Oven Roasted Curry Cauliflower

In an attempt to eat all of the vegetables in my fridge before we go on vacation, I actually made some tasty cauliflower. I also had this far fetched plan to only eat vegetables and fruit for a week before vacay so I look good in my bikini. But let's get real. When there is Christmas chocolate to be eaten, someone has to eat it!! 
I am not really a fan of cauliflower, unless it is dipped in fondue :) But this is pretty, tasty, and not a bad way to eat this odd little veggie. I think you could easily replace curry, with some Mexican spices like cumin and chili powder, and the result would be great too. 

Oven Roasted Curry Cauliflower

1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
1 tablespoon yellow curry powder
1 tablespoon red curry powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 

Add florets, curry powders, olive oil, and salt to a large bowl. Toss to coat. Make sure each piece is coated with olive oil and spices. Spread cauliflower on a baking sheet and place in oven for 10-15 minutes. Half way through shake pan, or use tongs to flip pieces. 

Remove and enjoy! A garnish of cilantro or a dollop of plain yogurt would be good too!


Black Bean and Sunflower Seed Burger


This may just be the perfect veggie burger. I got the inspiration from this awesome vegan food blog called "Oh She Glows". I posted her link below. I tweaked it a bit, adding curry powder and Sriracha hot sauce to brighten it up, un-vegan-ing it (definitely not a word), and omitting a few ingredients. But this combination is not too mushy, does not fall apart, and even the meatiest of meat-lovers will like it (aka my husband and dog).  This is also just in time for the holidays. It is a great break from eating cookies and pumpkin pie for lunch. Unless that is just me.....

Oh she glows veggie burger recipe

Black Bean and Sunflower Seed Burgers

1 cup black beans
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 cup oats
3 tablespoons flax seed
1 egg
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup onion
1 cup grated carrot
1/2 cup parsley
2 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon cumin
1 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon yellow curry powder
1 teaspoon Sriracha hot sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl add rinsed and drained black beans. Using the back of a fork mash beans so they are slightly mashed.

To that add bread crumbs, oats, flax seed, egg, and sunflower seeds. 

Dice onions, mince garlic, and chiffonade parsley. Add to bowl, along with shredded carrot. Mix well, then add all of your spices, sauces, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Mix well again.

Form into patties 1/2 inch thick and about 3 inches wide. Heat medium pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil to medium heat. 

Fry patties 4-5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. 

These burgers have texture, taste, and don't fall apart! What else do you need in a veggie burger?


Nifty Idea for Health Nuts on the GO!!!

So I came across a great idea and I had to share it because I love a healthy smoothie in the morning.... but I hate removing 13 items from my fridge every time I make one! This will save you so much time and will make sure you are always getting your favorite add ons to your morning smoothie. I have recently discovered the awesomeness that is coconut water. I don't really care for the taste on its own, but it is awesome to replace the juice you would normally add to a smoothie. Its super low in sugar and calories but packed with vitamins and minerals, especially potassium. Great for after workouts! You can obviously replace or add anything you like to these, but this combination is pretty spectacular :)

Santa must have been into the wine last night?
Super Smoothie Ice Cubes
1 bag spinach, washed 
1 cup plain soy milk (you could also use almond or rice)
1 cup coconut water
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
2-3 tablespoon pumpkin seed protein powder (or any protein powder you have)

Place all ingredient in a blender and blend on high for 1-2 minutes until absolutely smooth. Pour contents of blender into ice cube trays. This makes about 2 trays. Place trays flat in freezer until frozen, pop out of trays and place a plastic bag. 

Now when you want some veggies and protein in your morning smoothie just grab 2 or three cubes and add your favorite fruit, yogurt, juice, or whatever you want! 


Mini Caprese Salads

My friend Leslie was daring enough to let me cater her sister-in-law, and her baby shower these past two weeks. It was my first time catering, and while at one point I was almost in tears, everything turned out okay. One of my favorite dishes I made were these cute little mini caprese salads. I know I have already made a caprese variation but I just love this flavor combination! I also have fresh basil growing in my window and that alone makes the flavor so much more spectacular. These come together quick and the wow factor will leave people thinking you slaved for hours. You can serve with plain balsamic vinegar and olive oil, or with a sweet balsamic reduction. Either way, you will love these!!

