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Chilled Cauliflower Salad

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One of our favorite restaurants in Dallas is Bolsa. They always have beautifully crafted cocktails with high quality ingredients and they feature a constantly changing seasonal menu. They were on the “farm-to-table” scene way ahead of their time.

We’ve been eating there for quite some time and they always have a dish or two that I have my first bite of and look at Mo and say, “I have to figure out how they made this! I could eat this every day!” Which explains the birth of my Chilled Cauliflower Salad.

We went with some friends one night and one of the girls we were with ordered the Fried Cod with Cauliflower Salad. Holy. Moly. It’s the perfect dish. The salty fried cod coupled with this refreshing, chilled cauliflower salad with pops of sweetness from the pomegranate seeds… I mean, it’s the absolute perfect bite!

I think my rendition tastes pretty darn close to Bolsa’s.

I love to serve this with roasted chicken with salty, crispy skin… I’ve also done seared ahi with this and it was wonderful!

This dish is great the day of but it’s even better the day after and it makes plenty if you like to food prep for the week! When we have this in our fridge, I usually end up having it for Breakfast (with an over easy egg on top… YUM!) and again for lunch! It is seriously that good and so good for you! It is the perfect warm (read: scorching hot) weather recipe!

Hope you enjoy as much as we do!

Chilled Cauliflower Salad

Serves 8-10

  • 2 medium heads cauliflower, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup jarred capers, rinsed and patted dry
  • ½ cup Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayo
  • 1 bunch fresh dill, finely chopped
  • zest and juice of 1 small lemon
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 bunch green onion (green and white parts), chopped
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Line a small baking sheet with foil and spray with avocado oil cooking spray. Place capers onto baking sheet in a single layer. Set aside.
  • Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray with avocado oil cooking spray. Place chopped cauliflower onto baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt. Place in the oven to roast for 10 minutes – toss and then roast for another 7 minutes – you want the cauliflower to be slightly browned but not too soft.
  • Once the cauliflower is done roasting, set it aside to cool for 15-20 minutes.
  • Place the capers into the 425 degree oven to roast for 5 minutes.
  • While the cauliflower is cooling, make the dressing in a large bowl – combine the mayo, dill, lemon zest and juice, coriander, cayenne, pinch of sea salt and black pepper and whisk well to combine.
  • Spoon the cooled cauliflower into the bowl of dressing, then pour in pomegranate seeds, green onion, capers and another pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Using two wooden spoons, toss well to coat all ingredients with the dressing.
  • Serve immediately (it will be slightly warm but still really good!!!) or place in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days. The longer it chills – the better it gets!

 

 

 

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  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Line a small baking sheet with foil and spray with avocado oil cooking spray. Place capers onto baking sheet in a single layer. Set aside.
  3. Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray with avocado oil cooking spray. Place chopped cauliflower onto baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt. Place in the oven to roast for 10 minutes – toss and then roast for another 7 minutes – you want the cauliflower to be slightly browned but not too soft.
  4. Once the cauliflower is done roasting, set it aside to cool for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Place the capers into the 425 degree oven to roast for 5 minutes.
  6. While the cauliflower is cooling, make the dressing in a large bowl – combine the mayo, dill, lemon zest and juice, coriander, cayenne, pinch of sea salt and black pepper and whisk well to combine.
  7. Spoon the cooled cauliflower into the bowl of dressing, then pour in pomegranate seeds, green onion, capers and another pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Using two wooden spoons, toss well to coat all ingredients with the dressing.
  8. Serve immediately (it will be slightly warm but still really good!!!) or place in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days. The longer it chills – the better it gets!
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Beef Stir Fry with Ginger, Lemongrass and Coconut Rice

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I know what you’re doing — you’re looking at the list of ingredients below and thinking: “Uhh – this looks complicated and I don’t have time!” BUT – YOU DO! I promise! Start to finish, 50 minutes! No, it’s not one of those “10 minutes or less weeknight dinners” but this is PACKED full of nutrition and anti-inflammatory properties and is GREAT for your gut. It is Low-FODMAP, gluten free, dairy free, and if you need it to be grain free – use Cauliflower Rice instead of jasmine or basmati – cook it just the same except cut the coconut milk in half and reduce cook time by half.

