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Addictive Cauliflower + A Giveaway!

Phew!  Betsy and I just had a heckuva move to the Denver area involving a uHaul reservation mess up (that ended up weirdly helping us), a urine-covered cat, and a very substantial and hellish trip to Ikea.

We are mostly setup in Denver now though and it is quickly setting in that we have no friends. HA!

That’s okay though because I have all you lovely readers to keep me company.

For my first post from Denver, let me drop some knowledge on you: Cauliflower is not French Fries.  But, guess what. There is a recipe that makes cauliflower pretty darn tasty and, if I had the choice, I would say that I would order this Curry Roasted Cauliflower over French Fries 64% of the time.

Curry Roasted Cauliflower

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Serves 2-4.
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Roasted until crispy and delicious! This is a super simple recipe for a healthy veggie side that you’ll make again and again!

Ingredients

1 large cauliflower head, cut into florets
Olive oil
Kosher salt
Curry Powder
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Directions

1) Preheat oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut florets off of cauliflower and toss liberally with olive oil, salt, and curry powder. Add the cauliflower to a baking sheet in a single layer.

2) Cover with foil and bake at 500 degrees F. for 15 minutes.

3) Remove foil and continue to bake, stirring every 8-10 minutes, until the cauliflower is well-browned, about 30-35 minutes.

Serve immediately!

Recipe adapted from Foodist.

Curry Roasted Cauliflower

Barely a Recipe

Because I sometimes do very illogical things, the week before we moved I ordered a slew of new books which arrived literally as I was packing books. Why did I not just have Amazon send them to my new home? These are questions that will never be answered.

One of the books I got silly-ordered was the first book from my long-time blogging friend Darya called “Foodist.” Aside from having a beautiful cover and being incredibly readable, Darya tossed out hints of this Curry Roasted Cauliflower recipe in the first few chapters. She sells it as a way to make cauliflower taste as good as French Fries!

I had to try it. The good thing about this recipe (and many of the recipes in this book which is more of a philosophy book then a cookbook) is that it’s dumb simple. You couldn’t screw it up if you tried.

Basically you just cut up a big head or two of cauliflower and spread out the florets in a baking pan.

raw - Curry Roasted Cauliflower

Chopped!

For the seasonings, she doesn’t even specify amounts, but the word “liberal” comes to mind. You want olive oil, salt (kosher or sea) and curry powder. Sprinkle and toss liberally, people.

seasoned - Curry Roasted Cauliflower

Liberal seasoning.

Preheat your oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit and then cover the cauliflower with foil and bake for about 15 minutes so they start to steam.

foiled - Curry Roasted Cauliflower

First bake.

Then remove the foil and continue to roast until the pieces start to brown around the edges, 30-35 minutes should do the trick. I like mine damn near burned.

They turn a little bit crispy and are very delicious. Betsy and I can polish off almost a whole head of cauliflower between the two of us!

crispy - Curry Roasted Cauliflower

Yum.

I would absolutely say these Curry Roasted Cauliflower bites taste as good as French fries. They aren’t French fries exactly, but I would order Curry Roasted Cauliflower over French fries frequently if I had the choice.

Review and Giveaway!

I read a bunch of food/eating philosophy books over the years and my favorite tend to have a few key features:

1) They are easy to process. If you can’t make your way through the book, what good does it do?

2) They are gimmick-free. They might explain why you should eat vegetables and how to incorporate more into your diet, but they won’t say only eat green vegetables!

3) They are funny. This is personal preference but I hate up-tight writing.

To be completely honest, Darya nails all of these points. She obviously knows her stuff and the book is very well-researched, but it’s a breeze to read and take in.

If I had to summarize the book in one blog-sized paragraph I would say that it’s about learning how to recognize habits in our lives and then how to positively change those habits. The slant of the book is on health-related habits, but you can apply most of the advice to a wide range of things.

