Easy Cauliflower Rice

Easy Cauliflower Rice Recipe

 

It wasn’t until I was pregnant and diagnosed with borderline gestational diabetes that I really started to pay attention to how many carbs I was eating in a day.  At first, I thought they were crazy.  I eat healthy, for heaven’s sake!  Oh my gosh, I was so surprised.  I mean, I eat a lot of what my kids eat now – Cinnamon Toast cereal, chicken nuggets and mac & cheese, etc., but I do eat healthy, too.  Just not as frequently as I thought!  Pile on my cravings for lemon and ice…in the form of Frozen Lemon Juice Bars (read: sugar) at 2-3 a day.  Yes, 2-3 a day on top of so many other carb and sugar laden foods, it’s no wonder my body was struggling.  Just looking at that list is enough to make my blood sugar spike.  It just simply isn’t healthy.  And at 41, I can’t get away with eating like that anymore – pregnant or not.

Since then, I started walking – a lot – and for 20 minutes after every meal.  Lots of low fat cheese, lean meat, greek yogurt, Sunbutter, peanut butter, and eggs are staples around my house.  Bread or crackers, when I eat them, are always whole grain or at least whole wheat.   Vegetables are a huge part of my diet and I eat a fair amount of berries, too.  If I want something sweet, I eat high cocoa chocolate or sugar free mini Reese’s PB cups – although not more than 1-2.   Splenda and Truvia are my go-to sweeteners along with Agave Syrup (less so).  My spiral slicer gets even more of a workout as it makes all of my zucchini noodles now.  My lemon cravings are satisfied with slices upon slices in ice cold water.  Just smelling my water makes my poor kids’ mouths pucker.  It doesn’t even phase me.  Haha…I could go on and on, though, really..

If you’re on a low carb or carb controlled diet, for whatever reason, I don’t need to tell you any of this.  You already know it!  I can, however, commiserate with you about some of the not-so-fun changes.  Rice, specifically, white rice.  You probably miss it.  Well, at least a little.  I mean, who doesn’t want to eat a big pile of rice now and then?  I know I do, but it just isn’t healthy.  There are tasty alternatives, though, that work just as well.  My favorite is Cauliflower Rice.  Each CUP contains 5 grams of carbs and 2.5 grams of those are fiber, making your net carb count 2.5 grams.  Awesome!  Know how many grams of carbs are in 1 CUP of white rice?  45.  Yeah, I like rice…just not THAT much.  So, let’s get right to it!  This is the way I make my cauliflower rice and I can eat a cup at a time.  Yep, it’s a pregnant thing.  I can also eat 3 cucumbers a day and not die.  And if I haven’t told you, as of around 24 weeks, my stomach problems that have been plaguing me for 3 years went away.  I almost can’t wait to not be pregnant anymore to find out if maybe it wasn’t fiber but sugar that has been causing me trouble all this time.   If it isn’t, I’ll be sad to have to go back to living with chronic nausea.  Being normal feels really good.

Easy Cauliflower Rice

Ingredients

  • Head of Cauliflower

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line a cookie sheet with foil. Set aside.
  3. Cut off all the green stem from the cauliflower head.
  4. Cut cauliflower in half and cut off more of the stem.
  5. Cut into smaller pieces and place them into a food processor.
  6. Pulse until the cauliflower resembles rice.
  7. *Don’t over-pulse otherwise it will turn into crumbs.
  8. *Spread cauliflower onto foiled cookie sheet. Spread in all over the sheet so that it gets evenly cooked.
  9. Cook for 10 min. Stir around cauliflower and then spread it out again like it was before.
  10. Cook for 10 more minutes.
  11. Once cooked, you can sprinkle some salt over it and serve it with any traditional Chinese food, etc.
  12. *When using cauliflower as a ‘rice’ substitute, you don’t use as much as you would with regular rice. For each serving, I would recommend ½ C of the cauliflower rice.
  13. *Tips
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Easy Cauliflower Rice

Walgreens: Freebies & Cheapies 6/28-7/4!

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Be sure and add the Everyday Points offer to your Balance Reward card and you’ll earn 10 points for every $1 spent in addition to the points you’ll earn in the weekly Balance Rewards point offers.

The Walgreens Coupon Policy has changed!  Get up to speed with the new rules here.

The amounts for the Balance Rewards redemption have changed!  You can now redeem just $1 if you need to! If you missed it,  the Balance Rewards program is in full swing.  You’ll see many items below that earn points.  I’ve included this quick reference chart here, so you can see the point breakdown.  I’ve deducted the cash equivalent of the point value from the final cost of each item.

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Snap by Groupon: Up to $30 Extra Cash Back! This Weekend Only!

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Check your Snap by Groupon offers  (or sign up) this weekend because you can earn an extra $30  Cash Back!

Here’s how:

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This bonus credit will be applied to all receipts uploaded between 6/26/2015 and 6/28/2015.

This offer is valid for bonus credit of up to $30 dollars.

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CVS: Freebies & Cheapies 6/28-7/4!

 

Latest News

 

There are new total purchase ($3/$15, $5/$25, $6/$30) and % off coupons again this week!  If you haven’t, check your email for one from CVS on Thursday!

