Posts Tagged ‘Cauliflower’

Sweet Potato Tater Tots (Paleo)

For the last few weeks, I’ve got to experience what it’s like to be a “hockey (goalie) mom” while nannying for a family. And goodness gracious, let me tell you, there’s a lot of lugging around bulky gear to a different arena each day. And wondering which rink you’re supposed to be at. And sitting in cold seats. And eavesdropping into other people’s conversation. And intaking all the scents coming from the concession stand and wishing there was actually something healthy there that I could eat.

Thus, my desire to make tater tots was born! Honestly, I’m impressed how these turned out! I was expecting a total fail since I just added ingredients as I went. But the end product has a crisp outside and soft inside. Score! (Hockey reference intended).

After making these, I would highly suggest waiting for the tots to COMPLETELY cool. The flavor intensifies. In fact, eating these on the second day made them taste the best 🙂   

Sweet Potato Tater Tots (Paleo)

Sweet Potato Tater Tots (Paleo)

Ingredients:

1 medium sweet potato, peeled and chopped into thick coin slices

1/2 head of cauliflower, chopped into florets

1 tbsp hot sauce

2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt

1 egg

1/2 cup tapioca flour

1/4 cup coconut flour

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400°F and grease a baking pan with oil. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add in sweet potato. Let boil for 5 minutes. Afterwards, remove from the pot with a slotted spoon. Place into a food processor and pulse until the sweet potatoes are in small pieces and starting to turn into mash. Transfer potatoes into a bowl.

Place your cauliflower into the boiling water and also cook for 5 minutes. Afterwards, drain and transfer to a food processor. Pulse until you have cauliflower  rice. Measure out 1 cup of cauliflower rice and place in the bowl with the sweet potatoes (save the remaining cauliflower rice for another recipe!)

Stir in the hot sauce, garlic, salt, and egg to the bowl. Add in the flours and mix altogether. Let batter sit for 3 minutes to thicken. Using your hands, roll the batter into individual tater tots and place on the oiled baking sheet. Lightly salt your tater tots. Place in the oven for 10 minutes. Take out, flip over with a spatula, and bake for another 8 minutes. Let cool before eating (tastes best the longer you wait).

Sweet Potato Tater Tots (Paleo)

Cajun Vegetable Dip (Paleo)

I finally feel like I’ve reached the “fun” part of summer!

This past week I took my state test to become certified to teach middle school social studies. I’m not going to lie though, it was brutal. With the possibility to be tested on ANY event/person/civilization/land form/etc in the world, it was impossible for me to know everything that would be on the test. I’ve been studying for this exam for months and I still feel that there was so much I didn’t know.

On the bright side though, I love studying history, so it hasn’t been torture to prepare for this test. And I had the chance to brush up on government, geography, and economics- subjects I’ve always been slightly on the fence with. Anyway, results don’t come in until next month, so I’m forced to chill until then.

Which means I can guiltlessly begin to make stuff in the kitchen again! Such as on one of my favorite veggie dips! 

Cajun Vegetable Dip (Paleo)

Cajun Vegetable Dip (Paleo)

Ingredients:

1/2 head of cauliflower, chopped into florets

3 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp tahini

1 tbsp minced garlic

1 tbsp paprika

1 tbsp dried thyme

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cayenne 

pepper

Juice from 1 lemon

Directions:

Fill a pot with water and add in the cauliflower. Bring water to a boil and cook the  cauliflower. Once tender, drain cauliflower, transfer to a food processor and blend until smooth. Add in the rest of the ingredients and blend until all combined. Cool in the fridge for at least 3 minutes to allow flavors to intensify.

Vegetable Casserole (Paleo)

This casserole definitely fits the bill as comfort food. It has a rich taste that you can (and will) keep piling into your mouth. Unlike most comfort food, however, this casserole is jammed packed with veggies and all-good-for-you ingredients. So feel free to go back for second, third, and forth helpings!

