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Faux Buffalo Wings

19 Mar

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I have a serious infatuation with Buffalo Wing… The hotter the better, and keep them and the beer coming… Sooooo along come Lents again… I’m not having any meat or dairy… So really Pizza and Buffalo Wings are on my mind all day everyday. As you’re reading this, I’m somewhere daydreaming about what pizza I’m eating on Easter 🙂 I’m not into the Soy/Faux Cheese thing so I’m not going to worry about pizza, but I did find via interest and blog reading that cauliflower is a good buffalo wing alternative. Many of them used greek yogurt or almond milk… Again I’m not into the replacement dairy thing, I’d rather just not have it. So I made them yesterday, and then again today… I’m obsessed, and my meat loving husband is actually requesting them now 🙂 Win, Win… So my loyal followers… Here you go!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Head of Cauliflower
  • 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 TBSP Kosher Salt
  • 1 TBSP Coarsely Ground Black Pepper
  • 5 Cloves of Coarsely Chopped Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup Flour ( You can use a Gluten Free Flour)
  • 3/4 Cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce

DIRECTIONS

Pre heat your oven to 450 degrees. Cut your Cauliflower into florets and put into a mixing bowl. Add the Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Kosher Salt, Coarsely Ground Black Pepper and Coarsely Chopped Garlic (DO NOT USE Minced Garlic in a Jar, it’s gross). Mix until all pieces are covered, then add in the flour and mix well.

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Then lay them onto a baking pan. I suggest everyone gets a Silpat Mat for all their cooking and baking needs, it makes clean up easy and you don’t need to use any chemical based products to prevent sticking. Bake for 20-25 Minutes. I like to flip them half way through cooking.

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Remove from the oven and add your Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, or other Hot Sauce (if you don’t like the best :)). Put back into the oven for 5 Minutes. Then, serve.

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I’m personally not a wing dunker, so giving up dairy, I didn’t need a replacement Blue Cheese or Ranch Dressing. But I know that there are many Vegan options for dressings, I just can’t recommend one since I don’t like the dairy or dairy free options. If you are a meat eater and would like to try my original post for Buffalo Wings here is the recipe to try…

Baked Buffalo Wings Recipe

If there are any other Vegan recipes you’d like me to try, send me an email mrstrainingblog@gmail.com

Until then… Keep Training my friends,

GMW

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Super Bowl Sunday Funday

28 Jan

NFL SHIRT

Hi Everyone…

This years Super Bowl is a little bittersweet. Actually, no it’s not bittersweet, it’s just bitter. Since we’re not celebrating the Superbowl this year in our house I haven’t added to the recipes and fun that I did last year. But if you and yours are planning on hosting or attending a Super Bowl party this weekend… Please check out this link from Mrs. Training Last year here Super Bowl Extravaganza. You can also just go to the different food recipes if that’s what you’re looking for here:

Kosher Corn Dog Bites

Baked & Loaded Jalapeño Poppers

Steak Sliders On Garlic Toast

Homemade Pizza & Dough

Baked Buffalo Wings

Macaroni & Cheese Bites

Veggie Chili & Cornbread Waffles

Cheesy Lasagna Cupcakes

Super Bowl Squares Template here 

Hope you all enjoy the game this weekend!

-Mrs. Training

Cheesy Lasagna Cupcakes

21 Mar

It’s the first week of Spring and in Northern California its been 80 Degrees and gorgeous outside as we’ll as freezing and raining… So I wasn’t sure which way to go for Meatless Fridays. I made my Vegan Chili yesterday & we’ve been eating that to stay full and warm 🙂 But now it looks like its going to be nice out….? I’m not sure what the weather is doing but I’m ready for a bit of a guilty pleasure… 🙂 Portion control has been my biggest savor in my indulging while on my beach bride diet I mean lifestyle change 🙂 Also, trying I’m to make more “Skinny” Italian dishes so I don’t feel the need to cheat on my new “lifestyle”. I made the Mac & Cheese Cupcakes for Super Bowl which were such a HUGE hit… They still get daily hits on the Blog 🙂 So next Italian favorite in a perfectly portioned cupcake… Lasagna! This is kid friendly, easy, CHEAP and Delish! Also because of the size, these would be great appetizers for a party or Pot Luck. You could easily turn these into a carnivore delight. Add cooked Italian Sausage instead of Mushrooms & Zucchini. Lets get started…

