Crispy Kung Pao Cauliflower

For the Baked Crispy Cauliflower
5 tbsp corn starch or other starch
6 tbsp bread crumbs use gluten-free crumbs to make gf
5 tbsp or more water
1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) cayenne use a 1/3 tsp for less heat
2 tsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp (0.25 tsp) salt
1/4 tsp (0.25 tsp) roasted sesame oil
1 tsp oil
1 medium head of cauliflower chopped into florets

For the Kung Pao sauce:
1 tsp oil
8 to 10 (8 to 10 ) dried red chilies chinese red chilies, or arbol or cayenne, or use california red for less heat
1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) coarsely crushed sichuan peppercorns or use a mix of coarsely crushed black pepper and red pepper flakes
2 to 3 tbsp chopped cashews or peanuts
4 to 5 cloves of garlic minced
1 inch ginger minced
2 tbsp scallions chopped

Sauce mix
2.5 tbsp low sodium soy sauce/tamari use certified gluten-free sauce to make gf
1.5 to 2 tbsp (1.5 to 1 tbsp) rice vinegar
1 tsp chinese rice wine optional
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup (63 ml) + 2 tbsp water use 1/2 cup for more sauce
1 tsp cornstarch

Chop up the cauliflower and keep aside. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F / 220ºc. Mix the cornstarch breadcrumbs, and the rest of the ingredients to make a batter. Let the batter sit for 10 seconds to thicken if it isn’t thick. The cornstarch continues to thicken the batter, so as soon as it is a good not too watery consistency, start dipping the cauliflower in the batter, tap to drop excess and place on parchment lined baking sheet. If the batter thickens too much while working, add a tsp or more water and mix in and continue.

Bake for 30 minutes or longer until the florets are cooked through. Check with a toothpick/knife
Meanwhile make the sauce. Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the red chilies and peppercorns and cook until the red chilies are fragrant, but not overly brown, or someone starts sneezing. (For more heat, break some of the chilies into half and add to the skillet.)

Add the nuts and mix for a few seconds. Add the ginger, garlic, reduce heat to medium low and continue to cook until the garlic is golden. 4 to 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.

Add in the scallions, and 2 to 3 tbsp finely chopped green peppers or other veggies if using and mix in. Increase heat to medium. Cook for a minute.

Mix the sauce ingredients in a bowl and add to the skillet. Continue to cook until the sauce comes to a boil and thickens slightly. 2 mins. Carefully taste and adjust salt, sweet and spice. If the sauce is not hot enough, break a few of the chilies open or add in red pepper flakes to taste and mix in.
Arrange the baked cauliflower in a shallow bowl in one layer. When ready to serve, Drizzle the sauce over each floret. Serve.

To store, store the baked cauliflower and sauce separately. Heat the sauce, pour over the florets. To serve with rice/cooked grains, double the sauce mix and bring to a boil to thicken, toss in the cauliflower and serve immediately over rice.

Golden Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower

1 medium head of cauliflower, chopped into small florets
3 tsp oil
1 tsp lemon juice or lime juice
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp garam masala or use curry powder of choice
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp cayenne or use 1 tsp sweet paprika + pinches of cayenne to taste
a good dash of black pepper
pinches of cinnamon and clove powder, optional
1.5 to 2 tbsp panko breadcrumbs
raita, chutney or lemon to serve

Slice the cauliflower into florets and add to a large bowl. Drizzle oil and lemon juice. Mix and rub the oil and lemon juice into the florets.

Mix the spices and breadcrumbs in a bowl. Sprinkle all over the cauliflower and toss well to coat.
Spread on parchment lined baking sheet or large dish and spray oil on the florets.

Bake at 425 degrees F (220 deg C) for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 400 degrees F. Turn the sheet around or move the cauliflower around a bit and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes.

Serve with raita.

Nashville Cauliflower Wings

1 medium head of cauliflower chopped into florets

Batter:
1/3 cup (78.67 ml) almond or soy milk
1 tsp hot sauce
1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) garlic powder
1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) onion powder
1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) salt
1/4 cup (31.25 g) flour (all purpose, or use rice flour for gluten-free)
3 tbsp starch (I use cornstarch, arrowroot or potato starch works too)
1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) baking powder
1 tsp oil

Nashville style hot chicken sauce:
1 tbsp oil or melted butter
1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) cayenne , use 1/4 tsp for less heat
1 tsp black pepper , use 1//2 tsp for less heat
1 tsp sugar or maple syrup
1 tsp sweet paprika , use more if omitting cayenne
2 tbsp hot sauce
1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) garlic powder
1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) poultry seasoning ( or use sage + onion powder)
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp water

Chop the cauliflower and set aside. Line a baking dish with parchment. Preheat the oven to 425 deg F ( 220 C).

