Oh cauliflower, how universal art thou….

So cauliflower… Sam picks fun at me for how I say cauliflower… Apparently I pronounce it “collyflower” and he thinks it is goofy.  How do y’all say it??!!??  Anyways… Regardless of your pronunciation, it is a useful food!  It is great raw, baked, cooked on the stovetop and in the food processor.  So versatile! I love it in salads or basically as a side dish to any meal.
Here is the latest way I have used “collyflower”… http://www.paleocupboard.com/cauliflower-fried-rice.html

I also like it baked with a light coating of olive oil and sea salt. Bake at 400 until browned a bit, not burned. Yummmmm.

Just thought I’d share these ways to spruce up the same ol’ same side dish recipe routine.

What do ya think?!

Enjoy!! Xoxo.

Off to think of what to eat today that is meatless for Good Friday…. God Bless!

New website that I love…

Hello!  Well, as I said before, this is all a journey.  We are always learning and discovering new things along the “paleo” diet.  With these findings come awesome  websites that we stumble upon that are filled with new recipes.  My latest finding is http://www.paleocupboard.com/.  yesterday for dinner I made her Mongolian beef recipe. To find it, go to her website and click on “recipes” then “beef” and scroll down to Mongolian beef.  I promise you will LOVE this!!!   It is fairly quick and simple, very convenient!  Make enough so you have leftovers for lunch. I’m drooling just thinking of this dish… Yummmmmmm.

Xoxoxo, enjoy!!!!

Spring Break :o)

I love my job as a teacher. It is incredibly rewarding and incredibly hard at times, but none the less, I love what I do. This week is spring break! So it allowed for me to be more organized with my meals. With Sam having baseball season, he won’t be home for a few dinners. So I won’t be making as many meals. When he is not home for dinner I usually just make myself whatever I have around the house (which usually results in a delicious salad!) So here is the menu for this week…

Marinated flank steak with roasted cauliflower with lemon mustard dressing.
At HEB (our grocery store for those that do not know) I found a flank steak, just under 1 lb for $4.15! Can’t beat that, it pays (no pun intended, hehe) to look around the meat section and not just grab the first one you see! I will marinate the meat in a mixture of olive oil, soy sauce, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, worcestershire, dijon mustard, garlic, pepper. (any recipe that you like will of course work just fine!)
The roasted cauliflower is one of our favorites! Instructions: preheat oven to 450. In shallow pan, toss the cauliflower (chopped up) with 2 tblspn olive oil and a little salt. Roast cauliflower until tender and lightly browned (15-20 minutes) Toast the nuts (1/3 cup walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds or pecans) in with the cauliflower for a few minutes over medium-high heat, shaking pan or stirring to avoid burning. Set aside. In large bowl, whisk together 1 tblspn lemon juice, 1 tblspn dijon mustard, 1/3 cup coconut milk (or half & half) and 1 tblspn olive oil. Add the cauliflower and nuts and toss until covered. Serve warm.
Marinated chicken and creamed kale and brusselsprouts Marinating chicken breasts in olive oil, dijon mustard, garlic salt, basil, pepper.
Creamed kale and brusselsprouts instructions: 1 bunch kale, brusselsprouts (cut in half), 3 tblspn unsalted butter, 1 cup heavy cream. Melt butter in large skillet over medium-low heat. Add kale and brusselsprouts, cover to steam it about 4-5 minutes. Stir it up to cook evenly (make sure not burning) When kale is limp and brusselsprouts lightly browned, pour heavy cream and turn up heat to medium for 2 minutes. When cream is bubbling, reduce heat so that it slightly simmers uncovered. Cook until cream has thickened and reduced by about half. Season to taste with sea salt, black pepper and nutmeg (optional). serve warm and enjoy!!
Bacon burgers with sweet potato fries!! Make burgers how you like. Fry up some bacon and saute onions to top the burger. Sweet potato fries…just cut up a sweet potato. Lightly toss in olive oil and sea salt on a cookie sheet. Bake at 425 for about 20 minutes, or until they are browned slightly. ENJOY!!!!
The rest of the days, I will be enjoying a salad or maybe some breakfast for dinner. I suppose whatever I am craving for that day is what I will have.
These recipes may seem long, but they are deceiving. They may take approximately 20 minutes tops of prep work, the rest is just waiting for it to cook, bake, etc.

Enjoy! leave comments, let me know what you think or what you have tried!

xoxo
Have a wonderful, blessed day! 🙂

A Salad Love Affair

Good moooooooorning, America!!  Ok, but on a serious note these past two days my internal alarm clock has woken me up at 5:00 am and 6:15 am (I think last nights wine allowed me to have that extra hour and fifteen…). Regardless, it gives me time to organize my weekly menu.  As you notice from the title, there is a salad obsession going on.  This most likely stems from my childhood, wherever and whenever we would as a family go out to dinner, I would 99.9% of the time order a salad. If there was a salad buffet…fuuhhgetaboutit…SOLD!!!! I guess my parents never had that dreaded parent v child vegetable stand off (You’re welcome mom and dad).   I also have a slight obsession, I like to call it part of my daily routine, with Pinterest.   I get a ton of ideas and recipes from it, my obsession is justified.  I happened to stumble across this pin with 7 salad recipes.  So I decided this week, I’m channeling my inner child love affair with salads, and ball out on delicious salads.  I’m pumped!!!!

  From the website, I’m using these recipes:  1. Power Salad. 2.  Brusselsprouts salad   3.  Mountain Mama (minus chickpeas). 4.  Spinach quinoa salad with avocado and grapefruit.  5.  Mediterranean salad (not on website).  It involves spinach, feta cheese, diced tomatoes, olives sliced, drizzled with olive oil, oregano, s&p. mix and enjoy.

here is the website..   

 

http://lindawagner.net/blog/2012/12/salad-recipes-for-weight-loss

Sam is not as excited about salads all week. So we will also have some marinated chicken to make him happy.

Also, this salad I’m making as well from a different website…. http://thecozyapron.com/cozy-cameo-dad-n-me-and-italian-chopped-salad-makes-three/
I won’t be having bread or anything with it, just the salad. Her blog with the recipe is so cute, makes me miss my family!!

Xoxo. 🙂