Healthy Cauliflower Nachos Recipe

This healthy cauliflower nachos recipe features seasoned and roasted cauliflower that tastes so mind-blowingly good, you won't miss the chips.

Oh friends. Do I have a treat for you!

Not to toot my own horn, but I think this might be one of my finest recipe creations to date.

First, I have to confess how much I LOVE tortilla chips.

Years ago, my husband was stationed in Del Rio, TX. There isn’t much in Del Rio, but there is a Julio Chip’s Factory.

Oh. My. Word. If you’ve never had fresh chips right off the factory conveyor belt, then you have not lived. So yummy!

But in an effort to eat healthier, I rarely ever buy chips.

And now that I’ve had these healthy cauliflower nachos, I may never buy chips again. For real.

These are actually quite easy to make. I started with homemade taco seasoning. You don’t have to make your own, but this is exactly what I used.

HOMEMADE TACO SEASONING

2 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried onion powder
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

Mix all the spices in a small bowl.

This healthy cauliflower nachos recipe features seasoned and roasted cauliflower that tastes so mind-blowingly good, you won't miss the chips.

Next you slice your cauliflower into large chunks.

This healthy cauliflower nachos recipe features seasoned and roasted cauliflower that tastes so mind-blowingly good, you won't miss the chips.

Brush the chunks with a generous amount of olive oil.

This healthy cauliflower nachos recipe features seasoned and roasted cauliflower that tastes so mind-blowingly good, you won't miss the chips.

Then sprinkle the cauliflower with about half the seasoning. Roast the cauliflower at 425 for about 20 minutes – or until fork tender but still firm.

This healthy cauliflower nachos recipe features seasoned and roasted cauliflower that tastes so mind-blowingly good, you won't miss the chips.

You could eat the seasoned and roasted cauliflower not be sad. It’s flippin’ good.

However, I think you should load your nachos!

My goal was to turn these into main dish nachos. Something you can sit down with a plate full and walk away feeling satisfied.

I also wanted to keep this fitting for a paleo, whole 30 or sugar detox diet. Therefore, I left off any cheese. No cheese, but yes guacamole. I love guac more than cheese, so I don’t feel like I compromised in flavor one bit.

Healthy Cauliflower Nachos Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • taco seasoning
  • 1/2 lb ground beef or turkey or chicken
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion
  • guacamole
  • optional: pickled jalapenos

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Slice cauliflower into large pieces, remove core.
  3. Brush cauliflower with olive oil. Sprinkle with about 1 tablespoon taco seasoning.
  4. Roast cauliflower for 20 minutes or until easily pierced with a fork.
  5. While cauliflower roasts, brown ground meat and season with taco seasoning.
  6. Top roast cauliflower with meat. Sprinkle with tomatoes and red onion. Top with guacamole and jalapenos if using.
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Make these for dinner, or make them for a healthy treat to eat during the big game. Either way, I know you won’t feel deprived because they aren’t made with chips.

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Healthy Roasted Cabbage Recipe

Healthy Roasted Cabbage Recipe
A healthy roasted cabbage recipe. It's a simple recipe perfect for Paleo, Whole 30 or Vegetarian diets.

Here’s a fun fact about me: I love cabbage. Love, love, love.

It definitely makes the top 10 list of ALL foods for me. And that is a list that also includes brownies.

Roasted cabbage happens to be one of my favorite ways to make it.

Luckily, it is also one of the most simple.

Here’s the trick to my roasted cabbage: I sprinkle it with finely chopped radishes.

Everyone thinks the cabbage is topped with bacon. Because after roasting, it looks like bacon bits.

A healthy roasted cabbage recipe. It's a simple recipe perfect for Paleo, Whole 30 or Vegetarian diets.

See?

Of course, you could top the cabbage with chopped bacon if you want, but here’s why I don’t.

First (and best) reason: I don’t buy pork.

No great reason I don’t buy pork other than if I could have a pet teacup pig, I would. I’d rather be friends with a pig than eat one. (Conversely, I have no problems eating chicken and I want to own those too. It makes no sense, I know. This is where you might feel a little bit sorry for my husband who for 25 years has tried to figure out why I do what I do.)

Second reason to use radishes: It’s another veggie serving I can get my family to willingly eat. I try to serve as many fruits and vegetables throughout the day.

Radishes have a peppery flavor that is just plain good with the cabbage. It lends it that little something-something extra to the wedges. Not to mention, pretty, right? Maybe perfect for a holiday meal?

