Life has a funny way of getting between you and the things you like to do sometimes. Fortunately, for us, it’s been all good things like a wedding, a graduation, various trips out of town, and lots of other happy events.
It had been quite a while since we battled it out in the kitchen. So when Jim called one day last week to ask “how about a Family Food Fight this weekend?”, I was ‘all in’. And, since 3 of us are watching carbs these days, we decided the theme of the challenge would be Atkins-friendly.
We’ve done many themes, many ways (see links below). And, if you look closely, you’ll see a pattern developed over the years. I’m usually the healthy version of the theme, Cassie tends towards desserts or vegetarian, and Jim vacillates between refined bites and I-don’t-even-want-to-know-how-many-calories-is-in-that!
We started challenging each other 4 or 5 years ago with blind picks for a course and then adhering to an agreed upon theme. These ‘battles’ took on a life of their own with jokes, sarcasms (usually directed at me) and serious critiquing and judging whose dish was best.
We were even approached to film an episode for TV, which we did, but nothing’s happened…yet.
The most important thing is we spent the day together, had a lot of fun and we ate well.
This was a very civil affair. None of the usual shenanigans. We selected and prepped our dishes in advance and just assembled and cooked when we got together. We seemed to have mellowed some during the hiatus. We also gained a new challenger because we encouraged Julie, Jim’s wife, to join us.
Julie was up first with dough-less pizza bites…all the yumminess of pizza without the carbs. One version had toppings on a piece of pepperoni; another “the Margherita” was a parmesan crisp with toppings.
Jim made kofta kebobs and leban. (That’s his photo set-up behind him…and that’s why you’ll want to go over to his blog and see really good photos.)
Recipe for Savory Butternut Squash Mini Cheesecakes
I got the idea in my head to make a butternut squash savory cheesecake and then set out to search if there was such a thing. I saw this WW recipe and loosely (very) followed it. I had already prepared the squash and had the flavor profile in mind but I needed to know how much cheese and how many eggs.
Serving Size: mini
*This was a moment of genius. Try it.
Some past Family Food Fights:
Stuffed Slider Surprises and Battle Burger
Vegetarian and Vegetarian
Chopped Mystery Battle
Grilled Pizza and Creative Pizzas
Budget for family of 4 and $10
Feast of San Gennaro