Pineapple Cauliflower Fried Rice

Pineapple Cauliflower Fried Rice

Doesn’t everything just look more delicious when its served inside a pineapple?

Pineapple Cauliflower Fried Rice

And speaking of pineapple’s, I went to a truly amazing event hosted by Pineapple DC last week. Samin Nosrat author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat shared how she fell in love with Cooking at Chez Panisse and worked from busser to chef and everything she learned about cooking. She also taught us how to make Ceaser Salad dressing which was amazing! Her new book, which I can’t wait to get, is about breaking all the rules when it comes to cooking. And rather than relying on recipes that detail specific amounts and cooking time, you should trust your palette to tell you how much or little of each ingredient to add. Furthermore, she said that she believes everyone can cook! Yes, we are looking at you! You are born with a sense of taste and you should always trust your palette to guide you in your cooking. I have been thinking a lot about this over the past few days. And while I agree to some extent, I think there are a whole host of factors to consider. First of all, not everyone wants to be a cook. I think a lot of people just have no desire to learn (you are missing out). Second, not everyone has time to cook. The reason a lot of people don’t cook is because they lack time. For me, I only can cook because I prioritize it over other activities. A third point is that when it comes to food safety, everyone should learn thing or too and always ensure they are cooking their food enough so that they do not get sick. And last but not least, learning how to cook healthy may not be intuitive. Of course, everything tastes better with butter (fat) and salt, but learning how to cook with those ingredients sparingly. And for that, I hope you continue to try my recipes!

Pineapple Cauliflower Fried Rice

Pineapple Cauliflower Fried Rice

Pineapple Cauliflower Fried Rice
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Pineapple Cauliflower Fried Rice

a quick and easy one pan meal ready in 30 minutes

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 4 shrimps defrosted if frozen
  • 2 tsp olive oil divided
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunk
  • 1 cups cauliflower fried rice
  • 1/4 cup edamame
  • 1/2 cup zucchini
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (or use a gluten free version)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 small purple ninja radish
  • 1 red scallion
  • 1 tbsp cilantro

Instructions

  1. In a large pan, add the olive oil and shrimp. Cook for about 4 minutes on each side. 

  2. Meanwhile, cut the pineapple. If you want to use the pineapple as a serving dish, you have to scoop/cut out the pineapple. Either way, you want the pineapple to be cut into small 1 inch cubes. 

  3. Cut the zucchini into small 1/2 inch cubes. 

  4. Once the shrimp is done, place them to the side. In the same pan, add the tsp of olive oil and minced garlic clove, cauliflower, edamame, and zucchini. Cook for about 5 minutes. 

  5. After 5 minutes, add the egg, soy sauce and sesame oil and cook for another 5 minutes. 

  6. Add the shrimp and incorporate them into the dish. 

  7. Put the pineapple cauliflower fried rice into a bowl or the pineapple. 

  8. Use a mandolin to slice the radish.

  9. Thinly slice the red scallion.

  10. Chop up the fresh cilantro. 

  11. Garnish with the radish, scallion, and cilantro. 

Pineapple Cauliflower Fried Rice

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Green Goddess Grilled Cheese

Green Goddess Grilled Cheese

Let me start off by saying this is certainly not one of my healthier recipes. Now that I got that out of the way, this grilled cheese is incredible. And while I do not condone this as healthy, you are getting some veggies along side all that cheese!

Green Goddess Grilled Cheese

Note: make sure you strategically place your cheese if you want to get that awesome pull apart cheese look when you cut this sandwich in half, otherwise you will be disappointed. Case in point check my video on Instagram.

Green Goddess Grilled Cheese

Green Goddess Grilled Cheese

Green Goddess Grilled Cheese
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Green Goddess Grilled Cheese

Herbs, Avocado & Spinach gives this grilled cheese incredible flavor and texture.

