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Rosemary Cauliflower Mash- A New Favorite

12 Jan

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At our staff end-of-year party, a coworker made the best thing ever: a cauliflower mash with the taste of stuffing and the texture of mashed potatoes. It is as easy as roasting two heads of cauliflower and whirling it with some other delicious ingredients in a food processor. For the love of all things holy, go whip this up for your next meal.

Rosemary Cauliflower Mash

Ingredients

  • 6.5 TBS olive oil
  • 2 heads of cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 head garlic
  • about 1/4 c whole milk or half and half
  • half stick of butter
  • ancho chili powder (optional)

Assembly

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Toss cauliflower in 4-5 TBS olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Slice the head of garlic across the top so all the cloves are exposed. Pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the garlic and wrap loosely in tinfoil. Roast the cauliflower until tender and garlic until fragrant and soft, about 40 minutes. While those roast, saute the onion with the remaining olive oil until soft and fragrant.
  2. Place the roasted cauliflower in food processor. Squeeze out the roasted garlic cloves into the food processor. Add remaining ingredients and grind to desired texture, adding milk if necessary.

Roasted Root Vegetables in Fall Curry

5 Oct

Usually I try to hold out one week more before calling it quits on summer, but even I have to face facts when it’s already dark out by 7:15pm. Today’s recipe is a perfect entrance into autumn, and you won’t waste any of summer’s last precious light making it– it’s as easy as chop, roast, sauce. Oh, and it comes to us from the good folks behind the Whole 30, so it’s vegan, gluten free, sugar free, full of healthy fat, and just all around awesome.

That’s all I have to say about that– one of these days I’ll miss summer enough to recap our trips to Athens, Prague, New Orleans, Charleston, and WVa.  For today, just enjoy the curried veggies!

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Roasted Root Vegetables in Fall Curry

Ingredients

  • 4 TBS olive oil
  • 1 cup potatoes (sweet or regular), peeled and chopped
  • 1 c rutabagas, peeled and chopped
  • 3/4 c turnips, peeled and chopped
  • 3/4 c parsnips, peeled and chopped
  • 3/4 c carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1.5 tsp ginger, grated or diced
  • 1 clove garlic, grated or diced
  • 2-3 tsp curry powder, to taste
  • 500 mL full fat coconut milk
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Assembly

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Toss vegetables in 4 TBS olive oil. Spread oil-covered veggies in a single layer, using one or two cookie sheets as needed. Roast for 30-40 minutes, or until veggies are tender and lightly browned.
  2. While they roast, put remaining 1 TBS olive oil in saute pan over med-high heat on stove. Add onion and garlic and cook until fragrant, 2-3 minutes. Add the ginger and cook for another minute. Add curry powder, stir well, then add coconut milk. Reduce the mixture to simmer for 8-10 minutes (do not boil). Once nice and thick, remove from heat and season with lime zest and juice.
  3. Top the veggies with the curry sauce and enjoy!

Weekend Overachieving: Coconut Curry Chicken and a Record Run

8 Aug

It’s been a minute since I’ve had a happy surprise on the running front, and even longer since I made my dear husband something nutritious that he would also call delicious. Great news-I did both this weekend!

Let’s start with running- I have been doing my long runs with the Arlington Road Runners Club for the past couple of Saturdays, and it has been just the kick in the pants I need to remember that the hole is not actually that deep.

I had 90 minutes planned for the run, which probably would have been about 10 miles in the stank heat and humidity that Saturday showed up with. Around mile 6, Courtney pointed out that it was time to either take an uber home or make the decision to run the rest of the route with her… the rest of the route being ANOTHER TEN miles. Previous to that morning, the longest I had ever run was 13.5 miles, but I was feeling great and thought to myself, “Let’s see what the ol’ girl can do” (and that’s a direct quote–things have been weird in Kef-landia lately).

Long (run) story short- I finished the route, very much thanks to the AWESOME ARRC volunteers who set up life-changing water stops at miles 7 and 11 and Courtney for being the world’s BEST run-buddy-cheerleader. I’ve been living in a world where I didn’t believe I could ever run that far and, lo and behold, I did it without even planning to. How do you like them apples?

Annoyingly, I forgot to turn my watch back on after a water fountain break and missed some mileage on my watch. Whatever.

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Anyway, I worked and napped and ate and Hoodwinked with SummitKef for the rest of Saturday. I woke up on Sunday ready to kick more ass. I cooked a week’s worth of food in 3 hours, a nice reversal of my usual Sunday routine, which is to eat a week’s worth of food in 3 hours.

This curry chicken took ~20 to put together, made enough for him to eat all week, and got big thumbs up from MrKef. It is based off a Whole30 recipe, but I had to punch up the spice for my audience.

