Caramelized Onion & Cauliflower

A simple veggie side dish that packs a ton of flavor. Just a few simple ingredients that will have your whole family going back for seconds and thirds.

Caramelized Onions & Cauliflower #vegan #glutenfree

One day my amazing friend Denise brought me lunch from one of my favorite restaurants. She brought the salad I requested, but also got me a side of their caramelized cauliflower. It was…life changing. Smothered in tahini sauce and sprinkled with toasted pine nuts, it was kinda the stuff dreams are made of.

Caramelized Onions & Cauliflower #vegan #glutenfree

Of course, now I’m addicted to said cauliflower dish, and I can’t help but order it all.the.time. Then one day I find out its deep fried, and all of the sudden my dreams are crushed. So sad.

Caramelized Onions & Cauliflower #vegan #glutenfree

I was desperate to recreate the dish at home, so I did a little research, got my onions caramelizing, put the cauliflower in the oven on very high heat to get them dark and caramelized, and got to work whipping up my own tahini sauce. I’ve never made tahini sauce before, so I followed a recipe. It was…disgusting. I tried adding and changing things, but it was just hopeless.  I pouted a little, tossed my cooked veggies together and grudgingly served them to our company. Ya know that rule about not trying anything knew when you have company? I break it every single time.

Caramelized Onions & Cauliflower #vegan #glutenfree

But wait!!! It gets better!! The dish ended up being totally awesome without the tahini sauce! Just basically simple roasted cauliflower and caramelized onions thrown together–who knew it would be like magic? By roasting the cauliflower at such a high temperature, it gives it a bold flavor, and great crispy texture while maintaining a soft (but not mushy) inside.

Caramelized Onions & Cauliflower #vegan #glutenfree

I know it can be tough to plan to get all of our veggies, and I totally get into a rut and just throw a bag of kale from TJ’s in the oven most nights because I don’t feel like being creative, but it doesn’t take long to put something a little nicer together, and it really makes a big difference when it comes to loading up your plate with the good stuff!

Caramelized Onion & Cauliflower

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 8-12 servings

Caramelized Onion & Cauliflower

A simple veggie side dish that packs a ton of flavor. Just a few simple ingredients that will have your whole family going back for seconds and thirds.

Ingredients

    For the cauliflower:
  • Florets from 2 large heads cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Generous pinch each salt and pepper
  • For the onions:
  • 2 large sweet onions, sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • Generous pinch each salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 500. Place cauliflower in a large baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake browned and crispy, tossing 1-2 times during cooking, about 45 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, move on to the onions. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium-low heat. Add onions and balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until soft and caramelized, about 30-40 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Lightly toss cooked cauliflower and onions together and serve immediately.
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Drink & Dish: Cranberry Goat Cheese Bake

Warm melty goat cheese topped with sweet and tart cranberry sauce. The perfect easy, flavorful and impressive way to use up those Thanksgiving leftovers.

Cranberry Goat Cheese Bake #glutenfree #vegetarian

It’s officially my favorite week of the year. I’ve made no secret that Thanksgiving is my very favorite holiday, but I am equally in love with the entire weekend that follows. A four day weekend, getting out my menorah, putting up the Christmas tree (I am an equal opportunity celebrator), decorating the house, plenty of shopping for presents, and of course, eating delicious Thanksgiving leftovers all weekend long.

Cranberry Goat Cheese Bake #glutenfree #vegetarian

I love making the usual turkey sandwich, or doing crazy things with leftover stuffing and mashed potatoes, but especially when we have people in from out of town who are going to be hanging around, I like to do something unique, and something that seems a bit more thought out than the usual leftovers fare. Basically, I want to impress people (story of my life–such a people pleaser!), but I’m exhausted from cooking for 3 days straight to prepare for the big day, so I want to do it without actually having to do any work. Good thing I’m creative. ;)

xxCranberry Goat Cheese Bake #glutenfree #vegetarian

For our latest episode of Drink & Dish, Nicole and I show you what to do with some of those Thanksgiving leftovers. We both ended up using cranberry sauce, so make a little extra this year so that you can make Nicole’s awesome Poinsettia Blossom to go with this goat cheese!

This dish could also be served as a Thanksgiving appetizer–in fact, Steve loved it so much that he requested I make it on Thanksgiving day.

Cranberry Goat Cheese Bake #glutenfree #vegetarian

It may seem like a strange combination, but the tangy goat cheese really is the perfect pairing for the sweet cranberry sauce–it’s like a match made in heaven! Together, they are baked just enough for the goat cheese to get soft, but not completely melted–just the right consistency to easily dip your cracker into, but solid enough to hold its form.

Drink & Dish: Cranberry Goat Cheese Bake

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Drink & Dish: Cranberry Goat Cheese Bake

Warm melty goat cheese topped with sweet and tart cranberry sauce. The perfect easy, flavorful and impressive way to use up those Thanksgiving leftovers.

