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01/23: WIAW and Three New Recipes!

I’mย reallyย excited for today’s WIAWย :)

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I have three new recipes for you, two of them being #strangebutgoodย ๐Ÿ˜‰

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With these new recipes, comes new and exciting food pictures for you to look at instead of that whipped cottage cheese and quinoa bowl I seem to love…

Yeah, right. Who am I kidding? I love it! So, I’ll continue to eat it each and every day :)

I did mix it up slightly yesterday, though! A handful of walnuts for some added crunch and healthy fats!

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I mixed up several things yesterday, actually ๐Ÿ˜‰

This was what my kitchen looked like at 9:00 am! I was busy inventing, creating, and experimenting! Making severalย newย creations because…

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I have aย reallyย hard time following a recipe to aย t.ย Does anyone else have this problem? I guess it’s not really a “problem”, but it seems impossible for me to follow any recipe exactly. I always have to put a dash of Meg in the recipe ๐Ÿ˜‰ (was that funny or just lame?)

Anyways…

I modified Laura’s cauliflower pizza crust to make this delicious lunch!

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Spelt and Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Makes 1 large pizza crust

1/4 cup spelt flour

100 g raw cauliflower

1/4 cup egg whites

salt

pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Pulse cauliflower in a blender until “riced”. Transfer cauliflower to a bowl and mix with the rest of the ingredients. When mixed, spread “dough” on parchment paper, forming a pizza crust. Cover with another layer of parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes.

I was pleasantly surprised with how my crust turned out. It was very stable and tasted amazing.

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I’m pretty sure the toppings contributed to it’s overall amazing flavour, though ๐Ÿ˜‰ I must warn you, though, this is when things get a little bit strange…

During one of my many nights of watching The Food Network, I saw a pizza topped with clams! I, of course, thought this idea was genius, so I had to do the same.

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Garlicy Clam and Arugula Pizza

1 serving of Spelt and Cauliflower Pizza Crust (recipe above)

2 cloves roasted garlic

canned whole baby clams

arugula

parmesan cheese

smoked paprika

For the base, I spread roasted garlic all over the pizza crust then I topped it with the remaining ingredients. When my pizza was topped with all of the ingredients, I broiled it in the oven for a few minutes. Delicious!

My next #strangebutgood recipe comes from a recipe that I modified from the December issue of The Oxygen Magazine.

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I absolutely love putting my own twist on recipes! It allows me to use the ingredients I have on hand and experiment in the kitchen! By doing this, I am able to learn and become a better cook, too :)

Luckily, this experiment turned out incredibly well and I’ve been enjoying these savoury muffins every day (just like my quinoa and cottage cheese bowls ;)!)

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Savoury Chicken Thigh Muffins

Makes 6 muffins

1 cup (4 oz.) chopped, cooked chicken thighs

1/4 cup egg whites

4 oz. sweet potato, mashed

1/4 cup almond milk

3/4 cup oat flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

fresh dill

minced garlic

pepper

Heat oven to 350 and line muffin tin with paper cups (or do what I did and use a silicone muffin tin!)

In a bowl, mix all ingredients together.

Divide batter evenly and distribute between muffin tins.

Bake in oven for 25 minutes or until cooked through.

I hope you give at least one of these recipes a try or, like me, use it them as inspirations! :) As always, let me know what you think!

Love,

Meg xo

Which do you think is more strange? Clam Pizza or Chicken Thigh Muffins?

Do you like savoury baking?ย I know my girl does!

Don’t forget about High Five Friday! Please submit your high fives to me today, so we can make the 50th celebration the biggest one yet! :)
For more information on how to submit a high five for HFF please read here.

The recipes shared in this post will also be appearing in Kierston’s Recipe Friday link up! :)

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  1. Reply

    Ellie@Fit for the Soul

    January 23, 2013

    Mmmmm clam pizza sounds aaaamaazzing!!! i don’t think that’s strange at all because I love fishy, stinky seafood–although clam isn’t as strong as oysters. I’ve been craving those lately but can’t really eat much of them due to pregnancy, and now I want it even more because of this post~haha, so sad.

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    Lisa

    January 23, 2013

    I’ve got to try that spelt pizza crust! Looks super amazing! Yum. Okay, but those savory muffins sound pretty good too. Super unique! I bet they’re delicious. Let’s skype again soon:) Love you!

