It’s not working out. Ever since I tried the cauliflower crust pizza from Costco, I’ve been on a kick to make small incremental changes which are sustainable. All this in an effort to be healthier. Sounds like a good plan, right? I was so encouraged by the Costco Roasted Vegetables Cauliflower Crust pizza. It was so good, and I felt so darn healthy!
Then Aldi’s had one of their “Special Buys” which was a Spiralizer. I had to move quickly as those “Special Buys” go fast. My first recipe was an Italian meatballs zoodles casserole which turned out great! So delicious! I was on a low carb roll, and my head was spinning with new dishes to try.
My next adventure was to make shrimp scampi using zoodles. It was my second time using the Spiralizer, and it worked great. I trimmed only a tiny bit off one end of the zucchini. I did not trim anything off the other end. This is the end with the stem where the “food pusher” is inserted. With these adjustments, I had far less waste making the zoodles. Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, I turned those four zucchini into zoodles. My oh my, what a wonderful day.
However, when all was done, the zoodles turned out overcooked and soggy. The shrimp from Aldi’s shrimp scampi “special buy” were minuscule. The shrimp seemed to be too chewy, but maybe it just seemed that way in comparison to the zoodles. Also, I ended up with far too many zoodles. I had used four zucchini, as I did on my first recipe. However, with the substantial reduction in waste, four zucchini was too much for two people.
I was kind of getting nervous with how things were going. So, I decided to pour on a lot of the sauce in an effort to try to get the zoodles to take on the flavor of the shrimp scampi. Subsequently, soggy became soupy soggy. Let’s just say, Dan finished his bowl, bless his heart, and I fished out all the shrimp in mine.
For my next endeavor, I decided to try cooking with cauliflower. I found a pack of cauliflower rice at the Dollar Tree. It was 10 ounces and contained three cooked cups, the perfect amount for a cauliflower hash brown recipe I had found.
The cauliflower rice hash browns were a mixture of cauliflower rice, an egg, shredded cheddar, shredded Parmesan cheese, and some spices. I am doing you a favor, dear reader, by not giving you the exact specifications of the recipe. Let’s just say, Dan ate two of the hash browns, bless his heart, and I ate two bites. I hate wasting food, but these babies hit the trash can faster than you can say, where’s the toast and jelly.
In a last ditch effort, I continued my “incremental inspiration itinerary” by purchasing two loaves of bread from Aldi. One was a keto bread, and one was a protein bread. Maybe these low carb carriers would work out at the breakfast meal. The keto bread tasted like a brown sponge gone dry, and I don’t even know how to describe the protein bread except I did tell Dan, life is too short to eat that kind of bread.
I was trying to think of what to do with this $4 a loaf bread from the Aldi. It is not good to feed birds bread crumbs as there is not enough protein. However, this was “protein” bread. I did not find anything online either way on whether or not this was a good idea. So, I thought I’d try two pieces in the bird feeder. I tore each slice into several pieces, but as I was tearing, I wondered how the birds were going to get a crumb out of this bread with its nylon like toughness.
Our bird feeder is right by the window, and I kept an eye on it for several hours. Usually, a short time after I put out more seed, our bird feeder is the place to be. But this time, I saw birds fly up, look at the bread, kind of nod at each other and then take off. I think the birds were talking about me as they flew away.
Now, don’t think I am giving up. I did have a couple of successes with the pizza and the meatball zoodles casserole. And I do have some more recipes in my mind to try. But not just yet. I need a little time. Besides, right now, I have a bird feeder that needs my attention.