Pretty Peas with Cauliflower on Top


cauliflower and peasPretty Pease with Cauliflower on Top
1/4 cup walnuts
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 head cauliflower cut into bite size pieces
3 tbsp olive oil, divided
1 tsp salt, divided
1 cup fresh peas
1 cup vegetable broth
2 tsp garam masala *see notes
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4-1/2 ground cayenne or arbol chili
1/2 tsp tumeric
3 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp fresh parsley or cilantro, minced

Toast the walnuts in a dry skillet over medium heat until fragrant and lightly browned. Cool completely.
Once cooled transfer to a small food processor and add the nutritional yeast. Process until finely ground. Set aside.
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add 2 tbsp oil. Add the cauliflower and 1/2 tsp salt. Cook 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Add the peas and 2 tbsp of the vegetable broth. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook 10 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender.
Remove from the pan and set aside. Wipe out the skillet and place back on the heat (still on low) and add the remaining 1 tbsp oil, garam masala, cumin, chili and turmeric. Stir well. Add the tomato paste and vegetable stock. Stir until smooth. Let simmer a minute or two before adding the cauliflower and peas back into the skillet. Stir well and cook until heated through.
Transfer to a serving bowl and top with the walnut mixture and parsley.
*You can easily make your own garam masala by placing 2 cinnamon sticks broken into small pieces, 3 cardamom pods, 2 tbsp coriander seeds, 1 tbsp cumin seeds, 1 tbsp peppercorns, 2 cloves and 1/4 tsp fennel seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly 2-3 minutes or until you smell an aromatic toasty smell. The cumin toasts the fastest so be careful not to over cook and burn it. Remove from the heat to a plate. Once cooled transfer to a spice mill and grind to a fine powder. If desired you can also add a pinch of ground nutmeg. This mixture can be stored in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 1 month.


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In May 2011, I hit an all time low in my life and an all time high in my weight. I was 199 pounds and the idea of hitting 200 scared me. I had tried every known diet, HCG, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Atkins, the grapefruit diet. I'd even tried Phen-phen when I was younger and Dexatrim before that. While I'd lose a little weight, I would always gain it back and then more. I knew the yo-yo dieting was not healthy for my body and it was definitely wreaking havoc on my mental wellness. I didn't know what to do and I was looking into taking drastic surgical measures to lose weight. That's when a friend of mine told me his story about losing over 200 pounds without pills, surgery, or starving himself. Not only did he lose the weight, but he kept it off. What did I have to lose? I asked him to share the secret with me. Now, only six short months later, I weigh 140 lbs and am working on losing 5 more. That will put me back to my weight that I was in HS, college, and before I had children. And I've done it with my friend's help as my Health Coach, without starving or even exercising, although I love to walk everyday. I haven't felt hungry at all in this process. How many "diets" can say that? I feel fantastic! I've felt great since the first week on this program. Let me be very clear about this. This is NOT a diet. This is not something you do for a little while, lose the weight, then go back to your old eating habits. This program is a life changing plan to help you eat healthier, make food choices that are tailored to your body, and bring you to a state of optimal physical health. If like me, you are tired of diets that don't work, then let me show you a life style plan that does.

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