist that’s good enough for a Southern palate.

You can find her creating new dishes at Gluten Free with Southern Charm and dishing on her family at Joy in These Moments.

La Tagliatella Restaurant – Charlotte Food Review {Giveaway}

It isn’t often that we visit the Epicenter in Charlotte, NC as a family even though we only live about 15 minutes away. I’ll admit sometimes I’m intimidated by parking or the thought of huge crowds, but as we ventured out on Sunday evening to visit La Tagliatella Charlotte, my fears were quickly whisked away. We found paid parking pretty quickly and realized there weren’t masses of people at the Epicenter. (We also chose a little earlier dinner in case it did get busier later.)

The last time I had been at the Epicenter was for the review screening of Oz, and it was neat to see so many new restaurants in the area including La Tagliatella.

La Tagliatella is a restaurant that specializes in….you guessed it, Italian cuisine. They have 6 locations in the US and over 100 restaurants globally. My family and I had the opportunity to visit their new Charlotte location for this review. Here are our thoughts:

The decor was outstanding. If you’re looking for an authentic-looking Italian restaurant La Tagliatella is that. Here are a few pictures I took of the map of Italy, the open kitchen, and restaurant:

La Tagliatella Charlotte Decor MommyB

We had the awesome opportunity to try a sampling of the menu which for us included:

La Tagliatella Review by MommyB

Appetizers

Focaccia bread This dish was layered to resemble the Italian flag, green olives, white onions, and red sun-dried tomatoes. This appetizer was crispy, but not dry. I don’t know if I’d normally order it off of the menu, but would love this included in the table service, maybe even one of each cut into smaller bites for guests to try out while they wait.

Carpaccio Pepe Nero – Beef tenderloin seasoned with black pepper, finished with shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano.

The carpaccio was fresh and nicely seasoned. DaddyB had another first since his sushi experience when he tried this dish and he enjoyed it. I loved the dish, it melted in my mouth, and I would totally order this with friends next time I visit.

Entrees

Napoletano Brochette – Skewered pork tenderloin, solé di Puglia tomatoes, balsamic onions layered with fresh whole leaf basil and served with a special Tagliatella sauce and fried gnocchi.

This dish is a favorite on the La Tagliatella menu and we completely agree.

I am not a huge fan of pork but DaddyB loves it and we both found this dish to be impressive the way it was displayed but more importantly the pork tenderloin was beyond flavorful and so tender. Well done and we both agreed we loved the pork. The pork is skewered with tomatoes, onions, and basil, I personally would have prefered mushrooms and smaller onions that were easier to eat, but again the pork was outstanding. Dining tip: We let this dish sit a little while we ate our other dishes and wished we would have eaten it as soon as it came out so it was a little warmer.

We had never tried gnocchi, but it reminded me of a mini breadstick. I don’t think any of us loved the gnocchi, but it wasn’t bad either.

Tagliatella Pizza – Tomato, mozzarella, fried eggplant, Parmigiano-Reggiano drizzled with honey and aceto balsamico.

I’m not going to lie, when this first came to our table I was a little nervous about trying it. I did notice and love how thin the crust was on this pizza and do enjoy balsamic, and much to my surprise, (really) this pizza was DELICIOUS. Even DaddyB tried and liked it. The flavors of the honey, Parmigiano-Reggiano, eggplant and balsamic really play off each other and combined taste amazing. I would definitely get this as my first choice for pizza when we go again. Definitely one to try on the menu if you visit.

Kids Food

The kids menu offers a good selection of kid-sized portions and child-friendly foods like pasta and pizza among other dishes.

Our girls are very different when it comes to food preferences, Miss A (6.5 years old) prefers plain foods (ie no sauce, mild flavor), and Lil’ C, (4 years old) couldn’t be more different, she prefers bold flavors and likes more vegetarian based foods.

We ordered the kids pasta and cheese pizza for our kiddos and both of them respectively loved their food. Even DaddyB enjoyed some of Lil’ C’s pasta and really enjoyed the pasta sauce. If your child does not like mild spice make sure you mention that to your server when they take your order.