Lasagna Cupcake Recipe

  • 24 Won Ton Wrappers
  • 1 Cup Fast & Easy Marinara Sauce Recipe (You may use a jar, IF you must)
  • 12 Slices of Zucchini
  • 1/2 Cup LIGHT Alfredo Sauce or Pesto Sauce
  • 6 Thinly Slicked Mushrooms
  • 1 Cup Italian Cheese Mixture (Or Mozzarella)
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan-Romano Grated Cheese
  • Dried Oregano

INSTRUCTIONS

PRE HEAT Oven to 375 Degrees.

These are the Won Ton Wraps I found at Safeway (On sale for $2.00)

Won Ton Wraps

Slice your Mushrooms VERY thin and sauté over Medium heat with some Extra Virgin Olive Oil for a couple of minutes.

Mushrooms

Slice your Zucchini thin, but not paper thin… Like, 1/8″ thickness.

Zucchini

Using your MISTO (Because you ALL better have one by now) spray your Cupcake pan with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Won Ton Wrapper One

You will need 2 Won Ton Wraps per cupcake.

Won Ton Wrapper 2

Add 1 1/2 TBSP of Marinara to the bottom of each wrappers, then place a Zucchini slice on top.

Lasagna Cupcakes Steps 1-2

Then, add 1 TBSP of Alfredo or Pesto Sauce on the Zucchini. Top your Sauce of choice with Sautéed Mushrooms (Or Meat for those who wish).

Lasagna Cupcakes Steps 3-4

Top Mushrooms with a “Healthy” Pinch (One of my favorite measurements) of Italian Cheese Blend. Then, top your Cheese with a TBSP of your Marinara, Alfredo or Pesto Sauce (Whichever you prefer most).

Lasagna Cupcakes Steps 5-6

Top Sauce of choice with Parmesan-Romano Blend and Dried Oregano.

Lasagna Cupcakes Steps 7-8

Place a piece of Aluminum Foil on top of this, don’t tighten and secure around the edges, just lightly set on top. Place on the center rack of your Pre-Heated oven for 15 Minutes. Then, remove foil and continue to bake for 5 Minutes.

Lasagna Cupcakes Baked

This is the rough part, because now they’ve filled your house with a yummy smell. But, you need to let them cool for about 10-15 Minutes… 😦

Lasagna Cupcakes Plated

This is what the wonderful goodness looks like inside…

Lasagna Cupcakes Inside

So easy, so quick and lets you get some DELISH in without all the guilt. I make a big green salad or steam a bunch of veggies as my main dish and enjoy one or two of these. Makes you feel naughty, but you still fit in your Skinny Jeans 🙂

We’ve only got one more Meatless Friday after this. It’s Good Friday and I know many of you will be hosting Easter at your house, so you don’t want to spend a lot of time or have a mess Friday night… I’ll have a great recipe for that. Don’t you worry!

Here are the other Meatless Friday Recipes for you to try if you need other options:

Colcannon Potato Cakes Recipe

Better Than Carmela’s Baked Ziti Recipe 

Meatless & Tasty Lettuce Wraps Recipe

Easy Thai Yellow Curry Recipe

Mushroom Risotto Recipe

ENJOY MY TRAINEES!!!

Major shout out to CANADA!!! Canadian’s you were all showing Mrs. Training the most love & traffic this last week. Even more than the USA! I apologize for talking about our good weather this week!  🙂 And to EVERYONE who stopped by, Thank you and I hope you enjoyed!

Happy Spring!

-GMP

Kosher Corn Dog Bites

31 Jan

Who doesn’t like corn dogs? Anybody? Vegetarians can put a faux/soy dog in this and enjoy it… Oh yeah, vegans… Well, yeah I don’t have an option for you… But, for the rest of the world… This is quick, cheap and no mess for the kids or a great tailgating/Super Bowl snack!

