Cashew Cauliflower Bake

Cashew Cauliflower Bake

I got some cauliflower with my last Misfits order and we wanted something different I found this from https://www.lordbyronskitchen.com/cashew-cauliflower/ .

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Once you make this recipe for the first time, be prepared to make it over and over again.  You and your family will both love it. Heck you can always add or substitute some precooked chicken. Cashew Cauliflower is the vegetarian equivalent of the classic Chinese buffet favorite, Cashew Chicken.

This was a wicked easy bake. Other than getting vegetables on the table, and cutting down on your meat consumption, the only thing in this recipe that you might need to buy is the cashews.  I promise you that nearly every other ingredient in the list below is already in your pantry.

There are only two of us so I cut this in half not knowing how it would taste now I wish I had not.

HERE’S WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  1. Cauliflower – Pick the largest one you can find. Because, you’re going to regret not having more if you buy a little cauliflower.
  2. Cornstarch – This is used to coat the cauliflower and is also used in the sauce.
  3. Sauces – Soy sauce and ketchup are both used. One adds a familiar salty taste, while the other adds color, sweetness, and a deep tomato-y flavor.
  4. Brown Sugar – We use brown sugar for sweetness, but it will also help to thicken and caramelize the sauce.
  5. Garlic and Ginger – What’s an Asian-inspired dish without these two?
  6. Cashews – I used roasted, unsalted cashews. If you use salted, the overall dish might be a bit too salty in the end.
  7. Dried Red Chili Flakes – These are optional. I like a bit of heat, but they can be omitted.
  8. Optional- I added some cut up asparagus last night (2nd batch) was good addition. I needed to remember spring is around the corner.

Whoops forgot to Put the measurements in

For the Cauliflower:

  • 1 large cauliflower, washed, and cut into florets
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch

For the Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red chili flakes
  • 1 cup cashews, roasted and unsalted

How

PREPARE THE CAULIFLOWER FIRST:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a shallow baking dish with olive oil. Set aside.
  2. Place the cauliflower into a large bowl and add in the 1/2 cup of cornstarch. Using your hands, gently toss the cauliflower florets until completely dusted with the corn starch.
  3. Remove the florets from the bowl, lightly shake off the excess corn starch and place into the greased baking dish.
  4. Bake cauliflower at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

NOW LET’S PREPARE THE SAUCE:

  1. In a bowl or large measuring cup, whisk the water with the cornstarch until the cornstarch is dissolved.
  2. Add the remaining sauce ingredients and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  3. Note: last night I tried again and made sauce for 4 even though I only had 1/2 head. I had to cook a little longer once I added the sauce but was definitely worth it.

FINISHING UP:

  1. Remove the cauliflower from the oven and pour the sauce over top. Move the cauliflower around gently with a small wooden spoon to get the sauce underneath the florets. Bake for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from oven, add the cashews, and once again, lightly stir cashews into the cauliflower and sauce. Bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  3. Serve immediately.

IMPORTANT: READ THIS!

It is imperative that you shake off the excess cornstarch before attempting to bake the cauliflower. Once you have tossed the cauliflower with the half cup of cornstarch, depending on how big or small your cauliflower was, you might have an excess amount of cornstarch.

HOW TO REHEAT LEFTOVER CASHEW CAULIFLOWER:

  • Actually, this will be the last thing, and then I promise you can get to the recipe.  If you plan to make this ahead of time, keep in mind that the cauliflower will not hold up well to being reheated, but there is a way to get around that problem – somewhat!
  • Do not reheat this in the microwave!  It will become a steamy mush. Instead, carefully position each floret onto a greased baking sheet.  Leave room between each floret.  
  • Spray the top of the cauliflower with a little bit of cooking spray and place under the broiler.  Just a minute or so and you’ll have a reheated cauliflower dish without the mushy microwave mess.
Low-FodMap Weekday Meat Loaf

Low-FodMap Weekday Meat Loaf

Lyn who really does not like meatloaf saw that I took some sirloin out of the Freezer and showed me this recipe from The Low-FodMap Diet. It looked familiar I swear I tried something like this before. Anyway, being a meatloaf lover, I jumped at the chance. It came out pretty good, good enough to go into my site which is our cookbook so to speak.

INGREDIENTS:

Sauce:

1/2 cup ketchup

1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar ( I used my 18 YO)

Meatloaf:

¼ cup dry  gluten-free bread crumbs (I had Italian seasoned)

1/2 cup lactose free whole milk, 2%, 1% or fat free

2 pounds ground beef, preferably 80% I only had sirloin.

2 large eggs, at room temperature, whisked well.

1/3 cup finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley.

1/4 cup (16 g) finely chopped scallions, green parts only

2 teaspoons Garlic-Infused Oil, made with olive oil or purchased equivalent, such as FODY Garlic-Infused Oil

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Freshly ground black pepper

4 slices meaty bacon, choose gluten-free if on a gluten-free diet

How:

For the Sauce: Whisk all the sauce ingredients together; set aside.

For the Meatloaf: Position rack in center of oven. Preheat oven to 350°F. Have a flat cookie sheet ready.

Combine the measured breadcrumbs with milk in a large mixing bowl; allow the breadcrumbs to absorb the milk for 5 minutes.

Add eggs, parsley, scallions, garlic olive oil, salt, thyme and a generous amount of black pepper to the same bowl and use your hands to mix well.

Scrape meatloaf mixture into center of cookie sheet pan and use your hands to form an oval loaf shape about 9-inches long, 6-inches wide and 2-inches thick.

Spread about half of the sauce on top of the loaf, coating the top and sides. Reserve any remaining sauce to serve alongside cooked meatloaf.

Use your fingers to lay bacon over the meatloaf on a slight diagonal, tucking the ends underneath the loaf. The sauce will help the pieces stick and stay in place.

