Cauliflower Two Ways: Tabouleh and Shawarma

 

There was a time in the not too distant past that the potato was, hands down, the most versatile vegetable.

The sheer catalog of delicious things we could make with them is impressive.  Some of my favs include baked potatoes, skillet potatoes, hash browns, alcohol, french fries, mashed potatoes, tator tots, potato salad, chips, latkas and scallop potatoes.  Not too mention several gluten free items like pasta and bread.

Without doubt this root vegetable is one resourceful, all purpose starchy plant.

But then Cauliflower hit the scene and was like “move over spud there is a new stud in town.”

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Potato Salad with Kale, Olives & Tomatoes Whole30 Approved

 

White potatoes have always been a comfort food for me. And while I typically do not eat them often, since being on Whole 30 I have enjoyed them a couple times a week. They helped me get through the days where I was having cravings or feeling limited in what I could eat.

As of writing this I have 4 days left! Throughout the weeks I have experienced so many shifts and changes in my body and mood that I will share about in a seperate blog post. This has been an awesome journey and I am very excited to have a glass of wine to celebrate the completion very soon. Until then, more delicious potato salad will do.

This recipe is quick, great hot or cold and keeps well for 3-4 days in the fridge. I hope you love it!

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Quinoa Vegetable Soup Recipe

This time of year I can not get enough soup. It is an easy way to eat a ton of vegetables without eating a salad and they tend to be really easy to prepare.

If I am being honest I can be lazy in the kitchen from time to time. Since soup is generally a one pot meal it means less clean up so I am generally on board with that.

So on board in fact that the other night my boyfriend specifically asked if we could eat something other than soup. Ugh.

Sorry buddy. Soup is whats for dinner.

Recently, I have been thinking a lot about what I am up to these days…, On this mission to serve others and trasform their relationship to health, food and their bodies.

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Thai Red Coconut Curry w/ Chickpeas & Shrooms

Chickpea Coconut Curry Caras Kitchen

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind. Honestly this whole year has but thats a different story. Between a transformative yoga retreat, a painful break up with a man I loved, a school load exponentially increasing, starting a new business with a soul sister I’ve never met IRL and finally deciding to move back to LA for good (just not yet), its safe to say my feet haven’t really been on the ground. The thoughts in my head up with the clouds.

This warming curry has me all figured out though. It just gets me.

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Balancing Peanut Butter Fudge Bars w/ Adoptagens

I’m gunna be real with you. These bars taste like snickers. At least what I remember snickers tasting like. Its been over half a dacade so I might not be the best judge. You might be wondering how they balance you out or reduce stress like their name suggests. The secret stress reducing sauce is made up of adaptogens.

Adaptogens are everywhere these days. These super herbs and fungi have made there way into just about everything. If you’re anything like me then you spend a good portion of your day knee deep in an instagram scroll hole. There I’ve seen adaptogens put in soup, smoothies, coffee, tea, energy bites and now they are going in dessert.

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Turmeric Rice Bowls with Golden Cauliflower, Potatoes and Black Beans + Some Thoughts

This is a long winded post where I spill the beans. Ready?

If I told you that exercise caused endorphins and endorphins make you happy you’d probably knod or roll your eyes at me for the obvious-ness of my statement.  Truth be told, I had nearly forgotten about the positive vibe tidal wave that came after a good sweat sesh. You see, the past few months have been strange. Not in the sense that odd things are happening, its just that my life has never looked the way its looked recently.

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The Best Nut Free Vegan Alfredo Sauce with Pasta & Broccolini (Gluten Free & Soy Free)

Nut Free Vegan Alfredo Pasta Caras Kitchen

It happens all the time. Just as I am getting into the groove of my workout (spinning/yoga/running), a recipe idea pops in my brain out of nowhere. This time: vegan alfredo sauce.

Growing up in an Italian famliy (I’m from Chi Town, baby), I am no stranger to all kinds of pasta and spaghetti dishes. I practically grew up on that stuff but as I’ve gotten older and more mindful of what I put in my body I keep it to a minimum. Not trying to hate on #carbs or anything, I just try to eat mostly vegetables. When I was younger, Fettucini Alfredo was my favorite. There was not even a close second. It didn’t matter where we were, Dennys, Olive Garden, Grandmas house; if it was up to me that’s what we were having. And with good reason, the shizz is delicious.

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Persimmon and Basil Creme Galette

Persimmon and Basil Creme Galette #vegan 9

This past month I’ve found myself in aggressive moods propelled by moments of angst over the impending changes at work and in my life (more on that another day). I can’t help but think the current state of our world is also a player in this game of nearly getting the best of me on a regular basis. The barrage of headlines about war and terror and red verse blue cast a shadow on my otherwise sunny disposition. How does one deal with it all? It makes me feel like I am treading water in uneasy seas.

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Easy Vegan Pumpkin Chili

Easy Vegan Pumpkin Chili #vegan #glutenfree 5

So much of embracing a new season is shifting the foods that you eat. Eating seasonally to me is eating in alignment with the planet, seeking enrichment from what the earth has to offer at that given time and we all know that foods in season require less pesticides and taste better so its a win-win. And well pumpkin pumpkin pumpkin!

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