Roasted Cabbage

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Cabbage slices with garlic

If in doubt about cooking a vegetable, roast it!  I find that many of my childhood vegetables that were boiled to an inch of their lives, are so much better roasted.  Cauliflower and broccoli in particular.  So I tried roasting cabbage.   So simple and yet so tasty!  When I was playing around with this we ate plates of it just by itself!  So I am in two minds whether to call this a side or main vegetable dish!    You can really play around with the flavourings of roast cabbage.  I am currently torn between two flavours of roast cabbage, one just slathered with oil and garlic, the other covered with whole-grain mustard with a dash of lemon.   Yummy!

The cabbage can be cut into slices or wedges, slathered with your flavourings, then roasted.  It’s that simple!

 

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Cauliflower Bread (Coconut Flour)

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I’ve made wraps, bread sticks, pizza and even cake from cauliflower, so thought I’d try a cauliflower bread with it.  The bread is firm and moist along with the Chief Taster approval.   We tried a few slices as an open sandwich which were delightful.  The next day I toasted a few slices with my scrambled eggs for breakfast.  Just delicious!  Although I’ve used coconut flour, you could probably use almond flour (but reduce the eggs) and get a similar result.

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Broccoli & Basil Flatbread (Coconut flour)

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A bread from broccoli? Madness you cry!  After a day playing around with cauliflower, I looked at a large bunch of broccoli I had in the fridge and thought to myself “Dare I?”.   I did and I loved the result.  It’s something you could have fun playing around with by adding other flavourings and perhaps some cheese too.   I baked it in a square cake tin and the result was a soft yet firm flat bread.  You could make a decent sandwich out of this or even toast it.  I had some with salsa, the Chief Taster had an open sandwich with his half.  Freak the children out! Give them a green sandwich! Hee hee…Oooh, something healthy and green for St Patrick’s’ Day perhaps?

I put basil in it to give it a bit of flavour but this is optional.  If you don’t have coconut flour, I think almond flour or even ground flax seeds would still work.  Move over cauliflower rice, you have a new contender from broccoli!

UPDATE: – I’ve now baked this with ground flaxseed in place of the psyllium powder and it works out great!

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Cauliflower Salad (Warm)

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Trends in food come and go but to me, the humble cauliflower has always been like the little black dress….always in style, and very adaptable.   This salad is normally served warm, but is just as delicious at room temperature.  It’s simple to make, just roast the cauliflower, make the dressing, introduce them to each other and voila!    I call it a warm salad, but it would also make a great vegetable side dish too.  Or you could just eat the whole thing yourself whilst the other half is out!

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Strawberry and Avocado Mousse

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One of my favourite quick desserts is chocolate avocado mousse but thought I’d change it slightly and use strawberries in place of cocoa powder.  It was delicious, creamy and fruity!  Avocado is a great quick dessert and so flexible.   You could add banana’s too for extra creaminess!

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Curried Cabbage and Coconut Salad

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I am playing around with a lot of cabbage recipes at the moment, simply because it’s cheap, low in carbs and we love the vegetable.  We normally have cabbage in some form of cheese dish but I wanted something else without the dairy.  This is a great alternative to coleslaw and is full of flavour.   Just like coleslaw it improves with some chilling time.  You could play around with the spices too if you wanted it hotter.   I loved it and scoffed a bowl of it under the guise of “taste testing”.  Another simple and tasty dish!  So simple to make the Chief Taster could possibly whip up a batch!

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Coconut Butter Bars – Strawberry and Coconut

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To make coconut butter is as simple as making a nut butter.  Simply throw some raw dried shredded coconut into the food processor and blitz until you have a butter spread.  Or you can simply purchase a jar of it!  Coconut is one of my favourite superfoods as it has a low glycemic index, a high fibre content and contains lauric acid which has antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties.   It also improves nutrient absorption!   Yummy, tell me more Diva…