Cauliflower Baked Ziti

This Cauliflower Baked Ziti from the No Excuses Detox Cookbook is the perfect LOW-CARB vegetarian meal! I love the idea of using cauliflower as a lower carb and higher nutrient alternative! This dish is so creamy, dreamy, and a great gluten-free, nut-free, grain-free, and vegetarian meal the kiddos will LOVE!

I was super excited when my friend Megan from The Detoxinista’s newest book arrived! It’s filled with so many family friendly recipes that I cannot wait to make. I started with this Cauliflower Baked Ziti since we are in a grove with our Meatless Monday series! If you tolerate cheese, this recipe is for you!

Here are a few others that I have my eye on:

Butternut Mac n’ Cheese

Sweet Potato Queso

Loaded Nacho Dip

Creamy Mushroom Soup

Avocado Caesar Salad

Strawberries & Cream Freezer Pops

Frosty Chocolate Shakes

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Cauliflower Baked Ziti

Preparation 0:05 2017-03-27T00:05:00+00:00 Cook Time 0:45 2017-03-27T00:45:00+00:00 Serves 4     adjust servings
Cauliflower Baked Ziti

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets and chopped
  • 2 cups pizza sauce (store-bought or homemade)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 2 ounces shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large Dutch oven, combine the cauliflower and pizza sauce and stir well to coat. Bring the sauce to a boil over medium-high heat and, once at bubbling, lower the heat to a simmer. Cover the pot to let the cauliflower cook until fork-tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, beat together the eggs, grated Romano cheese, ricotta cheese, Italian seasoning and salt. Set aside.
  3. After the cauliflower is tender, stir in the spinach and simmer to cook off any excess moisture in the pot, to ensure that the final result isn’t watery. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the egg and cheese mixture. Top with the shredded cheese.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes, until the eggs have set and the cheese is bubbly on top. Allow the dish to cool for 10 minutes, then serve warm. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Recipe Notes

  • *If you want to add meat, sauté it separately, and then add it to the mixture before baking!
  • *Make this a freezer-friendly meal: Follow steps 1-3, instead of baking it, pour the ingredients into an oven-safe dish. Cover well and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, thaw in the fridge overnight and bake!
  • *Adapted with permission from the No Excuses Detox Cookbook by Megan Gilmore

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Lexi’s Weekly Dinner Plan Week 14

I hope everyone had a great first week of MARCH! Time really does fly now doesn’t it? This week’s dinner plan is here and it’s a good one! Everything from Buffalo Chicken Soup to Tequila Lime Shrimp to keep you deliciously satisfied and feeling healthy! 

If you are new to my weekly dinner plans or want to see others, we are keeping the meal plans all in one easy tab on the blog for you to access on the navigation bar of the website! 

Lexi's Weekly Dinner Plan Week 14

Monday: Buffalo Chicken Chili (30 minute or less, dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, Whole30 compliant) 

Tuesday: Leftovers 

Wednesday: Tequila Lime Shrimp (30 minute or less, paleo-friendly, and egg-free)

Thursday: Eggplant Meatballs (dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, vegan) 

Friday: Out

Saturday: Turkey Kale Soup (Dairy-free, egg-free, paleo-friendly, Whole30 compliant) 

Sunday: Chicken Caesar Burgers (30 minutes or less, nut-free, paleo-friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free)

Grab your free printable shopping list HERE!

Make a swap throughout the week from the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook! Try the Slow Cooker Spicy Chicken Soup on page 122 or the Beef and Broccoli Stir-fry on page 208! 

On-the-go breakfast idea: Try these On-the-Go Egg Nests (Paleo-friendly, nut-free, and Whole30 compliant!) 


As always, if you have meal plan feedback, please send me an email at Lexi@Lexiscleankitchen.com! I’d absolutely love to hear from you! 

Funnel Cake from Down South Paleo Cookbook

You guys… I’m sure by now you’ve heard of Jennifer from Predominately Paleo. Her new cookbook, Down South Paleo is out and let me start by saying WOW and Y-U-M. This book is beautiful, packed with awesome recipes, and witty, too!

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 Some highlights?

Down South Paleo has everything from Fried Eggs Benedict + “Cornbread” Waffles, to Mini Chicken Pot Pies, Fried Green Tomatoes, Paleo Pigs in a Blanket, Dinner Rolls, Churro Doughnut Holes, Cobbler, Custard Pie, and so much more.

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I mean those two photos totally speak for themselves, right!?


 The first recipe I decided to try was the Funnel Cake (page 163) and it did NOT disappoint. Now, I’ve never been to a Texas Rodeo but growing up we did have town carnivals and I was always all about that funnel cake. This brought me back to childhood in the best way ever.

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I mean seriously? How amazing! 

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Ready to eat? Me too!

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You can buy Down South Paleo TODAY on Amazon.com!


 

Garlic Breadsticks

I refuse to officially move into Fall recipes just yet, my friends. After all it’s a cool 95 degrees out today here in Boston! Bloggers like to get ahead of the game though. I won’t give up our summer just yet, but we’ll make a nice yummy transition, that’s for sure. Ready or not, the new school year is upon us, and there are some areas of the country where school is already back in session! 

*Queue ALL the back-to-school snacks, lunches and healthy meals*

…because I know how hectic those days can get. 

Whether you are a parent juggling your kids’ homework and 75 after school activities, or whether you are simply busy with your job and life, we all need a little easy in our lives. Easy and delicious that is.

This week for Healthy Food Friday with American Express, let’s roll out the carpet for garlic breadsticks. 

Because, YUM.

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Bake, slice, dip, eat. Repeat.

A meal, side or snack everyone will love. Promise!

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I’m not ashamed at how quickly we devoured these. Not even a little bit.

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What meal is the hardest for you on busy days? Lunches?  Snacks? Dinners?

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Classic 4th of July Cake

4th of July weekend is upon us!  Tomorrow is the big day, so what do you have planned? Whether you are headed to a BBQ with family or friends or hosting a get together of your own, you’ll need a classic festive cake for the festivities! 

Today for Healthy Food Friday with American Express let’s make the most perfect (AND nut-free) vanilla cake topped with an easy buttercream and garnished off with tons of fresh fruit (red and blue for good measure)!

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This cake is…

Fluffy and moist

Gluten, grain, dairy, and nut-free!

Flavorful

Topped with a perfectly sweet and fluffy buttercream

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And loaded with fresh local berries 

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I was selected by American Express to contribute to their Tumblr community. As such I was paid for my services, but all opinions in general and about American express are my own.

How do you celebrate the 4th? What is your all-time favorite 4th of July festive meal?