HEALTHY ROASTED CABBAGE RECIPE

Healthy Roasted Cabbage Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 head cabbage, sliced 1 inch thick
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped radishes
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Lay cabbage slices on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Use a basting brush and brush olive oil on cabbage slices. Top with chopped radishes and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Roast for 20-25 minutes or to desired doneness.
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Your hands on time in making this dish is maybe 10 minutes before you can just tuck it in the oven and let it do it’s thing. In my world, that makes it a perfect, easy weeknight side dish.

Cabbage is one of the healthiest foods, providing vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K. Plus it has very few calories. It’s a food everyone should be eating more of, so I hope you’ll try this recipe with your family.

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How to Cook Chickpeas in the Slow Cooker

How to Cook Chickpeas in the Slow Cooker

How to Cook Chickpeas in the Slow Cooker. You don't need to soak them beforehand!

Before we get to the recipe, I’m just wondering: Do you call them chickpeas or garbanzo beans?

Personally, I love the name garbanzo beans. Garbanzo is just one of those fun words to say. Like Bazinga. Or Gizmo.

But today I’m calling them chickpeas because when I went to buy a bag at the grocery store, that was what the bag said.

See?arrowhead-mills-organic-garbanzos-chickpeas

Canned beans are pretty inexpensive. So why would you go through the trouble of cooking dried chickpeas?

Because when you cook chickpeas in the slow cooker, you don’t have to soak them beforehand!

BAZINGA!

This makes them incredibly easy to make, and since you are using your slow cooker, it is practically no work at all.

Plus, you can freeze your cooked chickpeas. In fact, chickpeas can be frozen for up to a year. Yes, I said a year!

It’s so easy to cook chickpeas in the slow cooker, I’m almost embarrassed to call this a recipe.

How to Cook Chickpeas in the Slow Cooker:

1 16-ounce bag dried chickpeas
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Put the chickpeas in a slow cooker and cover with water by 2 inches. Add baking soda. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

SEE??? I told you it was hardly a recipe.

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Chickpeas are great additions to salads and soups, but Chili Flavored Crispy Roasted Chickpeas are my favorite way to eat them. They are like a healthier Doritos.

OR if you prefer sweet to salty, use your cooked chickpeas to make Dark Chocolate Chickpea Cookie Dough. It satisfies your sweet tooth with the added bonus of fiber to fill you up.

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Can You Toast Sweet Potatoes in a Toaster?

Can you really toast sweet potatoes in a toaster? I find out!

Can you really toast sweet potatoes in a toaster?

Have you seen the newest Internet rage? It’s sweet potato toast and it’s taking over Instagram.

I love the idea of sweet potato toast. I’m always looking for ways to get more vegetables into our day, so I thought I’d give it a go.

Can you really toast sweet potatoes in a toaster?

I started by slicing a sweet potato as thin as I could using a mandolin. Then I popped two slices into the toaster and used the highest setting per the advice of the world wide web.

This is how my toasted sweet potato turned out:

Can you really toast sweet potatoes in a toaster?

I had to stop the toast when I smelled burning.

I figured the sweet potato was sliced too thin. That’s when I decided I would hand cut the sweet potato a bit thicker and try again.

Can you really toast sweet potatoes in a toaster?

Again, I set the toaster to high to toast my sweet potato slices. I’ll remind you, this is what the recipe on the Internet says to do.

Can you really toast sweet potatoes in a toaster?

As you can see, the ends, where the sweet potato was thin, were totally burnt. I cut that part away and gave the remaining middle part to my two trusty sweet potato toast testers.

Can you really toast sweet potatoes in a toaster?

We all agreed the center was under done.

Burnt edges. Under done center. Gross.

I then decided I would toast it on the highest setting once, then lower the toast setting by half, and toast it a second time, knowing I would have burnt edges that I would need to cut away.

That plan did not work.

I tried 3 more times to actually toast a sweet potato before I gave up. There was no combination of heat and slicing that actually produced anything resembling toast.

That’s when I though I’d give the microwave a try.

Can you really toast sweet potatoes in a toaster?

Big mistake. BIG.

Can you really toast sweet potatoes in a toaster?

I was not about to give up. There had to be a way. It’s all over the Internet!

I gave it one more try. This time I opted to use the broiler. I lined up a few slices on the broiler pan and broiled them on high for a little over 3 minutes.

Can you really toast sweet potatoes in a toaster?

Finally! It worked! I made sweet potato “toast” in the oven on broil – not in my toaster!

The broiler worked to thoroughly cook the sweet potato with minimal amount of burning. Plus, I could slice the sweet potato a bit on the thick side so it could easily take toppings.