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    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    January 23, 2013

    Meg, I just love all of these recipes! Thank you so much for post the cauliflower recipe rendition – people always ask what they can sub for the quinoa flakes and I’ve only used chickpea flour to sub. Spetl is such a good idea!

    I am the same way with recipes – I simply cannot follow one. It needs “flare.” :)

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    Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    January 23, 2013

    Oh my gosh Meg, my stomach literally growled when I saw that pizza! I can’t believe I’ve never thought of clams as a pizza topping before…mmmm-must try! <- Now THAT was lame! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Oh and for the record, I don't think either of these is strange, but I'm sure you could have already guessed that! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Katie

    January 23, 2013

    I would totally try those muffins! I’ve actually make something similar before and I love them! I am not much on sweets, so savory muffins are way more appealing to me anyway.
    Recipes and I don’t get along. Hah. I MUCH prefer to experiment and put my own twists and tweaks on things!

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    Sarah @PickyRunner

    January 23, 2013

    absolutely LOVE cauliflower crust. It tastes exactly like pizza dough to me which is probably why I love it so much. It just tastes SO good!

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    Tayla @ She'll Be Free

    January 23, 2013

    I love the idea of that pizza! I think I will try making that tonight:)

  8. Reply

    GOtheXtraMile

    January 23, 2013

    YUM! I seriously need to try that pizza!

  9. Reply

    Brittany@twosaucysisters

    January 23, 2013

    I also have a hard time following recipes to a T! But that makes cooking more fun, doesn’t it? :)

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    Eating 4 Balance

    January 23, 2013

    Yum. I don’t think any of those look strange. I think they all sound delicious!

    The “chicken thigh” muffin title might be slightly weird-sounding though ๐Ÿ˜€

    Awesome recipes. Happy WIAW!

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    Linz @ Itz Linz

    January 23, 2013

    I want to try that cauliflower crust!! I keep reading about it – I must try!!

  12. Reply

    Picky Nicky

    January 23, 2013

    The savoury muffins look perfect for a school snack!

  13. Reply

    Kat

    January 23, 2013

    Jeeze have some recipes girl!! Ive made the cauliflower crust once, and it was pretty wet and not really that delicious. I am willing to try it again though!

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    Lauren

    January 23, 2013

    I am definitely not one to judge on weird food combo’s. They all seem totally normal to me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots

    January 23, 2013

    those muffins sound yummy to me!! I have been seeing this cauliflower pizza crust everywhere, I suppose I should try it since everyone has been giving it rave reviews!

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    kim@hungryhealthygirl

    January 23, 2013

    Chicken thigh muffins are definitely pretty strange, but I’m sure they’re pretty tasty too! Love the looks of that quinoa/cottage cheese bowl. What a great idea to add spelt flour to the cauliflower pizza crust….I will definitely be trying that! Happy WIAW!

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    Anne@LoveMintChocolateChip

    January 23, 2013

    the clam pizza looks awesome… not sure if i could do chicken thigh muffins?! haha

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    Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome

    January 23, 2013

    Oh honey, you should see my kitchen by 8:00am! With preparing breakfast for myself, a toddler and usually trying a new recipe in between it’s a disaster! So I feel ya! I too have a hard time following a recipe to the T. I’m always adding, subtracting, substituting and not measuring… Usually turns out though! I’ve never thought to add Spelt flour to cauliflower crust pizza. Sounds good! AND those savory muffins look great! I’m going to have to try them!

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      Meg

      January 24, 2013

      Let me know when you do!!

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    Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    January 23, 2013

    omg, I love clams!! So delicious–and healthy, too! I think you’re idea of adding them to pizza is genius. :)

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      Meg

      January 24, 2013

      SO GOOD GIRL!

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    Kierston

    January 23, 2013

    Okay awesome eats Doll!!!

    I made something similar to your chicken muffins!!! So yummy! Will be sharing my recipe soon :)

    Thanks for the shout out and for linking up!!!

