25 September 2013

Subbing In

fluro boucle

Sweater: Asos fluro boucle (same in petite or grey or chartreause, sim)
Tee: J.Crew Max and Molly art (worn here - other fun dog tees here, here, here)
Pants: Loft ripstop cargo (worn here - sim knit, sim, sim)
Necklace: c/o JewelMint (worn here - sim, sim, gold/blue)
Bracelets: Sage K and Co (sim, sim), Tag Heuer
Ring: Tiffany 1837 (this year's version, sim thinner)
Shoes: Adrienne Vittadini yancy (worn here - sim, sim, sim) - almost October and still wearing sandals!
Bag: Coach poppy flight bag in metallic mirror (worn here - same mini, sim, larger)

fluro boucle  fluro boucle

I am one of those people in the world who actually really like cauliflower in pretty much all forms this actually worked out well, so it wasn't a reach when I recently tried to make one of those cauliflower pizza deals that seem en vogue on the foodie blogs nowadays (here's the recipe I tried).

It was actually not atrociously hard nor did it taste bad. It looked good. It smelled good. The crust actually held together and toasted nicely. I topped mine with chicken sausage, mushrooms, some fresh basil and considered myself both virtuous and victorious for dinner.

 cauli crusted

A couple of things I will probably change for my next go-around with this recipe though -
  • When they tell you to wring as much moisture out of the cauliflower as possible, they are not kidding. The more moisture that is out of the crust, the chewier and more solid (less soggy) your crust will be.
  • I will probably skip on the mushrooms and apply less sauce. One again, anything to keep the crust dry and together.
  • Leave the cauliflower in the fridge drawer and call Papa John's. Who am I kidding, that shit isn't pizza, and any blogger than tells you otherwise is lying to herself because she's suffering from carb withdrawal.
Do you like trying subs for ingredients in order to make certain foods more health-conscious? What do you do? Are there some foods you don't consider worth subbing?  

fluro boucle  fluro boucle
Linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy and Tara at Mix and Match Fashion.

76 comments:

  1. That "pizza" looks amazing and so do you as always. A very natural and effortlessly chic look on you today :)

    Can't wait to try out that recipe!

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  2. OMG - I just read your last bullet!! You are so funny. On the real, there are only some days when subs will do, right!?!

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    1. I know! Note to self, when wanting pizza, go get some pizza!

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  3. Love this look! So casual yet chic! Orange is so nice on you. And those shoes are cute!!
    I rarely cook so can't comment on the subs...

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  4. Love how you did your hair here, it's gorgeous! I think I'm going to try it myself, actually! :) And I'm discovering I like cauliflower quite a bit, too. I'm impressed with the ways that specialty diets have come up with to use cauliflower -- as a substitute for grain, for example. I'm tempted to try some of these myself!

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    1. Hair spray and a bobby pin! ;o)

      I haven't tried a ton of cauli recipes yet, but so far the cauli fried rice has been my fave. I think I may try the mashed version next.

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  5. I am going to have to try that crust. I think my mom has tried this and she recommended it but sometimes she eats weird things.

    Btw, dying at that last point

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    1. Haha, well I definitely eat weird things - I think your mom and I would get along grandly! ;o)

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  6. ha ha! I've kind of wanted to try this but since I'm just staying away from the whole idea of pizza I figure why go through the bother?

    I am a semi vegetarian (I eat fish and sometimes a bit of chicken) so this wouldn't bother me but at the same time I'd still know it's not "pizza". If you don't eat pizza every day I think you could go for the real deal.

    I will substitute prunes, figs or other fruit in recipes to cut back on the sugar. I will also add wheat germ, flax seed and oats when baking. And I will often put in yogurt or olive oil instead of butter. So I guess I realized I'm a substitute aholic! LOL.

    One thing I will never substitute out is anything for chocolate. I need the real stuff. Besides...it's good for you.

    I love your hair here. You look super young and fresh.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. I've been using Greek yogurt in place of sour cream and mayo in a lot of recipes and have been pretty pleased with the results. Onion dip mixed with plain Greek yogurt to dip veg into is one of my new faves (and a great way to get Me to eat my veg!)

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  7. I also like cauliflower, but the thought of wringing the water out of it tires me out before I would even try to do it. And, then, there's no fooling the kids. They definately aren't going to eat this! I do make my own thin crust pizza, using low-fat mozzarella, parmesan cheese and olive oil, so it's not that bad for you (maybe). I think when making desserts - no subs - I like brownies with chocolate and butter, because I don't make them that often anyway, and I want it to taste good!! I suppose if there was a really unhealthy food that I made all the time, I would consider substitutes.

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    1. Crust made with mozz and parm? Sounds cheesily delish!

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  8. I would like to try this, but probably only if someone made it for me. :) I'm not ambitious enough. It looks delicious though! I love cauliflower, so I think I'd like it. I almost spit out my coffee at your last bullet, lol!

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    1. The weirdest part was trying to squeeze out all the water from the shredded cauli - who knew that veg had so much water in it?

