Cauliflower is in the limelight for quite a while now. Because you can make nearly anything from it. Pizza, rice, mac and cheese or even ice cream. I know, right? But it has a perfect neutral flavour and smooth texture, making it easy to hide it in variety of dishes while increasing your veggie intake. And since cauliflower is finally back to being affordable, I am happy to include it more into our daily diet again. So I made a Cauliflower rice from half I bought on the market, because that and zucchini noodles are probably the best and easiest side dishes ever. But as much as I love my veggies, I also felt like something a bit fancier to accommodate my meals. So from the other half of the cauliflower I whipped up these Cauliflower Gnocchi (Paleo, Low Carb).
I just made the best salad ever. I honestly can’t stop drooling over it. It’s THAT good. So if you are looking for a side dish which would complement your weekend grilled specials, look nowhere else. I’ve got you covered with the Broccoli And Pumpkin Salad (Paleo, Whole30, Low Crab, Vegan). Also, there is actually no raw vegetable in this salad. So it doesn’t have that over healthy (and super boring) feel. But it’s crispy, fun and savoury. And it’s so much easier to digest. Honestly, you just have to try it. And don’t tell me if you don’t like it. Because it’s good. I know it 🙂
Fennel can be quite strong in flavour when by itself and that sets a lot of people off. But combine it with the sweetness of butternut squash and creaminess of ghee and you’ll find a smooth yet decadent side dish. It’s perfect with grilled and roasted meats where it almost plays the main role. However it also perfectly supports full flavours of more exotic dishes like curries and aromatic stews.
What was your favourite side dish when you were a kid? Can you think of any? For me it was definitely dumplings (so typical for Czech Republic) and potato puree (so typical as well). Homemade meatloaf with potato puree is actually one of my favourite dishes of all the time. So simple, yet so comforting.
However as I stepped in adult life I also started to be more stressed, put a lot of pressure on my body and immune system and also ate more processed foods and snacks to cope with the stress. Which in reality meant just more stress for the body. Unfortunately at that time I was not so aware of the impact of these bad habits. So over the time (apart from another) I developed few allergies and food intolerances. Including a potato intolerance. And dairy intolerance too. So a classic potato puree was out of the game for quite some time. But that was just before I started the Paleo journey and looked for different options and healthier food choices in general. And realised that there is a simple solution – Cauliflower Puree (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb).
I know this recipe is not a brain cracker, but I can see it on the social media or when talking to friends and colleagues, that lots of people still don’t know what the heck is the cauliflower rice? What do you have it with? And how do you even make it?
Well, here is the most verified process of how to make a cauliflower rice from our household. I think we are actually almost pros in making cauli rice. Because we honestly have it with our meals at least once a week. It’s stupid easy to make. I just can’t praise this side dish enough. Whoever thought about it first is a genius. Because this is just one of the best sides you can have with your curries, stews, stir-fry etc. when maintaining a healthy life style.
Today I’m going to share a recipe for another delicious Christmas-worthy side dish with you. Roasted Pumpkin Salad With Tarragon, which also happens to be Paleo, Whole30 friendly and Low Carb. How good is that? And did you know that pumpkin is a great substitute for almost any potato dishes? I can’t really have white potatoes as they don’t agree with my stomach. And I don’t like to eat sweet potatoes frequently because of the many carbohydrates in them. But I would have pumpkin almost every day. No joke. It’s definitely one of my favourite vegetables. What is your veggie pick? Anyway, back to the Roasted Pumpkin Salad With Tarragon (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb). Not only pumpkin makes it lower in carbs than potatoes would, but it’s also more nutrient and makes the taste of the salad satisfyingly on the edge of savoury and sweet.
Is it too early to start posting Christmas recipes? I hope not. Because I’m getting really excited. My first Christmas in Australia. However, I decided to share a Czech recipe today. Because I’m still going to stick to a few traditions even if overseas. So let’s start the holiday season with this Traditional Czech Potato Salad (Paleo, Whole30). And read a bit about the traditional meals below 🙂
I’ve already admitted here several times that I have a weakness for baked goodies. Especially bread of any kind. But now more than ever I am aware of what I’m eating and how often. And I am thankful for this awakening to the Whole30 I did this May. When I did the programme I had a feeling that nothing changed. But when I look back there is so many things that changed for me. Not only I am a bit leaner (nice bonus) and I have almost zero stomach aches (very usual for me before) but I know what I can afford and what is just too much for me. And I’m even more interested in nutrition than before. So yes, I would have normal bread every now and then, because I know that small amounts of gluten doesn’t upset me. But I also know that there is not much nutrition in those baked goodies. That’s why I made this Grain Free Pumpernickel Bread to accompany my favourite spreads. It’s full of Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fibre, protein and other nutrients and of course tastes great, especially when slightly toasted.
I’ve became obsessed with pumpkins lately. I could have pumpkin as a part of every meal. Because it’s such a versatile vegetable and it’s so savory and filling. Which is probably what I like about it the most, that I’m not starving half an hour after lunch. However, my husband unfortunately doesn’t seem to be so thrilled about pumpkin as I am. He actually said that he can’t see anymore pumpkins in our kitchen. Challenge accepted. I just had to prove him that pumpkin is awesome. So I decided to come up with this Roasted Pumpkin Gnocchi recipe. Well, he is still not jumping with joy when I come from the shops with another pumpkin in my bag. But he certainly loved the gnocchi. So I hope you will too.
This easy recipe for Cauliflower Fried Rice is perfect for those who love the Asian cuisine but are watching the carbs a little bit. Or for people who are keen about the daily veggie intake. Or simply for those who want to try something different and eat healthy. It’s a great side dish but you can definitely have it by itself as a small meal too.