Roasted Lamb and Full Cauliflower

How to wow a crowd

Believe it or not, this was one of the first meals I cooked after my concussion. This whole roasted cauliflower, which is inspired by one of my favorite restaurants in NYC (ABCV), has been on my “recipe to-do list” for an incredibly long time. I was sitting on my couch with my mom when she mentioned her and my dad were going to stay over for dinner followed by her asking, “what should we order in?” As someone who loves to cook for those I love, and have always promised my dad for a home cooked meal after work one day before his commute home, I finally had the opportunity at my fingertips.  It was finally time to cook my parents a delicious and impressive meal in my own kitchen. Although I had just suffered a pretty serious concussion and was still unable to turn on majority of the lights in my apartment, which also showed me how magnificently calming a dimly lit home can be, cooking was the one thing I was most definitely capable of.

With a freezer conveniently packed with Pat La Frieda lamb (you’d be amazed what you can find in my freezer), and a mother willing to grocery shop for me, it was time to create something memorable and delicious. To say this meal impressed my parents and hit the spot would be an understatement; my dad licked his plate clean and my vegan(ish) mom was sneaking in bites of my lamb. I even had an extremely satisfied Joe come home from work the next day and randomly express how amazing last night’s dinner was. Turns out I may cook my best meals while concussed? I’ll freaking take it!

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Ingredients (serves 4):

  • Rack of lamb (1)
  • Cauliflower (1 large head)
  • Lemon (2)
  • Pomegranate (1)
  • Cucumber (½)
  • Greek yogurt (1 cup)
  • Hazelnuts (½ cup)
  • Golden raisins (½ cup)
  • Avocado oil
  • Tahini
  • Olive oil
  • Parsley
  • Dill
  • Curry powder
  • Turmeric
  • Tandoori blend
  • Whole cumin
  • Mustard powder
  • Salt & pepper

Directions:

  1. Make the seasoning for the cauliflower: combine ½ cup of avocado oil, juice of ½ lemon, curry powder, turmeric, tandoori blend, whole cumin, and salt & pepper
  2. Place the cauliflower on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 450 for 50 minutes
  3. While the cauliflower is baking, prepare its accouterments
    1. Chop the hazelnuts
    2. Chop the golden raisins
    3. Chop the parsley
    4. Peel the pomegranate and separate the seeds
  4. Prepare the tahini dressing: combine and stir 1/3 cup of tahini with ½ cup of olive oil and the juice of ½ lemon
  5. Prepare the tzatziki sauce:
    1. Chop the ½ cucumber into very thin pieces
    2. Mix the chopped cucumber into the yogurt with fresh dill, the juice of ½ lemon, and salt & pepper
  6. Rub the lamb with the curry powder, turmeric, mustard powder, and salt & pepper
  7. Place the lamb on a cooking rack and cook at 450 for 25 minutes or until the temp reaches around 130 degrees. Flip with about 10 minutes of cooking to go
  8. Remove the lamb and allow to rest for ~10 minutes
  9. While the lamb is resting, place the cauliflower on top of the pomegranate seeds, chopped hazelnuts, and chopped golden raisins and top with the tahini dressing and the chopped parsley
  10. Slice the lamb and serve alongside the roasted cauliflower head

Allergen Information:

  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Soy Free
  • Low FODMAP
  • Whole30
  • Paleo

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One Sheet Pan Salmon & Vegetables

Guaranteed easiest clean up

We have a general rule in our apartment that if one person cooks, the other cleans. Since I typically am doing the former, Joe is often times the person manning the sink after we finish up our meal. With the constant flow of recipe testing that goes down in our kitchen, I am often questioned how it is possible that I dirtied so many dishes. If you have ever tried to create a recipe, or you are like me and decide to somehow use every bowl, plate, or fork in your cabinets, you get what a shitshow your kitchen can look like after the fact. In order to avoid this situation, and really just make Joe a happier human, I started creating “one sheet pan” dinners. The main requirement of these meals: once done cooking, the only dirty dish (other than those you ate on) is the baking sheet. These recipes are proving to be delicious and, not surprisingly, incredibly easy. I now know what Joe is going to request for every dinner from here on out…

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Vegan & Gluten Free Carrot Cake Muffins

The foolproof way of eating cake for breakfast

I’m back on my muffin kick and I’m not mad about it! Every Easter (and now somehow almost every holiday) I am responsible for one thing in my family’s household: carrot cake. Each year I’ve slowly evolved it into a healthier and healthier version without anyone noticing a difference in taste. In fact, each year my sister becomes more and more obsessed. Since my family will be traveling for the first time on this year’s Easter, I needed to find a way to make this carrot cake breakfast approved so that my family (aka sister) could enjoy her favorite creation of mine throughout the week. My solution: carrot cake muffins. Oh yea, that just happen to be vegan, gluten/grain/dairy free, sweetened only by maple syrup, and BOMB DOT COM.

