Lemony Fresh Herbed Cauliflower Rice Salad

Some of you may recall last fall I started my journey studying Functional Nutrition. I'm now happy to announce I have just completed the September to May course, and have graduated with a Functional Nutrition Practitioner Certification. As I have a huge interest in all things wellness, I am really excited for where this journey will continue to take me.  For those of you who may have missed that post, you can click here to catch up.  But in a nutshell, after much research, I have come to the realization that Functional Medicine and Nutrition is truly the future when it comes to optimal health. There is so much you can test these days from Vitamin D deficiencies to hormones, and with Functional Medicine and Nutrition at the forefront of this, I love the idea of being able to know exactly why or what is the root cause of chronic issues, as well as, how to obtain optimal health goals. By utilizing nutrition, supplementation and for lack of a better word "bio-hacking", like important information on how to sleep well, etc., and the knowledge also that everyone is different, I believe a customized strategy towards optimal health is so important.

With that said, I'm happy to share with you a few insights here on Poppytalk with respect to recipes, wellness in addition to our regular daily design-related content. With all the information out there these days on health and wellness, hopefully too, I can help decipher or clarify some of that information for you. Feel free to email me anytime.  Also note, none of my information is medical advice and I recommend you consult a doctor before following any protocol I may write about.

So to start, I came across a recipe the other day via AliLuvs.com, (many of you may be aware of her Healthy Cauliflower recipe already); it is so good (like she says). She got the recipe from Sophie Uliano who I believe was on Ali's show, Home & Family (based in L.A.); you can check out Sophie's site HERE. I've tweaked the ingredients a little just to make it even a bit more healthier (although seriously, either of their recipes are pretty healthy already). I've just noted things like organic, and switched up a few items (eg., switching out almonds for sprouted walnuts) to make it even more healthy and added a few nutritional fun facts.  Check it out below!

Lemony Fresh Herbed Cauliflower Rice Salad

Cauliflower is considered to be one of the most healthiest foods on the planet. With it's anti-inflammatory properties and an abundant supply of a phytochemical known as Indole-3-Carbinol which inactivates harmful estrogens and upregulates liver detoxification, it also contains something called sulforaphane that increases Phase II Liver detoxification activity even more and protects DNA from damage. In other words, it's good for you and it helps fight cancer. The cilantro also will help in the aid of liver detoxification and the healthy fats will keep you satiated. This is a really delicious recipe, I personally love the freshness, and the subtle hint of mint. I think you're really going to like it!

You will need
1 head of organic cauliflower* (riced)
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon avocado oil*
1 cup diced yellow onion*
1 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley*
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves*
1 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves*
1 tsp lemon zest (should be organic for zest)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (we use Redmonds) plus more to taste
1 cup chopped dried cherries or cranberries (but if you're wanting to keep your blood sugar lower - which is always recommended, then swap out for perhaps fresh blueberries* or cranberries*
1 cup chopped sprouted/activated nuts (like walnuts* or macadamia nuts*)
1 cup shelled, steamed Edamame* beans

*Although most of these items are NOT listed as one of The Dirty Dozen, if the price is right, I'd definitely go for organic. I recommend one always eat lemon zest/peels and edamame organic however). Edamame from the soy family are known to be highly contaminated with glyphosate if not organic. A study has found that Glyphosate as a risk factor for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma*.  Conventional lemons are sprayed with a variety of pesticides on the peel and some can be very difficult to wash off.  If you're fighting any type of chronic or autoimmune illness, or just want to keep optimal health, avoiding glyphosate and pesticides is highly recommended.

To make
If you can't find sprouted/activated nuts, you can sprout them beforehand. By soaking the nuts overnight first, you are breaking down the phytic acid making it so they can be absorbed properly. Nuts have high amounts of enzyme inhibitors which is why they can be hard to digest. Soaking nuts can neutralize the enzymes allowing for proper digestion. If you soak them, be sure to soak in filtered water overnight. Drain and dry in the oven on low heat for a couple hours. Of course you can eat nuts without sprouting them, but sprouting them just makes them that more easily to digest - especially if you're having any digestive issues already.

Rice the cauliflower in a blender or food processor.  Sauté the diced onions on low heat (to not oxidize the oil) in a bit of avocado oil or ghee. Once the onions are soft and translucent, then add the riced cauliflower.  Sauté for another 2 minutes.

Remove from pan and transfer the cauliflower mixture into a salad bowl.  Mix in the other ingredients, then drizzle with a 1/4 cup of avocado oil, and toss. Top with the zest of the lemon and serve!


Jan Halvarson

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