Roasted Garlic and Chive Mashed Cauliflower & Potatoes

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You asked for a healthy potato dish for the holdiays, and I delivered!

Recently on Instagram, I asked what was the dish that you looked forward to the most during the holidays, and mashed potatoes got one of the top votes. However, this dish that is traditionally made with lots of butter and heavy cream doesn’t have to be completly tasteless when you make it healthier. Here I came up with a time efficient to roast a whole clove of garlic to add in with all of the other ingredients which not only has a great flavor, it also makes your house smell incredible.

I also cut the carb count on this recipe by using half gold potatoes, and half caulfilower. The texture and falvor is amazing, and your guests/kids won’t be able to tell that they are also getting in some non-starchy vegetables! I left the skins on the potatoes for added fiber and texture, but if you want to peel them instead that definitely is an option too.

Check it out below:

Roasted Garlic and Chive Mashed Cauliflower & Potatoes

Serves: 10

Ingredients:

  • 1 head garlic, cloves separated, left in skin
  • 1/3 Cup + 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds golden potatoes, skins on, cut into 1″ chunks
  • 2 pounds cauliflower florets (about 2 heads)
  • 2/3 Cup 1% milk
  • 3 Tablespoons organic unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup chives, sliced

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Place the separated garlic cloves in the middle of a sheet of foil. Drizzle with 1 Tablespoon of the olive oil.
  3. Wrap the foil around the cloves creating a little pouch.
  4. Place the pouch in the oven until cloves soften and you smell the aroma of garlic, about 30-40 minutes. Remove and let cool.
  5. While garlic roasts, in 7- to 8-quart saucepot, place the potatoes with enough water to cover it by 2 inches. Partially cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and for simmer 10 minutes.
  6. Add the cauliflower florets, and bring to a boil again. Reduce heat, partially cover, and simmer for 20 minutes or until the cauliflower is very tender and can be cut with a wooden spoon.
  7. Drain the potatoes and cauliflower and return to the pot.
  8. Meanwhile, in small microwave-safe bowl, microwave the 1% milk and butter on medium high for 1 1/2 – 2 minutes or until the butter has melted. Add the remaining 1/3 cup olive oil.
  9. Squeeze the roasted garlic cloves from skins into the potatoes and cauliflower mixture. Add the butter mixture to the potatoes and cauliflower along with 1 teaspoon salt and 2 teaspoons black pepper.
  10. Mash the potatoes and cauliflower with a potato masher or hand mixer until very smooth. Mix in chives with a wooden spoon.
  11. Serve immediately, or hold until service at 135 degrees.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving): 232 Calories, 15.9g Total Fat, 5.8g Saturated Fat, 0g Trans Fat, 19mg Cholesterol, 268mg Sodium, 21.7g Total Carbohyrate, 5g Fiber, 4.4g Sugar, 4g Protein

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Easy Honey Roasted Rainbow Carrots

Want to know my #1 tip for your upcoming Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, or office Holiday potluck?

BYOV: Bring your own veggies!

Making 50% of your plate non-starchy vegetables helps keep the nutrition and fullness up, while controlling the portion size of the fun foods that we only see during this time of year.

If you are still looking for an easy and healthy dish, check out my Honey Roasted Rainbow Carrot recipe. With only 5 ingredients, you can easily throw it together to get some color on the table!
I used the pre-peeled Les Petites Carrots of Many Colors from Trader Joe’s for this recipe, but any rainbow carrots will do. This recipe is written for 4 servings, but can easily be doubled to serve 8 for a larger party.

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Honey Roasted Rainbow Carrots

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of fresh rainbow carrots, washed and peeled
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 Tablespoon fresh thyme (or 1 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • Black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Coat the bottom of a rectangular or oval baking dish with olive oil cooking spray.
  2. Place the carrots in the baking dish, followed by the olive oil and honey. Toss the carrots to coat with the honey mixture, and spread in a single layer. Sprinkle with thyme and black pepper to taste.
  3. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the carrots are cooked and browned around the edges.
  4. Serve the carrots whole, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts (1 serving): 74 Calories, 2.4g Total Fat, 0.3g Saturated Fat, 0g Trans Fat, 0mg Cholesterol, 88mg Sodium, 12.5g Total Carb, 2.8g Fiber, 8.2g Sugar, 1.4g Protein

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Sage Brown Butter Cauliflower Gnocci with Mushrooms, Spinach, and Chicken Apple Sausage

Trader Joe’s new Cauliflower Gnocci is ALL the rage this year! So many of my clients have tried it and logged their meal in their Healthie food logs, that I just had to give it a try.

