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HEALTHY VEGAN

STICKY SESAME VEGAN CAULIFLOWER WINGS

These Sticky Sesame Vegan Cauliflower Wings are the best veggie wings I’ve ever had! Loaded with a maple sesame flavor and spice, they are the perfect game day snack for vegans!

Sticky Sesame Vegan Cauliflower Wings? YES please! Confession time: there would’ve been way more wings in the pictures, but I kind of devoured them seconds after they came out of the oven. Happily so, burning the roof of my mouth and smiling in deep satisfaction. You see, this isn’t the first time I’ve made vegan cauliflower wings, so I knew to expect delicious, flavourful bites of pure sticky goodness. I was SO right. Shall we?

With Super Bowl Sunday around the corner, no doubt you’re preparing snacks even if you’re not that into the actual game. Personally, I just go along with the team my husband chooses. It’s pretty ironic since I played basically every sport under the sun from karate to football (soccer) to my all time favourite synchronised swimming. I can watch and get ANY sport within 10 minutes, but for some reason when it comes to American Football I get so wrapped in all the delicious food that it’s been explain to me about four times but all I hear is “crunch crunch”. Oops.

I doubt this year will be any different, especially if I’m nibbling on these babies. Vegan cauliflower wings are what have been “missing” from the vegetarian world for years, but are definitely here to stay. They taste JUST like regular wings. Without sauce, they are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, and with sauce they are EVEN better.
I decided to go with a sweet and spicy sesame sauce for these wings, and they are sticky, soft on the outside, and unbelievably divine. The spice has just the right amount of kick, and the sweet sesame flavour takes it completely over the top. They are great for a meal or as a snack, and the best part? You can show down basically a million of these without any guilt. It’s also completely gluten free, so you can serve these to all your guests despite their dietary specifications. PRETTY sure that qualifies as a touchdown!

Ingredients

  • 1 small head cauliflower

Cauliflower Wings

  • 1/2 cup AP gluten free flour*
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (½ if you want it very spicy)
  • 1 cup gluten free bread crumbs (seasoned with salt and pepper)

Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons liquid aminos
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • chopped scallions & sesame seeds, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with a silicone baking sheet or foil.
  3. Remove florets from the cauliflower (aka don’t use the stem).
  4. Chop the cauliflower into smaller pieces to resemble the size of wings.

You can find complete recipes of this STICKY SESAME VEGAN CAULIFLOWER WINGS in jessicainthekitchen.com

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HEALTHY VEGAN

CRISPY PEANUT TOFU & CAULIFLOWER RICE STIR FRY

One bite in and I knew I hit the jackpot with this one. If you’ve been in search of the perfect crispy, baked tofu recipe, this is the one for you! I’m so excited to share this with you guys I can hardly stand it. Let’s do this!
For starters, this dish is served over cauliflower “rice” instead of regular rice because 1) Cruciferous veg for the win, and 2) You can eat an ENTIRE head of cauliflower instead of 1/2 cup of rice and STILL only consume a fraction of the calories and carbohydrates, so why not?!
Cauliflower rice is SO simple and you absolutely must try it! It doesn’t pass completely as rice since the textures and flavors are slightly different. But it looks just like rice and in my opinion, tastes even better as it absorbs the sauce perfectly and takes WAY less time to cook.
You guys know the deal: My favorite way to crisp up tofu is pre-baking it before sauteing – a little trick I picked up at a vegetarian cafe in San Antonio (Yes, I hounded the waitress for the technique – you’re welcome). This gives it that crisp outer edge and perfectly tender center.
Once your tofu is baked, add it to your sauce, which acts as an all-in-one marinade and sauce for the cauliflower rice, veggies and for serving! It wears many hats and it’s oh-so delicious and Thai-inspired. Once your tofu is marinated, it’s ready for a quick stir fry to give it that perfectly golden brown, crisp, mega-flavorful coating. Then all that’s left to do is saute up your veggie of choice – baby bok choy for the win – and your cauliflower rice!
All in all this dish takes around 1 hour 30 minutes, which is a little longer than I prefer. But the pay off is so worth it! Plus, it only requires 9 ingredients – many of which you likely already have on hand. I made this dish and ate half, then reheated the leftovers the next day and I swear it got better! I love it when that happens. Hope you enjoy this dish as much as I did. Cheers!

