Monday, October 11, 2010

Making Side Dishes Fun

Happy Monday morning blog readers!  I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. 

I kicked off my weekend with an 11 mile run on Saturday morning.  I have to say, this half marathon training isn’t as bad as I anticipated.  Back when I used to do half marathons more frequently, I’d always train alone.  Training with a friend makes the run much more fun tolerable. I’ve also paid more attention to my refueling and stretching than I ever have before, which I believe has made a difference.  I make sure to eat and drink within 30-45 minutes when we are done and to do some foam rolling and/or stretching later in the day.  This has really helped, as I’ve always been plagued with IT Band Syndrome and subsequent hip and low back pain.  (I’ve also been adding maca to my post run fueling – could this be helping in recovery?)   We are going to rock the Long Beach Half Marathon next Sunday!

Now, let’s switch gears and chat about food shall we?  In particular, veggies.

I love my veggies, and always found it hard to believe when patients or friends told me that they don’t like vegetables.  But, when I think about it, I didn’t particularly care for most vegetables growing up.  Most of the time, vegetables in our house were canned corn or peas, and occasionally mixed vegetables.  In the summer there were fresh green beans out of the garden, but even those were boiled until soggy.  As I’ve grown to love my veggie side dishes, I’ve also gotten more creative in my preparation.  I love to roast veggies, dress them in some yummy sauces, and eat them raw in salads.  But, my all time favorite is hot off the grill with just a little EVOO and sea salt. 

Even cauliflower has become a favorite; turning it into cauliflower puree, or roasted with some root vegetables.  Last night, I decided to try it on the grill. 

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Grilled Cauliflower

Cut cauliflower head in half.  Microwave-steam the halves for approximately 4 minutes (until slightly soft.)  Rub lightly with EVOO and sprinkle with a little course ground sea salt.  Lay on pre-heated grill for approximately 7-8 minutes, or until you have nice grill lines and desired consistency of cauliflower.  ENJOY!

This was really good!  And such a fun presentation, don’t you agree? 

If you aren’t excited about cauliflower, here are a couple photos of Ava checking out some Halloween pumpkins.

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Same time last year:

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What is your favorite veggie preparation? 

6 comments:

  1. I love roasted veggies! So delicious!
    I have your two recipes ready for ya! Send along your email address and I'll get them right to you. :)

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  2. She has gotten so big! I love cauliflower purees. The are absolutely one of my favorite side dishes. I love the idea of grilling it. In this month's food and wine magazine they were talking about the idea of a cauliflower as a steak which I thought was interesting.

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  3. aww... little sweetie!

    I love roasted veggies... your cauliflower looks delicious... I want it for breakfast... :)

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  4. She has grown so much!!
    I LOVE grilled cauliflower! (I also find it really hard to believe when people say they don't like veggies...they must not be preparing them correctly!)

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  5. I love roasted veggies!! I haven't ever grilled cauliflower directly on the grill before...looks delicious:):)

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  6. Aww, Ava is so adorable!!!

    My favorite is roasted & grilled veggies.

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