Fried Cauliflower Rice

IMG_20160728_213154Hey everyone!  It’s definitely been a while and I apologize about that.  Life can get busy (especially with a toddler keeping you on your toes!) but I am here with an awesome new recipe I came up with on the fly last night!  I’m excited to share this with you because….well, I really like it!  It’s definitely something that I am going to make regularly on weeknights going forward.  This is my spin on fried rice but using cauliflower rice.   It’s full of flavor and is something the whole family can enjoy.  The best part – it can be made Whole30 compliant!  Enjoy!

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Whole30 Tabouli

I’m back!  It’s been way too long but between having a baby, starting a new job, and keeping up with my 12 year old’s schedule, its been a little busy.  Life has been great though and I have no complaints!
I will admit.  My eating got off track a bit.  Then I kinda fell back into some old eating habits again and started consuming more sugar that I care to admit.  I started another round of Whole30 again and today is officially Day 12!  Woohooo!  It’s been a very successful Whole30 so far…especially since my husband chose not to participate with me.  This is my first Whole30 alone.  I also caught a nasty stomach bug last week which was an interesting twist.  Instead of the typical gluten free toast or crackers and 7 up, it was plain baked sweet potato and La Croix.  I learned a great lesson through that experience!  At any rate, I am feeling better and I am excited to share this new recipe I came up with earlier in the week.
Tabouli is a delicious, Mediterranean dish that is traditionally used with bulgar wheat, couscous, or sometimes quinoa.  I love this dish because its incredibly refreshing and packed full with flavor due to the large amounts of fresh herbs and lemon juice used.  The tomatoes and cucumbers at as sponges absorbing these flavors, too!  So it came to me that I could used cauliflower rice instead of a grain.  With this thought in mind, I had to test it out.  I’m so glad that I did because it has instantly become on of my favorite Whole30 dishes.  All week long (when I wasn’t sick that is) I took some tabouli for lunch along with some chicken in a separate container.  I would heat up the chicken and then add it to the tabouli in a bowl.  This has become my new favorite lunch.  I can definitely see me making this as a side dish to share at a BBQ this summer.

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Garlic and Herb Cauliflower Mash

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If you are looking for a healthier alternative to the mashed potatoes, this is the recipe for you.  This dish is just as comforting and rich as the real deal.  I made this to pair with our Valentine’s Dinner of Steak, Shrimp, and Asparagus and it was delicious!  The garlic and herbs pack a major flavorful punch! My son heard that I was making cauliflower mash instead of regular mashed potatoes and was not excited to say the least.   However, when dinner was served he could not get enough.  The next day he even had leftovers as an after school snack!  This is a recipe that I will be keeping on the menu week after week!

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Avocado Salad

Avocado Salad

It’s avocado season and I am noticing some great deals in the grocery stores.  Time to stock up on my all time favorite!  If you are wanting to make something different than guacamole with those delicious avocados, here it the perfect solution!

My father is from Cuba and came to America right before the revolution when he was 8 years old so Cuban cuisine is an obvious favorite within the household.   In Cuba, Ensalada de Aquacate (Avocado Salad) is staple side dish to many meals.  This is my take on the traditional side dish.   It is super simple to throw together in a hurry and incredibly refreshing on a hot summer day.  This dish is Paleo, Whole30 friendly, and loaded with the healthy fats that our bodies need.

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Mediterranean Pilaf Salad

Mediterranean Pilaf Salad

Summer is (almost) here and I am beginning to crave cool, refreshing flavors in effort to beat the heat.  Here is an effortless salad that is not only nutritious but jam packed with flavor.  This would make the perfect side dish to bring to a pot luck or serve at your next Summer BBQ.

This dish is produce heavy….cucumbers, tomatoes, and super food swiss chard just to name a few!  The fresh herbs (especially the mint) brighten and compliment the other flavors perfectly.  I happened to have gluten free orzo in my pantry to try out so I used that for my pilaf.  You can easily substitute quinoa (which is loaded with protein), couscous, or rice!

Mediterranean Pilaf Salad

Last night I served this with Grilled Chicken Kabobs (recipe coming soon) and it was delicious!  I found myself with a good amount leftover so I now have an easy lunch ready for the rest of the work week!  I plan on adding a little shredded chicken for extra protein to make this a complete meal.  If you don’t want a lot of leftovers, this recipe can easily be cut in half.

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Sunshine Vinaigrette

I don’t know about you guys, but I am craving some major warmth and sunshine.  Winter in the Midwest has been absolutely brutal this year.  It’s March 4th and we are still experiencing below freezing temps and snow.  OVER IT!  

Sunshine Vinaigrette

Sunshine Vinaigrette

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Sweet Potato Hash

Breakfast on the weekends has remained hearty and delicious throughout the Whole30 thanks to Sweet Potato Hash!  It has been a great alternative to the traditional breakfast potatoes we normal serve on the weekends.  This dish is easy to prepare and would pair great with a nice grilled steak or chicken breast for dinner.

Sweet Potato Hash

Sweet Potato Hash

For breakfast, I serve two sunny side up or over easy eggs on top of the hash to make a delicious skillet!  A couple of times I even sliced up and added 2 links of Aidell’s Chicken & Apple Sausage  to the sweet potato mixture  before roasting in the oven.  This made a great addition to our skillets.  Especially for those that like to have a little meat with their breakfast.   It’s one of the only Whole30 compliant sausages that I have found as it has no sugar or nitrates added.  The boys love it! Continue Reading