Ingredients

For the Green Goddess Pesto

  • 1/2 cup basil
  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • 1/4 cup scallions
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

For the grilled cheese

  • 1 tsp butter
  • 2 slices sourdough bread
  • 2 TBSP Green Goddess Pesto
  • 1-2 oz havarti cheese
  • 1 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1/4 avocado

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, add the pesto ingredients, basil, parsley, scallions, pine nuts, garlic, and lemon juice. Blend until all the ingredients are well combined. 

  2. In a large skillet, on medium heat, add the teaspoon of butter.

  3. Once the butter is melted, add the two slices of sourdough. Flip so both sides are toasted evenly. 

  4. Take the toasted bread off the skillet. Add the pesto, havarti cheese, mozzarella cheese, spinach and avocado to the bread. Top with the other piece of bread

  5. Add the sandwich back to the skillet. Cook on each side for about 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted to your liking! 

Green Goddess Grilled Cheese

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Scallion Pancakes-Two Ways

Scallion pancakes

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There is something about scallion pancakes that reminds me of my childhood. Growing up we ate a lot of Chinese food (especially on Christmas). One of my dishes to order was always scallion pancakes. They seem so deceivingly simple, but they are so addictive (might be all that grease 😉

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I grew up in a pretty small town but there were quite a few Chinese Restaurants. The best one hands down is called Mandarin Taste. We used to go there all the time, until my dad decided it was no longer the best. He is wrong and I still won’t forgive him. Now that I think  about it, one Christmas, he dragged us to the absolute worst Chinese restaurant I have ever been to just because he refused to go to the one we all loved. Like I said, I will never let him live that down.

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What I love about this version is that they are a healthier version. Yes, they use a little butter, but the pancakes are baked not fried. And what might be even better is how easy they are to make. Just 4 ingredients!

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Oh and this breakfast egg version? I got this idea from this amazing food truck/restaurant in Boston. It’s called the double awesome and it clearly fits the name. My version switches up pesto for avocado because, really what more can you ask for! Just believe on this one, you’ve got to try it!

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Scallion Pancakes
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Scallion Pancakes-Two Ways

An easy 4 ingredient scallion pancake recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

For the Scallion Pancakes

  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1/4 cup AP flour
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup scallions

For the soy dipping sauce

  • 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp honey

For the breakfast version

  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 egg
  • optional: cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees.
  2. Put an oven safe 8-9 inch skillet in the oven.
  3. When the oven is heated reduce to 425 degrees.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, milk, egg. Use a whisk to mix until the batter is well combined. Add the scallions and mix the batter again.
  5. Let the batter rest for 20 minutes.
  6. Add the butter to the hot pan and let it melt.

  7. Pour the batter in the pan and place the pan in the oven.
  8. Cook for 20-25 minutes.
  9. The dutch baby will puff up in the oven but quickly deflate when you take it out-that's okay.
  10. 10. While the pancake is cooking, make the dipping sauce. Add the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and honey.
  11. 11. Transfer the pancake to a plate.
  12. 12. If using the dipping sauce, cut the pancake into 4's.
  13. 13. If you are going the breakfast route, add the cheese and avocado to the pancake.
  14. 14. Fry an egg and place it on top of the scallion pancake
  15. 15. Enjoy either way! or Both!

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Love & Lemons: Roasted Squash with Apple Salsa

The Love & Lemons cookbook is so perfect! After reading the first few pages I came to understand that Jeanine shares the same passion and sensible attitude towards cooking that I do. She believes in using local, seasonal produce, cooking with lots of veggies, and taking creative licensing when it comes to recipe. Most importantly, the entire cookbook is organized by vegetable! What a great idea 😉

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So now that I have finished gushing over the cookbook, I chose to cook a recipe from her blog! Because like Jeanine, I believe in cooking with what you have and I had a lot of Delicata Squash.

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Thus, I made this delicious Roasted Squash with Apple Salsa. I love this recipe because it’s so unique. I wouldn’t have come up with the pairing on my own but I love finding new and creative ways to put ingredients together.

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Find her recipe here: http://www.loveandlemons.com/roasted-squash-apple-salsa/ and the cookbook.

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I cant wait to cook more of her recipes!

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