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Cauliflower Week:: Cauliflower Rice Tofu Bowls

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Welcome to another installment of Cauliflower Week! I hope you’ve been inspired to give this veggie a try. There are so many recipes out there to completely transform cauliflower, and here is another.

Today’s recipe was created by Sydney, my son’s girlfriend. When I told her about Juice January, we had a long discussion about nutrition and the benefits of eating clean. Sydney and I wound up in the kitchen making lunch. Full disclosure, I had no idea how to prepare tofu. Sydney said she would show me how to make a cauliflower rice topped with curried tofu. Of course I took her up on her offer. We had a fun morning putting together these Cauliflower Rice Tofu bowls. What a perfect recipe to share during Juice January. Thanks Sydney for sharing this recipe; I finally feel like I know how to work with tofu.

Cauliflower Rice Tofu Bowls
Serves 2

Preheat oven to 375 F

You will need:
– 1 block of firm tofu
– 3 tablespoons of olive oil
– 1 cup carrots
– 4 cups cauliflower
– 1 1/2 cups snow peas
– 1/2 small onion finely diced
– 1 large garlic clove minced
– 1 tsp tumeric
– 1 tsp ginger
– 1/2  tsp ginger
– 1/2  tsp chili powder
– 1/2  tsp salt

To prepare:

To prepare tofu: Place tofu on a paper towel or dish towel, wrap and then place a heavy book on top of the tofu and press gently, Allow to drain liquid for 15 minutes. Set aside.

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In a food processor fitted with a blade, place cauliflower into the bowl and pulse until cauliflower becomes the consistency of rice.

Once the tofu is drained, cut into 1 inch cubes. In a medium frying pan, add oil and toss the tofu cubes with the curry powder and fry on both sides about 10 minutes. Place the cubes on a parchment lined cookie sheet and place into a 375F oven. Bake for 10 minutes until tofu is crispy. While the tofu bakes, in the same pan, saute the onion, garlic, carrots and snow peas, about 10 minutes. Set aside veggies and in the same pan, toss the cauliflower rice with spices and saute for 10 minutes until cauliflower is lightly browned. Serve immediately.

To Finish:

Place rice in a bowl top with tofu, veggies and serve.

Optional toppings*

*Fresh Basil
Sriracha

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Black Southern Belle Tastemaker Summit

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When I was invited to attend the Black Southern Belle Tastemaker Summit, at America’s Mart it was at a very hectic time for me, but something told me to go. I rearranged my week, made it happen, and said yes. I was excited to finally meet Michiel Perry, the founder. Michiel Perry is a South Carolina girl who love all things Southern and stylish. She became inspired to start her own lifestyle brand focused on African-American women with a Southern connection called Black Southern Belle while planning her wedding in Charleston, S.C. and decorating her first home in Maryland. Her background at Google did not hurt in helping to found a lifestyle brand. How you might ask? In Michiel’s words “Google operated as a startup, and I loved the culture. Each day, I had a new task. From working on issues related to YouTube and music to planning networking events. There was never a dull day, and there was always something new to work on. I really love the energy of working on a lot of projects and Google sparked that love, which prepared me for entrepreneurship. No day is the same, EVER!”

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This was the first conference in Atlanta. Held in the Atlanta Merchandise Mart, there was a great line-up of speakers and subject matter to start and continue inspired conversations. Steve Mckenzie and his wife Jill ,owners of Steve Mckenzine’s a gift and design boutique on the Westside, did a brilliant program on tablescapes for fall. There were talks about Christmas decor, and how to brand yourself on social media. Get the full run down on the Black Southern Belle website.

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The intuition to go to this summit was spot on. I met the most wonderful group of women. It was a lovely day, and it really inspired me. Thanks to Michiel for inviting me; I can’t wait for the next one.

I feel like I made new friends and reconnected with old friends. The message here is listen to that little voice, step outside your realm, and say yes to meeting other powerful, smart women. Plus the goodie bags were stellar. Thanks Michiel xx

 

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Photo Credit: Michelle Flowers Photography

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