Cheesy Mexican Cauliflower Rice

Over the last 2 years I’ve really gotten into cauliflower rice.  Cauliflower rice has become such a popular side dish, especially with those who follow low carb and keto eating plans.  I enjoy it because it’s an easy way to get more veggies into my meals.

This recipe is beyond simple.  I will be honest, I prefer cauliflower that’s already riced.  I loath cutting or grating cauliflower rice.  LOL.  Yes, I know that’s a strong word, but I really don’t like it at all.  I prefer to just buy it already riced, fresh or even frozen.  The organic frozen rice I get from Trader Joe’s is by far my favorite. The pieces are nice and small and it cooks very well.  If you want to be a warrior and use fresh cauliflower go for it! Regardless this recipe is delish and simple.

Mexican Cauliflower “Rice”

Ingredients:
12 oz, frozen cauliflower rice
2 T Butter
¾ cup shredded cheese (I used Mexican mix)
¼ cup chunky salsa
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 small onion, diced
2 t low sodium taco seasoning (more to taste)
½ t garlic powder
½ t onion powder
½ lime, juiced
½ T olive oil
2 T chopped fresh cilantro
Sprinkle salt and pepper

Directions: Cook cauliflower rice in the microwave according to package but reduce the cook time by 2 minutes.  Heat a medium sauté pan on high heat.  Add oil and let heat a minute before adding in the onion and garlic.  Sauté the onion and garlic for 3 minutes. Add in the cauliflower rice, butter and taco season, garlic and onion powder.  Add the salsa and lime juice and stir.  Let cook covered 4-5 minutes.  Add the shredded cheese and mix until fully melted, season with salt and pepper and sprinkle in cilantro and serve immediately.

Note: You can also cook the cauliflower in a pan first vs in the microwave. I like doing in the microwave as I feel like it produces less water.  If there is water you can just drain in prior to adding to the sauté pan.

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Fresh Guacamole

I love avocados, so in turn I love guacamole!  I make it whenever I have some avocados that are getting soft.  It’s very easy to put together this recipe.  I personally do not like tomatoes in my guacamole, so this has none. 🙂  There isn’t really much else to say, just take a look and give it a try for your next snack or Taco Tuesday! Cheers!

Fresh Guacamole

Ingredients:
6 ripe avocados
2 jalapeño peppers, diced (seeds removed, unless you want it spicier)
1 medium red onion, diced
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 t salt (more to taste)
1 t pepper
2 t cumin
1 t cayenne pepper
1 lime, juiced

Directions: Cut fully around the avocado with a knife from top to bottom.  Twist to open and remove the pit and scoop or cut out the inside of it.  Add to a medium bowl.  Smash the avocado with a fork, making sure to remove any lumps.

Add in the jalapeño.  If you want the guacamole mild then just add in the pepper. Omit the seeds and membrane from the pepper.  If you want a little more spice, add in seeds and membrane.  Adjust to your preferred spiciness.

Next add in the red onion, garlic and cilantro.  Mix well.  Add in the lime juice.  More or less to taste.  Season with salt, pepper, cumin and cayenne pepper and mix.

Let sit either at room temperature or in the refrigerator for a while to let the flavors marry. Make sure to tightly wrap bowl with plastic wrap, pushing down the plastic wrap to cover the guacamole.

Serve on tacos or as a dip. Enjoy!

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Classic Tomato Bruschetta

I’m happy the weather is finally starting to feel like spring. As the weather gets warmer I do like to try and eat a little lighter.  Light snacks, or light meals.  Lots of salads and fresh fruits and vegetables.

This classic bruschetta is a perfect example of a light and bright snack or lunch.  You can mix it up with other ingredients but this one is just a classic tomato bruschetta!

Classic Tomato Bruschetta

Ingredients:
4 medium tomatoes, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
6 fresh basil leaves, chiffonade (finely shopped)
3 T shaved parmesan
3-4 T extra virgin olive oil
2 t salt
1 t salt

Crostini:
1 baguette (about 10 oz) sliced 1/4 inch thick
3 T olive oil
2 t salt
2 t pepper

Directions: In a medium bowl add in diced tomatoes, garlic, basil and olive oil and mix well. Season with salt and pepper (more or less to taste)  Put in the refrigerator and let chill for about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350°. Arrange slices of bread on a large baking sheet. Brush both sides with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake until golden brown about 15-20 minutes. Once done, let cool.

Remove the tomato mixture and mix in the shaved parmesan cheese.  Next add a spoonful of the tomato mixture to the top of the crostini.  Serve immediately.

