{Whole30} Cajun Chicken and Cauliflower Rice

Chicken and cauliflower rice flavored with cajun seasoning and roasted to perfection. This is one of the healthy meals I truly enjoyed during my Whole30 adventure. 

The adult human body is 50-65% water. My brother told me mine is composed of 80% green tea. I consume a lot of green tea. Let’s say an average of 1-1.5 liters everyday. Then, water. Don’t ask me – I just love the comfort I get from drinking green tea. Need something to go with a slice of cake? Green tea. Need something to drink while watching TV? I could use a cup or two. When calculating my expenses? I’ll get the whole kettle, please! I am not sure if the word is comforting or addicting.

If my body is composed of 80% green tea, maybe the 15% is for cajun seasoning (let’s call it CS). I have never met CS before. Or if did, I didn’t knew about it. When we met, it was love at first taste. It was like the goddess Aphrodite made me fall in love with CS instantly. I wanted to eat something with CS every single day. But most days, I end up with roasted potatoes. If I should describe it in one word, I would say ‘addictive‘. But I can’t eat anything cajun roasted without my harissa-tahini sauce. They are just so perfect together that they can even marry each other!

Sad to say, bottled tahini can be a bit pricey. I might break the bank when I continue with the CS and tahini marriage. So I had to give CS and tahini some space. CS has to stay, and tahini needs to leave… for now. I have to pair CS with CF (cauliflower).

I have been eating cauliflower rice for a while now, so I’ve thought of roasting CF with CS and chicken. But instead of frying the riced cauli, I roasted them together with the chicken.

The dish turned out really good – the cauli rice was so tasty given the fact the I have coated them with cajun seasoning, olive oil, ghee and garlic. The juices of the chicken also added good flavor to the cauli rice. The cauli rice and chicken were roasted to perfection.

This can be done in separate baking pans, but I have only one oven rack so I fit them in one pan (pictured above). When the cauli rice was cooked, I removed the chicken, transferred to a plate and polished off the cauli rice and moved to a serving plate. Then I returned back the chicken to the pan and again placed back into the oven to cook thoroughly.

This is one of the perfect meals I enjoyed while on the Whole30 adventure.

I am bringing these at Fiesta Friday #191. Thanks to our Angie and to our co-hosts this week, Aunt Juju and Antonia.

Whole30 Cajun Chicken and Cauliflower Rice

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 3 cups riced cauliflower (about 4 cups florets)
  • 4 chicken pieces (preferably chicken thighs and drumsticks)
  • Parsley, for garnish

Instructions:

Prep tip: Riced cauliflower and chicken can be marinated (placed in a baking pan) overnight inside the fridge with me rest of the ingredients.

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, ghee, garlic and Cajun seasoning.
  3. In a baking pan, add in riced cauliflower. Pour in half of the oil Cajun-oil mixture and give it a good mix.
  4. Rub the other half of the oil mixture all over the chicken, adding a good pinch of salt on each chicken pieces.
  5. Place the chicken over the riced cauliflower.
  6. Bake the cauliflower rice for 25-30 minutes. After that, remove the chicken from the pan. Transfer the cooked cauliflower rice to a plate and put back the chicken pieces to the pan. Return back inside the oven and bake for further 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  7. Turn off the heat and remove the pan from the oven. Place the cauliflower rice (season with salt, if necessary) on a serving plate, top with chicken. Garnish with parsley if desired.

Notes:

Chicken and cauliflower can be placed in separate baking pans, making it easier to remove the cooked cauliflower rice. It mixed them in one baking pan so the cauliflower rice will get the juice from the chicken.

You can make a large batch and keep some in the fridge up to two days for your next meal. Keeping them in the freezer will make them last longer.

I made only a small batch and kept the half of the dish and enjoyed after 2 days.

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Sweet & Spicy Ground Beef with Corn & Sweet Potatoes

The title says it all, do I still have to say more?? Yeah – I could eat the whole recipe! 😀 That’s how delicious this dish is!

Some people say that when you are the youngest in the family, you are the luckiest one. When it comes to food, I say that I am the luckiest one… and I am the eldest.

When my two youngest sisters were still small, I used to feed them. And by that I mean I feed half to them and the other half to me. Shhh, this is one of my secrets!

‘Hey, you little ones, do you want eggs for breakfast?’

*sisters with sparkling eyes* ‘Yesssss! Eggs, eggs, eggs!’

‘Okaaaaay! I’ll make four eggs for both of you.’

