Who would have thought it was easy as this to make rice?
Well, not real rice of course, but cauliflower rice.
I had heard about cauliflower rice a few days ago and was excited to find a head of cauliflower in our produce share from Annie’s Organics this week.
All there is to it is chopping it up and throwing it in the food processor. A one step recipe? I’m all over it.
There are a few different ways I’ve read to prepare it, including just eating it raw, but since I love a good stir-fry I decided to throw it in the wok with everything else.
I think I may have over-processed it a bit because it came out more like cous cous than rice but it was a nice addition to a plain old stir-fry.
As an added bonus, it reheats really well. Perfect with a little teriyaki sauce for lunch the next day.
There you have it, a successful experiement in the kitchen.
If you haven’t tried Yonana, you’re missing out.
Yonana is a frozen banana ice cream maker that requires only one ingredient, bananas. It looks the same as soft serve and has the same consistency. This stuff is amazing.
To make it you just peel and freeze bananas for 24 hours and put them through the machine. You can freeze berries and add them or any other ingredient you’d like, ehhm, peanut butter
Seriously, if you haven’t already, try it. And yes, you can absolutely do the same thing in a food processor (but its just not the same).
Another exciting piece of kitchen equipment also found its way into my kitchen this week.
A co-worker of mine dropped by my office this week and handed me the toaster pastry maker pictured above. She’d purchased it at William Sonoma for me with a challenge, to make them healthy.
Challenge accepted. Can’t wait to tackle this one.
Have you tried Yonana? What did you think?
I read a recipe for Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers on the Lunchbox Bunch a few days ago and have been dying to try it. I changed a few ingredients and turned it into a wrap rather than a burger but this super quick and easy recipe was awesome!
1/2 large sweet potato, baked and peeled
1 can garbanzo beens
1 Tbsp tahini
1 Tbsp agave syrup
1/8 cup whole wheat flower
1 tsp lemon pepper seasoning
Panko bread crumbs
I mixed the garbanzo beans and potato together in the food processor then mixed in the other ingredients.
Breaded the patties
Cooked on high heat with extra virgin olive oil
Then wrapped it up with mixed greens, tomato and avocado
It was a perfect mix of flavors. I can’t wait to make these again. Thanks for a great recipe Lunchbox Bunch!
This no-bake granola started with far fewer ingredients. It’s evolved over time and I never really make the same mix. It’s got a ton of protein and, despite the agave and maple syrup, is not super sweet. We give it to a bunch of friends and co-workers so I usually make pretty big batch.
I started making it as something to take to work for lunch and it also became one of my favorite post work out foods. Now, I make it before every race weekend. Superstitiously, I believe the granola is some sort of good luck charm for a great race. Realistically, it’s just fantastic.
One thing that is always consistent in Good Luck Granola is the Chia seeds. These super seeds are rumored to be part of the miracle food that keeps the Tarahumara (super runners in Mexico) going for literally hundreds of miles at a time. “When [seeds are] added to water and allowed to sit for 30 minutes, chia forms a gel. Researchers suggest that this reaction also takes place in the stomach, slowing the process by which digestive enzymes break down carbohydrates and convert them into sugar.” Andrew Weil, MD. (Source). You can see why these seeds would be helpful during a long run.
I rarely measure anymore but below is roughly what I start with, then go from there.
In the Mix:
3 cups Rolled Oats
1/2 Cup Organic Peanut Butter
1/4 Cup Walnuts
1/4 Cup Dried Cranberries or Dried Pomegranate
3 TBS Agave
1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
1.5 TBS Chia Seeds
2 TBS Flax Seed
2 TBS Vanilla
Ground Cinnamon (to taste)
Directions: Stir it all together at once. It will seem like its too dry but will mix together well. Mix until it does not seem crumbly anymore and becomes more of a solid. If it still seems to be falling apart adding a little more peanut butter will be helpful.
Pack it between 1 to 2 inches thick and put in the fridge. This recipe easily makes 8-10 servings.
That’s it. No cooking, baking or fuss. I made three containers tonight for this weekend’s Rock n’ Roll St Pete Half Marathon. I’m certain that means we’ll have a great race!