Cauliflower Rice Recipe

Cauliflower Rice South West Style

Southwestern Cauliflower Rice

Ingredients:

1 head Cauliflower
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 small onion (finely chopped)
1 onion caramelized  (see instructions below)
2 garlic cloves (minced)
2 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 jalapeno (finely chopped) if desired
10 small cherry tomatoes
1 diced bell peppers
1 tsp. cumin powder
1 TBSP cilantro (chopped fine)
3 Tbsp. of butter or ghee
½ tsp. parsley chopped
½ cup vegetable broth
1 tsp. salt preferably Celtic Sea salt- coarse
1 tsp. Himalayan salt
1 cup frozen peas
1 Tbsp. Harrissa (sweet Tunisian pepper condiment)
½ cup of Chimichurri or Salsa Verde

Directions:

Roast the cauliflower in oven at 375 for 1 hour and 15 minutes too medium browned with olive oil, 1 tsp. of each: salt and garlic powder.
It is best to layer seasonings.

Meanwhile, begin to caramelize onions. (see below)

Leave in hot oven for a few hours. Best to cook in oven day before.  Then chill the cauliflower in fridge.

Begin to sauté, in 2 Tbsp. Ghee, cook the onions, cherry tomatoes and red bell pepper. Add jalapeno. Cook until veggies are soft about 10 minutes over medium heat.

Sauteed Onions & Tomatos 

While this is sautéing. Pulse in food processor. (Do not hold the button down or rice will become over processed.) Remember we are making cauliflower into rice size pellets. So add cauliflower into food processor. Season with garlic powder and salt.

How to make Cauliflower Rice Homemade Cauliflower Rice

Assembling the Rice and Veggies:

When vegetables are sautéed, Add 1 more Tbls. of ghee and the cauliflower rice.

Add the cumin, garlic powder and salt, oregano. Salsa verde and Harissa. Finally add the vegetable broth, the salt and garlic powder, peas, cilantro and parsley.

This is the most flavorful way to eat rice and get nutritional value to your family and friends with out them even knowing they are eating Cauliflower! Amazing dish to discover. Stay tuned for more variations on this recipe.

Caramelize Onions Ingredients:

1 large onion diced
3 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 tsp kosher salt
¼ cup Sherry or Marsala wine

Caramelizing Onions Directions:

First begin by caramelizing 1 large diced onion. Add oil to saute pan and heat well. Then add onions, sea salt, ? garlic powder and cook over medium heat for approx. 10 to 15 minutes. When well browned, add ¼ cup of Sherry wine and ?simmer for approx. 3 minutes longer to absorb the Sherry flavor.  Cool off onion mixture.

Onions can be stored in fridge for a few days.

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Curry Cauliflower w/Raisins & Pecans

Whole Head Of Roasted Cauliflower.

Ingredients:

1 head of cauliflower (approx. 2 pounds)
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup water

Dressing:
1 ½ tsp. curry powder
½ tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 cup of organic Mayonnaise
1 1/2 tsp. Celtic sea salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 carrot shredded
1 stalk celery diced fine
½ medium onion finely diced
1 Tbsp. Honey
1 cup pecans
½ cup raisins dark

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
In a small roasting pan place entire cauliflower in oven with water at bottom of pan. Drizzled with olive oil and 1/2 tsp salt. Cook for 35  minutes. Chill cauliflower in fridge.
Cut the cauliflower into bite-sized pieces or medium florets. Toss the cauliflower in a large bowl with 1/2 curry powder and salt.
Mix dressing on side:
In a separate bowl mix mayonnaise, salt, garlic powder, shredded carrots, celery, onions, raisins and pecans until well blended. Pour over chilled cauliflower.  Garnish with cherry tomatoes or other complimentary vegetables of choice.

 

There is no need to disassemble or cut any cauliflower   or even squash before it is cooked. Just add the whole squash or cauliflower in the oven, cook for ½ hour to an hour, and “cut later,” philosophy.

After cooking it is so much easier to cut cauliflower into florets,  given the softness.

This recipe is a great alternative to any fall meal and can be the main attraction on your Thanksgiving table.   The nuts and raisins gives this a hint of sweetness and autumn.

Roasting cauliflower gives an added texture and “nuttiness” to this vegetable. No longer is it necessary to boil cauliflower. Roasting it gives us so many more options.

Cauliflower in all its glory takes on the flavor of it’s spices and condiments making this one of the most versatile vegetable at any meal.

Happy Spicy Condiment Cooking!

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Red Caramelized Peppers

Red Jimmy Nardello Peppers

Jimmy Nardello are the greatest pepper find of the season These peppers  are super sweet. Plus as you roast them in the oven they get sweeter to the point of caramelization. Peppers do not require peeling after the roasting process as many other peppers do. This makes them my favorite pepper. Look for heirloom sweet red Jimmy Nardello peppers right now at your local Farmers’ Market.  Buy as many peppers as you can they are easily stored on your counter as a condiment.