This is the PERFECT dish for leftovers for lunch the next day! The stir fry can also be frozen for up to 3 months in a freezer-proof container.

Beef Stir Fry with Ginger, Lemongrass and Coconut Rice

Serves 2-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup jasmine or basmati rice
  • 2 cups LIGHT canned coconut milk
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1lb grass fed flank steak, trimmed and cut into thin strips
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 tsp coconut oil, melted
  • small piece ginger, peeled and cut into thin matchsticks
  • 1 stick lemongrass, trimmed and sliced
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, de-seeded and thinly julienned
  • 1 can bamboo shoots, drained and rinsed
  • 1 handful baby spinach
  • 1 bunch green onion, green and white parts, thinly sliced
  • juice of ½ lime
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos garlic sauce
  • ¼ cup cilantro OR fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 cup toasted cashews (preferably sprouted)

Directions:

  • Place the rice into a glass bowl, cover with water and a dish towel. Set aside to soak for at least 30 minutes, up to overnight.
  • Mix the beef, arrowroot and five-spice in a bowl, then set aside to marinate.
  • Thinly slice the jalapeño, leaving the seeds if you prefer a little extra heat. Mix with the coconut oil, ginger and lemongrass in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Pour the rice into a large fine mesh strainer and rinse well until the water runs clear. Pour rice into a saucepot and pour in coconut milk, 2 tsp coconut sugar and ¼ tsp sea salt. Stir to combine and turn heat to medium-high. Bring to a boil, let boil for 1 minute and then reduce to a simmer, stir and cover completely. Let simmer for 18-20 minutes – try not to peak while cooking!
  • While the rice is cooking, heat half of the sesame oil in a wok or large sauté pan, add the jalapeno mixture and stir-fry for 1 min until softened but not coloured. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside while you cook the beef.
  • Heat the remaining sesame oil, add the beef and stir-fry over medium-high heat for 1 min until browned and just cooked through.
  • Return the chili mixture to the pan with the red bell pepper. Stir-fry for 2 minutes and then add ½ of the scallions, bamboo shoots and spinach. Mix well and let spinach wilt – 1-2 more minutes.
  • Then add a squeeze of lime juice, coconut aminos, garlic sauce and cashews. Toss well to combine.
  • Fluff the rice with a fork and season with more salt, if needed.
  • Divide rice and stir fry between four plates. Garnish with remaining scallions and chopped cilantro or fresh basil.
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  1. Place the rice into a glass bowl, cover with water and a dish towel. Set aside to soak for at least 30 minutes, up to overnight.
  2. Mix the beef, arrowroot and five-spice in a bowl, then set aside to marinate.
  3. Thinly slice the jalapeño, leaving the seeds if you prefer a little extra heat. Mix with the coconut oil, ginger and lemongrass in a small bowl. Set aside.
  4. Pour the rice into a large fine mesh strainer and rinse well until the water runs clear. Pour rice into a saucepot and pour in coconut milk, 2 tsp coconut sugar and ¼ tsp sea salt. Stir to combine and turn heat to medium-high. Bring to a boil, let boil for 1 minute and then reduce to a simmer, stir and cover completely. Let simmer for 18-20 minutes – try not to peak while cooking!
  5. While the rice is cooking, heat half of the sesame oil in a wok or large sauté pan, add the jalapeno mixture and stir-fry for 1 min until softened but not coloured. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside while you cook the beef.
  6. Heat the remaining sesame oil, add the beef and stir-fry over medium-high heat for 1 min until browned and just cooked through.
  7. Return the chili mixture to the pan with the red bell pepper. Stir-fry for 2 minutes and then add ½ of the scallions, bamboo shoots and spinach. Mix well and let spinach wilt - 1-2 more minutes.
  8. Then add a squeeze of lime juice, coconut aminos, garlic sauce and cashews. Toss well to combine.
  9. Fluff the rice with a fork and season with more salt, if needed.
  10. Divide rice and stir fry between four plates. Garnish with remaining scallions and chopped cilantro or fresh basil.
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Thai Chopped Salad with Chili Shrimp

