Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes” Recipe

Good Evening! Or Morning, or afternoon….depending on where you live. 

I just got done eating dinner and taste testing a new recipe I tried out today. Like always I cant’t just keep these things to my self. Oh no. They must be shared! 🙂
This is a recipe where you take a head of cauliflower and make a substitute for mashed potatoes. This recipe is 100% gluten-free, vegan, and delicious. 
 It still has the same texture as mashed potatoes and basically the same taste but with more nutritional value. Cauliflower is a great source of protein, potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, K, and B6.   
Enjoy!
Ingredients:
1 head of cauliflower
1 1/2 tsp of nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp garlic salt or just plain salt depending on what you prefer
A pinch of black pepper
2 Tbsp of unsweetened almond milk. You could also use unsweetened soy milk. 
Directions:
1. Chop up your head of cauliflower and add all pieces to a large pot of slow boiling water. You can use every bit of the cauliflower except for the leaves so don’t be afraid to add both the florets and stems. 
2. Once your cauliflower bits are tender drain the water and add the cauliflower to your blender along with the almond milk. 
3. Blend on lowest setting until the mixture is well blended but a few lumps remain. If your blender has a pulse setting, use that. 
4. Pour the mixture back into the pot and place it on low heat. 
5. Slowly mix in the salt, pepper, and nutritional yeast one at a time. 
6. Remove the pot from the stove and serve!
While the recipe itself is vegan I sprinkled a little cheddar cheese on top and it was quite tasty. 😉
This was my first time making this recipe and I was pleasantly surprised. It really does taste just like mashed potatoes! 
I hope you enjoy this dish and have a great day!
Courtney
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Protein Brownie Bites

Nom, nom, nom….

Here is my recipe for some delicious little brownie bite treats.
What You Need:
  •  3/4-1 cup of chocolate protein powder. Mix in 3/4 cup first and if the mixture is too water add in the rest.  I use the Nutribiotic Brown Rice Protein Powder.
  •  1/4- cup of stevia or 1/3 cup of regular sugar.
  •  1/4 cup of  soy milk creamer.
  •  1/2 teaspoon of baking soda.
  •  1/4 teaspoon of salt.
  • 1/2 cup of egg replacer or 1/2 cup of egg whites.
  •  1/2 teaspoon of raw cacao powder.
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of nut butter (I used almond but you can use whatever kind you like)

To Prepare:

  • Mix the egg/egg substitute, soy milk creamer, and protein powder together first.
  • Then add in the rest of the ingredients and mix until well blended.
  • Bake on 350 for 20-26 degrees, keeping an eye on them until a toothpick comes out clean.
NOTE: You could substitute the soy milk creamer for any type you like (coconut milk, almond milk,etc)

I think these treats are best served warm. They are also delicious with a little nut butter spread on top.

Buen Provecho!

Courtney

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Check out my new YouTube Channel!

Hello everyone!

I want to share some fun news with you. I decided to start a YouTube channel. Woo hoo!!

I started this blog and now this channel as a sort of self-care project. My day job involves hearing about a lot of traumatic events so it’s good to have a positive outlet to relieve stress. Plus I think it might be fun!

Head on over to My YouTube Channel to check out my first few videos. Please subscribe and leave comments telling me what other kinds of videos you would like to see. You can also Tweet me your requests or comments @imperfectperla.

Some of my future video ideas include:
~Health product reviews
~Cooking/baking tutorials
~Craft DIYs
~Budget-friendly videos
~Beauty, makeup, and fashion
~Motivational and self-care topics
~ Your requests! 🙂

I hope you’re having a great start to your week!

Courtney

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How To Tuesday/Wednesday: Make Delicious Roasted Chick Pea Snacks!

Good Evening!

 

Today I want to share a delicious chick pea snack recipe. I have been working for a while to figure out the right technique to make my chick peas crunchy and not chewy. These are a great healthy snack and making them yourself will save you a lot of money. The average bag of roasted chick pea snacks retails for about $2 per serving.  With this recipe each serving is only about $.50. That’s incredible!

