Monday, November 2, 2020

Cauliflower and Za'atar - A tasty side dish



cauliflower and za'atar side dish

Say good-bye to boring and spice up your cauliflower with Za'atar- Enjoy this easy deliciously spiced combination of interesting flavors.

Vegetables are an important part of our diets, and I eat a variety of vegetables everyday to help provide my body with nutrients and help it detox from unavoidable exposure to toxins in food, in the air, in our homes. After a while I need to make the vegetables more interesting.


Here is what I did to spice up and perk up a bland head of cauliflower. (I do love bland cauliflower).
 
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Imagine some snowy white cauliflower florets cooked with freshly grated ginger and half moon sliced onions, seasoned with freshly squeezed lime juice, turmeric, and za'atar. Then before serving I smother the side dish in freshly chopped scallions.The combination of spices creates a highly interesting and tasty side dish that is easy to make and provides lots of healthy nutrients. 

Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that is anti-inflammatory, immune boosting, and contains lots of protective anti-oxidants.

Fresh Ginger is also anti-inflammatory, soothing to the stomach, and loaded with vitamins. 

Turmeric  is also a great anti-inflammatory. 

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Lime juice (although acidic) once it hits the system, becomes alkalizing. 

Ingredients:
Olive oil or olive oil spray
2 cups of onions, sliced in half moons
2 teaspoons of grated ginger
1/2 cup of vegetable broth, divided
1 medium head of cauliflower, broken into florets
 or 1 large bag of frozen cauliflower florets
1/4 cup of lime juice 
1/8 teaspoon of ground turmeric (or a couple of shakes)
1 teaspoon of za'atar 
1/2 cup of sliced green onion

Directions:  
Coat or spray the bottom of a large skillet with olive oil. Add onions and sauté for 3 minutes stirring. Add freshly grated ginger, stir and continue to sauté for another 2 minutes adding 1/4 cup of broth if needed to prevent sticking. Add cauliflower (fresh or frozen), lime juice, 1/4 cup broth, and turmeric. Toss well and continue cooking on a low flame covered until cauliflower is soft (about 5 minutes). 
Remove from skillet and pour into a serving bowl. Sprinkle with za'atar and serve and enjoy.



29 comments:

  1. What a great idea!....I will try it for Thanksgiving (I celebrate both the Canadian and American thanksgiving)....I love cauliflower so much that I eat it just boiled with some sea salt and olive oil.....Happy birthday!....you look great in the picture!.......Abrazotes, Marcela

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    1. Yes , it's a simple but flavorful way to perk up cauliflower.

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  2. We eat a variety of veg every day too. It is nice to use different recipes for variety for sure. Ginger is a favourite here.

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    1. I am really a fan of freshly grated ginger and it adds such a good flavor to vegetables.

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  3. this sounds perfect for me. i have arthritis, so any anti-inflammatory foods are a plus.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. Yes, cauliflower, ginger, and turmeric are anti-inflammatory I believe.

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  4. Hi Judee, This is a wonderfully colorful and healthy dish. Will pin and reshare on SM. If I add some kind of bean or legume to your dish, I'll have a main course that's simple, high protein and WFPB.

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    1. Thank you Nancy. I certainly appreciate when you pin and reshape my post. I think the idea of adding a protein is a great idea.

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  5. The turmeric and ginger add such a tasty fun flair to your cauliflower. Yum!

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    1. Yes, I love how turmeric adds a beautiful yellow color and the ginger is so flavorful.

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  6. This veggie side dish looks healthy and delicious!

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    1. I would have to agree- Nothing like eating fresh seasonal vegetables with lots of healthy spices.

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  7. Za'atar is my favourite middle eastern spice blend. This looks healthful and tasty!

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    1. I also like Za'atar. I was introduced to it over 40 years ago when I married my husband and that was way before it became popular and more well known.

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  8. This sounds delicious.

    The other day I made falafel, using your recipe. Oh they were so good. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

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    1. Nil,
      I was so excited to your post of the falafel that you made and I truly appreciated that you linked back to my post for the recipe. Your falafel looked amazing. Glad you enjoyed it!

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  9. I do love bland cauliflower too, Judee! Haha... but sprucing it up is always a good idea too. This looks and sounds absolutely delightful, I'd love to give it a go sometimes. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Cauliflower is one fo my favorites and I seem to enjoy it steamed with a little salt as well as perked up in a full flavorful recipe.

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  10. This sounds great! I love putting zaatar in stews and now have to try it in cauliflower.

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    1. I find the flavors in za'atar lend themselves to lots of recipes, especially vegetables. My husband's favorite way to enjoy za'atar is baked on pita bread.

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  11. I love cauliflower but rarely have it. I've never heard of za'atar. I may try this recipe soon.

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    1. Vicki,
      Za'atar is a poplular Middle Eastern blend of spices that has an oregano type of spice as the base along with sesame seeds, sumac and other spices.

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  12. What a timely post! I've got a head of cauliflower in my fridge right now!

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    1. Let me know if you try it and like it! It's a healthy and flavorful side.

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  13. Cauliflower looks so delicious, Judee!! very similar to how I make cauliflower as a dry curry. But your idea of using broth instead of water to cook the vegetable is awesome, I 've never thought of this, and the zaatar seasoning too is something new to me, I will make it your way and let you know how it turned out, thanks for the recipe!!!

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    1. Aarthi,
      If you have never tried Za'atar, I think you will really like it. It is made with an oregano base with sesame seeds and other spices.

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  14. I have some Za'atar in the pantry...and I've never pulled it out! I should go find it and make this side dish. We're always hunting for different side dishes to bulk out our dinner plate, and this sounds delicious!

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