Cauliflower Cakes


Well, let’s just say I’m on another kick…and this time it’s with cauliflower.  Yes, I had a fabulous date last night with a head of cauliflower…are you jealous?  Yummy; this sweet, milky, almost nutty cruciferous vegetable is at its prime right now (from December thru March) when its in season and most plentiful at local farmers markets and food stores. Cauliflower tops the charts for vitamin C and is also a good source of vitamin K, folate and dietary fiber…perfect for this time of the year when you need to keep your immune system strong and healthy.

Last night, I created a fabulous gluten-free dinner for myself using a beautiful head of cauliflower that I recently purchased at Whole Foods Market.  The combination of fresh cauliflower, avocado and basil added the perfect touch of sweetness with a sharp twist from the onion and crushed red pepper.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cauliflower florets, broken
  • 1/2 ripe avocado, mashed
  • 3/4 cup egg substitute
  • 4 Fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp. soy flour
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • Pinch of turmeric
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

Optional Toppings

  • Greek yogurt
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Organic tomato sauce

Directions

  • Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender; blend until consistency resembles a batter.
  • Mold dough into cakes measuring about 5 inches wide.
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat; spray with cooking spray.
  • Cook for 3 minutes or until brown; flip and cook other side.
  • Serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt, tomato sauce and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast.
  • Enjoy!

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Get Those Kids Cookin’…

Ever wonder how to get your kids involved in the kitchen? Here are a few tips that I offer to my clients…whether you have young children, nieces, nephews, neighbors, family or friends…these tips are sure to get your little ones active and entertained in the kitchen.


  • Cucumber Caterpillar: Slices of cucumber held together with natural peanut butter. Place the Caterpillar on ‘greens’ to look like grass.
  • Taco or Burrito Bar: Serve brown rice, black beans, onions, hot peppers, sprouted grain or gluten free tortillas, broccoli, arugula, cauliflower, guacamole and  salsa.  Add nuts, seeds and spices in tiny serving dishes to jazz up the flavors!
  • Salad Bar: Spin your greens in a salad spinner, then dress dry greens with a lime dressings made by combining sesame oil, fresh lime juice, low-sodium tamari, cayenne pepper, agave nectar, balsamic vinegar and water.
  • Mashed Potato Parfaits- Sweet Potatoes, Parsnips and carrots mixed together…topped with raisins, cinnamon, shredded coconut and agave nectar
  • Individual Pizzas: Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.  Choose gluten free or sprouted whole grain tortillas, caramelized onions, spinach, red onion, mushrooms, kalamata olives, artichokes, fresh basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Add each ingredient atop each tortilla and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Panini Party: Gluten Free or sprouted whole grain bread, SoyaKaas Gluten Free/Dairy Free cheese, tomato slices, eggplant slices, fresh basil leaves, balsamic vinegar, avocado, zucchini and squash slices.  Add all ingredients to 2 slices of bread.  Place onto a panini maker (sprayed with cooking spray); cook until cheese is melted and veggies are warm and cooked.  Dip into marinara (red) sauce.
  • Stir-Fry: Switch up your usual recipe with unique grains such as millet, quinoa or buckwheat.
  • Fruit Salad: Add exotic fruits to spice up the flavors.  Use a melon baller and serve in a wine glass to add to the allure of this meal.  Add a dollop of plain Greek yogurt atop each fruit salad serving and sprinkle with cinnamon and stevia.
  • Slaw Wraps: Cabbage, celery, carrots, bok choy, mushrooms, peppers, snap peas, bean sprouts, snow peas, green beans and Napa Slaw can easily be combined and wrapped in rice paper.  Liven up this dish by pairing it with a special sauce of grapefruit juice, ginger, balsamic vinegar, lemonade and seeds such as pumpkin and sunflower.  Toss with fresh apples or cumin roasted chick peas.  Adding berries such as blackberries, raspberries and cherries add a nice antioxidant punch to these wraps.
  • Peanut Butter Chicken Fajitas: The best way to make a good peanut sauce is by combining organic peanut butter, fresh ginger, cayenne pepper, agave nectar and low-sodium tamari/soy sauce.
  • Frozen Basil and Banana Pops: Blend together 2 cups ice, 2 cups fresh basil leaves, 1 ripe banana, 1 cup fresh mint leaves, 1 1/2 cups water, 1/2 cup agave nectar in a blender.  Blend well and pour into glasses! This is a wonderful treat for a healthy dessert!

Have fun and experiment with some of my ideas above…Getting the kids active in the kitchen is fun…and who knows, your kids may just start to ‘enjoy’ their veggies!!!

