Cauliflower & Quinoa “Mac and Cheese”

This isn’t typically a ‘post a recipe’ type of blog, but I tonight I made some adaptations to something I found on Pinterest and it was delicious and a bunch of people wanted the recipe, so… voila! (and because I’m not typically a food blogger, I didn’t think about taking a picture until way too late, so, sorry, maybe next time I make it?)

The recipe, for cauliflower and quinoa “mac and cheese,” is an adaptation primarily of the cheesy quinoa mac and cheese from Around the Table, as well as the fauxtatoes (mashed cauliflower and quinoa) that we typically make as a mashed potato substitute. We tried the Around the Table quinoa mac a few weeks ago and didn’t love it. The recipe itself was fine, good enough to make again even, but we were expecting something creamier from a recipe calling itself mac and cheese.

I decided to make the recipe again for tonight, as I have instituted Meatless Mondays at our house, despite objections of a certain someone. I spent much of the morning thinking about it, thinking about all the extra cheese my husband wanted me to add to make the dish creamier and how much less healthy that was going to make it. And then I thought about the fauxtatoes we make, and how much creamier they are than the quinoa mac recipe. While making the recipe, I also decided to substitute yogurt for half of the milk in the recipe. The result was a really creamy and really delicious dish that just about everyone ate gleefully. The girls even asked for more, although E didn’t love the crust.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of dry quinoa
  • 1 medium head of cauliflower
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 2 cups grated cheese (cheddar, colby jack, etc)
  • 1/4 cup Panko (optional)
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black papper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • Onion powder
  • Oil to grease the pan

Directions:

  1. Cut cauliflower into chunks, add to a pot of boiling water, cook until cauliflower is tender enough to cut with a fork (will depend on how big your chunks are). Drain cauliflower and mash with a potato masher
  2. While the cauliflower is cooking, prepare quinoa as per package instructions.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  4. When cauliflower is mashed and quinoa is cooked, combine them with the garlic and onion powder, salt, and pepper to taste.
  5. Mix milk, yogurt, and eggs together in a small bowl, fold into quinoa/cauliflower mixture.
  6. Add about 3/4 of the cheese into cauliflower and quinoa mix, stir so that some of the cheese melts, then transfer the mix into the greased 9×13
  7. Top with Panko and the remaining cheese, bake long enough to brown the cheese and Panko (for me, 25 minutes, then another 10 at 400)

As the main dish this serves 8 at roughly 260 calories as prepared here. We served it with sides of kidney beans and roasted broccoli (cooked with olive oil and kosher salt at 350 until lightly browned). I ate just this and the broccoli and it was a completely satisfying meal.

Leanne at Around the Table has a bunch of other suggestions for serving, all of which would probably also be delicious.

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For Fitness: Foot Pain

When I anticipated starting to write about fitness here occasionally, I mostly thought that I would write about running and training for an 8k or 10k, maybe about yoga, about my TRX. What I didn’t expect to write about right away was Plantar Fasciitis. Despite the fact that I rarely ran over the holidays, I’ve been having feel pain in my left foot over the same basic time frame. Earlier this week I finally did some reading up about it and determined it was definitely tissue pain, and not joint pain, meaning it was very likely my plantar fascia.

So now I’m off of running and any treadmill walking through the end of the month. I’ve set a recovery plan for myself for now since that pain hasn’t been happening for too long and isn’t too bad, if it doesn’t work I’ll explore a medical opinion. Instead of running, I’ll be doing the exercise bike (thank goodness I joined a gym last month when it got too snowy/icy/cold to run outside), as well as strength and stretching exercises, including machines at the gym, TRX, and yoga. I also went and bought myself a Feetures! Plantar Fasciitis compression sleeve that I am wearing all day (they say you can wear it at night too, but it keeps bugging me in the middle of the night, so I’m not sure if I’m going to keep trying or just take it off before bed) and over that I’ve been wearing shoes all day, even around the house.