For example, if you find yourself craving sweets while you watch TV at night, it might not be that you are actually craving ice cream, but that you have a habit of eating while watching TV. Try a cup of tea instead and see if that fixes the craving?

Meanwhile, she’s hilarious. One of her footnotes, for example, reads: “Don’t confuse scientists (Ph.D.s) and medical doctors (M.D.s). Because it is not part of their training, the vast majority of M.D.s don’t know jack about nutrition.”

ZING.

If you are interested in forming better habits and possibly losing weight without dieting, this is a great book to check out. You should buy it.

Or even better, you should win it for free.

The Giveaway!

Because I like this book and Darya’s writing, I’m giving away three copies!

Just leave a comment below answering this question and you’re entered to win.

What’s your favorite simple and healthy weeknight meal?

I will ship to U.S. or Canada and will pick winners in a week on June 6th at 8PM Eastern time!

Winners!

Here are the winners of the Foodist giveaway!

Julie # 39
Sammijoy # 77
Anne # 142

177 comments on “Addictive Cauliflower + A Giveaway!

  1. My favorite simple healthy weeknight meal is a cucumber tomato and avocado sandwich with a dill greek yogurt spread.

  2. My favorite weeknight meal is grilled tequila-lime marinaded tri tip (I use a large grill pan indoors), steamed broccoli, and a salad. I buy multiple tri tip when they go on sale, marinate them all with this recipe (http://bit.ly/11pVDeo), and pop the extras in the freezer. It’s easy to defrost the tri tip as you need them, and they’re already marinaded.

  3. Favorite easy and complete meal : cold quinoa salad with fresh basil, green onions, corn and tomatoes (with oil, honey and red wine vinegar sauce). Delicious – especially for summer!!
    Happy life in Denver – hopefully you’ll make new friends to share meals with soon!

  4. Chick peas and spinach salad (not sure if its a salad or not all I know is its very tasty)

    Basically it’s boxed frozen chopped spinach cooked and drained, warm drained chick peas from a can, caramelized sliced onion, sliced parmasun cheese, dash of salt, pepper, and cumin poweder. Blend it altogether and enjoy.

  5. My favorite simple weeknight meal is a handful of almonds and a handful of cherry tomatoes tossesd with olive oil, kosher salt, fresh ground pepper, and a bit of cayenne. I’ve eaten this standing in my kitchen, at the office, in the car, and at my kid’s baseball game.

  6. Is airpopped popcorn a healthy dinner? Because I have that almost every night–the joys of being a law student!

  7. Something I learned from my mom: spaghetti (hot or cold, whole wheat or regular-whatever!), shredded chicken, shredded carrots (you can buy that already done for you!), and julienned cucumber (OK, that’s more effort. Or cut it however you want). Each person puts whatever proportion of each that they desire in their bowl. Toss with whatever combination of soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, and hot sauce you want. We’ve advanced to also adding sesame oil and ginger oil in there also. Can prep most of it ahead of time and eat whenever! It was my mom’s go-to when my brother and I had various after-school/evening activities. We could all eat whenever each of us was ready.

  8. Soba noodle salad with peanut/sesame sauce, tofu, and vegetables. It’s great for a weeknight meal because it cooks fast and tastes delicious hot or cold.

  9. I love a simple vegetable “stir fry”. Just add some oil to a pan cook some mushrooms and brussel sprouts really fast, then towards the end add in some fresh vegetables mix and some soy sauce! Easy and delicious!

  10. These days, I usually saute some greens (whatever I have) with berbere, then crack an egg on top and toss in the oven to bake for a few minutes. Simple and delicious. As it gets too hot to cook, though, I foresee a lot more sorbet for dinner nights…

  11. Favourite weeknight meal: sauteed fish, oven roasted potato chunks and carrots. Dinner on the table in about 30 minutes!

