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Recipe: Creamy Cauliflower Garlic Mash

Comment below if you love mashed potatoes!

What if I told you this wasn’t mashed potatoes. What if I said this warm plate of creamy garlic mash was actually made of cauliflower. Would you try it? Before you rethink your decision, give this recipe a try. Have a heaping spoon with some braised short ribs, or add it as a side with your Thanksgiving feast and lighten things up.

WARNING: Following the consumption of this Cauliflower Garlic Mash there may be sudden outbursts of joy, excessive smiling, and out of control requests for more.

 Photo Description: Creamy Cauliflower Garlic Mash in a square serving dish on top of a white fringe cloth and 2 sunflowers in the bottom left corner.

Photo Description: Creamy Cauliflower Garlic Mash in a square serving dish on top of a white fringe cloth and 2 sunflowers in the bottom left corner.

Creamy Cauliflower Garlic Mash

 PREP TIME: 15 minutes
Cook TIME:
15 minutes
TOTAL TIME:
30 minutes
SERVES: 4
AUTHOR:
Mary Mammoliti / Kitchen Confession

INGREDIENTS

1 large head of cauliflower, cut into florets
4 cups chicken broth
4 cups water (more if needed to cover florets)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup 2% milk
salt and black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place the cauliflower florets in to a large stock pot and cover with the chicken broth and water. Cook for 8-12 minutes or until fork tender. Drain and keep the in the colander and move onto next steps. You want to get as much water as possible out of the cauliflower.

  2. Pour the olive oil into the stock pot and sauté the garlic until fragrant. Remove from heat and return the cooked cauliflower back into the stock pot, add milk and butter. Using an emersion blender purée until smooth and creamy. Taste for salt and pepper.

  3. Garnish with chopped parsley, drizzle extra virgin olive oil over top and serve warm.

NOTES

Refrain from adding additional butter and/or milk to the mash, it will thin out too much.

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Recipe: 2 Pasta Salads You Should Make Now

It’s scorching hot in Toronto and I’m not complaining BUT the thought of spending time in front of a hot stove is making me sweat. SOOOOO, bring on the cool, bright, pasta salad! I’ve got 2 recipes for ya. Can’t decide which one to make? Try both, and leave them in the refrigerator for the week. Going to a summer potluck? Bring the Greek Pasta Salad with feta and fresh tomatoes or an Asian inspired bow tie pasta salad may be your dish of choice.

 

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Greek Pasta Salad

This recipe makes a huge batch of Greek Pasta Salad. Share this recipe with friends and bring it to your next potluck This would be great for a potluck.  I usually half the recipe when I make it. We ate this for several days with lunch and dinner. This will keep for 5 days in the refrigerator. The simple mediterranean flavours of the dressing with the creaminess of the crumbled feta and fresh cherry tomatoes is exactly what is missing on your dinner table! Have is as a side or enjoy it as the main dish. 

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: -
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 10 - 12
Author: Mary Mammoliti / Kitchen Confession

INGREDIENTS

1 (16-oz) box penne pasta
2/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 Tbsp greek seasoning
3/4 cup grape tomatoes, cut into halves
1-1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and cool.

  2. Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, mayonnaise and greek seasoning in a large bowl. Add cooked pasta, tomatoes, feta cheese and basil. Toss to coat.

  3. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours before serving.

Asian Pasta Salad

This simple and light pasta salad has quickly found it's place on my summer salad list. This dish will quickly become a family favourite, and a great one to share at any potluck. It can be served as a side dish or eat on it’s own as a light lunch. This Asian Pasta Salad is completely addictive and the sesame-soy dressing will have everyone coming back for seconds!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: -
Total Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 8
Author: Mary Mammoliti / Kitchen Confession

INGREDIENTS

SESAME-SOY DRESSING:

1/4 cup grape seed oil
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar or brown sugar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons low sodium soy sauce, or tamari sauce
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

PASTA SALAD:

12 ounces bow tie pasta (about 4 cups)
2 cups chopped rotisserie chicken
1 cup shredded carrot
3/4 cup roughly chopped parsley
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup slivered almonds or peanuts

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix together dressing ingredients in a jar or bowl with tight fitting lid. Shake well and set aside.

