Veggies

Roasted Cauliflower with Browned Butter Pepitas and Lime

Roasted Cauliflower with Browned Butter Pepitas and Lime

The election is /// finally /// over. And call it my civic duty….. but it seems like the perfect time to talk about something I think we ALL can agree on.

Cauliflower.

Yes, cauliflower.

The “Miss Congeniality” of the cruciferous crowd of vegetables that includes brussels sprouts, cabbage and broccoli, cauliflower just likes to get along. Cauliflower is gentle, unlike her more sulfurous side-kicks. Cauliflower doesn’t need to show off, or overpower anything, or criminally corrupt a dish with any egomaniacal essences.

Cauliflower just makes everyone around her better! And that includes you. Because cauliflower:

Caramelized Onion and Mushrooms over Smooshed Cauliflower

Caramelized Onion and Mushrooms over Smooshed Cauliflower

This is sooooo good! I know I always seem to say that and I really DO mean it each and every time…………

but I gotta tell you…….. this stuff. Oh man.

Take a favorite cooler-weather culinary pleasure (in this case, a satisfyingly steamy bowl of something yummy), take out the copious amounts of carbs (think potatoes, pasta, bread, beans), add in a plentiful pack of superabundant sustenance (like, ya know, just some major vitamin, mineral, antioxidant action), and you will end up with this amazing bowl of body and soul satisfaction.

Lasagna Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Lasagna Stuffed Poblano Peppers

I may be going out on a limb here but I think it’s safe to say that you are a fan of lasagna (because really, who isn’t?). Tomato saucy, stretchy-cheesy creamy goodness, you can count on pleasing the masses when you whip out a bubbling pan of this classic comfort casserole.

Which makes it so perfect for feeding lots of people.

But what if your particular peeps are of the persnickety persuasion?

Maybe there’s a gluten issue in the crowd?

Oh yeah, then there are the vegetarians to consider.

Die hard carnivores are people too, you know.

So.

I am here to tell you that you can make everybody happy, including yourself, with this beauty…

Brussels Sprouts Chips

Brussels Sprouts Chips

Oh kale, you know I think the world of you. A gold medalist in the world of crucifers, you are rich in those compounds that help reduce cholesterol, curb inflammation and prevent cancer. You are the mainstay of my most favorite salad in the entire world, you elevate my smoothie into the nutritional stratosphere, and you really, really just make me feel good about myself whenever I am with you.

However.

When it comes to being lovingly smeared with olive oil and crisped to snack worthy perfection in the oven…there’s a new sheriff in town. Kale chips? Yes, you are good but I’ve found something even better.

Grilled Fresh Corn Salad

Grilled Fresh Corn Salad

This is the perfect salad right now for so many reasons. First off, the star of this show is fresh corn on the cob and that happens to be available right now and is just about the best thing ever. Second, you have to do a little grilling for this, and what is summer without a little grilling? Third, if you have any pot-luck, picnic type outdoorsy soirées to attend, show up with this and you will be very popular….even more popular then you already are, if THAT’S even possible. Fourth (this is my favorite), sometimes it’s just not practical to be eating corn on – the – COB. Drippy, buttery, all up in your teeth? Um, delicious, yes, but no, not too pretty. Definitely not in a summer party dress. Last but not least (okay this is really my favorite) this is just so seriously good.

Poke Plate…or…Tuna with Spicy Cucumbers and Avocado

Poke Plate or Tuna with Spicy Cucumbers and Avocado

Behold…my take on the poke (pronounced POH-Key, just in case you needed that) bowl.

A traditional poke bowl is both cooked and raw, hot and cold, all at once, sort of like a burrito bowl meets The Little Mermaid. Rice serves as the cooked portion of the production, a blank canvas to hold up the rest of the more assertive supporting cast. A staple of Hawaiian cuisine since, oh probably the dawn of the volcano, the poke bowl has found itself a place in mainland-style foodie trendiness, right alongside acai bowls, power bowls, and cereal bowls.

Yeh, I’m kidding about the cereal bowls, wink wink. Let’s not get crazy about what sort of vessel you serve this up in/on. This is so beautiful, so amazingly delicious, so easy to assemble together on the fly (NO COOKING INVOLVED AT ALL no lie), that you would probably eat it out of a shoe if I gave it to you like that. I know I would.

Okay … make that a brand new, super clean, very fancy, really nice shoe.

Cheesy Cauliflower with Bacon Crunchies

Cheesy Cauliflower with Bacon Crunchies

This is a re-post of a recipe originally dated November 2015

Oh, I’ve been so bad.

I deliberately and willfully took an angelic head of cauliflower, the essence of purity with its gentle flavor, impressive nutritive value and soothing color…….and I went and did………this.

All wrapped up in a decadent cloak of dreamy cheesy-ness, topped with a smoky smattering of porky crispy-ness (NO soggy bacon here), this creamy cauliflower up-do had me at: Hello – oh no.

Guacamole Stuffed Cutie Cucumber Cups

Cutie Cucumber Cups

I’m finally fessing up, Tostitos. I’m just not really that into you.

Yeah, you heard me right, although I hid it well for years. Being from New Mexico and all, where they practically invented chips and salsa (I am pretty sure it’s an official “food group” there), I plowed through my fair share TO BE SURE. But what choice did I have? You gotta have the salsa, right? And fresh guacamole? Puh-lease, there is nothing better on this planet………so what could I do? I couldn’t use a spoon (oh, I thought about it, I did), and double dipping in public is completely out of the question….so I jumped on the bus and I ate all the chips. But you know . . . I had to.

It was that or no salsa. No guacamole. No joy.

Ever. (cue the teardrop running slowly down the side of cheek)

Raw Tomato Sauce

Raw Tomato Sauce

What a boring title. Raw tomato sauce. Doesn’t sound too appetizing does it?

I thought about calling this Amazingly Simple and Delicious, Garlic Infused, Basil Tainted, Healthy, Fresh, Whip This Together And Feel Good About What You’re Eating over Zucchini Noodles Topped with Goat Cheese. Sauce.

But that didn’t fit on the line.

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