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I can’t lie people — this Thai Chopped Salad with Chili Shrimp was amazing! It is a running joke in the Brossette household that we always have “a big salad” for dinner. I mean – I am probably the queen of salad – I like to make all kinds and spruce them up in different ways!

And while Mo would typically roll his eyes when I set this plate in front of him and it is in fact “a big salad” – this time, Mo wouldn’t stop talking about THIS “big salad.” In fact, had we not had other plans, I would’ve made it 2 nights in a row! Maybe 3! IT’S THAT GOOD! And, it makes A BUNCH of salad – so even if you’re cooking for one or two, make the whole recipe, portion it out and have it for lunch for a day or two! It makes great leftovers!

The chopping of the vegetables can get a little monotonous – but TRUST ME! Stick with it! It is worth every second!

Thai Chopped Salad with Chili Shrimp

Serves 4

Ingredients for the Salad:

  • 1 head napa cabbage, cut into quarters and julienned
  • 4 large handfuls baby spinach, chopped
  • 8-12 fresh basil leaves, julienned
  • ½ bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 bunch green onion, (green and white parts) thinly sliced
  • ½ red bell pepper, halved and julienned
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1 cup shelled, pre-blanched non-gmo edamame, thawed
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds (black and/or white – if white, I suggest toasting them
  • ½ cup organic cashews, toasted and broken into pieces

Ingredients for the Salad Dressing:

  • 1 tbsp creamy, natural peanut butter
  • ½ tbsp raw/local honey
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • optional: 1 tbsp sriracha

Ingredients for the Chili-Lime Shrimp:

  • 1lb wild/gulf shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 ½ tbsp raw/local honey
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Secrets garlic sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced OR ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 serrano pepper, seeds and rib removed (unless you want it spicy, then leave either/or both!), and minced
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tbsp ghee butter

Directions for the Salad:

  • First, marinade the shrimp. Place all Shrimp Ingredients except for the ghee into a large, sealable Ziploc baggie. Toss the bag gently, to combine well. Set this in the fridge to marinade for at least 30 minutes, up to overnight.
  • When you’re read to put the salad together – place all of the Salad Ingredients, except for the cashews, into a large bowl. Set in the fridge.
  • Now, make the dressing: place the peanut butter into a microwave-safe, glass bowl and microwave for 15 seconds – until the peanut butter is softened, but not melted.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the peanut butter and whisk until everything is combined; set aside on the countertop, not in the fridge – you want this to stay room temp.
  • Then, cook the shrimp. Place the ghee butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the ghee is melted – swirl the pan around to coat with the ghee.
  • Pour the liquid out from the marinade and using tongs, place the shrimp onto the skillet in an even layer, not touching. Be careful because the ghee may pop a bit when you do this.
  • Let the shrimp cook for approx. 3 minutes and then using tongs (I find this easier than a spoon or spatula) flip the shrimp, keeping them in an even layer and cook for another 3 minutes or so. You want the shrimp to be opaque – that is when you know they’re done.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat and set aside while you finish the salad: pour the dressing over the salad and toss well to coat/combine. Then add the shrimp and toss further OR leave the shrimp to plate on top of the salad. Then toss with the cashews and serve.


