Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Between the delicious food and spending time with friends and family who we are truly thankful for, it’s hard to beat. I’m sharing this Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes over on the Healthy Aperture blog today. Plus, I’m chatting about taking away the stress around holiday eating and ways to incorporate balance.
This Broccoli Cauliflower Salad is light and refreshing, being a perfect addition to your spring menu.
Now that the weather is finally warming up here in NJ, my cooking methods start to shift. Roasting is one of my favorite cooking methods for vegetables, but as the weather warms I begin to not use my oven as frequently.
All winter long I’ve been on a roasted broccoli kick. Broccoli was on my shopping list every week. I am surprised I didn’t get sick of it after a while. This time when I grabbed the broccoli from the fridge, I knew I wanted to do something different.
Instead of roasting this head of broccoli, this time I steamed it. Steaming was never my favorite until I figured out how to perfectly steam broccoli to my liking. Before steamed veggies would always be a little blah and mushy. I like a good crunch to them. Now I gently steam them, then shock them to keep their crisp.
Culinary term: Shocking
“Shocking” is a culinary term that refers to a rapid change in temperature, usually caused by plunging the food into an ice bath. It’s most often used with veggies that are being steamed or boiled.
Oh, don’t forget about the cauliflower. I steamed and shocked that too to keep some crunchy texture to those florets too. This salad is so refreshing and a perfect addition to your spring menu.
In a large pot, steam cauliflower and broccoli in a steamer basket for about 3-4 minutes. Remove from pot and plunge in an ice bath or run under cold water (to stop the cooking process). Drain well and place in a large salad bowl.
In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, dijon mustard, and season with salt and pepper.
Add red onion, almonds, and feta cheese to the broccoli and cauliflower. Toss together with the dressing.
Cauliflower rice can replace rice in any recipe for a low-carb option. Try this Spanish-Style Cauliflower Rice inspired by traditional Spanish flavors.
My fiance’s family is originally from Spain and over the years of us dating, I’ve really come to learn about Spanish cuisine and now love using certain spices that are common in traditional Spanish dishes. One spice that is commonly used is smoked paprika.
What is smoked paprika?
Smoked paprika is a Spanish cousin to the more widely used sweet Hungarian paprika. It’s made from pimiento peppers that have been dried and smoked over an oak fire, then ground into a fine powder. It has a deep red color and a smoky aroma.
Cauliflower rice has become one of my favorite side dishes because it cooks up so quickly, plus it adds a full serving+ of vegetables to a meal.
Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous vegetable (or Brassicaceae) family- along with broccoli, cabbage, kale, Brussel sprouts, and some other less common varieties.
2 medium heads cauliflower, cored and riced (see tips in the note section)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
¾ teaspoon smoked paprika
¾ teaspoon ground cumin
½ cup low-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
salt and pepper, to taste
¼ cup raw almonds, chopped
¼ cup parsley, finely chopped
Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic, until the onion begins to turn translucent and is fragrant. Add the cauliflower and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, until cauliflower is tender. (Be sure to not overcook, or cauliflower will become mushy) Add paprika and cumin. Sauté for an additional minute.
In a small bowl, whisk together the chicken broth and tomato paste until smooth. Add to the skillet and stir to incorporate into the cauliflower rice. Cook for 2-3 minutes until liquid has absorbed and evaporated.
Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with almonds and parsley.
recipe adapted from Paleo magazine
To rice the cauliflower:
option 1: Take a box grater and grate the cauliflower into rice in a bowl
option 2: Place cauliflower florets in a food processor pulse until reach desired rice consistency.
option 3: Buy the pre-riced cauliflower, often found fresh in the produce section or frozen at your local grocery store.
Sneak in more vegetables by revamping a childhood favorite and instead making Cheesy Cauliflower Tots.
Hello… it’s me (please tell me you sang the Adele song in your head as you were reading this) I’ve been a little MIA this past week, because the bf was home on his spring break from PT school and blogging took the back burner. When you are in a long distance relationship, you want to soak in every minute when you can be together! But it’s the perfect time to jump back in to blogging because drumroll please… it’s Recipe ReDux time! This month Recipe ReDuxer’s were challenged to create recipes with 7 ingredients or less.
At work, for National Nutrition Month, I created a fruit and veggie challenge to strive for five fruits and vegetables a day. Each day on the calendar has five little boxes in it that participants can check off as they go along day to day to help them keep up with this challenge. This past week, one of the participants came into my office with doubt that she won’t be able to finish the challenge because she can’t stand to eat steam cauliflower for one more day. I don’t blame her. Steamed cauliflower every day for a month, I would get sick of it too! That conversation inspired me to make this recipe .. and also because Napoleon Dynamite was on TV last weekend – “You gonna eat your tots?”
Vegetables don’t have to be boring! I think this is where most people get stuck in a rut of preparing vegetables the same way over and over again. Simply changing up the cooking method can make all the difference. Have you ever compared steamed cauliflower vs. roasted cauliflower side by side? Big change in flavor, taste, and texture. Now, transform cauliflower into cheesy tots, I think cauliflower just got even more appealing! These tots freeze very well and great for simple veggie side dish.
Preheat oven to 375. Spray mini muffin tins with cooking spray and set aside.
Place cauliflower in a large microwave safe bowl. Dampen a paper towel and place on top of cauliflower pieces. Microwave cauliflower for 2 minutes, until cauliflower is tender. Squeeze out any excess moisture with a dish cloth or paper towels.
Add the egg, parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, panko, garlic powder, and parsley. Mix well to combine.
Add 1 heading tablespoon to each muffin tin. Press to pack down the cauliflower into the tin.
Bake 15-20 minutes, until cauliflower tots are golden brown. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before removing from pan.
Upgrade your game day eats with a healthy new twist. Cauliflower just got an upgrade in “snack-ability” with these Almond Crusted Cauliflower Bites.“This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. Ditch the chips and grab some Game Changing Flavors this football season! Enter for a chance to win the Ultimate Football Party Prize Pack, get great savings and ideas for delicious snack hacks at GameChangingFlavors.com.” We all know fresh cut veggies aren’t the top of everyones list when watching their favorite teams on game day. By sprucing up vegetables with a new healthy twist, game viewers are going to want to keep grabbing for more!
By just adding a little pizzaz, cauliflower just got an upgrade in “snack-ability”. The smokehouse flavor almonds have such great flavor that you don’t need many other ingredients. The crunchy exterior of the almonds and panko give it that “fried” texture, but they are baked making them much healthier. Dig in next time you are watching the game! What football team are you rooting for?
1/2 cup Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds, finely chopped
1/4 cup whole wheat panko
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Whisk together the eggs in a small bowl to create an egg wash. In a separate bowl, combine the Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds with the whole wheat panko breadcrumbs.
Dip each cauliflower floret in the egg wash, then coat with the almond mixture. Place on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until cauliflower florets are fork tender and almond coating is golden brown.
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