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Cauliflower is your Ultra-Versatile Veggie

Imagine a world where you can eat pizza and Buffalo wings at any meal and lose weight. This isn’t a dream world, it’s reality if you just use cauliflower in interesting and creative ways. 

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If you are trying to eat healthier and lose weight, swapping in cauliflower for your carbohydrates is a great start. Imagine a world where you can eat pizza and Buffalo wings at any meal and lose weight. This isn’t a dream world, it’s reality if you just use cauliflower in interesting and creative ways.   Let’s explore this ultra-versatile vegetable and see what cauliflower has in store for us next.

 

Healthy

Cauliflower is in the cruciferous vegetable family with other super foods like broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and kale. This super food packs you full of nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals essential to a healthy lifestyle.   This magical vegetable has been proven to fight cancer with sulforaphane, a sulfur compound that has been shown to kill off cancer stem cells. Cauliflower also boosts brain and heart health, acts as an anti-inflammatory, and detoxifies your body. All this packed into uber convenient little florets. Now that you understand how beneficial cauliflower actually is, let’s explore some cool ways to introduce it into your meals.

 

Shape Shifter

Cauliflower is a true culinary shape shifter. It can easily be swapped into many meals as its flavor profile is slight and it can soak up flavors easily. Here are some awesome ways to incorporate cauliflower into your meals and incredible ways cauliflower can mimic almost any carbohydrate.

 

Rice

When you are on a diet you basically stop eating as many grains like rice. These carbohydrates add calories and inches to your waistline, so let’s ditch these calories and try out the super cauliflower.  This veggie can be turned into rice easily and with little prep time. Simply steam some chopped up cauliflower until it’s tender, usually 3-5 minutes. Next toss them into a food processor and crank it on for a few seconds. You’ll notice the veggie now resembles rice. You can add flavoring or mix it into some fried rice ingredients for a healthy Asian meal.

 

Mashed

Mashed potatoes are so tasty yet so bad for your diet, so try mashing some better veggies. Simply steam cauliflower for 3-5 minutes until fork tender. Add butter and milk and mash away. Try roasting some garlic for a real authentic flavor profile and nobody will realize they aren’t eating potatoes.

 

Tater tots

Similar to making rice, steam the cauliflower and toss in food processor. Take the riced veggie and add in some shredded cheese, then form into tater tots shapes. Toss in a 350-degree oven for 30 minutes, now you have a healthy tater tot replacement that won’t make your diet crash.

 

Buffalo Wings

Now we are getting into some crazy territory. You can seriously replace chicken wings with cauliflower florets and eat Buffalo wings with little to no guilt. Simply break up the florets into bite sized pieces and deep fry or bake for 20 minutes in a 400-degree oven. Toss them in your favorite hot wing sauce and serve warm. Your quests will be floored by the healthy treats.

 

Pizza Crust

My favorite food is pizza, but you can’t eat it every day of you want to be healthy… or can you? The crust of pizza is where all the calories are hiding, so simply ditch the carbs of the crust and replace with healthy veggie crust.

Super easy recipe, make cauliflower rice and mix with shredded mozzarella cheese and an egg. Mix in a bowl and flatten out on a piece or parchment paper, making the shape of your pizza. Cook this pizza crust alone in a 400-degree oven for 0 minutes each side. Once this is done you can begin adding pizza toppings, sauce and cheese. Cook again for 10 minutes and you now have healthy pizza you could feasibly eat every day and never gain weight.

 

Let’s celebrate the magical vegetable and keep the weight off by substituting cauliflower for all your unhealthy carbs.

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Happiness is an essential aspect of survival. For many Black influencers, promoting positivity among fans and followers, mainly during crises, is a must—that so-called reminder that there is still light at the end of the darkest tunnel.

Amid the ill effects of the present COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing debates regarding equality and racism, numerous Black celebrities and creators are offering the community a chance to laugh, reconnect, and heal. Tabitha Brown delights her audience with cooking expertise; Kerry Washington showcases yoga as a calming and reflective activity, and Rickey Thompson entrances followers with his dancing moves.

Brown and Her Cooking

The vegan actress provides both her Instagram and TikTok fans with motivational clips. She combines her southern cooking with inspirational narratives. She guides her millions of followers as she demonstrates how to cook a variety of dishes as she simultaneously calms her audience with her trademark expressions, including “’cause that’s our business” and “like so, like that.”

After her 2-year battle with chronic fatigue and pain, the actress turned to the web, posting motivational videos for fans. “I want to help people,” Brown shares in a recent interview. “I think my content has a responsibility to bring light every day, whether it’s in laughter, whether it’s in inspiration, whether it’s through food,” she adds.

Thompson and His Dancing Moves

Like Brown, Thompson has millions of followers on social media. He dazzles his fans with various dance clips coupled with relatable rants regarding relevant issues. His videos are bursts of color and gaiety, encouraging everyone to believe that things will soon be okay.

He shares that, after the terrible losses that he and his family encountered, he realized that he could use his voice to influence others. Nowadays, he provides his fans with comic relief through dancing, walking, and self-expression. “As a Black person, our whole journey is trying to keep all our emotions within because we’re supposed to be strong, we’re supposed to be these tough people,” Thompson explains. “But we’re also human… What’s important is letting other people know you’re not in this alone,” he continues.

Staying Positive amid Problems

Despite the current difficulties encountered by various Black and colored communities in the country, it is highly important to remain calm and steady. Laughter helps relieve the accumulated stress and pain brought on by the pandemic and increased racism, while motivational talks provide positive guidance on how to make the best of the situation.

