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Friday Foodie Favorites: August 9, 2013

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I still cannot believe that it is August.  I don’t think that it is fully going to hit me until the very end of the month, and then I am going to be baffled about the fact that it will almost be September.  I swear, I cannot handle how quickly time is moving right now.  But…I am certainly not upset about the fact that this work week moved quickly and it is now Friday!  TGIF!  (Oh, and speaking of…who else used to LOVE the TGIF TV line-up when they were younger?  I sure did!).

So, anyhow… Friday means lots of smiles 🙂 and lots of great food.  Here is another roundup of some of my favorite recipes that I have tried over the past couple of weeks.  Enjoy!

Friday Foodie Favorites: August 9, 2013

This first one is AWESOME:

friday favorites cauliflower bun 6y






So this looks like a regular open-faced portobello burger, right?  WRONG!  Do you see what is on the bottom there?  No, that is not your traditional hamburger bun (that is probably pretty obvious).  Instead, it is a cauliflower “hamburger bun!”  I came across Caralyn’s recipe and new that I just had to try it.  This probably comes as no surprise considering my love for cauliflower “rice” and cauliflower pizza crust.  I decided to reduce the amount of each ingredient that the recipe called for, and just make one large bottom bun (my mushroom was huge!) to serve in the open-faced sandwich style.  I loved the results!  It was SO tasty.  So tasty, in fact, that I really wanted to just eat it plain so that I could fully enjoy the flavors and texture of the “bun.”  This is a must try and will definitely be made again…and again…and again!

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Totally awesome, right? (it sort of looks like a chicken patty or a tenderloin in this picture ;))

Keeping in line with the sandwich theme…

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…how about some mock “tuna” salad!  I made The Happy Herbivore’s Mock “Tuna” Salad and served it in sandwich form.  This is SOOOO good!  Who needs tuna when you have my favorite bean…chickpeas!  Please try this!  It is protein-packed, contains healthy and whole ingredients, and the taste is out of this world.  I already have plans to make this again!  You really cannot beat a simple and easy recipe like this, especially on the days when you have very little time to prep lunch and/or dinner.  Oh, and for the heads up…I did not have any kelp so I left that out and added in a few sprinkles of Old Bay seasoning in its place.

It wouldn’t be a Friday Foodie Favorites post without this…

friday favorite 2 bean chili 2y






…soup!!  I have heard from several of you that I am not the only “crazy” person who eats soup during the middle of the Summer.  As a result, I will keep on sharing my favorite soup finds!  This is a SUPER duper easy soup recipe, and if you love Summertime veggies, beans, and salsa verde, then this is totally calling your name.  Stephanie’s recipe for Salsa Verde 2-Bean Chili is simple, yet delicious.  This certainly has some spice to it, too, so it is bound to keep you warm! 😉  I followed Stephanie’s recipe but used dark red kidney beans in place of the black beans (by accident), used vegetable broth in place of the can of water, omitted the corn, and added in some leftover zucchini and summer squash that were hanging out in my fridge.  This was taaaasty!  I just ate my last bowl this past weekend and I was sad when it was gone :(.

And finally, let’s talk about Becky’s awesome recipe for BBQ Tofu Pizzas!

bbq tofu pizza






One of my absolute favorite ways to prepare tofu is to pair it with barbecue sauce.  When I saw Becky’s recipe for this pizza, I just knew that it was something that I would love.  And boy was I right!  This was super-duper easy to make, and absolutely delicious.  You cannot beat a recipe that only involves 4 ingredients and tastes awesome.  Try this one!  Even if you are afraid of tofu (don’t be!), you are almost sure to enjoy this pizza.  Barbecue sauce makes everything taste awesome, right? 😉

And as always…have a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend!

