Friday, March 5, 2010

Cauliflower Party

Shula

I took the weekend off from blog reading (i'll be back reading soon!), but I had a good reason. (see above) Puppy sitting time!! My friend is in NYC for work, so I got to help out this weekend. Shula and I got out for some nice walks in the gorgeous weather we had, so that was nice! Maybe next time we'll be able to make it to the dog park ;)


One last picture, b/c it's pretty darn cute. Any guesses as to whom she's named after? haha.

Looks like someone didn't want to watch any more Veronica Mars!


I didn't do any cooking, but have enjoyed trying some of your recipes! There's a theme here, and it's called what to do with a head of cauliflower so you don't get bored :)

Cauliflower Salad w/Orange Vinaigrette

I wanted to try some new things with it, so I chose two "raw"cipes from Gena's site-- a Cauliflower Salad w/Orange Vinaigrette (minus asparagus as I didn't have any) and Eggless Salad (made with pumpkin seeds instead of sunflower seeds). Both were delicious! I don't mind cauliflower raw, but I like tiny florets, and this salad was great as part of my lunch. I also can't get enough oranges in the winter, so I loved the dressing! The Eggless Salad wasn't quite like its cooked counterpart (which I love), but great in its own right. Made for a fabulous sandwich... alongside an orange ;) What can I say, I average at least 1 a day for a few months!

Eggless Salad Sandwich


The last recipe I could've sworn came from Diana, but I can't find it on her site anymore. It was a layered casserole with roasted sweet potatoes, roasted cauliflower, and lightly sauteed spinach in a cottage cheese-egg-parmesan sauce, topped with whole wheat panko breadcrumbs. A different combination, but a winning one, as I love all the components :)

Sw Potato-Cauliflower-Spinach Casserole


Here's some more trivia for you... By what percentage has the number of commercially grown varieties of fruits and vegetables been reduced since the turn of the 20th century- 50%, 78% or 97%?

25 comments:

moretolifethanlettuce said...

lol does that puppy have eyes? jk, what a cutie!!

Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

I'm having cauliflower every week... love it! :D I want to try the egg salad recipe now, looks divine!

Joanne said...

So it seems like Joanne:apples::shannon:oranges.

Good stuff.

That casserole looks amazing! I am going to try to hunt it down. Because I think I need it in my life.

Cute puppy! The best excuse to take a blogging vacation,

Erica said...

Oh my goodness! Shula is so freaking cute! Love the moppy hair ;) Lots of good eats- especially the cauliflower salad. Simple dishes like that are always my favorite.

Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said...

Oh good queston...I am going to go with 78%...as sad as that is!

5 Star Foodie said...

Such a cute puppy! Great eats with cauliflower!

Ricki said...

Shula is soooo cute! :)

That eggless salad looks phenomenal, but seems like so many ingredients! Was it quick to make? And I bet the reduction of produce has to be 97%. There used to be so many more before our time!

Elina said...

I love you made cauliflower be the star of so many versatile dishes. That last one is definitely from Diana. I had it bookmarked as well. Which one of the 3 was your favorite would you say?

Shannon said...

Joanne- if you can't find it, let me know!

Ricki- hmm, I was doing alot of prep work at the time, so I didn't notice. But it's not really much effort besides chopping some things then running it in the food processor.

Elina- tough call, I really enjoyed them all... maybe the simplicity of the salad w/vinaigrette? i see them each good for different occasions :)

Kristen @ Change of Pace said...

Haha I too was thinking if the puppy had eyes! She needs her bangs trimmed... So cute! I've seen quite a few cauliflower recipes in the blog world lately. Guess it's time for me to get crackin on some :)

Jess said...

Did you find the raw recipes very filling? The casserole looks really good!

Cara said...

Cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetables, there is so much you can do with it. nice work!

Cinnamon-Girl said...

Cauliflower is one of my faves - the eggless salad sure looks interesting! And Shula is adorable! You pet sit the cutest dogs!

Kelly said...

I guess 50 % but I really have no idea :)

This was the PERFECT weekend to be dog sitting, such gorgeous play outside weather!

Trying To Heal said...

i've totally been on a cauliflower kick and can't wait to get my hands on making that same recipe with the sweet potatoes.

Alisa - Frugal Foodie said...

I have been eating cauliflower like mad lately, and that casserole looks like a fantastic way to use it.

I'm going on the steep end and saying 97%.

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Oh the Cauliflower Salad w/Orange Vinaigrette looks great and i made a version of gena's dish months ago, then i spun off the dressing into one of my own i call holiday orange spice vinagrette. I make my stuff swetter than she makes hers:) with agave :)

And I saw your brussles in sophia's BSI and they looked great!
xox

Hannah said...

I usually get into a cauliflower rut, just roasting them all winter, so these sound like really good ideas to shake it up a bit. :)

Elra said...

Shula is so cute!!!!!!

It's amazing how many delicious dishes we can make with this simple vegetable.

Lisa (bakebikeblog) said...

oooh that puppy is too cute!
And what GREAT looking eats :)

sophia said...

Is that a trick question? Really? The lowest amount is 50%? Wow.

Aw, I wish I could dog-sit too! That's like getting a chance to have a furry friend without the full responsibilities of an owner.

Erica said...

Little treat for you on my blog :)

Rosiecat said...

I'm going to guess 97%.

I love the second picture from the top. The angle, the light, the shadow, the DOG! It's lovely, Shannon.

And I'm with you on the oranges this time of year. I just love them!

Nicole Chow - HealthyChow.com said...

Cauliflower is so versatile. I love how it can resemble rice, mashed potatoes and now egg. Too cool! I really want to try the eggless salad sandwich. I've seen it on so many blogs and it really intrigues me. BTW, Shula (I'm thinking named after Don Shula?) is the cutest little pup!

Kerstin said...

Awww, what a cute puppy - looks like you had the perfect weekend :)

I really love all the layers in the casserole - it's right up my alley, yum!

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