Hi! I'm Alison.

Welcome to Food by Mars. Your source for healthy recipes, wellness tips and tricks to easily integrate into your life. As a Holistic Health Coach, it's my mission to connect the mind, body and soul with whole foods & whole living.

Let's Connect:

Roasted Cauliflower: Two Ways (plus a basic pesto recipe)

 

Gluten-free | Vegan

Balsamic Ginger Roasted Cauliflower #foodbymars #vegan #glutenfree
Roasted Cauliflower with Pesto #foodbymars #glutenfree #vegan #vegetarian

Was anyone else forced to eat plain, mushy, microwaved cauliflower from one of those frozen packets as a child? I think a support group may need to be started for those of us who were. Because it tasted like mush, weird mush. If you liked or still like it that way, I commend you but I am not a fan... I used to douse it in whatever salad dressing I could get my hands on just to force it down and be allowed to leave the dinner table. I might be painting an exaggerated picture here, so for the record, my parents did love me... they just had no clue how to make cauliflower taste good and wanted me to get my veggies in!

Fast forward to me 20-something years later, unable to stop popping them in my mouth like they're out of a bag of chips or something. Roasted cauliflower is what my parents were missing out on in life... and I will not let them hear the end of that, believe you me! Whether you're into mush or not, guys - you owe it to yourself to try it roasted, slathered in pesto or a balsamic-ginger glaze... or anything else of your choosing, you creative cook, you! Welcome to cauliflower season and, heck, welcome to adult-hood where you chose how to eat your cauliflower! FREEDOM! 


Pesto #foodbymars
Pesto #foodbymars
Pesto #foodbymars

Roasted Cauliflower with Pesto

Roasted Cauliflower with Pesto #foodbymars #vegan #vegetarian
Roasted Cauliflower with Pesto #foodbymars #vegan #vegetarian
Roasted Cauliflower with Pesto #foodbymars #vegan #vegetarian

Roasted Cauliflower with Pesto

Ingredients:

For the pesto, combine all ingredients below in a food processor or blender to make a jar of pesto:

  • 2 cups or bunches fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • pinch dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan (vegans sub in salt to taste or nutritional yeast powder is great too!)
  • approx. 1/2 cup olive oil (eyeball this to make sure it's the consistency you want)
  • Bonus: I add dried mint because it adds an extra freshness to the pesto! 2-3 pinches if you can get your hands on it (omit or sub in your favorite herb here to make it your own!)

For the Cauliflower:

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • Pesto sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400f degrees and prep a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Chop the cauliflower into florets and place in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add pesto and olive oil to the cauliflower and mix well with a spoon or hands.
  4. Spread the cauliflower out on the baking sheet in a single layer and roast for approx. 35 minutes until browned, turn the pieces over mid-way through so it cooks evenly.
  5. Serve!

Roasted Cauliflower with Balsamic & Ginger

Roasted Cauliflower with Balsamic & Ginger #foodbymars #vegan #vegetarian #glutenfree

Roasted Cauliflower with Balsamic & Ginger

Ingredients:

  •  1 head of cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • salt
  • pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400f degrees and prep a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Chop the cauliflower into florets and place in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Separately, mix balsamic vinegar, ginger and honey in a small bowl and let sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Add sauce and olive oil to the cauliflower and mix well with a spoon or hands.
  5. Spread the cauliflower out on the baking sheet in a single layer (don't pour them out of the bowl or the vinegar will drip on the baking sheet and may burn) and roast for approx. 35 minutes until browned, turn the pieces over mid-way through so it cooks evenly.
  6. Serve!

Roasted Cauliflower with Balsamic & Ginger #foodbymars #vegan #vegetarian #glutenfree
-----------------------------------------------
Hope you enjoy!
Would love to have your feedback below and remember to follow me on
Instagram, Bloglovin’, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook for the latest and greatest.
**Alison

-----------------------------------------------
 

Saffron-Ginger Carrot Soup

November Forecast