Veggie Bomb Cauliflower Fried Rice

cauliflower-fried-riceHello there! Happy Tuesday! Thanksgiving is just 2 days away and my brain has been buzzing on all of the different kinds of things that I can whip up and bring to the holiday gathering. I love this time of year with all of the different festive events, decorations and extra family and friends time.

With these specific times of year making my creative thoughts flow extra strong, I seem to get more interesting with recipes I’ve been making for some time in my queue. A couple weeks ago, I jazzed up my Cauliflower Fried Rice recipe. It’s a great alternative to your typical fried rice dish, with white or brown rice (or another rice of your choice). It allows the dish to be lower in carbohydrates, fits into a Paleo regimen if that’s your gig, your grain-free, or you just don’t like rice 😀 LOL!

Like I said, I’ve been making this recipe for a long time now, and it is on the recipe circuit everywhere with fellow health, wellness, clean-eating foodie bloggers, however the other night I amped up the recipe, and created it into a veggie bombastic cauli rice, and I HAD to share (although not really Thanksgiving-y 😀 ). This can be a a side dish or a main dish. You can also make it NON-vegetarian and NON-vegan, if you like, by adding a protein of your choice, ideally the protein being already cooked, however. Check it out!

Ingredients:

  • ½ large head of Cauliflower – made into a rice consistency in a food processor
    • From the above process, it should make about 2 cups Cauliflower “Rice”
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • ½ cup Carrots, chopped
  • ½ Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Green Onion, chopped
  • 6 White Mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ cup Green Beans, snipped into smaller pieces (string, fresh)
  • ½ cup Broccoli, snipped into small florets
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • 1 whole Egg
  • Tamari (gluten-free), to taste OR Coconut Aminos
  • Sea Salt, to taste
  • Black Pepper, to taste

NOTE: To create cauliflower “rice” – take head of cauliflower, chop roughly into florets, place in food processor and pulse until it takes on a rice consistency:

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Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, sauté the garlic and onion in coconut oil, over medium heat
  2. Add in the carrots and a tiny splash of water to prevent sticking, and cook for 3 minutes
  3. Add the mushrooms, green beans and broccoli, and cook for another 2 minutes
  4. Add the green onion and egg, which will start to cook quickly
  5. Add in the cauliflower rice, along with a splash of tamari or coconut aminos, salt and pepper
  6. Stir to combine and heat through, about 3-5 minutes
  7. Adjust the seasonings to taste, then serve

**Putting a TWIST on the DISH:

Print Recipe: veggie-bomb-cauliflower-fried-rice

 

Enjoy!

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Thanksgiving + Football = Bacon-Wrapped Avocados

Bacon Wrapped Avocados

Well, it is almost that time of year – actually less than 24 hours away! We are all collectively drawn together this particular Thursday in late November to conjure up meals that consist of new recipes, the good ol’ traditional recipes, recipes altered to fit new lifestyles, and so on. Most often, the precursor to the turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie, there are the spreads of appetizers that make you sometimes too full to eat the main course! Originally, we made this snack on Super Bowl Sunday and it was a crowd pleaser to the football get-together attendees.

If you are looking for something different to add to that display of the Thanksgiving snacks, which pairs lovely with the traditional pigskin (no pun intended) chaos going on the TV all day, this is a great one to plug in. You can use TURKEY BACON if you aren’t into pork. With this recipe we of course used uncured, organic bacon. Although we have not attempted it, I’m sure this recipe can be made sans meat, using a VEGAN bacon product. So maybe this recipe can be for all diet lifestyles 😉

  • 1 package of Bacon (pork or turkey) – for pork we used Applegate Organic Sunday Bacon – uncured, minimally processed, casein, gluten and dairy free – this company has wonderful Turkey Bacon that we use, as well
  • 2 and 1/2  Avocados (organic)
  • Chili Powder
  • Sea Salt – optional (for light sprinkling after done baking)

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Cut the avocado into equal slices
  4. Wrap each avocado slice with bacon – one piece of bacon should be good for 1-2 avocado slices
  5. Sprinkle chili powder over the slices of bacon-wrapped avocado; line them up on the baking sheet
  6. Put in the oven and bake 12-15 minutes

PRINT RECIPE: Bacon-Wrapped Avocados

Have a blessed day!

