01/23: WIAW and Three New Recipes!

by Meg on January 22, 2013

I’m really excited for today’s WIAW :)

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I have three new recipes for you, two of them being #strangebutgood ;)

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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 ;)

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

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I have a really hard time following a recipe to a t. 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 ;) (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 ;) 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? 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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{ 57 comments… read them below or add one }

Ellie@Fit for the Soul January 23, 2013 at 12:12 AM

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 at 12:13 AM

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 at 12:42 AM

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 at 7:04 AM

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! ;) Oh and for the record, I don't think either of these is strange, but I'm sure you could have already guessed that! ;)

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Katie January 23, 2013 at 7:10 AM

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 at 7:30 AM

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 at 7:50 AM

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

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GOtheXtraMile January 23, 2013 at 7:52 AM

YUM! I seriously need to try that pizza!

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Brittany@twosaucysisters January 23, 2013 at 8:08 AM

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 at 8:17 AM

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 :D

Awesome recipes. Happy WIAW!

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Linz @ Itz Linz January 23, 2013 at 8:27 AM

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

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Picky Nicky January 23, 2013 at 8:35 AM

The savoury muffins look perfect for a school snack!

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Kat January 23, 2013 at 9:04 AM

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 at 9:37 AM

I am definitely not one to judge on weird food combo’s. They all seem totally normal to me! ;)

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots January 23, 2013 at 9:47 AM

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 at 9:56 AM

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 at 9:57 AM

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

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Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome January 23, 2013 at 9:58 AM

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 at 7:58 AM

Let me know when you do!!

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance January 23, 2013 at 9:59 AM

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 at 7:59 AM

SO GOOD GIRL!

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Kierston January 23, 2013 at 10:04 AM

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 at 7:59 AM

Cannot wait for YOUR recipe oh lala ;)

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Christina January 23, 2013 at 10:10 AM

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 at 10:14 AM

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

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Alex @ therunwithin January 23, 2013 at 10:24 AM

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 at 10:32 AM

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 at 8:00 AM

BAHA! You are the only one that enjoyed that ;)

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Carley @OptimisticHealth January 23, 2013 at 11:04 AM

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. ;)

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Liz @ I Heart Vegetables January 23, 2013 at 11:40 AM

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 at 11:57 AM

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

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Meg January 24, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Yup! In my magic bullet :)

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Annette Perkins (@FitnessPerks) January 23, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Clam pizza does sound inntteerressting ;) 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 at 12:52 PM

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 at 8:00 AM

TELL ME WHEN YOU TRY IT LOVE BUG :D

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sarah January 23, 2013 at 12:59 PM

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

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Meg January 24, 2013 at 8:01 AM

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 ;) Amazing right!?!?

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Grace @ PracticingGrace January 23, 2013 at 1:50 PM

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 at 3:59 PM

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

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Meg January 24, 2013 at 8:02 AM

I THOUGHT THE SAME THING!!!!!

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Meg January 24, 2013 at 8:02 AM

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

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Cassie @RedLetterDaye January 23, 2013 at 3:05 PM

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! ;)

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Lindsay January 23, 2013 at 3:22 PM

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 at 3:59 PM

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! ;)
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 at 8:03 AM

HAHA! I am so happy you love the pics :D It was a huge photo shoot ;)

Omg I can’t believe you pinned my recipe :D YOU’RE DA BEST!

Love you like a sista

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Yana January 23, 2013 at 5:21 PM

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 at 5:30 PM

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 at 5:58 PM

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 :-P 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 at 8:03 AM

Awwwww blue cheese would be sooooo good! Maybe I’ll make one and it will be called “Lauren’s Pizza” ;)

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Heather January 23, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Those look great! must try!

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Sunnie@ModernGirlNutrition January 23, 2013 at 10:09 PM

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 at 11:02 PM

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. :D

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 at 12:57 AM

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 ;) Thanks for the idea!!!

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Meg January 24, 2013 at 8:04 AM

I’ll make it for you!!!!!! :D

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Kat January 24, 2013 at 7:36 AM

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 at 8:28 PM

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 at 11:52 AM

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

Love you!

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