Make the batter by whisking all the ingredients under batter. The batter will start to thicken after half a minute, so work quickly.

Add cauliflower florets and toss well to coat. It will take a minute for the thick batter to coat the florets well. Some uncoated cauliflower edges are ok. Drop on parchment lined baking dish. Spray oil on top. (You can also sprinkle 2-3 tbsp breadcrumbs on the florets in the dish for extra crispyness).
Bake at 425 deg F for 25 mins (35 mins if serving the bites with hot sauce on the side) . In the meantime, make the nashville hot sauce mixture in large bowl. You can double this sauce easily for larger cauliflower.

Remove the dish from the oven and cool for 5 mins. Add the baked cauliflower to the sauce bowl and gently toss to coat.

Drop back into the baking dish and bake for 15 mins or longer at 400 deg F. Serve with cooling dips such as vegan ranch and some pickles.

Notes

Cajun Roasted Cauliflower with Chimichurri

Cajun Cauliflower:
1 small head of cauliflower, sliced into 1/2 inch thick slices or chopped into medium size florets
2 tbsp cajun spice blend (2 tsp sweet paprika, 1/3 tsp cayenne, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp oregano, 1.5 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp thyme, 1/2 tsp onion powder, dash of pepper flakes
1/2 to 3/4 tsp salt (if using store bought cajun blend, it might already be salted, so you will need only 1/4 tsp)
2 tsp oil
1 tsp lemon juice

Chimichurri sauce:
1 cup (60 g) packed parsley or one bunch parsley leaves and tender stems, chopped
1/4 cup (0.25 g) basil packed or use cilantro
6 cloves (6 cloves ) of raw garlic more the merrier
2 tbsp (2 tbsp ) extra virgin olive oil
juice of 1 lime
1 tsp (1 tsp ) vinegar apple cider or balsamic or red wine vinegar
1/4 tsp (0.25 tsp ) salt
1/4 tsp (0.25 tsp ) black pepper
2 tbsp (2 tbsp ) or more avocado for creamyness optional

Slice the cauliflower or chop into florets. Blend the chimichurri sauce with a few tbsp of water and set aside. Line a baking dish with parchment. Preheat the oven to 425 deg F ( 220 C )
Rub oil and lemon juice all over the slices or florets.

Sprinkle the cajun spice + salt on both sides of the slices and rub lightly. Then sprinkle more on the open side. (If using florets, sprinkle spice + salt, then toss well to coat). For Crispyness, mix 2 tbsp breadcrumbs in the spice mix and salt and then sprinkle all over.

Spray oil lightly on the spiced cauliflower to seal the spices in, Bake at 425 deg F for 20 to 25 mins. Broil for a minute to sear if needed.

Cauliflower tends to soften depending on the moisture content after cooking. So serve immediately. Sprinkle some more spice if needed. Cajun can be hot, so add another cooling dressing of choice if needed.

Serve with a side salad of cherry tomatoes/tomatoes, onion, chickpeas/beans, salt, pepper and chimichurri/lemon with these.

Sticky Sesame Cauliflower

Sesame Soy Sauce:
2 tsp. sesame oil
2 tsp fresh grated ginger
2 cloves of garlic , minced
1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce
1/3 cup maple syrup
1.5 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp sriracha
2 tsp cornstarch or 1.5 tsp tapioca starch
1/4 cup (59.15 ml) cold water

Cauliflower:
1/2 cup rice flour
3 tbsp tapioca or corn starch.
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash of black pepper and cayenne
1/2 cup (118.29 ml) water
2 tsp sesame oil
1 (265 g) small head of cauliflower, chopped into equal size florets

Garnish: sesame seeds and scallions

Sticky Sesame Sauce: Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add sesame oil, garlic and ginger. Cook the garlic ginger for a minute. Add the soy sauce, rice vinegar, maple and bring to boil. Mix cornstarch in the water and add this cornstarch slurry and bring to a boil to thicken, Take off heat.