Dessert

Of course every meal needs to end with dessert. Funny story – when we were done with our meal our server, Sergio {who was beyond friendly}, asked if we needed anything else, and our outgoing Lil’ C promptly, but with manners, said, “Yes please, can we have dessert.”

I know most parents of kids that aren’t shy have experienced this moment when all they can do is laugh nervously. Of course La Tagliatella was more than happy to accommodate her sweet tooth and of course I wouldn’t turn down a delicious dessert, especially seeing they had my favorite, Tiramisu on their menu.

The girls enjoyed Mascarpone Ice Cream with Cioccolato and DaddyB and I shared the Tiramisú Mousse. Dining Tip: If you order the Tiramisú Mousse, make sure you scoop to the bottom of your dish. The first 10 bites of my dish were “okay” because I didn’t realize I wasn’t experiencing the full dish with espresso and lady fingers, but once I realized that this dessert was right on par to enhance my love for this italian dessert favorite.

Favorite Dishes at La Tagliatella

Overall our visit was great and while we found some dishes we didn’t love, we liked everything we ate and did find some dishes that we absolutely loved. We noticed the restaurant seemed a little slow, but the entire area seemed a little quiet in general. My husband called it “sleepy Charlotte”. But next time you avoid the Epicenter because you think it will be masses of people and you’ll have to wait hours to get a table, think again, unless of course it’s Queen’s Feast or another big event.

I would recommend La Tagliatella for families wanting to dine out, sit down, enjoy a meal and an experience. Portions are large enough to share, and depending on what you order pricing can range but in my opinion well worth the price and similar to our typical dining out bill.

Check out La Tagliatella online: www.latagliatella.us and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/LaTagliatellaEpicentre

La Tagliatella Charlotte wants you to try out their food and is offering 2 lucky MommyBKnowsBest.com readers a chance to win a free pizza from their restaurant (I suggest the Tagliatella pizza). Enter here to win:

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We received a complimentary meal in order to review this restaurant. This is not a paid post and all thoughts expressed in this post are our honest opinions, yours may vary.

 

New Coffee Brewing Technology – Remington iCoffee Review

I don’t know whether you’re a tea drinker or a coffee drinker, or neither, but I’m definitely a coffee drinker. It wasn’t until December of 2012 that I really would consider myself a full-fledged “coffee drinker”.

Typically I brew my cups of joe with a single-cup coffee maker and choose exotic flavors since I like my coffee sweet. I love both big name coffee retailers Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks, but being from the North I miss Tim Horton’s and would die for the day that Tim Horton’s and Wegmans moved to North Carolina… {just in case anyone is listening}.

Recently, I had the opportunity to test out iCoffee, a coffee maker that uses “SteamBrew™ technology to create “impossibly smooth” tasting coffee”. Please keep in mind I am a “coffee drinker”, but not a, “coffee connoisseur”.

Remington iCoffee Review by MommyBKnowsBest

Things I like about iCoffee:

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  • Little to no assembly. I took the packaging off the product, added the filter to the coffee carafe, and plugged in. {After that you can set the clock, and brew or schedule a future pot of coffee.}
  • Technologically cool product. My girls loved the sounds of the brewing system and the fact that you could see the ground coffee brewing inside the machine.
  • Optional filter to remove any fine coffee grounds. You don’t have to buy filters for the iCoffee so that’s a little less waste than the single-cup coffee makers and traditional coffee makers as well.

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Things I didn’t like about iCoffee:

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  • Harder to brew a single cup of coffee. Just like a traditional coffee brewer, yes you can brew just one cup of coffee, but it’s not as convenient as making a whole pot, especially with the filter system.
  • Clean-up is a pain. I’m grateful for the reduced waste that iCoffee offers, but at the same time clean-up is definitely more work with the iCoffee filter system.

