Cauliflower Power

Cauliflower…possibly the world’s most versatile food!

I usually tell people to stay away from white foods but cauliflower is definitely the exception to that rule.  Below are 14 ways you can use cauliflower but there are certainly many more.

In addition to it’s taste and versatility, cauliflower has amazing health benefits!

Nutritious –  cauliflower is loaded with vitamins and minerals.  In fact, many people don’t realize that it is an excellent source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, protein, B-vitamins, and potassium

Fights Cancer – Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable and contains sulforaphane, indoles and isothiocyanates which are known to help kill and slow the growth of cancer cells.

Lowers Inflammation – cauliflower contains indole-3-carbinol (I3C) which is a compound that has been shown to prevent inflammatory responses.

Feeds the Brain – cauliflower contains choline, another B vitamin related to brain health, especially cognitive function and memory

Improves Digestion – cauliflower contains fiber which supports digestive health.  It also contains glucosinolate which has been shown to help keep bad bacteria in check.

Provides Antioxidants – cauliflower is loaded with antioxidants and sulfur-containing nutrients which help with detoxification and defense against free radicals.

14 Ways to Use the Power of Cauliflower

Mashed Cauliflower

Blasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower Rice

Fried Cauliflower Rice – simply make cauliflower rice out of 1 head of cauliflower and set aside.  Heat 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a non-toxic skillet.  If desired, add onions, peas (core plan only) and peas (core plan only) and cook to desired doneness.  Add riced cauliflower.  When heated, add Liquid Aminos or Coconut aminos to taste.  Make a well in the middle and pour in 2-3 scrambled organic eggs and cook until done.  Stir into the rest of the mixture.

Spanish Cauliflower Rice

Risotto Style Cauliflower

Cauliflower Rice Pilaf –  Rice the cauliflower and add to a pot with 1 – 1 1/2 cups organic free range chicken broth, 2 tablespoons butter, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, dash of paprika, dash of onion powder.  Optional – roasted almond slivers.  Cook until cauliflower is cooked and liquid is mostly reduced.

Loaded Cauliflower Chicken Bake

Coconut-Lime Cauliflower Rice and Chicken

Pizza Crust/Breadsticks – Rice and cook 1 head cauliflower and while hot, drain and squeeze out moisture.  Add 1/2 cup organic shredded mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup organic parmesan, and 1 large free range organic egg.  Mix until combined and form into a circle or oval on a parchment lined baking sheet and cook at 400 degrees for 8-11 minutes.  Take out and add toppings then bake for another 5-7 minutes.

Salmon Chowder 

Buffalo Cauliflower – cut cauliflower into florets and combine with 1-2 tablespoons of avocado oil.  Toss with buffalo sauce (check ingredients) to taste and bake at 400 degrees until done.

Cauliflower Steaks – cut cauliflower into slices about 1/4 inch thick.  Drizzle with avocado oil and season to taste.  Grill on an outdoor or indoor grill pan until done.

Soup Thickener – make mashed cauliflower and use to thicken any kind of soup or stew.  This will also add extra nutrition into your meal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blonde Brownie Bars

Core & Advanced Plan

Makes about 24 bars

I have been trying to make a blonde brownie for a few years now.  I concluded that maybe a layered type bar would be best since I could never get them gooey enough.  Because brown sugar and caramel were out, I improvised.  This one got a stamp of approval from the entire household.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR THE BROWNIE LAYER

  • 2 1/4 c. advanced plan flour (I used paleo flour but you can also use 1 3/4 cup almond flour + 1/2 cup coconut flour)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 12 tablespoons grass fed butter, melted (I use Kerrygold)
  • 1 c. erythritol (like Swerve brand) or xylitol
  • 3 droppers English Toffee Liquid Stevia (Sweetleaf brand)
  • 2 large free range, organic eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • cinnamon and sweetener, for sprinkling

FOR THE WHITE LAYER

  • 2 blocks organic cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c. erythritol (like Swerve brand) or xylitol
  • 2 large free range, organic eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350º and line a 9″-x-13″ baking pan with parchment paper.

Prepare brownie layer: In a medium bowl, whisk together advanced plan flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. In a large bowl, beat butter and sweetener with a hand mixer until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, vanilla, and toffee stevia and mix until just combined. Gradually add flour mixture and mix on low until just combined.

Prepare white layer: In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sweetener until fluffy. Add eggs, and vanilla and beat until combined.