Cauliflower: Preheat the oven to 425 deg F ( 220 C). Line a baking sheet or dish with parchment. In a large bowl add the dry ingredients for the batter and whisk well. Add the wet ingredients and min until smooth.

Add the cauliflower and mix to coat. This batter keeps thickening as it sits, so mix and toss quickly.

Transfer to the the lined baking sheet. and bake for 30 mins. Make the sticky sauce in the meanwhile if you havent yet.

Once baked, you can do one of the following:

1. Brush the sauce over the cauliflower florets and bake for additional 10 to 15 mins (time depends on how crisp and sticky you want the sauce)

2. Wait for a few mins then transfer the florets to the sauce. Mix gently to coat. Serve immediately or transfer to the baking sheet to bake for 10 to 15 mins.

Sprinkle black and white sesame seeds and chopped scallions and serve as is, or over rice or in lettuce wraps.

Note: you can substitute tofu for some of the cauliflower.

Sheet Pan Patatas Bravas with Chorizo and Kale

1 (28-ounce) bag small, multicolored potatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 (12-ounce) package chorizo links, or 4 sausages of any kind
2 bunches lacinato kale, washed
1/3 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sriracha, plus more to taste
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Preheat oven to 425°F. Cut potatoes into quarters, place in a large bowl; toss in olive oil, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and pepper. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Cut sausages into ½-inch rounds, and place rounds on baking sheet. Transfer to oven and roast for 15-20 minutes until sausages are golden brown. Remove sausage, set aside, and use a spatula to flip potatoes. Return to oven and continue roasting until potatoes are crispy and golden, about 15 more minutes.

While the potatoes roast, prepare the kale: Remove the thick, center rib from kale leaves, and cut the leaves into ¼-inch strips. The easiest way to do this is to stack your de-ribbed kale leaves, then roll the stacked leaves and slice, creating ribbons. Set kale aside.

Prepare your sauce: In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise and sriracha, and taste. Add more sriracha to your own spice preference and thin with a little water, if necessary, to make it easier to drizzle.

When potatoes are done, remove them from the oven, then transfer potatoes to a bowl. Place the kale on the baking sheet and use a pair of tongs to coat the kale ribbons in the oil leftover on the pan from the sausages and potatoes. Once coated, add remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and the apple cider vinegar and continue mixing, using hands to squeeze and massage kale, until fully coated. Spread into an even layer, top with potatoes and sausage pieces, then drizzle with the mayonnaise mixture. Serve.

Quick Pickled Zucchini and Summer Squash

1 lb patty pan, crookneck or zucchini squash-or enough to fill four small 4 oz jars- (pick squash no bigger in diameter than the width of the jars you will be using).
1 small onion or shallot, sliced thin
1 tablespoon salt
1 garlic clove, sliced – per jar
1 T fresh dill -per jar
1 tsp mustard seeds– per jar
1/2 tsp whole peppercorns– per jar
1 small red chile, sliced thin

Pickling Liquid

1/2 cup white vinegar
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup rice vinegar (or sub more white vinegar)
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt

Using a mandolin, carefully slice the summer squash. If using a knife, make sure to cut pieces as evenly as possible, to the same thickness. Thicker slices will result in a crunchier pickle. Paper-thin will be softer.

Slice the small onion, or shallot. Toss both onion and squash in a bowl with a tablespoon of salt and let drain in a colander or strainer over a bowl for 2 hours or overnight. Pat dry.

Make the pickling solution: In a small pot, bring white wine vinegar, water, rice wine vinegar, sugar, and salt to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves, let cool slightly.

In each 4 oz jar, add about a tablespoon of fresh dill, a teaspoon of mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp peppercorns, a few slices of chile pepper and sliced garlic cloves. You could also try experimenting with other seeds like whole coriander, cumin, or fennel seed. Then layer the squash and onion in jars, and top off with the pickling liquid.

Press down on the squash. Seal, and let cool in the fridge.

notes

These will keep for up to 2-3 weeks.

