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.

 

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Snack Bars

These snack bars are like Larabars. I have been trying to emulate the larabar since I discovered it about 4 months ago. It’s expensive and delicious…. This unfortunately has dried fruit that DOES have sugar in it. BUT you can find unsweetened dried fruit- it’s tough though. I still love this and will continue to practice Paleo and will still eat this and find a way to make it fully compliant.

You’ll Need:

2 c dates
3 c shredded coconut
1 c dried cranberries
2 c toasted pecans
1/2 c water

Method:

In a vitamix blend dates, cranberries, and nuts, then add water. add coconut and mix {May have to mix with a spoon and might be best to pull entire mixture out and mix in a bowl after the nuts are blended}.

Spread out on sheet tray {1/4 sheet tray} evenly to desired height and refrigerate for 2 hours. Cut, store in closed container, keep refrigerated. Enjoy hungry!

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Cauliflower Quick Bread

Cauliflower Quick Bread

Whole30 Approved/Paleo

 

This is for those who would like to feel like they are eating a form of bread and are simply looking for something to spread something on, rather than dip. It is cauliflower based so it will taste like cauliflower, it is slightly mushy, because it is cauliflower, BUT it’s a huge change from dipping vegetables and I have to say that I truly enjoy this. Serve warm with an avocado spread, red bell pepper “hummus”, or any kind of sauce {Whole30 compliant} that’ you’ve whipped up 🙂

 

If you’re looking for something a little bit more crunchy then make the balls smaller and flatter.

 

You’ll Need:

  • 1 head cauliflower, riced in the vitamix {all the same consistency} about 3 cups
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

Method:

Preheat oven to 400. Roll batter into six equal balls and place on parchment paper on a sheet tray. Cook for 15 minutes, then press down on each of the balls to flatten a bit, sprinkle sesame seeds over evenly then cook for remainder of the time. Let cool 5 minutes then serve with your favorite spread or enjoy on it’s own as a snack.

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Strawberry balsamic dandelion saute

Strawberry Balsamic Dandelion Greens

Whole30 Approved

  • 1 bunch dandelion greens, cut into ½ in pieces
  • 1 c sliced strawberries
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1-2 tsp olive oil for cooking

 

Method:

In a saute pan on high heat, add a small amount of olive oil to coat the pan, add strawberries, cook for 5 minutes, turn to medium heat, add dandelion greens and balsamic, cook 2 minutes, then turn to med/low and let cook for about 10 minutes so the juices extract more and the greens become tender.

 

Serve hot over pork or as a side.

 

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Beef Tacos Whole30 Style

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You’ll Need:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 bunch radish, sliced
  • 1 avocado, cut into chunks
  • Cilantro, cut off stems
  • 2 limes, cut into quarters
  • 1 tomato, cut into chunks
  • Red onion, chopped
  • 2 heads butter lettuce

 

Seasoning {to your taste}

  • paprika
  • cayenne
  • salt
  • pepper

Method:

Cook ground beef with seasoning, once 1 minute from done {almost all browned} add ¼ cup water. Remove from heat.

To serve:
Build ingredients in lettuce cups as desired, finish with a squeeze of lime and cilantro.

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Whole30 Style Beef & Broccoli

I have loved Thai food and Chinese my entire life and since I’ve decided to eat clean, I have longed for those amazing flavors of soy, teriyaki, and yes, msg. But I certainly do not long for the heavy feeling in my stomach and the extra five pounds I used to gain the next morning from  hearty, delicious mistake I had made the night before.

THIS is a super healthy alternative to replace those dishes and stop the cravings. You’ll wake up feeling like you ate a nice, flavorful, healthy meal.

 

 You’ll Need:

  • 3 crowns broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • ½ pound sirloin, sliced thin
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 5 tsp. Olive oil
  • 5 tsp coconut aminos
  • 1 ½ c water
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1 tsp red hawaiian salt
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • Salt {Kosher} and pepper to taste

 Method:

 

In a large pan {I use my cast iron pan} add 4 tsp olive oil, red pepper flakes, and onions, let saute for 5 minutes then add broccoli and ½ cup water. Stir to coat all broccoli, let cook on medium heat for 6-8 minutes, continuing to stir. Then add ginger, coconut aminos, rice vinegar, salt, and remaining water, stir and cover for 6 more minutes. Drizzle sesame oil over, mix up and remove from heat.

In a separate pan add remaining olive oil and on high heat add the sirloin and cook until done, about 4 minutes depending on thickness of meat. The meat should just barely be browned so it’s still tender and juicy.

 Serve over cauliflower rice

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No Carbs Needed- Garden Vegetable Bowl

Whole30 Approved

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You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups cremini mushrooms, cut in half then sliced thin
  • 2 big handfuls of sugar snap peas, cleaned and de-stringed
  • 5 carrots, peeled and sliced very thin at an angle
  • 1 bunch asparagus, ends cut off, then sliced at an angle
  • 5 baby bell peppers, quartered, then sliced
  • 2 heads of broccoli, trimmed and cut into bit sized pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 boneless pork chops, cleaned of fat and sliced thin
  • 2 tbsp red curry paste
  • 3 tbsp coconut aminos
  • Olive oil for cooking as needed
  • Salt and pepper to season

 

Method:

In a large cast iron pan coated with olive oil, add mushrooms and let cook until they darken and shrink up, about 7 minutes, then add carrots and peppers, cook while stirring another 4 minutes, add garlic, broccoli, and snap peas, cook a few minutes until broccoli softens. Turn heat to low, add asparagus, 1 tbsp curry paste, and coconut aminos, continue to stir and let cook.

