Cilantro Lime Cauli Rice Burrito

Definitely Chipotle inspired. Their lime cilantro rice is actually everything. I was craving a burrito and Chipotle is easily a 35min drive+parking nightmare for me. So I improvised. I had also riced a TON of cauliflower so I thought I’d put it to good use. One cauliflower yields a TON of cauli rice FYI. It’s a bit of a pain, but the yield is worth it if you have the time.

For this wrap I used:

2 cups cauli rice (will have some leftover)

Juice from 1 lime

2tbsp finely chopped cilantro

Garlic salt to taste

Roasted (or raw) red pepper

Spinach

1/2 an avocado

Dollup of greek yogurt/sour cream

Wrap of choice

*beans would have been nice but i didn’t have any🤣

Directions are:

1. Heat a large-ish skillet over medium-high heat and spray with avocado oil

2. Once it’s hot, add your cauli. Squeeze the lime over it and add your cilantro and garlic salt. Stir until well incorporated. Turn heat to med-low and let the cauli do its thing and absorb all those flavors. Doesn’t hurt to stir every so often while you assemble the rest of the wrap.

3. Start the wrap assembly by laying out a tortilla. Then adding spinach to taste. I add about a handful and smash it down flat. Add your red pepper on top of the spinach. Add your sliced avocado to the side of the red pepper, but on top of the spinach. Add your greek yogurt or sour cream to taste along side your rows of pepper and avo. (I need to add a pic here…)

4. Pile on as much of that cauli rice as that wrap will hold! I got quite a bit on there, but I use a pretty “stretchy” wrap. The low carb varieties usually have more give 🤣. I usually wrap the bottom first and then either side.

I know, I know, long winded for a wrap “recipe,” but it’s worth it to get right!

Sweet N Spicy Roasted Eggplant Sandie

I used to detest Eggplant. I thought it was slimy and bitter and seedy. But eggplant is kind of like okra, you just gotta show it a little love, treat her kindly and cook her right! Then it’ll B-L-O-W your mind and the possibilities for it are endless. These days I ALWAYS either have a raw 🍆 on hand, or some prepared, leftover cooked eggplant to eat/play with.

And who doesn’t like a good sandie? Especially when it’s huge and bursting with flavor! The secret to this one, IMO, is the flavored eggplant and the pesto.

Ok, so here we go. Here’s what you will need for the eggplant:

1 eggplant, peeled and sliced into 1/4″ slices

2tsp garlic chili paste

2tbsp Bragg’s aminos

1/2tsp brown sugar

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Ok,

Step 1: preheat your grill to about 400*

2. Mix the brown sugar and lemon juice into the braggs liquid aminos in a separate bowl.

3. Brush both sides of the eggplant with garlic chili paste.

4. Dip brushed eggplant into the aminos/brown sugar mixture

5. Grill eggplants for about 7-9 min on each side… i like mine a little charred on the outside so I go for a bit longer.

* this makes about 6 slices or servings, so just contain what you don’t use, pop it in the fridge and reheat in a pan/skillet for the next day!

To assemble the sandwich, just take your bread of choice. Slather both slices with this pesto, or pesto of choice. Then add your tomatoes and eggplant slice (or slices 🍆😳) on one piece of the bread. Then add the arugula (or spinach works well) on the other and weigh the leafy greens down with the avocado- it’s easier to close the sandie this way. It miiiight be a bit of a challenge to smash the sandwich together, but it’s doable AND worth it 🤤

Macadamia Crusted Mahi Mahi*

Note- you can use any white fish really. I’ve had this with haddock, halibut, tilapia and even cod! A thicker fish definitely works better because the crust is pretty flavorul and substantial.

I adapted this from the 21 Day Keto Reset as well. They served it with a brown butter sauce in the book, but my familiy didn’t really dig that, so I usually have this with the Arugula Pesto Zoodles, found here.

Ok, here goes.

Ingredients:

3/4C Raw Macadamias

3Tbsp Coconut Flour

S&P to taste (about ½ tsp)

½tsp garlic powder

½ Cup Avocado Oil Mayo

4 Fish Filets (6-8 oz ea)

That’s it! That’s all you need. Seems complicated at first, but when you break it down, it’s suuuuuper doable. Anyoo, onto the directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 and lightly grease a glass casserole dish and put the fish inside.
  2. Pulse the Macadamia nuts in a food processor until they’re crumbly, but not pasty. Add the coconut flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder and pulse until well mixed.
  3. Spread the mayo on the fish. Then take small handfulls of the nut crumble and coat the fish, gently press the crumble into the mayo. Bake for 25 minutes.

Collard Turkey Wraps with Herbacious Tahini “Cole Slaw”

I got this idea from the 21 Day Keto Reset as well. I never thought of using Collards as a wrap before until I bought one at Whole Foods made by Eat Gud Whole Foods. I became obsessed with making a delicious lemony tahini dressing and making a delicious collard wrap. So this is a conglomeration of a lot of different things… it was also kind of hard to organize because I drew from so many different places. It might look painstaking and time consuming at first, but the different parts of this are very versatile and can be used for many different things!

