Cheesy Sour Cream and Chive Cauliflower “Risotto”

Sorry that I have been gone for a while. Life has been moving steadily. In the past few months, I temporarily moved to Kansas, lived in an RV and quite impressively used an air fryer to do all my “at trailer meals” for 4 months. It was an adventure. Some of it fun. Some of blah. I graduated in May with a B.S. in Biological Anthropology and a minor in American Ethnic Studies. I took the GRE in Kansas in hopes of persuing a Masters degree. Guess what! Everything worked out.

I am now back home in Upstate New York working toward a Masters in Childhood Education. More importantly, I can cooking in a real kitchen. It’s not enough for me to write recipes of what I cook on scratch paper so I am looking forward to getting back to recipe writing and food blogging as a hobby. I hope to add to these recipes regularly.

Now on to one of my favorite sides.

My husband and I have eaten a lot of cauliflower since starting keto. To be honest, I didn’t really like it too much. My mash cauliflower was always lumpy and no matter what I added, it just tasted too much like cauliflower.

I only learned to love cauliflower when I gave up on the idea that cauliflower could taste like mash potatoes.  IT JUST CAN’T. When I gave up on trying to mash cauliflower into submission. I created cauliflower recipe that I really love. Cheesy Sour Cream and Chive Cauliflower “Risotto”.

 

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Cheesy Sour Cream and Chive Cauliflower “Risotto”

 

 

Cheesy Sour Cream and Chive Cauliflower “Risotto” Recipe

 

12 oz bag Frozen riced cauliflower

1/3 cup sour cream

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tsp garlic powder (I use this!)

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 tsp chicken base or 1 bullion cube (I use this!)

1 tbsp dried chives (I use this!)

1 pinch of salt (optional)

 

Defrost a bag of cauliflower in microwave (or follow instruction on package). Heat non-stick pan to medium low. Add riced cauliflower to hot pan. After excess liquid has evaporated from rice, add heavy whipping cream, sour cream, chicken base, garlic powder and mix. Add grated Parmesan cheese. Mix until the cheese is completely incorporated and melted.  Cook until the mixture has thickened to the consistency of grits. (yep, I am from the south) Mix in chives.  Salt to taste. Enjoy!

 

It is even better with bacon.

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Cheesy Sour Cream and Chive Cauliflower “Risotto” With Crispy Bacon.

 

From My Fitness Pal Calculator:

Nutrition information per 4 servings: Calories 235, Fat 20g  Carbohydrate 5g net, Protein 9g

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Airfryer Chili Garlic Chicken Wings

Sorry for the hiatus, but I moved from NY to KS  to finish my degree. My home away from home is a Fifth Wheel while my husband stays at our home in NY. Because my husband and me are split between two locations being conservative about finances is really important, so cheap eats have been my game. I also picked up an Airfryer (I use this!) to ease my dependence on propane.

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I fell in love with this gadget at first usage, so I use it everyday. My favorite thing to cook in my Airfryer is chicken and because I can buy about 2lb of chicken wings at $2.50, I have them often.  The recipe I have developed is very simple, very tasty and only requires 4 ingredients. Check out the recipe to my Airfryer Chili Garlic Wings below.

 

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Airfryer Chili Garlic Wings

1 tablespoon Chili Powder

1 tablespoon Garlic Powder

1 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Sea Salt (I use this!)

About 2 lb chicken wings (6-7 pieces)

Directions: To get a crispy chicken wing, make sure they are dry. Combine the chili powder, garlic powder, and salt evenly and apply the rub to the chicken wings. Put wings in the airfryer basket, drumette up with wingtip facing out. Once the basket is inserted into the airfryer, set the airfryer at 400 degrees with the timer at 30 minutes. Once the fryer reaches 10 minutes, flip the wings and continue to cook.  The finished product should be crispy and flavorful.

Note: Seasonings work well on steak as well!

Makes 2 servings.

Nutrition per serving: 515 cal. Fat 36 g, Protein 43 g, Carbs 4g.

 

 

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Slow Cooker Kalua Pork

Sometimes I am in a “set it and forget it” mood when it comes to meals. Who isn’t? When this mood arises, this is totally the time for me to bring out my slow cooker. One of my favorite slow cooker meals is Slow Cooker Kalua Pork. It only calls for 5 ingredients and is flavorful, fatty, and simple.

Homemade Boursin Herb and Garlic Cheese Spread

 

Does anyone else love Boursin cheese? My love affair with it started a few months ago. We picked up the large three pack from our local Sam’s Club. It contained 2 rounds of garlic and herb and 1 round of shallot and chives. It was around $9 dollars for 3 rounds. Because I was iffy on if I would like it, I assumed that it would last for a fairly long time. Guess what?  That 3 pack was gone in four days. We must have been to Sam’s Club 5 times that month for that 3 pack of Boursin cheese.

Eventually, I came to my senses and my husband soon followed. Spending $40-50 a month on that delicious cheese was not an option. So I went about working on a recipe for Faux-Boursin Herb and Garlic Cheese Spread. There was some trial and error. For instance, Raw Garlic was too spicy. Using a food processor really messed with the texture of the cheese spread and it didn’t really set up no matter how long it stayed in the fridge. After troubleshooting these issues, the final product is all that I hoped for. We haven’t bought the 3 pack since I created this recipe. I would say that with the saving from making my own version that I like it better that the original.

Bacon Chicken Fried Caulirice

Do you ever have one of those days where you can’t be bothered. It is 5:30pm. You are haaanngry. You know that your family will be hungry when they get home so you need something that is quick, easy and healthful to prepare.

Looking throughout my kitchen, I found a few things to aid in my quest for a stress free dinner. Microwavable cauliflower rice, egg, a chicken breast, and a couple of pieces of bacon that won’t be enough for a two person breakfast in the morning. Bacon Chicken Fried Caulirice it became! Below you will find the recipe.