Make the Cornbread the same as in this recipe…

Jalapeño & Green Chile Cornbread Waffles

*Leave out the jalapeños for the kiddos 🙂

Preheat oven to 400 Degrees

Using a Mini Muffin or Mini Cupcake pan spray with Extra Virgin Olive Oil in your Misto

Step 1

Fill cups half way with batter

Step 2

 Cut the smokies in half and push down into batter

Cut SmokiesStep 4

Top the cups with additional batter

Step 5

Bake for 15 Minutes

Step 6

And Enjoy…

Inside Corn Dog Bite

Mangia!

-Mrs. Training

Super Bowl Extravaganza

30 Jan

LADIES!!!

It’s that time of year, some of you are ecstatic you won’t have screaming and yelling in your house again every Sunday until Fall… Others, like myself will miss it, a lot. I love Football Sundays, it’s guaranteed time with my man, cooking all day, Coors Light, lucky shirts, and good old fashion American competition.

I love all things football, but for my soon to be Mr it is a religious experience. I don’t quite know what to label it, but it is a passion few have for anything in life. The fact that the San Francisco 49ers are playing takes this Sunday to a whole new level. Now we have food. I love food, but have a passion for cooking. I love finding ways to make our tailgating favorites not as fattening without compromising flavor… Not always possible to lower calories, but I love trying 🙂

This is a Girl’s guide to Football Sundays, and THE SUPER BOWL. You don’t have to like football in order to have a great time. Get a fun outfit, add some Team colors to your makeup and manicure. If you’re hosting the party at your house, try making some of the crowd pleasing recipes below… I do Step-by-Step instructions to make it very easy. Have fun decorating the place and even get some betting going to add more fun. If you don’t care about the game, there is an equal amount of time of other things to watch, Alicia Keys is singing the National Anthem, Beyoncé is the Half Time performance and the BEST commercials you’ll see all year will be debuted. If that’s not enough to get you excited… You have a free pass to start drinking early and go overboard if you’d like… If you’re still not excited, well, I’m sure we’d never be friends.

 CLOTHING

Personalized JerseyThese women’s jerseys are tailored so they don’t have the boxy look of men’s. You personalize them with your name at The NFL Shop for $139.95

Super Bowl ShirtAlyssa Milano has her own Team Apparel line called Touch. It can be found on many websites. This was designed just for the Super Bowl and can be bought at Football Fanatics for $39.95

Forever 21 Sweatshirt

The best budget friendly find is this cute sweatshirt from Forever 21 for $22.80

NFL

If you don’t want to commit to a favorite team, or if your team isn’t playing just get some NFL gear at Lady Fanatics a website that only carries women’s clothing and accessories for EVERY professional and MOST College teams.

MAKE UP & NAILS

Grab polishes with your team colors… These were my 49er favorites.Nail PolishEssie As Gold As It GetsOPI Malaga Wine, OPI Glitzerland, OPI Smitten With Mittens

Then have fun by either layering the colors, doing a glitter french tips, ombre.

Nail Decals

Or you can get these NFL Nail Tattoos from Party City for $1.99.

Eye Stickers

These are only $3.99 from Party City. You could also use eyeliner to draw on yourself.

Team Paint

This Team Face & Body Paint Kit has stencils for the Team logo and makes it easy for face or temporary tattoos on body. Find at Michael’s for $9.95, remember to bring a coupon 🙂

FOOD

NOLA Food: Beignets, Shrimp Po’ Boys, King Cake Recipes

Baked & Loaded Jalapeño Poppers Recipe

Steak Sliders On Garlic Toast Recipe

Homemade Pizza & Dough Recipes

Baked Buffalo Wings Recipe

Macaroni & Cheese Bites Recipe

Vegetarian Chili & Jalapeño Cornbread Waffles Recipes

Kosher Corn Dog Bites Recipe

DECORATIONS

I lucked out this yeah with decorations, since my house is always decorated for a 49ers Super Bowl… If you’re team isn’t playing you can add some of these Football cut outs for $0.39 at Party City.

Paper Footballs

Football Field Vinyl

I found this Vinyl Table Cloth at Hancock Fabrics for $3.99/yard… Perfect if you have an extra long table.