How to really make sweet potato toast. No, not in the toaster.

We smeared our sweet potato toast with almond butter then topped with a sliced banana and a drizzle of honey and a sprinkling of cinnamon.

Have you tried to toast sweet potatoes in a toaster? What were your results?

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Sausage, Quinoa and Wild Rice Whole Grain Stuffing

Sausage Quinoa Wild Rice Whole Grain Stuffing

This sausage, quinoa and wild rice whole grain stuffing will be the hit of your Thanksgiving. The sausage ensures you get a moist stuffing every time, and the quinoa and wild rice are suitable for your gluten-free family and guests.

The first time I had a sausage stuffing was at a Friendsgiving our first year of marriage. I remember thinking: Sausage in stuffing is BRILLIANT!

The sausage adds so much flavor. I buy the bulk sausage to save myself the time of removing it from the casings. If you happen to live near a Sprouts Farmers Market, they make the best sausages. Plus, you can buy a chicken sausage instead of pork if you don’t eat pork products.

Using quinoa and wild rice in the place of a bread crumb adds a great texture as well as nutritional value to this whole grain stuffing. You can use it to stuff your turkey, or just bake it in a greased baking dish.

I’ve included a short video to show you exactly how easy it is to whip up this recipe.

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By the way, this recipe can be made ahead! Prepare the recipe up to the point where you transfer the ingredients to a greased baking dish. You can then refrigerate your stuffing, tightly covered, up to two days ahead. Then, bake right before serving, adding 10 minutes to the bake time.

Need a printable version? Here it is:

Sausage, Quinoa and Wild Rice Whole Grain Stuffing

Ingredients

  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cups cooked wild rice
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Brown the sausage, onion and thyme in a large frying pan over medium heat.
  3. Once brown, stir in the cooked wild rice and cooked quinoa.
  4. Transfer to a greased baking dish.
  5. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes. Serve hot.
http://thegreenbacksgal.com/sausage-wild-rice-quinoa-whole-grain-stuffing/

While perfect for Thanksgiving, this dish is also an excellent lunch! Serve with a side salad and some sliced fruit for an out-of-the-ordinary midday meal.

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Prosciutto Wrapped Sweet Potatoes Recipe (Video)

Three simple ingredients are all you need for prosciutto wrapped sweet potatoes.

Oh man are these prosciutto wrapped sweet potatoes good!

If you are looking for something different than marshmallow topped sweet potatoes for the holidays, give these a go!

Not only are they healthier than the classic sweet potato casserole, they are perfect for anyone following Whole 30, eating Paleo or sugar detoxing.

If you want to make these for a holiday dinner, you can make this recipe ahead. Follow the recipe up until the point where the wedges are wrapped in the prosciutto. Refrigerate the wrapped sweet potato wedges for a day before baking.

I’ve made a quick 30 second video recipe so you can see exactly how I make these. Or use the printable recipe to keep on file.

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Prosciutto Wrapped Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • Fresh sage leaves
  • 3 ounces prosciutto

Instructions

  1. Peel and cut sweet potatoes into wedges.
  2. Boil sweet potato wedges for 10 minutes or until fork tender.
  3. Preheat oven to 375.
  4. Wrap sweet potato wedges with one sage leaf in a piece of prosciutto.
  5. Roast at 375 for 15 minutes.
http://thegreenbacksgal.com/prosciutto-wrapped-sweet-potatoes-recipe-video/

How do you prefer your sweet potatoes? Savory or sweet or both?

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Red Potatoes with Rosemary in the Slow Cooker (VIDEO)

Rosemary Red Potatoes in the Slow Cooker (VIDEO)

As a side dish, red potatoes with rosemary in the slow cooker could not be easier.

Here are the easy video instructions:

Can’t see the video? Head here.

Here is the printable recipe:

Red Potatoes with Rosemary in the Slow Cooker (VIDEO)

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds red potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary

Instructions

  1. Cut red potatoes into quarters.
  2. Drizzle with the olive oil.
  3. Season with salt and add the rosemary. Toss.
  4. Line slow cooker with foil. Seal potatoes in foil.
  5. Set slow cooker to high and cook for 2 -3 hours. Or set slow cooker to low and cook for 4-5 hours.
  6. Potatoes are done when they can be easily pierced with a fork.
http://thegreenbacksgal.com/red-potatoes-with-rosemary-in-the-slow-cooker-video/

This would make a great side dish to enjoy over the holidays, or serve it as a side with any meat.

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