Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cauliflower Tabbouleh

Morning!

So I’ve been trying to eat a bit more grain free lately – due to tummy issues!  So I’ve done a ton of research and checked out tons and tons of recipes and cauliflower is basically a grain and dairy free person’s perfect food!    It really meld into anything you want it to be from super creamy alfredo type sauce, to a low carb stand in for mashed potatoes to chicken wings to a grain in salads!    Over the past few months we’ve eaten a lot of cauliflower recipes (and enjoyed them too!)

The other day I wanted a yummy salad but was bored of plain old greens.   I used to make a super yummy bulgur wheat tabbouleh & was totally craving that recipe so I got to thinking and this was created!  You can serve it with any protein you like – I did some leftover grilled salmon but chicken, tofu, tempeh would all be great as well!  Get that protein in to keep your belly full!

This salad is FRESH, bright and crisp and would be an awesome addition to a potatoes salad heavy BBQ!   The longer you let the flavours marinate the better – so make ahead of time if you can!

 

cauliflower tabbouleh by dairy free betty

Cauliflower Tabbouleh

1 head cauliflower – chopped into small pieces – ideally rice sized but totally up to you!

1 bunch fresh parsley – washed, de-stemmed and chopped

1 handful of cherry tomatoes- cut in half

1/4 purple onion – diced

1-2 TBSP sunflower seeds or pepitas (pumpkin seeds) ~ for crunch!

Dressing

Juice of 1 lemon

2 TBSP olive oil

No-salt added seasoning (I used Epicure sundried tomato) (optional)

Dash of stevia or 1/4-1/2 tsp honey, agave or maple syrup (optional)

Salt & pepper to taste

 

Toss chopped cauliflower, chopped parsley, tomatoes, onion & sunflower seeds into a bowl! 

Mix dressing together (my favourite way to mix dressings  is in a mason jar and shake shake shaken) pour dressing over salad and mix together!   Let the salad sit for a bit to let the flavours marinate together – overnight is best but work with what time you have!

NOTES

If you don’t like cauliflower you could easily sub bulgur wheat, quinoa or any grain in this recipe!

Cucumber is a great addition to this salad!

A few pieces of mint can be added for some extra freshness!

Enjoy and please let me know if you give it a try!

xo Jessica

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Fast & Easy Sugar Free Peanut Butter Fat Bombs

I’m sure you have all seen posts about all the amazing benefits to coconut oil?  While coconut oil may be the “trendy” thing right now, I’m buying in!  I love it!  Not only do a cook and bake with it, but I also use it to remove my makeup, slather it on my skin and use it as a carrier for essential oils!  This recipe with satisfy a sweet tooth while giving you a healthy dose of coconut oil goodness!

This recipe came to me after making chocolate treats with coconut oil!  I’m SUPER sensitive to caffeine, sensitive so I absolutely cannot have chocolate before bedtime, but I love sweet treats in the evening!     Enter the peanut butter fat bombs!

This recipe is SUPER flexible – so you could easily use any type of nut or seed butter or protein powder!   I choose unsweetened peanut butter (just peanuts – no extra sugars, oils or salts) due to trying to cut out all excess sugars in my diet and my protein powder is stevia sweetened! 

dairy free betty sugar and daiy free fat bombs

Dairy & Sugar Free – Peanut Butter Fat Bombs!

1/4 + 2 TBSP cup coconut oil

1/4 cup unsweetened peanut butter (or nut/seed butter of choice)

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (my favourites are SunWarrior& LeanFit)*

1 tsp vanilla extract (caramel extract is yummy too!)

3 drops of NuNatural vanilla stevia (optional)

Sprinkle of salt (optional)

Silicone  moulds or you could spread onto parchment paper for a slab piece.

 

While getting ingredients ready, put small pot on the stove on high.  Let the pot get nice and warm and remove from heat.   Add in ingredients and stir until smooth and fully melted together!

Pour into silicone moulds or as an alternative use a cookie sheet with covered parchment paper and pour mixture onto parchment – spreading it out to desired thickness.   Place into freezer and let sit for 3 hours or until it has hardened.   If you used the moulds – pop the fat bombs out and place into a ziplock baggie in the freezer.   If you used the parchment paper – break into pieces and store in a ziplock baggie in the freezer.

dairy free betty peanut butter fat bombs

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My kiddo LOVES these & they are such a great source of fat and protein for their growing bodies! I also find for myself they really satisfy my cravings for sweets and I only need 1 or 2 to get to happily satisfied!

Swaps and Alternatives!

Of course you could use any nut or seed butter you have!  There shouldn’t be any issue with the swap! Tahini is what I’ll be trying next time!

Feel free to add sweetener of your choice ~ honey or maple syrup would be awesome.   The amount will depend on your protein powder’s sweetness!

Don’t have protein powder or want chocolate?   You could easily take out the protein powder and add a tablespoon or 2 of cocoa powder!  Get creative – this recipe is very forgiving!

peanut butter fat bombs - dairy free betty

Did I mention this recipe is FAST and easy to whip together?  If you know where all your ingredients are – I’d guess it will take you less than 5 minutes!  So find that coconut oil and get on it!

Hope you enjoyed this and please let me know what else you’d like to see from Dairy Free Betty!  Red heart

 

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