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  1. First, marinade the shrimp. Place all Shrimp Ingredients except for the ghee into a large, sealable Ziploc baggie. Toss the bag gently, to combine well. Set this in the fridge to marinade for at least 30 minutes, up to overnight.
  2. When you’re read to put the salad together - place all of the Salad Ingredients, except for the cashews, into a large bowl. Set in the fridge.
  3. Now, make the dressing: place the peanut butter into a microwave-safe, glass bowl and microwave for 15 seconds – until the peanut butter is softened, but not melted.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients to the peanut butter and whisk until everything is combined; set aside on the countertop, not in the fridge – you want this to stay room temp.
  5. Then, cook the shrimp. Place the ghee butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the ghee is melted – swirl the pan around to coat with the ghee.
  6. Pour the liquid out from the marinade and using tongs, place the shrimp onto the skillet in an even layer, not touching. Be careful because the ghee may pop a bit when you do this.
  7. Let the shrimp cook for approx. 3 minutes and then using tongs (I find this easier than a spoon or spatula) flip the shrimp, keeping them in an even layer and cook for another 3 minutes or so. You want the shrimp to be opaque – that is when you know they’re done.
  8. Remove the skillet from the heat and set aside while you finish the salad: pour the dressing over the salad and toss well to coat/combine. Then add the shrimp and toss further OR leave the shrimp to plate on top of the salad. Then toss with the cashews and serve.
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Primal Tex-Mex Cauliflower Rice Casserole

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I am, by heritage, Italian, Irish and German; and while potatoes (Irish and German) are both a staple in the Brossette household – pasta notsomuch. Chips and Salsa are this Texas-Raised-Italian-Girl’s carbohydrate of choice.

I cannot get enough Mexican food. I obviously love Tex-Mex, but appreciate the more traditional Mexico City style as well. That said, if there aren’t chips and salsa, it’s not Mexican in my mind.

When Mo and I first met, we used to have Mexican at least 2-3 times a week! Especially on Sundays. We were both training for long-course Triathlon (him, an Ironman, me a Half Ironman) and it was the BEST feeling after a super long workout to indulge in some good Tex-Mex. After doing this routinely for a couple of years, we both started to notice that we just didn’t feel good after eating it that often. We were sort of of the thinking that because we had worked out so hard and so long, it didn’t really matter what we ate – it was going to be used up immediately. Man, have we learned different since then. It really works the opposite of that. The longer and harder you workout – the more clean you need to eat after – the cleaner you eat, the faster you recover – the more poor you eat, the slower you will recover because your body not only has to heal from the stress of the workout but NOW you’ve given it poor food to trudge through as well. See what I’m saying? So that first and second meal after a long workout is KEY! And then, you want to indulge a little? Do it! I suggest it!!

All of that being said, when we stopped going out for Mexican a few times a week, that didn’t mean that I stopped craving it. This recipe is one of many in my Mexican repertoire – if you will. We feel amazing after eating this!

I love to have Beanitos or Way Better chips and some pico and guacamole with this! It’s a great meal to make on a Sunday so you have leftovers for lunches for the following week. And, it freezes beautifully! You could easily double the recipe below and freeze one for later or make several mini-casseroles!

Hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

Primal Tex-Mex Cauliflower Rice Casserole

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 3 fresh Hatch chiles, roasted, peeled and chopped or 2, 4oz cans chopped green chiles
  • 3, 14oz bags cauliflower rice or two medium heads cauliflower
  • coconut oil cooking spray
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 ½lbs ground turkey
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 tbsp red chili powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp Mexican oregano (if you cannot find Mexican, plain is fine)
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 red onion, julienned
  • 1, 15oz low sodium black beans, rinsed well and drained
  • 1, 15oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 fresh jalapeno, thinly sliced
  • 4oz goat cheese log
  • 4oz raw Manchego, grated
  • 1 bunch green onion, green and white parts or 1 bunch chives, thinly slices
  • ½ bunch cilantro, leaves only
  • 1 avocado

