Beer Lime Cauliflower Tacos With Cilantro Coleslaw- Another winner from Thug Kitchen

You may be thinking… hmm I don’t know about this… Seriously, give these things a try because  ::Oh…my… goodness::  these were amazing!  This is coming from a steak loving non-vegan.  There was so much flavor in this dish, and not a meat in sight.  I highly HIGHLY recommend if you are in the mood for a delicious taco night with friends and family and they are open to living a little healthier.

As you all know, I am trying to make 1-2 recipes a night instead of relying on a quick meat and potato dish.  Life gets so boring when you eat the same thing over and over again.  I do have to follow a recipe though, so I have been browsing through cookbooks.  I find one or two I want to try, get all the ingredients in advance and when I have a night that isn’t taken up by taking my kids going to girl scouts or soccer or gymnastics, I try to cook!  Shocking, I know.   This week was another winner from Thug Kitchen.  I am seriously never disappointed when making a recipe from this book.

I put some time saving tips in pink.  Although I basically followed the recipe to a T, there are some things I would do differently next time.

Roasted Beer-and-Lime Cauliflower Tacos  With Cilantro Coleslaw

INGREDIENTS

For the slaw:
1/2 head of green cabbage (about 1/2 pound)
1 small carrot 
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cilantro, chopped

For the tacos:
1 head cauliflower (about 1 pound) – 
3/4 cup beer
1/4 cup vegetable broth
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoons tamari or soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons chipotle hot sauce
1 to 2 garlic cloves, sliced
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
6 corn tortillas
1 avocado, sliced
Salsa, for serving

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Normally, for me- these are WAY too many ingredients

DIRECTIONS

To make the slaw: Cut the cabbage into the thinnest strips you can, and make sure those pieces are no longer than 2 inches. This is a great time to get good with your knife if you are looking for a silver f*cking lining in all that chopping. Chop the carrot into thin matchsticks of the same length. Got that sh*t down now, right? In a small bowl, mix together the lime juice, vinegar, oil, and salt. Add the dressing right before you are going to eat and toss that sh*t well. Fold in the cilantro just before serving.

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To make the tacos: Crank your oven to 400°F. Grab a rimmed baking sheet. Chop the cauliflower into small florets no bigger than a quarter. In a saucepan over medium heat, warm the beer, broth, lime juice, tamari, hot sauce, and garlic. Add the cauliflower, and simmer for about 1 1/2 minutes. Drain.

Toss the spices, salt, and olive oil together in a large bowl. Add the cauliflower and onion, and stir till those f*ckers are coated. Dump it on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until browned, stirring halfway, about 20 minutes.

To assemble the tacos, warm the tortillas in the oven or microwave for a hot minute, and then pile them high with the cauliflower filling, slices of avocado, some of the slaw, and plenty of salsa.

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This blew my mind, I would not think that an all veggie taco (I made a wrap/burrito) could taste this good. (But it did)

TIPS=  When I make this again, I will skip all the chopping because seriously, who has time for that?  I cheated in this recipe and used already pre-minced garlic and store bought fire roasted salsa.  Next time I would absolutely get the bag of cauliflower florets and the bag of already cut cabbage and carrots.

This took me about an hour and 20 minutes because of all the damn chopping.  I think that making this again with everything pre-cut would take approximately 30 minutes, all you would have to do is mix the spices and beer with the cauliflower & roast it, and mix the rice vinegar, lime, oil and  salt with the cabbage.  The only chopping would be half an onion.  I think I can handle that.  So much faster!

Here would be my time saving swaps:

For the slaw:
1/2 head of green cabbage (about 1/2 pound) (bag of shredded cabbage and carrots)
1 small carrot (nix this if you get the slaw bag)
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cilantro, chopped (get pre-chopped @ the store or skip it, I didn’t have any!)

For the tacos:
1 head cauliflower (about 1 pound) – (pre-chopped bag of florets)
3/4 cup beer
1/4 cup vegetable broth (I just used 1 cup of beer and skipped the broth)
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoons tamari or soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons chipotle hot sauce
1 to 2 garlic cloves, sliced (time saver- pre-minced in a jar)
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Pinch of salt(you COULD skip the spices and add a bad of Taco seasoning, but it would add a bit more sugar/preservatives to your recipe)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
6 corn tortillas
1 avocado, sliced
Salsa, for serving (store bought)

 

Enjoy!

