Thursday, March 29, 2012
So story...My friend from high school is the most amazing hair dresser, and I was at her house getting a cut and color. Her husband happens to be an amazing self-taught chef (I have learned so many things from him- and will be sharing another of his side dishes soon). I was super excited when I found that he would be making dinner for us. We came up to eat while my hair was processing and were greeted by the most amazing smell in the world. I was surprised to see that it was this dish. Who knew cauliflower could be so good? The roasted pine nuts really give the dish such an amazing (have I said that word enough yet?) flavor, it seriously is the best combination. I had to try it myself, and while mine will never be quite as good as his, it is pretty fabulous. Oh, and if you live in the Salt Lake valley and need a good hair dresser- email me, she is the best!
Roasted Cauliflower with Pine Nuts
1 large cauliflower cut into large florets
1 head garlic, peeled and sliced lengthwise
Salt & Pepper
1/4 to 1/2 cup pine nuts (don't omit- they are the best part!)
1/4 cup chopped parsley
Preheat oven to 400. Toss cauliflower with garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread in a single layer on rimmed baking sheet and roast for 20 to 25 minutes or until cauliflower is tender.
Roast pine nuts on baking sheet until golden brown, watch carefully, they brown in less than a minute. Add to cauliflower, squeeze lemon juice over cauliflower and toss with fresh parsley. YUM.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
These little cookie bites are a great way to get your sugar fix while still sticking to healthy ingredients. It's also a great recipe for kids to help with.
2 cups oats
1 cup unsweetened coconut
1 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup flax seed
3/4 to 1 cup honey (if they don't stick well add more honey or maple syrup)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup raisins (or chocolate chips if you really want to go sweet)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Mix all ingredients together using stand mixer (it's really tough to mix natural peanut butter by hand!) and roll into bite-sized balls. Store in airtight container (if they last that long).
Thursday, March 8, 2012
These are my favorite waffles (since I won't be indluging in these baby's very often anymore). This recipe makes 4-5 belgian size waffles. We love to eat them with fresh fruit and cream, jam or maple syrup. And if we've run out of bread (and I'm too lazy to make any) we can just whip up a batch and have waffle sandwiches for lunch.
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup oats (quick or old fashioned rolled oats)
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
1 tablespoon coconut oil or butter
Mix together dry ingredients, then add honey, egg, oil and milk. Mix well and pour into greased preheated waffle iron.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
This is truly the breakfast of champions. Serious cancer-preventing breakfast. Quinoa, blueberries, kiwi and strawberries, all disease preventing superfoods.
Simply cook some quinoa (I use the rice cooker function of the Fagor 3 in 1 multicooker- takes 6 minutes) use a 2:1 ratio- 2 cups water to 1 cup of quinoa. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes until liquid is absorbed and looks like the picture below.
*I've discovered that bananas are THE perfect fruit to go along with quinoa, the flavors blend together amazingly well, especially with a bunch of cinnamon.