Ingredients:

2 roasting pans
2-3 lbs Jimmy Nardello Peppers
1 Tbsp. coarse sea salt
1 Tbsp. garlic powder

½ cup fruity olive oil
Fresh ground pepper

Instructions:

Preheat over to 350.

Lay peppers in a single layer in both roasting pans.

Pour oil over the peppers. Add salt, garlic powder and black pepper. Cook for exactly one hour and turn oven off.
Leave peppers in the oven for next 5 hours as peppers caramelizes (be sure your oven is off).

Start this simple recipe in the morning and when you get home from work you will have a sweet snack or side dish with your dinner.
Leave on the counter versus storing it in the refrigerator.

Roasted Yellow Zucchini with Garlic Aioli

One of the most delicious squashes is this yellow squash. If you are not a fan of vegetables, the way this is prepared will change your mind. The roasted garlic Aioli sauce and the pesto give these vegetable an added boost of flavor.  Enjoy this special preparation as yellow squash is plentiful most of the year.

Ingredients:

3  yellow squash sliced approx 1/4 inch slices
½ large onion sliced thin
¼ tsp coconut oil to coat bottom of roasting pan
1 Tbsp. olive oil 2 Tbl. Roasted Garlic Aioli- Stonewall Kitchen
2 Tbsp. Pesto sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp oregano

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Grease roasting pan with coconut oil.

Add yellow squash to roasting pan.

Add pesto and garlic sauce, mix with a large spoon until squash is evenly coated.

Season squash with garlic powder, salt, pepper and oregano. Spread out evenly in the roasting pan. Add olive oil over top. Do not toss.

Bake 35 minutes or until it is nicely browned.

Enjoy!!!

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Veggie Pasta with Pesto Sauce *Gluten Free*

We all love pasta, especially us Italians!  Pasta is one of my favorite foods in the world.  Most people haven’t tried their pasta with pesto which means their missing out on an amazing flavorful experience. This healthy recipe is a great runner up to a traditional pasta pesto dish.

I decided to make this strictly vegetarian. When I saw the already spiralized noodles at Whole Foods Market staring at me in all it’s colorful grandeur, I knew I had to do something yummy with them. I mean the vibrant orange of the butternut squash, and the green of the zucchini and the orange of the carrots, were calling my name. I knew my pesto pasta was the best way to decorate these vegetables. I hope you love this recipe as much as I do. All the work is done already for you, it’s a matter of assembling these ingredients.

Ingredients:

2 cups of spiralized vegetables
(Spiralized zucchini, carrot and butternut squash  *Whole Foods*)

6 cups water

2 Tbsp. olive oil (divided)

1 tsp. Pistachio Oil or other nut Oil

2 cloves fresh garlic

½ tsp. red crushed pepper flakes

4 Tbsp. pesto sauce (*Whole Foods*)

2 Tbsp. Pignoli nuts

½ cup of organic vegetable broth

1 tsp. salt

1 Tbsp. garlic powder

½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

½ cup hemp seeds

mixed spiralized vegetables

Directions:

Combine 6 cups of water in a sauce pan with a drop of olive oil and a pinch of salt. When water reaches a rapid boil, add spiralized vegetables for 5 minutes ONLY (just long enough to blanch, be carful not to over cook). Remove, drain and set aside.

pignoli nut recipe

In a large sauté pan add: chopped garlic, red crushed pepper, pignoil nuts & salt, stirring constantly over medium heat for approx. 2 minutes. Make sure the garlic only slightly toasts. Add cooked spiralized vegetable. Toss for 2 minutes to blend all the oil flavors with the vegetable “pasta”.  Add pistachio oil. Stir for 1 minute longer then add the pesto sauce along with the vegetable broth and let it cook for 4 minutes longer. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and finish it off with a topping of hemp seeds. These add a nice texture.

healthy veggie pasta with pesto sauce

ENJOY!

Gluten Free Healthy Apple Pie Recipe

Gluten Free Apple Nut Pie

As the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are approaching, I wanted to share this deliciously, easy apple pie recipe as you start entertaining guests or attending parties.  This will become your signature dessert that everyone will request. There is an abundance of apples in the markets right now. Here are just some of my favorites: Honeycrisp, Gala and Braeburn.

Ingredients:

 9 inch Spring Form pan

9 Inch Spring Form Pan

Pecan crust:
1 cup pecans
½ cup hazelnuts
½ cup walnuts
Dash sea salt
1 tsp organic raw sugar
Dash salt
Dash cinnamon
3 tablespoons melted Ghee

Apple filling:
5 apples cored and sliced organic
(Honeycrisp , Gala and Braeburn)
1 tsp. Madagascar pure vanilla
2 tsp hemp seeds
2 Tbsp. raw honey
¼ organic maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp. of organic sunflower butter(I <3 “Once Again”)
½ tsp lemon zest
Juice of ½ lemon
1 Tbsp. coconut flour
1 Tbsp. coconut  sugar

Directions:
Make crust by combining all pecan crust ingredients in food processor. Spread evenly on bottom of spring form pan. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Pecan Crust Pecan Crust Spring Pan Baked Pecan Crust

Meanwhile:
Place slice apples in a bowl. Squeeze lemon juice over apples. Add remaining ingredients.
Allow apples to marinate for 15 minutes while you make crumble topping.