In a separate pan on high heat, drizzle olive oil to coat pan, add in pork meat, season with salt and pepper. Cook until meat is cooked through, about 7 minutes. Use tongs to flip and stir meat so everything cooks evenly. Once cooked, remove from heat and  add the remaining red curry paste, mix together. Serve with vegetables.

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Kitchen Tools I cannot Live Without

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There are a variety of different kitchen utensils and many kinds of the the same item. I learned to cook from watching my grandmother when I was little and she taught me a lot of the basics. Because I learned from her, I still sort of cook like her: “a little of this, a pinch of that, whisk until fluffy, cook until browned, stir until slightly gelled and sticks to the spoon when lifted out of the pot” things like that. I also married a chef and that sort of kitchen talk just doesn’t cut it {No pun intended}, so he has taught me to time things, measure, and write things down. This helps with my recipe creations. I can’t exactly be there in your kitchen with you telling you that you’re doing it right or wrong, so I need to be specific.

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To allow myself the time I need to do things right, I have selected a handful of items that I cannot cook without. Eating clean means I work with a lot of produce so there are a few pieces that I go to daily: my peeler, paring knife {Because sometimes I use that to peel vegetables like my Grandmother did}, my trustee knife for all of the chopping, and a flat wood spatula for stirring when sauteing. While these may be my top tools, there are a few more that make up my repertoire. Here are all of the handy kitchen utensils that show up in my kitchen often:

My knife- it fits perfectly in my hand, I only use one, and I use it for everything. I am constantly washing it in between ingredients.

Masher- I have recently become obsessed with mashed roasted cauliflower so this tool gets a lot of use in my kitchen. I use this when making a chunky soup or chowder too.

Strainer– I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world and am surrounded by incredibly fresh fruits and vegetables. I have fallen in love with ice cubes made from fresh fruit juice. This is surely not an easy task but my strainer {in many sizes} makes things go a bit smoother. I’ve discovered the process of cold pressed coffee too and my strainer makes a cameo about every other day to help me out.

Cheese Grater– Well cheese has been one of my favorite food groups {yes, I would consider it it’s own group, but I know it’s not…} for years. The cheese grater has other uses: to grate vegetables for fresh salads, to make “rice” out of cauliflower, to make zucchini “noodles” look sort of like penne, and more.

Flat Wood Spatula- This is the main utensil I use to cook with. It works well in cast iron, non-stick, and in stainless steel, so I am safe no matter what pot or pan I am using. This spatula is good for deglazing pans, mixing heavy stews and soups, flipping eggs, stirring scrambled eggs, and sauteing vegetables. It’s a staple for sure.

Paring Knife– I bought a paring knife from Sur La Table because I wanted something small to cut radishes and other smalls ingredients in my hand. I use this to peel produce, cut the tops off strawberries {without wasting the good parts}, and slicing small fruits and vegetables.
Scraper/Spatula- This is good for many things. It’s a handy when making rice out of raw cauliflower in the vitamix. It’s a must have.

Measuring Cups- Well…because sometimes you just have to measure.

Ladle- Being the soup queen that I feel that I am, I of course need a ladle in my life. I love this kitchen tool and I dislike it at the same time, mainly because it only has one use. But, I need it, so it’s here on my list.

These are the items that I could not live without in my kitchen. Cooking is so much fun and soothing for me. My kitchen is my happy place, I feel really at peace in it. My whole experience is made better with the great things that I have to utilize. They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, well I suppose the way to mine is with the tools it takes to make the food.

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Here is a set of kitchen utensils that will get any cook started. This is a great first set.

And Wooden Spoons….

Simple Scramble

Whole30 Approved

I LOVE eggs, and I am so glad that they are highly recommended on whole30. There are so many different varieties of scrambles that can be done….

 

You’ll Need:

  • 3 egg whites {or egg beaters}
  • 1 large avocado, sliced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp truffle salt
  • 2tbsp medium Casa Sanchez salsa
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste

 

Method:

In a sauté pan add oil, heat up, add the egg whites and seasoning, cook and stir until done. Plate up- place sliced avocado on the side and salsa down the middle.

Serve immediately.
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Roasted Vegetable Scramble

Whole30 Approved

I love creating breakfast from an amazing dinner the night before. There is very little that does not go well with egg whites. This recipe had roasted lemon and garlic asparagus, balsamic caramelized red onions, and sautéed cremini mushrooms. Each vegetable was prepared on its own and combined for the sake of favors in this dish.

 

You’ll Need:

  • 3 egg whites {or egg beaters}
  • 1 c roasted asparagus
  • ½ c sautéed mushrooms
  • ¼ c balsamic red onions
  • 1 spicy sausage link, sliced thin
  • 1 tsp olive oil for cooking
  • 1 tsp salt & pepper

 

Method:

Coat a sauté pan with oil so ingredients do not stick. Add savage, asparagus, onion, and mushrooms, let warm for 3 minutes while stirring, then add egg whites, salt, and pepper. Cook until done, continuing to stir so ingredients do not burn or stick.

 

Serve immediately.


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