06 January, 2015

Dinner and a Movie: Mashed Cauliflower with a Butternut Squash Swirl + Chef

DINNER
One of my goals for the New Year is to eat less junk and eat more real foods. So that means cutting out dairy, gluten, processed foods, and eating more vegetables. So in attempt to eat more veggies I hit up my favorite health food store and stocked up. I bought a cauliflower I planned on mashing and a butternut squash and knew I wanted to somehow incorporate the two. I came across this recipe for Mashed Cauliflower with a Butternut Squash Swirl and it sounded perfect. Let me just say mashed cauliflower is DELICIOUS. I've made it before and it seriously passes as potatoes. It's so much easier to make than mashed potatoes anyways because there's no peeling or long time boiling. Butternut Squash is the dessert of root vegetables in my opinion and you could easily just roast it for 50 minutes in the oven and eat it by it's self, it's that good. This cauliflower/butternut squash mashed concoction was heavenly. We even forgot we were eating cauliflower and kept calling it potatoes. This was super easy to make and we had a good bit leftover for lunch the next day. If you haven't had mashed cauliflower I highly recommend trying it and mashed butternut squash is pure deliciousness. I served ours with a rotisserie chicken I picked up on the way home from work. Theo isn't too fond of them but they really are the easiest weeknight meal.


Mashed Cauliflower with a Butternut Squash Swirl
recipe adapted from Dashing Dish

Ingredients

1/4 cup almond milk- I buy Whole Foods Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk
1 large head of cauliflower, chopped into florets (about 3-4 cups)
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and chopped into cubes, should end up with 2-3 cups
1 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
optional: top with 1 tablespoon of butter



Recipe


Sprinkle salt and pepper onto butternut squash and bake in oven at 325 degrees for 45-50 minutes.
Meanwhile, boil cauliflower on stove top with 1 cup or enough water to cover the cauliflower for 15 minutes, or until fork tender.
Drain cauliflower, place back into pot, add 2 tablespoons almond milk, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Blend with immersion blender (hand held blender) until smooth. You can also use a standing blender.
Once squash is finished roasting and is soft, place into a bowl with 2 tablespoons almond milk, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, and salt pepper to taste. Blend until smooth.
Add mashed cauliflower to serving dish then top with mashed butternut squash, mix until just swirled. Top with butter.


Enjoy!





MOVIE

I've never been more excited to talk about a movie! I didn't expect to like Chef as much as I did. Maybe it's because I love to cook but it's also a great feel good movie. Jon Favreau plays a chef who works at a restaurant where he isn't able to expand his culinary skills. He ends up getting into a Twitter war with a food columnist and gets fired from his job. He takes a trip to Miami with his ex wife, played by Sofia Vergara, and his son, and starts his own food truck while down there. That's all I'm going to say about it because I don't want to give anything else away. I think this was easily one of the best movies of the year. We watched it on GooglePlay but I believe it's on DVD as well. Make sure you eat before watching this though, all the food in the movie will make you hungry! 

16 comments :

  1. those "potatoes" look soo good! i need to make them sometime and just not tell h that it's cauliflower (he hates it). putting Chef on my netflix queue! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  2. I'm so glad to hear you liked Chef - we are definitely going to watch that this weekend!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. Hmm I wonder if I can trick Steve into eating mashed cauliflower! That looks delish! I've never heard of that movie, will have to check that one out!

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  4. That looks so good! I have been wanting to attempt garlic mashed cauliflower and i didn't even think of the fact that it doesn't need to be peeled. That is great news for me, because with the kids I'm always looking for ways to shave off prep time. Btw I got the liquid vitamin D drops and what a difference. I have more energy to get through our bedtime routine lately and have actually been able to stay up till ten lol. I tried the meltaways first that have milk as an ingredient and they wrecked my stomach. I always knew I was sensitive to dairy, but I'm thinking I should really try to cut it out completely.(being that that tiny meltaway had such an effect) Currently I just go very light on dairy. It will be so hard to give up cheese though! xo Keep the healthy recipes coming!

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  5. That looks delicious. I'm on the hunt for some healthy recipes, bookmarking this one!

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  6. I tried to get George to rent this with a Redbox coupon, but he didn't seem that interested. I may try again. Sometimes Sofia's voice gets to me, lol.

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  7. Ohhhhhh that looks so good!! Definitely saving this one. I love how you cook with almond milk I have totally converted our household over to it and with no complaints ;-)

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  8. That sounds delicious! I'm going to need to try it. I love butternut squash but have not tried mashed cauliflower yet

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  9. Chef is on my must watch list!!!! Also - right there with you on cutting the junk.....I'm staying far from the scale for a few weeks! Eek!

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  10. I have to make this! It looks so good! And so does Chef! Movie Night!!!!!

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  11. Brian and I loved Chef!! Such a good movie!

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  12. Love the movie recommendation! I need to try cauliflower again and just boil the crap out of it this time first hah. The first round was just too piecey.

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  13. LOVED Chef! You might also like The Hundred Foot Journey

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  14. I want to see Chef so bad! I heard great things about it!

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  15. I've wanted to see Chef since it first came out, and I keep seeing it OnDemand but we haven't watched it yet-- I'm definitely going to now! One of my goals for this month is to try out the different cauliflower recipes-- including the pizza crust!

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  16. The movie sounds really good!!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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