    I have a rather large head of cauliflower in the fridge right now that has been looking at me for the past couple of evenings wanting to be eaten… this might have to happen for dinner tomorrow! My favourite veggie and OH’s (Other Half’s – haha) favourite flavour in curry. Win-win in my not-so-humble opinion! Glad you guys made it safely, but what in the world happened to the kitty that resulted in being covered in urine?!?!

    1. She doesn’t handle long car rides well even with drugs… happens pretty much every time we move. She has stress pees in the crate… Fun stuff.

      1. Poor critter. Mine hates travelling, unless he is in a crate with a sheet or towel covering it. Hopefully everyone has recovered from the trauma :)

  12. My favorite and easy weeknight meal is zucchini fettucini. Just use a vegetable peeler to cut strips of the zucchini until you get to the seeded middle. saute the strips in olive oil for three minutes, flipping often and then top off with pasta sauce and you have a great “pasta” dish!

  13. Our go to at least once a week healthy meal is tacos. While I normally wouldn’t say they are all that healthy, I think ours are because we use dear or elk meat that my husband has killed, both are very low in fat and are naturally organic. I use all organic, fresh local produce to make the salsa and guacamole and no cheese or sour cream. The shells are fresh soft corn shells made fresh every day at a local store and don’t need any oil to heat them up.

  14. I throw a turkey breast in my slow cooker with a packet of Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix. No water, nothing else, just turkey and soup mix.

  15. Greens, chard or kale or savoy cabbage, sauteed with onion and garlic. Toss in some cooked beans (okay if from a can) and sprinkle with a bit of red wine vinegar.

    You can use any bean you have on hand. I always have cannellini beans on hand, so I tend to use those.

    To make this a little more substantial, top with a poached or fried egg.

  16. Sautéed chicken breast with roasted cauliflower or broccoli. If I’m pressed for time we’ll steam the veggie instead, but I really love the roasted flavor (and there must be dark bits as that’s the bet part!).

  17. 1. Falafel pitas with cucumber sauce, onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers.
    2. Fried rice. A great way to get rid of any extra veggies I have in the house.

  18. Black Bean and Corn Salad with lots of peppers and maybe some fresh tomatoes with grilled chicken – tastes like summer and is super healthy!

  19. I like to make a grain salad (loving farro lately) with sautéed seasonal veggies and some parmesan and lemon.

  20. A Veggie Burger! I usually make a new recipe each week or two, and freeze them. Favorite mixers include sweet potato, tahini, quinoa, black beans, chipotles, corn, and shrooms. Topped with avocado, sriracha, or a flavored greek yogurt sauce and served up on a whole wheat bun.

    1. Hey Julie! Congrats! You won the Foodist giveaway. Email me your address info (nick at macheesmo.com) and I’ll get the book in the mail to you! Thanks for reading!

  21. I love a seared then baked chicken breast that has been marinated in a balsalmic/honey/olive oil/garlic mix with a side of a baked potato and/or roasted veggies, preferably yellow and zucchini squash, maybe with some broccoli thrown in if I’m feeling adventurous.

  22. My favorite weeknight meal is to chop up all the random vegetables in my fridge and saute them with some coconut oil and whatever herbs I happen to have on hand. If my vegetarian daughter isn’t eating with us, I will throw in some bacon. I’ll usually serve it over quinoa. It’s my favorite because it’s easy and fast, which is very important on a weeknight.

  23. I love summertime and all the produce that is available. Favorite go to is pan seared tilapia, asparagus & tomato salad and cubed watermelon! Doesn’t get much better than this!

  24. we like veggies with olive oil and herbs ….. zucchini, kale etc … so simple and easy when you don’t want too much for dinner:)

  25. Tacos! I love tacos and would eat them all the time if I could. I use low fat ground beef, low fat sour cream, low fat cheese (are you sensing a theme?), lots of salsa, onions and lettuce. Wrap that all up in a tortilla and I am in heaven.

  26. I love making spaghetti and then roasting some broccoli and cauliflower in the oven – we have 3 kids and this pleases all of them! I’m gonna try the curry cauliflower soon!

