Cauliflower Herbed "Rice"

Herbed cauliflower rice is a cozy staple over here in these chilly winter months. Make a batch of this as a base and use as you would with real rice. Top with other veggies, sauces, and protein sources for a complete meal.

Cauliflower Herbed Rice, Phot:

Cauliflower Herbed Rice, Phot:

Ingredients:

  • Cauliflower - 1 head, raw

  • Olive oil

  • 1 onion

  • Herbs and spices: rosemary, oregano, sage, etc.

To make: Cut cauliflower head into smaller sections. In a few batches, add to a food processor or blender and pulse until you get the desired consistency. If you don’t have a food processor, you could cut the cauliflower by hand into the smallest pieces. (It takes forever, but I have done it a few times when I didn’t have a powerful food processor).

Dice onion, sauté in a skillet with oil and a dash of salt and pepper. When onions are cooked down a bit (5-8 mins), start adding the cauliflower “rice” and stir regularly. Cauliflower should soften in 3-5 mins. Sprinkle with herbs (herbs de Provence mixture or similar — rosemary, marjoram, oregano, sage, thyme) and mix well.

Nutrients galore: Cauliflower rice is a gluten free version of something like couscous - same consistency. It’s an excellent source of potassium, vitamin B-6 & Vitamin C. Magnesium and calcium too!

Holiday Salad

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Holiday dishes don’t need to be heavy or overly salty or sugary to still be a treat. This vegan salad is an excellent (and easy to throw together) side dish for a larger meal or a stand-alone salad.
Ingredients:

  • Kale

  • Mandarin oranges

  • Pomegranate seeds

  • Hemp seeds

  • Walnuts

  • Olive oil

  • Lemon juice

  • Mustard

For the dressing: Whisk together fresh lemon juice, mustard, and olive oil.

For the salad: Roughly chop kale, add pomegranate seeds, mandarin slices, hemp seeds, and crushed walnuts. Top with salad dressing and add black pepper to taste.

Messy messy messy … but worth it !

Messy messy messy … but worth it !

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Smoked Salmon Salad

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Salad includes: romaine lettuce, Tuscan kale, tomatoes, wild caught smoked salmon, olive oil, sea salt, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, lemon juice.

Start by tenderizing the kale - cut into bite-sized pieces and drizzle with olive oil + lemon juice. Using your hands, massage the oil/lemon into the kale until it starts to wilt.

[If you can’t get behind the idea of “massaging kale”, you can drizzle with oil/lemon and let it sit overnight]

Add freshly washed romaine lettuce to the bowl + tomatoes + pumpkin seeds + hemp seeds. Drizzle with additional oil, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt to taste.

Hemp seeds are an excellent addition to meals bringing protein, plant-based fat, iron, thiamin, zinc, phosphorous, etc. To incorporate more hemp seeds into your diet, consider using as a topping for yogurt, oatmeal, pasta dishes, and blending into smoothies …