I love the flavors of fall, and also healthy one pot meals dish that takes less than 20 minutes to make. With only 6 ingredients, you can’t go wrong. Check out the full recipe below!

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Sage Brown Butter Cauliflower Gnocci with Mushrooms, Spinach and Chicken Sausage

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons organic unsalted butter
  • 10 Chopped sage leaves, washed and patted dry
  • 2 Packages Frozen Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocci
  • 8oz Sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • 4 Pre-cooked chicken apple sauasges, cut into half moons
  • 2 Cups Baby spinach (1/2 5oz bag)
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Garlic powder, to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat a large cast iron skillet to medium heat. Add the butter and let it melt, about 1 minute. Add the sage leaves and fry the sage in the butter for 2-3 minutes until fragrant.
  2. Add the bags of the frozen caulfilower gnocci and the sliced mushrooms to the skillet. Toss to coat in the sage butter. Cover and cook 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add the spinach, chicken apple sausage, black pepper, and garlic. Cover and cook another 5 minutes until the spinach is wilted and the gnocci is fully cooked through.
  4. Place in 4 bowls and serve!

Nutrition Facts (1 serving): 392 Calories, 15g Total Fat, 5g Saturated Fat, 915mg Sodium, 38.2g Total Carb, 10g Fiber, 1g Sugar, 20.4g Protein

Have you tried the caulfilower gnocci yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comment below!

Too Busy for Breakfast?

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Today is the first day back to school in Greenville, SC – and it’s a great time to focus on the most important meal of the day – BREAKFAST!

I totally am not going back to school (three degrees was enough!) and I don’t have kids going back to school, but I can’t help but love the smell of school supplies at Target, and feel this urge to just get things in order this time of year. Anyone else agree?

Anyway, back to breakfast. You’ve heard it called the most important meal of the day, but is it really? A lot of people tend to skip breakfast because…well mornings are hard! However, this first meal of your day is what is going to start your metabolism to help you burn more calories and get your energy flowing for whole day.

Breakfast can help you get to your ideal weight and also set yourself up for success all day long. Without breakfast, you can lose HOURS of calorie burning, and with a busy schedule this is not something we want to do! You want to BREAK-FAST … get it?

Struggling to figure out how your are going to eat this first meal of the day? Check out my top 5 breakfast tips!

  1. Breakfast doesn’t have to always be “breakfast food.” A lot of clients come to me saying that they don’t like the traditional American breakfast foods of eggs, bacon, and sausage…and that’s ok! You don’t have to eat these things if you don’t like them. Try something as simple as a KIND breakfast bar for on the go, avocado toast, or an apple with natural peanut butter. To be considered a good breakfast it does not have to look like traditional plate from Waffle House.
  2. Meal prep breakfast for the week. Many people eat the same breakfast every day. If this is something you are OK with, I would recommend meal prepping it for the week so it’s grab and go! This might mean making your own breakfast bars, getting your overnight oat jars ready, or making egg muffins to re-heat throughout the week. Whatever you need to do to make morning easier on you!
  3. Focus on carb + protein. Many “breakfast foods” are very carb dense – things like cereal, waffles, pancakes, bagels, and toaster pastries. Focus on adding PROTEIN to your breakfast to keep you fuller longer! This might mean adding some natural peanut butter to a whole grain waffle, an egg to your whole wheat bagel thin or some almonds to your cereal.
  4. If you snooze one too many times, choose a healthy drive thru option. There a ton of healthy options out there – you just have to look! Every fast food restaurant is going to have their version of a high fat meat (sausage, bacon, fried chicken) on a biscuit, however, I encourage you to look past that and find the English Muffin breakfast sandwich option instead – English Muffins have less saturated fat than biscuits and therefore less calories. They also typically have an egg or egg white for protein – perfect for on the go!
  5. Pack a morning snack. If your lunch is more than 3-4 hours after your breakfast, be sure you pack a morning snack! A lot of people say to me “breakfast makes me hungrier throughout the day,” but this is a GOOD thing! This means your metabolism is working, so be sure to pack a healthy morning snack too like baby carrots and hummus or some unsalted nuts for when that time comes.

