Fully Loaded Cauliflower Mash

Here’s a quick and yummy side dish that will surprise you!

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For years, and I do mean YEARS, you couldn’t get me anywhere the majority of vegetables … especially anything that resembles a tree or shrub. AKA broccoli. And cauliflower

My, how things have changed in the past 5 or so years!

It looks like a loaded baked potato. But I will not tell you it taste like that … only because I’m an honest person and I will never tell you that cauliflower taste like taters or rice. Because it doesn’t.

But hey, if you add enough stuff to that cauliflower, it will certainly taste better than just plain, ordinary cauliflower!

All credit for this yummy dish should be credited to Gina with Skinny Taste … with modifications, of course …  (and yeah, we do have one of her cookbooks!)

Ok, enough chatting! Let’s get to how you can make this too!

24 ounces of cauliflower florets … I love Costco for stuff like this (or 6 cups worth or use the bagged riced stuff!)

1/4 cup or so of bacon bits (again, great Costco buy!)

3 cloves of garlic, sliced

1/3 cup milk (I used 2%)

1 tbs butter

3/4 tsp salt

black pepper to taste

2 tbs of finely sliced green onions (you do regrow the roots, right?)

1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Ready??

Grab your rice cooker and steamer insert. Add water to bottom of pot and fill up the steamer basket with the garlic and cauliflower. I really had to cram mine in to close the lid … 

Set to 17 minutes to steam. Go ahead, toss a load of laundry in the washer, hop on pinterest, play with the cat/dog/kid/whatever … 

Once done steaming, transfer the cauliflower and garlic to a food processor with the blade in.  Add milk, butter, salt and pepper and turn on to puree … 

Stir in the green onions and transfer to an 8×8 baking dish to serve family style OR if it’s just you eating a snack (ahem, I don’t judge, really), then grab a small dish and dish some up in that. Top with the shredded cheese and bacon bits.

Now … you have two choices. I opted with the first option since it was a small dish for ME … microwave for 20 seconds or so til the cheese is a little melty OR if doing the big dish, bake in a 400 degree oven 5 minutes or so til the cheese is melty. It’s up to you, and again, I won’t judge …

Add the bacon, cheese, and bake for about 5 minutes or so, til the cheese is melted.

If desired, sprinkle with a little morel green onion over the top, serve up and enjoy! 

*If the cauliflower seems to be really “moist”, let it drain a little in a strainer … or use LESS milk … if it’s too watery, you will be sad that you just have a liquid form of cauliflower instead of a nice thick, creamy cauliflower … 

ENJOY!

*To grow those green onions, simply put the white root ends in a small glass (standing up) and add a little water to the glass and they will start growing!

#Vegetables #LoadedCauliflower #Cauliflower

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Sweet Potato Fries

Back when I was attempting yet another Whole30, I was on DAY 3 and we made burgers on the grill … which meant …

BEER

Beer was ALWAYS the cause of my failure.

Sweet Potato Fries - Whole30 / Paleo

See … back in the “old” days aka before #tinycondo life, when we grilled, we would sit outside where it’s like a sauna and NOT in a good way … between swatting the skeeters and dabbing at the back of your neck with a papertowel, it’s almost a given that you Get Yourself a Coozie and have a chilled beer (bonus point for the first person who can Name That Song!) … but that’s not very Whole30’ish like. Actually, it’s everything Whole30 isn’t …

But don’t you worry … I improvised on so many levels and was so proud of myself …

I did indeed grab a coozie and then a can of LaCroix Sparkling Water Lime … and you know what? That satisfied that habit/need/desire/whatever to roll the edge of the coozie around the table in a circular fashion, sip from the can and give it a little swish swish back and forth, set it back down … run my finger around the rim, play with the tab and so on. Yeah, I am a little fidgety.

So anyways … I had bought a gigantic bag of sweet potatoes from Costco and still had a small bag from Aldis so I wanted to use those up first. Yes, they were starting to show their age a little …

Grab yourself some sweet potatoes, wash them and peel them up. Lob off the ends of each one (actually, if you cut  off the pointy end BEFORE you peel you will avoid that annoying stop with the peeler when it hits the tough spot).

