Archives for February 2012

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

You may have seen my previous link to this cauliflower pizza crust in the past. If you haven’t yet, you must try this. It’s so easy, so yummy, and amazingly bread-like. You wont believe it’s not bread!

We loved this recipe the very first time I made it. However, after some testing I believe it’s now even better. I didn’t change too much from the original, mostly just doubled the recipe to make enough to feed my pizza-loving husband. It’s Jesse approved for sure!

Start by roughly chopping an entire head of cauliflower. I used a little bit of the stems, but mostly just the florets.

Chopped cauliflower

Toss the cauliflower pieces into a food processor and pulse until it looks like grain. I have to do mine in about three batches because the whole head of cauliflower doesn’t fit all at once. Cover and cook cauliflower (without adding extra water) in the microwave for 6 to 8 minutes, until tender.

Riced cauliflower

Then mix cooked the cauliflower with two beaten eggs, two cups of shredded mozzarella cheese, and spices. Then the cauliflower “dough” is ready to be transferred to a greased cookie sheet. Note: Some of the pictures show a casserole dish, but I’ve since discovered that a cookie sheet makes a crispier crust.

Cauliflower dough

Spread the cauliflower mixture evenly and bake at 450 for 15 minutes.

Ready to bake

After the crust is baked, you can add any toppings you choose.

Revised baking

Our favorite combination has been Muir Glen pizza sauce, ground beef (cooked), red onion, mushrooms, and green pepper. I’ve found it’s best to have the toppings prepared as my first step in the recipe.


We also like to add Sargento four cheese Mexican blend on top of all the other toppings. Then it’s back in the oven, under the broiler just enough to melt the cheese.

Toppings added


Finished pizza

Here’s the recipe:

1 head of cauliflower, riced and cooked
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 eggs, beaten
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp salt
additional toppings and cheese as desired


This might just be my favorite allergy adapted meal yet. I never would have thought cauliflower could work out so well. Let me know what you think. Enjoy!

An Effective Coupon Strategy

I love a grocery shopping trip when I get to use a bunch of coupons. However, if you’re not careful you can end up wasting money on things you don’t really need to buy at all… just to make use of the coupon. The trick is to only clip coupons on things you were already planning to buy anyway.


Coupons aren’t just out there to save people money for no reason. They are part of a marketing strategy for that brand or company. Companies use their coupons to get people to buy more of their items than they were planning to buy in the first place, and give them $1.00 off as a reward for spending. Companies also use coupons as a way to introduce new items to their customers. It feels easier to spend the money to try something new if you think you are getting a good deal on it.

I’ve learned to not let myself get distracted by coupons for things that I don’t actually need. The goal of using coupons is to save money, not find more ways to spend it. Even when I do have a coupon, I try my best to still wait until the store puts that same item on sale. I’ve found that I can often save more money waiting for a buy-one-get-one sale than I do using the coupon. The best deal comes when the store has the item on sale and I can use a coupon too… the most value for my money.

It seems almost counter intuitive to save money by buying things that you don’t need yet, but I think that it works out best that way. It takes a while to get ahead of the curve, but once you start following the sales you get an idea of when a particular item will be on sale again. That way you can buy extra so that you don’t ever have to buy it at full price. The other tricky thing is not being afraid to let good coupons expire. You have to evaluate if a coupon is really the best value or if a store sale will save more money. Not every coupon needs to be used… only those which are most beneficial!

What strategies help you save money at the grocery store?

Priceless Friendships

Last night was my monthly get-together with the Tampa CF wives. I can’t describe how much I truly love each of these ladies. I can’t believe that we met for the first time just a few months ago, it seems like we’ve known each other forever. Each of these girls has complete understanding about what it’s like to live with ever-present CF.

I feel so re-energized after our girls’ nights out. Our dinners together are pretty much the only time I talk much about CF related aspects of our lives. I’m still getting used to the fact that we can easily go from talking about recipes and haircuts to enzymes and mucus without even thinking about it. We laughed last night thinking about what people at the tables around us must be thinking about such conversations… only a CF wife can understand.

Feb wives dinner

Last night was extra special because an out-of-town CF couple that we’re are good friends with were in town. We were so excited that it would work out for her to join us for dinner. We first started following Jim and Denise about two years ago when Jim was preparing for his lung transplant. Then last year we had the pleasure of meeting Denise, but Jim was unable to travel at that time. So we’ve really been looking forward to getting to meet Jim this year.

Jesse and I sat down with the two of them for a while before dinner. They are an amazing couple! They have been through so much together, yet they both have such a positive outlook on life. Jim is the first post transplant CFer that we’ve met in person. We were beyond excited to hear from him what it’s like to breathe with someone else’s lungs. We were also excited that he so proudly showed off his scars/battle wounds. (Side note: Don’t freak out… we and Jesse’s doctors believe that he is very healthy and is nowhere near thinking about a lung transplant, so that’s not why we wanted to meet them. However, it is a reality for many CFers later in life.)

After meeting Denise last year, she thought that Jim and Jesse would get along perfectly. She was so right! It was funny how similar their personalities are. After Denise and I left them to meet up with the other wives, the two of them geeked out at the Apple store before heading to their pizza dinner. Denise and I were of the same opinion that we weren’t missing out on anything by not getting to the Apple store.

It meant a WHOLE lot to Jesse to be able to talk through CF stuff with someone who has been through it all. He had such a good time with Jim and he talked our entire ride home about everything learned from talking with him. It’s very scary to think that ten years from now we could possibly be where they are now. But then… hearing and seeing how happy Jim is now lessens the fear just a little.

We were extra paranoid about keeping a distance between the two of them. With Jim’s clean, new lungs Jesse did not want to be the one to infect them. Jesse made sure to bring a mask to wear when he was in the car with Jim and even held his breath when he stood close enough for a picture. Jim laughed at Denise and me being over-protective.

Such a good time was had by all. We’re already looking forward to seeing them when the come back to Florida again next year. Thanks for taking time out of your vacation to spend with all of us!