Vegetables

My challenge? Convince my ten year old that vegetables are not “gross.” I’m glad to report I’m succeeding!

cauliflower gratin

Of all the many ways to prepare cauliflower, this creamy cauliflower gratin is one of my favorites. Granted, adding sour cream and gruyere to almost anything would make it taste good, but this is especially true for cauliflower. As versatile as potatoes, but healthier, it readily absorbs the richness of cream and cheese and is then elevated from a tasty veggie into a delicacy. Click for the recipe

Mini Spinach Quiches

Tasty little spinach quiches, crustless and grain-free. Great as an appetizer, as a side dish, or even as a quick snack – I simply grab one and eat cold, or briefly heat in the microwave.

These mini quiches are best baked in 3-ounce ceramic ramekins or in well-greased silicone muffin cups – they tend to stick to regular muffin tins, even when lined with paper liners. Click for the recipe

Eggplant Bake

In this eggplant bake recipe, a well-seasoned mixture of eggplants and onions is baked until everything is browned, roasted and very flavorful. I’m sure tomatoes would be a welcome addition here, by the way – I just didn’t have any on hand tonight! Click for the recipe

Fried Cauliflower Rice

This fried cauliflower rice is amazing! Try serving it to unsuspecting guests and they’ll never guess it’s made of cauliflower. Really, really good. And while we now know that rice that has been cooked, cooled and then fried contains beneficial resistant starch, for some of us, the carb load from a plate of fried rice is still too much, and this fried cauliflower rice is a great, tasty alternative. Click for the recipe

cauliflower fritters

My cheesy broccoli bites were such a hit with everyone, it occurred to me that I should make a version with cauliflower. For these, I used Parmesan instead of cheddar and thyme instead of oregano. So good! I served them as a side dish, but they can easily be served as an appetizer or as a snack. Click for the recipe

Baked Onions

These baked onions are savory, creamy and cheesy. They make an excellent side dish to grilled meat. Click for the recipe

Pesto Spaghetti Squash

My pesto pasta salad is delicious, but very high in carbs: 43 grams per serving. Substituting spaghetti squash for the pasta gives you a very similar experience in terms of taste (admittedly with a different texture), for far fewer calories and carbs, and more nutrients from the squash. Click for the recipe