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Run Fast, Eat Slow plus a bug in my eye!

I am 1.5 weeks post the Philadelphia Rock N Roll Half Marathon, back at running and training for the Rock n Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon and feeling good.  I owe you guys a race recap!  So psyched because I got a PR!  Special thanks to my best running friend Lauren.

I’m trying to tackle harder runs and incorporate more hills, which is pretty easy to do where I live.  Sunday I ran a pretty fast 8 miler with miles 2-3 being an uphill climb.  It felt amazing and it was definitely a runners high kind of day.

Today felt like this though…


Today I went out to tackle 6 hilly miles with a loooong and steep downhill at miles 4-5 and a bug flew in my eye at mile 1!  Ugh!  That bothered me for some time. I feel proud, I only had to walk for less than 1 minute.  

I also am beyond psyched because this gem of a cookbook was delivered today!  I heard about it on both the runners world podcast and the run like a mother podcast.  I can’t wait to try out some of these recipes.   I am going to try another recipe from Thug Kitchen tonight, a Beer Lime Cauliflower taco.  I’ll blog about that later.


Can’t wait to dive into this and share some family favorites.

Run Happy y’all!

Totally Beetastic!

Just recently I fell in love with beets.  Some people must look at them and be like, ugh, ew.  But they are delicious.

In keeping up with my effort to try and actually cook something twice a week that isn’t 1-2 ingredients.  This Friday I made the Thug Kitchen Roasted Beet and Quinoa Salad.  It is to be served as a side, but I may put it on top of my salads for lunch this week.  I had it as a side to chicken with dinner.  Jimmy even tried it.  He didn’t love it, but he tried it.  Good job kid.

The recipe called for Kale or Spinach, but I had bought 3 beets and there were so many leaves that I used the beet leaves instead of buying another lettuce.  It still tasted great!

img_1510Here we go, I got 3 beets and my recipe book handy.  I love this quote from the book.  “ROASTED BEET AND QUINOA SALAD When beets are bad, they are really fucking gross. But roasted, these mother fuckers get sweet and delicious. Trust.”

 

 

 

 

 

img_1511Crank your oven to 400°.  3 medium beets, peeled and chopped into small chunks (about 1½ cups) 1 teaspoon of whatever vinegar you used for the dressing 2 teaspoons olive oil Salt and ground pepper

In a medium bowl, toss the beets together with the vinegar, olive oil, and a pinch of salt. Your hands might get kinda red and bloody looking from the beets. Don’t worry about that shit; it will wash off, so quit complaining. Pour the mixture onto the baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes, stirring the beets halfway through.

 

DRimg_1514ESSING:  1 shallot or small onion, diced (about 2 tablespoons) 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 3 tablespoons white wine, balsamic, or champagne vinegar ¼ cup olive oil

Make the dressing: Pour all the ingredients together in a jar and shake that shit up.

 

 

 

 

 

img_1513 For the salad: While the beets roast up, bring the water to a boil in a medium pot. Add the quinoa. Once that shit starts boiling again, cover, and adjust the heat to low. Cook the quinoa at a slow simmer until it is tender, about 15 minutes. Just taste it and you’ll figure that shit out. Drain any extra water that remains in the pot and scoop the quinoa into a medium bowl.

 

 

 

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Fold the kale (I used the Beet stems) into the hot quinoa and then add the dressing. Add the fresh herb of your choice and mix well.

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When the beets are done, fold those ruby red bitches right in to the quinoa. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve this salad at room temperature or refrigerate until cold. * Dill, basil, and parsley all work well here. Use whichever of those you’ve got hanging out in the fridge”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Verdict: Delicious!  I loved it.  I also love cooking with this cookbook because it is so fun to read and it takes my cooking out of my comfort zone.  I also like my kids seeing me eat different foods, even if they aren’t eating them themselves (yet.)

Give it a try.

Back to the Kitchen

I am not a naturally talented cook, and time is not on my side.