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I’m actually amazed at how much better my foot is feeling already. The night I finally decided to do something about it, I could feel a particular spot on my heel that hurt to touch, whereas now I really can’t any more. Obviously the rest can’t have fixed it yet, not in half a week, but I think the combination of the sleeve and wearing shoes (good, supportive Born flats) is doing amazing things. When the weather is nice and dry and I run outside first thing in the morning I tend to just keep my shoes on all day; since the ground has been covered with snow and ice and melted snow, whatever shoes I wear outside have to come off right away. I suspect that this is the reason that my heel started hurting at almost the exact same time I stopped running outside and thus starting hanging out around the house without shoes all day. At this rate I’m very hopeful about the beginning of February being okay to get back to running, and I’m also glad I set myself a minimum amount of time I needed to rest before starting the treatment, because if I hadn’t I suspect I might have tried to run next week and not actually rested as long as I should.

How do you get through injuries in your training regimen?

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Announcing: Foreword Literary Agency

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Many of you already know that since the beginning of the year I have been working as a literary agent. I have already signed two authors whose books I am incredibly excited about.  I am equally excited to tell you that I am now with the smart, savvy, and fabulous new agency Foreword Literary. For the full details, you can check out the press release and these blog posts.

Basically, though, we’re a full-service agency who wants to bridge the gap between traditional literary agents and the possibilities of the tech world, including our new service FastForeword.

I’m absolutely thrilled about this new development and am aggressively looking to build my list in historical fiction, literary fiction, and upmarket women’s and commercial fiction. If you have a manuscript that might qualify please check out my submission guidelines.

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Meet the Girls!

We’re proud to introduce Margaret Louise and Elizabeth Katherine.

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Margaret Louise

 

 

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Elizabeth Katherine

They were born on July 9  at 11:43 and 11:56, weighing 5lb 11 oz and 6 lb. Both are about 19 inches.

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Sisters!

Here’s the bedroom waiting for them when they get home:

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Sunday Salon – 3.4.12

We’re just going to pretend I didn’t spend a long time being excited about the fact that you can multiple the date (4) and the number of the month (3) together to get the two-digit representation of the year (12).

Ahem.

Moving on.

pinterest button pictureSo, I’ve been on Pinterest for a couple of months now, mostly for recipes and house design ideas (plus baby stuff – we found out we’re having girls!) – and I have invitations if anyone needs one. Until Thursday, I really didn’t have any bookish pins at all, but I finally decided to go ahead and create a board that showcases the books I’m loving in 2012 (note: just like my ‘best of’ lists, books are eligible if they are reviewed in 2012, some may have been read in late 2011). On Friday I also added a board of amazing audiobooks, which so far contains my 2011 and 2012 favorites, but which will be expanded over the next few weeks to include beloved audiobooks from years past. I know for a fact I don’t want to pin all of my reviews, because Pinterest seems to me to be very much about curation, but I’m not sure what else I might do with it. I’m contemplating ‘best of’ boards as a different way to showcase my 2010 and 2011 ‘best of’ lists, but those would obviously not be ongoing projects. Anything in particular you’d like to see?

As I mentioned briefly above, the exciting news this week is that we found out that our twins are girls! Daniel is not really thrilled – apparently he wanted brothers, not sisters – but we’re happy, and also just happy to know. Now my mother and sister can start spending way too much money buying cute things =)

Actually, this was just a huge week of excitingness. The other major accomplishment this week was getting totally caught up on book reviews before February ended. Of course, I now have a few to write again, because much of my reading for this week was done Thursday or later, once I’d completed all the writing and I finished a couple more books. Still, 3 reviews to write is better than 18 from a couple of weeks ago.

Here’s what I finished this week:

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Yes, I did read 2 different books called Sister Queens/The Sister Queens, but I didn’t have any trouble keeping them differentiated. Apart from the format difference (print vs. audio), they were about different sets of sisters living about 300 years apart and one was fiction and the other nonfiction. Both reviews should be coming this month.

As far as reviews, it was a so-so week. A couple of books I really enjoyed, sandwiched between a couple I liked less than everyone else seemed to. I also posted my February reading wrap-up, so if you’re wondering what my pick of the month is, go check it out! What I reviewed:

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