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  9. Lisa, the pizza looks delish!! Thanks for sharing this - will definitely add it to my kitchen adventures list.
    Also, your outfit is cute and comfortable looking!

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  10. I love this blazer, so pretty Lisa! So funny about the "pizza" it does look good though :)
    Ginny

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  11. Haha, you are hilarious! Pizza is pizza to me and I don't think I'd try the cauliflower substitute.

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    Sept. Group Giveaway!

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  12. Ha! I do love cauliflower, but do not think I want to mess with a crust. I do like the cauliflower buffalo "wings"... but I don't think i would say it compares with wings...I did just like the taste. The other sub that is NOT a sub is spaghetti squash for actual pasta. Not happening. It still tastes like squash and it is NOT pasta. I will keep my carbs, thank you very much :)

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    1. I keep hearing about people doing that squash thing in place of actual pasta and unfortunately I'm not keen on the idea. With the tomato sauce, it sounds like chunky veg soup to me. ;o)

      (Though I'm trying to eat healthier, so I should be more open to these things!)

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  13. Bwhahahaahah! Hilarious. I used to like cauliflower until I was old enough to realize that my dad was stir-frying it with bits of bacon!!!

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    1. Ooh, cauli with bacon. Everything is better with bacon.

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  14. I couldn't be more in love with this outfit!! That sweater is FABULOUS and I love how you styled it with the heels and more casual cargos. I wish I were wearing those cargos right now :-)

    I'm impressed with your experimentation with foods. I'm so UNcreative in the kitchen it's not even funny. If I don't have an exact recipe to follow (or if it doesn't come out of a box) I'm lost. And I think I'll leave the pizza making to the experts ;-)

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    1. I'm totally a recipe follower myself - my personal "rule" is that the first time I try a recipe, I follow it pretty much exactly. If I try it again, then all bets are off. Which explains why most times I can't repeat the same initial goodness! ;o)

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  15. My taste buds have been completely out of whack, but this pizza does look very good! And so does your outfit! I love the trousers!

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  16. Ahahaha I seriously LOLed on that last one and got some strange looks. I agree, I've tried some substitution recipes before and while I've had some that are okay they are definitely NOT like the original, like not even close.

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  17. I'm glad you were "real" about this and didn't rhapsodize about how amazing the pizza was and so much better for you, etc. It was good, but it ain't pizza is just fine with me!
    -Ash
    www.thestylizedwannabe.com

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    1. I'm just sitting here wanting some pizza now at 10pm! ;o)

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  18. HAHAHA! My husband and I are low carbers and have this recipe on our to do list. I saw your post - and read to him. We were both excited - reading through your post and the final bullet made us both roll on the floor with laughter.

    We are still going to try but thanks for adjusting our expectations.

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    1. It's not bad, but don't expect to be blown away by a pizza sub. ;o) I thought the cauliflower as the rice sub in fried rice worked out better, IMO.

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  19. I have been wanting to do the cauliflower recipe for a while.... but have been too busy to.
    Let me tell you, this looks GOOD.

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    1. I was actually quite proud of myself after I threw the rest of the basil on top - it does look Good. And honestly it didn't tast bad - but pizza it is Not.

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  20. Looks delicious - I've subbed cauliflower for other things, but never a crust!

    Love your jacket - I've never bought anything from Asos, can you share what size/how the jacket fits??

    <3 Lauren

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    1. Asos is Euro sizing, so it fits a bit smaller than normal US sizes. I normally order one size up from my normal US size and it hits the mark most of the time. Good time with Asos is that shipping and returns are free, so you could always order two sizes of something to try. Hope this helps!

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    2. Thanks - I'll give it a shot. Trying to decide between colors now...

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  21. Pizza looks so yummy. I, too, like cauliflower and love to pile that up with creamy cheesy sauce :)

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    1. Broccoli with cheese sauce was one of my faves when I was little - though my parents would lazy-out sometimes and just nuke a slice of American cheese over steam broccoli, haha.

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  22. I had been wanting to try this! But now I am not sure. It sounds complicated and I am not good at complicated in the kitchen. Thank you for your honest assessment. lol

    Have you tried cauliflower mash? I love it as a substitute for mashed potatoes. I swear I can't tell the difference. Plus, it's super easy.
    xo,cynthia

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    1. I haven't tried cauli mash yet, but that's next on my to-try-with-cauli list. Thanks for the reminder!

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  23. super cute! love your neon orange tweed jacket.. so a unique and unusual twist for a tweed jacket but i love it! looks so fresh on you!

    omggggg that's cauliflower?! that's SOOOO ingenious!!! i'm so going to try this i love cauliflower and i love pizza lol but don't love the calories haha!

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    1. It's not bad, but it def doesn't taste like pizza! ;o)

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  24. I am totally in love with that jacket, great color!

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  25. love your outfit!!! you look great!!!

    www.sophiasstylediary.blogspot.de

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  26. Lisa, those shoes! Love! I also love cauliflower, but I've never heard of using it as a Pizza crust..hmm...