  Let me know what Big Red coupons you receive and I’ll add them to the matchups! 

 

General Information

This list is printable!

Here are some easy use notes for you.

You’ll see a check box next to the sale item.  You can check that box and it will add it to your printable list box in the bottom right corner of your screen.  When you’ve added all the items you want to buy to the list, you can click on the *My List* tab to print them.

CVS has also released a new corporate coupon policy.  Make sure you print a copy and take it with you when you shop.  If this is new to you, you can read more about the changes to Buy One Get One Free sales and coupons HERE. 

Keep in mind that CVS ads can be extremely regional.  You may find price variations in the sale items or they may not be on sale in your area at all.

I am now ONLY using online prices in my match-ups. I had been using my actual store prices, but that proved equally frustrating for many people. While I realize that online prices are also frustrating, they’re relatively accurate for some. Since they’re about the same in that regard, it’s easier to use online prices! For new items not yet in their online store, I will continue to use my store prices.

This list includes all the items under $1, most of the ECB deals and many, MANY more.  Because I’m still doing most of the ad,  every link isn’t tested, as I don’t buy everything that’s on sale and I’m too cheap to waste the ink. Let me know if one doesn’t work, if my math has taken a nose dive or I’ve missed a coupon somewhere.

Need more help?  Please send me a message to dontmakemenuts@gmail.com

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Rolo Cupcakes! (nut-free recipe)

Rolo Cupcakes

 

When my son was diagnosed with his peanut allergy, I went out of my way to find or make extravagant desserts within his limitations.  One of our very favorites was Rolo Cupcakes, made with my son’s favorite chocolate treat.  Well, that and Canadian KitKats.  It’s a toss up around here, really.  Now that he’s done with peanut OIT, we don’t have to buy Canadian KitKats anymore.  We just buy regular American KitKats, but we still buy Rolos!  And this is an often requested special occasion dessert.

 

Rolo Cupcakes

Ingredients

    Cupcake Recipe
  • 2 C granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temp
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 C flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 C milk
  • 1/2 C vegetable oil
  • 1 C boiling water
  • Rolo Candies
  • Frosting Recipe
  • 1 C unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 C cocoa powder
  • 3 C powder sugar
  • 3/4 C heavy cream
  • Rolo candies
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Caramel syrup

Instructions

    Cupcake Directions
  1. -Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. -Line cupcake tins with paper liners.
  3. - Mix all dry ingredients together on a mixing bowl - flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, and cocoa.
  4. -Mix in the wet ingredients - vanilla, oil, milk, and eggs.
  5. -Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes until all of the ingredients are blended.
  6. -Pour in the boiling water. Beat until mixed.
  7. -Place an unwrapped Rolo on the bottom and in the center of the lined cupcake tin.
  8. -Scoop the batter into the lined cupcake tins until 2/3 full.
  9. -Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  10. -Cool for 10-15 minutes.
  11. -Place on wire rack to cool completely.
  12. Frosting Directions:
  13. -Beat the softened butter on its own until smooth.
  14. -Add cocoa and powder sugar alternately with heavy cream into the creamed butter until it becomes a smooth and thick texture.
  15. -If the frosting is too thick, add more heavy cream, if too thin, add more powder sugar.
  16. -Scoop prepared frosting into a pastry bag with a large frosting tip.
  17. -Twist the open end of the pastry bag pushing the frosting to the tip.
  18. -Frost the cupcakes.
  19. -Drizzle chocolate syrup on the chocolate frosting.
  20. -Drizzle caramel syrup on the chocolate frosting.
  21. -Place a Rolo in the center of the frosted cupcake.
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Rolo Cupcakes Recipe

Coconut-Lime Cupcakes (a nut-free recipe)

Coconut Lime Cupcakes

“Bruder bought a coconut, he bought it for a dime
His sister had anudder one she paid a quarter lime
She put de lime in de coconut, she drank ’em bot’ up
She put de lime in de coconut, she drank ’em bot’ up…”
~ Coconut, Harry Nilsson

 

No, this isn’t just your earworm for the day.  It’s the song that filters through my mind whenever I make these cupcakes.  They’re absolutely summer perfect, refreshing…and dessert!  And I have to tell you, one of the absolute best/worst cravings I’ve had with this pregnancy versus the my other two kids (bacon and cucumbers) is my horrific citrus cravings!   Holy moly, I could eat lemons and limes ALL DAY LONG.  I mean, it could be worse.  Bacon is pretty bad after all.  Lemons and limes?  Not so much. Hence, these cupcakes…Did I just justify eating cupcakes? Yes, pregnancy also equals spinmaster.
 