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  • Her Happy Balance August 9, 2013, 7:51 am
    I want to try making cauliflower rice, but I never actually liked cauliflower as a kid so I'm worried it will just be a flop for me :-/ I need to just try it once and see how it goes!
  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health August 9, 2013, 8:22 am
    such a cool concept of cauliflower crust Friday. Happy Weekend.
  • Marie @ Little Kitchie August 9, 2013, 8:24 am
    Cauliflower hamburger bun = genius!
  • chasingchels August 9, 2013, 8:25 am
    I LOVED the TGIF line up when i was younger! My brother and I never missed a weekend :) i'll have to check out that mock tuna salad...i've never liked tuna salad but i love chick peas so this might just work :P
  • dailycupofkate August 9, 2013, 8:25 am
    BBQ pizzas are always the best!
  • The Cookie ChRUNicles August 9, 2013, 8:26 am
    I have never seen a cauliflower bun. I must try that. Unfortunately I always say I will try making something with cauliflower and get lazy and simply roast it all up lol. I really want to try making the bun though!
  • Kailey (Caffeinated Runner) August 9, 2013, 8:43 am
    BBQ Tofu PIzza!!? Now that just sounds amazing - I am on a total pizza kick...I had it twice yesterday haha.
  • healthyaimee August 9, 2013, 8:43 am
    TGIF was awesome! I remember Boy meets World, and Sabrina... They just don't make shows like they used to! (I feel so old saying that!) Anyway, your food looks amazing! I love the mushroom burger with cauliflower bun. And I totally eat soup in the summer, too. :)
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl August 9, 2013, 8:47 am
      I used to LOVE those shows, too! Never missed a Friday!! They need to bring that concept back.
  • kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies August 9, 2013, 8:47 am
    Isn't that tofu pizza amazing? I tried it around when she first posted it and I could eat it every day.
  • eatrunlivehappy August 9, 2013, 8:59 am
    That mushroom sandwich looks great! I can't believe it's August either. The year is flying by! My son starts kindergarten next week!
  • Julia August 9, 2013, 9:20 am
    Love your blog! Those sandwiches look amazing! And that BBQ Tofu Pizza? Mmmm...I'm definitely going to give that a try! I can't believe how fast the summer has flown. I am always in awe when August rolls around every summer! Happy Friday :)
  • Stephanie @cookinfanatic August 9, 2013, 9:31 am
    So glad you enjoyed the salsa verde chili and likin' the change ups you made to the recipe, sounds delicious!
  • blonde hair blue eyed runner August 9, 2013, 9:45 am
    I loved the TGIF tv series! I also love minestrone soup and I have been digging BBQ inpsired dishes lately. I love bbq pizzas!
  • Anna Smith-James (@AnnaTheApple88) August 9, 2013, 10:09 am
    Love the mock tuna salad! I've never thought to use chickpeas (other than as hummus) in a sandwich. And BBQ sauce *sighs* I love BBQ sauce. With. Everything. Hehe.
  • Becky @ Olives n Wine August 9, 2013, 10:16 am
    Woohoo - I'm so glad you finally got to try the pizza! It is freakin' amazing :)
  • Tara August 9, 2013, 10:45 am
    Oh my! That portobello/cauliflower patty combo looks divine! I'm thinking about eating vegetarian one day a week and that is an awesome way to dive in. Thanks so much for the idea!
  • Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen August 9, 2013, 11:43 am
    Oh BBQ pizza sounds delicious! Happy Friday!
  • Ashlee@HisnHers August 9, 2013, 11:48 am
    I never would've thought about that! Cutting carbs with this detox has me craving fluffy bread haha This might be a good replacement though !
  • Sarah August 9, 2013, 1:17 pm
    what a fun pizza recipe!
  • Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures August 9, 2013, 1:53 pm
    That burger looks awesome and so does that BBQ tofu recipe! YAY for trying other blogger recipes! :)
  • Jocelyn @ Peace.Love.Nutrition August 9, 2013, 3:00 pm
    Great idea! I tend to always only eat 1/2 the bun but this way I can have it all : )
  • alexv@egginout August 9, 2013, 3:12 pm
    BBQ sauce DOES make everything awesome!! :P That cauliflower burger bun recipe sounds amazing! I still haven't tried cauliflower pizza crust, but it's something I must make before summer ends. I only have two weeks so I better get going!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl August 9, 2013, 5:52 pm
      Oh, yes! You NEED to try cauliflower pizza crust. I have a recipe here on my blog that you should try out. It is super easy!
  • Alyssa @ Road to RD August 9, 2013, 5:19 pm
    Great looking recipes you've shared!
  • jessielovestorun August 9, 2013, 10:16 pm
    All of these recipes are awesome. I'm really intrigued by the cauliflower "bun" one! Too cool.
  • Meredith August 9, 2013, 11:43 pm
    cauliflower hamburger bun? sounds amazing! happy weekend Hannah!
  • Katherine August 10, 2013, 10:39 am
    I don't like normal tuna, so mock tuna sounds amazing! The texture always was really good, but I didn't like the taste! Okay, I had a cauliflower hamburger bun the other day at my grandma's house and it was amazing!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl August 10, 2013, 12:28 pm
      Aren't they SO good? I loved it! And I bet that the mock "tuna" salad would be great on one!
  • Jamie August 10, 2013, 2:49 pm
    Yum! I want to make that soup asap!!
  • sprint2thetable August 10, 2013, 3:20 pm
    I have been craving pizza hard-core lately... and you made it worse. LOL! Definitely going to be making my cauliflower pizza this week. :)
  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats August 11, 2013, 3:00 am
    I so want to try both those cauliflower pizza buns and that tofu BBQ pizza!! Both have me drooling! Too many recipes to make and not enough time!
  • Sabrina @ Nutritiously Sweet August 11, 2013, 5:54 am
    That pizza sounds delicious! I hear ya, though I am ACTUALLY happy August (and summer) is almost over. Though it has been nice I am just not a summer person at all. Bring on fall and pumpkin :)

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