Roasted Cauliflower- A Staple for the Healthy Household

Roasted Cauliflower:

Kid Tested…Mother Approved 🙂 My boys LOVE this as does my chef hubby!!

Everyone likes to start to think “Healthy” for a new year, and we all have those New Year’s resolutions… but how can we eat healthy all of the time when carbs taste so good?! I know that’s my trouble area- bread, potatoes, tortillas, pizza… it’s just SO good!! Here is something that I have been using for many meals, as a snack, as a side, an addition to a dish, in lieu of pasta. I will be adding this to the menu for my family, friends, and myself during 2016 and on my journey to a healthier, happier lifestyle.
It’s delicious, and it’s great for you.

This is a staple in my kitchen and will be something I use in many recipes going forward to help in my weight-loss journey. I keep heads of cauliflower handy in my fridge but always wait to clean them up and roast until at least 2 days before use. I like it freshly roasted and hot, but this can be done in advance and served cold.  It’s the perfect vegetable that can be dressed up in so many ways! Here is my basic technique.

Preheat oven to 375

Use a sheet of foil, put the head of cauliflower in center, drizzle with olive oil {vigorously}, season with salt and pepper. Wrap up the head loosely but making sure the ends are closed.

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Place on sheet tray and in oven for 45 minutes.

To Serve:

  • Cut in bite sized pieces for snacks
  • Cut the florets off head and then in half, use with pasta sauce
  • Cut into pieces for a side dish
  • Mash up, a substitute for mashed potatoes
  • Gently smash and serve with sauteed zucchini
  • puree with roasted red peppers for a soup
  • Let cool, cut and serve with spinach salad

There are countless ways to use this dish. This has been a staple for me in my kitchen and my boys love it. It’s tasty, healthy, and so versatile. You can spice it up, drizzle balsamic over it, eat it with pretty much anything. Add this to your kitchen repertoire. The best part about this veggie dish- it’s simple and cheap!

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Eat Clean, Eat Healthy, & Eat Well.

Perfect Grilled Tacos

I love tacos because you can use any variety of ingredients and prep in advance or as you cook throughout the week {keep a little of this here and there type deal}, thus the name “perfect”.

Two types of taco recipes I like are here:

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Grilled chicken tacos 

Start with
Corn tortilla
layer with
shredded white cheddar cheese
top with
Grilled chicken {seasoned with garlic, pepper, paprika, a little cayenne, and salt}
 add
red and yellow heirloom tomato chunks {for flavor and color}
add a little
fennel and corn slaw {or canned corn, fresh corn from the cob on it’s own, whatever you have… can do radish too}
finish with
red cabbage {thinly sliced then tossed in a mayo, Dijon mustard, and sriracha mix}

This is my favorite taco! It’s full of flavor, has a nice spice character to it, the flavor builds as you bite through, and the spice is coupled with just the right amount of tang. YUM. I love this in the Spring and Summer when the grill is ready to go, but you can also bake or saute your chicken for similar results.

 

Next on my list of “Perfect” tacos

Grilled shrimp

Toss your shrimp in a spice mix: Uncle Timmy’s Spice Rub {if you have it- coming soon to my site :), otherwise you can use salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and celery salt}. Grill shrimp and slice into pieces.

Start with
Corn tortilla
sprinkle with
white cheddar cheese
top with
shrimp
add
corn and fennel slaw {or a sweet slaw of your choice…onion and corn}
finish with
romaine lettuce
and
red cabbage {thinly sliced then tossed in a mayo, Dijon mustard, and relish…yes similar to thousand island dressing}

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These tacos are kid tested! My boys love them and my husband does too! They’re healthy, flavorful, and you can always prep ahead. So remember, a good, delicious dinner does not have to take forever or take a lot of effort!

**Make this Whole30 by using romaine as the taco, eliminating the mayo and relish, corn, and cheese. Instead use extra cabbage, chicken or shrimp, siracha, and add balsamic to the tomatoes for a little flare.

Cheers!

Moxie Lady