Coconut-Lime Cupcakes

Ingredients

    Cupcakes
  • 1¼ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs (room temp)
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 teaspoons lime zest
  • 4 Tbsp lime juice (1 medium lime)
  • 1 teaspoons coconut extract
  • ¾ cup Milk (whole)
  • Frosting
  • 8oz cream cheese (1 box), room temperature
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1½ teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 to 4 Tbsp toasted coconut
  • Small Lime slices (garnish)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well.
  3. In a separate large sized bowl, whisk eggs and sugar.
  4. Add the oil, lime zest and juice, coconut extract, and coconut milk to the egg and sugar mixture.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and lightly mix until blended.
  6. Fill each cupcake liner ¾ full.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes
  8. Use a toothpick to test the center of a cupcake
  9. Allow cupcakes to cool to room temp before frosting
  10. Frosting
  11. Beat the cream cheese using a hand mixer, adding butter 1 Tbsp at a time on medium speed until all butter has been added.
  12. Add coconut extract and powdered sugar and mix until combined. Do not overbeat frosting.
  13. Fill Decorating Bag with frosting. You'll also need a Coupler and Wilton 8B Tip (or another tip) if you don't have them already.
  14. Garnish with a wedge of lime and sprinkle of toasted coconut.
http://dontmakemenuts.com/2015/06/coconut-lime-cupcakes-a-nut-free-recipe/

Coconut Lime Cupcakes Recipe

Amazon: Honeymoon 6 Piece Sheet Set (Queen) $9.99!

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Amazon has a stellar price for us this morning on the Honeymoon 6 piece Sheet Set (Queen) in Berry Red or Burgundy for $9.99.  It ships free with Prime or SSS over $35.

Also available, the Honeymoon 4 piece Sheet Sets are also marked down:

Full Sheet Set in multiple colors – $9.99
Queen Sheet Set in multiple colors – $10.99
King Sheet Set in multiple colors – $11.99

Remember: Amazon prices can change at any time.  This deal is valid as of 10:30am on 6/24/15.

 

 

Homemade Lemon Scrub

Homemade Refreshing Lemon Scrub

 

One of the most frugal tips I have for you is to never spend hundreds of dollars on expensive scrubs when you likely have the ingredients to make your own right in your own home.   This is a very easy to make recipe for Homemade Lemon Scrub and it works just as well as any commercial product you could buy.  Plus, you know exactly what’s in it.  No mystery ingredients here.

As if that’s not enough, you’ll get some of the benefits of using Lemon Essential Oil.  I’ve said repeatedly that citrus is one of my pregnancy cravings.  I’m sure this isn’t coincidental as I’ve also had the most severe morning sickness of all of my pregnancies combined and had to take medication to control the vomiting.  I wish that I had known about an old tried-and-true home remedy of the lemon juice/water morning combo we hear so much about because it may actually helpful in controlling morning sickness for some people.  I can’t say for certain if it helped me at all, but I definitely feel much better than I did before I started drinking it – and my morning sickness lasted well into my second trimester.  Of course, you’ll only be using it on your skin, but that has its own benefits as lemon is known to kill germs and bacteria, smooth callus’, and even elevate your mood.

 

Homemade Lemon Scrub

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Epsom Salts
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
  • 5-8 drops of Lemon Essential Oil

Instructions

  1. In a medium sized bowl, add the olive oil and coconut oil. Combine.
  2. Add the epsom salt and blend with the oil mixture.
  3. Add lemon essential oil.
  4. Stir until blended.
  5. Transfer to a lidded container to store.
http://dontmakemenuts.com/2015/06/homemade-lemon-scrub/

Homemade Lemon Scrub

CVS: Freebies & Cheapies 6/21-6/27!

 

Latest News

 

There are new total purchase ($3/$15, $5/$25, $6/$30) and % off coupons again this week!  If you haven’t, check your email for one from CVS on Thursday!

  Let me know what Big Red coupons you receive and I’ll add them to the matchups! 

 

General Information

This list is printable!

Here are some easy use notes for you.

You’ll see a check box next to the sale item.  You can check that box and it will add it to your printable list box in the bottom right corner of your screen.  When you’ve added all the items you want to buy to the list, you can click on the *My List* tab to print them.

CVS has also released a new corporate coupon policy.  Make sure you print a copy and take it with you when you shop.  If this is new to you, you can read more about the changes to Buy One Get One Free sales and coupons HERE. 

Keep in mind that CVS ads can be extremely regional.  You may find price variations in the sale items or they may not be on sale in your area at all.

I am now ONLY using online prices in my match-ups. I had been using my actual store prices, but that proved equally frustrating for many people. While I realize that online prices are also frustrating, they’re relatively accurate for some. Since they’re about the same in that regard, it’s easier to use online prices! For new items not yet in their online store, I will continue to use my store prices.

This list includes all the items under $1, most of the ECB deals and many, MANY more.  Because I’m still doing most of the ad,  every link isn’t tested, as I don’t buy everything that’s on sale and I’m too cheap to waste the ink. Let me know if one doesn’t work, if my math has taken a nose dive or I’ve missed a coupon somewhere.

Need more help?  Please send me a message to dontmakemenuts@gmail.com

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Sbarro: FREE Slice of Pizza with Beverage Purchase Coupon!

 

Don’t kick me, but the back to school clothing sales will be starting soon.  That means more trips to the mall are on the horizon.  Start planning to save now by joining the Sbarro eclub. As a Slice Society member you’ll receive the latest promotions and exclusive Sbarro coupons including one free slice of NY Pepperoni or NY Cheese pizza with the purchase of a beverage, just for signing up!