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • If roasting your own chiles, line a small baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and place hatch chiles in an even layer/not touching. Place on top rack of oven and roast for 6 minutes. Turn and roast another 4-6 minutes, until slightly browned. Place in a glass bowl and cover with foil and let steam for 10-15 minutes. Peel, dice and set aside.
  • Rice cauliflower, if necessary. Line a large baking sheet with foil, spray with cooking spray and pour cauliflower rice on top and spread into an even layer across the pan. Spray top with a little more cooking spray and add a few pinches of sea salt – toss to combine and place in the oven once chiles are done. Roast for approx. 12 minutes. Toss and roast for another 4 minutes, until softened and golden brown.
  • Once cauliflower is out of the oven, turn oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place olive oil into a large oven-safe skillet and place over medium heat. Once warm, place the turkey into the pan and break up and brown until cooked through. Season with a pinch of sea salt and black pepper; set aside in a bowl.
  • In the same skillet, sauté the onion and bell pepper over medium heat, until tender, stirring occasionally – about 10 minutes.
  • Add turkey back into the skillet and add in spices, oregano and a couple of pinches of sea salt and sauté for another minute or two, stirring to combine all ingredients and coat with seasonings.
  • Add in the tomatoes, black beans, chiles, cauliflower rice and jalapenos and stir well to combine.
  • With the heat still on medium, make a well in the center of the skillet and place the goat cheese log into the well. Stir and once it begins to melt, start incorporating the rest of the ingredients in the pan. Stir completely until the goat cheese is completely incorporated.
  • Top with grated Manchego and then place the pan in the oven to bake for 15-20 minutes.

Alternatively, pour into a dish to freeze, let cool completely, cover with saran wrap and foil and place in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to bake, remove the saran wrap, cover with foil and place in a 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes, uncover and place back in the oven for another 20-30 minutes, until the center is completely cooked through.

  • The casserole is done when the cheese is bubbly and staring to turn golden.
  • To serve, top with fresh green onion or chives, a few cilantro leaves and fresh avocado.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.
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  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. If roasting your own chiles, line a small baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and place hatch chiles in an even layer/not touching. Place on top rack of oven and roast for 6 minutes. Turn and roast another 4-6 minutes, until slightly browned. Place in a glass bowl and cover with foil and let steam for 10-15 minutes. Peel, dice and set aside.
  3. Rice cauliflower, if necessary. Line a large baking sheet with foil, spray with cooking spray and pour cauliflower rice on top and spread into an even layer across the pan. Spray top with a little more cooking spray and add a few pinches of sea salt – toss to combine and place in the oven once chiles are done. Roast for approx. 12 minutes. Toss and roast for another 4 minutes, until softened and golden brown.
  4. Once cauliflower is out of the oven, turn oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Place olive oil into a large oven-safe skillet and place over medium heat. Once warm, place the turkey into the pan and break up and brown until cooked through. Season with a pinch of sea salt and black pepper; set aside in a bowl.
  6. In the same skillet, sauté the onion and bell pepper over medium heat, until tender, stirring occasionally – about 10 minutes.
  7. Add turkey back into the skillet and add in spices, oregano and a couple of pinches of sea salt and sauté for another minute or two, stirring to combine all ingredients and coat with seasonings.
  8. Add in the tomatoes, black beans, chiles, cauliflower rice and jalapenos and stir well to combine.
  9. With the heat still on medium, make a well in the center of the skillet and place the goat cheese log into the well. Stir and once it begins to melt, start incorporating the rest of the ingredients in the pan. Stir completely until the goat cheese is completely incorporated.
  10. Top with grated Manchego and then place the pan in the oven to bake for 15-20 minutes. ---Alternatively, pour into a dish to freeze, let cool completely, cover with saran wrap and foil and place in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to bake, remove the saran wrap, cover with foil and place in a 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes, uncover and place back in the oven for another 20-30 minutes, until the center is completely cooked through.
  11. The casserole is done when the cheese is bubbly and staring to turn golden.
  12. To serve, top with fresh green onion or chives, a few cilantro leaves and fresh avocado.
  13. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.
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