  27. Spaghetti, olive oil, cracked pepper and grated Pecorino Romano cheese. This classic dish takes all of 5 minutes to make any season, as a late night snack, or when I am in a hurry.

  28. Ah….baked chicken breast dipped in egg white and then coated with crushed dried porcini mushrooms. Add baked sweet potato with a mustard and plain Greek yogurt topping. My fav veggie is a roasted cauliflower similar to your post but with paprika! Getting hungry….

  29. Ocean Perch cooked under the broiler with a little seasoning, roasted okra, and a baked sweet potato (I tend to bake a few over the weekend and just rewarm for an easy lunch or dinner!).

  30. A great weeknight meal that I am craving and that is easy to put together is a an assembled salad. I use a big platter and pile it high with halved hard boiled eggs, leaves of lettuce, sliced avocado, tomatoes and some steamed or roasted and fresh vegetables that are in season such as beets, asparagus, potatoes, green beans. I mix up a simple dressing, right now, it would be full of chives from the garden with shallot, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. The whole thing goes great with bread and butter and a glass of wine.

  31. My favorite healthy, quick, go-to meal changes all the time but my most exciting recent food discovery is soba! These noodles take literally 5 minutes to cook, in which time I might fry an egg sunny side up to serve as a nice protein component & add some delicious silky egg yolk to the sauce. Add some chopped cilantro, shredded carrot, peanuts, lime, olive oil, rice vinegar & sriracha and you have a very satisfying & zesty meal. If I can wait, I like to pop the noodles in the fridge to cool down a bit as there’s just something so good about cold soba.

  32. My favorite weeknight meal is a teriyaki salmon filet over a bed of spinach with some brown rice. It’s quick (10 minutes of broiling!), healthy, easy and delicious!

  33. Going to find some Copper River salmon and make this with it tonight…plus you have friends you just have not met them yet!

    Welcome.

  34. Lately I’ve been making an angel hair pasta with either peas, or steamed asparagus, and grape tomatoes cut in half, with a can of Italian tuna in oil that’s been drained. Add a little fresh basil and Parmesan and you are done!

  35. My simple and delicious recipe is guacamole. Quick to make if 2 persons are involved and easy to enjoy.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  36. Love your sardine and avocado sandwich, also fish or ground turkey tacos are also quick and easy to make. Thanks for the giveaway.

  37. I would have to say a few grilled skewers of portobello, bell pepper, zucchini or yellow squash, and red onion tossed in some olive oil, pepper, red pepper flakes and herbs de province
    … My boyfriend thinks I’m crazy when I say this fills me up but it honestly does!

    1. Hey Sammijoy! Congrats! You won the Foodist giveaway on Macheesmo. Email me your address info (nick at macheesmo.com) and I’ll get the book in the mail to you! Thanks for reading!

  38. My healthy quick weeknight meal is salmon in a foil packet with basil, lemon, jalapeno, kalamata olives, cherry tomatoes, and peppadew peppers.

  39. During the summer, my favorite easy dinner is nothing but a large bowl of mixed fruit! Strawberries, blueberries, cherries, grapes, pineapple, apples, bananas, or any combination of the above. I eat at least 1 quart of fruit ever day in the summer.

    In the winter, my favorite simple meal is pizza.

  40. I love making vegetarian burritos. Black beans, brown rice or quinoa, salsa, avocado, a little Greek yogurt. Okay now I know what I want for dinner tonight!!

  41. Yum! I need cauliflower!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Tacos are quick and easy.
    The west slope will miss you.

  42. Chicken breast, onion and tomato baked in yogurt with curry, some mae poy and the spices/herbs of the ,moment. Really healthy, simple and good

  43. we kinda end up choosing between turkey chili, turkey tacos or chicken and lettuce. these 3 come back almost on a weekly basis.