*sisters looked at each other* ‘We cannot finish four eggs.’

‘Yes, you can.’ *insert evil laugh here*

You know what happens next… And the scene happened too many times!

Well, that’s just one. Others were like I was the only one who can reach that box of chocolate my Mom was hiding from (me? oh no, not from me) them, so they don’t eat everything in one sitting. So I am getting pieces of chocolates, few for my sisters and more for me. Of course, they have to tell my Mom that I got chocolates for them.

Some days I get lucky and some days I don’t, especially when my Mom caught me eating my sisters’ Cerelac. She was like ‘Hmm, that’s why you are telling me that it’s gone too soon!’ I know I don’t have an excuse for ‘caught in the act’, but I still made some unexplainable excuses. What did I tell her? I couldn’t remember.

Looking back, I am telling myself ‘I am a food savior!’ Yey! I am a hero! I am saving food from those little brats who couldn’t finish their food? How could they? I put a huge amount on purpose so the leftover could be mine. *knock on my door* ‘Um, Ate (a term when you call a girl older than you), I couldn’t finish my food.’ The Ate said ‘Uh oh… okaaay, put it there (my table).’ *again, insert evil laugh*.

I am basically the same person until now, even with my friends. *looks at my friend’s plate* ‘Ohh, you can’t finish that? Let me help you. You know they just throw food here at the restaurant when you don’t finish them. So it is better if I throw that leftover of yours in my tummy than in a garbage can.’ *friends don’t know what to say*

So that pretty sums why I am posting this recipe – I am saving food from going bad! A person who has a small tummy cannot finish the rest, so I helped her out. And I am glad that I did coz this was super gooood! Well, for a person who likes sweet dishes, yes, this is superb!! Ground beef with sweet and spicy sauce? Amazing! Add some corn kernels and my leftover sweet potatoes? Give me two additional serving of white rice, please!! You have to try this one! And oh, don’t skip the spring onions – they make the dish more delicious!

I am bringing this at Fiesta Friday #190. Thanks to our Angie and to our co-hosts this week, Shinta and Diann.

Sweet & Spicy Ground Beef with Corn & Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 tbsp ginger, grated
  • 1/8 – ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 500g ground beef
  • ½ cup corn kernels, drained
  • ½ cup sweet potatoes, cut into small cubes
  • 1/3 cup spring onions, sliced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Cooked white rice, to serve

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, brown sugar, canola oil, ginger and red pepper flakes. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over high heat, add ground beef and cook until no longer pink.
  3. Add in corn kernels, sweet potatoes, and sauce mixture. Cook for about 10 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat.
  5. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
  6. Top with sliced spring onions and enjoy with hot white rice.

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{Whole30} Smoky Sweet Potato Fritters with Cashew Cream

Crispy and smoky sweet potato fritters with only three ingredients, and then served with citrusy cashew cream that gives extraordinary taste to the fritters

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Among friends and family, I love anything sweet the most. Of all the people I’ve been close to or worked with, I never met someone like me who loves sweets like I do. That changed until I met my new colleague:

*new colleague makes tea* Do you have sugar?

Me: Um, yes! *handed over the container with sugar*

*new colleague puts sugar in her mug*

Me: *very shocked* No way!! You didn’t just put 6 teaspoons of sugar in that small mug!!

*new colleague LOL* I love very sweet things!

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That was totally crazy! Oh, wait… Does any of you consume that much of sugar in one small mug with one tea bag??

My boss knows that I love anything sweet, too. In fact, he gave me a small box of Baklavas! It was insane coz I was doing the Whole30 that time and it has only been two weeks. It was my fourth month, but I just can’t mess it up! Well, I’ve thought of taking a bite and convince myself that ‘Nah, it’s just a bite. It won’t hurt.’ I’ve fought very hard seeing that box in front of me for the whole afternoon. As soon as I arrived home, I placed the box in the fridge. And yeah, I survived the temptation. Bravo, Jhuls! Yourself is so proud of you!

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Soooo, for a person who has a sweet tooth like me, it is kinda difficult to do the Whole30 without having anything sweet. Thanks to sweet potatoes. Aside from the lovely sweet potatoes, I love munching on cashew nuts, too.

I had sweet potatoes that have begun sprouting and I am a huge fan of sweet potatoes-smoked paprika relationship, so why not make something really good?? Add arrowroot starch and I am all set for my snack. Um, how about the ‘sauce’? I was lazy to make mayo and my ketchup is not Whole30 compliant so I had to check from my BFF Google what can I do? I came across with citrus cream and found out that it uses cashew nuts. No questions asked, no doubt – I should make it!

