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Cheesy Sausage and Cauliflower Casserole
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Today is a cold rainy day where I live! It’s a perfect day to make this super easy and filling cheesy sausage casserole. It’s warm, comforting and exactly what I crave on cold rainy days!

Don’t be fooled by the title and picture, while this casserole looks like a cheat meal it’s actually low carb and on the light side due to using low fat cheese!

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I used a spicy chicken sausage to add depth of flavor and contrast the creamy cheese and cauliflower. You could also use chicken or bulk spicy pork sausage, just make sure to fully cook it before using it!

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You can also play with the type of cheese. Cheddar cheese, cream cheese or Swiss could all be fun flavors to try, jut note that those will increase the calories in this dish.

This is a great meal prep recipe or weekend dinner, enjoy!

Cheesy Sausage and Cauliflower Casserole

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower, chopped into florets

  • 4 Spicy turkey sausages, pre-cooked and sliced 

  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder 

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 

  • 1 cup of low fat ricotta cheese

  • 2 cups low-fat mozzarella cheese, plus 1/2 cup more for topping  

  • 1-2 cups baby spinach

  • Olive oil for greasing pan

  • Salt and pepper to taste 

Instructions 

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a deep casserole dish and set aside. 

In a large bowl, add onion powder, garlic powder, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese and spinach. Stir well to combine. Add cauliflower florets and sausage and stir. 

Pour into prepared casserole dish and top with reserved mozzarella cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes until cheese on top is brown and cauliflower is crisp tender. 



Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins 
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Zippy lemon, sweet blueberries and crunchy poppy seeds combine to make this easy muffin that delivers big flavor. I love to make these for the weekend and eat them with some scrambled eggs and a big cup of coffee!! They are just sweet enough that I feel like I’m indulging in a treat, but not so sweet that it resembles a cake! 

In this recipe I only used 1/4 cup of sugar in the muffins as the sweet blueberries add enough sugary goodness! Adding lemon extract is very important with this recipe as well, I tried just zest and lemon juice and the lemon flavor was too subtle. Lemon extract is found in the baking aisle next to the vanilla extracts! 

Enjoy!

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Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Makes about 16 muffins

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup all purpose flour 
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour  
  • 1/4 cup sugar  
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds 
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt  
  • 1 medium egg 
  • 1 cup plain non-fat yogurt 
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil  
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract 
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice  
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. In a medium bowl mix egg, yogurt, coconut oil, lemon extract, lemon juice and lemon zest. Fold wet ingredients into bowl with flour and stir just until combined. Evenly divide into two 12-cup muffins tins lined with paper baking cups. Bake for 15 minutes until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.