Garlicky Mashed Cauliflower

Yes.  I know.  I got accused of being weird again with this one.  Sometimes it gets interesting being a 24 year old that eats healthy food substitutions.  We’ll get teased now and then as our friends wonder why in the world we would eat mashed cauliflower when we could have mashed potatoes, or why we drink those bright green smoothies when we could get free fruit smoothies any time from my job.  But my husband…is amazing.  For one, he has turned a corner.  Mr. Rodgers has put his foot down and decided to change his life so that he can live long and live well.  Sure, we still have one “indulgence” day a week, but his passion fuels me.  And his love to research helps too so we know the affects of potatoes and such things on your body!!

And so…we eat mashed cauliflower.  Garlicky mashed cauliflower in fact.  And I must tell you, I barely miss the potatoes.  I have simply fallen in love with cauliflower.  You can do so much with it.  The flavor is fantastic in so many different ways and styles.  And it’s one “white” thing that is actually good for you!  I have multiple plans for it this week that I can’t wait to share with you!!!!

But back to this super easy, super comforting, super yummy creamy garlicky deliciousness.

 

Garlicky Mashed Cauliflower.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 Lg Head Cauliflower
  • 3-5 Tablespoons Grass Fed Butter (Healthy Fat!  And creamy deliciousness!)
  • 1-2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1/4 C Almond Milk (Or so!)
  • Salt and Pepper (Be generous!)

 

And here’s how you do it!

  1. Rinse cauliflower and cut into florets.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil and add cauliflower, boiling for about 15 minutes or until tender.
  3. Drain cauliflower and dump into a food processor.
  4. Add butter first so that it melts.  Add garlic, salt, and pepper and pulse a few times until combined.
  5. Slowly add almond milk a little at a time, pulsing, until you get just the right creamy consistency that makes you happy!  Taste and adjust as needed, I always play with a little more of this, a little more of that.  Just like Amelia Badelia!  Any one?  Eh?
  6. Serve along side your favorite meat dish…for example, a tasty pot roast!

 

Peectures of the simple process 🙂

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Butter, salt, pepper, garlic, cauliflower…heaven?

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Creaaaaaaaamy!  See how I tasted it to make sure it was perfect?  Haha.

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Make this.  Do it.  I want some right now!!

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Home Made Relish Hot Cereal! On the 9th Day of Christmas…

…my true blog gave to me, a frugal breakfast recipe!!!

Frugal is nice, huh?  I know all you mamma’s out there (no, I’m not one yet but I saw it in my mamma, and I know lots of them!) realize that the true stress of Christmas cooking is not necessarily the first Christmas meal, but finding a way to get your family to eat leftovers for a week or more afterwards so that you don’t waste food…and without caving to the chorus of “not that AGAIIIIIIN.  I want to eat something new, waaaaah!”  Haha, maybe a little dramatic, but you feel me?  🙂  This year I tried my hand at repurposing my left overs, and ended up with a few great ideas!  So I thought I’d share a couple of them with you, so here is number one!!!

Home Made Relish Hot Cereal.  Sweet and tart.  Colorful.  Warm.  Comforting.  And a way to eat leftovers for BREAKFAST!!  That’s not typical right there!!!  And it’s stupid easy.

If you are a faithful reader, you will know from my Lemon Blueberry Oat Bran post that I have been in love with oat bran.  I am kind of an oat meal fan, but rarely finish my bowl cause it just gets overwhelming and the texture isn’t my fave.  Then I discovered Oat Bran…which has a texture similar to Malt O Meal, which I grew up on!  But can’t seem to find in New York.  (However, my mom sent me a box for Christmas haha!!  So stoked!!)  So I am going to show you this recipe with Oat Bran, but I am convinced it will work with any hot cereal!!

 

So, here’s what you need:

  • 1 Serving Oat Bran, or your favorite hot cereal
  • 1-2 Spoonfuls Cranberry Orange Relish
  • A pad of butter (optional)
  • Tbsp of Sweetener of your choice (also optional, if you don’t use it, it will run more tartt.  I would add a little honey or agave…though I am uncertain of the health of agave at the moment.  It is under scrutiny!  Or since there is already sugar in the relish if you want to not worry about the whole health thing…add a big ol’ spoonful of brown sugar and watch it melt!!)

 

And here’s how you do it.  Easiest.  Thing.  Ever…

  1. Cook hot cereal according to directions.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir together.
  3. Eat.

 

Whoo!!  We made it!!  What do you think?  Good way to repurpose something that could possibly just rot in the f ridge?  I think so 🙂

Isn’t it pretty!  Ohhhhh, I bet it would be tasty with some pecans in there too!!

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Creamy Broccoli Soup (Dairy Free!)

I didn’t expect this to be as tasty as it was!!  There was no cheese, no cream cheese, no milk…and yet it was still super creamy and flavorful.  I was amazed at the fantastic taste that came simply from the veggies in this soup!!  Cause it really was…just veggies!  But they were soooo good!!!  Beautiful taste, beautiful texture…warm and comforting for these last few snowy days…yummmm!  And seriously…if I didn’t care about health and gluten…I would scoop this into bread bowls and it would be heavenly!!!!  Observe…

Adapted from perfectweightamerica.com.

 

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 C Broccoli, Roughly Chopped.
  • 1 C Celery, chopped
  • 3-4 Carrots, chopped
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 2 C Chicken Broth
  • 4 C Water
  • 2 Leaves Basil, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

 

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Prep your veggies!  
  2. Melt your butter over medium heat in a soup pot.
  3. Add the celery, carrots, onion, and garlic.  Saute for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the broccoli and saute a few more minutes.
  5. Sprinkle in your herbs and give it a stir.
  6. Add in the liquids, and salt and pepper to taste.  Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  7. Blend with an immersible blender, or scoop the veggies with a little broth into a regular blender and blend until creamy…in batches if necessary. Stir it all up, then spoon into bowls and enjoy.  Sooooo creamy!  And sooo healthy!!!!

 

 

Start by prepping your veggies!! Aren’t they pretty?  Love me some veggies!

Broccoli Soup 2Keep your broccoli separate cause it goes in later 😉

Broccoli Soup 3Saute the onions, garlic, celery, and carrots in butter for about 5 minutes.

Broccoli Soup 4Add the broccoli and saute about 3 more minutes.

Broccoli Soup 5Add your herbs and liquids…bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes.

Broccoli Soup 6Now blend it until creamy with an immersible blender, or in batches with a regular blender.  Look at how creamy it is!

Broccoli Soup 7Then scoop it up, serve it, and enjoy!!!

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