The holidays are great for spending with loved ones, enjoying delicious food and getting some quality rest and relaxation. However, the holidays can also end up being a period of overindulgence, and can wreck a diet or nutrition program. Check out these two recipes that are tasty, nutritious, and a perfect addition to your holiday meals.
- 1 head cauliflower cut into bite size pieces
- 4 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
- Buttermilk substitute: 1 Tbsp lemon juice or vinegar added to 1 cup of milk
- 5 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground pepper and sea salt to taste
- Optional: fresh chives for garnish
- Place cauliflower florets and garlic in a steamer basket over boiling water, cover and steam until very tender, 12 to 15 minutes.
- Place the cooked cauliflower and garlic in a food processor.
- Add buttermilk, 3 teaspoons olive oil, salt and pepper; pulse several times, then process until smooth and creamy.
- Transfer to a serving bowl. Drizzle with the remaining 2 teaspoons oil and garnish with chives, if desired.
- Serve hot.
Lemon Garlic Green Beans
- 2 pounds green beans, ends trimmed
- 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest or 1 tsp lemon juice
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Blanch green beans in a large stock pot of well salted boiling water until bright green in color and tender crisp, roughly 2 minutes.
- Drain and shock in a bowl of ice water to stop from cooking.
- Heat a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the oil and the butter. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Add the beans and continue to sauté until coated in the butter and heated through, about 5 minutes.
- Add lemon zest and season with salt and pepper.