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MeatlessMonday: Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with Avocado Crema

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Mix up your Taco Night routine with these smoky, mildly-spicy Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with Avocado Crema….

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Years and years ago, almost too many to count ;) , the husband, some friends and I had this great idea to head to the local Irish pub on St. Patrick’s Day. Which fell on a Saturday that year. Upon discovering that the pub had a line down the block, we quickly changed course and enjoyed some festive Mexican food next door. And thus was born our tradition of Mexican food on St. Patrick’s Day and Irish food on Cinco de Mayo — perfect to avoid the crowds on each holiday. Now, with kids in tow, we tend to do our Cinco de Mayo celebrating at home anyway. And since this year, it falls on a Monday, these meatless roasted cauliflower tacos will be perfect. You can even make these again next St. Patrick’s Day and cover your something-green bases with the avocado crema. Which, by the way, is so good you’ll be tempted to eat it by the spoonful. Fortunately this recipe makes more than you’ll need for the tacos, so you can have the crema, say, for breakfast the next day.

And if you’re not in the mood for tacos, this roasted cauliflower is our new favorite side dish –perfect along side chicken or fish. I’ve also mixed it into a quinoa salad for another meatless meal.

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Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with Avocado Crema

Makes 8 tacos

Ingredients:

For the crema

  • 1 avocado
  • 1/3 cup organic sour cream
  • sea salt
  • lime juice

For the tacos

  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil + additional for tortillas
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • pickled red onions
  • shredded lettuce, optional
  • cilantro, optional

Instructions:

1. Make the crema: Place avocado flesh and sour cream in a small food processor and blend until smooth. Add pinch of sea salt and squeeze of a lime wedge, and pulse a few more times. Place in a serving dish, cover and chill until ready to use.

2. For the cauliflower: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut away leaves and stalk and cut cauliflower florets into large chunks. Place in a large bowl.

3. In a separate small bowl, stir together cumin, chili powder, paprika and salt. Drizzle olive oil over cauliflower, then sprinkle with spice mixture and toss to coat the cauliflower.

4. Pour cauliflower onto a rimmed baking sheet and roast, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 15 to 20 minutes.

5. To assemble tacos: Pour olive oil to coat bottom of a small frying pan and heat over medium. Place tortillas in pan, one a time, and warm them for about a minute on each side. Keep warm on a plate in the oven while frying remaining tortillas. Place avocado crema, pickled onions and a spoonful of cauliflower on each tortilla, folding to form a taco. Garnish with lettuce and/or cilantro if desired.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  And please share — what’s your favorite vegetarian taco filling?

A Lighter Shade of Green for St. Patrick’s Day {Leprechaun Smoothies}

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

I’m not sure when St. Patrick’s Day became a national holiday nearly on par with Christmas. I know it can be a slow slog through the months of school between winter and spring breaks, but we still have a few stray pieces of Valentine’s candy around and now we’re in full-fledged leprechaun territory. And for kids, corned beef and cabbage has long since been supplanted with shamrock cookies and pots of gold. At least the chocolate is, well, slightly natural, but the barrage of bright rainbow-colored and artificially-dyed green treats flooding the internet frankly makes me nauseous. Even so, I wasn’t sure how my own little leprechauns would react to my latest green smoothie. Neither has touched avocado on its own since their first birthdays, though they will still dabble in guacamole occasionally. (I doubt anyone would suspect a toddler of being a rational being.)

leprechaun smoothie

Recently my five-year-old watched a VitaMix demonstration at the supermarket with rapt attention. When the woman placed handfuls of kale and spinach in the smoothie, he declared, “I LOVE kale and spinach!” Um, news to me, to say the least — but I determined to test his enthusiasm at home. And so my Leprechaun Smoothie was born — avocado, banana, orange juice and spinach. (According to the folks at Avocados from Mexico, a slice of avocado has a full gram of fiber — always something little ones can use more of.) Even if your kids load up on junk food the rest of the day, at least they can get a healthy start this St. Patrick’s Day.

st. patrick's day green smoothie

As for my leprechauns? They both demanded seconds. To quote my five-year-old, “I’ll die if you don’t get me some more smoothie immediately.” That’s better than a pot of gold to this mama.

Recipe: Avocado Spinach Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • several fresh spinach leaves

Instructions: Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Makes 2 small servings or 1 large smoothie.

A few other healthy green options for St. Patrick’s Day:

(and if you really want to go even more naturally green, check out my “Eat More Kale {and Other Greens}” board on Pinterest.)

Grapefruit Avocado Salad

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

I once had the fortune to ride out a Florida hurricane at my great aunt’s house. How was this fortuitous, you may ask. Well for starters, I was with my uncle and aunt. Like any good son of an Italian mother, my uncle cooked up a storm as long as the power held out — there was pasta, scallops, and more. And in the backyard of the house, there were avocado trees. The fruits were strewn across the yard after the storm passed (thankfully, there was no serious damage in the neighborhood), and I flew back home several days later with a suitcase partially filled with fresh fallen avocados. If you’ve never had a Florida avocado, they are quite different than the standard Californian/Mexican Haas avocados found at supermarkets. They are several times larger, lighter colored and smooth skinned, and I find they have a fruitier flavor.

Once home with my hurricane souvenirs I set about to recreate a salad I first fell in love with on our honeymoon in Puerto Rico: the grapefruit avocado salad. The salad is simple to throw together, full of bright flavors to add cheer to cold winter days, and the healthy fats in the avocado help make it deceptively filling. Sometimes I just drizzle my grapefruit and avocado slices with straight olive oil, but it doesn’t take much longer to whisk it with lemon juice for the dressing.

Even when I have to make it with California avocados, it still serves to boost my mood during the dreary days of January.

grapefruit avocado salad

Recipe: Grapefruit Avocado Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 large grapefruit
  • 1 large Florida avocado or 2 Haas avocados
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons good olive oil
  • sea salt

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice and olive oil to make dressing. Set aside.
  2. Peel grapefruit and separate sections.
  3. Halve avocado(s) lengthwise and remove pit. Cut into thick slices, still in the skin, and gently scoop the slices out with a spoon.
  4. Arrange grapefruit segments and avocado slices in bowl or serving dish. Drizzle dressing over salad and then season generously with sea salt.

Makes 2-4 servings.

There are a number of ways to build upon this recipe — adding fennel or seafood, for example. Do you have a favorite version?