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Overall thoughts:

  • We try not to have too many large appliances on our countertops, but I must say that the iCoffee is about the same size as my single-cup coffee maker although it seems larger because of the shape of the brewer.
  • The iCoffee is said to brew the coffee in a unique way using SteamBrew™ technology to extract a smooth coffee taste and remove the bitter, acidic flavor, honestly I brewed a few cups, because I couldn’t figure out the water to coffee ratio (suggestions from the company would have come in handy), and didn’t notice a substantial difference in traditionally or single-cup machine brewed coffees. {Again with my single-cup I opt for flavored coffees and did not use a flavored coffee for this review.}
  • Price point for iCoffee is similar or a little less than some single-cup brewers on the market, and if you’re looking for something different iCoffee definitely is that.

 

I would say unless you are a coffee connoisseur or are gifting this to someone who is, it may not be worth the money to purchase the iCoffee since you may not notice the difference or taste the crema smoothness that iCoffee is said to deliver.

Have you ever tried a steam brew type coffee brewer? Do you think you would like the iCoffee?

I received an iCoffee to review for the purposes of this blog post. All opinions expressed in this review are my own, honest thoughts on the product. Your opinions may vary.

Easy Heart Healthy Pancakes {Guest Post}

Every morning, my one-year-old daughter greets me with a smile and exuberantly exclaims, “mama, breakfast, pancakes!”. As you might have guessed, pancakes are truly the way to her heart and a staple for breakfast in our household.

In my pursuit to provide a wholesome, nutritious breakfast and simultaneously fulfill her request for pancakes, I’ve tested dozens of pancake recipes. While I love cooking from scratch, I’ve learned that sometimes it’s okay to take a little help from the store when you need it.

As a busy mom with a hungry child who hasn’t quite grasped the concept of patience, I can’t usually spare 45 minutes to prepare pancakes. So, I have actually found the best solution for a quick and healthy pancake breakfast is a combination of a prepared mix with a creative twist.

These “heart healthy” semi-homemade pancakes are made with whole wheat pancake mix, infused with cinnamon, and fashioned into heart shapes. Moms can be confident in the added calcium, fiber, and iron, while kids will love the fluffy texture, sweet flavor, and fun heart shapes, perfect for Valentine’s Day, or, just as in our house, perfect for every other day too!

Easy Heart-Healthy Pancake Recipe

Easy Heart Healthy Pancakes

Ingredients

• 2 cups of whole wheat pancake mix of your choice

• 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

• 1 stick butter (or cooking spray)

• Heart-shaped cookie cutters

Heart Healthy Pancakes for the family

Directions

1. Preheat an electric griddle to 375 (or a griddle pan over medium-high heat)

2. Prepare the batter according to package instructions and mix in the cinnamon.

3. Grease the griddle and the cookie cutter(s) using butter or cooking spray

4. Place the cookie cutters onto the griddle and spoon about ¼ cup of the batter into the cookie cutter (amount will vary depending on the size of your cookie cutter. Also you might need to use the back of a spoon to even out the batter and push the batter into the edges of the cookie cutter)

5. Cook for 3-5 minutes, or until you can lift the cookie cutter and the edges will retain their shape (i.e. batter will not run and the edges will be browned).

6. Remove the cookie cutter from the griddle (Caution: if using a metal cookie cutter, it will be hot)

7. Flip the pancakes and cook on the reverse side an additional 3-5 minutes

8. Serve with the syrup/topping of your choice (my daughter even eats them without any syrup!)

Bonus Tip

Mix your favorite fruit, like blueberries or bananas, into the pancake batter to add further flavor and extra health benefits!

What’s your family’s favorite healthy breakfast food??

 

imageMelissa is a Communication Studies graduate of Clemson University. She recently traded in her human resources job for the best and most challenging career of all, being a stay-at-home mom. She loves coffee, cooking, crafting, and watching football. Melissa is also a former National Champion baton twirler and currently teaches baton lessons and judges baton twirling competitions across the nation. She recently launched the Honeybee Homemaker blog about her faith, family, and fun kitchen endeavors.

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No-Bake Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls

Thanks to Food Lion and Oreo for helping me bring this yummy recipe to my readers.

Every holiday season we’re invited to a number of get togethers that involve bringing a dish to pass, and of course, one of my favorite events is the holiday cookie-swap! The hard thing about being a busy mom is choosing what to take and trying to figure out how to find time to make it.

