Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad

For week 2 of my Vegetarian Challenge, I knew that I wanted a “refrigerator salad.” By that I mean a salad that I can prepare in the beginning of the week and will hold up well in the refrigerator for several days. Building the salad on a base of cooked grains, using sturdy vegetables, and roasting the vegetables to remove some of their moisture helps this Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad stay fresh like the day you made it, well into the week. While I haven’t tried freezing this salad yet, I’m going to test it today because this definitely made more than one person can probably eat within a week.

This recipe was inspired by two of my favorite recipes, Yellow Jasmine Rice and my classic Roasted Cauliflower Salad, so if you’re a fan of either of those, you’re going to love this one as well. I didn’t make a dressing for this salad, because there was already so much flavor going and it was moist enough for my liking, but if you want to try a dressing, I would suggest either the Lemon Turmeric Dressing from my Autumn Quinoa Salad, or the Lemon Tahini Dressing from my other Roasted Cauliflower Salad.

Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad

A bowl full of Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad on a teal napkin.

Substitutions

You have several options with this salad. If you want to cut costs even more, you can substitute couscous for the quinoa. Just make sure to use proper amount of liquid, as suggested by the cooking instructions on the package of couscous. Raisins make a great substitution for the dried cranberries, and you can probably use a handful or two of kale, chopped very fine, in place of the parsley. I sometimes have success with spinach holding up in salads like this, so long as the other ingredients are significantly cooled before combining with the spinach.

Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad

This Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad holds up well in the refrigerator for days, making it perfect for meal prep or brown bagging your lunch. 

  • 1 head cauliflower ($3.49)
  • 1 small red onion ($0.28)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil ($0.32)
  • pinch salt and pepper ($0.05)
  • 2 Tbsp butter ($0.12)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced ($0.08)
  • 1 tsp turmeric ($0.10)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin ($0.05)
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon ($0.02)
  • 2 cups quinoa ($2.39)
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries ($0.29)
  • 3 cups vegetable broth* ($0.39)
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds ($0.44)
  • 1 cup chopped parsley ($0.45)
  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Chop the cauliflower into florets and slice the red onion into 1/4-inch strips. Place the cauliflower florets and sliced red onion into a large bowl, along with the olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss the cauliflower and onion until they are well coated in oil.

  2. Spread the cauliflower and onion out onto a large baking sheet, then transfer them to the oven. Roast the vegetables for 20 minutes, give them a good stir, then roast for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the onions are caramelized and the cauliflower is browned.

  3. Meanwhile, prepare the quinoa. Rinse the quinoa well in a wire mesh sieve. Add the butter, garlic, turmeric, cumin, and cinnamon, to a medium sauce pot. Place the pot over medium heat. Stir and cook the spices for one minute.

  4. Add the drained quinoa to the pot with the butter and spices. Also add the dried cranberries and vegetable broth. Stir to combine, then place a lid on the pot, turn the heat up to medium-high, and bring it up to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, turn the heat down to low and let the pot simmer for 20 minutes, with the lid in place.

  5. After simmering over low for 20 minutes, the quinoa should have absorbed all of the broth. Remove the lid and fluff the quinoa. Add the sliced almonds and stir to combine. Allow the quinoa to cool slightly.

  6. Transfer the cooked quinoa and roasted cauliflower and red onion to a large bowl. Add the chopped parsley and stir until everything is combined. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to eat (can be eaten warm or cold). 

*I use Better Than Bouillon base to make my broth.

Front view of the bowl of Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad

Step by Step Photos

Raw Cauliflower and Red Onion

Begin by preheating the oven to 400ºF. Chop one head of cauliflower into florets and slice one small onion into 1/4-inch strips. Place both of them in a bowl and add 2 Tbsp olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss the cauliflower and onion until they are well coated in oil.

Cauliflower and Red Onion Ready to Roast

Spread the cauliflower and onion out onto a large baking sheet. Transfer them to the oven and roast for 20 minutes, then stir, and return them to the oven.

Roasted Cauliflower and Red Onion

Roast for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the onions are caramelized and the cauliflower florets are browned.

Butter and Spices in Pot

While the cauliflower is roasting, begin the quinoa. Rinse 2 cups of quinoa in a wire mesh sieve. Add 2 Tbsp butter, 2 cloves of minced garlic, 1 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp cumin, and 1/8 tsp cinnamon to a medium sauce pot. Stir and cook the spices in the butter over medium heat for about one minute.