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Whole30 Five Day Meal Plan

Your guide to tackling a week on Whole30!

I am SO incredibly excited to share something with you all that I have been working on for over the past few weeks. As you all probably know by now, I just recently completed Whole30. In my pieces on both my blog and Mindbodygreen, I make it very clear that my number one tip on how to survive Whole30 is meal prepping. Many people respond to this statement saying they don’t know how to meal prep because they don’t know what to make, they don’t have the recipes, or they are overwhelmed in a grocery store trying to make sure they buy the correct amount of food. Well, friends, I am here to help. Behold, my five day Whole30 Meal Plan. This pamphlet contains a meal plan schedule for Monday-Friday with individual recipes for each meal and, most importantly, an organized master grocery list.

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My Thoughts on Doing Whole30 the Second Time Around

How Whole30 was so Different the Second Time

About exactly one year ago I embarked on my first Whole30 challenge; overwhelmed, intimidated, curious, and weirdly excited. What initially began as a way to hopefully get some answers to some gastrointestinal issues, turned into a much more insightful experience. I learned a lot about myself and my eating habits, specifically that I had a full-blown granola addiction and that I was consuming more sugar than I liked to admit. As outlined in the piece I wrote for Mindbodygreen, I learned that meal prep is an absolute must, you may not need alcohol as much as you think you do, you must listen to your body, and some other important lessons. Fast forward to a year later and I was ready to tackle the Whole30 challenge for the second time around, expecting it to be not too different than the first run. However, now after completing this second go, I am surprised to look back and assess how different these two sets of thirty days were for me.  What was so drastically different? Continue reading “My Thoughts on Doing Whole30 the Second Time Around”

Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Avocado Pesto and Spicy Coconut Salmon

Ever since starting Freckled Foodie and continuously photographing my meals, I’ve noticed one stand out consistent meal: zucchini noodles and salmon. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good bowl of pasta. In no way am I going to tease you to believe that this will replace the hearty, comforting, nap induced bliss you feel after a bowl of hot pasta. However, what I can tell you, is that there are many of nights I actually prefer to have this meal instead (I know, blasphemy). I was always skeptical of “zoodles” for this exact reason. Refusing to accept them as a form of pasta, I changed my mindset to view them as simply another delicious option for a meal, which is exactly what they are. This meal’s pulling force that continues to suck me in on a weekly basis is the place it lands on the taste / effort scale. This meal is exceptionally easy to make, especially if you follow some of my prepping tips below, and requires minimal effort in the kitchen. It also is a refreshing, light, and delicious dinner or lunch option while seemingly impressive to dinner guests. Plus, these zoodles are simply aesthetically pleasing when they so perfectly resemble long ribbons.

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Zoodles with Indian Spiced Lamb Meatballs, Fennel Frond Pesto, and Turmeric Curry Coconut Yogurt Sauce

This (delicious) meal was inspired by two questions I found myself wondering this past week. One, what exactly makes a pesto a “pesto”. Is it the basil? Is it just a leaf blended with some type of nut and an oil? Is it simply something green that is a spreadable sauce? Two, why the heck is half of the fennel I just purchased all stems and fronds and what am I supposed to do with them (because I am mentally unable to throw away any type of food). Along with these questions, I found myself at my favorite local butcher shop looking through the glass case the same way I have a thousand times before but all of a sudden gravitating towards a different type of meat: lamb. Following my stomach (because how else should you live life), these thoughts, questions, and epiphanies, I was led me to one thing: fennel frond fucking pesto. Sorry, I know I have an extremely bad cursing habit and use the F word as an adjective too often, but it just rolled off the tongue so perfectly. So anyway, this triple F pesto sauce became the connection between all of my wondering thoughts and the base of a deliciously adventurous, and very different than my usual, weeknight dinner.

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