INGREDIENTS :
STIRFRY

  • 12 ounces (340 g) extra firm tofu, organic & non-GMO if possible*
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) Toasted sesame oil
  • 1 small head cauliflower (~ 580 g)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbsp or 6 g)

SAUCE

  • 1.5 Tbsp (15 ml) Toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) low sodium soy sauce (gluten free for GF eaters)
  • 1/4 cup (55 g) light brown sugar (or honey if not vegan)
  • 1/2 tsp chili garlic sauce
  • 2.5 Tbsp (40 g) peanut butter or almond butter (natural, salted)

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Veggies (baby bok choy, green onion, red pepper, broccoli)
  • Toppings: Fresh lime juice, cilantro, sriracha

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Begin by draining tofu 1.5 hours before you want your meal ready. If your block of tofu is larger than 12 ounces, trim it down. You don’t need a full pound for this recipe (see notes).
  2. Roll tofu in an absorbent towel several times and then place something heavy on top to press.
  3. I use a pot on top of a cutting board and sometimes add something to the pot to add more weight. Do this for 15 minutes.
  4. Near the end of draining, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C) and cube tofu.
  5. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and arrange in a single layer.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes to dry/firm the tofu. Once baked, remove from oven and let cool.
  7. Prepare sauce by whisking together ingredients until combined. Taste and adjust flavor as needed.
  8. I often add a little more sweetener and peanut butter.
  9. Add cooled tofu to the sauce and stir to coat.
  10. Let marinate for at least 15 minutes to saturate the tofu and infuse the flavor.
  11. In the meantime, shred your cauliflower into rice by using a large grater or food processor. You don’t want it too fine, just somewhat close to the texture of rice. Set aside.
  12. Mince garlic if you haven’t already done so, and prepare any veggies you want to add to the dish (optional).
  13. Heat a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat (6 out of 10), and if adding any veggies to your dish, cook them now in a bit of sesame oil and a dash of soy sauce. Remove from pan and set aside and cover to keep warm.
  14. Use a slotted spoon to spoon tofu into the preheated pan.
  15. Add a few spoonfuls of the sauce to coat. Cook, stirring frequently for a few minutes until browned.
  16. It will stick to the pan a bit, so don’t worry. Remove from pan and set aside and cover to keep warm.
  17. Rinse your pan under very hot water water and scrape away any residue. Place back on oven.
  18. Add a drizzle of sesame oil to the pan, then add garlic and cauliflower rice and stir.
  19. Put cover on to steam the “rice.” Cook for about 5-8 minutes until slightly browned and tender, stirring occasionally.
  20. Then add a few spoonfuls of sauce to season and stir.

You can find complete recipes of this CRISPY PEANUT TOFU & CAULIFLOWER RICE STIR FRY in minimalistbaker.com

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HEALTHY

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower with Avocado

I used to hate cauliflower. Then I saw how many of you guys like it. I made Roasted Garlic & Parmesan Cauliflower and then my cauliflower world was totally rocked by this Cauliflower Crust Pizza. Cauliflower is white, mild in taste and low in calories. Hello, what not to like?!
Wohoo, let’s abuse cauliflower for the next 50 recipes. It’s dirt cheap, which is quite important as I’m spending hundreds of $$$ on organic chicken breasts on my quest to see the abs.
Last weekend we went to our friends’ house for dinner. My girlfriend, Danielle, is all things cilantro and lime. I think she even makes cilantro pancakes, mac and cheese and ice cream. The girl likes Mexican food, obviously. The same night I brought the Mexican Bean Salad. And then we ended up having Indian Chicken Korma along these hispanic dishes. Go figure.
Anyways, she gave me a head of cauliflower to chop and then said to toss it in lime juice and cilantro. At first I was like “Whaaaaat, where is my Parmesan cheese?!” and Danielle was like “Duuuuh!”. And then I was like “Why not?!”. So, here we go, my friends. Easy and clean cilantro lime cauliflower for our abs. And it’s cheesy and delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 large cauliflower head, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 lime, juice of
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped + more for garnish
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup Tex Mex/Colby Jack/Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 avocado, diced (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, add cauliflower, lime juice, garlic, cilantro, cumin, salt and pepper. Mix to combine and let stand for 5 – 10 minutes. You can also let it marinate overnight and proceed to Step 2 the next day.