I personally love making new treats for my friends to feast on and when I was asked to write about the limited-time Peppermint Oreos, you better believe I was all in.

Last year I made homemade Samoas and mustache shaped shortbreads, but this year, I’m handing out these scrumptious, {and seasonally appropriate}, No-Bake Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls.

No-Bake Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls MommyB.jpg

Prepare to get a little messy, but have a lot of fun making these minty treats. This is a great recipe to make with the kiddos, so grab the following ingredients and get ready to have delicious Oreo cookie balls in about an hour and a half {give or take}.

No-Bake Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls MommyBKnowsBest.jpg

I was given a great recipe from Oreo and adjusted it a little, based on ingredients we were able to purchase and techniques I like to use.

Here’s my No-Bake Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls Recipe:

Cooking Tools:

Sheet of wax paper or parchment paper
Cookie sheets or baking pans to hold cookie balls in the freezer
Melon baller or spoons

Ingredients:

1 package (8oz) cream cheese {softened – the softer the better for mixing}
1 package (15.25oz) Oreo Cookies with Peppermint Creme, finely crushed {using my mini Cuisinart after hand breaking the cookies in half}
2 packages (16oz total) milk chocolate chips melted {can also use semi-sweet baking chocolate, our store was out so we made do}
1 Tsbp of vegetable oil
8 starlight mints, coarsely crushed {again using my mini Cuisinart}

Preparation:

Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until well blended.

Using your melon baller or spoons shape mixture into approximately 48 (1-inch) balls (can make them in smaller batches if needed). Freeze for 10 minutes on the parchment paper lined cookie sheets.

While cookie balls are freezing, melt chocolate in microwave starting with 30 seconds, then 10 second increments stirring each time until chocolate is melted but not burned. Add 1 Tsbp of vegetable oil to make chocolate consistency more fluid like and able to coat cookie balls easier.

Dip frozen cookie balls into melted chocolate using a fork making sure all sides of your cookie ball are covered, and tap excess chocolate back into the bowl.

Place chocolate covered cookie balls on the parchment paper and top with a pinch of your crushed mints.

Place cookie balls back into freezer for an additional 10-15 minutes to set the chocolate.

Wrap in festive bags or place in your favorite holiday dishware and enjoy!!

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Don’t forget Oreo’s Peppermint Creme cookies are only available for a limited time so make sure you visit your local Food Lion {or select stores} while they are available!!

What is your favorite dish to pass to bring to holiday parties? 

 

 

This is a sponsored post brought to you by Oreo. Any opinions in this post are swayed by the deliciousness of this recipe, I tried not to be influenced by the yummy goodness but I can’t help it. Your opinions on Oreos, Food Lion stores and melon ballers may vary.

Gluten Free Zucchini Lasagna Recipe {Guest Blog}

I saw a recipe for Gluten Free Zucchini Lasagna on Pinterest and ever since, I have wanted to try making it. I really love Italian food, {especially lasagna}, but I am trying to watch my waistline and heart health, so this healthy recipe is perfect for me and my family and I’m sure you’ll love it too!!

In this recipe I replaced most of traditional lasagna ingredients and also omitted a lot of the ingredients from the pinned recipe to keep my dish as low-calorie and heart-healthy as possible.

Ingredients: 

2 Large Zucchinis

1 Bottle of Ragu Light, No Sugar Added, Tomato Basil Sauce

¼  cup reduced fat parmesan cheese

1 bag chopped spinach {frozen or fresh, adjust cook time accordingly}

1 lb of 96% lean ground beef

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon pepper

**Please be mindful that Ragu sauces claim to be gluten-free, but encourage you to read the labels of each of their products to be on the safe side.

Preparation and Cooking Instructions:

Season the ground beef with garlic powder, pepper and onion powder.

Once fully seasoned, brown the beef in a skillet.

As the beef is browning slice your zucchini length-wise, in a shape resembling lasagna noodles. **The thinner you slice the noodles the more tender they will be.