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***Original recipe adapted from PaleoLeap

Spicy Chipotle Bean Dip

Chipotle Bean DipIf there is one thing I love whipping up in the kitchen,  it is “appetizer-like” food. I dig experimenting with all sorts of ingredients that can form into a great dish to bring to a party, have out for game day chow, or even pair with wine or special cocktails. There is an endless list of appetizer/snacks that can be created. I tend to find something, tweak it, and make it my own… and then next time I do it, it will become something even more fabulous because I will add or delete something (or a little less fab, you never know 😉 ) – it’s my creative side coming out, what can I say 😉

Anyways, the other day while playing in the kitchen, while occasionally glancing to watch football with my honey, I decided to try this dip out. It turned out to be AMAZING (if I do say so myself) with just enough kick, to serve with pita, chips or crackers (all gluten or grain free preferably) vegetables, spread it on a wrap or taco…

It has minimal and simple ingredients, making it a quick appetizer to whip up for game day or to bring as a dish to share at a party. It is a tad spicy, but not overbearing. It is a smoky-spice, giving it a rich flavor that is very satisfying.

  • 1 (15-ounce) can Cannellini Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 & ½ Chipotle Peppers in Adobo sauce, or more, to taste
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Dark Chili Powder
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Olive Oil

Chipotle Bean Dip prep

In the bowl of a food processor, combine cannellini beans, chipotle peppers, garlic, lemon juice, cumin and chili powder. With the motor running, add olive oil in a slow stream until emulsified.

PRINT RECIPE: Spicy Chipotle Bean Dip

I’d recommend DOUBLING the recipe, as it goes super fast!! Enjoy!

What the heck is a Cannellini Bean?

Well… for starters it is a cool name for white kidney bean 🙂 . White kidney beans are a protein-rich starchy vegetable, full of vitamins, minerals and an excellent source of dietary fiber. Adding them to your diet offers a variety of health benefits such as promoting digestive health and preventing heart disease. White kidney beans are large and squared at the edges, unlike smaller white beans, such as navy beans. Kidney beans, like other beans and legumes, are rich in both types of dietary fiber — soluble and insoluble. Both forms of fiber offer health benefits. Want more info on these guys? http://www.healwithfood.org/healthbenefits/cannellini-beans.php

XOXO

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Nut-Free Spinach Basil Pesto

Pesto PicSo, we don’t normally have pine nuts hanging around the house, so we needed something that was sans-nuts when creating a pesto. This pesto is AWESOME on gluten-free pasta, veggie noodle pasta, vegetables, homemade flatbreads or pizza, or used as spread on a wrap! It is packed full of flavor. We even used fresh basil from our famous “terrace cotta pot” garden 🙂 .You can also kick it up a notch with a little bit of red pepper flakes. POW! We made the pesto to originally accompany a homemade, flatbread-type pizza one Sunday afternoon (well, the flatbread wasn’t “homemade” – we used Sami’s Bakery gluten-free lavash).

  • 4 cups of fresh Spinach
  • 2 cups of fresh Basil
  • 2 cloves of Garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of Lemon Juice
  • ¼ cup Parmesan Cheese (can be optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of Sea Salt
  • ½ teaspoon of Black Pepper
  • OPTIONAL: 1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes (give or take, depending on how/if you like the kick)
  • 1/3 cup & 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
  1. Add the spinach, basil, garlic, garlic, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper (optional red pepper flakes) in a food processor or high powered blender. Blend for 30 seconds. Slowly pour in the olive oil while the machine is running. Continue to process until the mixture is smooth.
  1. Serve with pasta, veggies, as a spread, etc. The pesto can be stored in a jar or container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. It also freezes well.

If you like a thinner pesto you can add a touch more of the olive oil.

PRINT RECIPE: Spinach Basil Pesto – Nut Free – Recipe

**Although there are many recipes for a from scratch, gluten-free pizza crust or flatbread, Sami’s Bakery is a great source for gluten-free breads, rolls, lavash (a Mediterranean flatbread), pita chips, etc. – www.samisbakery.com . We have access to some of their items at a local natural food store to some of their products, however you can order online, as well. NOTE: Sami’s Bakery technically cannot label their millet/flax, etc. items as “gluten-free” because their facility also makes other products that are made with ingredients that contain wheat or gluten, therefore there is a possibility of traces of them. If you are highly sensitive to these, please research further with them directly if you are interested in checking them out.