Cauliflower Irish Colocannon

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It’s St. Patrick’s Day week!  To celebrate I wanted to make some good old Irish Colcannon, and I was perusing Pinterest, and I came across the following pin.

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Wow!  This recipe looked so incredibly tasty.  However, small problem, I don’t eat potatoes…or a couple of the other ingredients.  So, I made some substitutions here and there, and came up with cauliflower Irish colcannon.  The result?  Amazingness and super healthiness! This dish is REALLY yummy, and makes for a perfect side with some grilled chicken, or something like that.  I actually whipped it up and ate it for lunch.

No matter how or when you decide to serve it, you will love it!

CAULIFLOWER IRISH COLCANNON

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1/2 head green cabbage, cut into thin slices
  • 6 green onions, chopped – whites and greens included
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic granules
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

1.) In separate pans, boil the cauliflower and cabbage.  Boil the cauliflower until very tender and boil the cabbage until tender.

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2.) Drain both.  Add the cauliflower back to the pan you boiled it in.  Add the almond milk, olive oil, garlic granules, sea salt, and pepper.  Use a masher to mash until smooth.

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3.) Add the cooked cabbage and the green onions, leaving a few green onions out for garnish.

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4.) Transfer to a bowl and garnish with green onion.

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Simple, yet so yummy!  Enjoy! 🙂

Strawberry Banana Shake (With Two Full Servings of Veggies!)

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There is no way you would ever guess that this shake has anything healthy in it, let alone two full servings of veggies!  But, I can assure you, it does!  This is a simple shake, but the nutrition this thing contains is anything but simple!  With the three main ingredients being cauliflower, strawberries, and bananas, this should come as no surprise!  Let’s take a look at some of the health benefits of these three amigos!

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So there you have it, this thing is basically a cup full of health and wellness!  Now, you may be thinking that cauliflower is delicious, but in a shake?  Seriously though, you don’t taste it, and because it’s frozen, it actually gives the shake a nice creamy texture!  Just try it!  You won’t be disappointed!

STRAWBERRY BANANA CAULIFLOWER SHAKE

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 2 cups frozen cauliflower (bagged frozen or steamed then frozen)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp. alcohol-free vanilla
  • stevia, to taste

Directions

Place the banana, cauliflower, vanilla, stevia, and 1 cup of almond milk in a blender.  Blend till smooth.  Add the strawberries and the remaining 1/2 cup almond milk.  Blend till smooth.

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Pour into cups to serve.

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YUM!  Enjoy! 🙂

Cauliflower Poppers

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I ❤ Cauliflower!!!  I am just finding more and more recipes that cauliflower lends itself to! The best part?  It’s SO good for you!

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Pretty awesome, huh?  So, as I’m sitting here professing my love for this awesome veggie, I also get to share with you my latest cauliflower creation – Cauliflower Poppers!  These bite-size yummies make for an awesome healthy snack, and you can flavor them in so many different ways.  The recipe I’m going to share with you is just a basic recipe, but you could easily change the seasonings, or add in things like cheese, other veggies, or meat to turn them into whatever you would like!

I used italian seasoning and garlic granules as seasoning (along with a bit of sea salt), and I also added in some chopped red onion.  This concoction dipped in some marinara sauce tastes a bit like pizza!  I think next time, I may add in some cheese, olives, and tomatoes to make them even more pizza themed.  Really, you could make these into little curry bites, taco flavored bites…anything!  The possibilities are endless, so don’t be afraid to get creative!

CAULIFLOWER POPPERS

Ingredients

  • 1 large cauliflower head (about 4 cups of cauliflower rice)
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. garlic granules

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Wash your cauliflower, dry completely, chop into florets, and place the florets in a food processor.  Process on high to create a “cauliflower rice”.

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2.) Add the cauliflower rice, eggs, olive oil, garlic granules, italian seasoning, and onions to a large bowl.  Stir to combine completely.

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3.) Spray a mini muffin tin with olive oil.  Fill the tins with the cauliflower mixture.  Press into tin firmly so it is packed down and will set more easily.  Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes and the cauliflower is lightly browned.

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4.) Use a spoon to remove the cauliflower poppers from the muffin tin.

