Sticky Asian Lemon Cashew Cauliflower, Vegan

Sticky Asian Lemon Cashew Cauliflower, Vegan

Feeling stuffed after Thanksgiving weekend? Try this Sticky Asian Lemon Cashew Cauliflower, Vegan recipe for a healthy protein rich Chinese “take out” inspired #Meatless Monday meal to cleanse your palate.

My inspiration came from Chocolate Covered Katie’s Lemon Cauliflower. I added cashews, soy sauce and fresh ginger. Hang out awhile on Katie’s site and savor her healthy delicious recipes. She is truly inspirational.

Sticky Asian Lemon Cashew Cauliflower, Vegan

This delicious vegan meal gets high marks for the crispy texture of the cauliflower, a protein boost from cashews and the rich sweet and sour sticky lemon sauce.

Try this crispy roasted cauliflower with Italian spices and parmesan or spicy it up with cumin and cilantro and serve with poblano cream for a Mexican twist. The possibilities are endless now that you’ve found crispy cauliflower!

You’re welcome.

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Sticky Asian Lemon Cashew Cauliflower, Vegan

Lemons are sometimes difficult to find in rural Mexico so substitute orange juice and reduce the syrup by half. You can be the first on the block to make Orange Sticky Cashew Cauliflower. Let me know how it turns out.

Sticky Asian Lemon Cashew Cauliflower, Vegan

Special diets:

Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable full of anti-oxidants and vitamins C and K. Cashews are a good source of vegetarian protein, vitamins E, K, and B6, and provides minerals like copper, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, iron, and selenium.

Vegans and vegetarians:

Enjoy this recipe was made for you and it is loaded with healthy fats and protein.

Paleo and gluten free diets:

Substitute almond or chic pea flour for the wheat flour and serve without rice. Reduce the baking time because almond flour will burn and leave an unpleasant bitter taste. I haven’t tried this with almond or chic pea flour.

Weight Watchers:

A small portion fits perfectly into a weight reduction plan and you’ll save calories by not stopping for “take out”. A small portion of brown rice or quinoa will give you a fiber boost.

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Sticky Asian Lemon Cashew Cauliflower, Vegan

Roasted crispy cauliflower and cashews in a sweet sticky lemon sauce. Healthy, Asian style protein rich vegan main dish. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Chinese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Author TraceyDelaplain

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1/3 cup almond, soy or coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs substitute any unflavored bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth, divided save 2 tablespoons for corn starch
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice juice from about 2 lemons
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup or agave syrup or honey for non-vegans
  • 1 tablespoon mined garlic
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup whole cashews
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 cups cooked rice or quinoa

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wash cauliflower and cup into 2 inch pieces. Mince garlic and ginger root. 

    Combine flour, oil and almond milk. Toss in cauliflower and dredge in bread crumbs. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake 40 minutes until cauliflower is crispy and browned on the edges. 

    Make sauce while the cauliflower roasts. Salute garlic and ginger in 1 tablespoon of olive oil until soft. Add broth, syrup, lemon juice, soy sauce, vinegar and cashews, simmer on low heat. When cauliflower is ready, add corn starch to 2 tablespoons of broth. Slowly add corn starch to sauce. It will thicken fairly quickly. 

    Combine crispy cauliflower with the lemon cashew sauce. Serve immediately over rice or quinoa. 

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Chili Spiced Sheet Pan Pork Tenderloin, Apples and Brussels Sprouts

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This chili spiced sheet pan pork tenderloin, apples and brussels sprouts would be a guest worthy, easy meal.

All the work is done in advance and the clean up is a breeze. A chili rub on the pork and brussels sprouts pairs well with sweet cinnamon baked apples. I used honey crisp apples, which are tart and sweet.

Yes, I’m currently obsessed with one pan meals. Thank you for noticing. ☺️ They are sooooo easy. Try one.

I need easy meals because I’m busy packing to move home to Mexico, scheduling last minute appointments, forwarding my mail, getting Biscuit’s pet passport and doing a zillion tasks that have to be done when you are leaving the U.S. for 8 months.

International pet passport template for your vet. Mexico now requires proof of treatment for external and internal parasites within 10 days of travel into Mexico, in addition to an up to date rabies vaccine. Here’s a good summary of requirements for pets entering MX.

Baja dog
Take me to the beach, Mom. Just kidding I hate the beach.

Finding and modifying the ingredients

I have to say that I haven’t seen pork tenderloin at the local grocery stores in Loreto but I’m sure you can special order a tenderloin from the local butcher. Pork chops would work just as well but adjust the cooking time. The apples beg for pork but chicken pieces might be delicious too.