Roasted Cauliflower Gratin

2 medium cauliflower heads (about 10 cups, 20 ounces florets)
2 tablespoons olive oil for drizzling
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
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2 Tablespoon olive oil or butter
1 onion, diced or sub 2 fat shallots)
6–8 garlic cloves, rough chopped
2 tablespoons fresh chopped sage (or 2 teaspoons dry sage, or sub rosemary or thyme)

Bechamel Sauce:

2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour (or gf flour)
2 cups milk, hot
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (fresh grated is nice)
1/4 cup grated gruyere cheese- (or mozzarella -plus 3 Tablespoons for the top)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan or pecorino

Optional Additions:

1/4 cup crispy bacon bits, or crispy pancetta
1/4 cup vegan “bacon bits”
bread crumb topping (see notes)

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Roast the Cauliflower: Cut cauliflower into bite size pieces, toss with olive oil (just enough to lightly coat) salt and pepper and place on one (or two) parchment-lined sheet pans ( in a single layer) and bake until tender and golden, about 20-25 minutes.

Saute the onions: In an extra large skillet saute the onion over med- high heat in olive oil until tender and fragrant, stirring often, about 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and sage and lower heat to medium and sauté 3-4 minutes, until fragrant, season with salt and pepper. Take your time here and make sure onion and garlic are golden and tender. Set aside.

Make the Bechamel Sauce: In a small pot, melt butter over medium heat. Stir until butter just begins to become golden and becomes nutty and fragrant. Add flour. Stir and cook flour for at least 1 minute. Whisk in 1/2 C hot milk making sure to whisk all the flour from the corners and sides of the pot. Add another 1/2 C milk, whisking well. Add the final cup of milk, nutmeg, salt and pepper and whisk constantly until mixture thickens and just comes to a simmer. Turn heat to low and whisk in cheese and set aside.

Assemble: Use a greased, oven-proof 10 inch cast iron skillet, 8×11 inch baking dish or greased individual ramekins. Toss the roasted cauliflower with the Bechamel sauce and onions/garlic/ sage mixture. Taste for salt and pepper, adjusting to your liking.

Top with optional bread crumbs (see notes), optional crispy bacon or pancetta (or vegan bacon bits) a few sage leaves or a little more cheese. You could refrigerate this overnight at this point if making ahead (perhaps not in the cast iron). If refrigerating, be sure to bring to room temp before baking.

Lower heat to 375 F and bake uncovered in the oven, until golden and bubbly, about 20-25 minutes.

Roasted Cauliflower with Gremolata

1 large cauliflower-Sliced into ¾ inch slices
1 bunch Italian parsley- finely chopped- 1 Cup (or use part mint or cilantro)
2–3 garlic cloves- finely minced
1/3 C olive oil
Zest of one large lemon (1 ½ Tablespoon) finely chopped
1/8 C fresh lemon juice (half a lemon)
3/4 tsp salt
pepper to taste

Pre-heat oven to 425F.

Remove cauliflower leaves and trim sides of the stem, leaving the length. Slice Cauliflower into ½ inch to 3/4 inch thick slices. ( See photo). Arrange on a parchment lined baking sheet and brush both sides with olive oil and sprinkle generously with kosher salt and a little pepper. Roast in the oven, uncovered until golden and tender, about 30 minutes (check at 25 minutes). The thicker the slices the longer you will have to roast.

While cauliflower steaks are roasting, make the gremolata.

Chop Italian parsley ( some stems are ok) finely, to make roughly one cup, and place in a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine.

When Cauliflower is tender, arrange on a platter, and drizzle gremolata over top.

Israeli Salad

2 extra large tomatoes, finely diced
1 English cucumber, finely diced
1 cup red onion, finely chopped (1/2 of a medium red onion)
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
1 yellow bell pepper, finely diced
1 cup fresh herbs (Italian parsley, mint or cilantro, or a mix of all three)
zest of one lemon
Lemon juice (start with ½ a lemon, add more to taste)
4 Tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

Chop the first 6 ingredients into a very small fine dice. The smaller, the better. Take your time with this and a sharp knife really makes this easier!

Place in a large bowl and toss with the lemon zest, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper.

Taste and adjust lemon and salt to your liking.

