Creamy Guacamole

guac

I love guacamole and usually stick to a traditional and simple version.  I decided to mix it up a little when I saw a recipe for guacamole made richer and creamier with the addition of sour cream.  I substituted Greek yogurt for the sour cream and added my usual ingredients of lime, garlic, cilantro, crushed red pepper flakes and salt.  The result was a smoother guacamole with a subtle hint of creaminess.  This version will go so well with tacos.

Ingredients:

1/2 an avocado, mashed
1 clove garlic, finely chopped or grated with a microplane
2 Tbsps Greek yogurt
Juice of 1/2 lime
Pinch of sea salt
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Chopped cilantro

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well until everything is combined.  Taste and adjust seasonings according to your taste.

Enjoy!

Gxo

Roasted Cauliflower and Garlic Hummus

cauliflower hummus

I am loving this vegetable based hummus!  This is the first time I’ve tested out this idea and I will definitely be trying different combinations of ingredients, spices, and fresh herbs.  This works nicely as a nutritious dip, side dish or even a sauce/topping.  I did not add any tahini but you could add some for a creamier texture.

Ingredients:

1 head of cauliflower, chopped into evenly sized pieces
4 cloves of garlic, smashed and skins removed
1/2 cup water
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
4 Tbsp olive oil (plus more for adding when blending)
1/4 tsp paprika
Sea salt

On a baking sheet mix the cauliflower, 2 Tbsp olive oil, garlic cloves, and a few pinches of sea salt until evenly coated – add to a 425F oven and roast for 25 minutes or until soft and browning.  Allow to cool slightly before adding to a  food processor along with the water, lemon juice, paprika, 2 Tbsp olive oil and a few pinches of sea salt.  Blitz the cauliflower while slowly streaming in additional olive oil for the hummus to come together in a thick consistency.  (You can add more water if you prefer a thinner style hummus).  Taste the hummus and season accordingly with more salt or paprika.  You can also add cayenne pepper for a touch of heat.

Enjoy!

Gxo

Golden Beet Salad with Feta, Basil Pesto, and Toasted Walnuts

Beet salad

This salad is a stunner and it’s delicious and easy to make.  Everything can be made ahead of time too so it’s great for entertaining.  Each ingredient in this salad works together: the toasted walnuts give a great crunch and nuttiness, the basil is bright and fragrant, the feta is salty, and the beets are sweet.  I drizzled a little garlic infused olive oil to finish it off but regular will work too.  It’s so good – you can’t beat this one as a light salad or start to a meal (sorry, couldn’t help myself!).

Ingredients:

1 large golden beet
Basil pesto
Feta
Small handful of toasted walnuts
Olive oil (I used garlic infused but regular is delicious too)
Maldon sea salt

Roast the beet in a 400F oven for an hour or until you can easily insert a knife.  Allow for it to cool while you prep the other ingredients.
Toast walnuts in a dry pan over medium heat until they turn golden brown.

Basil pesto:

1 Large bunch basil (4 handfuls of leaves), washed clean and dry off excess water
1 large clove garlic
1/4 toasted pine nuts
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper

In a dry pan over medium heat toast pine nuts until they start to turn golden brown.
In a food processor add the basil, garlic, pine nuts, lemon juice and mix it while adding the olive oil in a stream until it comes together into a paste/thick sauce consistency.  Add salt/pepper to taste.

Meanwhile, back to the golden beet.  Once cool – peel the outer skin and then slice using a mandolin if you have one or cut very thin with a knife.  Arrange slices on a plate in a single layer slightly overlapping.  Using your artistry dollop pesto to your liking then sprinkle crumbled feta, toasted walnuts, and Maldon sea salt flakes, and lastly drizzle with olive oil.

Enjoy!

Gxo

Steamed Broccoli with Lemon Tahini Dressing

Broccoli and tahini

Steamed broccoli gets super tasty with a simple lemon tahini dressing.  This makes a great side dish or you could add some roasted or grilled chicken or fish for a helping of protein.

Ingredients:

1 head of broccoli cut into even sizes (I love the stalks too – cut into the same size as florets for even cooking)
1-2 Tbsp of tahini
1 Tbsp of water
Juice of half a lemon
Few pinches of Malton sea salt
Few pinches of red pepper flakes (optional)

Steam broccoli in whatever contraption you have until the broccoli is cooked thru but still has some bite to it.

To make the dressing – mix tahini, water, and lemon juice together and season with the salt and red pepper flakes.

Enjoy!

Gxo