Garlic and Rosemary Mashed Potatoes and Cauliflower

Garlic and Rosemary Mashed Potatoes and Cauliflower

Volume, volume, volume. I’m always talking about this with my clients. If you’ve ever eaten at a caloric deficit you know the importance of vegetables. You can put a lot on your plate for minimal calories. They’re filling, full of fiber, and take our bodies longer to digest, keeping us satisfied longer. But I’ve also learned through my time as a nutrition coach that some people just don’t like veggies. So I’m on a quest to make them taste good and to create more recipes using them in clever ways. I’m like your mom sneaking vegetables into your dinner without you even realizing that you’re eating them. This recipe is basically a pumped up mashed potato (think double the amount of food for practically the same amount of carbs). Of course if you need a super low carb side dish you could double the cauliflower and skip the potatoes, but this recipe will rock your world as is.

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ROASTED VEGETABLE SALAD WITH CHICKEN

ROASTED VEGETABLE SALAD WITH CHICKEN

The idea for this salad came to me after having lunch with a friend at California Pizza Kitchen last week. I absolutely love their grilled veggie salad and for some reason I'd never thought about how simple it would be to make on my own. Especially since I could easily make a large batch at once to feed a group or to last me most of the week. So I ran to the grocery store and whipped one together. This will definitely be a staple at my house from now on. Another reason that I love this salad? It's insanely healthy. And when insanely healthy meets crazy delicious, I'm pretty much sold. I've set my sights on competing at the CrossFit Games one day and that means my training and diet need to be in check. My competitors eat, sleep and breath this sport, and if I plan on keeping up with them, I have to too. Sometimes my dreams scare me, but whats that saying? "If you're dreams don't scare you they aren't big enough." I think I read that somewhere. And I couldn't agree more. I've made a lot of sacrifices in my career and life for this, so I'll be damned if I don't give it my all. Plus, this is what makes me happy, and isn't that one of the most important things in life? Nothing's worth it if you aren't happy. What makes you happy? Well, besides this salad, because I've already assumed that. Enjoy!

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