Cauliflower Soup with Gluten Free Croutons and Golden Raisins

Last night, instead of heating up my Turkey Day leftovers…I decided to whip up a tasty cauliflower soup with crunchy gluten-free croutons.  The vegetable stand on my corner had the most beautiful heads of cauliflower this morning on my way to work and I simply couldn’t resist…


Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp.olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 heads cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 Tbsp. agave nectar
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Dash of red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1½ quarts vegetable stock
  • 4 thyme leaves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup Greek plain yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

Toppings

  • 2 cups gluten free bread, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup reserved cauliflower, cut into florets
  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • 4 Tbsp. ghee

Directions

  • In a large saucepan or soup pot, heat the oil over moderate heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the cauliflower; set aside 1 cup for the topping.
  • Season with sea salt, pepper, cinnamon and pepper flakes and cook for 5 minutes longer. Add the white wine and enough vegetable stock to cover the cauliflower; add the thyme and bay leaves. Cover and simmer until the cauliflower. Discard the bay leaves and remove 2 cups of the cooking liquid to set aside.
  • In a blender, puree the cauliflower mixture a little bit at a time. Add the reserved cooking liquid as needed if the mixture is too thick.
  • After pureeing, return mixture to a clean pot and cook over low heat. Stir in the ghee and Greek yogurt, then adjust seasonings.
  • For the topping, melt the ghee over medium heat in a skillet. As it starts to brown, add the bread cubes and gently toss. Season with sea salt and pepper.
  • Add the cauliflower and cook until bread is crispy and cauliflower is soft, then add the golden raisins.
  • Serve warm with the crouton mixture topping.

Cauliflower Soup

This is a wonderful soup recipe that I am planning on making tonight as a side dish with my dinner…The weather is still pretty chilly here in Manhattan and this soup will warm me up and be the perfect side dish for my meal!

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Ingredients

  • 2 Heads Cauliflower
  • 1 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 White Onion, diced
  • 3 Celery Stalks, sliced
  • 4 cloves Fresh Garlic
  • Nu-Salt and Pepper
  • 2 cups Soymilk
  • 2 Leeks, sliced thin (use only the white part)
  • 1 cup Water
  • Dried Herbs for garnish

Directions

  • Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees
  • In a large pot, saute onions, leeks, celery for 20 min on Medium heat
  • Place fresh garlic (peeled) onto a piece of aluminum foil drizzled with olive oil and place into oven for 15 minutes on 325 degrees
  • Add cauliflower to the sauteed mixture.  Add 1 cup water. Cook until cauliflower is very soft
  • Add garlic into the pot and mix with a hand blender. Add 2 cups of soymilk and blend until smooth consistency.  Add nutritional yeast and Nu-Salt and pepper.
  • Garnish with dried herbs
  • Enjoy!

Eating a Rainbow of Colors

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By now, we’ve all heard, “Eat your Veggies”, well there’s a whole rainbow out there of amazing produce known as Superfoods.  Incorporating these babies into your daily diet can fight cancer, improve your memory, and keep those nasty colds away.  So, what are these superfoods that everyone is talking about?

Superfoods are fruits and veggies that are full of antioxidants.  It’s easy to incorporate their rainbow variety into your diet; simply mix n’ match various colors for a plate that is not only pleasing to the eye, but your stomach, as well. 

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Yellow and Orange

  • Oranges
  • Cantaloupe
  • Butternut Squash
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Corn
  • Carrots
  • Apricots
  • Our yellow and orange fruits and veggies are packed with antioxidants that boost our immune systems and provide a nice, big dose of Vitamin C.  Moreover, eating fruits and veggies of these colors help ward off age-related eye disease.  I personally love cooking Butternut Squash and making my Butternut Squash Fries, which can be prepared in minutes and popped into the oven.  Another easy way to incorporate these colors into your diet is combining the above fruits into a smoothie.

    Green

    • Avocados
    • Asparagus
    • Cucumbers
    • Leafy Greens
    • Green Peppers
    • Spinach
    • Broccoli

    These greens help relieve the effects of serious eye ailments such as cataracts and macular degeneration.  Moreover, they help clear the arteries that keep blood flowing to your brain.  My favorite way to incorporate greens into my meals is sauteing spinach and collard greens with garlic and pine nuts.

    Tan and White

    • Parsnips
    • Turnips
    • Cauliflower
    • Onions
    • Mushrooms
    • Bananas
    • Garlic

    These guys  may not have a lotta color to them, however, they pack a serious antioxidant punch with phytonutrients that help protect the heart and fight cancer.  My favorite way to eat the “whites and tans” is to roast parsnips in the oven with a sprinkle of cinnamon and chili powder.

    Blue and Purple

    • Blueberries
    • Raisins
    • Purple Grapes
    • Purple Potatoes
    • Eggplant

    These blue food friends supply us with a healthy dose of antioxidants, which are beneficial for memory and motor function.  I personally love to cook Eggplant Parm–(the gluten free/dairy free way), of course.

    Red

    • Tomatoes
    • Cherries
    • Strawberries
    • Watermelon
    • Radicchio

    Red fruits and veggies contain lycopene and flavonoids are important antioxidants to help fight diseases and various cancers.  Try a rice dish with garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, and tomatoes.

    What’s your favorite way to incorporate a rainbow into your daily diet?