How Frozen Pizza Pockets Are Made

I want to believe that the ingredients listed are real, and that additives aren’t necessary.

Keen watchers would notice that no one in the video are wearing gloves.  There’s some pretty good research that shows that gloves in food preparation causes workers to be less clean due to them believing they don’t have to clean / wash as much. I’m willing to believe that also. I’ve worked in some really high end restaurants – nobody wears gloves, ever, and it would be nearly impossible to make fine food doing so.

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Quick Pickle Pretty Much Anything with One Simple Ratio

Ask me what I’d do with nearly any summer vegetable, and the answer is almost always the same: “Pickle it.” Yellow squash, pickle it. Green beans, pickle them. Cherries, pickle those too. It’s hard to beat the sharp tang and crisp snap of a good quick pickle, a fast and easy process that leaves them tasting of summer.

Source: How to Pickle Basically Everything

I’ll have to make room by eating the oven roasted peppers I did a while back…

Use Cauliflower as the Base For a Healthier Ranch Dip

This is a low-fat, low-calorie, dairy-free ranch dip that is sure to please even the most devoted ranch lover. It goes great with vegetables, especially broccoli florets; in fact I’ve been known to eat an entire crown of broccoli so long as it’s accompanied by this dip!

Source: Cauliflower Ranch Dip Recipe

Substitute pureed cauliflower for buttermilk, onion puree for heavy cream. The healthier replacement is a substitute for the original ingredient.

In my haste, I forgot to mention that cauliflower is high in vitamin K.

Roast Cauliflower Leaves Instead of Letting Them Go to Waste

Just when you thought cauliflower could get no cooler, it turns out those often-discarded leaves possess a culinary magic of their own. Something I discovered, by accident, when a few stowaways landed in a pan of roasting florets. After 30 minutes at high heat, they emerged crispy at the tips (like kale-chips) and buttery along the stalk (like roasted leeks); or in other words, a darn tasty treat.

Source: Why You Shouldn’t Throw Away Cauliflower Leaves

Keep in mind that cauliflower has vitamin k:

  • 1 ounce/28 grams of cauliflower contains 3.3 mcg of vitamin K, 4 % of the Daily Value (DV)
  • 100 grams of cauliflower contains 11.9 mcg of vitamin K, 15 % DV
  • 1 cup/180 grams of cauliflower contains 21.4 mcg of vitamin K, 27 % DV

No word on what the vitamin k content is in the leaves…

Replace Carbs with Cauliflower to Stick to a Low-Carb or Paleo Diet

…cauliflower is currently undergoing a revival as a saving grace for low-carb or Paleo dieters. In fact, my cauliflower rice article was one of the most popular, and it seems the uses of cauliflower are getting more and more inspired – or strange; I’ll let you decide.

Source: clever ways to swap carbs for cauliflower

Carbohydrates aren’t inherently bad for you, but cauliflower is one of the world’s healthiest foods. So even if you’re not on a low-carb diet, you might want to try these substitutions.

Recipe: Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

I plan to try this recipe, but have to be careful: cauliflower is high in vitamin K 😦  So this will be a special cheat meal, like blueberries in Greek yogurt.

It’s one of the more interesting aspects of diet, seeing the substitution for the meals we miss.  I remember the concept being mentioned in a Ghost in the Shell: 2nd Gig episode (#8), where a character is surprised that a restaurant they were staking out made vegetarian food that was modeled to look(/taste/texture?) like meat dishes.  Another character gave some succinct insight about why: the cooks weren’t monks at birth.

Which in turn reminded me of an article I read years before in Utne Reader about an author who could no longer eat due to cancer (portions of the throat had to be removed?).  I can’t find the article, but I remember the description of how the desire to eat – the taste, texture, and act – still remained though intravenous was the only option.  While the article was quite sad, it was a window into a very unique world.

The “vegan wings” recipe holds a place along side the Black Bean Brownies for interesting, cool and healthy recipes.  But that quinoa flour is stupidly expensive…

How to Quickly…

…Peel, Seed and Cut a Pumpkin.  There’s a series (currently 38) on the youtube playlist that are a little over a minute each.  Subjects include:

  • Watermelon
  • Garlic
  • Bell Pepper
  • Pineapple
  • Butternut Squash
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Cauliflower
  • Cantaloupe
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Avocado
  • Corn
  • Herbs
  • Mango
  • Basil
  • Pesto
  • Pomegranate
  • Chimichurri sauce
  • Olive Tapenade