Rinsed Quinoa and Dried Cranberries in Pot

Add the rinsed quinoa to the pot, along with 1/3 cup dried cranberries. We’ll cook the cranberries with the quinoa so they can plump up in the hot liquid.

Add Vegetable Broth to Quinoa

Finally, add 3 cups vegetable broth to the pot and give everything a brief stir to combine. Place a lid on the pot, turn the heat up to medium-high, and bring it up to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, turn the heat down to low and let it simmer for 20 minutes (with the lid on).

Cooked Quinoa and Cranberries Add Almonds

After 20 minutes, all of the broth should have been absorbed. Fluff the quinoa, add 1/4 cup sliced almonds, and stir to combine. Let the quinoa cool slightly.

Combine Quinoa Cauliflower and Parsley

Add the cooked quinoa to a large bowl along with the roasted cauliflower and red onion, and 1 cup chopped parsley.

Mixed Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad

Stir everything to combine, then it’s ready to serve! You can serve this salad warm, or refrigerate it for later and serve cold.

A bowl of Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad on a teal napkin.

Crunchy, earthy, and a little sweet, this Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad will fill you up and keep you full!

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Snowman Cupcakes Using Marshmallows and Candy

It’s easy to turn your favorite cupcakes into holiday snowman cupcakes using marshmallows and candy. Make it a fun Christmas tradition the whole family can enjoy!

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Vegetable Breakfast Scrambles

Many of my day to day meals are just a hodgepodge of random ingredients that I find in my fridge all thrown into a bowl or a wrap. While I don’t really consider these “recipes,” they might spark some inspiration for some of you, so it can’t hurt to post them, right? These Vegetable Breakfast Scrambles are one of my favorite quick breakfast bowls (they take less than 10 minutes), and a lot of people have been asking about them since I showed them in my Instagram stories for the Vegetarian Challenge. I’ve shown my current combo below, but I’ll also list some other ingredients that I sometimes throw into the mix!

Vegetable Breakfast Scrambles

A big bowl of Vegetable Breakfast Scrambles with fork.

Other Bowl Options:

You can really add anything you like to these bowls, but here are some other things I’ve added in the past:

  • mixed baby greens
  • radishes
  • broccoli (chopped fine)
  • cheese (shredded cheddar or feta are nice)
  • sriracha
  • chipotle ranch
  • roasted vegetables
  • green onion
  • cilantro
  • black beans

Vegetable Breakfast Scrambles

These Vegetable Breakfast Scrambles are a savory breakfast lover’s dream. Fast, flavorful, full of healthy vegetables, and fully customizable. 

  • 1/2 Tbsp butter ($0.03)
  • 1/2 bell pepper, diced ($0.25)
  • 2 cups spinach ($0.50)
  • 2 large eggs ($0.50)
  • seasoning of choice* ($0.05)
  • 6 grape tomatoes, sliced in half ($0.34)
  • 1/4 avocado, sliced ($0.13)
  • 1/4 cup hummus ($0.37)
  • pinch salt and pepper ($0.02)
  1. Add the butter to a large non-stick skillet and heat over medium. Once melted, add the diced bell pepper and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add the spinach and sauté just until wilted (about one minute).

  2. Push the vegetable to the sides and crack the eggs in the center. Add the seasoning of your choice. Keeping the skillet over medium heat, begin to scramble the eggs, mixing them with the vegetables. When the eggs are mostly set, remove the skillet from the heat.

  3. Add the cooked eggs and vegetables to a bowl and top with sliced tomatoes, avocado, hummus, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

*I used Trader Joe’s Onion Salt seasoning this time, but I’ve used several others in the past, like Cajun seasoning, Jerk seasoning, “Everything But the Bagel” seasoning, or just all-purpose seasoning salt.

A forkful of Vegetable Breakfast Scrambles close up

Step by Step Photos

Sautéed Bell Pepper and Spinach

Start by adding 1/2 Tbsp butter to a large non-stick skillet (I’m using a ceramic Greenpan brand skillet here) and placing over medium heat. Once melted, add 1/2 of a bell pepper (diced) and sauté for just a minute or two. Next, add two cups (about two handfuls) of fresh spinach and sauté just until wilted (about one more minute). 

Add Eggs and Seasoning to the skillet

Push the vegetables to the sides and crack the eggs in the center. Season the eggs and vegetables with a seasoning blend of your choice (I used Onion Salt today, but there are more ideas for seasoning blends in the recipe notes above). 

