Sunday, April 26, 2015

Mashed Cauliflower Mock Potatoes




Does a bowl of homemade mashed cauliflower taste as warm and creamy as a bowl of homemade mashed potatoes?  Not exactly, but the feeling is pretty close. 

I have tried all kinds of recipes that call for cauliflower as a substitute for starchier ingredients like potatoes and rice. 

Cauliflower is easy to make, cooks up quickly, and has a mild flavor that kind of picks up the flavors of the other ingredients in a recipe. This bowl of mock mashed "Potatoes" taste like comfort food to me. 

What I like the best about cauliflower is that is is low in both calories and carbs. 
It makes for a healthy side dish that doesn't pack on the calories. It provides about 25 calories in 1 cup of cauliflower.

Cauliflower is a nutritious vegetable as well. It is a good source of vitamin C, B vitamins, and minerals. In addition cauliflower contains powerful anti cancer oxidants. 

There are so many interesting cauliflower recipes available, why not try some. 
Here are some of the ones I've tried in the past. 

Cauliflower Crust Pizza     ( cauliflower crust instead of pizza crust) 

Breadsticks                         ( cauliflower crust) 

Cauliflower Cous Cous       ( cauliflower as a substitute for cous cous) 

Riced cauliflower pilaf    ( cauliflower as a substitute for rice) 

Cauliflower Cheese Fritters  ( nice side dish) 


I think this mashed cauliflower is the easiest and fastest to make, but the cauliflower pizza crust and breadsticks are always my favorite because they really taste nothing like cauliflower. The mashed cauliflower retains the most vey mild cauliflower taste. 

Try it. I think your entire family will like it. 

It is of course gluten free, vegan, and delicious. Enjoy

Author: Judee Algazi 
Blog: Gluten Free A-Z 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 4 small servings

Ingredients: 
1 med cauliflower , cut up into med size flowerettes
1/4 warm vegetable broth
2 Tablespoons Greek Yogurt ( plain)
1 Teaspoon of 21 Salute  ( from Trader Joes) or any salt free seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
Optional : Butter to taste 

Directions: 
Steam the cauliflower in a saucepan until medium soft. Using a fork, mash the cauliflower and add the remainder of the ingredients until well blended. use an immersion blender if smoother consistency is desired. 


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    Friday, April 17, 2015

    Golden Beet Salad in Citrus Sauce





    I never realized before that beets come in a variety of colors. Although red beets are the most popular color, golden beets in shades of yellows and oranges are also available. I used the golden in this beautiful beet salad.

    My supermarket often carries the organic golden yellow/orange beets which are delightfully flavorful, do not stain the way red beets do, and have a thinner skin which does not need to be peeled. ( but I did anyway) .


    Nutritionally, the golden beet contains b-xanthin pigment while the red beed contains betalain pigment. Red and yellow beets are both rich in nutrients, with the yellow provides the same kind of vitamins that most yellow/orange vegetables contain ( like carrots) .

    This is the way they look in the store 

    This is how they look peeled and chopped

    Their golden color makes an appealing dish no matter what the recipe. I like to make mine in a citrus dressing because I think the citrus enhances the taste of the yellow beets. In addition, I like to add some diced organic red apple and some freshly chopped fresh mint. 

    Beets are surprisingly low in calories ( 42 calories in 1/2 cup of beets), almost no fat, 3 grams of fiber , and packed with minerals and antioxidants. A healthy choice ! 

     if you don't like the mess associated with the traditional red beet, substitute the golden beet in any of your recipes. Of course like all vegetables, beets are naturally gluten free and vegan.


    Author: Judee Algazi
    Prep: 10-15 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes

    Ingredients: 
    2 large organic golden yellow beets, peeled and chopped in large chunks
    1 cup of diced red apple ( I use organic and leave the skin on)
    1 navel orange, peeled and chopped in large chunks


    Citrus Sauce: 
    1/2 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
    1/4 cup of chopped fresh mint
    1 teaspoon of cinnamon
    optional: 2 Teaspoons of a flavored balsamic vinegar ( like pear cranberry) 
    Mix all ingredients together toss over the salad. 

    Directions:

    Place the chopped beets in a vegetable steamer basket and place in a 4 quart pot. Fill with 2 cups water and steam until the beets are tender ( about 10 minutes) Be careful that the water does not evaporate completely while cooking ( add more if the water starts to get very low) .  While beets are cooking, chop your apple and orange,.When beets are tender, mix the cooked beets with the chopped red apple and orange chunks. Toss with the dressing.

    My Notes: The combination of flavors in this dish are outrageous. Cooked beets, crunchy apple, and fresh orange are fabulous with the fresh mint, orange juice and cinnamon. The only variation I would offer is to add walnuts for kind of a Waldorf Salad idea. Beets are natural cleansers and help aid the in keeping the liver clean.





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    Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    Baking Soda- Miracle Cure ?

    Baking Soda is a simple product that just about everyone keeps in his or her kitchen.  A small container can cost under one dollar. I've always used baking soda ( bicarbonate of soda) in my refrigerator to absorb odor and to help my muffins rise! - but I never knew it could help balance your PH and improve your health.

     Well, I'm finding out that bicarbonate of soda can also play a role in helping us lower our risk of disease like diabetes and even some cancers. 





    Today I received an E-mail from Dr. Josh Axe ( a chiropractor on line that I follow)  who has a website with lots of informative health information.



    Dr. Josh Axe 


    His post was about the vast amount of ways one can use baking soda both medicinally and for non toxic cleaning in the house. The list was really interesting and helpful. I would have never have guessed how useful and versatile this inexpensive product can be and how beneficial for one's health.

    Here are a few of the simple examples that he suggests using baking soda,

    Some very basic uses:


    • for stomach pain
    • digestive problems
    • bloat and gas
    • neutralizes acid in the body
    • balances body ph necessary to fight disease
    • helps reduce symptoms of gout
    • shortens length of colds and flu, coughs, sore throats
    • helps with urinary tract infections
    • helps muscle pain 
    • promotes kidney health
    • a body with a balanced ph fights disease better
    • insect bites
    • poison ivy 

    In addition to the benefits for health, baking soda is a great non toxic cleaner for the house . Read his post to learn how much to use, how to use it, and look through lots of additional ideas,

    33 surprising uses for baking soda   ( Dr. Axe) 

    For Disease and health: 
    Dr. Young says you can REVERSE DISEASE by alkalizing the ph of your body ( baking soda can help do that) 

     It can also be used in serious illness too which is explained in Dr. Robert Young's video. 

    Dr. Young explains how important it is to balance the ph for reversing diabetes and for weight loss.*Dr. Robert Young has written many books on PH balance and how important it is in 
    (reversing) diabetes and even cancer. His video is very interesting. I linked one of his 8 minute youtube videos about reversing diabetes. Worth watching it!

    Video about baking soda, ph, and reversing diabetes ( Dr. Young)

    Video more about diabetes and alkalizing ( Dr. Young)


    Disclaimer: This post is for educational purposes only. I am not a medical doctor and I am not trying to diagnose or treat disease. I have no affiliation with these links and do not benefit in any way from the links from Dr. Axe or video links from Dr. Young.


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