Roasted Cauliflower Salad + Hoppy Wheat Beer or Pils

Just in time for Fall: Sonoma County Style Comfort Food and Full Bodied Wheat Beer- Perfect Pairing: Modern Times Unfortunate Islands. It’s a delightful combo!!! 

Another great pairing is the Double Aught Pilsner from Bear Republic

The sweetness of the wheat or the Pilsner brings out the sweetness of the coconut nectar and is well balanced with the spice of the mustard and Garam Masala.

 

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Roasted Cauliflower on top of romaine and frisse in Moxie Lady’s kitchen

The end of Summer is nearing and produce options are changing. We are beginning to settle into our comfort phase and look to root and cretaceous vegetables, stews, and soups to plan for the chilly nights. But who said the Summer feeling had to go away completely? Combine roasted root vegetables and seasoned with fresh spices from the local, Savory Spice Shop. This creates the perfect dinner dish for a Fall evening while maintaining the healthy, fresh elements of Summer.

Pair this savory dish with Modern Times Fortunate Islands- a fruit forward, hoppy, wheat beer. Pick it up at the local bottle shop Beer Craft in Rohnert Park. 

*{This recipe is whole30 approved too if you leave out the beer! And it’s great for the whole family!} 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tsp. spicy brown mustard
  • 4 tsp. olive oil {I use Ancient Olive Trees Oil; a hint of spice and citrus} 
  • ½ tsp. coconut nectar (honey substitute)
  • 1 head cauliflower, quartered, sliced in thin steaks
  • 2 tsp. Garam masala {Buy fresh from Savory Spice
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 1 head frisee salad, chopped
  • 3 heads hearts of romaine, chopped
  • 1 c. green olives, sliced in quarters (long)
  • ½ cashews, chopped

 

METHOD

Roasted Cauliflower:

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Place cauliflower steaks on a sheet tray, use two trays if needed to avoid layering. Drizzle 1 tsp. Olive oil over cauliflower, dust with garam masala. Roast in oven for 30 minutes, flipping steaks after 15. Set aside when done.

Dressing:

In a small mixing bowl, squeeze the juice from one lime, mustard, remaining olive oil, ½ tsp salt and pepper. MIx until blended well.

Salad:

In a large mixing bowl, add in romaine, frisee, olives, half of the cauliflower, and dressing, mix. Transfer to serving bowl. Add remaining cauliflower and sprinkle cashews on top. Serve.

Serves dinner for 4.

 

Happy Cooking!

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Moxie’s Chicken and Vegetable Soup with St. Florian’s 48/96

St. Florian’s Brewery has been a longtime favorite of mine since they opened just a few years ago. They are an awesome family and are striving to help firefighters and those in need. They’re constantly donating to local charities and they just care. I like to recommend local businesses but also those who support the community. St. Florian’s makes great craft beer and deserve a try if you have not been there yet!

Moxie’s Chicken and Vegetable Soup

with St. Florian’s 48/96

 

You’ll Need:

4 medium sized chicken breast, cleaned of fat, and cut into thirds

4-5 carrots, peeled and chopped in rounds

7 stalks of celery, sliced thick

2 turnips, peeled and chopped into 2cm cubes

10-15 cremini mushrooms cut in halves then sliced

½ red onion, chopped

6 zucchini, cut in half then sliced thick

2 quarts vegetable stock {homemade if possible}

Olive oil for cooking

2 cups St. Florian’s sessionable 48/96 ale

 

Method:

In a medium sized stock pot, over high heat, lightly coat with olive oil, and add in the chicken. Sear on each side about 2 minutes, just to to caramelize for flavor and to seal in the juices. Add the St. Florian’s 48/96 to the pot along with the onion, carrots, celery, mushrooms, and turnips. Cover and let simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove the chicken and set aside while deglazing the pan with broth as needed. Place the chicken back in the pot and add in enough broth to cover the ingredients. Bring to a boil, add salt and pepper to taste, and half of the sliced zucchini, then reduce heat to low and cover, let cook on low for an hour {until the chicken falls apart}. Add in the rest of the zucchini {so that some is bright green and slightly al dente when served}, stir and continue to let cook until all of the chicken is shredded.

Serves 8, or makes enough to freeze for lunches and dinner for the week.

Cheers!

StFlorians Beer

Eclipse Stout Chicken & Mushroom Soup

Eclipse Stout Chicken & Mushroom Soup

You’ll Need:

  • 1 22 ounce bottle of Eclipse Stout
  • 5 cups of cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 ½ red onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  • 8 carrots, peeled and sliced thick
  • 2 32 ounce cans of diced tomatoes
  • 4 medium boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into 4 pieces
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil for cooking

Method:

In a stock pot brown the chicken then remove and set aside. Add the onion and saute until soft, deglazing the pan with the stout as needed. Add in the mushrooms and saute until soft, continuing to deglaze the pan with the stout {about half or more of the stout should be used by now}. Stir in the carrots and celery and continue to stir to let the flavors meld together. Deglaze the pan again with the stout and then mix in the tomatoes, add the remainder of the stout, stir then add stock to cover the ingredients. Bring to a boil then turn down heat, add back in the chicken, cover and let simmer for about 45 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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*This can be Whole30 approved if you remove the stout and deglaze with stock.