Mini Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction
1 container Bocconcini Mozzarella
1 pint cherry tomatoes
1 handful fresh basil
1  cup balsamic vinegar

In a small saucepan add vinegar and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. 

While vinegar is reducing assemble your salads. Take a toothpick and skewer one tomato, followed by a basil leaf, and a bocconcini ball. If the cheese is fairly large, cut in half with a knife so everything is bite sized. 

Repeat until everything is used up. At this point (10-15 minutes later) the vinegar should be thick and syrup like. Place all your mini skewers on a serving plate and drizzle with reduction.  


Garlic and Herb Tomato Salad

If you are living in a place where you may have the last of your fresh tomatoes, this is a great recipe to try! Even if you have to use store bought tomatoes, this fresh and super easy recipe is a great side dish, and is healthy to boot. Basil and garlic are the perfect accompaniment to fresh tomatoes, and also a great alternative to the Halloween candy I am sure you are all still eating. I would be, but I already ate it all. 

Garlic and Herb Tomato Salad

 3 cups of tomatoes of your choice
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup fresh basil
2 tablespoons onion
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and Pepper to taste

Cut tomatoes into manageable pieces. Cherry tomatoes halved and medium tomatoes in quarters. 

Mince garlic, dice onions, and chiffonade basil. 

Add all ingredients to a medium bowl, along with olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss to combine, and refrigerate for 1 hour before eating. 


Pumpkin, Apple, & Carrot Muffins

This recipes pretty much fell into my lap. I had just received a huge bag of fall produce from my friend Jaylene, which included a ton of huge carrots. Then my sister Ali, text me to tell me I should make a pumpkin-apple loaf for my blog. Put it all together and what do you get? A great fall bread, filled with fresh fruits and veggies, that is virtually fat free but super moist.

It is also a good way to use all of that pumpkin I am sure you have laying around. I used canned pumpkin because I already had it open, but all you would have to do is roast and puree your pumpkin and it would be equally, if not more, delicious. I made my own apple sauce for this, which is super easy as well. Just throw some cut up apples in a small pot with a little water and simmer until soft. Then pop them in a blender or food processor and you have your very own applesauce! However you choose to make these, you will be pleasantly surprised at how delicious they are, with so little steps!

Pumpkin Carrot Apple Muffins

1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup canned or fresh pumpkin
1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup shredded carrots

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder and soda, and spices. 

In a separate bowl add eggs, pumpkin, sugar, applesauce, and salt. Mix well.

Homemade Applesauce looks gross.....but is so delicious!

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just combines. Fold in carrots.

Pour into greased muffin tins and cook for 20-25 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

My leftover batter went into a mini loaf pan so I could give Jaylene some of her carrots back, in a more tasty form :)


Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

This may be the simplest, and most delicious recipe for butternut squash soup ever. You will not believe how flavorful it is, with the little amount of ingredients and effort you have to put in. Any addition would be great, I'm sure, but you honestly need only these 6 ingredients. You can make a bunch and freeze it, or make a small batch for dinner. It is prefect for a chilly fall night, and even Oscar liked it. But he also eats garbage and other unmentionables. So that is not really a compliment. Just give this orange beauty a try and you will not be disappointed! 

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup
1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1 large yellow onion, diced
2-3 carrots, peeled and diced
4 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup milk or light cream
2 tablespoons butter
Salt and Pepper

In a large pot heat butter over medium heat. Add onions and carrots and cook until both begin to soften.

Add butternut squash and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 30-40 minutes, until squash is easily pierced with a fork.

Pour all ingredients into a blender, or use a immersion blender. Blend for around 1 minute, until completely smooth with not chunks. Return to pot and add milk. Stir to combine.

This would be delicious with some crunchy croutons or crusty bread!


Semi-Homemade Salmon Cakes

If you have ever seen Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee on the Food Network, then you know how awesome her concept is. Her show is all about using a few pre-bought and prepared items from the grocery store, and combining them with fresh ingredient. The product is usually delicious, and takes 1/2 the time a regular meal would take. She is also a total mom-babe. I want to be like her when I grow up. 

Anyways, now that I am done creeping on Food Network stars, let me just say that I usually don't cook this way, only because it makes me feel like a fraud when I serve it to people and say "I made this!" But I had some leftover Stove-Top Stuffing (my equivalent to crack) and leftover salmon. I have seen my dad do this once, so I thought I would give it a try! So delicious and way less work that a standard salmon cake. 

