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.

Crispy Cauliflower Brown Rice

No Churn Dairy Free Mint Chip Ice Cream

Dairy Free Mint Chip Ice CreamOne of the hardest store bought products to find that has clean ingredients is a tasty dairy free ice cream. The sugar content is either astronomical or the ingredients have names I cannot pronounce.Due to the lack of options out there, I REALLY wanted to try making my own ice cream. I refused however to bring one more kitchen appliance into our apartment. I also know I’m not the only person who does not own an ice cream maker so I thought… so wouldn’t it be amazing if we could just make it in a food processor or blender? I remembered all the times I have made ice cream by simply placing frozen fruit (bananas) into my Vitamix. I realized I needed to get the ice cream base frozen without the machine – but how? Well, how else do you get liquids frozen? Ice cube trays!

The only down side I’d say to this process is the wait time for the liquid to freeze. I recommend preparing this ice cream the night or day before you want it because it needs at least 8 hours to freeze. Once processed in the blender, it needs another 2 hours or so to set up again. But- then it lasts in the freezer for weeks and you only need a few ingredients!

I am thrilled to share this recipe with you. It was one of the most exciting recipe accomplishments to date. I will note that it is refreshingly minty from the added fresh mint. You can leave this out, but I find it is what makes it taste almost restaurant quality. I hope you are enjoying your summer and of course, eating lots of ice cream!
Dairy Free Mint Chip Ice Cream
Dairy Free Mint Chip Ice Cream

Ingredients:

• 2 cans (400 ml) organic full fat coconut milk
• 1/4 cup packed fresh mint leaves (optional)
• 1/2 cup honey*
• 1/2-3/4 tsp pure peppermint extract (depending on how minty you like it)
• 1/4 tsp pink Himalayan salt
• 1 1/2 tsp arrowroot starch
• 1/3 chopped 70% dairy free dark chocolate

*a lighter flavoured maple syrup will work too!

Directions:

1. Add all ingredients except for the chocolate into a high powered blender. Blend until fresh mint has completely blended.

2. Pour mixture into ice cube trays (I like silicone ones) and freeze until solid (about 6-8 hours).

3. Once frozen solid, blend the cubes in a high powered blender (I use Vitamix) or food processor in batches. Don’t do them all at once. Blend until smooth and creamy and transfer to a loaf pan.

4. Mix your chocolate into the ice cream. Smooth out surface and place back into the freezer for up to 2 hours to re-solidify.

5. Scoop and serve!
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Green Goddess Dressing

Green Goddess Dressing

I always tell my clients that the key to loving your salad is having an incredible dressing. Store bought dressings are packed with sugar, unhealthy oils and lots of preservatives. Let’s be honest- they also don’t taste great. My go to quick and easy dressing at home is always a mixture of balsamic, dijon, honey and olive oil but it is fun to change it up from time to time.

One of the best ways to add loads of flavour to any dish is to utilize fresh herbs! I love using fresh herbs in all of my meals, and I ALWAYS have leftovers. What better way to use them then to throw them into a blender to make a delicious fresh dressing that is perfect for salads, pasta and even fish.

Be warned, this dressing is literally drinkable. It pairs really well with a salad filled with fresh seasonal vegetables, roasted sweet potatoes, toasted almonds and a hard boiled egg. What’s great is you can use pretty much any herbs of your liking.

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients:

• leaves of 2 sprigs of tarragon (about 1 tbsp)
• 1/4 cup packed fresh basil
• 1/4 cup packed fresh parsley
• 1/4 cup packed fresh dill
• 6 green onions (white part only)
• 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
• 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
• the juice of half a lemon
• 1 tsp dijon mustard
• 1 tsp honey
• salt and pepper to taste
• 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

1. Add all ingredients from tarragon to salt and pepper to a high powered blender or food processor and blend until combined.

2. While the blender is running, slowly add the olive oil to emulsify the dressing.

3.Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 7 days.
Green Goddess Dressing