Asian Broccoli Salad with Sesame Almond Dressing

February 15, 2019

I’ve been using (and eating!) riced vegetables a lot lately. They’re just so easy and convenient. They cook quickly, can be added to so many dishes, and best of all, good for you! (For more riced vegetable ideas, click here, here, and here.) So, here’s another recipe involving riced vegetables. This time, I used riced broccoli as the basis for a delicious salad.

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Help! I Don’t Know What To Call This Awesome Salad Dressing

June 2, 2015

You can call me a lot of things, but a lousy salad maker is not one of them. Check out this beauty!


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Orange Cauliflower

March 9, 2011

I recently blogged about discovering vegetables in unexpected colors after finding purple and yellow carrots at Whole Foods.  Well, now I get to post another blog about oddly-colored vegetables, because guess what I found the most recent time I went to Whole Foods?


Here’s a piece of it close-up:

It was just sittin’ there, in the produce section, near the broccoli and the zucchini, minding its own business.  I saw it, and had to buy it.  It cost $3 exactly – a little more than a head of standard white cauliflower, but not outrageous by any means.

I bought an entire head of it (which was the only way you could buy it), and was so intrigued when I got home, that I chopped it up immediately into florets, and in my excitement, forgot to take a picture of the entire head.  That’s two days in a row I’ve forgotten to document things for the blog (after my recent crockpot catastrophe) – what’s going on, David?  Keep that camera handy!

I had the perfect storage container for my orange cauliflower florets – a matching orange FridgeSmart Tupperware (which I’ve blogged about before here):

I’ve been munching on the orange cauliflower over the past few days – a handful here and there, all of it raw, and like the rainbow carrots, I can’t tell the difference, taste-wise, between this cauliflower and its common white cousin.

I just finished off the last of the orange cauliflower, piling it up on a plate as part of my lunch – which you can see in that first picture.  The sauce on the side is actually salad dressing:

This Bolthouse Farms Honey Mustard dressing is yogurt based, and 1 serving, which is 2 tablespoons (just about what I put on the plate), is 45 calories and 1.5 grams of fat.  Fantastic!  Honey mustard is one of my favorite dressings and dips, and I’m particularly fond of this brand.

So curious what bizarrely-colored vegetables I might stumble upon next!  Blue radishes?  Pink arugula?  I’ll keep my eyes peeled and my mind (and stomach) open.  And, as always, I’ll share whatever I find with you.

Keep it up, David!

Cauliflower Mash

November 11, 2010

I’m being held hostage in my own home, by my dryer:

On Tuesday night, when I turned on my dryer, I could hear the motor whirring, but the drum wasn’t spinning.  Then, yesterday, the motor didn’t seem to be working at all.  Fantastic! I scheduled a maintenance visit, with the technician coming between 8am and noon today.  It’s now 12:20, and they haven’t come yet.  I just called, and they’re saying an arrival time now around 1 or 1:30pm.  We’ll see how that goes.  Oh – here’s the kicker!  Who has two thumbs and a dryer warranty that expired about 2 weeks ago?  THIS GUY. Just my luck.

One of the things I need to do today is go grocery shopping.  My fridge and cupboards are practically bare.  For breakfast, I polished off the last of the personal watermelon I bought last week (about 3-4 cups worth), a kiwi, some wheat toast, and I juiced an orange.  Lunch was a trickier matter.  I have a head of cauliflower that’s been staring at me from my vegetable drawer for the past few days, but I’m kinda sick of cauliflower.  I’ve bought 3 heads over the past month or so, and ended up just chopping the first 2 into florets and eating them raw.  But I gotta make do with what I got – so I decided to whip up a make-it-up-as-I-go-along cauliflower mash.

Breaking News: The technician is here!  I’ll resume this post shortly.  Thank you for holding.

Breaking News Part Two: Guess who has a broken belt on his dryer?  I do!  Apparently it’s not uncommon on Samsung dryers like mine.  The parts needed aren’t in stock (of course) and they’ll take 5 business days to arrive (of course), so I better string up a clothesline until then.  I think I’ll manage just fine – luckily the dryer broke just as I had finished a couple loads of laundry.  And I was really hoping to spend $200 right now on one of my appliances, so I’m just elated that it’s all working out for me.

Back to the cauliflower mash.  I broke down the cauliflower and steamed it:

Then the cauliflower went into my food processor.  I wanted to add a little protein, so I added in half a can of garbanzo beans:

And pretty much the rest of the cilantro in the fridge:

Once my food processor did its magic, this is what I had:

I wanted to add something creamy, and this is where my bare cupboards didn’t help me.  Some nonfat Greek yogurt would be perfect, and skim milk would do fine also, but I was out of both.  I have lite mayo, but that didn’t seem like a good idea.  So I settled on about 2-3 tablespoons of Lite Caesar Salad Dressing:

For a flavor boost, I also added about a teaspoon or so of this salad dressing mix that I had bought for a recipe I made a few months back:

Mmm… garlic and herbs.  I mixed it all up, and served me up a bowl, with a few cilantro leaves as garnish:

It was pretty good, especially given the impromptu nature of it, although if I had to do it again, I’d maybe swap out the Caesar dressing for some Greek yogurt.  I’m glad I liked it, because I have enough left over to last me a couple days.

Tonight I’m going to Latin Jam class for the first time in about a month.  I didn’t make it for a few weeks due to the craziness of my most recent job, and last week I had another conflict, but I’m really looking forward to tonight!  And since one of my favorite supermarkets, Super King, is in the neighborhood, I think I’ll stock up there.  No cauliflower, though.

Keep it up, David!