Football PlatterHotdog Holder

The Football Platter and Hot Dog Holders are from Dollar Tree for $1.00 Each

Pom Poms

I found these on the Toy Isle at 99 Cent Store for $0.99

Pennants

Make your own Pennants from Hobby Lobby for $1.25

Table 2

I grabbed some memorabilia from around the house to decorate the table… Napkins are from Party City (clearance at the end of the season last year) and the plates are Styrofoam (I know, I know… NOT Green, but look just like stadium plates ;)) are from Smart & Final and the Red burger baskets are from World Market 6 pack for $4.99 and the paper liners in assorted designs.

DUCT TAPE

NFL Duct Tape

You can get your favorite NFL & College Football Teams Brand for $9.95 from Home DepotTarget or Walmart. But if you go to Michael’s you can use a Coupon 🙂

Here are some fun ways to decorate & craft with your team tape from The Duck Brand.

SUPER BOWL SQUARES

Super Bowl Squares Poster

Games are fun for every party, this is the most common Super Bowl betting game, you can make a personalized large board on Poster Board (like below) or you can download Super Bowl Squares Template from Superbowlsquares.org where they also have the rules.

Go 9ers!

-Mrs. Training

Veggie Chili & Cornbread Waffles

29 Jan

Yes, that is right, Chili and Cornbread Waffles! I LOVE chili in the winter, unlike soup, you aren’t hungry an hour later. Since the Chili is Vegan, it is low-fat and low calories… The Waffles, however, are more of a treat 🙂 I make a Big Ol’ Pot (that’s an official measurement term) of this each time and feast on it for days. It also freezes perfectly. I also like that when I want to indulge with Chili Cheese Fries, I don’t feel as bad when using this… Plus, it’s WAY tastier than anything you’ll ever buy in a jar. Make this easy and filling meal for the family during the week, or to fill the guys during Super Bowl. Everyone will love it!

Vegan Chili

  • 3 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Diced Yellow Onion
  • 4 Cloves of Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup of Diced Red Bell Pepper
  • 1/2 Cup of Diced Green Bell Pepper
  • 1 Diced Zucchini
  • 1 Cup of Diced Roma Tomatoes
  • 32 Oz of Vegetable Broth
  • 15 Oz Can of Tomato Sauce
  • 7 Oz of Fire Roasted Green Chilies
  • 1 1/2 Cups of Corn Kernels (canned, frozen or fresh)
  • 15 Oz Can Black Beans Rinsed
  • 15 Oz Can Red Kidney Beans Rinsed
  • 15 Oz Can White Beans Rinsed
  • 1 1/2 TBSP Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp Granulated Garlic

In a Large Pot, over Medium heat add Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Add Onions, Red & Green Bell Peppers, Garlic stir for 5 Minutes or until Onion becomes transparent.

Chili 1-4

Stir in Zucchini and cook for another 5 Minutes. Add Tomatoes, Vegetable Broth, Tomato Sauce, Green Chilies and Corn stirring for another 5 Minutes.

Chili 5-8

Add Black Beans, Kidney Beans, White Bean, Chili Powder, Paprika, Salt, Pepper, Cumin and Garlic. Bring to a light boil, cover the pot with a lid and simmer for 35 Minutes.

Cornbread Waffles (Not Vegan)

  • 2 – 15 Oz Boxes of Jiffy Cornbread Mix
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2/3 Cup of Milk
  • 7 Oz Fire Roasted Green Chilies
  • 1 Cup of Corn Kernels
  • 1 Cup Finely Shredded Cheddar
  • 2 TBSP Finely Chopped Jalapeño (You can leave out for the kiddos)

In a Medium bowl mix the Cornbread Mixes, Eggs and Milk. Then, add Green Chilies, Corn, Cheese and Jalapeño. Mix thoroughly.

Cornbread 1-4

Drop onto your Pre-Heated Waffle Iron and cook until browned.

Cornbread 5-6

Serve under or next to your Chili or other favorite soup. You can also cook these for 12 Minutes at 400 Degrees in a muffin pan if you don’t have a Waffle Iron.

Chili Bowl 1-2

Add your favorite toppings, such as Avocado, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Chopped White & Green Onions

Toppings

And the Grand Finale…

Chili Bowl

Mangia!

