Nothing quite like a sweet potato to bring some wonderful flavors to your palette. The regular potato makes us shudder at the thought of all those carbs. But not so with the humble sweet potato. This root has a slightly lower carb rate than the regular potato. Sweet potatoes contain almost twice as much fiber than the regular potato. Did you also know that sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A and a good source of potassium? A medium sweet potato has at least 28% more potassium than a banana.
So what’s all the buzz about using cauliflower in low-carb dishes instead of rice or potatoes? I’ve even seen pizza bases formed with grated cauliflower. Cauliflower can shine in many forms as I’ve recently discovered, so I set out to find out for myself. From my kitchen today, I’m bringing you a pilaf chock full of nutrients and flavor, but yes you guessed it, it’s made from cauliflower florets. I’ve seen the method and have come across many recipes, but I decided to add my own spin to it and make it spicy and wholesome with some Indian flavors.
A rainbow of colors, a perfect matrimony of flavors! I served the riced cauliflower pilaf with Grilled Goan Chicken Cafreal, and a salad.
These squares can be quite addictive, consider that a warning 🙂 I recently thought to bring this with me to a pot-luck luncheon a week ago. I’ll have to say that everyone loved them, the coconut definitely stood out. Give it a try, I’m sure your palate will thank you 🙂
Do you ever give up anything for Lent? Chocolates, alcohol, music, desserts? I believe I did in my youth as we followed a very strict Catholic regimen, but these days I don’t have the will-power nor the drive to sustain these traditions. However, I do try to adhere to the Friday Lenten observation when Catholics do not eat meat on a Friday. In doing so, I do try to come up with various fish or vegetarian dinners on Fridays during Lent. Here’s one example.
I’d like to share another low-carb recipe that I stumbled on the other day. In an effort to cut back on carbohydrates such as those found in sugary foods, pasta, breads, I’m trying to aim for a low-carb diet that is high in protein and healthy vegetables. Studies show that it can cause weight loss and improve one’s overall health. I’ve tried cauliflower in a few low carb recipes lately. I’ve tried cauliflower mash, riced cauliflower (recipe coming to the blog soon) and now this cheesy and oh so delicious cauliflower casserole with additional vegetables, leeks, carrots and spring onions. It does have a secret ingredient that sets it apart from the rest…..bacon, or leave the bacon out for a vegetarian meal.
When I first made this sumptuous chicken dish, it was just for my husband and myself. What was I thinking? I like to spoil him every so often, but I mean come on, this was a lot of work for just the two of us? So I set out to make Chicken Marbella again as the main course for an evening with friends. I can’t tell you how much they all enjoyed it, it was definitely a crowd pleaser.
If you’ve been a regular reader on my blog, Safari of the Mind, you’ll know that Bert and I host an annual curry cook-off. I’ve blogged about the previous ones in the past. What started out as a one time event about 3 years ago, has now become a repeated and anticipated get-together during the winter doldrums. Our friends host a chili cook-off in the late Fall, so that concept perpetuated and the curry cook off idea was born.