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Cauliflower Cakes with Herbed Chicken Quinoa

Posted Jan 21 2011 8:00pm
Forgive my absence. Sometimes I get so busy and blogging ends up as the last thing on my mind. As much as I love writing and sharing recipes, other things such as work take precedence over blogging. I mean...I have to help bring home the bacon in order to cook the bacon, right?  ;)

I crack myself up sometimes. 

Breakfast
Breakfast was another perfect protein pancake. I've fallen in love with the recipe and intend to force myself to fall out of love with it by eating these pancakes for breakfast everyday until I eventually get sick of them. Kind of like how when my husband finds a song he likes, he'll listen to it until he tires of it. It's his way of getting it out of his system and this is one method I'll follow in his footsteps for.
Marry me.

Lunch
Lunch was a tuna salad on water crackers. Not to toot my own horn but I make a pretty mean tuna salad. Okay fine, I'm totally tooting my own horn. But if you tried this, you'd be tooting too.

Hah. Tooting. ;)
 I mix greek yogurt, 2 tbs of honey mustard, lemon, pepper, chopped celery, dried cranberries, chopped walnuts, and chopped red onion together with the tuna and devour. I don't keep mayo in my house at all since I find it absolutely disgusting and prefer to get my fats from healthy fats such as nuts and etc. therefore I resort to greek yogurt as a sub.

I have clients that ask me about using greek yogurt as a sub for mayonnaise and often times they'll tell me the idea sounds gross. To me, gross is ingesting pure fat with empty calories that sticks to your hips forever versus using a healthy alternative chock full of protein. I assure you the flavor isn't bad at all and the texture is almost as similar. Once you mix greek yogurt with a bunch of stuff, you barely taste the yogurt, instead you taste all of the other delicious ingredients that make this salad so yummy.
Dinner
Our dinner tonight is another example of using a healthy alternative. Instead of making crab cakes I decided to make cauliflower cakes to up my veggie intake and also because we were out of crab. Heh.

Don't get me wrong, there is nothing unhealthy about crab cakes as long as you're making them yourself and using healthy ingredients. I simply just wanted to take my "health factor" up a notch and get some good old veggies in.
What you need:
1 cauliflower floret, steamed and chopped into small pieces
1 cup sauteed spinach
1 clove garlic
1tbs pepper
1tsp sea salt
1tsp smoked paprika
1/3 cup asagio cheese
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
1 egg
Dash of lemon juice

Mix everything together and form into patties. Brush tops with olive oil and arrange patties onto a cookie sheet. Bake on one side for 15 minutes at 350 degrees and then flip and bake for another 15 minutes or until the patties or cakes (whatever you want to call them) are browned and crispy.

These are delicious. They're out of this world when drizzled in dijon, garlic and white wine sauce and served with herbed quinoa. As for the herbed quinoa, I simply cooked the quinoa in veggie broth, lemon juice and olive oil. I chopped up a bunch of fresh parsley, rosemary and thyme and tossed them into the quinoa. To up the protein factor (due to today's workout) I added in some grilled chicken with the quinoa.

Granted, these pictures don't do the meal justice but that's because I wasn't blessed in the "food styling" talent department. Oh well.

Workout
Today's workout was a leg workout followed by a HIIT session on the treadmill.

3x10 Barbell squats
3x10 Barbell lunges
3x10 Leg Presses
3x10 Hack Squat Machines
3x10 SB Hamstring Curls

Hopefully, my legs won't give out on me tomorrow morning ;)

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