First things first. Can we please talk about this: I found this “edible cookie dough” at Fresh Market and had to stop myself from immediately buying it and sitting on the couch for the rest of the afternoon with a spoon and a stomach ache. It’s basically a huge jar of cookie dough without the eggs. And 1/4 cup has almost 300 calories and 20g of sugar!!! YIKES!!! But yum…. Luckily I didn’t buy it. I spent Saturday morning and afternoon at a community health event. As president of the ophthalmology student interest group, I spend lots of weekends helping to do vision screenings at various events. I always have a great time and it’s fun to hang out with med school friends, all while bringing awareness to eye health! Kyle and I decided that a perfect Saturday date night would be a trip to the pumpkin patch! We found a cute little farm on the south side of Indianapolis and even though it was rainy and muddy, headed off to pick pumpkins! The patch didn’t seem too big, but there were about 1 million pumpkins to choose from. And they were all perfect!! Kyle and I went back and forth deciding on which pumpkin to put in our wagon! I mentioned it was rainy and muddy… well I am SO glad I wore my boots because they were caked with mud when we finished. We both chose decent sized carving pumpkins: And we picked out another smaller one because it was just way too cute to pass up. Alongside the pumpkin patch, there were gorgeous apple trees almost falling to the ground with the weight of so many apples! The smell was heavenly. Kyle and I both almost reached up and picked an apple right off the tree to eat. Luckily, we didn’t need to pick an apple because the were selling fresh apple cider inside the little farm house next to the pumpkins. We both had a great time even though the weather was less than ideal. And now… I have 2 new recipes for you!! One shouldn’t really count as a recipe because all you do is: 1. Buy the biggest piece of salmon Costco has to offer. 2. Put the salmon on a baking sheet and cover with sliced lemons, garlic, salt and pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil. 3. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes or until fish is flaky and no longer translucent. Perfect salmon! The next recipe is for cauliflower zucchini cakes. I’ve found these little cakes make perfect pizza crusts, are delicious underneath a runny egg, and are even great on their own.
Cauliflower Zucchini Cakes
1 head of cauliflower
1 clove garlic
1/2 cup almond flour (oatmeal or oat flour would work if you don’t have almond flour)
red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
Directions: Cut cauliflower into small pieces and add to a food processor. Pulse a few times until cauliflower is a “rice” consistency. Grate zucchini and add to bowl with cauliflower. Stir in seasonings of your choice, chopped garlic, almond flour, and eggs. Form into small “cakes” and bake on a baking sheet at 350F for 25 minutes. Here are 2 of the cakes topped with an egg: Yum Yum Yum! Have a great week everyone!