Thursday, February 19, 2015

Cauliflower Rice

Did you know that cauliflower, raw or cooked, hot or cold, is an amazing replacement for rice, couscous and all types of other grains? Believe it or not, an entire head of cauliflower (about 6 servings!) is only 146 calories! And 1 ounce is only 7!

Check out the list of grains below and compare:
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I'm so excited to share with you my recent experience with cauliflower I can hardly contain myself! There are so many wonderful ways to prepare this amazing and versatile vegetable that is often taken for granted...

Click here for a list of the amazing health benefits of cauliflower.

Here are raw cauliflower florets, which were then 'magically' made into raw rice by chopping in the food processor for just 3 seconds.

To the right is cauliflower rice, sauteed with a little Toasted Sesame Oil and Bragg, topped with toasted almond slices & peanut sauce with salad on the side. The 'rice' is light and fluffy, super easy, quick to make and so filling and delicious!

To the left is Tabbouleh Salad - The Bulgar wheat is simply replaced by raw cauliflower, tastes just as good, is healthier, lower in calories, and a breeze to prepare.

Here are 2 more cauliflower dishes, one with chopped sweet potato, black beans, sauteed onions and bean sprouts, the other sauteed in coconut oil with some corn, both very yummy.

So don't walk, RUN to the store and buy some cauliflower! 

There are so many things you can add and ways to prepare...try some cauliflower rice in a seaweed wrap or in a pita, with any kind of sauce, spread or dressing, with different types of veggies and greens...the sky's the limit! 

Have you tried Cauliflower Rice before? What's your favorite recipe? 

Please share your thoughts, I LOVE hearing from you!  

Hope you enjoy! 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

This avocado chocolate mousse is gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free and vegan, and only contains 3 ingredients: Avocado, Cacao Powder and Dates.

Of course you can add nuts, fruit, and anything your taste buds desire, but this combination of healthy and delicious ingredients create a dense and rich mousse that will delight you, your family & friends, and even your kids!

Avocado has been called one of the world's most perfect foods and is a nutritional powerhouse with over a dozen health benefits, so you can enjoy this decadent treat while knowing that you are nourishing your body.

You can make it in a food processor or blender, eat it right away, chill it in the fridge, or freeze it and blend it again later for more of a frozen treat. Experiment and see what works for you.

I would suggest soaking your dates for at least 15 minutes before making it so they are soft and blend well without chunks. I keep blended dates in a small tupperware for recipes that call for sweetener.

3 Dates and 1 Tablespoon of Unsweetened Cacao Powder per (small Haas) Avocado works well, however that is up to you.

This dessert is truly delicious and a great way to get your 'creamy chocolate fix' in the healthiest possible way. 
Hope you enjoy...