  44. It’s gotta be tacos — any variety of taco, really, but my fave is black bean and cheese with fresh tomatoes. It’s so good sometimes I don’t know why I bother with stuff that takes longer :)

  45. I love southwestern turkey burgers! Burgers with green chilies cooked right in and topped with avacado and tomato! Yum! My mouth is watering now!

  46. a quickie meal when nothing is thawed out is breakfast for dinner – eggs or a healthier pancake recipe. tacos are pretty quick too.

  47. Simple and healthy weeknight meal? Chopped veggies and hummus. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book!

  48. My favorite weeknight meal is something we’ve taken to calling “Cabbage Noodles.” It’s just fried green cabbage served over rice noodles in a quick sauce of chicken bouillon, garlic, cornstarch and cayenne pepper. At the table, just add a little soy sauce and General Tsao for a 15 minute meal that’s out of this world.

  49. Mediterranean- Influenced salad! Romaine lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, couscous, chickpeas, fresh mint leaves, dried mint leaves, salt & pepper, apple cider vinegar, and olive oil. :)

  50. I like to make tortilla pizzas. I use Trader’s Jo’s whole wheat tortillas (they’re delicious and substantial) and top it with whatever vegetables and cheese i have on hand. Sprinkle with olive oil and bake.

  51. My favorite simple and healthy weeknight meal is vegetable chow mien. I use any vegetables I have at home with either a Chinese style noodle or simply spaghetti and soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, and tons of garlic to make a quick and yummy chow mein.

  52. Beets! Chopped and baked with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. If you don’t forget to cover it with foil (like I did the first time), you’ll end up with savory bite-sized beets that are so easy to make and easy to eat.

  53. Oven roasted salmon, baked potato started in microwave and finished in oven, with roasted veggies. I keep a stock of frozen fish and veggies on hand so I always have it available and it takes less than 20 minutes from start to finish!

  54. chicken, black refied beans, manchego cheese and mango salsa…either as tacos or as quesadillas.

  55. If I’m by myself, I roast cauliflower and broccoli nearly the same way you did here (minus the curry powder). If I’m having people over, and I want something fast, I’ll add a piece of pan-roasted and oven-finished fish.

  56. A MASSIVE salad or stir-fry. All the things in the salad bowl/wok – onions, peppers, cucumbers/zucchini, carrots, celery, broccoli, garlic, cherry tomatoes, and if I’ve planned carefully, some already-cooked shredded/cubed chicken.

  57. Green salad with home grown toasted pecans and home grown tomatoes. Oh yeah, and a few home grown fresh herbs tossed in.

  58. I had it last night! The “everything but the kitchen sink” salad. I like to make a big salad and toss in anything and everything I have on hand. Last night it was romaine lettuce, sliced radishes, sliced beets, shredded asiago cheese, a little bit of leftover chicken from a rotisserie chicken (another quick weeknight meal) some cottage cheese and poppy seed dressing. Delish.

  59. Cheetos covered in a chocolate/peanut butter sauce, mix and lightly sprinkle with brown sugar. serve with a deep fried stick of celery and a red bull. MMMmm. ( I wonder why people tell me I need to get a copy of Darya’s book and read it several times?)

  60. My favorite weeknight meal is (really) a boxed chef boyardee pizza mix.
    I follow the crust directions (easier than sneezing). I “doctor it up” by adding fresh oregano, basil, whatever. The next level, after the supplied pizza sauce, is anchovies and multi colored peppers. I use some of the grated parm they give you, but I dress it up with goat cheese or some other good, sharp parm. I make the crust super thin and cook it pretty dark. To top it off, I add arugula with olive oil and fresh lemon. It may sound daunting, but you just go ahead and try it and tell me that’s not one of the best damned pizza’s you ever had!!!!