 
  

What You Need:
1 Bag dry chick peas
Large Bowl (for soaking)
Small Bowl (for mixing)
1 tbsp. Olive Oil
Salt or Spice of your choice
Baking Sheet
Aluminum Foil (optional)
Vented Pizza Sheet
Paper towel

 

The Night Before:
Soak dry chick peas in enough water so that all beans are covered. I suggest using dry beans over canned because they don’t contain any additives, salt, or sugar. Plus, they are usually cheaper!

What To Do:

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In the smaller mixing bowl coat 1 cup of chick peas with the olive oil.
  • Then add in your spice, making sure all of the chick peas are covered.
  • Line you baking sheet with aluminum foil to catch any oil drips.
  • Place the vented pizza sheet on top of the baking sheet.
  • Then spread your chick peas onto the vented pizza sheet.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes taste one chick pea from the center and outer edge of the vented pizza sheet. Fully roasted chick peas are crunchy and may have browned slightly.
  • Remove all fully roasted chick peas and set them aside in a small bowl.
  • Any remaining chick peas that are not fully roasted can go back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes. Check on them every 5 minutes though to make sure you don’t over-roast or burn them.
  • After all the chick peas are fully roasted spread them out on a paper towel to absorb any excess olive oil.
  • Add extra seasonings to taste. I like to put them in a zip lock bag and shake them with some spices.
  • Then enjoy and share with a friend. 🙂

Fun Facts About Chick Peas!
India is the #1 producer of chick peas
Chick peas are high in fiber, iron, magnesium, zinc, and essential amino acids.
“Chick pea” comes from the Latin word “cicer”
They are perfect at stabilizing blood sugar and recommended for diabetics.
There are two types of chick peas: Kabuli (larger) and Desi (smaller).

 
 

I hope you all are having a great day and enjoy this tasty, healthy snack.

 

Paz,
C

 
 

P.S. Let’s talk! Tweet me suggestions for recipes or post topics @imperfectperla or leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources cited:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chickpea

 

https://www.integratedbreeding.net/chickpea-facts-figures

 
 

 

     
       
       
       

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      How To Tuesday: Make Your Own Healthy, Travel-Friendly Coffee Creamer

      Happy December Lovelies!

      Today we’re talking about one my favorite things in this whole wide world: coffee. During the colder months I like to change up my morning coffee routine and add some creamer. There is just something so comforting about a hot, creamy cup of coffee on a chilly winter morning.  Usually I like to add almond, soy, or coconut milk as my creamer but I have been traveling a lot lately and it’s not easy to constantly have one of those on hand.

       So, I did some experimenting and found a way to create my own healthy travel-friendly dry coffee creamer. I know many people will be traveling for the holidays so I thought I would share this quick little “How To” in case you want to try it for your next trip.

      I actually made this specific batch last week when I was traveling to a tiny town in Mississippi and I knew my options would be limited. I packed it beside the baggie of stevia packets that permanently lives in my purse.

      What You Need:
      ~1-2 Scoops protein powder. Mine is the Vanilla Nutribiotic
      ~1-2 Packets of Stevia
      ~ 1 tbsp. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (You can add more or less depending on what you prefer)

       
       
      You just pour the ingredients into a travel size baggie and shake, shake, SHAKE! Make sure it’s  closed all the way before shaking. I learned the hard way.
       
      It should look something like this:
       
       
       
      Tip: I have found the best way to mix this into coffee is to add the creamer to your cup first with a little bit of coffee. Then, with a fork mix in the creamer really well. Add the rest of your coffee to the cup and enjoy! If you are at a coffee shop you can also ask the barista to add a splash of soy milk, which will help the creamer more easily blend.
       
      Essentially the protein powder and stevia are the base for your creamer but you can add in whatever flavorings your like.
      
