Vacation pretty much put an end to my healthy eating, and try as I might to get back to it, there have been a lot of opportunities to indulge in less than healthy foods.
I haven't given up entirely, but summer is a time without a schedule or routine for me. Short trips and visits to see friends, backyard barbecues - all of it adds up to me returning to bad habits.
And I can't blame it entirely on someone else because I've contributed to the junk food offered, bringing things along to share.
Last week I tried out a recipe for cake batter puppy chow.
And it was good and sweet. So sweet it made my teeth hurt.
Cake Batter Puppy Chow
1 box of corn or rice chex cereal
Melt 16 oz. of almond bark along with 4 T of butter
Add 1 tsp of vanilla and 1 tsp of almond extract to almond bark mixture
Pour over cereal and stir in
Add powdered sugar (I use more than half a bag) and a jar of sprinkles
Cover mixture and shake
There are many variations of this on Pinterest. I've made my own version based on the ones I looked at. Honestly, I'm not sure how this recipe could be goofed up since what's not to like about melted almond bark and powdered sugar? I'm pretty sure any concoction that loosely resembles this would be very tasty.
Thank goodness the neighbors helped eat some of this because once I started munching, I couldn't stop.
When we're home doing our normal summer stuff - swimming pool trips, play dates with friends, attempting some cleaning - I have been trying to make some healthy things to eat. Despite the fact that my husband and kids are unimpressed with cauliflower crust anything, I've decided I like it.
Cauliflower Crust for Pizza or Breadsticks
1 head of cauliflower, shredded into cauliflower rice
Cook in microwave for 10 minutes
Cool in refrigerator
Once cool add seasonings:
1 tablespoon of oregano
½ tablespoon of basil
1 tablespoon onion powder
½ tsp red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper to taste
Spray a 9x13 cookie sheet and then pat down crust mixture
Bake at 425 for 25 minutes
If making breasticks, broil them additional 5 minutes
For pizza, add sauce and toppings and return to oven and broil for 5 minutes
I have tried a few recipes for cauliflower crust and this one is my favorite. I think it's the red pepper flakes that really make this crust a winner. There is a great flavor to it by adding the red pepper flakes that the other recipes didn't have.
Since no one else will eat my pizza, I have leftovers waiting for me in the fridge for later today.
This post is linked to Beth Fish Reads Weekend Cooking Meme. Stop by and check out the other food related posts.