Ingredients

  • 1 x 4oz log herb goat cheese
  • Approx 1/2 cup cranberry sauce
  • Crackers, chips, or bread for serving (I used gluten-free bagel chips)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325. Place goat cheese on a heat-safe dish. A rimmed plate (as seen in the photos) works best so that cranberry sauce can spill over goat cheese while staying contained on the plate. Spoon cranberry sauce over goat cheese. You may use more or less--whatever ratio you like, and depending on how much you have leftover.
  2. Bake until softened, but not melted, about 7-10 minutes. Serve immediately with crackers, chips or bread of your choosing. Best eaten the same day, but leftovers may be refrigerated in an airtight container and reheated for up to 5 days.

Notes

If using a jellied cranberry sauce, whisk it up first to make it easier to pour onto the goat cheese.

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Psssst…still figuring out your Thanksgiving menu? This infographic is amaaaazing–a must see for anyone who loves cooking, entertaining or Thanksgiving!

DIY Brownie Mix Jars {gluten-free}

A simple, easy, DIY gift idea for rich and fudgey gluten-free brownie mix. So easy to make, and a perfect gift for anyone in your life who loves chocolate! Includes dairy-free & vegan options.

DIY Brownie Mix Jars #glutenfree

Every year I do a huge holiday baking day. I usually invite hermano to “help”, and he’ll mix a few things, and then he just lays around…that is until I need a taste tester. ;)

DIY Brownie Mix Jars #glutenfree

I do enjoy it, but I usually end the day totally exhausted and swearing off ever stepping foot in my kitchen again. And don’t even think about getting me to cook dinner. It always ends up being a Chipotle night, even though all I really ever want at the end is greasy, cheesy pizza. But let’s be honest, all I ever want is greasy, cheesy pizza. And chocolate. And fro-yo.

DIY Brownie Mix Jars #glutenfree

The truth is, DIY mixes are so expensive at places like Starbucks or the Hallmark store, and they seem like a novelty item, but they are really easy to put together, far less time consuming than huge batch baking, and really inexpensive. The biggest expense ends up being the jars, but if you go to the dollar store, a thrift store, or hit the clearance section of your craft store, you can get them very reasonably.

DIY Brownie Mix Jars #glutenfree

Not to mention, the store-bought mixes are loaded with refined flours, and often times lots of weird preservatives. By making them yourself, you can control what goes in, and that includes changing things up, and adding your own mix-ins. If you know the person you’re giving it to loves chocolate and peanut butter, you could add some mini peanut butter cups, or Reese’s Pieces.

DIY Brownie Mix Jars #glutenfree

I just joined The Recipe ReDux which is a challenge hosted by dietitians to create unique and delicious recipes that are also healthy. While brownies are still somewhat indulgent, it is the holidays, and these are 100% whole grain, and the butter is replaced with nonfat yogurt. So you can have your cake brownie and eat it too. ;)

I just took my favorite brownie recipe, and layered the dry ingredients in a jar–it literally took less than 5 minutes, and you can easily do the same thing with any of your favorite recipes. I use my gluten-free baking blend, but you could use white whole wheat flour, or almond meal, or any blend of your own. All you need to add are eggs and some nonfat vanilla yogurt–everything else is included. You could also keep it dairy-free by using coconut oil instead of yogurt, or vegan by replacing the eggs with 2 tbsp cornstarch and 1/3 cup almond milk–so it can work for anyone in your life!

DIY Brownie Mix Jars {gluten-free}

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 16

Serving Size: 1 brownie

DIY Brownie Mix Jars {gluten-free}

A simple, easy, DIY gift idea for rich and fudgey gluten-free brownie mix. So easy to make, and a perfect gift for anyone in your life who loves chocolate!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp gluten-free baking blend (or white whole wheat flour
  • dash salt
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder, preferably Dutch process
  • 1/2 tsp espresso powder
  • 5 1/2 oz dark chocolate, about 1 scant cup
  • To make brownies:
  • 1/2 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk flour and salt together. In a 3.5-4 cup jar, layer ingredients in order listed. You may change the order as long as you leave the chocolate chips on top. Use a tablespoon to smooth down after each layer for the best visual effect.
  2. To make brownies, preheat oven to 350. Line a 9" square pan with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, melt the chocolate and let cool. Stir in yogurt, whisk eggs in one at a time. Gently fold in remaining ingredients until just combined.
  4. Transfer to prepared baking tin and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean with a few crumbs, about 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan then serve. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Notes

Recipe easily doubled in a larger jar. Feel free to add mix ins of your choosing.

For dairy-free brownies, replace yogurt with melted coconut oil For vegan brownies, also replace egg with 2 tbsp cornstarch and 1/3 cup almond milk.

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Apple Cinnamon Puppy Chow

Insanely addicting sweet cinnamon puppy chow with crunchy apple chips–the perfectly sweet fall snack, and an awesome gift!

Apple Cinnamon Puppy Chow #glutenfree

So we’ve established how I have the maturity of approximately a 6 year old. On a good day. Also, kind of the taste buds…minus my love for vegetables. I’m just a…n eccentric 6 year old. ;)

Apple Cinnamon Puppy Chow #glutenfree

Ever since before I learned to cook, I LOVED baking around the holidays. I would make a huge batch of puppy chow and put it in everyone’s stocking. It was kinda my thing. Such a simple little treat, but people went crazy for it! I never even strayed from the simple original recipe either until last year. I made a batch with cookie butter and a batch with nutella. I can’t even go there. They were ridiculous.

