Coffee and Cauliflower??!!!

Have your coffee and eat your veggies too??? !!!  Add some veggies to your morning cup of Joe???!!  What the ---- you say?

My frozen concoction with my favorite Tiki mug - The Islander :)

My frozen concoction with my favorite Tiki mug - The Islander :)

YES! COFFEE and CAULIFLOWER DO MIX!!!

Weird right?? But oh so good.

My latest smoothie addiction thanks to The Blissful Basil blog. I have played with the original recipe and this is my favorite I have made so far this fall.

My sweetie and I both tried the cauliflower concoction at the same time after the initial recipe was tested saying - "here we go" and then being pleasantly, REALLY pleasantly surprised as to how it does not taste like cauliflower. A nice creamy consistency, sort of like soft serve...

I believe it's because it is frozen!!! Frozen cauliflower - freakin' brilliant Ashley.

To begin, I do not really have a relationship with coffee as some people do, so I apologize if this freaks them out.
But seriously, you should give it a try, if only to test it for yourself.
Although if you are a huge coffee aficionado, perhaps not with your $80 bag of coffee. (No grimacing and cussing over an expensive cup of coffee wasted please...)

S0 - Here goes:

What you need:
You will definitely need a high speed blender - that old 50's Oster will not cut it man. (Boo, I know)

Ingredients:
1 c. milk of your choice
1c. frozen cauliflower florets (the smaller they are, the better they blend up)
2 bananas - 1 frozen for sure, the other can be room temp
3 - 4 coffee ice cubes (you know, put coffee into a tray and freeze it!)
splash of Vanilla extract


How to:
1. add milk to blender first, so it's at the bottom
2. then add the frozen cauliflower, bananas and ice cubes.
3. Drizzle a bit of vanilla extract on top
4. blend it up - to a creamy soft serve like ice cream consistency.
      - you will definitely need the damper wand to push the frozen stuff into the blender. and you may even need to stop the blender, push it down and then start it up again. A little bit of extra work, but oh so worth it!

If this isn't sweet enough for you, try adding a few dates to blender afterwards.

AND- I imagine that this is what a frappacino would taste like.
Maybe not, but hey, I have never had a frappacino, and that's my imagination at work :)

Thanks so much for reading and trying this recipe out - for the original, check out the Blissful Basil Blog - Ashley has a lot of really interesting and yummy recipes...

Blessings, Lisa Kai

                    

 

Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday tips for practicing Aloha for the body, mind, and spirit. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a nature loving tikiphile, digs jazz (well, all types of music really!), double dips her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.


 

Quick Veggie Hummus

Aloha!!! I just made this delicious hummus>
It took about 20 minutes form start to finish - that is, adding all the ingredients to the food processor, turning on the machine, and putting into a bowl to nosh on!

You will definately need a food processor of some kind. I have a Cuisinart, and you could use a high speed blender such as a Vitamix as well.

Here it is - the ingredients and directions are below the pictures below.

2c. raw chickpeas soaked for 8 hours or 1 can chickpeas well rinsed 5-6 artichoke hearts 1/4c. fresh sesame seeds 1 really full handful of fresh spinach 2-3 heaping TBSP raw sunflower seeds 2TBSP EVOO salt and pepper to taste to your liking

2c. raw chickpeas soaked for 8 hours or 1 can chickpeas well rinsed
5-6 artichoke hearts
1/4c. fresh sesame seeds
1 really full handful of fresh spinach
2-3 heaping TBSP raw sunflower seeds
2TBSP EVOO
salt and pepper to taste to your liking

The sunflower seeds and fresh sesame seeds give the hummus a fantastic nutty flavor. If you don't feel adventurous, cut out the sunflower seeds. The sesame seeds replace the processed tahini.

As you can see, one spinach leaf didn't want to join in the fun. Oh well, it was eaten right then as a tester!

As you can see, one spinach leaf didn't want to join in the fun. Oh well, it was eaten right then as a tester!

Voila! Fini! (No spinach leaf left..hehe)

Voila! Fini! (No spinach leaf left..hehe)

Eat with your favorite cut up veggies or some yummy crackers. Personally, I also like it on a peice of toast with some fresh spouts on top! But I get it if that's a bit too healthy for you. No problem man, enjoy it however it pleases YOU! Enjoy!

 

Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday tips for practicing Aloha for the body, mind, and spirit. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a nature loving tiki freak, digs jazz, double dips her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.