IE, the tahini dressing can be used to taste here, on the herb salad and saved in the fridge for other things.

Recipe:

Ingredients:

4 Big Collard Leaves

4 slices organic turkey breast

1c Herbacious Tahini Cole Slaw

Directions:

  1. Use a knife to cut the thick unedible part of the collard stem… you should end up with a heart(ish) shaped leaf
  2. Place a slice of turkey breast onto the collard leaf and place ¼ cup herbacioud tahini cole slaw on top.
  3. Tuck the tails of the wrap in and roll the wrap. I like to leave the top open so I can add more dressing, but you can also close the top if you’d like!

Recipe for Tahini Dressing:

Ingredients:

1/4c Tahini

1/4c avocado oil or EVOO

1 tbsp braggs liquid aminos, coconut aminos or tamari

Juice from ½ lemon

1 tbsp minced garlic

½ tsp minced ginger

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender (like Vitamix)
  2. Slowly add warm water until the dressing is thick, but pourable… I usually vary from about 1/3-1/2 cup because I like a thick, spoonable dressing. If you like a thinner, runnier dressing add more. It’s completely to taste.

Recipe for Slaw:

Ingredients:

1/2c fresh cilantro

1/2c fresh Italian parsley

1 small bag broccoli slaw, or just regular cole slaw

2c arugula*

1 avocado, cubed

*to me, the arugula has a really peppery taste. Sometimes I’m into it, sometimes I’m not. To me, this ingredient is optional. If I don’t use arugula, I usually compensate by adding more herbs or cole slaw.

Directions:

  1. Finely chop cilantro and parsley together, then add the slaw.
  2. Pour in desired amount of dressing and mix well
  3. Toss gently with the arugula, if using and top with avocado.

Curry Zoodle Soup

BOWLS of this soup were pretty much necessary for me to get through the countless snow days we’ve had. It’s almost as if I could just sit there and sip on this for lunch and have all the chaos and noise disappear for a second and forget about the Mountain of snow and ice chunks I had yet to shovel at the end of my driveway. And it gave me that nice, warm, full feeling I needed to give me the stamina to shovel and dodge snowballs at the same time. All.day.long.

I should really call this “Forget your Troubles Soup…”

Go ahead. Give it a whirl. You will need…

Ingredients:

2 zucchini’s

1c bone broth

1 tbsp Fish sauce

1tbsp thai red curry paste

1tsp lemongrass paste

1tsp ginger paste

3/4c coconut milk

1 tsp turmeric

*opt siracha to taste

Directions:

1. Spiraling/noodle-ify the zucchini’s

2. Heat a large pan over medium high heat.

3. Add bone broth, fish sauce, curry paste, lemongrass, ginger and coconut milk and stir until all ingredients are combined. Reduce heat.

4. Add zucchini noodles and turmeric and cook for 3-5 minutes, depending on how you like your zucchini’s (cooked or al dente)

5. Pour into a bowl and enjoy! Or if you’re me, add a hard boiled egg and touch of siracha and enjoy!

Chicken Broccoli Slaw Terikyaki

I love chicken teriyaki and I love that crunch you sometimes get in chinese food when they add those crunchy noodle things on top and you mix it all into your food. I do not, however, love the gratuitous grease and starch that goes along with those tiny little extras. So I revised and came up with this. The broccoli slaw adds GREAT crunch and flavor without adding fried, crispy, starchy bits. What’s even better is that it soaks up that great teriyaki flavor as well.

Ingredients
3 chicken breasts (I use organic purdue, zero added hormones.  A bit pricey, but it goes on sale a lot and I stock up)
half bag of broccoli slaw, about 2 cups if you are making your own
1/4 green bell pepper
1/4 spanish onion

Teriyaki sauce:
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup Mirin (sweet rice wine), if you don’t have this, just use white wine
3 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp white vinegar
2 tsp freshly grated ginger root
2 cloves garlic finely chopped or 2 tbsp minced garlic

Place all teriyaki sauce ingredients in a shallow saucepan. Bring to a boil and let simmer for a few minutes, so that the sauce has all of those flavors infused.

Meanwhile, cut chicken into bite size chunks/strips and put in a large bowl. Julienne or cut green bell pepper into strips. Cut onion into bite size pieces. Add these ingredients into a bowl with the broccoli slaw. Mix to incorporate all ingredients. Pour teriyaki over mixture and let sit for 30 minutes.

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a wok, skillet or nonstick pan. Add contents of entire bowl and “stir fry” until all of the chicken is cooked. I would add a bit more of the raw broccoli slaw for added crunch, but you don’t have to. Serve right out of the pan with rice.

I should have addd the raw slaw on top for color, but I forgot!