Apple Cinnamon Puppy Chow #glutenfree

But ya know what? I ended up falling equally in love with this batch! The apples bring a little tartness that cuts some of the super sweetness from the white chocolate and powdered sugar. Not to mention, apples + pb? It’s only the world’s greatest combo. Add a healthy (and I’m talking serious here, people) dose of cinnamon, and it’s kinda dreamy. In the way a little kid (AKA me) finds foods dreamy. The simplest no brainer foods that just bring you a happiness. Not like this girl’s bike apparently <—never gets old.

Apple Cinnamon Puppy Chow #glutenfree

I have been obsessed with those Apple Cinnamon Chex for a good year now. I put them on my Greek yogurt every.single.day. and while I know they are just a half step up from fruit loops, I just love them, and I can’t go without them. It’s only fitting that they would be a part of this perfect puppy chow. And the best part? Puppy chow literally takes all of 10 minutes to make. Just make sure you have lots of friends to give it to, otherwise you will find yourself with a stomach ache, and those slight pangs of regret after you realize you just polished off the entire batch in 24 hours. ;)

Apple Cinnamon Puppy Chow

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: approx 12 cups

Apple Cinnamon Puppy Chow

Insanely addicting sweet cinnamon puppy chow with crunchy apple chips--the perfectly sweet fall snack, and an awesome gift!

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips (or cinnamon chips, or butterscotch chips…)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 9 cups Apple Cinnamon Chex cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon
  • 3 oz apple chips, roughly chopped

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine peanut butter, coconut oil and white chocolate chips until fully melted and combined, stirring constantly. Slowly fold in cereal, mixing gently until cereal is fully coated.
  2. Transfer to a large trash bag or paper bag and pour in powdered sugar and cinnamon. For lack of a better term, shake the heck out of it! Just keep shaking it around (make sure the top is fully sealed! ;) ) until everything has come together. Lay out to cool on parchment paper. Evenly sprinkle chopped apple chips in with cooling puppy chow. Store fully cooled in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

You can easily make this recipe vegan by using vegan white chocolate if desired.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Vegan & gluten-free ultra soft pumpkin cookies filled with chunks of bold dark chocolate. Perfect cookie (not cakey) texture without a single ounce of butter–something even I thought was impossible!

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I  get a little sad every year around this time. The end of pumpkin season. The day after Thanksgiving, I spend the next 10 months waiting for September 1st so I can start posting pumpkin recipes again. Every year, without fail, I’m left with a handful of recipes that never made it to the blog before the season ended.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Cookies #vegan #glutenfree

I had just about given up on pumpkin cookies. I loooove pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cupcakes–anything that is supposed to be light and cakey, the pumpkin basically works like a dream, but cookies? I don’t like my cookies cakey, and especially while trying to avoid using butter, I just thought that pumpkin cookies were an impossible task.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Cookies #vegan #glutenfree

After seeing my girl Sally’s recipe for her pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, I was inspired to try again. It was the first pumpkin cookie recipe I’d seen where you could see just from the photos that the texture was perfect. I did a little more research and saw this recipe on Baked by Rachel. They also looked ridiculously good–and again, with that perfect cookie texture.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Cookies #vegan #glutenfree

I was pretty sure once I got rid of the butter, there was no way I’d be satisfied, but it turns out I couldn’t have been more wrong. The texture was absolutely spot on. The edges got ever so slightly crisp, and the middle was soft, gooey, and everything I’ve ever wanted in a cookie. The pumpkin flavor shines through, and the huge chunks of dark chocolate are the perfect finishing touch. I used a sea salt dark chocolate which I would highly recommend, but any good quality dark chocolate will do. I also made a batch with bits of Heath toffee thrown in, and let me tell you, that was magnificent. You could use white chocolate, add cranberries, anything really–the dough is the perfect container for all your favorite add ins!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: approx 2 1/2 dozen

Serving Size: 1 cookie

Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Vegan & gluten-free ultra soft pumpkin cookies filled with chunks of bold dark chocolate. Perfect cookie (not cakey) texture without a single ounce of butter--something even I thought was impossible!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups gluten-free baking blend (or white whole wheat flour)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • dash salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 6 tbsp apple butter
  • 6 tbsp pumpkin
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 oz good quality dark chocolate, roughly chopped

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, cornstarch, and salt until combined. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together sugars, coconut oil, apple butter, pumpkin and vanilla until combined. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined. Gently, stir in chocolate. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. If you leave it in longer (ie: several hours to overnight), you may need to let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes before scooping and baking.
  3. Preheat oven to 350. Line two large baking sheets with silpat of parchment papers. Use a small cookie scoop to transfer dough to baking sheet.
  4. Bake until edges are lightly golden and cookies are just set, about 10-12 minutes. Cool completely on baking sheet. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to one week.

Notes

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