Semi-Homemade Salmon Cakes

1 cup cooked salmon
1 1/2 cups cooked stuffing
1 stalk celery
2 green onions, sliced
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
1 egg
1 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and Pepper

In a medium pan heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Chop celery into small pieces, mince garlic and add both to pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until celery has begun to soften. Remove from heat. 

In a large bowl add stuffing, salmon, mustard, green onion, egg, salt and pepper, and cooked celery and garlic. Using a fork, slowly mash together, flaking the salmon in the process. Do not over mix, or salmon will be mushy and not flaky. 

Return empty pan to heat and add enough oil to lightly coat the bottom. Using your hands, form small patties and add to pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side on medium heat, until golden brown. Flip patties and repeat. 

Remove from heat and serve your salmon cakes with your favorite sauce.!


Coconut Ginger Jasmine Rice

This simple recipe is a great way to spice up your regular old rice. It goes well with any Asian inspired dish, or by itself as a side. I am still trying to perfect coconut rice, like the kind you get from Thai restaurants, but until I figure it out this will have to do. If you know how to make Real coconut rice (the type that you can serve with sticky mango as dessert) and you aren't telling me. I will find you. 

Coconut Ginger Jasmine Rice

1 cup Jasmine rice
1 3/4 cup water
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup sweetened, shredded coconut
1 tablespoon fresh ginger

In a small/medium pot add water, rice, coconut milk and shredded coconut. 

Peel ginger and mince. Or if you have dicovered the awesomeness of of Gourmet Garden, just squeeze tablespoon into the pot and stir to combine. 

Gourmet Garden is my new favorite thing....ever. 
Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed.  Remove from heat, fluff with a fork, and serve with your favorite curry or stir fry. 


Chickpea Salad

I was determined to do a post this week, since I hadn't done one in... forever. I have been cooking some delicious stuff too! The problem is the weather. It has been so cloudy and dark, that even in the middle of the day it is hard to get some good natural light in my house. Especially because our house is basically a cave, with window that all face the wrong way for good picture taking. All we are missing is mold and a troll. Okay maybe a little dramatic. 

Anyways... here is a great alternative to tuna salad and chicken salad. It is great in a sandwich, but also tasty on top of a salad. The first time I made it, I stuffed it is a pita with some sprouts and avocado. Delish. I ran out of pitas though, so I had to settle for pictures on bread. Either was is good, and ready in mere minutes!

Chickpea Salad 

1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons mayonnaise 
1 tablespoon Dijon or brown mustard
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
2 green onions
1 rib celery
1/4 cup Swiss or Havarti cheese
Salt & pepper

Combine chickpeas, mayo, mustard, and celery salt in a bowl. Using the back of a fork, mash slightly to combine ingredients. 

Dice green onion and celery and add to bowl. Cut cheese into small pieces and add to bowl. Stir to combine and season with salt and pepper. 

Serve on your favorite whole wheat bread, or on top of mixed greens. 


Mushroom & Cheddar Polenta Stuffed Squash

I guess it's Fall now. I have broken out the gourds and the oven warming the house is no longer a nightmare. So a combination of the 2 would only be right for a fall time dish, right? This twist on a stuffed vegetable is a much needed change from a stuffed bell pepper or tomato. If you have never cooked polenta before, prepare for an arm workout. The constant stirring is a bit tedious, and really prevents any picture taking, but creamy cheddar polenta is worth it! If you can't find polenta, coarse ground corn meal works well, and cooks much faster. So bring on the yellow leaves and cool nights, because cooking winter squash is now acceptable. 

Mushroom & Cheddar Polenta Stuffed Squash
1 1/2 cup vegetable or chicken stock
1/2 cup polenta or corn meal
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup mushrooms
3 green onions
3 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small butternut squash or large acorn squash

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Slice squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds and place cut side up in a baking dish. Brush lightly with olive oil and cover tightly with foil. Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes. 

While squash is cooking start on your polenta. First mince garlic and chop mushrooms, and add to a small pan along with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Saute until mushrooms release their liquid. Remove from heat and stir in sliced green onions. 

In a small pot bring chicken or vegetable stock to a boil. Slowly add polenta or cornmeal whisking quickly to prevent clumps. Cook according to direction until polenta is done, remove from heat and whisk is cheese and mushroom mixture. 

