Some people find it hard to believe that I don’t like rice. I just think it’s boring and a total waste of my
time calories. If I’m gonna eat empty calories, it’s gonna be cake and not rice, ya hear? So when I started seeing recipes for cauliflower “fried rice” I was all over it. Genius: fried rice with nutrients!
Cauliflower “fried rice”, makes about 3 servings
-2 T sesame oil
-1 small onion
-1 cup sliced mushrooms
-1 large head cauliflower
-1 knob fresh ginger (we’ll grate this to be about 1 T ginger)
-2 cups mixed frozen vegetables
-1 cup frozen kale
-1/2 cup sliced water chestnuts (optional, for crunch)
-1/4 cup raw cashews
-salt & pepper
-2-3 T soy sauce (or aminos to make it gluten-free)
Let’s do this:
Dice your onion.
Once the mushrooms are soft, add the ginger and stir to combine. Add the cauliflower and stir. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for about 5 minutes. You want the cauliflower to soften but not get mushy.
Crack the two eggs in a small bowl and whisk. We need to cook the egg. You have a choice: you can scramble the egg in a separate pan, or you can make a hole in the middle of the veggies and add the eggs like I did. Either way, let the egg cook through and then stir in with the rest of the cauliflower. Add the soy sauce and stir to combine.
For DR-Dad’s birthday, we went a silent retreat. Luckily, he wasn’t offended that I volunteered to spend time with him as long as he didn’t talk. (Kidding!)
We really did go on a silent retreat though. It was only one day, thankfully, because DR-Dad doesn’t exactly have a career as a monk ahead of him. At one point, he ran around the room shouting “I just LOVE these socks!!!” Yep, that happened. At a silent retreat. Anyone who hadn’t grown up with this man might have been embarrassed.
One great thing came out of the retreat though (besides quality time, of course). This stew. It was served at lunch, and the woman who ran the retreat was kind enough to give me the recipe. It is the perfect fall sunday dinner. I’m packing up the leftovers now for lunch.
Weekend Vegetable Stew, adapted from Veggiyana Cookbook
-8 cups vegetable broth
-2 cups water
-1/2 cup pearled barley
-1/2 yellow split peas
-1/4 cup white beans (I used baby lima beans)
-1/2 cup dried mushrooms (I used shitake, but any will work!)
-1 T thyme
-1 t cumin
-1/2 t coriander
-1 t marjoram
-2 t salt, divided
-1 T celery seeds
-1 bay leaf
-3 medium carrots
-2 roma tomatoes
-1 cup frozen corn kernels
-1 cup frozen peas
-6 kale and/or swiss chard leaves (I used a combination)
-1/2 cup canned pumpkin
-1/4 t paprika
-1/2 t pepper
In a big ol’ pot, add your water and broth, split peas, barley, beans, mushrooms, thyme, cumin, coriander, marjoram, 1 t salt, celery seeds, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium. Cover and cook for an hour.
The “Detox Salad” at the Whole Foods salad bar is one of my favorites. I am really not a fan of raw broccoli, but somehow it’s ok when it is completely pulverized, as it is in this salad. I had been meaning to recreate this salad for a while, and then I remembered that Oh She Glows had done a remake of it. Of course I can’t leave well enough alone, so I added some kale and a little olive oil. I’ve been having it for lunch ever since. This recipe makes A LOT of detox salad. Enough for me to take it for lunch 5 days a week and the Huz to have a few tablespoons of the leftovers.
WF Detox Salad Copycat recipe, adapted from Oh She Glows Detox Salad, makes about 12 cups
-1 bunch carrots (about 3/4 pound of carrots, after the greens were removed)
-2 bunches broccoli
-1 head cauliflower
-3-4 leaves kale
-about 1/2 cup fresh parsley (more if you like parsley)
-1/2 cup sunflower seeds
-1/2 cup raisins
-1 cup currants (a.k.a. tiny expensive raisins. just use raisins if you can’t find these)
-1 T olive oil (the WF version is oil-free, but I have always read that the vitamins in raw veggies are absorbed better when eaten with a little oil, so I added it. Also, is this true?)