You can find complete recipes of this Cilantro Lime Cauliflower with Avocado in ifoodreal.com

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HEALTHY

Lemon Chicken & Asparagus Quinoa Bowl

Looking for an easy make ahead of time lunch option?  Look no further than this lemon chicken and asparagus quinoa bowl. Seriously, not only are you getting two yummy servings of veggies, but the flavors are insane! The recipe is super easy and straight forward. Plan ahead– store in individual Tupperware containers and you’re good to grab your lunch and go in the mornings. Try it now and thank me later :]

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tbsp canola oil, divided
  • 1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • fresh black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 head of cauliflower
  • cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa

Directions:

  1. Cook quinoa according to directions on package. Using a food processor or box grater, shred the cauliflower into “rice.” Fry rice on a large skillet over medium heat. Season with black pepper and cayenne pepper. Cover and cook until browned. Combine with cooked to quinoa and set aside.
  2. Lightly season the chicken with salt. In a small bowl, combine chicken broth and soy sauce. In a second small bowl combine the cornstarch and water and mix well to combine.

You can find complete recipes of this Lemon Chicken & Asparagus Quinoa Bowl in bakebroilandblog.com

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HEALTHY

LOW-CARB CAULIFLOWER CREAMED SPINACH

Mmmm spinach…. I love me some spinach. My favorite way to eat my beloved spinach is creamed. Creamed spinach, sadly, is made with flour, but fear no more, because that little fact forced us to invent this – > Low-Carb Cauliflower Creamed Spinach to the rescue!
This recipe is definitely one of my new favorites. Yes, I say that almost every time, but this time it’s more true than the other times (I may or may not say that every time too, but that’s besides the point).
Not only does it use just 5 ingredients, it only takes about 15 minutes to make. Say whaaat?! Sauté the onion in some butter until soft, and add the spinach. While that happens the cauliflower boils away for 10 minutes. As soon as those are done, scoop them into your food processor and blitz it with some cream and butter. Stir everything together with some cheese, add more cheese on top, broil, and done! Scoop it onto your plate and enjoy!
This will be a perfect side dish since we’re expecting some wintery weather on the East Coast this weekend. The predicted weather is also bringing back some terrifying memories of our camping trip last weekend, when one night the temperature freakishly dropped and we nearly froze in our tent… 🙁 It was terrible!

Ingredients

  • 5oz • baby spinach
  • 1 • small cauliflower head [cut into florets]
  • 1 • small onion [diced]
  • 1/2 cup • shredded mozzarella [plus a little more for on top]
  • 2 tbsp • cream
  • 1 tbsp • butter [plus a little more for sauteing the onion]
  • 1/2 tsp • nutmeg
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Turn on broiler.
  2. Bring a medium pot of water to the boil. Once it boils rapidly, add the cauliflower florets and boil for 10 minutes.
  3. When the cauliflower is cooked, use a slotted spoon to scoop the florets into a food processor. Blitz the cauliflower until smooth with the cream and butter. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. While the cauliflower boils, saute the onion in a little bit of butter until soft and and then add the spinach, nutmeg and cloves and cook until wilted.

You can find complete recipes of this LOW-CARB CAULIFLOWER CREAMED SPINACH in livingchirpy.com

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DESSERT

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

A grain-free alternative to traditional pizza crust, that you can pick up with your hands!

