Crispy Cauliflower Brown Rice

Crispy Cauliflower Brown Rice

Hey guys!
Sorry for the lack of posts this last month. I was on holiday, sick and then super busy with work so I have not had much time to post! Luckily, I caught a few hours to write up recipes you all have been patiently waiting for.

This new recipe came from lots of recipe testing with cauliflower. Like most cauliflower replicas (cauliflower mashed potatoes, rice etc…) I find it really never does a good job at imitating the real thing. Although it may look similar, the taste and texture are far different. So in an attempt to make good use of leftovers, I mixed together my cauliflower ‘rice’ with leftover brown rice – crisped it in a pan and… the result was INSANE. By mixing the brown rice with cauliflower you are upping your veggie intake and cutting the starch so I definitely allow myself to have a bigger portion. No unsatisfying, bland, watery rice here. The mix of soft and crispy rice adds texture to any dish.

The rice definitely has an asian flare to it, but if you are pairing it with sides that don’t go well with asian flavours simply replace sesame oil with avocado or olive. This makes a great base for any grain bowl (recipe coming next week!), or as a side to fish, meat or veg protein. All you need is a few ingredients and you’re set!

Ingredients:

• 1 head cauliflower
• 1 tbsp sesame oil (for a less asian taste, use olive or avocado oil)
• 1/4 cup chopped green onion
• 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
• pink Himalayan salt, to taste
• 3 cups cooked short grain brown rice (I like Lundberg)

Directions:

1. Wash and chop cauliflower into chunks. Transfer trunks to food processor and pulse until it looks rice. Alternatively, you could also shred the cauliflower with a box grater.

2. Heat sesame oil in large pan over medium heat, and begin to sauté the green onions for about 5 minutes. Add your garlic, sauté for another 30 seconds then add in your grated cauliflower. Season with salt.

3. Cook cauliflower until tender and until most of the moisture is cooked out (about 8-10 minutes). Taste and season more if necessary.

4. In a large bowl, mix together the cooked cauliflower and cooked brown rice until combined.

5. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat lightly coated with sesame oil or avocado oil. Once hot, add your rice mixture and pat down so the rice makes good contact with the bottom of the pan. Allow to cook for a few minutes or until browned, then flip. Cook until browned and crisp!

6. Serve with a fresh squeeze of lime and more green onion if desired.

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Spiced Roasted Baby Carrots

Spiced Roasted Carrots
I find that my side dishes have become very routine. Roasted potatoes, roasted vegetables, salad etc… I’ll often throw in all the seasonal vegetables to provide some variety to both myself and my guests. I realized however how beautiful it is to highlight just one vegetable. For example, whole roasted cauliflowers have become a really popular side dish at many restaurants. Who would of thought cauliflower could be SO delicious all on its own. Ok… maybe with the help of a sauce or two. The cauliflower however, remains the star. So as fall has arrived, instead of doing the same old roasted butternut squash, I wanted to celebrate the deliciously sweet and nutritious carrot! It has a large dose of vitamin A that will help keep your eyes and skin youthful. A little bit of spice and a handful of fresh herbs will make carrots the star side dish at your next meal.
Spiced Roasted Carrots

Spiced Roasted Carrots

Ingredients:

• 12-15 baby carrots (peeled) *if using regular carrots slice in half for quicker cook time!
• 2 tbsp olive or avocado oil
• 1/4 tsp chilli flakes (optional)
• 1 tsp paprika
• 1 tsp granulated garlic
• 1 tsp maple syrup or honey
• salt and pepper
• 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, granulated garlic, paprika, and maple syrup.

3. Brush carrots with olive oil mixture, making sure to coat all sides of the carrots.

4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 10 minutes then flip and bake for another 10-15 minutes. Carrots should be tender and browned.

5. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with freshly chopped dill.
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Herbed Walnut Quinoa with Honey Balsamic Grilled Peaches

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Quinoa as we all know by now is super grain because of its unique characteristics. Quinoa is a complete protein and contains all eight essential amino acids. This makes it a great meal for vegans and vegetarians or as a substitute for rice or other grains and starches. I’ve seen this grain used in so many great ways. Like rice, it is versatile and can be used in savoury and sweet dishes. Plus, it is naturally gluten free! I like to cook my quinoa in vegetable or chicken stock to let the grain absorb all that flavour. This will reduce the amount of sauce, oil, dressing etc.. you will need to flavour the mild tasting grain. It is a must for this recipe! You can make your own veg stock or buy low sodium organic stock or broth in most grocery stores. The ingredients should only include vegetables, no funky chemicals or added salt.

Now that summer is here, everyone is craving those light refreshing flavours. Fresh herbs and citrus are always in my fridge for fresh teas and juices. They also add great light flavour to desserts and main dishes alike without adding unwanted oils, sauces etc… I really wanted to make a quinoa that was both sweet and savoury but really refreshing and light at the same time. By grilling the peaches with honey and balsamic they get a beautiful caramelization and smoky flavour that combines beautifully with the crunchy walnuts and savoury quinoa. Dressed in lightly acidic vinaigrette and fresh mint and parsley makes it a perfect merry of vibrant flavours! If you eat dairy it would go perfectly with some crumbled goat cheese or salty feta (yes, I do miss cheese sometimes). This is DELICIOUS with fish or a great light lunch on its own. I had on top of some raw kale for a protein packed lunch and it was so filling! Remember that for every cup of uncooked quinoa you will get about 3 cups cooked. So reduce or add more depending on how many this will serve! Make sure to adjust the seasonings if you change the amount of quinoa! Bon appetit!
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Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

• 2 cups quinoa
• 4 cups vegetable stock
• 1/2 tsp of salt (or to taste)
• 1 tsp of pepper
• 2 white peaches (or your favourite kind) (chopped 1/2 inch cubes)
• 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
• 1 tsp honey
• 1 tbsp coconut oil
• 1/2 cup walnuts
• 2 sprigs mint (chopped)
• 1/4 cup parsley (chopped)
• 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
• 1/4 cup good extra virgin olive oil
• 1 tsp red wine vinegar
• juice of 1 lemon

Directions:

1. Rinse quinoa well in a fine mesh sieve. Bring quinoa and vegetable stock to boil in saucepan; cover. Cook on medium-low heat 10 to 15 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork.

2. While the quinoa is cooking, prepare the peaches. In a medium bowl whisk the balsamic vinegar and honey until combined. Toss the chopped peaches in the mixture until well coated.

3. Melt the coconut oil in grill pan or brush BBQ. Cook the peaches on mediium-high heat until caramelized. (3-4 minutes… you still want them to have bite!)

4. In a large serving bowl whisky together the chopped mint and parsley, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar and juice of one lemon, salt and pepper.

5. Take the cool cooked quinoa and toss in the dressing until combined. Add walnuts and peaches. Enjoy!
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