Last month I was on a 30-day no booze, sugar, dairy, wheat, or caffeine cleanse — great way to get out of going to a boring party, according to John Oliver by the way…
Anyway, after a few weeks of eating vegetables, brown rice english muffins, and pretending that I liked my caffeine-free Vanilla-Cinnamon tea as much as I like hot chocolate? I had to get creative.
So I found ways to make healthy things taste and look like fancy, rich, not-so-healthy foods.
My favorite creation? Cauliflower “creamed” spinach. I love it so much it’s become a weekly staple.
No dairy, no cream, just a bunch of vegetables and a hint of spice! The perfect dish to “indulge” in while you’re making up for all the damage you did over the holidays.
(In my case? It was about 5 pounds of homemade burrata cheese and chocolate gingerbread cookies (thanks Ryan!).)
Here’s how you make it…
2 shallots, sliced
1 head cauliflower, roughly cut
2 tbsp olive oil, butter, or a combo
⅛ tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
2 cups baby spinach
- Melt butter/heat oil in a medium-sized pot over medium heat.
- Add shallots and cook until soft, about 2 minutes.
- Add cauliflower, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and broth.
- Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes, until cauliflower is tender enough to slice with a fork.
- Meanwhile, steam the spinach with a sprinkle of sea salt until wilted.
- Puree cauliflower with an immersion blender or transfer to a blender (just cover with a kitchen towel, not the blender lid – if it’s too hot it will explode!)
- Return to pot, add spinach, stir, and serve.
Also great with chopped toasted nuts on top! Enjoy!
So, I want to know: did you go overboard over the holidays? What was the food (or drink) that did you in?
And how do you plan on redeeming yourself in a way that’s more exciting than plain-old salads? Let me know in the comments!