Sheet Pan Warm Winter Salad

1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
2–3 large carrots (or parsnips), peeled and cut into 1 inch thick pieces
1 fennel bulb, cored and cut in 1/3 inch thick wedges
1 red onion, sliced ito 1/2 inch wedges
14-ounce can chickpeas ( rinsed, drained and patted dry) about 1 1 /2 cups cooked chickpeas
2–3 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, finely minced or use 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
2 teaspoons coriander
2 teaspoons sumac (optional, but tasty)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
zest from one lemon
Couple handfuls baby spinach
Everyday Tahini Sauce (thin out with a little water, to make it more like a dressing)
3–4 tablespoons Dukkah (or a 2 tablespoons Zaatar)
3–4 tablespoons fresh dill
squeeze of lemon juice
Aleppo chili flakes ( or reguluar)

Preheat oven to 425F.

Place the cauliflower florets, carrots, fennel, onion and chickpeas in a EXTRA large bowl. Toss with the olive oil, minced garlic, coriander, salt, pepper and lemon zest. Toss well.

Place in a single layer on one or two, parchement lined sheet pans. Bake for 15 minutes, then toss veggies and rotate pans, bake 10-15 minutes more until cauliflower is tender, and edges crispy.
Make the Everyday Tahini Sauce and the Dukkah.

If serving on the sheet pan, move all the veggies onto one pan. Spread around evenly. Top with the baby spinach, drizzle the tahini sauce over top (diagonally is nice) and sprinkle with the Dukkah. Squeeze with a little lemon.

Garnish with the fresh dill and Chili flakes.

Enjoy!

Spring Sheet Pan Tarragon Chicken with Leeks and Asparagus (with Tofu Variation)

Marinade:
4 cloves garlic cloves
zest of one small lemon
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh chopped oregano ( or 1 teaspoon dried) or sub thyme.
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
generous pinch cayenne, chili flakes, or aleppo pepper
1 lb boneless chicken breast or thighs ( or 3 large portobellos) leave whole
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Cucumber Yogurt Sauce:
3/4 cup plain yogurt
1 garlic clove- minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt, more to taste
1 cup finely diced cucumber
2–3 tablespoon fresh dill, parsley or mint, or a combination
pepper or chili flakes to taste
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Cauliflower Rice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large shallot ( or ½ cup finely diced onion )
2 cloves garlic, minced (or use 1 tsp granulated garlic)
3 cups cauliflower rice (cauliflower florets pulsed in food processor until like grains of rice)
salt, pepper, cayenne to taste
optional- lemon zest, fresh herbs
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Optional Bowl Additions:
1–2 cups diced cucumber
1–2 cups tomatoes- sliced in half or diced
1 avocado, sliced
fresh greens- arugula or fresh herbs

Grilled Veggies- red bell pepper, eggplant slices, zucchini or summer squash ( brush with olive oil and salt before grilling)
Toasty Pita

Place marinade ingredients in a medium bowl and stir.

Add Chicken or Portobellos (leave whole), toss to coat. Set aside at room temp.

Make Cucumber Yogurt sauce by stirring all ingredients together in a small bowl.

Pre heat grill to High heat. ( you can also sear or bake- see notes)

Prep any veggies for the bowl ( cut cucumber, tomatoes, avocado) and set aside.

Start the Cauliflower Rice:

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium- high heat.

Add shallot or onion and saute for two minutes. Turn heat to medium, add garlic and cook one more minute. Add cauliflower rice. Saute a couple minutes, stirring, then turn heat down to med-low.
At this point, put the chicken, portobellos and any veggies you like ( brushed with olive oil & salted) on the grill, cover, and turn heat down to medium, and cook 5 minutes or so.

Return to the cauliflower rice, stir for a few more minutes, adding seasonings. Be careful to not overcook this, you want to retain its great texture.

Check the grill and flip chicken when you see good grill marks, adjusting heat as necessary. I like to give a good sear first, then turn heat down to med low to finish cooking.

When cooked, slice chicken or portobellos and any other veggies you had grilling.

Assemble Bowls:
Place a mound of Cauliflower rice in the base of the bowl. Surround with veggies, chicken and a dollop of cucumber yogurt sauce. Sprinkle the veggies with fresh herbs, a little salt, olive oil and lemon if you like.

Notes: Feel free to bake chicken ( or porto’s) in a 400F oven until cooked through, or pan sear.

