To counteract some of the holiday foods that pack on the pounds I bring you a lovely Moroccan spiced infused grated cauliflower “cous cous” recipe. This recipe is loaded with flavor, and. . . wait for it. . . is light on all the all the other bad stuff. Not only does this ward of the blubber blues of the holiday season, it’s also like a mini vacay to a sunny, warm, and exotic place. This recipe reminds me of my trip to Marrakech a few years ago, with its winding alley ways filled with spice shops that colored the scenery and the intoxicating fumes of sweet and savory all wrapped into one, cinnamon, raisins, turmeric and cous cous tagines lined up along street vendors carts. And the final touches of tahini and date syrup bring me back to Israel, a place that without tahini, I don’t think could exist. I offer you this recipe as a break to these times of temptation and cold, so dig in and enjoy! Before I leave you to, I just have to share one last amazing bit about it, really the best part yet, it will only you take you 20 to 30 minutes total, and no I’m not kidding!
Yield: 2 servings
1/2 head cauliflower
1/2 white onion
1 Tbs olive oil
1/4 c. raisins
1/4 c. almonds
1/2 c. water
Moroccan Spice Blend Ingredients:
1/2 tsp of the following: turmeric, saffron, cumin, paprika, cinnamon, ginger; 1 tsp salt
Date syrup (or agave)
1. Grate the cauliflower and chop the onion.
2. Sautè the onion with oilve oil, when it becomes transparent add in the spice blend and cook together for about 1 minute.
3. Add in the rest of the ingredients. Simmer together with a lid on for about 5 minutes; take the lid off and simmer until the rest of the liquid is evaporated, about another 5 minutes.
4. Plate to serve, drizzle on some tahini and date syrup and top with some chopped cilantro.
Add ins: I think a splash of lemon or lime on top would be a nice contrast to the other flavors. Also feel free to add in any veggies you like. And of course, make it as spicy as you like!
Nutritional Information (for one serving): calories 307 total fat 7.8 cholesterol 0 carbohydrates 64.9 protein 7.3