Monday, February 1, 2010

Garlicky Cheesy Cauliflower Concoction

Oi! Today was a good day! I didn't have my morning classes due to the snow storm this past weekend, and I was finally able to get a good workout in at the gym! After having hung inside all weekend with Joe, Ted, and Tim (spending my time with 3 guys who can eat whatever they want + not being able to get to the gym + lots of wine = not the healthiest weekend I've ever had...) it felt really good being able to sweat a lot. I feel like if I had tasted my sweat it would've tasted like pizza and wine (is it gross that that makes me hungry right now?...don't tell anyone I said that).

Had a little too much of this recently...but holy junk, it was good.

Anyways, even though today was supposed to be a stretch and strengthen day according to my half-marathon training schedule (I'm on my fourth week! 7 more weeks to go...), I decided to run 4 miles and do some good weight lifting since I had had a break all weekend.  Definitely not gonna beat myself up over my lack of less-than-perfect healthy habits over the past 3 days, but I will try to be consistent in my eating and working out this week to offset them!

So for breakfast, I had a hot bowl of cinnamon raisin Quaker Oats Quick Oats. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm creamy.

After helping Joseph conquer some of his arch-enemy Spanish homework for the morning, I went home to try my first Chobani Greek Yogurt! I threw an Apple Cinnamon flavored instant oatmeal, stirred it up, and it was SO. GOOD.

My big fat greek yogurt

All da mixins

I had a banana and a cup of Celestial Seasonings Honey Vanilla Chamomile tea with a squirt of blue agave nectar to sweeten it, too. YUM. What a fruity tooty lunch.

Hot tea on a snowy day makes me wanna sleep the whole day!

After an afternoon of going to my one class that I had today (why can't they just cancel the whole day if they're gonna cancel some of it?!) and my trip to the gym, I was famished!  I knew I had some veggies in the fridge that had been neglected all weekend, so I needed to eat those suckers before they went bad on me.  So I made this concoction to include all of them: Garlicky Cheesy Cauliflower Concoction (nice name, eh?) It was a giant win!

First, I shredded the whole head of cauliflower I had using a hand held shredder (an extra arm workout for the day, I can assure you! PHEW) and put it all in a microwave-safe bowl.


After covering it with plastic wrap and nukin' it for 6 minutes, I threw 3/4 of it into the food processor with an egg and about 1.5 cups of assorted shredded cheeses I found in my fridge.  I spun that mixture around in the processor for a bit and came up with a "doughy" texture.

Then I took the "dough" and spread it in a greased cake pan.

It's a cauliflower cake!

My other neglected veggies - asparagus and a squash - were crying for attention at this point, so I chopped 'em up to silence them (makes me sound like a member of the vegetable mafia, right?) and threw them on top of the dough. I drizzled a generous amount of olive oil all over everything, added salt, pepper, and minced garlic to the mix, and chucked it in the oven on 450 degrees for about 25 minutes.

"Don't cut us, Anna! HELPPP!!!"

Swimmin' in some oil and ready to go in the oven-ator

It came out with an interesting texture...kind of like the veggies were on top of cous cous. Since I like cous cous and all the flavors in this particular mix, it was AWESOME!

Crispy cous cous-like concoction

YUM! And so veggielicious!! Even better, I have a ton of leftovers! (even though I ate a junk load good amount...)  I will definitely be making this again.

Tomorrow I will FINALLY be trying the "baked" pumpkin oatmeal recipe for breakfast, and I can't wait! I'll be sure to fill you in :)

Sweet dreams, friends! -Anna


  1. I have been meaning to try Chobani! Worth the hype? -Claire

  2. Also, I like the way you eat your banana in your yogurt...

  3. Chobani is totally worth the hype! It's a reallly awesome texture and I like how they give you a lot :D Believe it or not, they MAKE the banana in the yogurt like that! ( don't have to believe that part) -Anna