Sweet & Spicy Roasted Cauliflower




1 small head cauliflower, cut into florets
1/4 cup olive oil
3 T. maple syrup
2 T. sriracha
1 T. soy sauce
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. onion powder


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together olive oil, maple syrup, sriracha, soy sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder in a large bowl until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add cauliflower florets and carefully toss in maple syrup mixture until coated.
  4. Transfer florets to lined baking sheet and spread them out into an even layer.
  5. Place baking sheet in oven and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until cauliflower is fork tender.
  6. Remove from oven and serve hot.

~ 12Tomatoes.com ~


Shrimp with Blood Orange and Fennel Salad




1½ pounds large shrimp, with shells
3 blood oranges (enough to make 3 cups orange sections)
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 scant tablespoon sliced garlic
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce, such as Tabasco
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced lengthwise (1½ cups)
1¼ cups thinly sliced celery
1½ cups leaves from celery hearts
2 tablespoons whole fresh Italian parsley leaves
2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar or other fruit vinegar


  1. Cut the shrimp in half lengthwise, keeping the shell and tail intact.
  2. Using a sharp knife, cut off both the top and bottom of the blood oranges. Remove the skin and the pith (the white part) from the outside of each orange. Carefully cut in between the segments to remove the flesh of the orange without any membranes. Work over a bowl to collect the juices. Place all of the segments in a strainer set over the bowl to collect the juices.
  3. In a large bowl combine the shrimp, rosemary, garlic, hot pepper sauce, 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss well, cover with plastic, and let stand for 1 hour on the counter or up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.
  4. Put the fennel, celery, celery leaves, and parsley in another large bowl. Cover with 4 cups of ice water, stir in 1 tablespoon salt, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes but no longer than 24 hours. This will keep the fennel and celery crisp and prevent them from turning brown.
  5. To make the blood orange vinaigrette: Combine the collected blood orange juice, about 3 tablespoons, with the raspberry vinegar. Whisking constantly, slowly add 3 tablespoons of the remaining olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  6. Preheat the broiler or grill to its highest setting.
  7. When ready to assemble the salad, remove the fennel, celery, celery leaves, and parsley from the ice water and pat dry. Remove the shrimp from the marinade and grill, shell side down, until cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. If broiling, place the shrimp shell upside down on a sizzle platter or baking sheet on a rack 5 inches from the heat. Move the pan every few minutes until the shrimp are ready, 5 to 10 minutes, depending how hot the broiler is.
  8. Toss the fennel mixture with the orange segments and the blood orange vinaigrette. Arrange the salad on individual plates, distribute the shrimp evenly on top, and serve.

~ Cookstr.com ~

Roasted-Garlic Asparagus


10ROASTED-GARLIC ASPARAGUS  (Yield: 4-6 Servings)


1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
8 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 tablespoons fresh finely chopped parsley
2 pounds thin asparagus, ends trimmed
Fleur de sel or coarse sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Line a large jelly-roll pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In a small pot, heat the oil, garlic, onion powder, and parsley on medium-low heat. Cook for 3 minutes, until the garlic mixture is fragrant but not browned.
  4. Spread the asparagus in a single layer on the prepared pan. Lightly sprinkle with coarse sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Drizzle on the garlic-oil mixture.
  5. Roast for 8-10 minutes, until the asparagus are bright green; do not overcook.
  6. Transfer to a platter and serve hot.


~ Epicurious.com ~

Guacamole Salad


9GUACAMOLE SALAD (Yield: 4-6 Servings)


1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 tsp. cumin
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 c. black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 c. corn
1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeno, minced
2 ripe avocados, cubed
2 tbsp. cilantro, chopped


  1. In a small bowl, make dressing: Whisk together olive oil, lime juice, and cumin. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Toss with dressing until well combined.

~ Delish.com ~

Classic Italian Pasta Salad


5Classic Italian Pasta Salad (Yield: 14-16 Servings)


1 (16 ounce) package fusilli or rotini pasta
3 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
½ pound provolone cheese, cubed
½ pound sliced pepperoni, cut in half
1 large green bell pepper, diced
1 (10 ounce) can black olives, drained
¼ teaspoon white sugar
1 (8 ounce) bottle good quality Italian salad dressing


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Add pasta, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente.
  3. Drain, and rinse with cold water. Pat the noodles dry with a clean dish or paper towels to get some of the water off.
  4. In a large bowl, combine pasta with tomatoes, cheese, pepperoni, green pepper, olives and sugar.
  5. Pour in salad dressing, and toss to coat.
  6. Let sit in the refrigerator for at least a couple of hours for flavors to come together before serving. If letting sit overnight, you may need some more Italian dressing added before serving because the pasta will soak it up. Enjoy!