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Coconut Curry Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 medium potatoes, rinsed and chopped (sweet potatoes if you’d like!)
  • 3 TBS olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 TBS curry powder
  • 1-2 TBS hot sauce of your choice
  • 1/2 can diced tomatoes, fire roasted
  • 1/3 c coconut milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 lime, sliced

Assembly

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Heat olive oil in a saute pan over med-high heat. Add onion and cook until soft, 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1-2 minutes. Add curry powder and cook another 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and hot sauce. Stir well, and simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Transfer contents of pan into blender or food processor. Puree until smooth. Add salt, pepper, and coconut milk and blend again.
  3. Arrange chicken and potatoes in a casserole dish, Pyrex pan, or any high-rimmed oven-safe dish. Pour the curry sauce over the chicken and potatoes, and distribute so everything is covered. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.

The Only Way I’m Eating Brussels Sprouts Right Now

2 Mar

Busy week ahead, Keftanis. No time for cooking? No problem. Whip these brussels sprouts up in 10 minutes or less.

best sauce for brussels sprouts

Maple Dijon Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients

  • 1 bag shredded brussels sprouts from Trader Joes (or chop up 3-4 c yourself, but then don’t blame me when it takes more than 5 minutes!)
  • 1 TSP olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2-4 TBS dijon mustard (depending on taste and kick)
  • 1-2 TBS maple syrup

Assembly

1. Heat oil in saute pan. Throw in brussels sprouts and let ’em cook to your desired level of blackened. I like them particularly crispy so would leave them for 5-7 minutes on medium. Stir occasionally.

2. Mix together lemon juice and 2 TBS of mustard. Add maple syrup to taste and titrate until you get the mustardy kick/maple sweet that you desire. I like 3 heaping TBS mustard to 1 TBS maple syrup–but it will depend on your mustard and taste. Mix sauce into cooked sprouts and enjoy!

Sweet Potato Ginger Latkes

17 Dec

Happy Hanukkah to all the Keftanis celebrating. In honor of the festival of lights, here’s a Cooking Up Kefi re-run: sweet potato ginger latkes! For a paleo/clean version, use whatever flour floats your boat. I love mine extra crispy (and then cooked a little more)- you do what you want with yours!

PS: Still on the hunt for some gifts? Check out the 2014 Cooking Up Kefi Gift Guide.

Burnt Cinnamon Cranberry Sauce and the Quinoa Bowl I’m Dying to Eat

18 Nov

Cranberries: not just the name of JetSetKef’s favorite band in middle school. I always buy bags of ’em because they are so cheap but have never really LOVED the dishes I’ve made with them. This year things are different: last week I made a cranberry apple galette that restored my faith in French pastry and yesterday I made a cranberry sauce so good and so easy that you will forget it even comes in a can. With two more bags in the fridge, who knows what more can happen!

This is a total set-it-and-forget-it recipe– I was actually doing yoga in my living room while it cooked (more like fighting with my cat for room on the yoga mat…a story for another day). The only way I could keep myself from eating the whole thing right out of the damn pot was to mix some with the butternut squash I had roasted earlier that day, which had me reallllllly wishing I had more of that frozen quinoa and kale from Costco I posted about a few weeks ago. I think this just-sweet-enough, hearty-with-a-pinch-of-spice cranberry sauce can be paired with almost anything–but if I were you, I’d throw it in a bowl with some red quinoa, braised kale, and roasted butternut.

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Burnt Cinnamon Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients

  • 12 oz fresh cranberries
  • 7/8 c red wine
  • 1/8 c maple syrup
  • 1/2 TBS cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg

Assembly

1. Combine ingredients in a medium pot and mix well.

2. Bring to boil. Reduce to simmer and let cook, strring occasionally, for 45-50 minutes, or until you’ve reached your desired consistency. The burnt bits on the bottom WILL be the best part.

5 Things I’m Loving From Trader Joe’s Right Now

4 Nov

DC is still a flutter from the new Trader Joe’s that opened last spring–on Monday night (Monday!) the line wrapped around the entire.damn.store. As in– through every aisle. It was wild. Anyway, while I still think most of their produce is really crappy, there are several products I think are just terrific. Here are five of ’em:

1. Curry Simmer Sauce

simmerI could buy 5 jars of this a week and still want more. Usually I mix half a jar of simmer sauce with half a can of coconut milk and throw it over a bunch of cauliflower and/or broccoli. Simmer for 35 minutes or so et voila! Dinner is served. There aren’t all that many pre-made sauces out there that don’t have sugar in ’em, so TJ gets a gold star for this one that is sugar free AND delicious.

2. All this Coconut Water for $2.49

coconutwaterReally nothing else I need to say about that.

3. Cruciferous Crunch Collection

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4. Tahini Sauce

tahiniPut those together you have got yourself a SUPER SALAD, my friends. Friggin yum.

5. Mamby Pamby Baking Supplies at a Cheaper Price

cocooilGluten-free all-purpose flour, palm sugar, coconut oil, even carob–Trader Joe’s has busted into the clean baking market and broke it wide open. Definitely the lowest prices I’ve seen for all of the above!

Honorable Mentions

peasI don’t always buy Solid Gold Ish but when I do… they don’t make it out of the grocery store.

magoFor some reason these are near impossible to open–but these dried mangoes (with not a thing added!) are worth the work.

yogurtIt ain’t Fage, but it is full fat–and that’s so good.

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