No Excuses Detox proves that creating nutritious, healthy meals doesn’t have to be difficult, no matter the eating dogma you follow. Megan Gilmore, author of Everyday Detox and blogger, guides readers in how to master daily cooking habits that will change the way you think about whole foods and help you better understand how to aid your body’s natural detoxification process.
In No Excuses Detox, Megan presents a collection of satisfying, family-friendly recipes developed with speed, convenience and optimum digestion in mind. The good part, my family loves them!
No Excuses Detox tackle everyday issues of eating by addressing the reasons people fail to stick to a healthy diet – “I’m too busy to cook,” “Healthy food is expensive,” ” I have a family of picky eaters to feed,” and more! This beautifully packaged, artfully photographed, and high-quality book gives readers no excuse to not eat well year around.
I am low carb, so while all the recipes look super yummy, I started with one that was easy to adapt to my needs and would be a great substitute to pasta (because, you know, sometimes you just need some comfort food without sacrificing health.
I opted to make my family Cauliflower Baked Ziti!
Low-Carb Cauliflower Baked Ziti With Italian Sausage
Yield: 4 Servings
Active Time: 15
1 head cauliflower broken into florets
2 Cups low-carb homemade pizza sauce (see below)
1/3 cup grated Percorino Romano cheese
2 cups fresh spinach
2 ounces of cheddar (shredded)
1/2 teaspoon Maldon Sea salt
1. In a medium pot (or dutch oven), combine the cauliflower and pizza sauce and stir well to coat. Bring the sauce to a boil over medium-high heat and,once bubbling, lower the heat to a simmer and cover the pot to let the cauliflower cook until fork-tender, about 15 minutes.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, beat together the eggs, grated Percorino Romano cheese, and salt. Set aside.
3. If adding meat, cook meat, drain and set aside.
4. After the cauliflower is tender, stir in the spinach and simmer to cook off any excess moisture in the pot, to ensure that the final result isn’t watery. Remove the pot from the heat and place into a 9 by 13-inch oven-safe casserole pan (if not using a dutch oven) and stir in egg and cheese mixture and any meat. Top with shredded cheddar cheese.
4. Bake for 30-minutes uncovered until the eggs have set and the cheese is bubbly on top. Allow the dish to cool for 10 minutes, then serve warm. Store leftovers (if there are any, there weren’t in our house) in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5-days.
TIP: Make it ahead. You can prepare this dish as a freezer meal by beating together the pizza sauce, eggs, cheese and salt in a large bowl, then stirring in the raw cauliflower and spinach and cooked meat. Spread the mixture into a 9 by 13-inch oven-safe dish and top with the shredded cheese, then cover and freeze up to 3-months. To heat, thaw in the fridge overnight, then place the dish in a cold oven. (you don’t want to risk a glass dish shattering from a drastic temperature change.) Turn on the oven to 350 degrees F nd bake uncovered until the cheese on top is golden and the eggs in the center of the dish are cooked thoroughly, about 1 hour and 15-minutes.
Net Carbs: 15 g
Fat: 35.3 g
Protein 29.1 g
“Reprinted with permission from No Excuses Detox, copyright © 2017 by Megan Gilmore, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.”
Bonus: Easy No-Cook Low-Carb Pizza Sauce
Yield: 4 .5 – 1 cup servings
Active Time: 10
2 tsp dried parsley (organic)
2 tsp. dried oregano (organic)
1 tsp. red pepper flakes (for added spice)
1 teaspoon Maldon Sea salt
1. In a small pan, heat 1/4 cup avocado oil, and cook garlic until fragrant (about 3 minutes).
2. Add all ingredients (with the exception of water) to a food processor or magic bullet and mix.
3. add water slowly to get your sauce to the consistency that you want it to be. It should be thick enough to stick to the spoon, but not too thick.
4. Add two cups to the above Cauliflower baked ziti and store the rest for up to 5 days in the fridge or divide into 1 cup servings and store in the freezer for up to 3-months.
TIP: Make sure to recalculate macros if you add more or less water.
Nutrition – Pizza Sauce
Net carbs: 11.9 g
Fat: 23.6 g
Protein: 2.8 g
Megan Gilmore is the creator and recipe developer behind Detoxinista, a website that makes healthy living easier and more accessible, and the author of No Excuses Detox. A certified health coach and certified nutritionist consultant, she trained at the institute for Integrative Nutrition and NHI College.