Coffee Talk

Like everyone else in the world, I’m looking to clean up my eating habits in the New Year. For me, that has meant cutting down on my meat and dairy consumption and adopting a semi-vegan diet during the week. In my quest for yummy vegan recipes, I came across this delicious curried cauliflower and quinoa dish from blogger Cookie & Kate that I’m actually planning to whip up tonight. Tune into my insta stories to see how it turns out!

image via Cookie & Kate

INGREDIENTS

Roasted Cauliflower

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil or olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Sea salt

Curried coconut quinoa with greens

  • 2 teaspoons melted coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder of choice (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 can (14 ounces) light coconut milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed well in a fine mesh colander
  • ⅓ cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cups baby arugula or chopped chard, spinach, maybe even kale*
  • Optional garnishes: 2 green onions, chopped, and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Roast the cauliflower: Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Toss the cauliflower florets with coconut oil, cayenne pepper and a light sprinkle of sea salt. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes on the middle rack, turning halfway, until the cauliflower is tender and golden on the edges.
  2. Cook the quinoa: In a large pot with a lid, warm the coconut oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until it is turning translucent, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Add the ginger, turmeric, curry powder and cardamom and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Pour in the coconut milk, water, rinsed quinoa and raisins. Bring the mixture to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes, then remove the pot from heat and let it rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Fluff the quinoa with a fork. Stir in the salt, vinegar and greens (if you intend to eat this dish as leftovers, I recommend storing leafy greens separate from the quinoa, as the greens don’t reheat well). Divide the quinoa into bowls and top with roasted cauliflower. Garnish with green onions and red pepper flakes if you’d like.

I’ve been living in these faux-leather leggings since my return from the holidays. They’re as cute as they are comfortable, and look just as cute with my OTK boots and a sweater as they do with sneakers and a tank at the gym.

 

So it’s not a profound film by any means, but Netflix’s original Bright with Will Smith was a fun watch. In an alternate present day, humans, orcs, elves and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time. Two police officers, one a human, the other an orc, embark on a routine night patrol that will alter the future of their world as they know it. Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a young female elf and a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which, in the wrong hands, could destroy everything.

 

One of the other changes I’ve made to my routine this year has been listening to podcasts while I’m out walking my dog. I’ve tried out a few different ones, but for the last week, I’ve been totally addicted to the star-studded Homecoming, a psychological thriller from Gimlet Media, starring Catherine Keener, Oscar Isaac, and David Schwimmer.

 

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