  61. My favorite is grilled greek-style chicken, with tons of garlic, lemon and oregano, and a big old greek salad. Yum!!

  62. I enjoy some grilled chicken, steamed broccoli, carrot sticks and a nice, crisp apple for dessert. Yum.

  63. Yummy veggie wheat wraps! Whatever I have that’s fresh could go in to it. Sometimes I’ll even add egg or a small amount of chicken or could be tofu, just to mix it up a bit. Lately I’ve been on an avocado & 50/50 organic mixed spinach & lettuces kick, so one or the other or both end up in most things. Mmm… & cilantro, since my husband deployed, I’ve been eating it on almost everything. He hates the smell of it. Some people are just so odd. I love spices too, but have to watch it because I can get carried away quickly, but the right amount can change a meal drastically. Hot spicy is good too, but I seem to be the only one who likes it hot enough to make your eyeballs sweat. Now I’m hungry, wish I had some cauliflower…

  64. Angel pasta with fresh basil, tomatoes & olive oil! And when I feel brave-a little parmasean as well; I am lactose intolerant. :(

  65. I have college night classes, so I get home late and am starving by then! I love to make a quick stir-fry with veggies (sweet potato! kale! onion! zucchini! mushrooms!) chopped super small and then cabbage strips added either at the end or just fresh on top… maybe some fresh tomatoes and avocado, plus raw hemp hearts, then eaten over rice, or in a soft, locally-made corn tortilla. :) I alternate between curry flavors, asian peanut sauce (homemade in the pan), soy sauce/sriracha, and mexican flavors.

  66. Microwave individual bowls of left over rice, and portion of drained black beans. Then add steamed vegetables (variety), top with grated cheese, and salsa – delicious!

  67. Salad, my crispers always full of clean, sliced & diced veggies. Grab a bowl and add whatever the taste buds are in the mood for. Quick, easy and healthy.

  68. My favorite simple and healthy weeknight meal is….a green smoothie :-/ Try to avoid the fruits in the evening, so mostly vegetables (kale, spinach, cucumber, and then maybe some organge juice or yogurt to sweeten it a little). All frozen ingredients. Sounds lame, I know.

  69. Because I work retail, every meal has to be quick and easy. Because I have an 8yo, every meal has to be healthy. My favorite is seitan tacos (we make 8 single meal sized batches of seitan at once so we’ve always got it at the ready) with salsa criolla. We’re actually making Indian spiced tacos and salsa criolla for dinner tonight! We generally serve a mix of raw veggies or avocado slaw with tacos and even making salsa and slaw, the whole deal is ready in about 20 min

  70. Right now it’s a salad with steak, apple, blue cheese, pecans and avocado with a poppyseed dressing.

  71. My favorite healthy weeknight meal is spinach sad with roasted chicken (from the deli)with balsamic vinaigrette

  72. If anyone could make me eat (and possibly enjoy) cauliflower it’s you! My favorite simple/healthy weeknight meal is sauteed spinach with garlic and red pepper flakes with simple pan-seared salmon. :) 20 minute meal.

    1. Hey Anne! Congrats! You won the Foodist giveaway on Macheesmo. Email me your address info (nick at macheesmo.com) and I’ll get the book in the mail to you! Thanks for reading!

  73. This almost sounds more like a replacement for popcorn – which I love and can’t have anymore since I’m gluten, corn and soy intolerant – rather than french fries. I CAN have fries, I like fries (especially seasoned & covered in cheese, guilty treat) so I’ll eat ’em.

    My favourite healthy dinner? Salad, chicken and Renee’s tangerine-lime dressing.

    The salad has romaine, head lettuce, the prepacked spring mix, at least 3 veggies, hopefully an apple and a tangerine and a sprinkle of cheese.

    The chicken is done on the BBQ if I’m at the cottage, usually with a BBQ sauce. Or it’s seared then steamed in the pan with watered down BBQ sauce or this lovely peach stuff I found tucked away in a small store called Foodies. Love that place.

  74. I love baked shrimp with a little olive oil, Mrs. Dash and pepper. Bake at 350 for 8 to 10 minutes, along with some steamed veggies. Simple and easy, but best of all DELISH!
    Love your recipes and following along!