Turn on your oven to 425 degrees.

Cut them bad boys in half long ways and then cut in to fry size pieces. Uhm, I just sliced, cut and sliced the thicker ones again.

Toss them in a bowl and drizzle with some avocado oil and sprinkle with some oregano, salt and pepper. Ok, you can use olive oil if you want but I was so excited about the avocado oil 😉  Make sure you salt them well. I totally under-salted mine!

Lay out the fries in a single layer, leaving a little room between so they don’t “steam” …

Throw the pan in the oven and let them cook for about 15 minutes. Pull out and turn over, the best you can, trying to keep them in a single layer and a spaced apart the best you can.

Allow to cook for another 10 minutes or so, checking for desired doneness.

Yup, they tasted just as good as they look!  I don’t think I’ll be buying the frozen bags anymore as they really didn’t take any longer to prepare than the frozen ones! 

Go ahead and give them a try!

#SweetPotatoFries #MakingDinnerAtHome #Whole30 #Paleo

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Bite Size Potato Skins

Ok, ok, I know that the holiday season is OVER and most of you (myself included!) are trying to eat “healthier” … hence, that is why I’ve been sharing some Whole30/Paleo recipes lately

BUT

These are really GOOD and they aren’t fried … and well, they are a vegetable so why not? Besides … it’s FRIDAY!  Oh and yeah, I bought a 15 pound bag of potatoes at Costco last weekend …

Bite Size Potato Skins

Hello little bites of yumminess!!

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Winter Blend Veggies

Looking for a quick, healthy side? This is it!

I try to eat veggies at all three meals. Generally, breakfast would consist of green beans, eggs and bacon or chicken apple sausage. That started back when I did my first Whole30 eons ago … and it was a habit that just stayed with me.

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Now that it’s winter time though, green beans are not really in season and quite honestly, frozen green beans cook up too mushy for my taste. I prefer they have some crunch still.

So lately, I’ve been grabbing frozen veggies from Aldi and Walmart …

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$1.09 at Aldi

$5.88 each Walmart

Walmart also carries a mix of broccoli, cauliflower and carrots for $5.88 … and these are large bags. Hubby is not a fan of the carrots and I never was either until recently …

Anyways. Some people think I’m weird because I eat these veggies at breakfast. But I know that is my BEST time to get veggies into my day! And I have a super easy way for you to make these in the morning without a whole lot of fuss, promise!

Grab yourself a skillet.

Trader Joe’s Ghee $3.99 and Kelapo is around $8.99 (look in the oil and vinegar section)

Turn that heat to medium and add some ghee, avocado oil or what not. Not a lot, just a little bit to coat the bottom of pan. Personally, I use ghee as I think ghee is made for sauteing veggies!

Add the veggies, season with a little salt/pepper/garlic powder/onion powder mixture.

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Add a touch of water and put a lid on it. Keep the veggies over medium heat and check on them in about 5 minutes or so, giving a quick stir.

Once they are heated through and softened to your liking, go ahead and dish them up! I like mine firm but hubby likes his mushy so we have to split them up a little!

*If you’d like a little char to them, take the lid off and crank the heat to HIGH and let them cook for a minute or so, tossing them after the first minute. Keep an eye on them as they will overcook if you aren’t careful!

Enjoy!

#Whole30  #Paleo  #Vegetables

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UnRolled Egg Roll

For years, and I do mean YEARS, I would turn my nose up at egg rolls … I mean, seriously, it was a fried, greasy “thing” filled with icky cabbage, carrots and protein. Oh, wait … are there eggs in there?? I honestly don’t know but I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve taken a bite and just said NO THANK YOU.

Egg Roll in a Bowl
Egg Roll in a Bowl

Crazy, I know!

