Hey guys! I’ve been testing some healthier recipes that I’ve found in books and online. Today’s experiment was cauliflower rice! I hate cauliflower, but this actually had a nice taste 😁😁😋
1 large head fresh cauliflower (about 2-3 pounds)
2-3 tablespoons coconut oil (for cooking & flavoring) *you can also try lemon or garlic infused coconut oil or butter or ghee*
1/2 medium onion, diced (about 1/2 cup)
1 clove garlic, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
1/2 teaspoon Aleppo pepper (or crushed red pepper flakes)
zest from 1 lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
2 teaspoons lemon juice (I used 1 1/2 tbsps ♥️ lemon)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
Prep the cauliflower. Break the cauliflower into florets, removing the stems. Place the florets in the food processor bowl and pulse until the cauliflower looks like rice. This takes about 10 to 15 one-second pulses. You may need to do this in a few batches to avoid overcrowding (which leads to mush).
2. Cook the aromatics. Place 2 teaspoons coconut oil in a large, nonstick skillet and heat over medium-high, about 3 minutes. Add the onion and cook until it’s translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and Aleppo pepper and stir-fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds
3. Finish it up. Add 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil to the pan, along with the cauliflower, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Stir everything together and sauté until the cauliflower is tender, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in the parsley, try a bite, then add more salt and pepper, if necessary.
MIX IT UP!
Replace the lemon zest & juice with lime and swap in cilantro instead of parsley.
Keep the lemon and replace the parsley with fresh or dried rosemary.
I stumbled across three recipes today and they all looked so delicious that I had to try it! I’ve been trying to eat healthier and I’m on the search for easy and delicious recipes. I ate this salad for dinner with turkey that I seasoned with spicy taco seasoning mmmhmmmm!
Here’s the recipe
1 lb Roma tomatoes
1 English cucumber
1/2 medium red onion, sliced
2 avocados, diced
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil or sunflower oil
Juice of 1 medium lemon (about 2 Tbsp)
1/4 cup (1/2 bunch) cilantro, chopped
1 tsp sea salt or 3/4 tsp table salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
Gently stir all the ingredients together, add the salt and pepper just before serving.
Au gratin potatoes is an easy dish that goes with almost anything! The ingredients are cheap and you probably already have them in your pantry or fridge! This is a slightly lightened version *so I can eat a little more of it yay me!*. Give this a try if you’re bored of the same old mashed potato as a side every week. *I still love you mashed potatoes, you complete me!* 💕
When I moved to the United States, I was amazed at the variety of foods! Almost every country’s dishes could be found. Immediately I was drawn to Mexican food, my first experience was Taco Bell and needless to say I was sorely disappointed until I had the real deal at a small authentic Mexican restaurant that didn’t even serve cheese on their tacos! The little lady chef muttered “That’s for Americans! We no do that in Mexico!”
I was blown away, the intense flavors, the spiciness, the savoriness and the desserts Oh my goodness! Give me a coconut macaroon every day please! or maybe a cream filled churro dipped in a ton of cinnamon and sugar *drool* but I digress. Since Mexican food is quickly becoming a favorite, I’ve tried to make a few dishes myself. I found this black bean recipe on Food Network. It’s pretty basic, but very tasty and it goes great with tacos, burritos, carne asada, mexican grilled chicken or by itself! I just love the different shades of purple and navy you see after soaking, so pretty 🙂
1 pound dried black beans, rinsed and picked over
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, halved and seeded
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons dried oregano, preferably Mexican
Queso fresco and fresh cilantro, for topping (optional)
Soak the beans in a pot of water overnight. Drain.
Heat the olive oil in the pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, jalapeno and cumin and cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
Add the oregano and the beans, then add enough water to cover (about 9 cups). Increase the heat to medium high and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium low, partially cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are just tender, about 3 hours. (Usually takes about 90 mins but some beans are just difficult 🙂 )
Add 2 teaspoons salt and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is mostly absorbed, about 45 minutes. Season with salt. Let sit 15 minutes before serving; top with queso fresco and cilantro, if desired.
This here is my absolute favorite Mexican Rice recipe, it turns out perfect every time and I always make extra to freeze for later meals. The rice smells amazing while its being cooked but at the end when you throw in the fresh cilantro and jalapenos and a squeeze of lime juice, the flavor goes over the top! A must try! I’m sure you will also add this recipe to your regular rotation!
I usually make this rice with black beans, pico de gallo, guacamole and carne asada!
12 ozs tomatoes, very ripe and cored
1 medium white onion
3 medium jalapenos
2 cups long grain white rice (I used brown)
1⁄3 cup canola oil
4 minced garlic cloves
2 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon tomato paste (may omit if using canned tomatoes)
1 tsp tomato and chicken bouillon (optional)
1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
1⁄2 cup fresh cilantro, minced
Adjust rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350.
Process tomato and onion in processor or blender until pureed and thoroughly smooth. Transfer mixture to measuring cup and reserve exactly 2 cups. Discard excess.
Remove ribs and seeds from 2 jalapenos and discard. Mince flesh and set aside. Mince remaining jalapeno. Set aside.
Place rice in a fine mesh strainer and rinse under cold running water until water runs clear- about 1 1/2 minutes.Shake rice vigorously to remove excess water.This step removes the starch from the rice so it will not stick. IF YOU OMIT THIS STEP YOUR RICE WILL NOT BE DRY AND FLUFFY.
Heat oil in heavy bottomed ovensafe 12 inch straight sided sautee pan or Dutch oven with tight-fitting lid over low-medium heat about 2 minutes.( I just used a regular frying pan and transferred to a glass dish covered tightly with foil). Drop a few rice grains in and if they sizzle then it is ready. Add rice and fry stirring until rice is light golden and translucent, about 6-8 minutes. Be careful that the oil doesn’t get too hot too fast or the oil will splatter.
