Cauliflower Mashies

Hey y’all! Long time no post, I know. But it is because I have been doing research!

[read: I have been failing all over the place so that I have something interesting to write about for -you-!]

We’re gonna start with the more basic stuff and get into the more awesome stuff down the line, but let’s just say my skills have begun to grow beyond mere cooking and baking (though those are getting pretty good too!) and have entered the realm of… other stuff.

Cauliflower mashies! These babies taste fresh and light, and while they don’t quite mirror their brother the mashed potato in every way, they’re a darn good replacement, especially for those looking for some lighter fare now that it’s getting warmer outside.

These go great with brats and burgers, steak, certain tofu dishes, chicken… basically anything. They’re an awesome, versatile side and they’re super easy to make.

Also don’t rag on my food-tography. I was yelled at for not having any pictures of the stuff I make (because honestly I just always forget) so… enjoy it, or scorn it in silence!

You Will Need:

  • 1 stove
  • 1 large pot with lid
  • 1 colander that fits inside the aforementioned pot
  • 1 fork
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • water

Step 1: Fill the bottom of the pot with water and balance the colander on the mouth of the pot. The bowl of the colander should go inside the pot, but the water in the pot should not be high enough to get into the holes of the colander. You’re going to be steaming your cauliflower!

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Step 2: Chop up your head of cauliflower. Discard the leaves, but otherwise it doesn’t really need to be pretty or cut a certain way, just as long as the pieces are large enough not to fall through the holes of your colander.

Step 3: Turn the burner under the pot on high and place your cauliflower choppings into the colander. Balance the lid over top of the colander.
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Step 4: Let your cauliflower bits steam until your fork can stab through them with very little resistance.

Step 5: Once your cauliflower is steamed properly, empty your pot of its water, shake the water from your cauliflower (over a sink preferably), and put your cauliflower bits directly into the pot.

Step 6: (Do this carefully if you have a teflon-coated pot as you don’t want to scratch it) Take up your mighty fork like the trident of Poseidon and mash the cauliflower. Add butter and pepper to taste, or whatever you do to fancy up your mashed potatoes.

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Step 7: Smash that mash and come back to tell us how it turned out!

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Thanks for reading, guys! As always, like, comment, share, subscribe! Keep your eyes open for more from Molly Stewart Living, coming soon.

-Molly

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Carrot Fries

Holy delicious, Batman. We have stumbled upon the cheapest, tastiest, fastest snack or side dish you have ever put in your face.

Carrot fries.

Let’s get right down to it, shall we?

What You Will Need

  • 1 oven
  • Carrots (the long kind, not baby carrots — I used like 6 or 7)
  • A carrot peeler or some other method of getting the yuck off of the outside of your carrots
  • A knife
  • A cookie sheet
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Step 1:  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2: Wash and peel your carrots. If you do not know how to peel carrots, look here.

Step 3: Cut each carrot in half horizontally (so you have two slightly less long pieces of carrot), then length-wise until you have four to six (depending on the width of your carrot) thinnish carrot slivers. Arrange these so they’re scattered and somewhat flat on your cookie sheet.

Step 4: Drizzle carroty bits with olive oil, then add some salt and pepper and shake ’em around until all of your slivers are nice and coated. Pop them into the oven.

Step 5: Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until your carrot fries are crispy-but-not-burnt. Check on them every few minutes, they cook very fast and are easy to burn.

Step 6: Remove your delicious carrot fries from the oven, salt and pepper a bit more to taste, and enjoy the frick out of them.

So good.

Share/comment/like/subscribe, and thank you SO MUCH for reading!

Molly

Veggie Juice!

I know what you’re thinking.

Actually, no, I have no idea what you’re thinking. But I know that veggie juice sounds “ew”, or expensive, or out of reach, or just isn’t exactly cooking.

You’re wrong. I mean, I guess it might be “ew” to you if you juice things that don’t taste good to you, but it’s really not that expensive to do (I can afford it!) and it’s really good for you. I kind of wish I had stuck to drinking veggie juice once or twice a day like I started to a few months ago, and I plan to go back to it. I was feeling great, I had a ton of energy, I was dropping some pounds, and I stopped craving the fast food that I learned cooking to avoid in the first place.

My juicer isn’t the greatest, but it functions. It was $30 at Meijer and is pretty easy to clean.

I usually have a glass at breakfast and one before class. Other people I know like to have a glass after their workout. The point is, this stuff is quick, gives you all the nutrients you could ask for, avoids the pesky chewing involved with eating your veggies, and fills you up just enough to keep you from making non-delicious food choices you’ll regret later.

There are tonnes of other blogs and articles and stuff about all of the magical benefits of juicing and how to do it and all of that. But that’s not my mission here. My mission is to tell you how to make a delicious, quick, easy, and cheap beverage that is tasty and will make you feel good.

So, due to their cheapness and general deliciousness, I usually juice:
1/2 cucumber (rinsed but unpeeled) – ~$1/cucumber
4-5 balled leafy greens (can be kale, mustard greens, or any other leafy things you find in that part of the produce aisle) – ~$.89/bundle
a handful of balled parsley and/or cilantro – ~$.49/bundle
3-4 celery stalks – ~$3/bundle

That’s a big glass of veggie juice for ~$1.60, you can make one every day for a week and, if you purchased in reasonable quantities, it’ll all be gone before your produce ever goes bad, just in time to go grocery shopping again.

If you want something that tastes like something other than green, try adding things like:
1 carrot (washed/peeled) – ~$3/bunch
1/2 apple (washed/cored) – ~$.50/apple
1 beet (washed, unpeeled) – ~$2/bunch

You can add other fruits, roots, leafy bits, or anything that fits your palette/budget. Experiment. Report back with your findings, and check back soon for some actual cooking-type recipes 🙂
-Molly