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Pizza Squares with Cauliflower Crust

Pizza Squares with Cauliflower Crust- Perfect for entertaining, this low carb, gluten-free cauliflower crust pizza is easy to make, has simple ingredients and tastes so good!
Perfect for entertaining, this low carb, gluten-free cauliflower crust pizza is easy to make, has simple ingredients and tastes so good!

“I received free samples of Cabot Cheese mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe challenge sponsored by Cabot Creamery and am eligible to win prizes. I was not additionally compensated for my time.”

If you haven’t noticed already, there’s a cauliflower craze going on! Who knew this simple cruciferous vegetable would be so versatile? Lately I’ve seen recipes for roasted cauliflower, cauliflower gratin, rice, breadsticks, cheese sauce, tater tots and mashed cauliflower! I’ve even tried a few and they are all so good.   What a great way to sneak in some veggies or just enjoy them in new ways!

I was excited to try out these Pizza Squares with Cauliflower Crust for the January Recipe ReDux contest sponsored by Cabot Cheese. The lovely folks at Cabot Creamery sent us a variety of samples of their amazing cheddar cheeses. Wow. What a treat! My husband and I happen to looooove sharp cheddar. I will definitely be buying more in the future!

The challenge of this contest was to create lightened up snacks/apps/finger foods for entertaining. Even though the holidays are over, we’ve still got the Super Bowl next week and what could be more delicious than munching on homemade pizza, guilt free! You seriously can’t even tell you’re eating cauliflower.

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Cheesy Chicken and Vegetable Quinoa

Chicken, broccoli, mushrooms and quinoa baked in an easy homemade cheese sauce and topped with toasted breadcrumbs.  A lightened up and fresher version of chicken casserole without all the salt and butter!
Chicken, broccoli, mushrooms and quinoa baked in an easy homemade cheese sauce and topped with toasted breadcrumbs. A lightened up and fresher version of chicken casserole without all the salt and butter!

Happy Labor Day! We are enjoying our weekend so far just relaxing around the house, visiting with family,  playing outside in the pool and eating lots of yummy food.  I love to cook on the weekends, especially big breakfasts.  This morning we had whole-wheat pumpkin pancakes. (yes I’m already getting my pumpkin fix- hah) Mmmm.

For dinner last night I made Cheesy Chicken and Vegetable Quinoa. We’ve had this meal plenty of times not only because it’s tasty and healthy, but also I can usually get little Noelle to eat it! It’s always a win when I can find a healthy vegetable dish she likes. It has just enough homemade cheese sauce and crunchy toasted breadcrumbs on top to make this a mouth watering yet nutritious comfort food.

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Zucchini Pizza Boats

Zucchini Pizza Boats- Crispy zucchini topped with garlic, cheese, tomatoes and basil, and then baked until golden and bubbling with cheesy goodness.
Crispy zucchini topped with garlic, cheese, tomatoes and basil, and then baked until golden and bubbling with cheesy goodness.

These crispy zucchini boats are topped with garlic, cheese, tomatoes and basil, and then baked until golden and bubbling with cheesy goodness. They would make an excellent side dish, snack or appetizer.   I just  them because they are so easy and have the flavors of a pizza or garlic toast, without the bread!

You’ll likely have all of these ingredients in your kitchen already, so this makes a quick veggie side dish to whip up real quick! It bet it would taste amazing to even put a little pizza sauce on there too or any other toppings you may have.

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Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash-Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash-A simple and fun meal to make that’s highly nutritious, lower in carbohydrates and higher in fiber.
Flavorful enchilada filling baked inside spaghetti squash. A fun meal that’s highly nutritious, lower in carbohydrates and higher in fiber.

Spaghetti squash has been one of my favorite meals to make lately.   This Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash recipe, which was adapted from Closet Cooking, was a big hit in my house and very simple to make.

So what’s the big deal with spaghetti squash? Well….

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Cilantro Hummus

Cilantro Hummus
Cilantro Hummus- a tasty twist on traditional hummus, easy to make, and tastes so much better homemade!

I had my first taste of hummus about 10 years ago when my brother-in-law took us to this small Middle Eastern restaurant in Tempe called Haji-Baba. I was hesitant. Dipping pita bread in this light brown paste did not look appetizing. But then I had my first taste and I was surprised how flavorful and amazing it was! Besides just eating it with pita bread, it is delicious as a spread in a sandwich or wrap, on pizza, or served with fresh or grilled vegetables. This is also a fun dip for kids and a great way to sneak in some veggies 😉

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