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Necessity is the mother of all inventions……
So I have this client that is on a very carb-restricted/high protein food regime and I try to come up with some ingenious ways to fight the carb crave. I can only imagine that he was having a tough day when he sent me a recipe for a cauliflower + cream cheese pizza crust. Well I took one look at this recipe and my hamster wheel started going full tilt! What an intriguing idea!! Low carbs, no gluten and lots of protein…..ingenious, yes, and yet not perfect….not yet!
There had to be a way to make it firmer, not so squishy and keeping in mind the ideal of a real pizza crust’s structural integrity….hummmmm.
Aha, I had the answer! I reworked the recipe and came up with a, dare I say, pretty good faxsimile, considering my restrictions. Now, of course, I realize that many of you would ask me why I would even bother messing with pizza? I too would most likely agree…but you have to take into consideration the needs of others! Pizza IS a necessity! Hence Mama’s invention!
So for all of you who are gluten free (or at least trying to be) and grain-free you simply must to give this a whirl. And as for the rest of you, be brave! I am most positive that you will NOT be disappointed.
Besides… if you put enough melty cheese on it, anything can be tasty!
I have discovered today that NOT all coconut milk is created equal or works well with this recipe!!
You will want to make this recipe with any coconut milk that has “Guar Gum”. Without this stabilizing agent your pudding will separate and the resulting texture will be quite gross.
I advise you always use coconut milk WITH the guar gum.
Here is a common brand that has the guar gum and works with the recipe splendidly!
EASE THE PAIN WITH PUDDING??
Yes, of course I know that self-soothing through food is a very slippery slope … but these days short of resorting to a good snort of scotch, I admit I’m sliding.
My 6 year old daughter has her first, and hopefully last, ear infection. Now I am sure most of you are saying so what – but you don’t know my kid. At the best of times she is totally weird about having her ears touch and, no, I haven’t the foggiest idea why so you can only imagine how she feels about her father and I having to put drops in her ears. The first shot at it was last night.
Now me, being the very reasoning and rational parent, I spent the better part of an hour explaining why and how we were going to do this. (Uh… Ya….right, LOL)
So… when this approach failed my husband laid the scene out into the cold light of day:
My sweet. We love you dearly… but the doctor says you HAVE to take this medicine or risk going deaf. SO you need to know that in exactly 10 seconds the ear drops are going to happen. They can happen the ‘easy way’ or the ‘hard way’. YOU get to decide if this will be easy or hard. 1…2…3…4…
Do you think she picked “easy”?
So now…. try to imagine a wrestling match between two grow ups and a six year old. Legs and arms flailing everywhere. Bet you think we won eh? Well not at first, but eventually we prevailed. As my daughter sat on the couch huddled up with her fuzzy friends sniffling through her defeat, and we felt like horrible monster parents, I thought to my self: Self! I need …….something….. but what? Scotch? No… too early…. hmmm.
Then I remembered this intriguing dessert idea I had rustled up and was still sitting in my fridge waiting for its maiden voyage. Coconut Chia Pudding. What do you think? Does it sound intriguing?
Well it did to me! So I went to the fridge, pulled out a container with the pudding and a container full of freshly cracked ruby red pomegranate seeds and began to sooth my soul.
OMG! SO awesome. My guilty conscience slowly began to ebb with each spoonful of rich decadent pudding . To hell with not turning to food for comfort!
Good thing I made a big batch. The drops are required twice a day!
Coconut chia pudding
Mix all ingredients together and place in fridge until set, about 6 hours. Serve with fruit. I strongly recommend pomegranate seeds!
The best part is that this pudding is GOOD FOR YOU!! YAY!!!