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    1. If you like cauliflower, I think it may be worth trying. But don't expect it to taste like pizza! ;o)

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  27. While that is something I would definitely try, and probably enjoy, I agree you need to call a spade a spade and not pretend it is some sort of substitute for pizza!

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    1. Yeah, there were some sites that were all like, "mm, mm, tastes just like real pizza." No ... not at all ...

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  28. Haha! There are definitely times when the real deal is the only thing that will do! I feel that way about fat free cheese--what's the point, right?

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    1. I went through this phase where I tried a bunch of "diet" foods but they were all highly processed and didn't even taste good. No sub for the real thing sometimes!

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  29. Ha! Well, it was worth a shot:) I've tried a few different paleo "pizzas" and while some were edible, I have come to the conclusion that if I want pizza, I'm just going to eat pizza.

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    1. My fave pizza is ham and pineapple, so that's kind of healthy, isn't it? ;o}

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  30. Wow! That pizza looks amazing! You made me pin the cauli fried rice, and now this! haha
    Your jacket is amazing BTW - your entire look is great - love it!
    -Carylee
    morepom.blogspot.com

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    1. The cauli rice I would def do again - this pizza ... hm, maybe ...

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  31. What a great jacket - love the color and it looks so fun with the tee! I bought a spiral slicer a few months and make zucchini noodles with them I love spaghetti squash as well but since they are seasonal to use a noodles, I tend to make more zucchini noodles. I use lettuce to replace my taco shells and make cauliflower rice. Now if I can find a healthy substitute for donuts :)

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. I can probably save some calories if I just eat the glaze for the donuts, though I'd eat it by the spoonful probably ...

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  32. love your shoes

    http://differentcands.blogspot.kr/

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  33. Cute outfit !

    what about following each other on several networks : GFC/FB and Instagram for example ?
    Kisses
    Hannah
    Elegantesque Blog

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  34. I love those sandals! My husband and I (more him though) are healthy food fan, so here at home we try to eat more tofu.. so sub chicken with tofu, meat with tofu.. kind of boring but hey, they are healthy so why not, right?

    Mrs C of MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES
    http://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.ae/

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    1. I love tofu but my BF can't stand it - so I typically save that for meals for one.

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  35. I loooove this outfit! And laughed at your "call papa johns" line... way to keep it real! haha

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  36. The pizza reminds me of sushi pizza, except that I guess a rice crust is not as carb friendly as cauliflower. I'm not a big fan of subbing things because I feel like it always leaves you wanting the real thing.

    Great outfit. I like how you paired the watch and the bracelet.

    Liana
    frockandhound.blogspot.com

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    1. Sushi pizza? I must go Google that - because sushi and pizza are two of my favorite types of food. But together? I don't know ... ;o)

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  37. Yum that pizza looks so good!! And I love your cute little sweater! Adorable.

    xo

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  38. Seriously LOL at this. I've subbed some applesauce for butter in a recipe before, but that's about it. If I'm making cake, I want to eat actual yummy cake. I noticed years ago that if I tried to eat the lower cal/lower fat version of some foods I just ended up eating more to feel that sense of satisfaction.

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    1. I totally know what you mean - I used to do that too. Bad me!

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  39. In love with this outfit - super comfy and versatile. Can definitely wear this for shopping, dinner, or just about anything!

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  40. I love that you were totally honest about the pizza. My take on substitute foods is they are not the real food, and they do not taste the same... it's something different and that's okay. I remember hearing Oprah once say that yogurt with fruit "Tastes just like ice cream!", and I thought, "No, Oprah, it does not. It's tastes like yogurt and fruit, which is just fine."

    I also agree 100% with Natalie: when I'm having cake I want cake! I'll just make sure my other meals are full of veggies and that I'm on-track with my exercise program.

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  41. I don't love cauliflower but that looks good :) I really want to try that ;)

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

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  42. I got to number 3 and fell in love with you. Thanks for the laugh. I was thinking that after numbers one and two, but I was glad I read on.

    Your outfit is great, by the way! I love the colors and cool tee!

    Jenni

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  43. Love the textures cardi with that great graphic tee!
    Great Look!
    XX, Elle
    http://mydailycostume.com/

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  44. Hahaha, that is what I would have done in the first place: phone for a decent pizza provider to come and deliver one. I would not even have tried to make one myself. So you are better than me.
    Great outfit by the way. Love the colour on you and the effortless chic vibe.
    Greetje

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  45. Cauliflower pizza sounds and looks so delicious! I love your pretty outfit, too!

    Xo, Hannah

    sweetsweetnoir.net

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  46. I love the t-shirt, your outfit is very pretty!

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  47. YOU ARE HILARIOUS LISA. On a Style Note: I love how you made your Cargo Crops so Chic with that Tweedy Blazer, Graphic Tee & Beautiful Long Necklace. I must try Cargo Crops like yours with some Tweed. This is perfectly layered for early Fall.

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