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Cauliflower Week:: Cauliflower Rice Tofu Bowls

Rice Bowl

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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Cauliflower Week:: Quick Cauliflower Tacos

These cauliflower tacos are the perfect way to shake-up Taco Tuesday or this week's Cinco di Mayo celebrations. You'll love the flavors!

After Yaniv’s post last week, I was inspired to pull together a few of my other favorite cauliflower-forward foods for Juice January. Welcome to Cauliflower Week on the blog!

I am a huge fan of cauliflower. It’s really a flavor chameleon because any spice that you toss into cauliflower is absorbed. Because of that, cauliflower tacos are a great way to get some veggies without sacrificing Mexican flavors.

These quick cauliflower tacos are the perfect way to shake-up Taco Tuesday. Let me know if you give it a try!

xx Annette

Quick Cauliflower Tacos
Serves 4

You will need:
– 8 corn tortillas
– 1 cup water
– 1 head of Cauliflower
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 2 teaspoons cumin
– 2 cloves garlic minced
– 2 radishes sliced
– 1/2 cup shredded mild cheese like Colby or Mexican cheese mix
– 2 avocados sliced
– Salsa
– Plain yogurt

To prepare:

Clean and steam cauliflower in a cup of water on medium heat for about 15 minutes until soft.

Drain cauliflower. In a bowl break apart the cauliflower toss with salt, cumin, garlic, and oil.

In a pan, saute the cauliflower over medium heat until browned.

In another pan, heat the tortillas until soft and top with cheese until cheese is melted.

To assemble:

Place tortilla on a plate, top with cauliflower, avocado slices, radish slices, salsa, and a dollop of plain yogurt. Serve warm.

For another tasty veggie taco, check out these Crispy Quinoa ones.

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Mushroom Soup with Lentils and Roasted Garlic

Why not add a little homemade soup to your healthy juice diet. As you know a light breakfast and a light supper are part of my healthy January regime. Here’s a great recipe for chilly nights whether you are joining me in juicing or just trying to start the year off with healthy recipes, you will love this hearty homey soup.

Ingredients
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 shallot chopped fine
3 stalks of celery chopped
2 large carrots cut into coins
3 small zucchinis cut into bite sized pieces
2 pints mixed mushrooms, like shitake, and portabellas, enoki
2 bulbs of garlic roasted whole
1 1/2 cups brown lentils
1 quart chicken broth or vegetable broth
1/3 cup chopped parsley

* 1/4 cup of plain yogurt, chopped chives

* roasted garlic. place whole bulbs of garlic wrapped in aluminum foil in the oven on 325 for 1 hour. until garlic is soft and fragrant.

Preparation
Chop vegetables shallot, celery, carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, place in a large cast iron stock pot drizzle with olive oil and salt and saute over medium heat until transparent and wilted add the roasted garlic by squeezing the roasted garlic cloves into the pot and stir to combine all the ingredients, add parsley and lentils and broth. Simmer over low heat for 2-3 hours. Serve

I like to add a dollop of plain yogurt and chopped chives to top off this rich luscious soup.

Serves 4-6

Photos; Annette Joseph

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