Sheet Pan Chicken Shawarma Bowl with Cauliflower (with Tofu Variation)

1– 1 1/2 pounds chicken ( breast or thigh) or tofu or a mix of both
1 onion
1 red pepper- optional
1 cauliflower – optional see notes

Quick Shawarma Marinade:

1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons coriander
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon granulated garlic ( or two cloves, finely minced)
2 tablespoons olive oil

Wrap Options:

4 x 10-12 inch wraps or pita bread
Cucumber, radish, or tomato, Everyday Kale Slaw or Isreali Salad or greens like arugula or spinach
Shawarma Bowl Options:

cooked grain ( rice, quinoa, barley) or roasted, “riced” cauliflower ( see notes)
roasted cauliflower or other roasted veggies
Serve both with Everyday Tahini Sauce, Zhoug, or Zhoug Yogurt, Baba ganoush and optional Isreali Salad.

Tandoori Bowl with Sheet Pan Roasted Cauliflower (with Chicken Variation)

1/2 head cauliflower, cut into florets ( or feel free to cook the whole thing and use leftovers for lunch)
1 can chickpeas, drained, rinsed, patted dry
1–2 boneless, skinless, chicken breast (optional)
1/2 red onion, sliced into ½ inch thick rings or wedges
2–3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 – 2 tablespoons Tandoori spice ( see below)

Serve with cooked rice or grain ( both optional) and optional Green Harissa Sauce, fresh Italian parsley leaves ( or cilantro). Slivered almonds, pomegranate seeds, would be nice too.

Homemade Tandoori Spice ( mix in a bowl, use 1-2 tablespoons, save the rest in an airtight jar)

2 tablespoons sweet paprika
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper ( optional)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

GREEN HARISSA SAUCE

Pre heat oven to 425F. If serving with rice, set it to boil on the stove. Add a cinnamon stick for added aroma.

Cut cauliflower and onion and place them along with chickpeas, on a parchment lined sheet-pan, along with the chicken breast if using.

Drizzle all with olive oil. Sprinkle everything generously with salt and pepper and generously with the tandoori spice. Give things a little toss. Drizzle a little more oil on the chicken breast to coat, rubbing it in a bit ( to prevent it from getting dry.) Place in the oven for 20 minutes. Check, toss, cook 5 more minutes if you need to. See notes.

Serve over rice or grain (or go grain- free) with optional Green harissa yogurt.

To make Green Harissa Sauce, see recipe.

notes

Small chicken breasts will cook in about 20 minutes at 425F. If they are big, they will take longer. Thighs will take longer still, especially bone-in, skin on. …and you may want to cook them in a separate baking dish, so you can pull the veggies out sooner.

To make this more festive looking add pomegranate seeds! If you like a bit of sweetness, try adding dried golden raisins or dried chopped apricots to the rice. Slivered almonds are nice too as a garnish.

Oaxacan Bowl with Sheet Pan Roasted Peppers and Sweet Potatoes

Spice Rub

2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon ground chipotle ( or swap out a mix of smoked paprika and chili powder)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Sheet Pan ingredients

1/2 a red onion, cut in ½ inch wedges
1 medium yam or sweet potato- diced into ¾ inch cubes ( leave skin on)
8 baby bell peppers, cut in half (or 1 regular red or yellow bell pepper, cut into strips )
½ cup pecans
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1 15-16 ounce can Seasoned Black Beans ( Cuban style or Mexican style) or use regular black beans ( see notes)
Garnish: Avocado, cilantro, scallions, Cabbage Slaw, Mexican Secret Sauce or Vegan Avocado Sauce

Quick Cabbage Slaw

1/2 of a a red cabbage, shredded
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup chopped cilantro or scallions or both
1 teaspoon coriander
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon lime juice
instructions
Preheat oven to 400F

Mix cumin, chipotle and salt together in a small bowl.

Place onion, sweet potato and peppers on a parchment lined sheet pan. Drizzle onion and potato with a little olive oil and sprinkle generously with spice mix, tossing to coat all sides well. Use about ½ or 2/3 of the spice.

Place in the oven for 20-30 minutes, tossing halfway through.

On another smaller parchment-lined pan, toss the pecans with 2 teaspoons maple syrup and 1 teaspoon of the spice mix. Place in the oven (on a lower rack) for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly browned. When you pull it out, give nuts a quick toss to loosen them up and “fluffen” them, so when they cool, they are easy to remove.

Heat the seasoned beans in a small pot on the stove ( see notes) and make the slaw. Finely chop or shred the cabbage and place in a medium bowl with the rest of the ingredients, toss. Taste, adjust lime and salt.

Slice the avocado.