Scrambled Eggs with Vegetables

Continue to cook over medium heat as you begin to scramble the eggs and mix them with the vegetables. Scramble just until the eggs are set, then remove from the heat.

Finished Vegetable Breakfast Scrambles

Transfer the vegetable egg scramble to a bowl and top with 6 sliced grape tomatoes, 1/4 cup hummus, 1/4 of an avocado (sliced), and a pinch of salt and pepper. Done! And sooooo tasty!

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Sweet and Spicy Tempeh Bowls

Happy New Year! My 31 Day Vegetarian Challenge officially starts today and I have to say, the first recipe I made for the challenge, Sweet and Spicy Tempeh Bowls, is pretty killer. I chose a bowl meal for my first meal of the month because they’re just so easy and filling, they pack up great for leftovers, and they’re flexible enough to accommodate using leftover refrigerator ingredients. This particular bowl meal features my favorite sweet and spicy spice blend, creamy polenta, black beans, cheddar, avocado, green onion, and a tiny drizzle of tangy ranch dressing. The combo of sweet, spicy, and creamy in this bowl is absolutely to die for!

Sweet and Spicy Tempeh Bowls

A Sweet and Spicy Tempeh bowl with a ranch drizzle, about to be eaten.

What is Tempeh?

Tempeh is basically a block of fermented soy beans, but you can also find tempeh made with other beans and grains, which is great news for people with soy allergies. When it comes to vegetarian protein sources, tempeh is just as versatile as tofu, but has a much better texture (IMHO). Tempeh has a very slight nutty flavor and readily absorbs the flavors of any sauce or marinade it is cooked with, making it extremely versatile. The texture is similar to firm beans, but because they’re in block form you can slice and cut it into a variety of shapes. Want more info on Tempeh? Thekitchn.com has a great article about tempeh.

Is Tempeh Cost Effective?

At about $3 for this 8oz. block of organic tempeh, it’s about the same price as beef, so I do use it sparingly in my recipes. As with any other expensive ingredient, I’ve paired the tempeh with several other inexpensive and bulky ingredients, like polenta and black beans, to help balance the cost and keep the total price of the recipe down.

Doesn’t the Avocado Turn Black??

Haha, if I only had a dime for every time I get this question. 😂 I often add sliced avocado to my meal prep bowls and while they do turn slightly grey on the edges over the few days that they’re in the refrigerator, they don’t totally turn black. This color change is okay with me, since the avocado still tastes the same. If that does bother you, you can add the avocado fresh to the bowls each day (they hold their color best when not sliced and still attached to the skin and pit), or squeeze some lemon or lime juice over the slices.

Sweet and Spicy Tempeh Bowls

Sweet and Spicy Tempeh Bowls are the perfect make-ahead vegetarian meal prep, with a medley of colors, textures, and bold flavors. 

Sweet and Spicy Tempeh

  • 8 oz. tempeh ($3.19)
  • 1/2 cup water ($0.00)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder ($0.05)
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika ($0.05)
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper ($0.05)
  • 1/ tsp salt ($0.02)
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar ($0.08)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil ($0.16)

Polenta

  • 1 cup cornmeal ($0.24)
  • 3 cups water ($0.00)
  • 1/2 tsp salt ($0.02)
  • 2 Tbsp butter ($0.12)

Bowl Toppings

  • 15 oz. black beans, rinsed ($0.49)
  • 2 oz. shredded cheddar ($0.44)
  • 1 avocado, sliced ($0.49)
  • 2 green onions, sliced ($0.20)
  • 4 Tbsp ranch dressing ($0.31)
  1. Cut the block of tempeh into 32 thin triangles. For the block I used, I first cut it into 8 equal-sized squares, then cut each square into two triangles, then cut the thickness of each triangle in half to make the pieces thinner. Add the tempeh triangles to a large non-stick skillet.

  2. Make the sweet and spicy marinade by combining the water, garlic powder, smoked paprika, cayenne, salt, brown sugar, and olive oil. Pour this mixture over the tempeh in the skillet. Turn the skillet on to medium-high and simmer the tempeh, stirring occasionally, until the liquid evaporates and the tempeh begins to brown just slightly (about 10 minutes). Remove the tempeh from the heat.

  3. To make the polenta, combine the cornmeal, salt, and water in a medium sauce pot. Place the pot over medium-high heat and bring it up to a boil while whisking. Once it reaches a boil, turn the heat down to medium-low and continue to simmer 2-3 minutes more, or until the polenta has thickened. Remove the polenta from the heat and stir in the butter.