~ WishesNDishes.com ~

30-Minute Portobello Mushroom Stir-Fry



Add more ginger for brightness, lime juice for acidity, tamari for saltiness, red pepper flake for heat, or maple syrup for sweetness.


Ingredients (Sauce/Marinade):

2 cloves garlic, minced (~1 T. or 6 g)
2 tsp minced ginger
3-4 T. (45-60 ml) maple syrup (or agave nectar or coconut sugar)
1/2 t. red pepper flake (more or less to taste)
3-4 T. tamari (or soy sauce if not gluten-free || more or less to taste)
1 T. (15 ml) sesame oil (toasted or untoasted)
3 T. (45 ml) lime juice
1 T. (15 ml) water

Ingredients (Stir-Fry):

2 portobello mushrooms (~20 g each)
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced (120 g)
1 cup chopped broccolini (91 g)
optional: 1 cup chopped green onion (100 g)91 g)

4 cups (632 g) cooked brown rice or cauliflower rice
1 tsp sesame seeds


  1. Cook rice (or cauliflower rice) if serving with stir-fry.
  2. Next, wipe portobello mushrooms clean with a slightly damp towel (do not immerse in water or they will get soggy) and slice into thin strips (see photo).
  3. Prepare marinade by adding all ingredients to a small mixing bowl and whisking to combine. Taste and adjust flavor as needed.
  4. Add portobello mushrooms to a large shallow dish, such as a 9×13-inch baking pan, and top with marinade. Gently stir/toss to combine. Set aside to marinate for 10-12 minutes while you prep your vegetables. Toss occasionally to evenly coat.
  5. Chop vegetables as set aside. Once portobellos marinated, heat a large skillet over medium heat and add a bit of sesame oil. Then add only as many portobellos will fit comfortably in the pan (see photo), and sauté for 2-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown and slightly seared. You may have to do this in two batches depending on the size of your pan.
  6. Set portobellos aside and loosely cover to keep warm. Then add red pepper and broccolini to the pan and increase heat to medium-high. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  7. Add the green onion (optional) and any remaining portobello marinade and toss to coat. Cook for 1 minute. Then remove from heat and serve immediately. Cooking the vegetables for a short time on very high heat will give them a nice sear and prevent them from getting soggy.
  8. Enjoy as is or with chili garlic sauce, sesame seeds, or a garnish of chopped green onion. Best when fresh, though leftovers keep in the refrigerator up to 2-3 days. Reheat in the microwave or the stovetop

~ MinimalistBaker.com ~

Apple-Blackberry Galette



Ingredients (Crust):

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
2 tablespoons sugar, plus more for sprinkling
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 large egg, plus 1 egg for brushing
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Ingredients (Filling):

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 Golden Delicious apples (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
2 cups blackberries (about 10 ounces)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons apple jelly


  1. Make the crust: Pulse the flour, sugar and salt in a food processor. Add the butter and pulse into pea-size pieces. Add 1 egg, the lemon juice and 2 tablespoons ice water and pulse until the dough clumps together but has not yet formed a ball, gradually adding up to 1 tablespoon more ice water as needed. Turn out the dough onto a piece of plastic wrap; press into a disk and wrap. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour or overnight.
  2. Make the filling: Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the apples, 2 tablespoons sugar and the ginger. Cook, stirring, until just softened, about 5 minutes. Let cool. Toss the blackberries with the remaining 1/3 cup sugar, the cornstarch, vanilla and lemon zest in a large bowl. Add the cooled apples and gently toss to combine.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out the dough into a 12-inch round on a lightly floured surface. Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet and refrigerate 10 minutes.
  4. Spoon the fruit mixture onto the dough, leaving a 2-inch border. Fold the edge of the dough over the fruit by about 2 inches, pleating as needed.
  5. Lightly beat the remaining egg with 1 teaspoon water. Brush the dough with the egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Bake until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling, about 40 minutes. Microwave the jelly in a small heatproof bowl until melted, about 45 seconds. Brush over the fruit. Let cool on the baking sheet.

~ FoodNetwork.com ~