When the veggies are fork tender, assemble the bowls. Divide the beans among 2-3 bowls. Divide all the veggies, placing them over the beans, and top with slaw and add the avocado.

Serve with the Chipotle Mayo ( vegan-adaptable) or Vegan Avocado sauce if you like, or sour cream and hot sauce– it’s fine without though too. ?

Sheet Pan Smoky Cauliflower with Chimichurri (for Bowls or Tacos)

Smoky Roasted Cauliflower:

one head cauliflower, cut into small florets
red bell pepper, cut in half
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons coriander
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle (optional)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Seasoned Black beans:

1 x 14-ounce can black beans ( serves 2-3, feel free to double) rinsed, drained
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
drizzle olive oil

2 cups cooked rice (optional, or sub quinoa or black rice)

Mexican Slaw (or sub shredded cabbage or radishes)

Chimichurri Sauce

Other toppings: sliced avocado, pickled red onions, cilantro, sprouts.

Heat oven to 425F.

If making rice or quinoa, cook it according to directions first.

Roast the Cauliflower: Toss Cauliflower with olive oil, salt and spices in a large bowl, and place in a single layer, on parchement-lined sheet pans (you may need two. Cut the bell pepper in half and place on the same sheet pan open side down. Roast 12 minutes, turn cauliflower over, rotating racks ( top rack will cook faster) and cook another 12-15 minutes, until nice and golden, and fork-tender.

Make the Chimichurri Sauce, optional Mexican slaw and optional pickled onions.

Season the blackbeans: Warm up the black beans in a small pot on the stove, adding water, spices, salt and oil.

Assemble Bowls: Layer rice and beans, top with roasted cauliflower. Drizzle with a little chimichurri sauce and garnish with the slaw, avocado, pickled onions, sprouts and cilantro.
notes

Repurpose these into tacos. Fold the warm cauliflower into warm tortillas, add chimichurri sauce, Mexican Slaw, avocado, seasoned black beans if you like, and your favorite hot sauce! Yum!!!

These also taste great as a wrap or burrito.

Pasta with Corn and Coconut Milk

1 pound orecchiette (or your favorite pasta)
2 tablespoons coconut oil (unrefined)
2 large shallots, finely chopped (about 3/4 to 1 cup in total)
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon Aleppo pepper (or substitute cayenne or red chile flakes, to taste)
4 cups coarsely chopped greens, such as kale, Swiss chard, or mature spinach, stems and tough ribs removed (see author note for substituting baby greens)
2 cups to 2 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (cut from about 3 ears of corn)
1/2 teaspoon curry powder (optional)
1 14-ounce can full-fat coconut milk
Finely grated zest + juice from 1 lime

Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook until al dente according to package directions.

In a large skillet, heat coconut oil over medium heat. Add shallots, garlic, thyme, Aleppo, and a big pinch of salt. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes, or until starting to soften.

Add the greens to the skillet, tossing to coat in the oil. Saute for about 2 to 3 minutes, or until nearly tender. Add the corn, a big pinch or two of salt, and the curry powder (if using) and saute for another 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the coconut milk and lime zest, and bring to a simmer. Maintain a gentle simmer for a few minutes, during which time the coconut milk should start to nicely thicken from the starches in the corn. (If the pasta isn’t ready, remove the skillet from the heat.)

Drain the pasta, and toss it with the creamed corn and greens. Add lime juice, starting with 1 teaspoon and adding more to taste. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

Divide among plates. Serve warm.

Potato, Corn, and Scallion Tikki

For the tikkis:
3 russet potatoes (about 600 grams / 1 pound, 5 ounces), peeled and diced
200 grams (7 ounces) cooked corn, either stripped from 2 to 3 steamed fresh ears or drained from one can
6 scallions, chopped finely
1 green chile (such as jalapeño or serrano), finely minced
2 tablespoons corn starch
1 teaspoon chaat masala
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 splash neutral oil, like sunflower, vegetable, or canola

For the chutney:
100 grams (3 1/2 ounces) fresh cilantro, leaves and stems
100 grams (3 1/2 oz) fresh mint, leaves only
2 green chiles (such as jalapeño or serrano), stemmed and halved
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 1 lime)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
3 tablespoons water, plus more as needed

For the tikkis:
Boil the potatoes in a pan of salted water until soft. Drain well, then mash thoroughly in a bowl. Leave ?to cool.