Toss everything on a parchment lined sheet pan and sit back and relax with your guests over a sparkling cranberry mocktail. (A splash of cranberry juice and a squeeze of lime in a glass of Topo Chico or other sparkling water.) Pinot Noir would make a nice pairing with this mildly spicy pork and sweet apples.

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Try this sheet pan pork tenderloin as a festive Christmas or Thanksgiving meal or make it tonight in less than an hour.

Special diets? Enjoy this chili rubbed pork tenderloin apples and Brussels sprouts on any healthy meal plan for omnivores.

It is paleo, whole 30 and weight watchers friendly. A Keto diet would skip the apples or maybe sneak just a few juicy pieces.

Of course vegetarians can make this sheet pan meal of roasted brussel sprouts and cinnamon apples without meat but you may want to add some protein with quinoa or a combination of grains and legumes for a complete protein.

What’s your favorite sheet pan meal? Please leave a comment or a link.

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Chili Rubbed Sheet Pan Pork Tenderloin, Apples and Brussels Sprouts

A simple sheet pan meal with chili rubbed pork and brussels sprouts with cinnamon sweetened apples. Roasted together for an easy weeknight or company meal. Healthy and delicious whole food. Paleo, Weight Watchers and Whole 30 approved. 

Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1-2 Pound Pork tenderloin
  • 3 Cups Brussels sprouts halved
  • 3 Cup Apple cubed
  • 2 Tablespoons Chili powder Divided
  • 2 Tablespoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil Divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rub 1 tablespoon of chili powder over pork. Wash and halve Brussels sprouts, toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Wash and cube apples and toss with cinnamon and remaining olive oil. Place Brussels sprouts and apples to each side of the tenderloin on a parchment lined sheet pan. 

    Bake in a preheated oven for 25 minutes or until the meat temperature is 160 degrees for medium. Adjust time according to the size of the tenderloin. Let rest 10 minutes before cutting. The Brussels sprouts should be browned and the apples soft and brown. 



Sheet Pan Chipotle Chicken Fajitas, Spicy Yogurt Marinade

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Sheet Pan Chipotle Chicken Fajitas, an easy weeknight family meal.
Try it tonight.

 

I am loving sheet pan meals. Once the weather turns hot in Baja, I will abandon the oven meals, but they’re perfect for autumn days in Nevada. These sheet pan chipotle chicken fajitas were so easy and delicious. You can grill this recipe in a grill pan outside, just as easily, when it is too hot to bake.

I was visiting my son, who doesn’t have an outdoor grill in his fancy high-rise apartment so I baked these fajitas in the oven and they were delicious and easy.

Marinate the chicken in yogurt, chipotle and cilantro for at least 2 hours up to 8 hours, then toss the chicken, peppers and onions onto a sheet pan and bake. It couldn’t be any easier and the clean up was a breeze on a parchment lined pan. As you know, I’m avoiding cooking on aluminum foil and I’ve been quite happy with parchment paper as a healthy substitute.

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One pan and easy clean up

The yogurt marinade makes the chicken slightly spicy hot and really moist. Add or subtract the chipotle to adjust the heat. One chipotle and 1 tablespoon of adobe sauce gave this a mild but noticeable kick of heat. Use this marinade for simple grilled chicken for salads, tostadas, or tacos.

Heat your tortillas in the oven for the last 10 minutes. Wrap in parchment or place them in a cake pan.

Special dietary concerns?

Paleo or Keto diets?
Skip the yogurt marinade or use an appropriate paleo substitute. Try coconut or almond yogurt.  For Keto diets, use a lettuce wrap or a low carb tortilla like cauliflower or almond flour tortillas. I haven’t tried these recipes but they look easy and healthy.

Vegan or vegetarian diet?
Substitute thick slices of portobello mushrooms or tofu marinated in coconut or almond yogurt. Cashew cream with lime would be great in place of sour cream.

Weight loss diets?
These are perfect with low-fat chicken and healthy vegetables. Go easy on the guacamole, a little goes a long way, and skip the sour cream. Small whole grain tortillas or lettuce wraps will save a few calories. Make the veggies the star of this meal.

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I tossed the bell peppers with cumin, oregano, smoked paprika, olive oil and more cilantro before baking them. You can substitute a prepared fajita or taco seasoning but I’m not a fan of the scary extra ingredients or the cost of store bought seasoning packets. If you buy the individual spices you can use them in multiple Mexican or Mediterranean dishes or make your own spice combinations and store in air tight jars for quick additions to meats and vegetables.

I want to try these with poblano peppers for a little more heat. I prefer red bell peppers over green but use whatever is freshest. Any type of onion will be fine.

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Serve with homemade guacamole. An easy recipe.

Mash and avocado with 1 minced garlic clove, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, 1/4 to 1/2 of a minced Serrano chili, juice from 1/2 of a lime and salt to taste. Simply guacamole! No need to buy that weird pre-made grocery store stuff. Yuck.