Next cook the spinach on the stove top in a saute pan or if it’s frozen you may want to heat in the microwave for a couple of minutes. After allowing the spinach to cool, squeeze excess liquid using paper towels or a clean hand towel. **This is really important so you don’t have watery lasagna after its done cooking.

Once the meat is done browning, drain the excess fat/grease, {which was a very small amount}.

Assembling the lasagna:

Sprayed a 9-inch glassware casserole dish with cooking spray.

Place your first layer of zucchini, meat, spinach, sauce and parmesan and repeated for about three layers. {On the last layer, covered with zucchini, sauce and cheese and a little bit of garlic powder.}

Cooking:

Cook for about 45 minutes at 375 degrees.

**Because the liquid cooks out of the veggies, you should let the lasagna sit for about 15 minutes after you remove it from the oven so the liquid can re-absorb into the veggies.

Let the lasagna cool to a desired temperature and enjoy!

 

I was confident that I would like it because I am a veggie lover but my biggest critics are my kids who do like some veggies but are particular to which ones and how they are prepared. They love pasta or as they call it, “noonles” so I was impressed that they enjoyed the dish as well since it was noonle-less. They didn’t eat as much as I would have wanted them to, but definitely got a couple servings of veggies in their tummies with this yummy recipe.

It was a delicious, healthy recipe that will be a new favorite in my house!

 

Gluten Free Zucchini Lasagna

 

Have you ever tried making your favorite food dishes healthier? Which ones, and how did they turn out??

Lisa is a Florida Native who currently lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and two children. B.C. {Before Children} Lisa was an R.N. Currently Lisa has a love for hairdressing, finding fun play spots around North Carolina and giving great parenting advice.

My Medifast Progess – Week 29 #journey33

Thanks Medifast for allowing me to be a brand ambassador and receive product and tell my readers about my challenges and victories with health.

Here’s to a better week this week, although I struggled at times with my brain, and to be completely honest, there were moments where I thought, {and to be SUPER honest, may still have in the back of my head} that I should take a break from trying to stay healthy for the summer.

Like I’ve said in so many posts recently, losing weight and being fit will always be a challenge for me, it’s not something that I’m programmed to do nor is it a full part of my life yet, but I’m a work in progress and still hanging in there, for this week at least.

I got some great validation from you all in my past posts and on some instagram posts that were really encouraging for me, and while I’m not doing this for other people or for approval, it really is nice to hear words of encouragement and that I have people backing me up, so thank you for those of you who chimed in, (even if it wasn’t “out loud”).

This week I got to try the new Medifast Triple Berry Smoothie. Occasionally I like a good smoothie, so I was excited to hear that Medifast was coming out with a smoothie for their food plan. Medifast has two different smoothie flavors, Triple Berry and Pineapple Mango.

Since I was in a berry good mood, I decided to try out the Triple Berry flavor first. It was super easy to make, but if you’re going to follow the directions you should be at home or near a blender. Basically you add water and ice with the mix, and blend, then voila, a cold treat.

When I opened the package, I was delighted to see bits of dried fruits in the mix, and think it would make a good smoothie pop too!! {hint, hint} Overall I loved the taste of the smoothie and the texture was great too. I’m excited to add this to my list of Medifast foods that I love, although I may just add super finely crushed ice to the mix and shake it up or consider getting a personal-sized blender instead of putting it in my oversized blender, for easier clean up.

Medifast Triple Berry Smoothie Review MommyB

I will let you know what I think of the Pineapple Mango flavor when I try it. In the meantime which Medifast Smoothie flavor do you think you would prefer???

Make sure you check out my thoughts on the smoothie and other Medifast Foods by heading here: MommyB Knows Best’s Medifast Food Reviews.

So cheers {with my Medifast smoothie} to this next week, I’ll be traveling to a blog conference and am going to try to be on plan for the most part, but not beating myself up if not, although I know I won’t get workouts in this weekend, hoping once we get back I won’t have too much work to catch up on and will be motivated to start working out again as well.

Now, here are my results from the past two weeks:

Medifast Week 29 Collage MommyBKnowsBest

Weight Prior to Medifast: 168.5 lbs
Weight Lost This Week: -2 lbs
Weight Lost on Medifast: -21.5 lbs
Current weight: 147 lbs

Pant size: Started at 14 now at 8-10!!!