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The citrus cashew cream gave a very nice taste when eaten with the sweet potato fritters. Imagine sweet and citrusy. It’s like a sweet potato lemonade. Um, is that a thing?? I had one problem which was the cashew cream not turning into a very smooth cream coz I used a regular blender. I think this is an excuse for me to get a high powered blender. What do you think?

Going back to these beauties, they are absolutely heaven! I’ve made eight from the recipe below and all went to my happy tummy!

I am bringing these at Fiesta Friday #189. Thanks to our Angie for making this amazing party possible.💐

Whole30 Smoky Sweet Potato Fritters with Cashew Cream

Ingredients:

For the cashew cream:

  • 1/2 cup raw cashew, soaked in warm water for 2 hours
  • 1/4 warm water
  • 2 tbsp coriander
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • Pinch of salt

For the sweet potato fritters:

  • 300g sweet potatoes, peeled and shredded
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot starch
  • 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • Olive oil

Instructions:

For the cashew cream:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a small container and place in the fridge until needed.

Source recipe: OnTheDF

For the sweet potato fritters:

  1. In a bowl, place all shredded sweet potatoes, arrowroot starch, and smoked paprika. Mix until combined.
  2. In a pan over medium heat, add in olive oil.
  3. Take about 1/4 or 1/3 cup of the mixture and press to bind. Fry in hot oil on both sides until cooked and crisp.
  4. Serve with cashew cream, mayo, ketchup or with your other dipping sauce.

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Cookie Butter Pudding

Super rich and creamy pudding flavored with cookie butter and then topped with crumbled cookie butter cookies

I had nightmares about food during the first week of doing the Whole30 program. That happened three times. The nightmarewere so vivid that I thought I was actually awake messing up with my Whole30 adventure by eating those delicious cakes and ice creams. When I am finally and completely awake, I was half relieved that it was just a bad dream and half unhappy that it was not true. Those look extremely delicious! I thought I am just the only one having those dreams, but I saw one video of a group of people trying out the Whole30 program and they also had food dreams. I am glad that I am not alone! 😀

Not only I had food nightmares during this adventure, but also a friend called Biscoff appeared in my dreams for nights and I can see it during the day. Well, not a ghost, but I can actually see a jar of Biscoff beside the microwave oven. I just ignore it as if I don’t see it standing (or sitting, whatever) there. But the sight of it is somehow ‘disturbing’. Why don’t I keep it where I can’t see it, you tell me? I will forget my friend forever and our relationship will be over! Sooooo, one day, Biscoff cornered me and zoomed in its date of expiry. That left me with no choice! Okayyyy, I will attend to the matter soon! Cookie butter going bad, whyyyyy? Well, when you were used to buying stuff in bulk and then you tell them “I am going on a Whole30 adventure. Unfortunately, I could not take you with me. Aha! I have an idea! Let’s give each other space, go through things and think if we still want to be in this relationship!

Back to Biscoff leaving me with no choice, but to use it…

As I’ve said before, I am trying to refrain myself from spending a LOT on food. The buying in bulk thing happened before I’ve come to my senses, so I looked for a recipe that I have most (if not) of the ingredients. So here goes this delicious pudding…

I may have stirred the mixture for a long time that the texture became thicker than I expected. There were lumps, too. Overall, the end result was fantastic. Cookie butter pudding that is so rich in flavor and topped with Bicoff biscuits – what’s not to love??

Since I am taking a break from my Whole30, I’ve decided to bring something naughty at this week’s Fiesta Friday #188 where I and the talented Nimmi @ Adorable Life are co-hosting. Come and party with Angie and the rest of the gang! Click on the image below. 😉

Cookie Butter Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups full-fat milk
  • 1 ¾ cup cookie butter
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • Cookie butter cookies (I used Biscoff)

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot, add in milk and 1/3 cup cookie butter. Give it a good mix. Place on a stove with medium heat. Stir well.
  3. Add the powder mixture to the pot. Mix until well combined and until boiling. Keep mixing for about 3-5 minutes or just until mixture is smooth.
  4. In a small bowl, add in egg yolks. Add about ¼ cup of the pudding just to temper the eggs. Mix and place the yolk mixture back to the pot. Add the remaining cookie butter and mix until well combined.
  5. Transfer pudding into individual cups and top with chopped/crumbled cookie butter cookies.

Source recipe: Biscoff Pudding by Dine and Dish

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