-juice from 1/2 lemon
-1 t kelp granules (optional)
-salt & pepper
This recipe comes together pretty quickly if you have a food processor. If not, roll up your sleeves and grab your elbow grease and let’s get started.
I need to start this post by thanking everyone for the birthday wishes. That was certainly a crazy day, but I think it was the best birthday I have ever had. Waaaay better than the year I had my party at Funway and a giant squirrel on roller skates force fed me ice cream while I had brainfreeze. Also, I had a perm.
Anyway, I can’t believe I almost didn’t blog about it – I’m really glad I did because so many of you wrote me with acts of kindness that you had done that day. It’s like November 2nd became random act of kindness day, which was truly the best gift ever.
Back to the present. I went a liiiittle bit cookoo at the last farmer’s market. It was our last one! In an apparent effort to have farmer’s market dinners for the rest of the year, I went long on veggies. Like, super long. I do this kind of thing of all the time. Witness the last time I wanted everyone else to have fun; I “went long” on wine. But that is another story.
I had to find a recipe to use up all of my veggies before they went bad, so I found this recipe in Whole Living and adapted it to include a couple additional veggies that I lugged home from the market.
Butt-load of veggies with lentils, serves a small army.
-1 bunch carrots
-1 small bunch celery
-1 acorn squash
-1 red onion
-about 4 cups brussels sprouts
-2 large golden beets
-5 T olive oil
-1/2 c french green lentils
-1 head garlic (optional)
-4 t apple cider vinegar
-1 t mustard
Let’s do this:
Heat oven to 425. Start prepping your veggies: cut onion into wedges, half carrots lengthwise, slice squash and beets (see picture below), cut brussels sprouts in half, slice your celery, cut off the top of your garlic.
Arrange veggies on baking sheets and spray or drizzle 2 T of olive oil. If you are roasting garlic, pour about a teaspoon of oil over the exposed cloves. Roast for about 30 minutes, turning veggies once.
While veggies are roasting, cut your shallot in half and place lentils and shallot in a saucepan and cover with water by 2 inches. Bring to a boil and simmer covered for about 20-25 minutes. Drain the lentils, and throw out the shallot. Remove the garlic cloves from their steamy little pods and add to the lentils.
To make the dressing: Combine vinegar, mustard, and 3 T of olive oil in a small food processor or blender for about a minute until combined (if you don’t feel like getting your blender out, then just whisk together in a small bowl). Toss dressing with the lentils and top with your veggies.
Whenever I need a quick pick-me-up, I glance through the google search terms that lead people to this blog. There are some real gems in there. For example:
fat belly sew (hmmm… I guess they get my fish costume?)
mouse poop in quinoa (huh!?!?)
ironic mattress (huh?!?!)
how many calories are in a piece of toast
panty shelf (guessing they end up at my PANTRY shelf - big difference)
Good times. I’m sorry I can’t help the gal who found mouse poop in her quinoa. That’s rough.
Roasted Garlic & Carrot Hummus, makes about 4 cups
-1 bunch carrots
-1 head garlic
-about 1/2 cup olive oil
-1 can chickpeas
-2 T tahini
-1 T cumin
-1 T corriander
-juice of one lemon
-salt & pepper
Prep: Preheat oven to 375. Wash and cut your carrots so they are about the same size. Cut the top off your garlic head so the tops of the cloves are exposed. Drain and rinse chickpeas.
Let’s do this:
Line up your carrots on a cookie sheet with your garlic. Drizzle some of the olive oil over the garlic cloves. Drizzle (or spray, if you have an olive oil mister) olive oil on the carrots. Reserve the remaining olive oil for the hummus.
Roast for about 30 minutes or until carrots and garlic are tender. Add carrots and garlic to a food processor and process until smooth.
Add chickpeas, tahini, spices, and lemon juice to food processor. Drizzle in olive oil until desired consistency is reached, then season with salt & pepper.
Sprinkle with a little extra cumin and serve!