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pizza and the T&T salad

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Tonight we had a lovely dinner with our two dear friends, Todd and Trista. Todd is one of the most gracious people you will ever meet and his wife Trista is as funny as he is gracious. Together, they are the perfect pair. Her eye for detail and color made this such a beautiful meal to capture.

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Say goodbye to pizza sauce in a jar. This stuff is delicious and so easy to make. Just as the picture shows, a few simple ingredients makes this about the best pizza sauce you have ever had.

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The T&T… The Todd & Trista salad… inspired by these two… you have something peppery, sweet, crunchy, salty and perfectly smooth. Delicious.

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Ingredients

pizza sauce

1 (6 ounce) can of tomato paste (Costco sells these little cans of organic paste, great price and you can use the tomato paste in so many different recipes)
6 ounces of warm water (I use the tomato paste can to measure the water… then mix together with paste)
1 teaspoon minced garlic
3 tablespoons of Romano or Parmesan cheese (Trader Joes has a blend for only 2.49. Use the extra on the pizza!)
2 tablespoons of honey (less if you do not prefer a sauce on the sweeter side)
3/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
salt to taste

Instructions

Mix all together. Let sit for at least a half hour. A few side notes… I like to use the extra sauce to dip the crust in (with a little extra Olive Oil of course)… but you can even take a step further and triple this recipe, freezing some for future meals. It freezes great and maybe taste even better because all the flavors have been married longer.

Also – must give credit where credit is due. This recipe has been slightly altered from a recipe I found on Allrecipes.com. Please check there for the original and other good ideas!

 

Ingredients

salad

1/3 cup avocado oil
1 juice of a lemon
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon garlic
1 tablespoon brown sugar (lightly packed)
salt and pepper to taste

arugula
dried cranberries
shaved red onion
sunflower seeds
romano cheese
avocado

Instructions

Mix ingredients together for salad dressing (altering as your taste buds demand)
Combine salad ingredients and be sure to toss with dressing before serving… I swear it taste better that way.

 

DD Wraps a.k.a. taco wrap with cauli-rice

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My dear friend Dar loves loves loves lettuce wraps. As Rob and I were assembling this delicious dinner I could not get her off my mind. So we called them the “DD wraps” in honor of our lovely friend, Dar. She is refreshing and and light and amazing… just like these wraps.

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Full of color and flavor… not to mention a HOST of nutrients! Dig in!

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Ingredients

1 lb of ground organic turkey
1 packet of trader joes taco seasoning (or any taco seasoning)
1 (32 oz) can of tomato sauce (OR use the pizza sauce recipe from previous post…using a little less honey… in my personal opinion… this makes this dish exceptional! And only takes about five more minutes)
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 head of cauliflower
1 tomato, chopped (optional)
1 head of iceberg lettuce
1 jar of corn salsa (trader joes)
1 avocado
sour cream (optional)

Instructions

Grind the cauliflower into (for a how to, click here) cauliRICE. (This can be done the day before or morning of to save time. Just keep in a bowl, covered in the refrigerator.)

Use half the chopped onion and 1 teaspoon garlic, sauteing for about 5 minutes (you can use oil if using a non-stick pan).

Then add the cauliRICE with half a packet of taco seasoning (should be about 2 tablespoons worth of seasoning) and saute for another 5 minutes.

Add about 1 1/2 -2 cups of tomato sauce to the cauliRICE, stir, cover and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Stir again, and simmer for remaining 5 minutes. (Total 20 minutes in the pan). You can eye it here… if you prefer it to be softer, give it a little more time. This is pretty hard to mess up. My kind of dish!

Meanwhile, saute the rest of the yellow onion in a separate pan until soft.

Add the ground organic turkey and the remaining half packet of taco seasoning, and cook until browned (about 5 minutes)

Add the remainder of tomato sauce (about 2 cups worth) and simmer for about 15 minutes.

Rinse the lettuce leaves and make “cups” out of the lettuce (you cant be a perfectionist here).

Add cauliRICE, top with ground turkey. Add corn salsa, avocado and organic sour cream (if you are not dairy free, the sour cream adds an amazing touch to these tacos.) Enjoy!

 

Side note: You can prepare the cauliRICE and ground organic turkey the day before, keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator and serve the next day with very little time and prep. This is a great option for a dinner party.