  75. my favorite weeknight meal is just a simple stir fry of any leafy green with a thai peanut sauce i make, cheap. easy. healthy. delicious. can’t beat it.

  76. Pasta with sweet/sour spinach and white beans with fire roasted tomatoes toss together serve, enjoy..

  77. a really easy stewy-tomatoey dish with fish fillets, kalamata olives, onions, garlic, carrot, etc. over rice. delish

  78. This recipe was awesome! The cauliflower comes out tasting kind of like hash browns. I could have used more curry powder, but it was still delicious. I’ll definitely be making this again.

  79. One of my go-to “week” meals is lemon and sage chicken salad. Broil the chicken with herbs, chunk it, and toss with Greek yogurt, diced apple, celery, lemon juice, garlic/onion/salt/pepper, and sage. Sometimes I bake prosciutto and add that, too. Stuff it into a pita or over lettuce and it’s good to go–plus makes great leftovers for lunch the next day.

  80. I rely on hummus for quite a few meals. I like garlic hummus on corn tortilla with sliced cherry tomatoes. YUM!

  81. Roasted veggies in pasta, with a simple olive oil and herb sauce. So easy and tasty, especially now that summer veggies are in season!

  82. It’s amazing the 30min meals one can come up with but for tonight it will be Chicken Korma w/rice and will be making this curried cauliflower. Can’t wait to try it out!
    Thanks for all your delicious posts!
    Linda in Cananda

  83. My favorite weeknight healthy and easy meal is spaghetti squash marinara. It’s simple to cut in half and toss in the oven. If I don’t have any frozen homemade sauce, I just open a jar or if I am feeling like I want an little more time in the ktichen, I open a jar of diced tomatoes, add 1/2 chopped onion, 4 cloves smashed garlic and a stalk of basil (save the leaves for garnish) and let that simmer while the squash cooks. I usually bake both halves of the squash and when cool, fork them both into strands and freeze half so it’s ready to go for next time. Whatever fresh or frozen veggies go into the pasta sauce like mushrooms, peas, green onions, chunks of cruciferous veggies, etc. 1T shredded parmesan gives a great umami boost with minimal fat and calorie increase

  84. We usually have spinach on hand so I would have to say spinach salad! It is versatile and I make variations depending on what I have in the fridge. I love it with pan-fried salmon.

  85. I would whole-heartedly agree with you on the food blog/book writing tips. Especially when they are sharing personal, often silly/luny aspects about their lives. Otherwise, all the foodie gurus would merge into one congealed image of Jamie, Rachel, Mario, Julia, Gordon, Emeril, Cristeta and a whole crockpot full of other names.

  86. I just found your website last night with the rainbow spring rolls on ziplist. I’ll try those next. I just made the cauliflower today and it was really good. I’m not a cauliflower fan, so thanks. I saw a couple of my quick dinners from other readers, but my new quick dinner is fried rice one night with whatever veggies I have, and the next night I use the leftover fried rice with a Japanese omelette filled with more veggies. I’m looking forward to trying your Indian recipes too. Thanks for a great blog and enticing recipes.

  87. Omg! These were so good! Made this tonight and my family cleaned it out! The only switch was the curry for Italian herbs… I thought since smashburger makes those delicious smash fries with olive oil and herbs that couldnt be bad… Well it was succulent! Love it will remake

  88. Mine is steamed organic sweet potatoes (preferably smaller ones-) . Make a double layer of aluminum foil. Place washed sweet potatoes on foil, turn up sides, place a 1/2 cup water in foil. Make sure foil is crimped up on all sides so the water does not escape. Place in a 500 degree oven for 1 hour. Serve with tiny pats of butter (I use 1 tablespoon cut up in tiny squares), brown sugar & organic cinnamon! Then serve with mixed vegetables. If you are a meat eater, maybe pick up a rotisserie chicken to go along with it. Yummy!!!!

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