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Sautéed Spinach With Garlic

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If you love spinach as much as I do, this is an easy, delicious, and quick way to enjoy fresh spinach anytime. Sautéed Spinach With Garlic is one of those side dishes that pairs really well with any protein.  

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Prep Time: 5 minute
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Yields: 2 servings
Equipment: 12-inch sauté pan

Ingredients:
2 packages of fresh spinach leaves
2 tablespoons of olive oil
3 garlic cloves, sliced
1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Directions:
Start by slicing 3 garlic cloves. Next, add oil to a cold sauté pan. Add the sliced garlic and crushed red pepper flakes to the pan. On medium heat, bring the oil up to temperature and sauté the garlic for a minute until fragrant. Add the spinach leaves, to the pan, in batches. As soon as all the leaves have wilted down, season with the Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper. Toss through one more time until all the leaves are coated then turn off the heat. Transfer the Sautéed Spinach With Garlic to a large serving bowl. Serve hot. This dish is so flavorful, you just may change your mind on how you feel about spinach.

 

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Gluten-Free Mini Cauliflower Muffins

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These Gluten-Free Mini Cauliflower Muffins are so flavorful. They may not be what you think of as real muffins. They’re more like mini souffle-style muffins. Not having the slightest bit of flour or baking powder, these little gems ROCK! Every bite has you wanting more.

This recipe’s star ingredient is the cauliflower. The extra depth of flavor in these gluten-free muffins comes from the roasted cauliflower. Finished with a dollop of Cream Cheese With Chives, my Gluten-Free Cauliflower Muffins are a great addition to your brunch buffet.

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Basil Pesto

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes (includes roasting time of cauliflower)
Inactive Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Yields: 24 mini muffins
Equipment: food processor, 2 12-mini muffin tin pans, 2 rimmed baking sheet pans, rubber spatula

Ingredients:
1 head of cauliflower (about 2 pounds), cut into bite-size florets, (about 8 cups)
1 Fresno chili, roasted, seeded, and roughly chopped
1 tablespoon of chili powder
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
1/4 cup olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
1/3 cup of full-fat Greek Yogurt (substitute low fat)
1/4 cup of fresh store-bought basil pesto (found in the refrigerated section)
1/2 cup of shredded Colby Jack cheese
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 egg whites, room temperature
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Cream Cheese With Chives Topping, (optional)
1 8-ounce bar of cream cheese, room temperature
3 tablespoons of freshly minced chives

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450-degrees F.
Cut up a head of cauliflower into bite-size florets. Spread them out on a sheet pan. Toss the cauliflower with olive oil, Kosher salt, black pepper, cumin, and chili powder. Make sure all the florets are really well coated. Add one whole Fresno chili to roast alongside the cauliflower, Roast for 20 to 25 minutes until the cauliflower is golden and tender. Remove the Fresno chili and set it aside.

Reduce oven temperature to 400-degrees F.

Note: Do not overfill your food processor.
In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, add half the roasted cauliflower and half the of the chopped Fresno chili and garlic. Pulse until smooth, no big pieces. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add the remaining roasted cauliflower florets, Fresno chili, garlic, and process. Add with the rest of the cauliflower mixture.

The color is awesome from the chili and the seasonings. These muffins are going to have so much flavor.

In a large mixing bowl add the eggs, full-fat Greek yogurt, basil pesto, Kosher salt, and black pepper, mix to combine. Add the shredded Colby Jack cheese stir again to combine. Finally, add the cauliflower mixture, and combine.

Note: Make sure the bowl for mixing the eggs whites is completely dry.

In a small bowl add two room temperature egg whites. Whisk the whites until the frothy stage. Add in 1/8 teaspoon of cream of tartar. Continue whisking until the egg whites reach the stiff peak stage. Refer to pictures.

Next, add the beaten egg whites slowly to the cauliflower mixture. Using a spatula, fold in the egg whites until just combined. Do not overmix. Spray the mini muffin tin pans really well with non-stick cooking spray. Fill the muffin tins to the top with the cauliflower mixture.

Bake at 400-degrees F. for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the muffins from the pan and set onto cooling racks. Allow the muffins to come to room temperature for about 20 minutes.

Once the Gluten-Free Mini Cauliflower Muffins have cooled arrange them on serving plates before piping on the cream cheese with chives.

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