  2. Boil bow tie pasta for 10 minutes or about one minute shy of the package directions. Pour cooked pasta into a colander and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process and cool down the pasta. Drain well and transfer to a large bowl.

  3. Mix in remaining salad ingredients. Give dressing a good shake and pour over the salad. Mix well.

RECIPE NOTES
If you'd like to get some of the prep out of the way you can boil the pasta the day before. Rinse it well with cold water, drain it, and then toss it with a teaspoon or two of grape seed oil to prevent it from sticking. Transfer the cooked pasta storage container, cover and refrigerate overnight. Assemble the salad no more than an hour or two before serving for the best result and reserve nuts to add just before serving.

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Recipe: Watermelon Berry Salad

Yesterday, I ran an Instagram poll (one of many I like to do on instagram) and the poll results are in! I posted a photo of this Watermelon Berry Salad and asked “would you like the recipe for this summer salad?” and the “Hells Ya!” have won.

Thank You all for taking part and keep scrolling down for the full recipe. These polls help me decide what recipes to post. and which I should keep to myself, locked away, deep in my archives. I hope you enjoy this salad as much as Frank and I do.

PSA: The dressing is what makes this combination shine BUT if it’s not your thing simply pour the juice of two limes over the cut fruit and toss.

If you've been following along for a while or just joined the KC foodie gang, nothing makes me happier than food. From cooking, to eating to talking about food. So, feel free to comment below. I would love to hear your thoughts. Don’t be shy, let’s chat ~ (((hugs)))

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Watermelon Berry Salad

Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4 servings
Author: Mary Mammoliti | Kitchen Confession

INGREDIENTS

For the Salad

1/2 seedless watermelon cubed (approx. 8 cups)
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup blackberries
1/4 cup crumbled feta (I used goat/sheep milk feta)
8+ mint leaves, chiffonade (cut mint leaves into slender ribbons)

For the Dressing

1 lime, juiced
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons honey
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine the fruit, mint and cheese in a bowl.

  2. Add the dressing ingredients to a bowl and mix well to combine. Pour over salad, toss and serve .

 

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Recipe: Creole Rice and Beans

Recipe: Creole Rice and Beans

 Beans, Beans, They're Good for Your Heart. The more you eat the more you ……….

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Rant: AVOCADOS - What You're Doing Wrong

Rant: AVOCADOS - What You're Doing Wrong

AVOCADO, often mistaken for a vegetable, this pear-shaped fruit with a hard dark green exterior, a single large seed in the centre and a soft creamy pale green pulp has been around for centuries. Consumed and known for their health benefits

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Recipe: Quick and Easy Mini Chickpea Patties and Tahini Sauce

Recipe: Quick and Easy Mini Chickpea Patties and Tahini Sauce

Happy Monday! Today was a whirl wind of a day. I've done so much but yet I feel like I haven't accomplished anything. With zero time to cook a full meal this is when my pre-made frozen meals come in handy.

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Recipe: Sautéed Asparagus and Peas

Recipe: Sautéed Asparagus and Peas

Music continues to surround my kitchen as Neneh Cherry fades Rihanna "werks" her way into the room with "PEAS" Don't Stop The Music. I belt out lyrics that only I understand and continue to prepare what I've decided will be a Sautéed Asparagus and Peas side dish. 

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Recipe: Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Recipe: Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Mediterranean Pasta Salad because ...... why not? This dish had me at Pasta.

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Recipe: Sautéed Asparagus & Peas

Spring has sprung and so have these veggies. Straight from the fridge right into this pan.

Sautéed Asparagus and Peas
Servings: 4
Total Time: 15 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 bunch asparagus spears, ends trimmed, cut into 1-½-inch pieces on a diagonal
  • 1 cup thawed frozen peas
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions
Heat the olive oil in a medium to large frying pan over medium-low heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring frequently, until soft and translucent, 4-5 minutes.
Add the asparagus, ¼ teaspoon salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Continue cooking over medium-low heat, stirring frequently trying not to burn the shallots, for about 5 minutes or until tender-crisp. Add the peas and cook about one minute more until the peas are warmed through. Add a little more salt and pepper if needed and serve.

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Recipe: Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges

Recipe: Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges

Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges .......enough said!

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