Cauliflower

Festive Cauliflower Salad

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Festive Cauliflower Salad
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Serves: 6 - 8
 
INSPIRING IDEAS: Try serving with fish, chicken or quail. Add some chopped fresh beetroot for even more colour & flavour. (Place beetroot halves into the TM bowl & chop for 3 secs speed 5.5) To remove the pomegranate seeds from the fruit using your Thermomix, simply place two pomegranate quarters into mixing bowl and remove arils 1 sec/speed 4. Discard the skin and pith and set pomegranate seeds aside in serving bowl. Repeat until all pomegranate quarters are used. Set all arils aside in serving bowl.
Ingredients
  • SALAD
  • 1 cauliflower head, outer leaves removed
  • 100 g shelled and unsalted pistachios, roughly chopped
  • 20 g fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves only, washed and well dried
  • 20g fresh coriander, leaves and stems, washed and well dried
  • DRESSING
  • 80g extra virgin olive oil
  • 40g freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1⁄4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄4 tsp ground allspice
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 2 pinches freshly ground black pepper Additional ingredients to serve:
  • 1 pomegranates, seeds only
  • pomegranate molasses, to drizzle Sumac, to sprinkle
  • Fresh coriander, leaves only, roughly chopped to garnish
  • Fresh flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped Mint leaves optional
Instructions
  1. SALAD:
  2. To prepare the cauliflower, first trim the stalks from the core and discard the core.
  3. Cut the very top of the florets off the stalks and set florets aside in a bowl.
  4. Place stalks into mixing bowl and chop 10 sec/speed 7. Scrape down sides of bowl with spatula and chop a further 10 sec/speed 7. Set aside in a large salad bowl.
  5. Place half of the reserved cauliflower florets into mixing bowl and chop 2 sec/speed 5, or until slightly courser than the stalks. Set aside in the salad bowl.
  6. Place remaining cauliflower florets and pistachios into mixing bowl and chop 2 sec/speed 5. Set aside in the salad bowl.
  7. Place parsley and coriander into mixing bowl and chop 2 sec/speed 6.
  8. Set aside in the salad bowl.
  9. DRESSING:
  10. Place all dressing ingredients into mixing bowl and mix 10 sec/speed 5 and pour over salad
  11. Top with pomegranate seeds then drizzle with pomegranate molasses, sprinkle with sumac, coriander and parsley and lightly toss before serving.

 

Arwen’s Roasted Cauliflower “Rice”

I created this recipe for a healthy eating workshop last year & came up with lots of interesting variations. here I have shown the recipe in it’s simplest form, cauliflower, coconut oil & salt & pepper. However you can spice or jazz it up with any or all of the following ingredients: garlic, sweet potato, ground cumin, ground coriander, smoked chilli, black or white sesame seeds, coconut pulp leftover from making coconut milk or cream.

My other cauliflower “rice” recipe is steamed however I much prefer the roasted flavour.

Or eat it cold it makes for an awesome salad, add some almonds & fresh greens & other favourite salad ingredients.

Cauliflower

Start with a cauliflower & heat the oven to 200 degrees.

 

Cauliflower floretts

Break into florets keeping the inner stalk & the leaves.

 

Cauliflower leaves

You can cut the leaves & stalk on Speed 5 for 2 – 3 secs. (This is also when you could put in roughly chopped sweet potato & garlic (optional) too – if you are doing that variation) then place the chopped veggies on a baking tray.

 

Cauliflower rice

Place the florets into the bowl & chop on reverse for about 5 secs speed 4 – it will depend how big your florets are to start with.

 

Cauliflower rice on tray

Put some dollops of coconut oil onto the tray with all the cauliflower “rice” I also love sprinkling my favourite spices here as an option (a teaspoon or 2 each of ground cumin & coriander plus a tsp of smoked chilli) & some salt & pepper. Cook for about 20 mins stirring a couple of time to ensure even cooking.

 

Cauliflower rice in bowl

Then it’s ready to serve anywhere you would normally serve rice or couscous – or you can add some fresh salad ingredients to make it into a delicious salad for lunches.

 

Cauliflower rice & butter chicken

My favourite way to serve it is with butter chicken or another curry – YUM!!

 

Arwens' Roasted Cauliflower "Rice"
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Serves: 4 - 6 serves
 
you can make this simply as shown with just Cauliflower, coconut oil & salt & pepper or spice/jazz it up with any or all of the optional ingredients.
Ingredients
  • 1 cauliflower
  • Salt & peper to taste
  • 2-4 tbs coconut oil
  • 2 cloves garlic - optional
  • 1- 2 large sweet potatoes, roughly chopped, skin on - optional
  • 1-2 tbs your favourite spices to taste, I like, cumin, coriander, turmeric & a bit of smoked chilli,
  • Black sesame seeds, optional
  • 150g coconut pulp - optional, (leftovers from making coconut milk or cream)
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Place garlic (if using) into the TM bowl & chop for 3 secs speed 7. Add the cauliflower stalk & leaves & sweet potato (if using) & chop for 2 -3 secs on speed 5. Scrape this out of the bowl & place onto a large baking tray.
  3. Place cauliflower pieces into the TM bowl & chop on reverse for about 5 secs speed 4. Then add to the baking tray. Add coconut oil, salt & pepper & any or all of the other optional ingredients - spices, black sesame seeds & coconut pulp (if using) bake on 200 degrees 20 mins, stirring a few times.
  4. Serve with your favourite curry or anywhere you would normally serve rice or couscous.