  4. To build the bowls, start with 1 cup of the polenta, add 1/4 of the sweet and spicy tempeh triangles, 1/4 of the rinsed black beans, a pinch or two of shredded cheddar (about 1/2 oz.), 1/4 of the avocado, a sprinkle of green onions, and a light drizzle of ranch. Serve immediately, or refrigerate and reheat later.

Meal prepped Sweet and Spicy Tempeh Bowls in round glass bowls

Step by Step Photos

Tempeh Package

If you’re unfamiliar with tempeh, this is what the brand I used looks like. This is the brand that I see most often in stores. It’s usually found in the refrigerated produce section, near tofu and other meat alternatives.

Cut Tempeh into Triangles

This photo shows the progression of how I cut the tempeh, from left to right. First cut the block in half, then in half again to make four rectangles. Cut the four rectangles in half horizontally to make eight squares, then cut each square diagonally to make two triangles. THEN, the most important part, turn each triangle on its side and slice it into two thinner triangles (that part isn’t shown in the photo above). You should have 32 triangles when finished.

Pour Sweet and Spicy Marinade over Tempeh

Place the tempeh in a large skillet (you probably want to use non-stick of some sort for this). Combine 1/2 cup water, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp salt, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, and 1 Tbsp olive oil, then pour that mixture over the tempeh.

Sweet and Spicy Tempeh finished

Place the skillet over medium-high heat and let the tempeh simmer, stirring occasionally, until all of the liquid has evaporated and the tempeh just begins to brown slightly (about 10 minutes). Remove the tempeh from the heat.

Make Polenta

Next, make the polenta. Combine 1 cup cornmeal, 3 cups water, and 1/2 tsp salt in a medium sauce pot. Heat the mixture over medium-high while whisking until it begins to boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to cook and whisk until it thickens (another 2-3 minutes). Remove the polenta from the heat and stir in 2 Tbsp butter.

A prepared Sweet and Spicy Tempeh Bowl with ranch drizzle.

And then it’s time to build the bowls! Start with 1 cup cooked polenta, then top with 1/4 of the sweet and spicy tempeh, 1/4 of a sliced avocado, 1/4 of a can of black beans (rinsed), a pinch or two of shredded cheddar (about 1/2 oz.), a few sliced green onions, and a light drizzle of ranch. 

A Sweet and Spicy Tempeh Bowl being eaten, front view.

Dig in! I am SERIOUSLY looking forward to eating these Sweet and Spicy Tempeh Bowls all week (or at least for the next few days until they’re gone).

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Almond Dutch Baby with Ricotta and Jam

I’ve been a little obsessed with Dutch Baby Pancakes lately. They’re just so easy and fun that they make the perfect weekend breakfast splurge. And I’m all about doing up breakfast big on the weekend. I’ve made one per week for the past few weeks and have experimented with add-ins and toppings each time, finally deciding that this Almond Dutch Baby with Ricotta and Jam is my favorite mix of simplicity and YUM.

Why are Dutch Babies so fun? Because anything that grows that big and that quickly in the oven is fun to watch, plus it makes a different goofy shape every time. Okay, maybe I’m just a geek, but I love it. 😝

Almond Dutch Baby with Ricotta and Jam

An Almond Dutch Baby with Ricotta and Jam in a cast iron skillet ready to slice and serve.

What is a Dutch Baby Pancake?

Think of a Dutch Baby like a cross between a popover and a crepe. It’s essentially a giant skillet pancake made with a thin, eggy batter that puffs up with steam as it bakes. Once it’s removed from the oven it does deflate, but its unique shape, which is different every single time, remains. The baked pancake is light, more eggy, and less cake-like than traditional American pancakes. You can top your Dutch Baby with fruit, jam, syrup, honey, powdered sugar, nuts, or whatever you like!

Do I Have to Use a Cast Iron Skillet?

I’ll be honest, I haven’t tried making a Dutch Baby without a cast iron skillet simply because I know that nothing else gets quite as hot or transmits heat quite as well as cast iron, so I don’t want to chance it. The key to a big fluffy Dutch Baby is that sudden burst of heat when the batter hits the hot skillet and that is definitely best achieved with cast iron. So it might work with a different material, but it probably won’t work quite as well. If you do decide to stray from cast iron, make sure to preheat it with your oven to get it as hot as possible, and use something round, about 9 to 10-inches in diameter.

