Sunday, January 6, 2013

Whole 30: In the Kitchen

Tangy Tomato Sliders, Caramelized Onion Topped Puréed Cauliflower, and Apple Pecan Salad

Tonight's dinner came together organically so I thought I'd deconstruct the process.

I started with the idea of cooking up a couple packages of beef sliders - some for tonight and the rest for lunches. I seasoned them up with my go to blend from Trader Joes and browned them in cast iron pan Cute Man got me for the Holidays.

While those were cooking, I decided that puréed cauliflower would go well so in went a couple bags of the frozen stuff with 1/2 cup of my homemade beef broth into my new enameled cast iron Dutch oven.

Next up, I brainstormed an idea for a sauce for my sliders since store bought BBQ and ketchup are out for a Whole 30. I adapted my go to Catalina Dressing recipe to be sweetener free - 1/3 cup each of balsamic vinegar, tomato paste, olive oil, and water plus a tsp each of garlic salt, chili powder, and paprika blended. I decided to not only top my sliders with this, but to mix up a quick salad and garnish it with diced apples and pecans.

Turning back to my cauliflower, I added a couple tbs of ghee and garlic salt before going at it with the stick blender. Once it was nice and creamy, I envisioned it smothered in caramelized onions so I took the cooked sliders out of the cast iron and added sliced yellow onions from two ginormous onions from Costco. Stirring often, they slowly developed into a vat of deliciousness in the yumminess left behind from cooking the meat.

Finally, I put it all together on a plate that balanced out to be 3/4 veggies, 1/4 protein, with a healthy dose of fat. I feel really great eating this way and find it so fun to pull together a meal that is not only good for me, but tasty and full of flavor.

So what are you cooking up in your kitchen to keep things fun and fresh?


dreamer said...

That sounds really tasty.I have been following your blog a while now and find it really interesting. I just started doing Whole 30, day 5 coming up.So far I have just been having simple plain meals but I will be trying out some new spicier recipes,starting with a no bean chilli this evening.
I have just started a blog to keep a record for myself but just set it for anyone to access.


Thanks for sharing your blog! It looks like your chilli came out delicious. Great job so far!

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winar said...

it's look delicious..yummy..