Cauliflower Rice

Ingredients:

  • Cauliflower

Method:

  • Cut the florets from the stem
  • Put them in a food processor and pulse until it resembles rice
  • Or you can chop it with a knife

Variations:

Whenever I make cauliflower rice (or regular rice for that matter) I never just make rice. My favorite way is to start out with a little EVOO in a pot and get it hot. Then I add diced onion, minced garlic, and diced peppers. Once the onions have turned translucent I add the “rice” and mix it up for a minute or so. Then I add a little chicken stock for flavor. (Feel free to omit this to keep it vegan)

**For regular rice, the chicken stock will be the substitute for the water you would normally cook it in.

Another excellent use for cauliflower rice would be to use it in tabbouleh.

  • 1 head cauliflower, riced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 ¼ cups fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¾ cup cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 4 stalks celery, minced
  • 3 scallions, sliced thin
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Mix together

Mix the dressing:

  • 1/3 cup EVOO
  • 2 TBS Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • Pinch of salt
  • Mix together, add to “rice” mix
  • Enjoy!

Caramelized Mushroom and Kale

This recipe is best prepared in a cast iron skillet

Ingredients:

  • 2 large handfuls of kale, washed and hand torn
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced
  • 4 cremini mushrooms, sliced ¼ inch thick
  • 1 lemon, zest, juice
  • several pieces of cilantro, torn
  • 1 TBS butter
  • 1TBS canola oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  • Heat a large cast iron skillet and add canola oil
  • Reduce heat to medium
  • Add the mushrooms. Make sure they’re all flat
  • After a minute or so, add the butter and let melt
  • When they are nice and crisp, but not burnt, on one side, flip the mushrooms over
  • After another minute or so add the garlic and onions
  • Stir these around with a wooden spoon
  • Add the sliced jalapenos, stir around
  • Begin adding the kale a little at a time. It will wilt and become smaller as it cooks so you can add more in
  • As the last of the kale goes in, add the lemon juice
  • Sprinkle the entire dish with the turmeric and stir in
  • Add the salt and pepper, stir
  • Garnish with lemon zest and cilantro, enjoy!

This dish goes well with cauliflower rice, quinoa, barley, just about anything!

It’s also great with andouille sausage!

Grilled Scallops and Cucumber Salad

Ingredients:

  1. ½ -1 pound of dry sea scallops (pull off the tough muscle)
  2. 1 TBS minced jalapeno, serrano, or habanero pepper (pick your spiciness)
  3. ½ tsp cumin seeds, toasted
  4. ¼ tsp fresh cracked Pink Himalayan salt
  5. ½ tsp fresh cracked pepper
  6. 1 English cucumber, de-seeded, quartered, and sliced 1/8 inch thick
  7. 1 tsp lime juice
  8. 1/8 cup EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
  9. 1 green onion, thinly sliced (green and white parts)
  10. ¼ cup toasted walnuts
  11. 1/8 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Procedure:

  1. Toast, then chop cumin seeds
  2. Combine cumin with the S&P, and minced peppers
  3. Rinse and dry scallops, then rub with the spice mixture
  4. Put the scallops onto skewers, set aside, and preheat grill to med-high
  5. Mix the lime, EVOO, and chopped cilantro
  6. Add to it the cukes, green onion, and toasted walnuts
  7. Check the seasoning. You might want to add S&P.
  8. Oil the grill rack
  9. Grill the scallops (about 4 min each side, depending on their size)
  10. Remove scallops from skewers, place on top of cucumber salad
  11. Enjoy!

Low Carb Hash, for Breakfast

Ingredients:

  • 3 slices bacon, cut in 1” cubes
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • ½ orange bell pepper, diced
  • ½ head of cauliflower, chopped
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne (if you like a little extra kick)
  • ½ TBS minced garlic
  • 1 TBS chives, minced
  • ½ cup cheddar, shredded
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  • Fry bacon in a non-stick skillet until done. Pull the bacon out
  • while leaving the rendered fat in the pan. Put the bacon on a paper towel and save.
  • Next add the onions, peppers, cauliflower, and garlic to the pan.
  • Keep stirring until the veggies soften a little and turn golden brown.
  • Add the salt, pepper, cayenne, and paprika.
  • Add a little water to the pan and continue to cook until cauliflower is soft. Let all water evaporate.
  • Stir in the chives, then make a couple holes in the veggies by pushing them aside with a spoon.
  • Crack the eggs into the holes, sprinkle the bacon and cheese over top, and cook eggs til desired doneness
  • Enjoy!

Low Carb Asian Marinade for Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 TBS low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 TBS rice vinegar
  • 2 TBS mayo
  • 1 ½ TBS honey
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 or 2 TBS of Sambal Oelek (chili garlic sauce) or Gochujang (hot pepper paste)
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

**Tip: Salt depends on how salty your soy sauce is. Taste before adding more salt.

Method:

  • Whisk all ingredients together well, add in chicken, and let sit anywhere from 30 minutes to 12 hours. (The longer it sits, the more tender and juicy it will be).
  • Grill the chicken to an internal temperature of 165 degrees
  • Enjoy!

Red Snapper with a Spinach and Beet Salad

Ingredients:

For the snapper:

  • 1 – 5 oz Red Snapper Steak
  • 1/2 Lemon, juice, zest
  • 1/2 Lime, zest
  • 1/2 TBS EVOO
  • 1/2 TBS Raw Honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp za’atar, or dried thyme
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

For the salad:

  • 2 cups Spinach
  • 1/4 cup golden beets, roasted
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • Several slivers of red onion
  • 2 TBS feta, crumbled
  • 1-2 TBS Champagne Vinaigrette
  • Salt and pepper to taste, if desired

Method:

For the Snapper:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Put beets in a roasting pan with a 1/4 inch H2O
  • Drizzle a little oil over top of the beets
  • Bake in the oven about an hour. Beets are done when you can stick a skewer through them easily
  • Cool and peel the beets, then dice them 1/4 inch or slice
  • Whisk the EVOO, lemon juice, honey, za’atar or thyme, and garlic on a bowl
  • Completely coat the snapper with the above mixture, and put in a baking dish
  • Sprinkle with S&P
  • Bake for 15-20 min, until fish is flaky and firm

For the salad:

  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl, and arrange on a plate
  • Top with Snapper, hot or cold
  • Enjoy!