Almond Dutch Baby with Ricotta and Jam

This Almond Dutch Baby with Ricotta and Jam is an easy way to dress up a lazy weekend brunch at home. Customize the add-ins and toppings to fit your mood! 

  • 3 large eggs ($0.75)
  • 2/3 cup milk ($0.22)
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour ($0.07)
  • 1 Tbsp sugar ($0.06)
  • 1/4 tsp salt ($0.02)
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract ($0.07)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract ($0.07)
  • 2 Tbsp sliced almonds ($0.22)
  • 2 Tbsp butter ($0.12)

Toppings

  • 1/2 cup ricotta ($0.45)
  • 1/2 Tbsp sugar ($0.03)
  • 1/4 cup jam (raspberry or your favorite flavor) ($0.03)
  1. Prepare the batter first, so it has some time to come up to room temperature. In a blender, combine the eggs, milk, flour, sugar, salt, almond extract and vanilla extract. Blend until completely smooth and no lumps remain. Let the batter sit at room temperature to warm.

  2. Place a 10-inch cast iron skillet in the oven and begin preheating to 425ºF. Let the skillet heat in the oven for an additional 10 minutes once the oven reaches the set temperature.

  3. Carefully remove the skillet from the oven and add the butter. Swirl the butter in the skillet and place it back in the oven for one minute. After one minute the butter should be beginning to brown. 

  4. Carefully remove the skillet from the oven again and spread the butter evenly across the bottom and up the sides of the skillet (I used a silicone brush for this). Pour the prepared batter into the hot skillet and sprinkle the sliced almonds over top.

  5. Return the hot skillet to the hot oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until it is golden brown and has puffed along the edges and in the center.

  6. While the Dutch baby is in the oven, combine the remaining 1/2 Tbsp of sugar with the ricotta. Once the Dutch baby has finished baking, either add a dollop of the sweetened ricotta to the whole pancake and top with jam for presentation, or slice the pancake into four pieces and add 2 Tbsp sweetened ricotta and 1 Tbsp jam to each piece.

One slice of Almond Dutch Baby with Ricotta and Jam being eaten.

Step by Step Photos

Prepared Dutch Baby batter in a blender

Make the batter for the Dutch baby first, so it has time to come up to room temperature. You’ll get better puffing that way. In a blender combine 3 large eggs, 2/3 cup milk, 2/3 cup all-purpose flour, 1 Tbsp sugar, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp almond extract, and 1/4 tsp vanilla extract. Blend until completely smooth, then set it aside.

Melt Butter in Hot Skillet

Place a 10-inch cast iron skillet in your oven and begin preheating to 425ºF. Once the oven reaches 425, let the skillet continue to heat for about 10 minutes. You want the skillet to be SCREAMING hot. Once preheated, carefully remove the skillet from the oven and add 2 Tbsp butter. Swirl the butter in the skillet, then return it to the oven for 1 minute. After one minute the butter should be beginning to brown, so carefully remove the skillet from the oven again.

Pour Dutch Baby batter into hot skillet

Make sure the browned butter is spread over the entire surface of the skillet, and up the sides (I used a silicone brush). Pour the prepared batter into the hot skillet, then sprinkle 2 Tbsp sliced almonds over top. Return the skillet to the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

Sweetened Ricotta

While the Almond Dutch Baby is baking, combine 1/2 cup ricotta with 1/2 Tbsp sugar.

Baked Almond Dutch Baby Pancake

After 20 minutes the almond Dutch baby should be puffed up really high all around the edges, golden brown, and puffed in the center as well. Remove the Dutch baby from the oven. The pancake will immediately begin to deflate, but don’t worry, that’s normal.

Spread Ricotta on Almond Dutch Baby

You can add the sweetened ricotta directly to the whole Dutch baby for presentation, or slice it into four and add the ricotta and jam to each piece. Half of the fun of a Dutch baby is the presentation, so I prefer to add the ricotta and jam, then slice. 🙂

Almond Dutch Baby with Ricotta and Jam sliced and ready to serve

So much fun! And I promise, once you make one, you won’t be able to stop experimenting with flavors. You can even go savory! 

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Snowman Cupcakes Using Marshmallows and Candy

It’s easy to turn your favorite cupcakes into holiday snowman cupcakes using marshmallows and candy. Make it a fun Christmas tradition the whole family can enjoy!

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