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MOROCCAN SPICED CHICKPEAS & CAULIFLOWER w/ COCONUT-LIME SAUCE


ANOTHER CAULIFLOWER RECIPE. I know I know. Such a creature of habit.

I guess the love runs deep. ya know?

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The love affair with cauliflower has been going on since 2010, right around the time I switched to a plant based diet. Its one of those vegetables that can easily be a side dish or a main IMO. I'd go so far as to say it can be a snack food, too. After cutting them into florets and roasting at 425f for 20 or so minutes with a little avo oil and salt they are divine. I literally eat them like fries. You know they're ready when the tops get all crispy and dark brown. mmm! Just thinking about it makes me crave some.

I've been hanging on to this recipe for some time now and I'm so excited to finally share it with you. I guess I was just waiting for what felt like the right time.

Its not only really easy to make, its boyfriend approved and healthy.

The coconut lime sauce is rich, tangy, sweet and loaded with all kinds good for you nutritients. If you are my age and older then you are no stranger to the low fat craze of the 90's. It was fat free this and low fat that. But when you remove the fat from food you often remove flavor leaving many food companies to substitue with added salt, sugar or sugar like chemicals. This is not good.

Fat plays a vital role in the bodies ability to absorb other nutritients. That's what it means when a vitamin or mineral is "fat-soluble," essentially in order for the body to absorb the nutrient it needs fat to help break it down.

Examples include: vitamins A, D, E and K. There is of course good fat and bad fat. Unsaturated fat is good while trans fat is bad. Think avocado vs margarine.

Coconut is a great source of healthy fat because of its quality medium chain fats that have been found to improve memory and brain function. You also use fat as an energy source and it helps support healthy cell function. These elements are much more important to me then worrying if eating to much healthy fat will make me fat. And chances are it wont.

Omega-3 fatty acids, a type of unsaturated fat, is also extremely important for optimum nerve, brain and heart function. Spinach, believe it or not, is a great source of this.

Quinoa is one of the few plant foods that is a complete protien containing all 9 essential amino acids, making it extremely important for those who do not eat meat or animal products. It has a great nutty flavor and is also full of fiber.

Cauliflower of course packs its own punch as well. Its anti-inflammatory which is great for joint pain and immunity, its high in dietary fiber which aids in digestion, and its loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients to arm you against free radical damage.

Aside from the health benefits this recipe is just tasty af.

Aromatic and nutty quinoa, sweet and spicy morrocon cauliflower & chickpeas, tangy and rich coconut lime sauce. All on a bed of fresh nutrient dense spinach topped with bright herbacious cilantro and green onions.

It's really a home run if you ask me.

COCONUT CILANTRO SAUCE

1-15 Ounce can of full fat coconut milk (light coconut milk not reccomended)

3/4 Cups cilantro, stems and leaves chopped

1/3 Cup green onion, thinly sliced

1 lime, zested and juiced

1 Tablespoon maple syrup, optional

1/4 Teaspoon pink salt, to taste

QUNIOA MIX

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