Category Archives: Gluten Free

Vegetarian Cauliflower Falafels

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Yes, I know I have already given you a recipe for Falafels titled “Falafel Love”, but this is a new twist on falafels-beanless falafels!

At my favorite grocery store this week, they had a BOGO (Buy One Get One) special on cauliflower! In my town, cauliflower is pretty expensive compared to some of its friends like broccoli, cabbage, etc. So I grabbed a couple! I knew I wanted to try something a little different with the cauliflower. I thought about soup, casseroles, buffalo style baked…you name it…I thought about it. Then it came to me…I know that when you process cauliflower in the food processor, it takes on a nice crumbly texture…what could I do with this texture? I found a great recipe on I Breath…I’m Hungry (be sure to check out this site). I really liked the way Mellissa added almonds to her mixture for texture, but I knew I needed a little more. I opted to bake mine instead of fry. I actually tried both, but I liked the texture of the baked ones better than the fried. So here is my take on Vegetarian Cauliflower Falafels, and yes, the are gluten free too!

Fresh Cottage Notes:

  • Falafel mixture will seem very wet. That is okay, be careful when shaping…but I promise you they will cook up nicely
  • Be sure to grease the baking sheet prior to placing falafels on it.
  • At the midway point (after 10 minutes) gently flip the falafels. Be very careful, they will still be fragile, but trust me…it can be done!
  • I opted not to put inside a pita because my daughter has gone gluten free…these were delicious topped with cucumber, tomato, feta and avocado slices…and don’t forget the hot sauce.
  • Remember, if you don’t have an ingredient…improvise. If you don’t have green onions…use a yellow. No cilantro…use more parsley, etc. It is okay!

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Delicious alternative to traditional falafels! You won’t believe these are made with cauliflower.
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Recipe type: Vegetarian & Gluten Free
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 6

Ingredients
  • 1 Head of Cauliflower, stems removed chopped into florets
  • ¼ cup coarsely ground Almonds (Do not turn into flour)
  • 3 Green Onions, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large Garlic Clove, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground Flax Seed
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1½ teaspoons ground coriander
  • ¾ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped italian parsley
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ⅓ cup gluten free flour
  • Olive oil for sheet pan and for drizzling on patties

Instructions
  1. In a food processor, pulse the cauliflower until it forms fine crumbles. You may need to do this in batches.
  2. In that same processor, remove the cauliflower and add the almonds. Pulse the almonds until they form a crumbly texture. Do not process to the point that it is almond flour.
  3. Add the cauliflower back to the processor and add green onions, garlic, ground flax, cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper, parsley, cilantro, eggs, lemon juice and salt.
  4. Pulse to combine. You may need to stop the processor and scrape down the sides in order to keep the mixture moving.
  5. The mixture will not be smooth but with have a coarse texture.
  6. Add the baking powder and the flour.
  7. Pulse to combine.
  8. Remove mixture to a mixing bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  9. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  10. Remove mixture from fridge. Line a large sheet pan with parchment or silpat.
  11. Lightly grease the parchment or silpat with olive oil.
  12. Shape mixture into 1½ inch balls. Place on prepared sheet pan. Flatten with hands to form falafel shapes. Lightly drizzle falafels with olive oil.
  13. Bake in the oven for ten minutes, remove from oven. Gently flip the falafels.
  14. Return to oven and bake for 15 minutes longer.
  15. Total cooking time is 25 minutes.

 

Fresh & Easy Salsa

Fresh & Easy Salsa

Fresh & Easy Salsa

Fresh & Easy Salsa Ingredients

Fresh & Easy Salsa Ingredients

Salsa is something that is so easy to make at home and always taste better than store bought! You will be kicking yourself for spending $4.00 or more at the store, when you could have been making a never ending batch of fresh yummy goodness at home! This is an easy recipe to whip up in the winter when fresh off the vine local tomatoes are not readily available. If you prefer a chunky salsa, just give a couple of quick pulses on the food processor…and voila…instant salsa! Continue reading

Homemade Guacamole

Homemade Guacamole

Homemade Guacamole

Guacamole Ingredients

Guacamole Ingredients

Guacamole is one of those things that everyone should know how to make. It is super easy and is always a big hit whenever I am entertaining friends and family. No matter how much you make, it always seems to disappear! By adding fresh squeezed lime juice, you know there is something special about this guacamole that you will not be able to replicate in any store bought version. Trust me, fresh ingredients make a world of difference! I sometimes add a tablespoon of sour cream just to make the Guacamole even creamier!

Guacamole Recipe:

GUACAMOLE INGREDIENTS:

• 3 Haas Avocados, halved, seeded, peeled and cubed
• 1 lime
• ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
• ½ teaspoon ground cumin
• ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
• ½ medium red onion, finely diced
• 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and finely diced
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
• 1 garlic clove, finely chopped and minced

INSTRUCTIONS FOR GUACAMOLE:

1. In a large bowl place the avocado. Add lime juice and toss to coat
2. Using a potato masher or fork, add the salt, cumin and cayenne. Mash ingredients together.
3. Stir in onions, tomatoes, cilantro and garlic.
4. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour before serving. If making a day in advance, cover with plastic wrap, press the plastic wrap down on the surface of the guacamole. Place in refrigerator until ready to serve.

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The Best Vegetarian Chili!

The Best Vegetarian Chili

The Best Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian Chili Ingredients

Vegetarian Chili Ingredients

I hope everyone is getting ready for Superbowl Sunday! I have always loved chili and I thought I would never be able to find a vegetarian version that could taste as good as the original. Guess what? I found one! This is a really flavorful basic vegetarian chili recipe that any vegetarian or vegan would enjoy on game day. Baby portobello mushrooms give this a meaty texture. To make this chili heartier, I add Morning Star Meal Starter Crumbles. Kick it up with some fresh jalapeños and your meat lover friends will never know what it is missing! Continue reading

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