Numerous Black influencers and personalities offer various stress relief options online, encouraging others in the community to hold on to each other, although virtually, as we all await the eventual cure to this present pandemic. “So that even if it’s for one minute, it’s an escape for whatever they have going on in life. They can laugh a little bit or cry if they need to, but they just feel like they have somebody at that moment,” Brown asserts.

Indeed, we may all be grappling with various issues at the moment, but hope must spring eternal as survival can only be possible for those who remain steadfast, strong, and happy.

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How To Determine A Food-Friendly Wine

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The language of wine can be romantic, mystifying, or nonsensical — sometimes all at once. Experts share their experience and research for some wines and winery in answering the question: “What makes a wine food-friendly?”. Some people are dependent on wine names and might seem self-evident, but frequently, they get deceived. 

“Food-friendly” is a common description that should seem obvious, but what does it mean?

Most people would say that wine is meant to be consumed with food. However, we usually drink wines as cocktails, or on their own, without thinking about what we eat to match the wine mood. Sometimes, people also enjoy them as trophies, for the experience of tasting a rare, expensive wine. In these contexts, food doesn’t matter. Wine is the highlight.

The concept of a “food wine” became a derogatory — a wine that didn’t taste good on its own and needed food as a counterbalance for its flaws. That’s not what we mean today by describing a wine as “food-friendly.”

  • Every good wine will be friendly with at least some food. A positively food-friendly wine plays nicely with a broad category of foods, from sweet to savory to spicy, from meat to fish to veggies.

“I’ve had A-plus perfect pairings, where every note in the wine and dish sync and amplify each other, but those are rare experiences, and I don’t think they are the point most of the time,” says Matt Stamp, a master sommelier who used to try to orchestrate such pairings at the French Laundry in Yountville, in Napa Valley.

  • Along with Rosé, Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Barbera are wines noted for their acidity and versatility with food. This can result in surprising pairings. Beef braised in Riesling is a traditional German dish, and pinot noir makes an exciting partner to sushi, roast chicken, pork, or grilled salmon. 
  • When in doubt at home or in a restaurant, look for these types of wines for challenging food pairings or find some bubbles, the second characteristic that defines food-friendly wines. Bubbles go with everything. The sparkling wine’s enthusiasm effectively cleanses your mouth and prepares you for the next bite of food or a sip of wine. Sparkling wines also manage to be refreshingly acidic. We do ourselves an offense by relegating champagne and other bubblies drinks, such as Italian prosecco or Spanish cava.

“Champagne can be had throughout a meal, even with the right steak,” says Nadine Brown, former sommelier at Charlie Palmer Steak in D.C. “Fried chicken and potato chips with grower champagne is hot right now,” Brown says, pointing to the ultimate combo of extravagant wine and poor vittles.

I usually don’t agree with the “drink the wine you like with the food you like” school of view because it can be lazy. But if you pay attention to the wines you drink and the foods you pair them with, you’ll develop your group of wine styles to draw on when wondering, “What on earth should I drink with this?”

And as Brown advises, “Stay curious.” You might find something unique and surprising.

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Turn Your Extra Rice Into Something More

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Rice is best paired with any of the viands you can think of, whether it’s vegetables or meat. It goes so well with anything. Without rice, sometimes, we feel unsatisfied; thus, we still feel hungry. However, you can turn rice into something you want it to be! Fried rice, for example, yet, it is not the basic ones; you can add something into it to make it more delicious and mouth-watering.

Depending on your position, leftover takeout rice can be the bane of your existence or a blessing. For most of us, it’s the latter. Extras such as these are the foundation for a superb reinvented supper, namely fried rice.

Fried rice is an excellent weeknight feed, whether you want to extemporize with what’s already in your kitchen or have a specific project. Here are some recipes from our archives, which are great as written and easy enough to achieve. They’re so great; you might find yourself ending up ordering more rice just to make them. 

Fried rice with broccoli and mustard greens

A vegetable-loaded version uses a sharp technique that has you cook the ingredients in steps, which is especially helpful if you don’t have a wok or large skillet.

Better than takeout fried rice

Sometimes, there are similarities between what you might get if you ordered fried rice, but we prefer the freshness and crunch of homemade. The ginger and red pepper flakes are making it sound, too.

Sesame fried rice with spring vegetables and egg

Brown rice binds more nourishment into the stir-fry, and fried eggs mean you can mix in a runny yolk for an extra-luxurious texture.

Garlic fried rice (Chahan)

This is for garlic lovers; celebrate because you’ll fry a few cloves for this recipe. It calls for short-grain Japanese rice, so here’s an ideal recipe for making a cut in any sushi rice you may get. 

Vegetable fried rice

This recipe helps you with extra brown rice. Other than that, it will also get you to reinvent those broccoli stems instead of throwing them away or doing the same recipe over and over again. 

Quick ham-fried rice with lavender

This is clearly off the hidden path, but the floral flavor plays well with the pork, ginger, and raisins. 

Spicy basil tofu fried rice

A stir-fry for one that recommends making a baked marinated tofu for extra flavor and thick texture. You can also swap in plain extra-firm tofu. 

African soul fried rice.

Food writer and culinary historian Michael Twitty is the source of this vivid dish that includes traditional or indigenous ingredients to West and Central Africa. 

Those are just some of the recipes you may use for converting your plain rice into something more tasty. Avoid food waste, get what you can consume. If we can’t avoid leftover foods, let’s not leave it. Let’s transform it.

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