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YUM-O!  Enjoy! 🙂

 

Cauliflower Casserole

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My beloved cauliflower – is there any dish that you can’t lend yourself to?  I made this cheesy cauliflower casserole, and after making it and gobbling it down, I realized that it really resembled macaroni and cheese, but without the glutenous noodles!  So, if you’re looking for a yummy and healthy alternative to mac and cheese, you’ve gotta give this a try!

On top of it tasting so much like mac and cheese, it’s main ingredient is cauliflower, and you now what that means?  It means that it is loaded with goodness and nutrition!

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Okay, all this healthiness in a dish that tastes like macaroni and cheese – ummmm, awesome, right?

This dish would make an excellent side dish, or it can make for a great meal in itself.  Either way, you will not regret trying this stuff – it’s delicious!

CAULIFLOWER CASSEROLE

Ingredients

  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 Tablespoons brown rice flour
  •  1 cup almond milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheese of your choice (I used goat’s milk cheddar)

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the cauliflower florets.  Cook until the cauliflower just becomes tender (about 5-7 minutes).  Drain and set aside.

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2.) In a large mixing bowl, add your flour followed by your almond milk and beaten egg.  Stir to combine.  Add 1 cup of the shredded cheese to the mixture and stir to combine.

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3.) Add the cauliflower to the mixture and stir to combine and coat completely.

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4.) Place the cauliflower mixture into an 8 x 11 baking dish.  Top with the remaining cup of shredded cheese.

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5.) Bake in the oven at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes until the cheese is slightly brown and bubbly, and the cauliflower is completely tender.

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6.) Use a spatula to cut out individual servings.  Transfer to a plate and serve.

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Super tasty, easy, and so so good for you!  Enjoy! 🙂

Garlic Herb Cauliflower Wraps

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Yes!  Another way to use cauliflower to make something bread-like!  I had some left over vinegar chicken that I made, and I wanted to make a wrap of some sort to put it on.  I didn’t have any buckwheat flour to make my buckwheat wraps, but I did have some cauliflower, so I made a garlic herb cauliflower wrap, and it is awesome!  Gluten and grain free wrap that tastes amazing!

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In this recipe, I used garlic, oregano, basil, and thyme, but you can play around with it and make any flavored wrap you would like.  This is also versatile in that you can easily just tear it into pieces and dip it in guacamole, salsa, or any other dip of your choice.  Like I said, Awe-some!  Of course, it is fantastic for you!  I’ve mentioned the health benefits of cauliflower before, but check out this pin that lists some of it’s health benefits as a friendly reminder as to why we should all make an effort to get this amazing vegetable into our diet!

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I love looking at all the health benefits of a food that I am putting in my body.  It makes me feel GREAT about what I’m eating!  As we see, cauliflower is SO good for us, so this recipe is just another way to enjoy cauliflower and all it’s benefits!

GARLIC HERB CAULIFLOWER WRAPS

Ingredients (makes 2 wraps)

  • 1/2 medium to large cauliflower head cut into florets
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper

2.) Add the cauliflower to a food processor.  Pulse until the cauliflower is in crumbs. Transfer the cauliflower crumbs to a sauce pan.  Add 1/4 cup water, and cook, covered over medium heat for 8 minutes.

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3.) While the cauliflower is cooking, whisk together the eggs, garlic powder, thyme, basil, and oregano in a small bowl.

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4.) When the cauliflower is done cooking, drain any excess water, then place the cauliflower in a dishtowel.  Wrap in the dishtowel and ring out as much water as possible.  Add the cauliflower to the eggs and herbs and mix thoroughly.

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5.) Pour the mixture to form two round circles on your prepared baking sheet.

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6.) Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 15-17 minutes until set.

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7.) Transfer to a wire rack to cool.  Once cool, place your filings on top of the wrap.  I used vinegar chicken, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, plain yogurt, and a bit of shredded hard goat cheese.  I seasoned it with sea salt and pepper.

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8.) Fold your wrap over.

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YAY! Another use for cauliflower, and a delicious one at that!  Enjoy! 🙂

Cauliflower Chocolate Smoothie

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This smoothie though!  For every meal, I try to get in at least 2 cups of veggies, usually cooked.  However, when I make smoothies, this isn’t always easy to do.  I decided to get creative and just see what I could do to remedy this, and this shake is the result!  You read the title right – this thing is packed full of cauliflower!  However, once you taste this stuff, you would never know it!