Ingredients

  • 1 small to medium sized head of cauliflower – should yield 2 to 3 cups once processed
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil (crush it even more between your fingers)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (crust it even more between you fingers)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • optional a few shakes of crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg
  • optional 1 tablespoon almond meal

Instructions

  1. Desired amount of sauce, cheese for topping, and other toppings.
  2. Place a pizza stone in the oven, or baking sheet if you don’t have a pizza stone. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. On a cutting board, place a large piece of parchment paper and spray it with nonstick cooking oil.
  3. Wash and throughly dry a small head of cauliflower. Don’t get one the size of your head unless you are planning on making 2 pizzas. Cut off the florets, you don’t need much stem. Just stick with the florets. Pulse in your food processor for about 30 seconds, until you get powdery snow like cauliflower. See above photo. You should end up with 2 to 3 cups cauliflower “snow”. Place the cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl and cover. Microwave for 4 minutes. Dump cooked cauliflower onto a clean tea towel and allow to cool for a bit before attempting the next step.
  4. Once cauliflower is cool enough to handle, wrap it up in the dish towel and wring the heck out of it. You want to squeeze out as much water as possible. This will ensure you get a chewy pizza like crust instead of a crumbly mess.

You can find complete recipes of this Cauliflower Crust Pizza in eatagreatdeal.com

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HEALTHY

CAULIFLOWER CRUST GRILLED CHICKEN AND 3 CHEESES PIZZA

They say you eat with your eyes first, don’t they?
Well, I think I eat with my camera first…
And when it comes to that, pizza is the worst! Whenever I eat pizza, I get overly so excited and end up taking WAAAAY too many pictures and then I always have an incredibly hard time picking my favorites out of the lot.
So please, bare with me: if you think there are there are a lot of images in this post, you should have seen the amount that I took…
I think this particular one got the royal treatment because I’d been craving it for SO long before I got to finally eat it.
I’d even gone to the restaurant a couple of weeks prior and had decided that I would treat myself to a real pizza that night. After all, it had been well over a year since I’d last indulged…
Well, I think that craving this particular flavor combo saved me that night after all, for no matter how good the pizza at that place really is, they had nothing on the menu that even resembled what my tummy was demanding: Grilled Chicken, Blue Cheese, Goat Cheese, Walnuts and Arugula on Sun-dried Tomato Pesto.
Having such a pizza made to order would’ve cost me a fortune, so I decided to pass and figured I would make my own at home. On cauliflower crust, of course!
‘Cuz after all, crust is one thing, but it’s the toppings that truly make the pizza, don’t you think?

INGREDIENTS
For the crust

  • 1 cauliflower pizza crust (see this post for the recipe)

Sun-dried Tomato Pesto

  • 75g sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • Generous pinch salt and pepper
  • 8-10 walnut halves
  • 16-20 large fresh basil leaves
  • 3-5 tbsp water

Garnish

  • 150g leftover grilled chicken, cut into bite size chunks
  • 100g mozzarella, grated
  • 30g blue cheese, crumbled
  • 30g soft goat cheese, crumbled
  • 5-6 walnut halves, chopped
  • A handful of fresh arugula leaves

INSTRUCTIONS
For the crust

  1. Prepare the cauliflower crust according to the instructions found here
  2. While the crust is in the oven, prepare the sun-dried tomato pesto

The Sun-dried Tomato Pesto

  1. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, avocado oil, salt, pepper and walnuts to the bowl of a small food processor and process until reduced to a crumbly puree. Add fresh basil leaves and pulse a few times until fully incorporated. Add the water, one tablespoon at a time and process until fully incorporated. Add as much water as necessary to reach the desired, “spreadable” consistency, which should be 3 to 5 tablespoons (depending on how moist your sundried tomatoes were to begin with)

You can find complete recipes of this CAULIFLOWER CRUST GRILLED CHICKEN AND 3 CHEESES PIZZA in thehealthyfoodie.com