Reduce heat to medium, add garlic and 2 minced jalapenos and cook , stirring constantly until fragrant, about 1 1/2 minutes.
Stir in broth, pureed mixture,tomato paste, and salt. Increase heat to medium high, and bring to a boil.
Cover pan and transfer pan to oven to bake until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, 30-35 minutes.Stir well after 15 minutes. ( I didn’t have an oven safe pan so i transferred rice mixture to a baking dish tightly covered in foil)
Stir in cilantro, minced jalapeno to taste, and pass lime wedges separately.
Edited 8-15-08: Leftovers are just as delicious the next day so this is a perfect dish to make ahead time for potlucks. This rice also freezes well. For Freezing Ahead: Cool, portion and freeze in a ziploc bag. To reheat from frozen: Place in a pyrex dish and warm in the microwave, stirring every 2-3 minutes until heated through
For a long time I caught myself in a food rut, I would make the same thing every other week and even though the food tasted good we were all getting a little bored. If I left it up to my 4 year old, he would eat pizza every night and not complain * then again, who would?!*. So I decided to try one new recipe every week to break up the monotony.
This week I though I would try this Basil Pesto recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction. I made a couple of changes because my poor little basil plant looked a bit naked after I picked a cup’s worth of leaves 😀
I mixed the pesto with penne and grilled some chicken breasts, my son made a salad and we had a quick and easy dinner! It was very tasty and both kids thought it was so cool to eat alien green pasta 😀
1 cup fresh basil leaves
1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves
1/3 cup pine nuts (i used toasted walnuts)
1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
3 cloves roasted garlic
1/3 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon each salt and fresh ground pepper
Blend the basil, spinach, pine nuts, cheese, and garlic together in a food processor or blender. Pour oil in slowly while still mixing (or a little at a time, then mix, then more oil, then mix again, etc). Scrape down the sides, then add lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Pulse until everything is blended together and relatively smooth. Taste and add more salt/pepper if desired.
I absolutely love Jamaican food, but jerk pork is one of my favorites, it’s so spicy, savory and juicy and mouth watering and you get the point! Pair this up with some rice and peas and salsa and fried plantains and a couple festivals *a sweet fried dough* and BAM! You’re an islander ha!
The best part is how easy it is to make! My marinade of choice is Walkerswood Jerk Seasoning. I let my pork marinate for a day or more, and then I toss it in the oven at 350 F for 35 mins, and then move the pork to the grill over medium low heat. Baste with your favorite BBQ sauce and let the meat slowly cook and the sauce to caramelize beautifully. Let cool, then cut and serve.
Country style pork ribs ( you can use chops too)
Jerk seasoning marinade *I prefer Walkerswood hot and spicy*
Wash the pork with lime juice.
Add 1-2 ozs of marinade per pound of pork.*I love Walkerswood jerk marinade but there are other brands*
Massage marinade into meat. *please wear gloves if you don’t want your hands to be on fire*
Let pork marinate for at least 2 hours or over night for intense heat and flavor.
Bake pork at 350F for 30 mins. Reserve about 1/4 cup of drippings.
Add the drippings to 2 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce and reduce.
Put pork on grill over medium to low heat and baste with your sauce.
Let me start off by confusing you! This dish isn’t actually made with peas, it’s made with beans, red beans, also called kidney beans! Are you still there? *crickets chirping* PERFECT! I love Jamaican rice and peas, with jerk pork or jerk chicken or escovitched fish and fried plantains with a side of festivals *a sweet fried dough*.
I’ve had a lot of exposure to Jamaican foods. I worked at JAMWEST Caribbean foods for a while and the best part was getting to eat all the delicious food everyday and listening to Jamaican Patois that I could barely understand, and listening to stories from Chef Patrick while he cooked corn meal porridge :). It was truly amazing watching the giant pots of rice and barrels of jerked meats being cooked, and that rum cake from Miss Verona was so divine. Oh and how could I forget about the patties, and fresh juices and hiding in the walk in fridge to ‘sample’ dishes and getting locked inside hehehehe. Good times!
Here’s a much smaller recipe for rice and peas
8 ounces small dried red beans or 8 ounces red kidney beans
1 quart water
16 ounces chicken broth or 16 ounces chicken stock or 16 ounces water
1⁄2 cup coconut milk
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
1⁄2 teaspoon ground allspice
2 scallions, finely chopped
1⁄2 cup white onion, chopped
2 minced garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 1⁄2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 scotch bonnet pepper (left whole) or you can slice it if you want lots of heat!
1 teaspoon brown sugar
2 1⁄4 cups uncooked long grain rice
Rinse and sort beans and place in a stockpot.
Cover with several inches of water and soak overnight,-or- bring to a boil, boil gently for 3 minutes, then remove from heat, cover, and allow to sit undisturbed for 1 hour.
Drain and rinse beans.
Bring to a boil with chicken stock, water, and coconut milk.
Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 1 1/2-2 hours or until beans are tender and creamy.
Add the thyme, allspice, scallion, onion, garlic, scotch bonnet, brown sugar, uncooked rice, salt and pepper.
Check the level of liquid over the rice and make sure there is at least one inch of liquid (if not, you may add water or broth to cover).
Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until rice is tender.
Serve hot as a side dish.
For vegetarian,use water not the chicken broth or stock.
I served the rice and peas, along side jerk pork, which is cooked pretty much the same way as jerk chicken and a tropical salsa! Put some calypso music on in the background and I felt like I was back at home 🙂