The Craft Patch: Pinterest Tested: Cauliflower Pizza and Refrigerator Oatmeal

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Pinterest Tested: Cauliflower Pizza and Refrigerator Oatmeal

Welcome to Pinterest Tested! Ever wonder if that miracle cleaner is really miraculous? Or what about that homemade facial cleanser or delicious-looking recipe? The Craft Patch is the place to find out! I am testing Pins that catch my eye to see if they really live up to the claims made on Pinterest. It's like the Mythbusters of Domesticity!
Today I am testing two healthy recipes I pinned.

First up, Cauliflower Pizza

I had to try this one just because it seemed so strange (and I happened to get two heads of cauliflower in my weekly produce basket).
The crust is made from shredded cauliflower! You can go to the original post for recipe details, but here is a list of what's in the crust:
2 cups shredded cauliflower
1 egg
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. salt

Here's what my pizza looked like when I baked it up:




 And I'm introducing a new rating system for all my Pinterest Tested posts. The cauliflower pizza gets:


Yep, it was a Pin-Between. I liked it, the kids ate it, even my anti-health-food husband liked it okay. But we didn't LOVE it. It used a ton of cheese, which can get pricey and high-calorie. It was definitely not as good as a Deep Dish Pizza Hut Pizza. That said, if we had restricting dietary considerations, I think we would have been thrilled to find a way to make pizza without gluten.

Next Pin up for testing is Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal.

Another healthy recipe that seemed intriguing. The recipe is:

1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick oats)
1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt (or regular yogurt is fine too)
1/4 cup milk
fruit/mix in of choice (I used frozen raspberries and tried 1/2 a peach once too.)
dash of vanilla

You mix all that up in a container and refrigerate overnight.

The next morning, breakfast looks like this:

Overnight oatmeal gets this rating:


It's a Pin Winner! I love the stuff. You eat it cold, so I would describe it as more like eating yogurt than oatmeal, even though it has oatmeal in it. It's more like a parfait or something. But however you want to describe it, it's a delicious, healthy, no-sugar breakfast that takes no AM prep time, which I love since I usually resemble a grumpy old bear most mornings. I have made this for breakfast a dozen times in the last couple weeks. Can't wait to try my sister's favorite flavor add ins: peanut butter, applesauce and cinnamon. Doesn't that sound good?!

13 comments:

  1. Hey there! I read your blog all the time but I've never commented before. I make the overnight oatmeal stuff a lot! I'm a college student so it's super easy for me when I'm on the run in the morning and I even made it easily when I lived in the dorms last year.

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  2. Catherine,

    I'm glad you've been enjoying my blog and congrats on your first comment! :)

    I love the convenience of the oatmeal too... I always make sure I have some ready for mornings I know will be busy.

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  3. They look delicious! And I like your new Pin Winner ratings - great idea!

    I was wondering how you watermark all your pictures - I am interested in doing it, but I don't have any fancy software, so I'm not sure if I can. Thanks Jen

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  4. Missy-

    I use Photoshop Elements to make my watermarks. There is a free program similar to Photoshop called Gimp that you could look into downloading. Then the watermark is easy: you just set the opacity at about 50% on regular text. Hope that helps.

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  5. I have been stalking your blog for awhile now. I hope to be as crafty as you when I am a mom and when I finally become an elementary school teacher. I have a question,I happened to notice the reference to weekly poduce basket, did you happen to get any of the mangoes that were recalled? How did you go about making sure that your other produce was safe? I happened to actually get the samonella from it and I just wondered if what I did was safe enough to eat from our produce bins again. (I threw EVERYTHING which mean 1 brand new basket, a half of basket, plus the extra stuff I bought that were not in the baskets away, then used lysol antibacterial multi purpose cleaner and hot water, let the bins soak for 15 mins, then rinsed and dried out)

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  6. Melinda,

    Thankfully, I haven't ordered a basket in a few weeks (we've been busy and have a lot of friends with overflowing gardens). If you soaked things in Lysol for 15 minutes, that will definitely kill any lurking germs. Good luck and I'm sorry you got sick!

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  7. I've been wondering about the cauliflower pizza, too.

    The overnight oatmeal is my new favorite thing. I eat it every day! So good. You can play with so many flavor combinations, too.

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  8. Just to clarify, do you use cooked oatmeal for this recipe or is it raw?
    Thanks,
    Susan

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  9. Susan, you use raw oats for this recipe! That's part of the magic...they are soft and delicious by morning!

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  10. Thanks, Jennifer!
    ~Susan

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  11. How long can you leave the oatmeal in the fridge?

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  12. Amber-

    I would say that you could leave it in the fridge for as long as the individual ingredients are good for. Probably 3-5 days, depending on what fruit you add...berries get moldy really fast, but other fruit has a longer life.

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  13. I do something similar with steel cut oats. No measuring required so it's super easy. Pour raw steel cut oats in a Tupperware container enough to cover the bottom in an even layer. Add handful of raw whole almonds and handful of frozen blueberries. Add enough water to cover ingredients. Pop top on container and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, drain off the water and eat it like cereal in a bowl with almond milk or mix oats with plain or flavored Greek yogurt. Can also be warmed up, too. This has cured my husband's fiber requirement.
    Love mixing up the nuts and frozen fruit for variety: shredded coconut, raw sunflower seeds, frozen cherries just experiment.

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