    Wuuuuuuuv u!

    xo

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      Meg

      January 24, 2013

      Cannot wait for YOUR recipe oh lala ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Christina

    January 23, 2013

    I also never follow a recipe how it’s written. I usually make substitutions, additions, subtractions…it’s like 3rd grade math in my kitchen! (haha, we have the same sense of humor). It’s just more fun to get creative and mix it up! That cauliflower crust looks great! I’ll give it a shot next time I make a pizza :)

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    Shel@PeachyPalate

    January 23, 2013

    Pizza looks amazing! Have to try my hand at making a cauliflower crust!

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    Alex @ therunwithin

    January 23, 2013

    I wish I could pull together a cauliflower crust but I am not so good in the kitchen. Love how crispy it is

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    Krista

    January 23, 2013

    LOVE how creative you are in the kitchen! I also loved the “a dash of Meg” reference! So cute!! :)

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      Meg

      January 24, 2013

      BAHA! You are the only one that enjoyed that ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Carley @OptimisticHealth

    January 23, 2013

    These all look amazing and like perfect weekend recipes!

    You could say I have a problem following any recipe exactly as well. I think it happened once in 8th grade Home economics. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Liz @ I Heart Vegetables

    January 23, 2013

    That pizza crust sounds AWESOME!!! I tried a regular cauliflower one and the taste was great but it didn’t stay together like a crust :( Yours looks so good!

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    Jenni

    January 23, 2013

    Do you whip cottage cheese in the blender each morning? I hate the cleanup!

    • Reply

      Meg

      January 24, 2013

      Yup! In my magic bullet :)

  28. Reply

    Clam pizza does sound inntteerressting ๐Ÿ˜‰ But cauliflower crust sounds cool. I love me my w.w. crust though- it’s so darn good, it’d be hard to switch. Hah.

    I too NEVER follow recipes to a t. I don’t even really measure stuff completely right–esp if I want more or less of that ingredient.

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    Lindsay @ Conscious Cravings

    January 23, 2013

    I saw the picture of the pizza on instagram and I was in insta-heaven haha. I definitely am going to have to steal this recipe from you and make it for my roomie and me. You are so creative in the kitchen, I love it!

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      Meg

      January 24, 2013

      TELL ME WHEN YOU TRY IT LOVE BUG ๐Ÿ˜€

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    sarah

    January 23, 2013

    I have been so happy, and inspired , by your WIAW posts these past few weeks. Girl, be my chef???
    Seriously, maaany of my meals have been influenced by what I’ve seen on here! Case in point: I am officially a quinoa cottage cheese bowl addict- I’ve been having it almost daily, it’s.just.too.good.
    And my latest favourite salad= bulgar/quinoa mix+roasted turkey+roasted cauliflower/broccoli+boiled egg, all drizzled in your healthy honey mustard dressing…gosh I am hungry just thinking about it.

    Yaya, I’ve been looking forward to this muffin recipe all week :). You didn’t disappoint , they sound ahh-mazing & I can’t wait to make them.

    Hope you are having a fabulous week Meg,
    Xxx

    • Reply

      Meg

      January 24, 2013

      LOL! I would freaking love to be your chef – OMG. If I could cook and get paid for it each and every day? YES MA’AM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      So happy your enjoying quinoa and cottage cheese :) I am eating it as we speak :) So happy you love that salad too ๐Ÿ˜‰ Amazing right!?!?

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    Grace @ PracticingGrace

    January 23, 2013

    Cottage cheese and quiinoa?? Sounds so goood!! I’m a fan of cc with lentils.

    And I think seafood on pizza done right is actually pretty good

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      Caitlin

      January 23, 2013

      ok just have to say cc with lentils sounds FABULOUS. must try.

      • Reply

        Meg

        January 24, 2013

        I THOUGHT THE SAME THING!!!!!

    • Reply

      Meg

      January 24, 2013

      GRACE!!!!!!!!!! When I read cc and lentils I died. I KNOW THAT WILL BE AMAZING! WOW WOW WOW <3

  32. Reply

    Cassie @RedLetterDaye

    January 23, 2013

    I really need to try that cauliflower crust pizza, it just seems like so much work! Plus, getting it by my bf might be an issue, he hated on my turkey meatloaf (“it’s not meatloaf!” haha). But if that happens to be the case, I guess the more for me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Lindsay

    January 23, 2013

    You rock! When I try to “experiment” in the kitchen, it does not go well. I usually have to follow recipes exactly and just slightly alter the spices. But that’s all. I’m learning!

