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Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower Rice madebyjayne.com

This is a new (to me) way of serving cauliflower. I had seen the term “cauliflower rice” used by foodies on twitter and initially thought it was cauliflower and rice! A little more investigation proved that it was a completely different way to serve cauliflower! The cauliflower is blitzed in a food processor until it resembles rice (more like bulgur if you ask me but it is small!). It wasn’t until I began my Whole30 that I decided to give Cauliflower Rice a try as a different vegetable side dish. Its fabulous and now my favourite way to serve cauliflower! There is something much more satisfying about the texture of cauliflower served like this to those of us avoiding carb side dishes, it really is like eating a bulgur/ cous cous type dish.

I had read that cauliflower prepared this way bears no resemblance to cauliflower at all. I decided to try this out and made it without telling my brassica hating husband what it was, I thought the smell may give it away as there was a definite brassica hint but my husband didn’t seem to notice and was fooled into tasting it! I can’t say he was all that impressed but even he had to admit that he didn’t know it was cauliflower and I can’t believe he tried it, I think with even more herbs he may be tempted to try it again!  I’ve tried adding various herb combinations and all have been good, it’s even good just straight up with garlic and onion.

If  like me you are dining on this alone it freezes and reheats well.

Cauliflower Rice

ingredients

  • 1 medium cauliflower, washed and cut into florets
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (or coconut oil)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • salt and fresh ground pepper
  • (optional) herbs of your choice

flavour combinations

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice and 2 tsp  fresh lemon thyme leaves
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander and 1/2 a chopped red chilli
  • 1 tbsp chopped chives

method

  1. Put the cauliflower florets into a food processor and pulse until the cauliflower is in tiny pieces, this takes about 20 seconds (honestly!)
  2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the onions until translucent. Add the garlic and quickly stir until fragrant.
  3. Add the cauliflower pieces to the onions, turn down the heat a little and stir well.
  4. Cover and stirring occasionally cook for around 5- 10 minutes until the cauliflower has softened but retains some bite.
  5. Add any herbs you may be using, season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

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Gazpacho Salad

Gazpacho salad madebyjayne.com

My friend, Liz, recently posted her recipe for Gazpacho. It looks wonderful but if I’m honest Gazpacho isn’t something I eat as I have an issue with cold soup. I confess I can’t really even bring myself to try it. I’ve had shots of cold soup while dining out which was fine and I wish I felt differently but a whole bowl, for a meal isn’t really for me. As I was reading Liz’ recipe I was inspired and found myself thinking that all of those lovely ingredients would make a great salad! Of course I’m not the first to have this idea but as salad is my go to lunch at the moment I thought Id try this idea out and I’m glad I did! It made a delicious, fast lunch. It was nice to have a salad without any leaves for a change!

This Gazpacho salad is made in a jiffy! Chop all of the ingredients, whisk together the dressing and its done, you have the base of a meal in just a few minutes! I left the skin on my cucumber, partly as I like it that way but I also think the crunch it adds is nice. The chilli is to my taste, it can easily be left out or increased. I used oregano as it was to hand.  I will try with dill next time but I think any fresh green herb would work. To get the maximum flavor from the tomatoes use them at room temperature. This is especially important at this time of year when tomatoes are decidedly less tasty! Tomatoes stored in the fridge have no flavour. I had salmon with my salad but this Gazpacho salad is the perfect side to fish, prawns (shrimp), chicken or bread!

Gazpacho Salad (serves 2)

ingredients

  • 2 large tomatoes. chopped
  • 3 inch piece of cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced finely
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 fresh chilli or some chilli flakes

for the dressing

  • 1 small clove of garlic, peeled and smashed with the back of a knife
  • 2.5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • some fresh oregano leaves, chopped finely
  • salt and fresh ground pepper

method

  1. First assemble the ingredients for the dressing. Peel and smash the garlic clove and put into a jug or jar. Add the olive oil and vinegar and leave to sit while you prepare the rest of the salad.
  2. Chop the rest of the salad ingredients and add to a bowl.
  3. Fish the garlic out of the olive oil and discard. Add the salt and pepper and whisk together.
  4. Pour over the salad ingredients in the bowl and stir well to cover all the vegetables in the dressing, check for seasoning and add more salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve at room temperature accompanied with bread, salmon, chicken, or prawns (shrimp).

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