I was just never a fan of them … they were overly fried, borderline cold and again, that icky cooked cabbage stuff ::shudder::

Then along came Whole30 a few years ago … and I discovered a ‘few’ things that I might like after all! Imagine that!

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Yup. I can tolerate cooked cabbage so long as it’s  not a wimpy, hot mess! Hence, this dish was perfect!

Yes, I have tried to do a Whole30 several times. And failed each time. Just not my thing. You know, things happen, the random beer appears, etc. See, it’s the booze that always gets ME off track. And I have not excuse other than, it’s just the way it is.

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But this dish? It sticked around even after those numerous failures of a full 30 days of clean eats. Because it’s really yummy! And even Mark likes it 😉

1 bag of tri-color slaw (cabbage,carrots, red cabbage mix) *don’t use the angel hair mix!

1/4 onion, diced

smashed clove of garlic

1 tbs avocado oil (coconut oil or olive oil is fine)

1/3 cup Coconut Aminos OR Coconut Aminos Garlic Sauce*

1 tbs sesame oil

cooked protein of choice. I’ve used shrimp, chicken and pork, all are yummy! YOu can skip the protein if you want

2 green onions, sliced thin

*if you are not opposed to soy, then by all means, use soy sauce … just know that I’m on the train that says soy is bad*

Heat the oil in large skillet over medium heat. Take my advice and use a larger skillet than you think you need. Toss in your cabbage mixture with onion and garlic and saute til soft.

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Add coconut aminos and sesame oil and saute a little longer to absorb some of the liquid. TIP: measure all in a measuring glass and be ready to just dump and go!

Add your protein of choice (if using ) and garnish with green onions and eat up!

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Oven Roasted Chili Lime Corn

I don’t eat a lot of corn these days with that grain issue I try to avoid, BUT on Memorial Day weekend, I grabbed some at the store and made this … it was SPOT ON!

So easy to make and honestly, I don’t see myself making it any other way for quite a while! This is the way to go!

Oven Roasted Chili Lime Corn

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Simple Side Grillin’ Dish

Every time I do this, I kick myself for forgetting how good it is.

And then, every time someone ask how it’s done, I kick myself for forgetting how EASY it is.

Yeah. Really.

GRILLED VEGETABLES

Onions and Peppers …

Grilled in the grill pan. On the gas grill (although, I’m certain the charcoal grill would be awesome too!)

Cut your onion in half (root end to top) and then cut in thicker chunks. Toss in to a large bowl.

Deconstruct your peppers: push the stem down and pull out, shake out the seeds and cut in half (bottom to top) and again, cut in to thick chunks. Toss these in with the onions.

*Optional, if you like, you can add chunks of squash as well, which is what I’ve done here, but 90% of the time it’s just onions and peppers in my household!*

Grab some olive oil and add a bit to the bowl. No measuring allowed on this recipe. You don’t want them swimming in oil, but lightly coated.

Take some salt, pepper, and any other kind of seasoning that makes you happy and sprinkle over the veggies. I use my boirsion stuff which is a coarse ground seasoning mix, or a blend of salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.

Let the bowl sit there on the counter. Stop by and say hi to the veggies as you do your thing in the kitchen.

When ready to cook, get a grill pan (you know the ones, open holes or grates?) and toss it on the grill to get hot and then toss the veggies in the pan. Leave them alone for a little bit and then go mix them up some … you want them to get a little ‘dark’ around the edges, but as I always tell Hubby, fine line between COLOR and BURNING so keep an eye on them once they start to get a little color.

Once the color is to your liking and ready, go ahead and remove them from the fire and serve. Yummy.

NOTES: I use whatever type of onions I have on hand. As for the peppers, I almost always have the sweet mini peppers from Costco so I just cut them in half and toss in. Of course, IF I have regular peppers, that’s what I use.

Also, I started using my Fire Wire Skewers to do this as well, however, the threading the pieces on is a little more time consuming … you can check that method out here.

There you have it, an easy make ahead side dish that can easily be reheated in a skillet while your protein is cooking, or it can used for a quick stirfry, or added to an omelet and so on!

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