Remove squash from oven and spoon polenta into the holes where seeds used to be. Place back into oven, and bake uncovered for 15-20 more minutes, or until squash is tender and easily pierced with a fork. 

Sprinkle with parsley, more cheese, or breadcrumbs and enjoy this delicious Fall dish!


Cheddar, Apple, & Spinach Grilled Cheese

This week my father-in-law brought home about 15 apples from British Columbia. And while I love fresh produce as much as the next guy... I needed to find a way to use all of these apples! Apples and cheddar are such a classic flavor combination, so why not combine them in a sandwich and add a little green? These turned out amazing! Tangy apples, sharp cheddar, and crispy, toasted bread are a great way to start fall. Or if you are avoiding fall....a great way to have every food group in a sandwich? 

Cheddar, Apple, & Spinach Grilled Cheese
1 medium apple
1/2 cup grated low fat cheddar cheese
6-7 leaves spinach
1 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoons spicy brown or dijon mustard
1 tablespoon butter

Below is a step-by-step directions in pictures!

Spread 1 tablespoon of mayo and 1 tablespoon or spicy brown (or dijon) mustard on whole wheat bread.

Add 1/2 of your cheese, and spread evenly. 

Very thinly slice your apple and layer on bread, slightly overlapping. 

Top with a few layers of spinach leaves, and the remaining cheddar cheese. 

Top with your other slice of bread and seat aside. 

Heat medium pan over medium-high heat. Add half of the butter and spread in the shape of a slice of bread. Place sandwich on the butter and cover pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until bread is golden brown. Remove from heat, add remaining butter and replace sandwich on opposite side, cooking for another 2-3 minutes. Remove from pan and enjoy your taste of fall! 


Caramalized Brussel Sprouts & Pearl Onions

Before you run away screaming, let me say that I have never had brussel sprouts. I always thought of them as a childhood nightmare, that you would see kids in cartoons scream over. So I never tried to cook them, and since you usually don't see brussel sprouts on the menu at your favorite restaurant, I have never even tasted one!

Expecting the worst, I gave these babies a go. They are so cute, and look like little baby cabbages. So I decided to pair them with pearl onions, which are little baby onions. And make the tiniest, most frustrating dish ever. In the end it was so tasty, and definitely worth the trouble!

Caramalized Brussel Sprouts & Pearl Onions

2 cups brussel sprouts
1 cup pearl onions
2 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt
Black pepper

Start by preparing your brussel sprouts. This was a totally new experience for me, but it is very similar to how you would prepare cabbage or a head of lettuce. Peel away any outer leaves that may be damaged. Trim the thick base of with a sharp knife, then cut in half length-wise. 

Prepare the onions in a similar fashion. This is a little more difficult because onion skin is thin and not so easily peeled. By more difficult I mean this: by the end I was sobbing from the onions and never wanted to see another pearl onion in my life. 

Miniature devil vegetables.
Place brussel sprouts in a small bowl and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, along with salt and pepper to taste. Toss gently to coat. 

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat in a medium pan. Once oil is hot, add brussel sprouts, cut side down, placing larger sprouts towards the middle and smaller sprouts towards the outside. 

Cover pan and let cook for about 5 minutes. Uncover and cook for an additional 5, turning brussel sprouts over half way. 

Remove from pan and set aside. Add peeled onions to pan, and if oil is low, add a bit more. Sautee' onions for about 10 minutes on low, until brown and nicely caramelized. Add onions to brussel sprouts and toss to combine! 



Caprese Panzanella Salad

Panzanella is a salad made of bread. Those Italians weren't a big fan of vegetables were they? And while I think your salad should normally consist of leafy greens, having this every now and then won't hurt. A traditional panzanella salad had olives, cucumbers, and no cheese. This twist combines two of my favorite salads that aren't green. Caprese and Panzanella! 

Caprese Panzanella Salad

Loaf of stale or fresh crusty bread (3 to 4 cups)
1 cup basil leaves
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 cup bocconcini mozzarella
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut bread into small 1 inch cubes. Place on baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until bread is toasted brown. Shake 2-3 times throughout toasting process. 

While bread is toasting, roughly chop basil and add to a large bowl. Half cherry tomatoes and mozzarella and add to bowl, along with chopped onion.

In a small bowl combine olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine. 

Remove bread from oven and add to bowl of basil, tomatoes, and cheese. Pour small bowl of vinaigrette over bread salad. Toss to coat and serve immediately. 

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