Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Homemade Peach Frozen Yogurt

We're just a week away from school starting back up and we're trying to enjoy every moment as much as possible. Getting back into routine, earlier bedtimes, waking earlier; you know, the usual. It's also prime peach season right now! I ordered a 25 pound box from a local farm back in June when we picked strawberries, it's become part of our summer routine. They have connections with another farm in Michigan where they get blueberries and peaches every summer for customers. We place our orders and they arrive all boxed and ready to go. It's quite wonderful, and these peaches are always so delicious! The ones you get from the grocery store just do not compare.

So now I'm playing the what do I make with all of these game? I slice and flash freeze the majority of them; we'll enjoy them all winter long in smoothies, oatmeal and just by themselves. I did make a peach crisp on Sunday that was fabulous. Our little 8x8 inch pan didn't make it long in our house between the five of us. But, if you've been following me on social media for any length of time, then you know I just cannot make all these desserts. It's not apart of my lifestyle anymore, and I just don't need them. I wanted to come up with a little healthier of an option. And I just haven't been feeling like canning much lately, even though jam is a great way to use up so many.

That's when I decided to try making my own frozen yogurt. A little bit healthier (when done right) than regular ice cream, and a way for me to be able to enjoy some without wrecking my weight loss goals. I don't know about you, but I feel like we go through a ton of ice cream in the summer months with the kids. They request it almost every night after dinner it feels like. And going out for a treat just adds up, it gets very expensive to feed that many people.

Made in the food processor, and with just four ingredients, this has quickly become a favorite in our house. In fact, I told you that the girls have already requested I try making strawberry next. I will say, Greek yogurt will definitely give it a pronounced tangy aftertaste, so if that's not something you like then just stick with regular yogurt. I liked the Greek batch, but the girls said it tasted funny. They're not big Greek fans though either. The agave syrup gives it just enough sweetness, plus peaches are typically sweet to begin with.

I just love the fact that I'm getting even more nutrients into my day and getting to enjoy a sweet treat all at the same time! You'll even notice in my pictures, that I keep the skin on when I freeze my peaches. Why not? They process just as well, and again, if I can get more nutrients into our day, then we will. This will certainly be a welcome treat come those long winter days. Feel free to experiment with different frozen fruits, the combinations are endless!

Peach Frozen Yogurt

4 cups frozen, sliced peaches
1/2 cup plain regular yogurt (Greek also works)
1/4 cup agave syrup
Juice from half of a lemon

In a food processor, dump in all ingredients. Secure lid and begin to process. It will take a good 5 minutes to come together, you will have to stop a couple times to scrape down sides. Once the mixture is all combined, you may transfer to a freezer safe bowl and enjoy immediately. Place the remaining frozen yogurt covered in the freezer and it will keep for one month.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Cauliflower Rice Pizza Bowl

Whelp, it's already August and summer is just about over with. Not quite sure how I feel about that haha. I love my job and the kiddos; but man I also love being home with my own kids and doing our thing.

Another thing I love. This pizza bowl! A friend and co-worker from school mentioned how she created a pizza bowl using cauliflower rice as her base recently, and I was intrigued. And then in typical Steph fashion, I had to recreate my own. I had this for lunch the other day, and I have to say it's pretty darn delicious. In fact, I'm certain I will be adding this into my rotation for work lunches.

I made mine over the stove top, but you could heat yours in the microwave easily. Or the oven. In fact, when I head back to work; I'll probably just mix everything together in a reheatable bowl so I can quickly warm up in the lounge.

This makes enough for one serving, so just double your ingredients or more, if you're feeding the family. If you're on the fence with cauliflower rice, I promise you this doesn't even seem like you're eating a ton of veggies! But, you could begin with half regular rice and half cauliflower. Start small and work your way up.

Cauliflower Rice Pizza Bowl

2 cups frozen cauliflower rice
1/2 cup chopped green pepper & onion
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup pizza sauce
chopped pepperoni
crumbled,browned ground beef or sausage
sprinkle of mozzarella cheese

In a medium pan on the stove, heat cauliflower rice for 3-4 minutes. Stir in chopped peppers and onion, along with seasonings. Let cook for a few more minutes. Then add in pizza sauce and meat toppings. Cook just until heated through. Before removing from heat, sprinkle cheese on top and let that set just until melted. You can place a large glass plate over top and turn off heat, and that will help the cheese to melt quickly.  Remove from heat, and serve.
Makes enough for 1 serving.
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