Press about two-thirds of the brownie layer dough into an even layer in the bottom of the pan using a spatula.  Then sprinkle with cinnamon and sweetener. Pour white layer batter on top in dollops and smooth with a spatula. Break up remaining brownie dough into small clumps and sprinkle over then sprinkle with more cinnamon and sweetener.

Bake until edges are set and center is soft to the touch, about 35 minutes. Let cool completely before slicing into squares.

Grainless Strawberry Bread

Advanced & Core Plan Options

Serves 16

One of the things people often miss when changing their diets are breads, muffins and other sweets.  This is an awesome treat that is a great breakfast, dessert or snack.  The large slices of strawberries are a burst of flavor.  The recipe comes together very easily and can be sliced and frozen if desired.  Make them during the holidays as gifts.  

Note: Sweeteners like erythritol or date syrup should be used sparingly on a healthy diet.  

 

  • 1 pound fresh organic strawberries, sliced (about 2 ⅔ cups)
  • Dash pure stevia (I use Kal brand)
  • 2 cups erythritol (Advanced Plan) or 1 ¼ cup date syrup (see below) (Core Plan)
  • 3 cups advanced plan flour – 2 cups almond flour, ½ cup coconut flour, ½ cup garbanzo bean flour.  You can use just almond flour but doesn’t give the same consistency.
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 organic eggs
  • 1 ¼ cup avocado oil or melted coconut oil
  • 1 cup chopped nuts, optional

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Line two loaf pans with parchment paper.  

Leave strawberries on the cutting board, sprinkle with pure stevia, and toss to coat well. 

In a large bowl, mix the flour, sweetener, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Whisk eggs in another bowl then add in oil and mix well.  Add the strawberries and stir.  Add the wet mixture to the dry and stir well.  

Pour batter into the loaf pans, dividing equally.

Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.  Cool in pans for about 10 minutes then carefully lift them out using the parchment paper.  Use a bread knife to cut into nice clean slices.  

Date syrup-

cut about ½ pound of Medjool dates into bits and add 2 cups of water.  Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook for about 30 minutes.  Let cool for another 30 minutes then puree the mixture using a high powered blender or food processor.  If desired, you can strain the mixture with a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth.  

Corn-less Cornbread

Makes 9 squares

Advanced & Core Plan

This recipe was adapted from a post from my good friend and Maximized Living doctor, Dr. Rosie Main.  It is so delicious and for those of you who love and miss bread, this will leave you more than satisfied!

IMG_13181 cup almond flour
¾ tsp baking powder
½ tsp sea salt
2 large organic eggs
2 Tbsp butter, softened
¼ cup grass fed plain yogurt or full fat coconut milk

Optional:
2 green onions, chopped
1 jalepeno, seeded and chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a bowl, mix yogurt or coconut milk, softened butter and eggs
Add the almond flour, baking powder and salt and mix again
Mix in the chopped green onions.
Pour into a greased 8” glass baking dish and bake for 20 minutes or until the edges and top are slightly browned.

Core Plan Stuffing

Here is a stuffing recipe that is Core Plan approved.  It replaces the traditional white bread with sprouted grain or spelt bread.  It tastes remarkably like the traditional stuffing everyone is used to so it will be a crowd pleaser for your holiday table.

gluten free stuffing2 packages organic chicken sausage, squeezed out of the casing, crumbled and cooked

1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped onions
1 tbsp celery seed
1 tbsp poultry seasoning
1 loaf sprouted grain or spelt bread, toasted and cut into crouton sized chunks
sea salt and pepper to taste
4-5 organic eggs, beaten
½ cup organic, free range chicken broth

Mix all ingredients and put into a casserole dish and bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes or until browned.

 

Banana Bread

Core Plan

Makes 2 loaves

Banana Bread is an all time favorite but is usually made with refined flours and sugars.  This healthier version uses coconut flour and almond flour and natural sweeteners.

IMG_9320½ cup coconut flour
½ cup almond flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon pure stevia (like Kal brand), if desired
3 very ripe bananas
1 tablespoon Grade B maple syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
8 pitted dates
12 free range, organic eggs
½ cup melted coconut oil

In a large bowl, mix flours, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and stevia (if using) and set aside.  Put all of the remaining ingredients, except coconut oil, in a VitaMix and blend on low-med speed until well mixed (do not mix on high speed as it will heat up the mixture).  Add the wet mixture to the dry and stir to incorporate.  Add coconut oil and mix well.

Grease two loaf pans (use stoneware or glass – no Teflon) with coconut oil and dust with coconut flour.  Add batter equally between the two loaf pans.

Bake at 350 for about 45-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.