Add all the remaining ingredients, except the oil, to ?the cooled mash and use your hands to mix well.

Take lime-sized portions of the mixture and shape them into flat oval patties. Repeat until all the mixture has been used.

Heat a tablespoon of oil in a frying pan or flat griddle over a medium heat. Once hot, add the tikkis (working ?in batches as necessary) and fry for a couple of minutes on each side until golden. Serve warm ?or at room temperature.

These will keep in the fridge for 3–4 days. Reheat in ?a pan or hot oven before serving.

For the chutney:
Put all the ingredients into a blender, grind to a smooth paste, and serve.

This will keep in the fridge in a sealed jar for 3–4 days.

Cauliflower Shawarma with Pomegranate and Pine Nuts

1?4 cup plus 1 1/2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
3 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1 1?2 tbsp. minced cilantro
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
1 tbsp. ground sumac
1 1?2 tsp. ground cumin
1?2 tsp. ground allspice
1?8 tsp. ground cardamom
1?8 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1?2 tsp. kosher salt, plus more
1 whole head of cauliflower, stem trimmed, leaves left intact
1?3 cup tahini
2 tbsp. pomegranate seeds
1 1?2 tbsp. finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 1?2 tbsp. pine nuts, toasted
1 tbsp. pomegranate molasses
1 tsp. dried rose petals, lightly crushed

Light a grill. In a small bowl, stir 1 1?2 tablespoons lemon juice with the butter, cilantro, cinnamon, sumac, cumin, allspice, nutmeg, cardamom, and half the garlic.

In a large pan of boiling salted water, cook the cauliflower until the stem can be just pierced with a knife, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain the cauliflower and transfer to a cutting board. Rub the cauliflower all over with the spiced butter and transfer to the grill. Cook, turning as needed, until charred and blackened all over, about 10 minutes, and transfer to a serving platter.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the remaining 1?4 cup lemon juice and garlic with the 1 1?2 teaspoons salt, the tahini, and 3 tablespoons ice-cold water until smooth. Drizzle the tahini sauce over the cauliflower and sprinkle with the pomegranate seeds, parsley, and pine nuts. Drizzle with the pomegranate molasses and sprinkle with the rose petals before serving.

Whole-Roasted Broccoli With Herbed Yogurt, Dukkah & Chile

ROASTED BROCCOLI
2 broccoli heads
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt

HERBED YOGURT
1 cup whole-milk Greek yogurt
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup chopped fresh chives
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
1/2 lemon, juice of
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 garlic clove

SERVING
Extra-virgin olive oil
Dukkah (recipe below)
1 serrano pepper, very thinly sliced
1 lemon
Flaky sea salt

Dukkah:
1 cup raw hazelnuts or pistachios
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
3 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Heat the oven to 425°F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Gently lower in the broccoli and boil for 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate or sheet pan lined with paper towels and let the broccoli air-dry.

Once the broccoli has stopped steaming, place it on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil and generously sprinkle with the kosher salt. Roast until golden and lightly charred in some places, 20 to 30 minutes, depending on how hot your oven is.

Make the herbed yogurt: In a blender, combine the yogurt, parsley, chives, tarragon, lemon juice, kosher salt, and garlic. Blend until smooth.

To serve: Place the roasted broccoli on a serving platter and drizzle over the yogurt and some olive oil. Sprinkle with the dukkah and serrano, add a squeeze of lemon juice and pinch of sea salt, and serve warm.

Dukkah

Heat the oven to 350°F.

Spread the nuts on a baking sheet and toast until lightly golden, about 7 minutes. Let the nuts cool just enough to handle. Wrap the nuts in a clean towel and use the towel to slough off the skins. Set aside.

Heat a small dry skillet over medium-low heat. Add the cumin seeds and coriander seeds and toast briefly until fragrant and slightly golden, about 2 minutes. Set aside, separately from the nuts.
In the same pan, toast the sesame seeds until fragrant and slightly golden, 2 to 3 minutes.

In a blender, combine the cumin seeds, coriander seeds, and cardamom and blend briefly, until they just start to break down. Add the hazelnuts and blitz a few times more, making sure not to overblend. You want a chunky texture here, not nut butter.

Empty the mixture into a medium bowl and add the sesame seeds and salt. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 months.