Roasted lime & cilantro cauliflower recipe

The one herb I have a huge weakness for is cilantro. That + cauliflower + lime juice = the yummiest side dish ever! Say hello to roasted lime & cilantro cauliflower.

 

Ingredients:

Cilantro & lime juice (use however many of each you like)

1 head of cauliflower

1 tbsp olive oil

 

Directions:

1. Chop up the head of cauliflower and toss with olive oil.

2. Add lime juice and cilantro to taste and toss again until everything is well mixed.

3. Spread on a baking sheet and sprinkle on a pinch of salt or pepper.

4. Roast in the oven for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

ENJOY!

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Tropical spinach smoothie

“Green monster” smoothies made from spinach have become all the rage. I, myself, am a HUGE proponent of them. They’re delicious, satisfy my sweet tooth, and get me a few servings of leafy greens! The other day, I had some ripe bananas I wanted to use up and a bag of spinach in the fridge so I whipped up a green smoothie. I had some mandarin oranges, pineapple, and lime juice too so I threw those all in the blender to create what I’m calling the Tropical Spinach Smoothie. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1/2 ripe banana, frozen

2-3 handfuls of baby spinach

8 oz water

1/2 cup mandarin oranges

1/2 cup pineapple

1 tablespoon lime juice

Throw everything into the blender and voila! Super easy : )

Sometimes I don’t freeze the banana which makes the result more just like a drink rather than an icy smoothie. Either way is quite tasty.

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Southwest Quinoa

This dish is delicious served warm or cold. The black beans and quinoa are both healthy (and tasty!) sources of protein and the cilantro adds a little extra zest. It is one of my family’s favorite one-pot meals!

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped

3/4 cup uncooked quinoa

1/2 cup vegetable broth

1 teaspoon cumin

1 cup frozen (or fresh!) corn

1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed & drained

1/2 cup fresh cilantro

salt & pepper

Directions:

Heat oil in a medium saucepan. Stir in the garlic & onion and cook until lightly browned.

Add quinoa, broth and cumin. Add salt and pepper to taste, if desired.

Bring to a boil. Then cover, reduce heat, and let simmer for 20 minutes.

Add corn and simmer another 5 minutes.

Mix in black beans and cilantro and enjoy!

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Cauliflower rice

The other day, cauliflower was on sale at the grocery store so I picked up a head. It’s one of my favorite veggies but a single college girl can only eat so much roasted cauliflower. I wanted to find a new way to make it… which led me to find a recipe for cauliflower rice. It still tastes like cauliflower but with the texture of rice. It’s super easy and delicious. Yum yum yum!

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Ingredients:

– One head of cauliflower

– Sea salt

– Black pepper

– Olive oil

Cut up the head of cauliflower and place in a microwaveable dish. Cover with plastic wrap (you don’t need to add water if it’s covered because it will steam itself!).

Microwave for 4-5 minutes or until cauliflower is soft, but not mushy.

Put cauliflower into a food processor and chop into tiny pieces. If you don’t have a food processor, you can do it by hand but that’s pretty tedious!

Toss with a tablespoon of olive oil, and sea salt & pepper to taste. Cilantro and lime juice could be a yummy addition too.

Enjoy!