Vegetable Casserole (Paleo)

Vegetable Casserole (Paleo)

Ingredients:

1 cauliflower, chopped into florets 

2 tbsp ghee

1 lb green beans, chopped into bite-sized pieces

1 onion, chopped

1 cup raw carrots, coined

1/2 cup celery, chopped

1 cup fresh spinach, roughly chopped

3/4 cup canned coconut milk

2 eggs

2 tsp garlic powder

salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 baking dish.

Place cauliflower into a pot with water and bring to a boil. Cook until tender. Drain and transfer cauliflower to a food processor. Add in ghee and blend until cauliflower is at a mashed potato-like consistency. Transfer cauliflower to a large bowl. Add in the rest of the ingredients and stir all together.

Spread the casserole ingredients into the baking dish. Place in the oven for 40 minutes. Let cool before serving.

“Zombie Brain” (AKA: Whole-Roasted and Spiced Cauliflower)

Everyone knows what tomorrow is! Valentines Day? Ummm, sure? But let’s set aside the fake holiday and talk Walking Dead!

This year we’re having a “Bloody Valentines Day” Party to kick off the start of Walking Dead again. My dad wasn’t too enthusiastic about this until I suggested we make ribs for dinner. Now he’s on board. And I’m making a cauliflower brain fit for zombie consumption. In case, anyone else is as crazy as I am, see the recipe below!

For all non-Walking Dead fans, feel free to make this and call it “whole-roasted and spiced cauliflower” 😉 

So yes, tomorrow will look more like a repeat of Halloween than Valentines Day at my house. Sorry, Walking Dead takes higher priority.

“Zombie Brain” (AKA: Whole-Roasted and Spiced Cauliflower)

Ingredients:

1 cup plain, whole milk yogurt

2 tbsp avocado oil

1 and 1/2 tbsp paprika

1 tbsp garlic powder

2 tsp curry powder

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cayenne

1 cauliflower, leaves and protruding stem removed

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Set aside. Place cauliflower on top.

In a large bowl, combine the yogurt, oil, and spices. Mix together.

With a spoon, “paint” the cauliflower until entirely and thickly covered with the yogurt mixture. Reserve leftover yogurt mixture. Place in the oven to bake for 30 minutes. Afterward, allow to cool for 15 minutes before cutting. Use reserved leftover yogurt as a dipping sauce. 

“Zombie Brain” (AKA: Whole-Roasted and Spiced Cauliflower)

Mushroom and Goat Cheese “Risotto” (Grain-Free)

I don’t think I was ever a big rice person. Therefore, when I cut out most grains, rice was not one of those foods I craved.

Except when it came to risotto. I mean, come on, even the word “risotto” is fun to say (risotto, risotto, risotto… try saying that 10 times fast!)

Once at a restaurant, I had a goat cheese and mushroom risotto that was AMAZING. Like, is-it-possible-that-can-marry-this??? good. So, I’ve recently tired to recreate this with a cauliflower rice version. And voila! Love is in the air again!

Mushroom and Goat Cheese “Risotto” (Grain-Free)

Mushroom and Goat Cheese “Risotto” (Grain-Free)

Ingredients:

1 tbsp ghee (or butter)

1/2 onion, chopped

2 tbsp minced garlic

1 tbsp dried thyme

1 large portobello mushroom, chopped into small pieces

3 cups raw cauliflower rice 

1/4 cup plain, whole milk yogurt

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

3 tbsp goat cheese

salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Heat ghee in a pot and add in onions, garlic, and thyme. Sauté for 5 minutes. Add in mushrooms and continue cooking for 8 minutes. Stir in cauliflower and cook for 5 minutes. While waiting, add yogurt and milk to a small bowl and whisk together. Add yogurt mixture to the pot. Bring risotto to a boil for 1 minute and then turn to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Stir in goat cheese until melted. Add in salt and pepper and serve.