This stuff tastes so good, and it is SO good for you!  The flavor is extremely similar to chocolate pudding.  Actually, this could be used as a smoothie or as pudding now that I think about it.

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You probably have some questions running through your head about now since it isn’t often that you think of cauliflower and chocolate as going together!

  • Does it taste like chocolate?  YES!
  • Can you taste the cauliflower? No!
  • What about the other ingredients – are they healthy? ABSOLUTELY!

After making this, I had my husband try it.  He loved it!  After I told him what was in it, he didn’t believe me!  Yeah, it’s that good!

So, about those other ingredients…we know cauliflower is great for us, but what about the other ingredients?  This smoothie is mainly sweetened with medjool dates.  The health benefits of these little sweet treats are amazing!  The following pin describes why these things are so good for you!

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These dates along with the raw cacao powder in this smoothie make this an excellent source of energy.  All of this, along with the other great ingredients in this make this smoothie one of the healthiest things you can put in your body – and it’s all in the form (and taste) of a chocolate shake!!!

Okay, let’s get to it!

CAULIFLOWER CHOCOLATE SHAKE

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1-2 cups of frozen cooked cauliflower (I steamed a big batch, then threw it in the freezer so I could use it to make a few of these shakes throughout the week)
  • Small slice of avocado (about 1-2 Tbsp. mashed avocado) – this is optional, but it makes for a really nice creamy shake, and you don’t taste it – I promise!
  • 3-4 medjool dates (make sure to remove the pits)
  • 1 Tbsp. Bio-K Probiotics (this is completely optional, but I always add a tablespoon of this to my smoothies – it provides about 8 billion cfus of live active culture, and this is my favorite probiotic source – no, I’m not getting paid to say this – it’s just a really good probiotic and does wonders for digestion)
  • 1/2 tsp. alcohol free vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp. raw cacao powder
  • pinch of stevia, to taste (add this last, and taste to determine how much you would like – you may not need any depending on how sweet you want the smoothie to be)

Directions

Put everything in the blender and blend till completely smooth.

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A delicious chocolate shake made with VEGETABLES!!!

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Enjoy! 🙂

Shepherd’s Pie Made Healthy

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There is something so satisfying about Shepherd’s pie!  It’s delicious, warm, and so filling!  I was in the mood for Shepherd’s pie, so I went onto Pinerest and found a few recipes, but they all called for potatoes (which I don’t eat), beef, beef, butter, glutenous flour, etc.  Soooo, I made some substitutes and came up with a delicious version of shepherd’s pie that is ridiculously good for you!!!  The best part is that it’s really easy to make.  You get all the satisfaction of comfort food without having to feel guilty about it afterwards.

SHEPHERD’S PIE MADE HEALTHY

Ingredients

For the top layer

  • 1 head cauliflower, washed and chopped into pieces
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic
  • 1/4 cup greek plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup water

For the bottom layer

  • 1.5 lbs. ground chicken
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 2 Tbsp. Buckwheat flour
  • 3/4 cup water

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Add the cauliflower and cook till soft (about 10 minutes).

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2.) When cauliflower is soft, take 1 cup of the water you cooked the cauliflower in and drain the rest.  Set the cup of water aside.  Transfer the drained cauliflower to a food processor and add the olive oil, sea salt, and garlic.  Pulse to combine.  Add the yogurt and 2-3 Tbsp. of the water you set aside.  Process on high until smooth.  Set the cauliflower mash aside.

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3.) In a large frying pan, add the chicken, olive oil, and onion and cook over medium high heat.  Cook until the chicken is cooked through (about  10-15 minutes).  Reduce the heat to medium low and add the garlic, sea salt, thyme, and buckwheat flour.  Stir to coat the meat with buckwheat flour.  Add the rest of the water you set aside and simmer over low heat for about 7 minutes.

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4.) Transfer the meat mixture to a glass pan or oven safe dish.  Dollop the cauliflower mash on top of it then spread evenly over the meat mixture.  Bake for about 25 minutes until the cauliflower mash is slightly browned.

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5.) Let sit in the pan for 5-10 minutes before serving.  Cut out pieces and transfer to a plate.

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YUM! Enjoy! 🙂