       
      Here are some other flavor combinations I want to try:
       
      Peppermint Mocha: Chocolate protein powder, stevia, cocoa, crushed all-natural peppermint sticks.
      Flavor Of Fall: Vanilla protein powder, stevia, nutmeg, and cinnamon
      Chai: Vanilla protein powder, cinnamon, allspice, and clove.
      White Chocolate Mocha: Protein powder, cocoa, stevia, natural white chocolate chips (I found some at Trader Joe’s)
      Peanut Butter Cup: Chocolate protein powder, cocoa,  stevia, and PB2
       
      Let me know if you have any other flavor ideas in the comments below or tweet me @imperfectperla
       
       
      Have a great day!
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      
       
      
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      How To Tuesday: All Natural Nourishing Face Spray

      Sometimes the best things in life are the most simple. Today’s post is inspired by that concept. Each year, as winter approaches my skin tends to get dry and lifeless. Now, I could run out to the store and pick up an expensive, chemical laced product and just call it a day but I prefer to see what I can make myself with pure, simple ingredients.

      I actually made this spray last Thursday and I have been using it twice a day everyday as a test  before writing this post. So far I am very pleased with the results. My skin feels softer and looks brighter.  In case you are wondering I have combination skin which tends to lean more on the dry side, especially in the winter. This spray will work on all skin types but if you have particularly oily skin you might add a few drops of Witch Hazel.

      What You Need:
      ~1 cup of filtered water
      ~Pure Vitamin E oil
      ~The petals from 2 Roses OR pure rose essential oil drops. (Make sure the type of oil you use is safe to be applied onto skin. Do not use aromatherapy oils)
      ~Small spray bottle.
      Optional: Witch Hazel if you have oily skin.

      Directions:

      Bring the 1 cup of filtered water to a rolling boil and then place your rose petals into the water. Reduce heat to medium and let the petals boil for about 2-4 minutes. Then remove the pot from the heat and let it stand until cool.

       

      Once the water is cool fill your spray bottle about 3/4 full with the rose infused water. Add  2-3 drops of Vitamin E oil to the bottle. If you want a more moisturizing spray add a few more drops of the oil.
      If you have oily skin you can add a little witch hazel to create a gentle toner for your skin.

      Shake the bottle vigorously and hold it about 6-8 inches from your face. After you have cleansed your face, close your eyes, and spray the rose infusion all over your face. Let the mist dry and then apply your regular moisturizer or serum.

      Enjoy and I hope you all have a beautiful day!

      Peace,

      C

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      How To Tuesday: Make Your Own Custom Make-up Palette

      It’s DIY time!

      I thought of this last week when I was repurposing empty containers…ok, trash. It didn’t really fit in the same theme as those other products but I still thought you might be interested in trying this.

       This is a great way to use an old DVD case to make your own custom make-up palette.

      Here’s what you need to do:

      1. De-pot the eye shadows, blushes, bronzers, or lipstick pans you want in your palette.
         
       2. Arrange the products in the palette so the DVD spool is not hitting any products. If you want to get extra crafty you can take a very sharp knife and actually cut out the DVD spool. Alternatively you could place the products in the circle of the spool.

      3. Next, take some super glue and glue in your products. Make sure you are comfortable with the arrangement before hand because the super glue is not easy to remove without ruining your product.

      4.  Then take out the inside cover and trace it’s shape around the new cover you want on your palette. I chose to use a pretty piece of card stock but you might also consider printing something on your computer with a title for your palette.  

      5. Slip the new cover in place and you are done!

       
      Here is a picture of one I made. I chose a piece of pink damask card stock as my cover because I LOVE all things damask.

      Here is the inside. As you can see mine has been well loved. 
       
       
      Also, if you are wondering how to de-pot products here is the way I usually do it. You will need a lighter or a lit candle and a safety pin or needle.
       
      1. Hold the flame under the product to loosen the glue holding the product in its pan.
      You may need to wear a protective glove or hold the container in a cloth because the container may get very hot.
      2. Next very carefully try to slip the safety pin in between the product’s container and the pan. Lift up ever so gently to remove the pan.
       
      This sounds much easier than it actually is unfortunately. It may take a few attempts before the pan comes out. I would also recommend you try this method on a cheaper product you don’t care as much about because it can take some practice to get it right and you don’t want to ruin any of your favorite high end products.
       
      Have a beautiful day!
       
      C
       
       
      
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