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Paleo Mashed Garlic Cauliflower “Potatoes”

cauliI can’t believe I have never made these. They are so easy and I almost fooled Joe into thinking they were actually potatoes! I made his favorite dish tonight. Meatloaf, mashed “potatoes” and green beans with cherry tomatoes and bacon. The green bean recipe is on here somewhere and I need to post the meatloaf still. But this side dish could almost fool anyone!

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2-3 tablespoons of chives
  • tablespoon of butter
  • salt/pepper

1. Take the cauliflower and cut it into little pieces. Throw that along with the garlic cloves into a steamer pot and steam until really tender.

2. Put your steamed cauliflower along with your garlic into a food processor along with the butter, salt and pepper. Blend until creamy smooth.

3. Transfer to a bowl and add your chopped chives and you are good to go!

I was surprised how similar they taste to regular mashed potatoes, same consistency and wtih the garlic and butter- same taste!

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Posted by on November 21, 2012 in Sides, Sugar Detox approved!, Veggies

 

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Cabbage rolls

This looked like a good paleo meal and pretty simple. I think making them and putting them in the crockpot might have been easier. They are pretty tasty and really great as leftovers because the meat seems to be more flavorful after sitting. Probably like meatloaf!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb grassfed ground beef
  • 1 large cabbage (the crinkly edge kind)
  • 1/2 cauliflower
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 grated carrot
  • 3 grated celery stalks
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 egg (not really needed, but can use as a binder in the mix)
  • 1 tbls paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 jar of marinara sauce

Start off by putting your cabbage in boiling water for about 15 minutes. When it is nice and soft, run it under cold water and peal the cabbage leaves off it and set aside.

Put your cauliflower, onion, celery, garlic, and carrot in the food processor and chop until fairly small. Add this mixture to the ground beef and mix together with your hands. Messy. Add the egg and spices together until everything is nice and mixed up.

Take a few leaves of the cabbage and put on the bottom of a baking dish. This helps keep the rolls from burning. Take a leaf and then put a good size helping into each leaf, fold over the sides, and then roll on up. Put these in the baking dish tightly packed together. This made a ton of these. I think about 12-14. I used two different pans. When done, pour your marinara sauce on top of them, making sure they are fully covered. Then put a few remaining cabbage leaves on top. Helps with not burning the top of the rolls.

Bake for 45 mins to an hour at 400 degrees. Seems like a long time, but thats what your supposed to do! An easy way would be to line all these up in the crock pot, pour the sauce over and cook on medium until you get home. Yum yum! I guess the original recipe calls for rice, so adding the cauliflower helps bulk it up a bit. If you have kids, this seems like a great way to sneak in a ton of vegetables without them even knowing it!

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Posted by on September 13, 2012 in Beef, Dinner

 

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