Apr 252012
 

Today was a great day for me. I felt like I got a lot accomplished and had a good mix of productive, but still fun, activities. I’m exhausted now though, and I plan to finish this post and call it a day. I’m pooped!

Workout

Today’s workout felt great, but I can already tell I’m going to be sore tomorrow.

This morning I went for my usual jog with Jack. Fabio didn’t come with us today as he is still feeling a bit under the weather (I think it’s probably allergies; everyone is dying right now!). Anyway, my run with Jack went really well even though we were by ourselves.

At one point I saw a bunny two yards away and was thinking uh oh, this bunny is gonna get it. Jack loves chasing bunnies. However, Jack was clueless to the bunny’s presence and  continued jogging with me as if it was no big deal. The bunny stayed where he was (probably frozen with terror) and we jogged right past! Jack cracks me up. He is so on top of it…

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“What? Did I miss something?”
After work I got another great workout in. I got home late so instead of jogging up to the dog park like usual, Fabio drove and I met him there straight from work. My friends live right next to the dog park so they stopped by to say hi to us and watch all the dogs run around. It’s always nice when I can squeeze in some time with them during the week!

When I got home I jumped right into an Insanity DVD. Today I did Cardio Power & Resistance, which is a month 1 DVD and consists of 3 circuits and 2 stretch periods. As I’ve said before, you repeat each circuit three times and speed up progressively so that you’re sprinting by the third round. I was exhausted by the end! I always love doing Insanity DVDs because they get my heart rate pumping in such a short amount of time.

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It was a great workout but I’m going to be sore tomorrow for sure!

Recipe

Tonight’s dinner was pretty simple, since by the time I was done working out it was already 8:15. I decided to make some cauliflower fritters while Fabio grilled up some BBQ chicken and roasted some asparagus.

Cauliflower fritters are one of my favorite side dishes because they are such a good comfort food and use up one of my least favorite vegetables. I don’t know about you, but cauliflower is not my favorite. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not bad necessarily and actually does taste good roasted or used in cauliflower mashed “potatoes,” but if I’m going to have veggies I usually pick brussels sprouts, broccoli, spinach, asparagus, squash, or carrots over cauliflower. However, we had some in the fridge that needed to be used up and thought these fritters would be perfect!

The original recipe for these came from Gina at Skinnytaste, but I have also tried other versions of fritters (sometimes with broccoli) that are equally tasty. I’ll have to post about those another time.

I usually use the whole head of cauliflower when I make these fritters because I love having extra to much on throughout the week.They reheat really well and taste great with hot sauce!

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Ok, so to make these fritters, first I roughly chopped a whole head of cauliflower. I usually use my handy Slap N’ Chop (thank you, Home Goods) to make the pieces really small, but today I used the wrong cutting board and ran out of room. Because the pieces were bigger, I had more of a chunky fritter (usually the consistency is kind of like a pancake when cooked). Note to self: Use a bigger cutting board!

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Next I steamed the cauliflower until it was tender. While it steamed, I added the flour, garlic, eggs, parsley, and cheese to a large bowl. I’ll be honest, I didn’t have any parsley on hand but I thought the fritters needed the freshness of some type of herb, so I used cilantro instead (did this have anything to do with the new cilantro plant I bought today? Maybe Winking smile). I figured I’d be eating them with hot sauce anyway, and even some salsa would taste good with them, so I went for the cilantro.

Once the cauliflower was steamed I mixed it up with the rest of the ingredients. At this point I added in some salt, pepper, and a little water to help make thin out the mixture (my consistency didn’t really get too thin today since I chopped the cauliflower so big).

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Next I sprayed a hot pan with nonstick spray and began cooking my fritters. I let them cook for a few minutes on each side.

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Once both sides were brown and the fritters were pretty firm, I removed them from the pan and cooked up the next batch. You can see this recipe made a ton of fritters. Hooray for leftovers!

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Here’s a picture of my whole dinner:

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De-lish!

Cauliflower Fritters (via Skinnytaste)

Ingredients

  • 1 head steamed cauliflower (chopped into very small pieces)
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic or 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (the original recipe called for 1/2 cup but I thought that might be too much)
  • 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped (or, if you’re like me, cilantro Winking smile)
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Chop cauliflower into very small pieces and steam until tender.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, garlic, eggs, grated cheese, and parsley. Once cauliflower is steamed, add it to the batter and add salt and pepper.
  3. Add water until batter becomes slightly thicker than pancake batter.
  4. Pour batter onto a hot pan greased with nonstick spray. I was able to fit 4 at a time in my pan.
  5. Cook for a few minutes on each side until fritters are firm and golden brown on each side.

You can reheat these in the microwave with a paper towel for one minute and serve with hot sauce. Ahhh so good!

Do you like cauliflower? What’s your favorite veggie? I think I like brussels spouts the best. Or cooked carrots. Yeah, definitely cooked carrots Smile

 Posted by on April 25, 2012

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