Cook for about 45 minutes to 1 hour or until meat is cooked through and the bacon is crisp. An instant read thermometer inserted in the center of the loaf should read 160°F. You can crisp up the bacon further, if you like, by placing meatloaf under the broiler for 30 seconds to 1 minute, taking care not to burn.

Meatloaf is ready to cut into slices and serve with the reserved sauce alongside.

Next time I am trying mixing some of the sauce into the meat mixture before shaping.

Texas-Style BBQ Sauce

Texas-Style BBQ Sauce

For Christmas Lyn got me a taste of Texas, Austin Texas to be exact Blacks BBQ . It had been years since I was there, but it did not disappoint. It came frozen so after it defrosted, I followed the simple directions to reheat. Wrap in tin foil place on pan * into a preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes to 1 hours until internal temp was between 110 and 120. I stuck in my remote temp gauge and began to prepare my Texas style BBQ sauce.   Once it came to temp, I added another step and wrapped the whole thing, foil and all, in a towel and place in a small cooler with lid closed. It was in there for maybe 3 hours. Placing it wrapped in a cooler let it sit and absorb the juices and when I took it out it passed the flexible test gently dropping on each side. Ok enough about the brisket here is the sauce, a friend of mine in Dallas taught me this recipe which I have tweaked since.

* I like to preheat the pan in oven rather than throwing in cold pan.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 dash of Black’s original pepper sauce (optional)

How

In a large saucepan, heat butter over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer until you sell it could be less time. Stir in remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15-20 minutes to allow flavors to blend. I placed in the blender after, but this is optional.  This comes out as a thicker sauce. I stored in a small canning jar.

Marcelo’s Chimi- Churri Sauce

Marcelo gave me a small canning jar of this and I marinated a slab of baby back for 24-48 hours those were the best ribs I have ever made.

(4- 8 cloves) Garlic

Parsley (lots) – one bunch

Oregano (lots) – one bunch

Bay Leave (whole) (about 2 – 3 leaves)

Red Pepper (crushed)

Paprika

Black Pepper

Kosher salt (sea)

1 cup Hot Water

½ cup Red wine vinegar

½ cup Oil (preferably not Olive Oil)

 

  1. food processor the herbs and garlic separately
  2. Boil water.
  3. Use a glass container and start placing the herbs, garlic and other ingredients;
  4. Add hot water,
Dont’a Touch My Taco and Shredded Chicken Treats

Dont’a Touch My Taco and Shredded Chicken Treats

Week 3

When watching football you don’t want something that will make you miss that play, instant replay is not quite the same.  While eating these make perfect mouth popping eats or two bites for the ladies. Not only are they easy to eat but quick to make. I kind of threw this together so the measurements are estimated

Loosely based on about 3 recipes I read.

 

Ingredients

1 chicken breast I had ½ rotisserie chicken and I have talked about using left overs

1/2 pound ground beef

Mrs. Dash southwest seasoning

Hot sauce

¼ green or red pepper diced

2-4 tablespoons  chopped cilantro

Pepper to taste

1 package of wonton

Salsa – I used homemade

Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese

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How

Preheat oven to 400 degree

Sauté the hamburger with a couple of shakes of Mrs. Dash when cooked add remaining cilantro, peppers, and some hot sauce, mix and set aside

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Using two forks shred the chicken and mix with half the cilantro, peppers, a shake or two of Mrs. Dash and hot sauce, set aside.

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Using mini muffin pan place a wonton wrapper in each cup crimping slightly.

You can use a spoon or as I did my hands and place about 1 tablespoon of chicken mixture in each cup, top with salsa and then shredded cheese . Repeat with second tray and meat mixture.

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Bake at 400 degree  6-8 minutes

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Now plate and eat

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You could do this with BBQ sauce as well…I can taste them now….

Root Beer BBQ Sauce

Root Beer BBQ Sauce

Root Beer BBQ sauce another thing I been seeing in magazines so we had to try. This was a sweet sauce that was kind of nice even though we more prefer vinegar no ketchup sauce.

 Ingredients

  • 1 cup root beer
  • 1  cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3  Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 3  Tbsp.light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder

How

In a medium saucepan, combine remaining ingredients; mix well and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 20 minutes, until sauce is reduced by half.

Julienned Vegetable Pasta

Carrots

I brought out my new toy around thanksgiving and showed it to my son’s girlfriend and she let out a gleeful ohhhhhh. This woman likes kitchen toys as much as we do, she’s a keeper. I had found this recipe for julienned veggie on this blog I frequent the main blog is www.Gojee.com  great site recipe after recipe with links to the writers’ blogs. Anyway sorry I don’t remember whose blog it was but it had peanut sauce and we tried it, liked it but not writing about that here just the veggies cause there are unlimited things you can season, flavor or combine with. Thank you whomever you are you opened my eyes to new adventures.

Julienned Vegetable Pasta

Ingredients

  • 2-3 zucchini
  • 2-3 yellow summer squash
  • 2-3 fat carrots

Comment: You can actually use any vegetables you want.

How

Julianne the, zucchini, yellow squash, and carrots – keeping the carrots separate.

Bring water to a boil

Poach the carrots for 1 minute then add the zucchini and yellow squash for another 2 minutes.

Drain and rinse in cold water to stop cooking or not. Mix them up and plate the colors look good together.

Suggestions

Now you can just flavor how you want, Thai peanut sauce, oil and balsamic vinegar, garlic and oil, even plain, tomato based sauce I think you get the idea.

You can heat the sauces if you want.

Quickly sauté with oil and vinegar.

Server them hot or cold.

Serve with any meat or fish plated on top and flavor to complement the dish.

Use in salads before or after poaching.

Make coleslaw.

See unlimited options, quick and easy.