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Appetizer Face-Off: Low Carb Onion Rings Vs. BBQ Cauliflower Bites

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These two apps were quite the competitors and had I done things a little differently the outcome may have been different, but we will have to go with the exact recipes I chose for scoring. For those of you who do not know what the appetizer face off is all about please click here. For the rest of you keep reading the goods. 


First up: BBQ CAULIFLOWER BITES

TASTE: 6

For the score of taste, the bites are getting a 6. There are some things that I would do differently next time around to make the score  a bit higher, but there is no turning back now. Over all they were tasty, but there were a few things that needed some tweaking. For example, I used whole wheat flour instead of  regular flour. I noticed that the taste of the whole wheat flower was very noticeable and not in a good way. In the future I would like to try this recipe again with either coconut or almond flour.

I also just grabbed a random regular BBQ sauce from the whole foods shelf that I had never tried before. I was not a big …

BBQ Cauliflower Bites

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This recipe was pretty quick and easy to make, but there were a couple of things I would do differently next time around. I used whole wheat flour which I was not a fan of, and next time around I would use a honey BBQ sauce. Other than that they were pretty good. I'd like to try the same recipe with chicken instead of cauliflower and I think it would taste like general Gau's chicken. 


INGREDIENTS:

1/2 head of cauliflower
1 cup of flour
1 cup non dairy milk
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of onion powder
1/2 teaspoon of paprika
1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of liquid smoke (optional)
1 cup of BBQ sauce

DIRECTIONS:

1. Pre heat oven to 450 degrees F.
2. Cut cauliflower into thin strips about 1/2 inch wide.
3. Mix flour, non dairy milk, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, brown sugar, and liquid smoke together in a bowl. 
4. Dip cauliflower pieces in flour mixture, making sure to coat the entire piece. 
5. Place cauliflower pieces onto a non stick baking sheet.
6. Place in oven…

Low Carb Baked Onion Rings

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These O-rings were very quick and easy to make, and were so good! I am making them again ASAP!


INGREDIENTS:

1 Large sweet yellow onion , sliced into 1/3 inch rings (should yield approx. 20 rings)
2 slices of Ezekiel bread
1 egg white
1 whole egg
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. black pepper
dash of sea salt
(optional-Increases Carbs) 1/4 cup of Oat Flour

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet with foil.
2.Once oven has been preheated, place bread on baking sheet and toast for approximately 8-10 minutes. 
3. Remove bread from oven and allow to cool for several minutes before handling. Once cooled, tear bread apart to make bread crumbs. I used my ninja blender.
4. Place egg white and whole egg in a bowl and beat until combined. In another bowl, combine Ezekiel bread crumbs, garlic powder, black pepper and salt. (if you chose to use Oat flour add this here as well)
5. Dip each onion ring in egg mixture and then in crumb mixture. Place on baking sheet.
6. Bake at 350 degrees F for…

Appetizer Face Off: Sweet Potato Tater Tots Vs. Chicken Tenders

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Clean Eating Appetizer Face Off Week 1
From now until the Super Bowl I have decided to have a little competition of my own. Each week two clean eating appetizers will go head to head fighting it out to see who comes out on top as the best clean eating app. They will be given a score of 1-10 (1 being sucks to suck and 10 being the holy grail), in four categories. An overall average of the categories will be figured to give the final score and decide the winner. The categories are:


1. Taste
This category is self explanatory it either taste like shit or is the shit.
2. Easiness of Recipe
This category will be based on prep/cook time, as well as how easy shopping for and finding the ingredients was.
3. Nutritional value of  the recipe
Although recipes can be made clean, that does not always mean they are the best thing to eat. This category will rate the calories and nutritional information of the recipe.
4. Cost
Also self explanatory
The week before the Super Bowl I will have a panel of appet…

Clean Eating Chicken Tenders

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Clean Eating Chicken Tenders



INGREDIENTS:

- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 2 pieces of Ezekiel bread ground into bread crumbs
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- 1/2 tsp. paprika
- 1/2 tsp. oregano
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 egg 1 egg white
- 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 lb. chicken breast cut into 1 inch strips


DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. In a shallow bowl combine all ingredients except eggs and almond milk. Mix well and set aside.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and almond milk.
4. Dip one chicken strip into "breading", then into the egg mixture, then back into the breading.
5. Place on an oiled cookie sheet and repeat step 4 and 5 for the rest of the chicken.
6. Bake for 15 minutes and enjoy!

Baked Sweet Potato Tater Tots

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Sweet Potato Tater Tots

Tater tots are one of my favorite things to eat ever. If a restaurant has them, I will choose that place over another any day of the week. Now that I practice clean eating, tater tots are usually a cheat for me...until now. I found this recipe on Pinterest and couldn't wait to try it out. They were so good! The prep/cook time was a little longer than I would like, but was worth it for tater tots. Perfect appetizers to serve when you want to trick people into clean eating. 

INGREDIENTS:

- 3 1/2 cups of shredded sweet potato. (about 1 large sweet potato)
3 green onions
- 1/2- 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese. (amount will depend on how cheesy you want them)
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil. (will need a little extra to grease the pan)

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. Coat your muffin tin with olive oil or cooking spray and set aside. 

3. In a large bowl combine shredded sweet potato, onions, cheese, salt and pe…

Zucchini Poppers

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Fall and football season are here! I have decided to test out different clean eating appetizers for each game until the Super Bowl! These zucchini poppers were easy to make and pretty tasty. They have a little kick to them, which I enjoy. They reminded me of a veggie egg roll minus the roll. I dunked them in liquid aminos (sort of like soy sauce) which made them even more delish! On a clean eating football game appetizer scale of 1-10 I would give these a 6. They were tasty finger food, but I was not savoring every last bite. 


INGREDIENTS:
- 1 medium-sized zucchini
- 1 large carrot
- 1/4 cup chopped red onion
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp. paprika
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. oregano
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
- dash of salt
- dash of pepper

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Put zucchini and carrot into a food processor and pulse until it is finely grated. (be careful not to pulse too much and turn into mush)

3. Pour zucchini and carrot onto a paper to…