Something from Nothing

Harry Houdini would be proud. The ‘nothing’ I’m referencing is what I thought I could possibly make for dinner tonight.

But I turned on my thinker and came up with something, a solid meal plan:

Cauliflower & Mushroom Casserole

I don't know who was eating at the corners of this while it cooled.

In the dish:

  • 2 cups cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 pint mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • basic white sauce (whole wheat flour, butter, 1/4 c parmesan)
  • salt, pepper, and garlic powder

I chopped my veggies, cooked up the brown rice, made the white sauce, and threw it all together in a large bowl. Stir, stir, stir. Season. Place into casserole dish. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes.

I served this with some tilapia and an orange Balsamic reduction.

This was my first second attempt an making a balsamic reduction. (I have tried to block out the first try ::blech::) I squeezed the juice from one orange into 1/3 c balsamic vinegar (way too much). Then proceeded to whisk my heart out, until it was nice and thick.

Note: This process creates a very cumbersome aroma. It might not be wise to plan this before having guests in your home, or I suggest you invest in some serious odor-eaters.


Pumpkin Fudge à la HEAB

(3.5 ingredient fudge)

I saw HEAB’s 2-ingredient fudge this week, and I knew I needed to have it in my life. How convenient that I have copious amounts of chocolate and coconut milk on hand? Since this is the easiest base for fudge ever I figured it would be fair to experiment.

Enter pumpkin…

… and cacao nibs…

Come on, patience, I know you’re in there somewhere!

Thanks Heather, from the bottom of my happy belly!


  1. “I don’t know who was eating at the corners of this while it cooled”…um yeah, that was me. Sorry about that. Hehe. :)

    So glad you enjoyed the fudge. I’ve got a big can of Libby’s pumpkin sitting in my cabinet. Can’t wait to try it in my next batch of fudge!

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    • I tried to be patient, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to eating most of the fudge with a spoon, long before it had set. :) So much easier than the recipe off the Fudge container, and far less guilt!

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