Saturday, 13 April 2019 17:03

Cauliflower with Parsley Pesto

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This is the time of a year when I am desperately looking to put a little more nutrition into my family meals. After a long Christmas season of the most delicious sugary treats, our taste became accustomed to almost everything unnaturally sweet. It is time to introduce nutritious wholesome food to wake up our body from this sugar coma! The question is how and what is there to cook? I start my search in our local library, in the cookbook isle. I found this great book: Secrets of the Best Chefs. I learned that using the very best quality ingredients is always the best start to create the most delicious meals. But mostly, the chefs around the world challenge you to be creative with your food. I also learn some crazy foods that I never knew they existed. I truly start to marvel what an amazing God we have that created so much different nutritious food for us to enjoy! I believe that God created everything good and healthy. We have to be careful not to process our food to a degree so that it loses its shape and form. I believe God created everything so good that if we raise it the way it should grow, it will heal and nourish our body. 

Now I know in this recipe we are talking about cauliflower. Who likes that veggie anyway? It’s usually left out on the party tray - not even ranch dressing would make it taste better. So I faced the challenge. I tried to create this recipe in hope this vegetable will become one of your favorite. Beside other health benefits, cauliflower has tons of vitamin C and B, magnesium, potassium and a lot of protein. It's basically a superfood. And trust me, it is good! Praise God! I am using very simple ingredients- fresh from the garden. You might want to double the recipe :)

1 head of cauliflower 

Parsley Pesto: 

• 1/3 cup roasted almonds
• 1/4 cup of roasted sunflower seeds
• 4 cups of fresh parsley leaves
• 1/2 cup chopped chives
• ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil (or avocado oil)
• ½ cup Parmesan (or Feta) cheese
• pinch of turmeric spice
• pinch of paprika
• salt and pepper
• lemon juice squeezed from 1 lemon
• chili peppers or garlic (optional)

Cut or pull apart little pieces of cauliflower, rinse well. Steam cauliflower just little bit until you can pierce it with your fork- about 10 minutes depending how big your pieces are.

Mix the rest of your ingredients in a blender or food processor. Pour it over the cauliflower, and mix and toss well. Bake 20 minutes on 400F.  Enjoy!

 

Maria Dittus FFAMaria is a downtown girl from Slovakia who by God's grace ended up studying and graduating from Ave Maria University where she fell in love with the Home of the Mother and her husband Rich.

Together they have 4 awesome kids and a little farm in their back yard in sunny Florida. Maria enjoys creativity that comes from homeschooling her children, simplicity in trusting God's perfect plan and solitude that doesn't yet exist in her household.