Mashed cauliflower

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So if your kiddos are like lil monsters you have to sometimes sneak veggies on them…here’s a super easy way and taste so much like mashed potatoes you may even be able to fool an adult! My kiddos were clueless and to quote my 7 year old monster: “Mommy these are the best mashed potatoes ever!”

I kind of winged it, but it was easier than I thought. I cut up two small/medium cauliflower crowns put it in a microwave safe bowl, added a little water, and covered it with Saran wrap. I steamed it in the microwave until it was fork tender. It took about 10-12 minutes for this process. I drained the excess water and threw the cauliflower in my ninja blender, I added a little 2% milk, melt (organic butter alternative), some “no salt”, and a few tablespoons of the cream cheese (add the milk, butter, salt, & cream cheese to taste). Then blended until it was smooth. It was seriously that easy!

Optional: I have read that some people also add a few potatoes or even instant potatoes to give it more of a potato consistency. I chose to not add the potatoes and I was happy with the cauliflower consistency.

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Taco pizza

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We have a taco salad or taco soup night pretty often. So I decided to wing it and make a taco pizza. Glad I did, because it was beyond good, and my hubby & lil monsters loved it!

Ingredients:
(all ingredients are what I put on one pizza, can double recipe to meet your family’s needs, guessing on actual measurements since I didn’t really measure any of it, so use more or less by your preference)

– Pizza crust or whole wheat flat bread of your choice
– 1/2 lb ground turkey
– taco seasoning packet
– 1/2 cup black beans, rinsed
– 1/2 cup corn
– 1/4 to 1/2 cup mild salsa
– light ranch
– 1/2 cup cheese (I used mozzarella & medium cheddar)
– sliced tomatoes
– tortilla chips (optional)

Brown ground turkey and prepare according to taco seasoning packet. Spread salsa on pizza crust or flat bread, then drizzle with a little ranch. Crumble the ground turkey over the crust. Then add cheese, black beans, corn, & tomatoes. Bake according to pizza crust or if using flat bread bake at 400 degrees until cheese is completely melted (approximately 10 minutes). Sprinkle with tortilla chips and serve.

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Taco soup

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1lb ground turkey
Large can petite diced tomatoes
Large can black beans
Large can white hominy
Bag frozen corn
Packet taco seasoning
Packet ranch dressing
1 cup water
Seasoning of choice
Cheddar cheese (optional)
Sour cream (optional)
Tortilla crisp (optional)

In a large pot brown ground turkey, once browned add taco seasoning and ranch packet. Once blended well add tomatoes (undrained), black beans, white hominy, corn, & water. Stir & let simmer until hot. Top with your choice of optional items above!20130911-204252.jpg

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