-Mrs. Training

Big, Easy – Mardi Gras Party

28 Jan

I love me some New Awlins food, so there is NO WAY I miss a chance for a feast every Fat Tuesday. This year more than floats and beads will be taking over the Big Easy. It’s Super Bowl XLVII in the Super Dome! What better way to start your Super Sunday than with the what the city is famous for?! I love planning my football sunday menu around home team specialties. Whether you’re celebrating Mardi Gras or Super Bowl… Here are some quick, easy and fun ways to add some culture to your day…

BEIGNETS

Beignet

Beignet means ‘fried dough’ in French, which is why they are referred to as French Doughnuts by many. They are a little piece of heaven, hot fried dough in a bag of powdered sugar, YE S, PLEASE! They are commonly served at breakfast in many restaurants, but are served all day and all night at Café Du Monde in Jackson Square. You can order online, but if you can’t wait for delivery World Market has them for $3.99.

*If you make the dough the night before, not only will it make your morning easier, it helps the dough fluff up better 🙂

CHICORY COFFEE

Chickory Coffee

Coffee & Chicory… Is amazing. Chicory is the root of the Endive leaf (basically salad) then roasted and ground up. During the Civil War in Louisiana, coffee was running out so they added Chicory to make it last longer and add flavor to watered down Coffee. It is strong and has a really dark roasted flavor, perfect thing to have with your beignets… Or after your Hurricanes 🙂 Buy at World Market for $8.99.

HURRICANES

Hurricane Mix & Glass

Pat O’Brien’s is WORLD FAMOUS (Or at least that’s what the bottle says) for their Hurricane’s… Which, at this age, I can only enjoy one or two… Believe me your body with feel like a Hurricane hit it if you over do it with these bad boys. It’s very easy to make, equal parts Rum to Mix. Again, you can order this online or you can go to your local World Market. Make sure to grab some traditional Hurricane glasses while you’re there too.

SHRIMP PO BOYS

  • 4 Soft Bread Rolls
  • Canola Oil
  • 1 1/2 LBS Large deveined Shrimp
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 TBSP Emeril’s Essence
  • 1 TBSP Flour
  • 1 Cup Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Large Hot House Tomato Thinly Sliced
  • Soft Lettuce (I prefer Butter Lettuce)
  • Tartar Sauce (Trader Joe’s is my favorite)
  • Hot Sauce
  • Spicy Mustard

Using a skillet, heat Canola Oil over medium/high heat. Mix the Emeril’s Essence, Flour and Bread crumbs in a bowl. Dip your Shrimp into egg and then your Bread crumb mixture. Place into skillet and fry for about 5 minutes or until golden perfection. Cut your bread rolls open and place tomato, lettuce and shrimp into each, then let everyone garnish with their choice of Tartar Sauce, Hot Sauce and Spicy Mustard. Quick, easy perfection. You can add a side of Zatarain’s Red Beans & Rice, it can be found at your local grocery store for $1-$2 and cooks in 15 minutes.

Po Boy

KING CAKE

Kings Cake

The King’s cake traditionally was served from the Epiphany until Fat Tuesday (Carnival time). For fun at Mardi Gras the tradition has included the purple, green and yellow colored sprinkles. The reason the King cake is so fun is the baby you bake into it. The baby was supposed to symbolize the Baby Jesus since this is a cake from the Three Kings. Whoever gets the baby in their piece of cake is the ‘King’ or ‘Queen’ for the day. Also, if a woman gets the baby, they are supposed to host next years Mardi Gras party, and bake the next King cake. This box mix isn’t the best cake you’re ever going to eat, it’s really more like a pastry… But it’s fun, and who doesn’t want the chance to be the KING or QUEEN for the day? You can find this at World Market for $7.49.

DECOR

Mask

Beads

Above is a traditional Mardi Gras Mask from New Orleans and my beads below… You can order all kinds of costumes and decorations from Oriental Trading Company for great prices. The Dollar Tree has some fun things too. If you’re incorporating Mardi Gras into your Super Bowl party also, remember to get your beads in your Team’s Colors. For more help planning a Super Bowl Party visit my Super Bowl Extravaganza post.

Here’s Hoping To Be Queen For The Day!

-Mrs. Training

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