Kindergarten just started for my oldest.  I can’t believe I am actually a mom of a child in the public school system!  With that came a new routine for the family.  Two stops before home to pick up the kids after work, a night of gymnastics, homework, and an additional lunchbox to pack.


Also with the kids back at school and summer officially “over” it seems like my regular job has also kicked into high gear, so naturally the first thing to go was cooking new meals.  I fell back to relying on the quick and easy recipes.  Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with quick, easy, and reliable meals.. it just gets boring!

Last year when I was obsessed with 21 day fix, it forced me to try new recipes and I loved it.  I had to plan out my meals, buy food, and try to cook something new, different, and nutritious.  Now, I know realistically I can’t do that every night, but I want to try and make a few new recipes a week to keep it fun.

Last year I bought myself the cookbook Thug Kitchen and made a few recipes from the book.   This weekend I pulled it out again, peruse through it and picked out 2 recipes to try for the week.  The first is a chickpea and broccoli burrito, the second is a beet and quinoa salad.  Plus this book is funny as F*, and no I am not a vegan.


Tonight I made the chickpea and broccoli burrito.  By the time I got home it was 6:15pm, I had dinner at 7:30.  The kids had chicken nuggets.   Time was needed to chop an onion, pepper, and broccoli crown.  I used canned chickpeas.  The rest was adding spices and roasting in the oven for 35 minutes.    I put it on one of the Tumaro’s whole wheat wraps and added some spinach.  I was planning on adding avocado but it wasn’t ripe enough.  wah wah.   Verdict:  DELICIOUS!  Totally loved it, and after putting the recipe into the myfitness pal recipe creator the entire meal was only 300 calories and a perfect blend of protein, carbs, and fat.  I have enough left for 2 lunches this week too, because let’s face it I am the only one in this house who will eat it (I cut this recipe in half).  Maybe my son will try it, he’s my adventurous eater.   You can find the whole recipe here and transcribed below.  Next time I’ll add more lime… who doesn’t love lime?  Happy eating!

ROASTED CHICKPEA & BROCCOLI BURRITO

3 cups of cooked chickpeas (2-15 ounce cans, drained)
1 large yellow onion
1 red bell pepper
1 large crown of broccoli
4 cloves of garlic (I used goya minced garlic)
1 lime (I used lime juice)
Spice Blend:
3 tablespoons olive oil
1-2 tablespoons soy sauce, tamari, or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (You can usually find this old school hippie shit near the vinegars or soy sauces in the healthy eating section of most big grocery stores and on the internet)
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander or more cumin if you don’t want to go to the storeblack pepper or cayenne pepper to taste

Heat the oven to 425 degrees. Chop up the onion, bell pepper, and broccoli so that all the pieces about the size of a chickpea. Chop up the garlic real small but save that shit until later. Place all the chopped up veggies in a large bowl with the cooked chickpeas. Pour in the oil and soy sauce, stir, and then throw all the spices in there. Mix until all the vegetables and shit are covered.

Put all of that on a large rimmed baking sheet (like what you would put cookies on but with an edge) and bake for 20 minutes. Take it out of the oven, don’t fucking burn yourself, add the garlic, and bake for another 15 minutes. The broccoli will look a little burnt at this point but that is the plan so chill the fuck out and take it out of the oven. Squeeze the juice of half of the lime over the pan and stir the roasted chickpeas and veggies all around. Taste some and see if it needs more spices or anything. Now make a fucking burrito. I like mine with spinach, avocado, cilantro, and some fire roasted salsa but you do your thing

makes 6-8 burritos

Rainbow Quinoa

Rainbow Quinoa
-1 cup of cooked quinoa
-1/2 red pepper, diced
-1/2 orange pepper, diced
-1/2 yellow pepper, diced
-1 cup of diced carrots
-1 cup of purple cabbage chopped
-3 tbsp of fresh lime juice
-1 tbsp of maple syrup
-1/2 tsp of cumin
-pinch of cayenne
-sea salt to taste

Mix cooled cooked quinoa, bell peppers, carrots and red cabbage in a large bowl. In a small bowl whisk lime juice, maple syrup, cumin, cayenne and salt. Pour dressing over salad and mix together! Enjoy cool!

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❤ Annaleigh