Friendly Food – Cauliflower “Bread” Sticks & Eggplant Pizza

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I am constantly inviting myself over to my friend’s Jayden & Marco Godina’s house for dinner so I thought this would be the perfect first stop for “Friendly Food”.

I walked into a kitchen prepped with the ingredients in little bowls, it felt so official, the only thing missing was the camera crew! We quickly got down to business, they entrusted me with a knife and I was soon sous “cheffing” my way through the meal. I chopped eggplant, cauliflower and basil before hopping over to the food processor and “ricing” the cauliflower into small bits for the bread sticks. I was only asked once to hand the knife over for a knifing tutorial.

The meal was wonderful, quite easy and something that I would definitely make again, you can find the recipes at the bottom of this post.

This was the perfect launch of “Friendly Food”, I spent quality time with two great friends, learned new skills and some new recipes. I didn’t win at the game of Life but I certainly feel with nights like this that I am winning at Life.

A huge thank you Jayden & Marco! XOXO

J&M

My fabulous hosts: Jayden & Marco Godina

Ingredients

The friendly ingredients

Eggplant

Eggplant slices, salted to remove moisture and wiped clean, ready to bake in the oven.

Marco Instruction 1

Friendly lessons. Marco instructing me on what 3/4″ really looks like.

Sarah Smiles

Patting the cauliflower mixture into the pan to bake, apparently this is funny.

Bread

Cauliflower “Bread” Sticks ready to be “sticked”

Pizza

Eggplant Pizza

 

 

 

Lunchbox

Lunchbox chewing on the sandwich I brought him.

LIFE

Friendly Food turned into a Friendly Game of Life.

Cauliflower Bread SticksEggplant Pizza

 

What is Friendly Food?

“Friendly Food” is a blog feature; combining social hour with hands on learning that culminates into a well crafted meal, an expanding recipe collection and ever growing knife skills.

I am inviting myself over for dinner at friend’s houses (or at least heavily hinting until they invite me), asking them to pull out their favorite healthy recipe and playing the role of sous chef.

The Fit Girl’s Kitchen – Kat Pummill

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I had such a great experience meeting other food and fitness bloggers I decided to continue to try and find them along the way.  Enter Kat Pummill of The Fit Girl’s Kitchen, a blog that combines her passion for health, fitness and healthy cooking. Kat lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and in addition to a full time marketing job is a blogger as well as in the final steps of completing her certification as a Nutritional Health Coach.

I sat down with Kat at the charming Collectivo Coffee which is located across from the beach at Lake Michigan (seriously, who knew a lake could have such an amazing beach?) We sipped our coffee and chatted about her entry into blogging. Originally she was Instagraming images of the healthy food she was cooking for herself and her husband and people started requesting the recipes, she started the blog to share her meals with others. A quick perusal on her site and you will understand why her food was so appealing; Apple Almond Quinoa Salad, Watermelon Goat Cheese Towers and Greek Marinated Grilled Lamb Chops are among some of her shared recipes.

We chatted about my personal journey and the struggles that go along with it, such as finding healthy food to eat on the road.  When I asked her what she would do if she were in my position she said that she would source out stopping points for healthy food items prior to getting in the car.  When I asked what would be in her cooler she offered up un-salted nuts, apples slices w/ lemon juice (to keep the brown away), cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes and her favorite energy bar, Larabars.

She also sent me on the road with some of her personal healthy living tips:

Eat more leafy greens   –   Don’t skip breakfast and ensure it contains both fiber and protein   –   Pick foods that have 5 ingredients or less on the label   –   Buy local as often as possible   –   Pay attention to hormones in your meat   –   Pay attention to your cravings   –   Don’t deprive yourself, everything in moderation.

I am so thankful that I had the time with Kat to learn from her healthy habits as well as to add another great person to my growing list of friends. Check out her site and perfect those recipes as I may find myself in your kitchen at some point along this journey.

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