Make your own salsas

 

I used fresh pico de gallo, which I make every week, but try a fruit salsa, like pineapple or watermelon, with these versatile sheet pan chipotle chicken fajitas.

Pin it for later. You might like my Taco Tuesday Pinterest board or Mexican Salsas board. I’ve taken the work out of finding taco and salsa recipes for you. Send me an email if you want to join these popular board.

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Sheet Pan Chipotle Chicken Fajitas

A delicious sheet pan Mexican dinner with chipotle marinated chicken and charred bell peppers and onions. Serve in warm tortillas with guacamole and sour cream. Inexpensive, nutritious and fast family meal. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 People

Ingredients

  • 16 Ounces Skinlesss chicken breast or thighs
  • 1/2 Cup Plain Greek yogurt Regular plain yogurt is fine
  • 1 Chipotle pepper chopped More to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Canned Adobe sauce
  • 1 Cup Fresh cilantro, divided
  • 4 Cups Bell peppers, any color 2 large peppers
  • 2 Cups Onion, sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon Smoked paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic powder Or 1-2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • 8 Flour or corn tortillas
  • 1 Cup Guacamole
  • 1 Cup Sour cream or la crema
  • 1 Cup Salsa Fresh pico de gallo is best

Instructions

  1. Cut chicken into 1 inch wide strips. Mix yogurt with 1/2 cup of cilantro, chopped chipotle and adobe sauce. Marinate chicken 2-6 hours. 

    Slice bell peppers and onions into 1/2 inch strips and combine with spices and olive oil. 

    Arrange chicken strips and vegetables on a sheet pan. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes until chicken is opaque and vegetables are slightly charred. 

    Serve with warm tortillas, guacamole, sour cream and salsa. 

Recipe Notes

You can substitute a fajita spice mix or taco seasoning for the spices and salt but the individual spices allow you to adjust the salt, avoid unneccesary preservatives and anti-caking ingredients. Any salsa can be used. Serve with lime wedges if you desire. Poblano peppers would be a delicious substitution for the bell peppers. 



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Easy Butternut Squash with Bacon, Sage and Rosemary

Butternut Squash Roasted with Bacon, Sage and Rosemary

Cool weather and fall cooking. This easy butternut squash and bacon side dish smelled and tasted heavenly with fresh rosemary and sage. I served mine with a whole roasted lemon thyme chicken. The small amount of bacon was a savory treat with the sweet squash and really made the dish special but vegetarians could add another protein. Do be careful with nuts because they tend to burn, so throw them in during the last 15 minutes of roasting. The sage leaves should be fresh because the crispy pieces of sage stand out without overwhelming the dish.

I’m dreaming up all sorts of vegetable, bacon and sage recipes for fall: Brussels sprouts, green beans, roasted sweet potatoes, beets.

Sage is hardy and easy to grow so consider planting it in your Baja herb garden to enjoy all fall and winter. It also survives the harsh Nevada winters.

This snowbird is ready to fly south to avoid the harsh Nevada winter. It is cold and rainy in northern Nevada and I’m wearing jeans and shoes for gosh sakes.

I’m also embracing fall vegetable side dishes. I’m always talking about how much produce I buy and cook but I never seem to post any vegetable recipes. I have some in the queue so stay tuned.

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I’m sharing my easy butternut squash and bacon fresh out of the oven with Fiesta Friday where you can find more delicious recipes from around the world. The lovely cohosts, in addition to the supreme cohost Angie’s, are Shinta @ Caramel Tinted Life and Diann @ Of Goats and Greens

Don’t save this easy butternut and bacon dish for special occasions but you can bet that it will be on my Thanksgiving table.

[lt_recipe name=”Butternut Squash Roasted With Bacon, Sage and Rosemary” servings=”4″ prep_time=”15 MINUTES” cook_time=”45 MINUTES” total_time=”60 MINUTES” difficulty=”easy ” summary=”Butternut squash seasoned with bacon, sage and rosemary. A delicious vegetable side dish. ” print=”yes” image=”http://mybajakitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/IMG_2694-300×225.jpg” ingredients=”4 cups cubed butternut squash ;2 slices bacon;2 fresh rosemary springs, stripped;1/4 cup sliced fresh sage leaves ;1 teaspoon sea salt;1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper ” ]Preheat oven to 350 F. Wash and cube butternut squash into 1 inch pieces. ;Chop bacon into 1/4 pieces;Wash herbs. Strip rosemary leaves and chiffonade sage leaves.;Combine all ingredients in a glass baking dish. ;Bake uncovered at 350F for 45 minutes. the squash will be soft and the bacon should be crisp but not burnt. [/lt_recipe]

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