Garlic and Rosemary Mashed Potatoes and Cauliflower

Garlic and Rosemary Mashed Potatoes and Cauliflower

Volume, volume, volume. I’m always talking about this with my clients. If you’ve ever eaten at a caloric deficit you know the importance of vegetables. You can put a lot on your plate for minimal calories. They’re filling, full of fiber, and take our bodies longer to digest, keeping us satisfied longer. But I’ve also learned through my time as a nutrition coach that some people just don’t like veggies. So I’m on a quest to make them taste good and to create more recipes using them in clever ways. I’m like your mom sneaking vegetables into your dinner without you even realizing that you’re eating them. This recipe is basically a pumped up mashed potato (think double the amount of food for practically the same amount of carbs). Of course if you need a super low carb side dish you could double the cauliflower and skip the potatoes, but this recipe will rock your world as is.

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Cauliflower Tabouleh Salad

Cauliflower Tabouleh Salad

I was grabbing a quick lunch from the Whole Foods salad bar a few weeks ago and they had a salad I hadn't seen before. It was a cauliflower tabouleh. I love trying their salads. One of my favorites is their kale and avocado salad. I wasn't too sure about this one, but I went with it and and grabbed some grilled chicken thighs to go with it. Then I sat down with a kombucha and dug in. And OH MY GOODNESS it was SO GOOD! So much flavor. I think it was all the fresh herbs, the parsley and mint, that gave it such a powerful and delicious flavor. So today, when I looked in my fridge and saw a bag of cauliflower rice, I decided I needed to make it. And if you're wondering what "cauliflower rice" is, it's just the lazy version of chopping up your own cauliflower. And I'll admit, I love it! It's so convenient. I'm always sautéing cauliflower rice to go with my dishes so I love having it on hand. You can find it in the produce section of most grocery stores with the other pre chopped and bagged vegetables. 

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Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Pomegranate and Bacon

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Pomegranate and Bacon

Cauliflower is a delicious, multifunctional vegetable, but it can also be bland if you don't cook it right or you cook it the same way over and over. PurePharma, a company that I work with, asked if I could come up with something tasty using a whole cauliflower. PurePharma is a supplement company that I love. They truly believe in developing the best products to help us live our healthiest lives. So, of course I was willing to come up with a healthy and delicious recipe to share on their blog. Since it's summertime I decided a salad of sorts would be perfect. I added in some bacon (because bacon makes everything better) and pomegranate seeds from a tree in our garden. The end result was this delicious dish. 

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Root Vegetable Fries

Root Vegetable Fries

I love fries. So much so that I could eat my entire daily allotment of carbs in one sitting. They're just so tasty and addicting. And they go great with everything. When I was walking through the produce section of the grocery store the other day and looking at all the beautiful vegetables, I decided I wanted to try something new. A vegetable that I'd never tried before. I picked up a rutabaga first. I knew very little about rutabaga. I'd never eat one before. I just knew that it was a root vegetable and in comparison to potatoes it had very little carbohydrates. By no means am I a carbaphobe though, I love my carbs, especially on intense training days they're so essential. But nevertheless I think it's nice to have some lower carb tasty vegetable options. On rest days I like to eat lower carb, higher fat, so having a treat like this will be perfect. And a variety of vegetables is always important. 

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A LIGHTER BROCCOLI SALAD

A LIGHTER BROCCOLI SALAD

Life has been exciting and busy lately but I knew it was time to give you an update and share a new recipe. My most recent recipe, The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies I've Ever Made, has been one of my most popular recipes. Possibly because cookies are just amazing in general or maybe I finally learned how to take a decent photograph, but whatever the reason may be, thank you so much for all of the resharing, baking and photo posting. I've been tagged in so many photos on instagram and they all look incredible. 

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GARLIC MASHED CAULIFLOWER

GARLIC MASHED CAULIFLOWER

Well I'm pretty sure I've injured myself from the Tough Mudder race we ran last weekend. I'm pretty bummed about it because it's really interfering with my training! It's my right ankle and it just kills to walk or run on. It started hurting a day and a half after the race which was strange, and I don't remember doing anything jarring to it so that sucks. I suppose I need to go see a doctor and get an x-ray, ugh! Anyway, that's my drama for today. I'll let you know how I go at the doctor. I've still been going to crossfit every night which is probably a stupid idea, but I hate missing days.

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AVOCADO AND MANGO SALAD WITH ORANGE VINAIGRETTE

AVOCADO AND MANGO SALAD WITH ORANGE VINAIGRETTE

This is a yummy salad that my mom made when I was visiting home last. It was so tasty I had to share the recipe. The only issue is that the vinaigrette was made with passion fruit juice concentrate, and I had a look at the label and its full of added sweeteners. I've made it again with orange juice concentrate (which still might be a little iffy for a stick paleo follower) but at least there aren't any added sugars. Be sure to check the label when you buy yours, and feel free to try it with fresh squeezed orange juice and let me know how it turns out! This recipe is modified from epicurious.

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BALSAMIC ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS

BALSAMIC ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS

Day 2 of being 26 and day 3 of my no sugar challenge...yesterday I was on a high, today was more of a low. Realising I'm getting old + massive sugar withdrawals = cranky Ashley. I'll get through this right? I'm sure my friends and coworkers hope so! Until then, my apologies to anyone who has to deal with me. Also, seeing as I'm on this no sugar challenge I've been eating copious amounts of vegetables, I was even laughed at today for gnawing on raw broccoli...is that weird? I'll admit it doesn't taste that good, and I suppose I look more like a rabbit than a human being, but it's only 27 more days! And in the next 27 days I'm going to do all I can to add flavour to my meat and vegetables (because that's about all I'm eating) so tonight I came up with these tasty balsamic roasted brussels sprouts made with some dressing and seasoning my coach uses for loads of things!

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SWEET POTATO FRIES AND DIPPING SAUCE

SWEET POTATO FRIES AND DIPPING SAUCE

Today was the pound for pound competition at my gym.  We had such a great time.  There were about 25 of us competing and my coach had planned out 6 WODs for us.  We had 3 categories, advanced men, advanced women, open men and open women.  It was mostly to have a friendly competition, but I get pretty competitive!  The comps ran from 7:30am to about 12:30pm so it was a great morning.  I came in first out of the advanced women so I was pretty excited!  But the other girls definitely gave me a run for my money.  Afterwards my coach served us a massive paleo feast, I mean massive!  If you follow me on instagram you probably saw the huge plate of food I destroyed.  He's going to send me some of his recipes to share with you guys because they were amazing.  We had pork tenderloin with cauliflower "fried rice", balsamic roasted asparagus, mushrooms, sweet potato and onions, broccoli salad with onions, bacon, eggs, carrots and mayonnaise, tomato, avocado and cucumber salad, roasted chicken and lamb.  And of course I had to have some of it all!  Apparently he was a chef in his prior to coaching life, and a massive one he must have been.  Tonight's recipe is for a dipping sauce I created to go with sweet potato fries because I've been pretty hooked on them lately.  If you have homemade mayonnaise and homemade ketchup in your fridge already, this recipe isn't to difficult to put together.

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