All the flavors of your favorite salad in an appetizer! Skinny Hot Caprese Dip is lighter thanks to a secret ingredient, greek yogurt, gooey mozzarella, tomatoes and fresh basil!
Today is one of those days that I am having trouble putting my thoughts into words. One of those days that I feel like I have 792084 tabs open on my computer.
My thoughts ping ponging around and never landing on one thought long enough to finish it.
And having this Skinny Hot Cheesy Caprese Dip staring at me is just another tab open.
Let’s say life has been overwhelming lately. I was hoping as the weeks went on in June, that things would slow down a bit. I would catch a breather but it seems that each week is speeding up, each week with more force. While I am one of those people that has to be on the go all the time, I have a tendency to burn the candle at both ends. Resulting in me crashing and burning.
I have this idea of where I would like to be with my blog. Who doesn’t have an ideal position for their company? But it seems as I create these ‘ideas’ I create more stress in my life. As if one step below that idea isn’t sufficient enough. When in reality, I am doing pretty darn good if you ask me.
Last time we had a little heart to heart, I voiced that I wanted to step away from the blog more to spend time with my family, friends, relaxing, creating more zen in my life. And thankfully I have. I am very grateful that I live very close to my family and spend quality time with them. It’s those moments that I look back on and bring a smile to my face. But once I am back in work mode, my overwhelming to-do list adds stress back onto me that I just released from giving myself some space. That is not the zen I was thinking of.
And not to mention the whole pregnancy thing. I am very in tune with my body and the constant changes, hormones going crazy and body aches are starting to get to me. Who wouldn’t they effect at some time? I am having a hard time dealing with my changing body and sadly, it messes with my state of mind. Upon getting pregnant, I was relieved! It actually felt like a huge weight off our shoulders as with a hormone imbalance already diagnosed, the doctors told me it could take me quite some time to get pregnant. So with that information, we didn’t mind starting early and luckily, we didn’t have issues. Something to be very thankful for and we for sure are!
The whole starting a family is scary. The thoughts of being a good parent, providing for you child, the list goes on and on, start to trail through my head. And not to mention, this blog. I already feel like somedays, I am just trying to survive, let alone throwing a baby into the mix. I am sure I will take some time off to cherish those first moments with our baby, but the idea of running a blog and running our household and still providing for our household seems daunting. And speaking with other blogging moms, its no rose garden. Hello added stress.
For someone that likes order and see’s things as black and white, my thoughts and emotions are all over the place. Ideally, I would love to be one of those people that doesn’t stress but unfortunately that is one trait I inherited. I love making sure everything will get done and everyone is happy. When viewed in that light, it doesn’t seem that bad. But the stress I add to my life is unnecessary.
Over the years, I have learned little tricks to deal in moments like this, and one is expressing your thoughts. I have a tendency to keep emotions bottled up. But having a community, people I can turn to, is reassuring. A community that builds you up, rather than adding stress to your life or making your worries seem belittled with their stresses.
This past week in yoga was all about community. Creating that sense of belonging in a world of differences. Everyone presents a different trait and those traits is what makes us all beautiful. Flaws and all. I have my own flaws. Quite a few but each day I am trying to overlook those and see the positive traits I hold.
At the end of our yoga class, she left us with a bit of motivation and I immediately became obsessed with it.
This instantly makes me want to be a better person each day. I believe so much of my stress comes from comparing myself to what I think I should be, look like and what milestone’s I should have accomplished by now. Rather I need to compare myself to the person I am yesterday! I hope this this is the silver lining in your day!
Whoa. Heart to heart! After that, let’s talk about some cheesy goodness, shall we?
The secret ingredient? Cauliflower!
I swear this veggie is the trick of all trades. From just plain roasting to rice to now a silky dip! And its super simple. Just steam the cauliflower, puree in a blender then mix with greek yogurt, gooey mozzarella and few cherry tomatoes and you are all ready to go. After a quick trip in the oven, a skillet full of melted cheese is ready to be devoured!
Now I can say having a dip like this will take some of the worries away!
- ½ teaspoon salt, plus more to salt boiling water
- 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 cup plain, fat free greek yogurt
- 8 oz fresh mozzarella, diced
- 1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
- Handful fresh basil
- For Serving, Vegetables, crackers, whole grain bread
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Boil the cauliflower florets in a large pot of salted boiling water until just fork tender, about 3-5 minutes; drain and transfer to the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Add the garlic powder and puree. Add to a large bowl.
- Stir in the greek yogurt, cheese and most of cherry tomatoes, reserving some to sprinkle on top. Mix well.
- Transfer to a baking dish, at least a 9x9. Sprinkle with remaining cherry tomatoes.
- Add to preheated oven. Bake for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
- Garnish with sliced basil and serve immediately.
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