Note: You can add the cheese on top of the tomato mixture.  I chose to mix in so then it doesn’t fall off.  You can also add a splash of balsamic vinegar for an extra kick in flavor.

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Sweet Potato, Red Pepper & Kale Hash

I made this hash while I was doing a specific diet last year and I really enjoyed it. The hash has sweet potatoes, red peppers and kale so it’s full of great healthy foods. When I ate this, I’d have for breakfast with 2 eggs and homemade breakfast sausage (Recipe coming soon!)

Eating this in the morning helped me feel fuller longer, and it really helped with my meal prep. Breakfasts are always hard for me, I always work from home, and some days I get up right before it’s time to start working. So, having something prepped and ready to go like this is SO helpful! There were even times I just had the hash with the sausage and that was it. So good! Give it a try!

Sweet Potato, Red Pepper & Kale Hash

Ingredients:

2 medium sweet potatoes, diced
2 large red peppers, diced or cut in strips
10 oz chopped kale
2 t garlic powder
2 t onion powder
2 t salt plus sprinkle
2 t pepper
1.5 T olive oil

Directions: Preheat oven 400°. In a large oven safe dish/pan add in the sweet potatoes add half of the oil. Sprinkle with 1 t of each of the spices. Garlic & onion powder and salt & pepper. Roast in the oven about 10-15 minutes. Next Add in the red peppers and mix with sweet potatoes, add rest of the olive oil and seasoning. Roast for another 10-15 minutes. Add in the chopped kale and mix well. Roast for another 5-10 minutes so the kale is still slightly crisp but wilted. Sprinkle with with salt, if you desire.

Notes: This is ideal for meal prep for breakfast or any time of the day. Serve with a piece of meat, or eggs. Also, feel free to spice it up with your flavors. Add some heat to kick it up a notch.

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Artichoke & Olive Salad

My family makes this artichoke salad as one of the sides we have for the Feast of Seven Fishes, for Christmas Eve, however I make it often as it’s just a great little simple cold salad.

I love this salad because it last for days and is great for a meal prep and healthy too! I love artichokes in every form.  I always have a few cans in my cabinet to make this salad. It’s so delicious and easy! Give it a try!

Artichoke & Olive Salad

Ingredients:

2 cans quartered artichokes, in water
2 garlic cloves, minced or very thinly sliced
1 can black olive, crushed
3 T olive oil
1 T white wine vinegar
1 T fresh lemon juice
2 t salt
2 t pepper
2 t dried oregano

Directions:  In a medium bowl, add in all the above ingredients and mix well. For the black olives, I just crush with my fingers so they care in pieces. Put in the refrigerator and let 2 hours minimum so the flavors can marry.   It’s best to take out at least 15 minutes prior to serving and mix well. The ingredients above can be changed up to your personal preference.  If you want to reduce the garlic you can, add more salt, that’s fine too! Whatever you like.

 

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Fake Out Keto “Potatoes” (Radishes)

When I was doing a low carb/keto diet I was missing my potatoes. I love potatoes in every form. I had come across people who were saying that roasted radishes kind of give off the flavor or a red potato. I was skeptical at first, I really was. I decided to give it a try and much to my surprise, they were alarmingly good. The flavor of the radish completely changes once you season them up, add some olive oil and roast in the oven.

I was so surprised and I think you will be too. I hadn’t had a radish in years. When my Dad was alive we use to always put them in our salads so it’s was a long time since I actually bought radishes. I decided to buy some to eat raw too and it just took me back. I forgot I actually liked them.

I know this seems odd, but seriously give it a try. Does it 100% taste like a potato? No, will you never want to eat a potatoes again because that’s how good this recipe is, No. BUT it’s a good way to add some more veggies to your diet and in a fun way that makes you think you are eating something besides radishes.

Fake Out Keto “Potatoes” (Radishes)

Ingredients:
1 lb radishes, cleaned and cut into 1/2s or 1/4s depending on size)
2 T olive oil
2 t salt
2 t pepper
2 t Garlic & Herb Seasoning (See Things I buy on main page)
2 t salt
2 t pepper
1 t dried parsley

Directions: Preheat oven 400°. In a small bowl mix together the oil with the seasoning. Add in the radishes and mix well. Make sure to fully coat the radishes. Add to a baking sheet and roast in the oven 25-35 minutes (depending on size) The radishes are done with they are fork tender and golden in color. Season with a sprinkle of salt and pepper and serve.

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