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    Caitlin

    January 23, 2013

    that pizza looks so good, i SOOO need to do this whole cauliflower crust thing, a pizza lova like me! i adore how you showed us with that pic how sturdy the crust is. nice demo, babe! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    clams on pizza, oh heavens. i love seafood pizzas!!!!
    YAY IT’S THE SAVORY MUFFINS. and whoa chicken?! i never guessed that’d be an ingredient! i must try this! pinning this post to my pinterest board!

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      Meg

      January 24, 2013

      HAHA! I am so happy you love the pics ๐Ÿ˜€ It was a huge photo shoot ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Omg I can’t believe you pinned my recipe ๐Ÿ˜€ YOU’RE DA BEST!

      Love you like a sista

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    Yana

    January 23, 2013

    It’s no wonder you’re not gaining any weight all you eat is low calorie foods.. Why don’t you have whole wheat pizza instead.. I understand cauliflower crust may be tasty but whole what is more calorie dense. Also, why not use the whole egg instead of egg whites? You’re obviously still disordered

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      Meg

      January 23, 2013

      I’ve actually gained 5 lbs. in the past 2 weeks, so please don’t make those comments to me. Thank you.

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    Lauren

    January 23, 2013

    I thought your pizza had blue cheese crumbles on it and I got excited; however, I realized it was clam pizza and threw up a little ๐Ÿ˜› hahaha. I’m just kidding! I just do NOT like clams. Only thing I won’t eat! The pizza looks so good though I must say!

    Chicken Thigh Muffins?? Hmmmm… I guess it’s the same as crab cakes… Kind of?

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      Meg

      January 24, 2013

      Awwwww blue cheese would be sooooo good! Maybe I’ll make one and it will be called “Lauren’s Pizza” ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Heather

    January 23, 2013

    Those look great! must try!

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    Sunnie@ModernGirlNutrition

    January 23, 2013

    Oh my goodness I love the quinoa+yogurt idea in the first pic! And those muffins look great, too:)

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    Sara @ Nourish and Flourish

    January 23, 2013

    SIS!!! I will be making BOTH of these recipes!!! Oh my heavens, me. Which should I try first?! I’ve actually had clam pizza before–it’s popular in Italy, and one of the really amazing pizzerias in DC makes them every Friday. SO good! I obviously love YOUR version more, though. I mean, cauliflower pizza crust rocks my socks. I can’t wait to try it with flour–I bet the texture is even more pizza crust-like than when it’s made with just cauliflower. Swoon!

    And then there’s those muffins, which I’ve been drooling over ever since you posted the IG photo last week. Yum yum yum. I love all of the ingredients–especially that sweet potato ya know. ๐Ÿ˜€

    You’re amazing, and I love you more than you’ll ever know. <3 xoxoxo!

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    GiGi Eats Celebrities

    January 24, 2013

    STOP IT!!!!!!!! Clam and Garlic PIZZA! OMG my taste buds are SOOOOO jealous of yours!! You spoiled your taste buds sooo much, lol! I don’t think I have the patience to make that deliciousness so my mouth will never get to taste that, LOL! Unless I… make someone else make it for me ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for the idea!!!

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      Meg

      January 24, 2013

      I’ll make it for you!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Kat

    January 24, 2013

    Waffles and Chicken as I had it in Hollywood many years ago, that was weird, yet I kind of like it back then. Anyways, I I turned a vegetarian 9-10 yrs ago, so I wouldn’t touch it again. I really want to try that cauliflower crust pizza though, so creative!

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    Kaitlyn

    January 25, 2013

    Hey! I’ve been following you for quite some time now (almost a year I think!) and I JUST tried your current favourite of whipped cottage cheese! I must first tell you that this was my 4th time giving cottage cheese a try (I could not get over the taste AND texture) but I have finally found a way I enjoy it thanks to you! It tastes like chocolate cheesecake filling! YUM! Will definitely be doing this the next time I have a sweet craving!

    You’re amazing :)

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      Meg

      January 26, 2013

      Aw, girl! You’re such a sweetheart :) Thanks for the comment – I really appreciate it!!!! :)

      Love you!

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