My First Goal: -33 lbs/135.5 lbs {since I’m 33, I thought that was appropriate}
My Final Goal: -16.5 lbs/119 lbs {half of 33}

Check out my thoughts on the Medifast Foods I’ve tried so far: http://www.mommybknowsbest.com/medifast-food-reviews/

For previous week’s Medifast posts click the following:
Happy Birthday to Me – A Medifast Present
My Medifast Progress – Week 1
My Medifast Progress – Week 2
My Medifast Progress – Week 3
My Medifast Progress – Week 4
My Medifast Progress – Week 5
My Medifast Progress – Week 6
My Medifast Progress – Week 7
My Medifast Progress – Week 8
My Medifast Progress – Week 9
My Medifast Progress – Week 10
My Medifast Progress – Week 11
My Medifast Progress – Week 12
My Medifast Progress – Week 13
My Medifast Progress – Week 14 #journey33
My Medifast Progress – Week 16 #journey33
My Medifast Progress – Week 17 #journey33
My Medifast Progress – Week 18 & Week 19
My Medifast Progress – Week 20 #journey33
My Medifast Progress – Week 21 & Week 22 #journey33
My Medifast Progress – Week 25

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Cauliflower Pizza – Gluten Free – Medifast Recipe

I have been seeing Cauliflower Pizza all over Pinterest. I am not a fan of cauliflower. In fact, I do not like cauliflower. Broccoli I can do, but cauliflower, I’ll pass. Needless to say my girls have never tried it and my husband doesn’t didn’t care for it before I stumbled upon this delicious recipe for Cauliflower Breadsticks: Sandy’s Kitchen

A week before Easter I tried the recipe out and the entire tray of breadsticks that I made, were gobbled up within minutes. My family could not believe they were made with cauliflower, moreover, they didn’t care! Yes, I know, unheard of!!

So I thought today that I would try my hand at making the cauliflower pizza this time around. First off, Lil’ C was singing, “Cauliflower pizza, yum, yum, yum,” if that gives you a hint as to whether or not my almost 6 year old and 3 year old like this pizza/breadstick recipe.

I found a few different recipes, but really should have just stuck to the original breadstick one and adjusted a little. The recipe I tried mentioned heating up the chopped cauliflower in the microwave and soaking out the juices, I found that the raw cauliflower I put into our breadsticks worked just fine and may have even been a little less mushy.

By popular demand and the fact that I am behind held at gunpoint {not really}, I am posting this recipe.

Please don’t lick the screen:

Cauliflower Pizza Recipe MommyB

Here are the Ingredients I used to make an entire pizza for my family:

1 medium head of cauliflower {grated makes about 3-4 cups}
1 egg white
2 cups shredded Reduced Fat 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese {1 cup for mix 1 cup for topping}
Turkey Pepperoni {use as desired or count out for caloric intake}
Marinara Sauce
The following herbs and seasonings to taste – garlic powder, pinch of salt {depending on your diet plan}, freeze dried basil, pepper.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450.

Chop cauliflower until it resembles a rice-like texture.

Mix RAW chopped cauliflower, 1 egg white, 1 cup of cheese, herbs and seasonings together in a bowl until combined.

Line a cookie sheet or pizza pan with parchment paper preferably.

Spread mixture onto parchment paper, trying to make an even layer of “dough”. My personal preference is as thin as possible so as not to get a mushy texture, and trying to get my edges even as much as possible.

Bake at 450 for 10 minutes and flip the “dough”, baking for another 5 minutes or so to brown both sides of your pizza crust. {VERY IMPORTANT STEP, and will save you from mushy pizza.}

Remove crust from the oven, add the marinara sauce, and any toppings, including the last cup of cheese, we used Turkey pepperoni, and place back in the oven for another 7-10 minutes until cheese is brown and bubbly. *Don’t worry about the edges browning, this is typical of cauliflower pizza and tastes great regardless.

Let the pizza set for 2 minutes and then enjoy! Voila!!!

Cauliflower pizza