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Entrée, Summer

GRILLED MUSHROOM BOWLS WITH MUHUMMARA

Mushrooms for Grilling

At a glance, this may look like a lot of steps, but once you go through the trouble of making this dip/sauce, it can be used in a handful of meals or as a delicious sandwich spread. It is so so delicious and great to have around, especially during grilling season. It is typically thickened with breadcrumbs, but I've found that oats can stand in to keep it wheat free. Use whichever you prefer and season to taste. The sauce can be made a few days in advance. 

Grilled Mushrooms

GRILLED MUSHROOM BOWLS WITH MUHUMMARA

Serves 4

Ingredients

muhummara:

1 large roasted red bell pepper (from scratch* or jarred, so 2 if those are small)
1/2 cup toasted walnuts, plus more for garnish
2 cloves garlic
1 Tbsp. tomato paste
1 tsp. smoked paprika
3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp. pomegranate molasses or honey
2 Tbsp. old fashioned oats
1/2 tsp. sea salt, to taste
pinch of red pepper flakes
pinch of fresh ground pepper

4 skewers:

16 oz. baby mushrooms (white or cremini)
1/2 a red onion, cut in roughly 2" pieces
2 Tbsp. avocado oil
1/2 tsp. each sea salt, pepper, dried oregano, smoked paprika

2 cups cooked brown rice
2 cups greens
baby tomatoes, halved

* To make a roasted bell pepper from scratch. Roast it over the flame of the stove, or a bbq on high heat, rotating it every four to five minutes to get all sides. About 15 minutes total. You want all sides charred and the pepper to feel tender. Remove it to a bowl and cover it with a dishtowel or plastic wrap and let it cool completely. This will help the outer charred skin separate from the flesh. When it's cool, run it under water to help push the charred skin off, remove the stem and seeds, and use as directed below. 

Instructions

Combine all of the muhummara ingredients in a food processor - the charred pepper, walnuts, garlic, tomato paste, paprika, vinegar, oil, pom molasses or honey, oats, salt and pepper. Pulse until blended and combined. Add a lil splash of water to loosen it, it will firm up in the fridge. 

Heat your grill or grill pan to medium high heat. Wipe the mushrooms clean with a damp paper towel and remove the stems. Put them in a mixing bowl with the onions, drizzle the oil on top, add the salt, pepper, oregano and paprika and toss everything to coat. Thread the vegetables on the skewers. Grill, rotating a few times, for about 10-15 minutes until charred and beginning to soften. 

To assemble the bowls, arrange a big swipe of the sauce, portion of rice, a handful of greens (toss them in a drizzle of oil and lemon juice if you're able), tomatoes, a skewers worth or two of mushrooms and garnish with a few more walnuts. 

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Appetizer, Gluten Free, Side

CURRY CAULIFLOWER

curry cauliflower - sprouted kitchen

This is likely not the first time, nor will it be the last, you'll hear praises for Melissa's cookbook, The Minimalist Kitchen, in the food blogsphere. Over the last few years, Melissa has pared down her kitchen and cooking to focus her work on a "less is more" approach to food. It is concise and reasonable. Delicious by way of straight forward techniques. This recipe for example. I usually roast our cauliflower straight from florets, but the pre-steam made such a difference in their texture, more tender and gentle. I like them both ways. It's little things like that. I believe there are a few kinds of cookbook consumers; this book is for the person looking for quick, weeknight, crowd-pleasers made from ingredients you likely have in your pantry, or will have no trouble finding - Chilaquiles, Thai Spiced Rice Bowls, Make-Ahead Yeast Rolls - timeless sorts of things. She has tips for staying organized and decluttering your equipment and make ahead tips or pairings for nearly every recipe. It's a meal planners dream tool, really, a book to solve weeknight dinner issues. I plan on gifting to a handful of mom friends who just want real food, without the fuss. Not to mention HER HOUSE, which I have envied for years now, but that is a personal problem.
Cheers, Melissa, you nailed it. Now, where's my label maker?

curry cauliflower - sprouted kitchen
curry cauliflower - sauce - sprouted kitchen

CURRY CAULIFLOWER // Serves 4
From The Minimalist Kitchen by Melissa Coleman
Harissa is sold usually as more of a spice paste, but you can also purchase it dried. It is sold online, Trader Joes, and most health food stores.