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Blush Nutrition One Day Meal Plan

I shared some of my healthy eating tips for the New Year with Scene on 7 on Monday. Learn how to spot a fad diet, how to have a healthier 2018 and my cauliflower rice burrito bowl recipe (featured at the end of this blog post)!

I am a firm believer in meal planning to help you reach your health and wellness goals! Through Blush Nutrition, I offer custom meal planning for my clients complete with recipe books and grocery lists. Check out my sample One Day Meal Plan below!

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Blush Nutrition One Day Sample 1550 Calorie Meal Plan

Breakfast 7:00AM 6oz Vanilla Greek yogurt with ½ cup blueberries and 1oz almonds (286 calories)
Snack 9:30AM 1 medium apple and 2 Tablespoons natural peanut butter (216 calories)
Lunch 12:30PM Pomegranate Grilled Chicken Salad: 2 cups baby spinach, ½ cup pomegranate seeds, 1oz fat free feta cheese, 3oz grilled chicken breast (no skin) and 2 Tablespoons light balsamic vinaigrette dressing (486 calories)
Snack 3:30PM Balanced Breaks® Gouda Natural Cheese with Honey Roasted Peanuts and Dried Cranberries (170 calories)
Dinner 6:30PM Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl (386 calories)
  1544 Calories Total*

* To find out your individualized calorie recommendations please consult a physician or Registered Dietitian

Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ Cup bell pepper slices
  • ½ cup onion slices
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 5oz (½ Package) Steamfresh Cauliflower Rice, cooked
  • ¾ Cup (half 15.5oz can) low sodium black beans, rinsed
  • ½ Cup grape tomatoes
  • 1 100 calorie guacamole package
  • 1oz reduced fat Mexican cheese (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a sauté pan over medium heat, add the olive oil, bell pepper slices, onion slices and black pepper. Sautee until vegetables are cooked, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. In a large bowl add the riced cauliflower. Add the black beans in the upper left corner, the grape tomatoes in the upper right corner, the sautéed peppers and onions in the bottom left corner and the guacamole in the bottom right corner.
  3. Option to top with reduced fat Mexican cheese, mix, and serve!

Nutrition Facts (1 serving, without cheese): 386 Calories, 24.8g Total Fat, 3.3g Saturated Fat, 0g Trans Fat, 0g Cholesterol, 524mg Sodium, 36.5g Total Carbohydrate, 10.8g Fiber, 10.1g Sugar, 9.7g Protein

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Sauteed Green Beans with Toasted Almonds, Lemon & Garlic as Featured on Scene on 7

Today I had the pleasure of meeting Jamarcus Gaston from WSPA’s Scene on 7! I shared my top 3 Healthy Thanksgiving tips including:
1.  Make half your plate vegetables
2.  Be picky and if you can’t choose, opt for 2 Tablespoons of all of your favorites
3.  Bring a healthy dish with you!

For my last tip I shared my Sauteed Green Beans with Toasted Almonds, Lemon & Garlic recipe. It’s quick, easy and packed with fiber and good heart healthy fats! If you don’t have a dish to bring to Thanksgiving dinner – I’ve got you covered!

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Sauteed Green Beans with Toasted Almonds, Lemon & Garlic 

Serves:4

​Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ​2 Cups green beans, trimmed
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 Cup slivered almonds

Directions:

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, add 1 Tablespoon of olive oil and the crushed garlic. Saute until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
  2. Add the remaining olive oil, lemon juice, green beans and black pepper. Toss to coat. Cook 3-5min or until the green beans are tender and crisp.
  3. Add the almonds and toss. Cook 1-2 minutes to toast the almonds.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts (1 serving): 116 Calories, 10.1g Total Fat, 1.2g Saturated Fat, 0g Trans Fat, 0mg Cholesterol, 4mg Sodium, 6.5g Total Carbohydrate, 2.9g Fiber, 1.2g Sugar, 2.5g Protein ​

See you guys next time and Happy Thanksgiving!
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