Peeled Apple Sliced Apples

Almond Walnut and Hemp Seed Crumble:
1/2 cup walnuts
1 cup hemp seeds
½ cup almonds
3 Tbsp. Ghee melted
1 Tbsp. Pure organic cane sugar
1 Tbsp. coconut flour
Dash of salt

Blend all ingredients for crumble in food processor.

Walnuts Walnut Crumble

Assembly:
Layer apples on baked pecan crust. Add crumble topping. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Let it cool for at least 30 minutes. The longer it sits the more the flavors infuse.

 Gluten Free Healthy Apple Pie Recipe

Did you know?

According to medical journals Apples help ward of diabetes and dementia in addition to breast cancer.
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Butternut Squash Pie with Walnut

This pie is so delicious and versatile. It is slightly sweet and savory! It is a great pie for Thanksgiving Holidays.

Ingredients:
3 cloves garlic
2 Tbsp. Olive oil
2 Tbsp. ghee
¼ tsp salt -Sea or Himalayan salt
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
Dash of nutmeg
Dash red cayenne pepper
1 pkg. approx 20 oz to 2 lbs butternut squash – cut (approx 2 squash)

Directions for Pie Filling:
Add all ingredients into roasting pan, except for egg whites and honey.
Roast for 30 minutes at 375.

While squash is roasting, begin to make the Brazil Nut crust.

Directions for Pie Crust Ingredients:

3 Tbsp ghee melted
1 1/2 cups Brazil Nuts ***
Pie dish 9 inch
Dash of salt
Place all ingredients in food processor to make fine crumble. Line bottom of pie dish with Brazil Nut crumble and bake for 20 minutes at 375. Chill for 10 minutes in refrigerator before adding Pie Filling.

Assemble Pie Filling:

In food processor, puree roasted squash with:

2 Tbsp. raw honey
1 tsp maple syrup

Place in refrigerator. Chill for 15 minutes.

While filling is chilling 🙂

Beat 3 egg whites until stiff peaks form.
Fold into chilled butternut squash filling.

Make the crumbled topping while the nut crust is baking and the squash is chilling.

Topping Ingredients (Walnut and Hemp Seed Crumble):
1 cup walnuts*
1 cup hemp seeds**
3 Tbsp. ghee melted
1 Tbsp. Pure organic coconut sugar
1 Tbsp. coconut flour

Mix all ingredients for crumbled in a food processor.
Put aside.

Final Assembly:

Add Butternut Squash filling to nut crust. Add the crumbled nut topping. Bake in oven for 30 minutes.

Check out the 7 benefits of Walnuts*

Did you know hemp seeds** help with stress relief and are loaded with magnesium? It’s also the highest source of plant based protein with roughly 13 grams of protein in just 3 Tbsp. Learn more

Brazil Nut *** nutrition facts.

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Roasted Garlic String Beans

The oven is already going with your a turkey; don’t waste the gas/electricity! Get out your roasting pan and throw in your string beans.
Some interesting vinegar’s could make string beans a lot more interesting. This dish takes less than 5 minutes to put together . If you don’t have maple cider vinegar, mix 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar with 2 Tbsp. of organic maple syrup.
Your string beans will never taste like anyone else’s!

Ingredients:

1- lb. of organic string beans
1 cloves fresh garlic
1 tsp. Roasted Garlic Aioli Sauce

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3 Tbsp.  Olive oil
¼ tsp. Red crushed pepper
1 tsp.  Himalayan Salt
1 Tbsp. Garlic powder
¼ cup maple cider vinegar

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees with roasting pan in oven for 15 minutes. This will begin the roasting process as as soon as string beans are in the pan. Place string beans in hot roasting pan. Add olive oil first. Add rest of ingredients except for maple cider vinegar. Roast at 450 degrees for 20 minutes. Take out of oven add vinegar while still hot. Serve immediately.

mashed garlic cauliflower

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

This will be the tastiest mock mashed potatoes you will ever have and is a great alternative to the more complex carbohydrate of potatoes.

Ingredients:

1 head of cauliflower
1/4 cup olive oil
½ tsp salt – kosher
½ tsp garlic powder
Pinch red crushed pepper
1 clove garlic raw
Fresh basil (chopped)
2 Tbsp.  Roasted Garlic Aioli
1/2 cup hemp seeds

Roasted Garlic Aioli Stonewall Kitchen

Directions:

Place cauliflower in a pot covered with water and a lid.  Boil for 20 minutes to soften. Drain. Put in food processor with rest of ingredients listed above. Blend all ingredients well. Sprinkle hemp seed on top.

If you want a little more flavor add one more clove of garlic and another ½ tsp of garlic powder . This will kick the flavor up quite a bit.