1 large head of cauliflower, cut into small florets
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. sea salt
2 tsp. curry powder
1/2 tsp. harissa
1/8 tsp. cumin

plain yogurt, cilantro, toasted cashews (our personal additions for serving)

Preheat the oven to 450'. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.

In a saucepan fitted with a steamer basket, add water to just below the bottom of the basket. Bring to a boil. Add the cauliflower, reduce the heat to medium, cover and steam for 5 minutes. This will begin the cooking process.
Transfer the cauliflower to the prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients. Drizzle over the cauliflower and toss to evenly coat. Bake for 15 minutes. Stir, and bake for another 15 minutes until the cauliflower begins to char on the edges. 
Taste and sprinkle with salt to finish. We served ours with plain yogurt, and garnished with toasted cashew pieces and cilantro. 

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Gluten Free, Entrée

SPICED CAULIFLOWER STEAKS WITH WALNUT SAUCE

More cauliflower! Oops. But I do love it and it didn't cross my mind we had cauliflower on here for the last post as I was thumbing through Laura's new book. I have dozens of recipes bookmarked but I am looking for new veg mains in our rotation lately and this one popped out at me. I was shocked at how short the ingredient list was and how quickly it came together given how beautiful it looked. I'm an easy sell on pretty food. Especially quick, pretty food. Next up is her homemade coconut creamer with dates, a warm balsamic mushroom salad, and a second round of those brownies I made months ago when I first saw the pdf draft of this book.

I've been a long time fan of Laura's, both for her easy going disposition and plant-based food that is magically wholesome, creative, all while still being something you can whip up easily for dinner. I don't always see those things going hand in hand but she is extremely good at what she does. She's responsible for the arugula cashew sauce I've made three times already that goes on pretty much everything. I like vegan food and an ice cream sundae all in the same breath, so a book that doesn't feel lacking is a keeper. You'll have to flip through a copy yourself or better yet, add it to your collection. Clearly forever a First Mess fangirl. Congrats, Laura!

SPICED CAULIFLOWER STEAKS WITH WALNUT SAUCE // Serves 2
Recipe from The First Mess Cookbook by Laura Wright

I am putting Laura's recipe here verbatim. The only thing I did different was up the garlic and lemon a bit and added a pinch of cayenne to the spice blend for heat. Those are personal preferences. The recipe is so concise you can add here to taste. This serves two well after roasting the extra bits of cauliflower. You could easily double it if you have a large enough pan or even do it in shifts and keep the cauliflower warm. 

Walnut Sauce
1/2 cup raw walnut halves, plus a few more for garnish
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 garlic clove
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
salt and pepper, to taste

Spice-Crusted Cauliflower
1 medium head of cauliflower
1 tsp. sweet paprika
1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves

fresh chopped parsley, for garnish

Preheat the oven to 350'

Make the walnut sauce: In a large, ovenproof skillet, toast the walnuts over medium heat until fragrant and slightly darkened, about 5 minutes. Transfer the walnuts to a blender. Return the skillet to the stove and heat 1 tsp. of the olive oil. Add the onions and garlic. Saute until edges of the onion soften, about 2 minutes. Scrape the onions and garlic into the blender. Add the almond milk, lemon juice and generous pinches of salt and pepper and whiz on high until you have a creamy sauce. Keep warm while you prepare the cauliflower. 
Cut two 1" thick "steaks" from the center of the cauliflower (you'll loose pieces on the sides that don't stay intact but just roast those up in an oil and spice mixture and enjoy them on the side). You should have a nice cross section of the vegetable that holds together. Moisten the steaks with water and season both sides with the paprika, thyme, salt and pepper. 
Heat the remaining olive oil in the skillet over medium-high heat. Carefully add the cauliflower steaks and sear until evenly browned on one side, about 3 minutes. Flip the cauliflower over and transfer the skillet to the oven. 
Roast the cauliflower in the oven until the center core or stem section is tender when pierced with a knife, about 20 minutes. 
Serve the cauliflower with warm sauce and garnish with parsley and chopped walnuts



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