Vanilla & Pear Cauliflower Porridge

Holy smokes you guys, I wish so bad that technology would allow you to get a spoon and do a taste test straight from the photo so you can experience the wonder that is cauliflower porridge!

Funny story how this came about actually, one of my good friends sent me a meme about how using cauliflower for everything is pretty much life and that it reminded her of me (lol). Well I started to ponder, quinoa flake porridge, brown rice flake porridge, OMG cauliflower rice porridge!

And this was born. A dairy, gluten and grain free version of the oh so loved warming winter oats. I promise you the texture and taste is not what your mind will conceive when you read the ingredients list. The only way to find out just how beautiful it is, is to make it for yourself. The recipe below serves 1

Ingredients

1 cup cauliflower 'rice' (grated/food processed cauli)
1 tablespoon coconut /macadamia nut oil
1 tablespoon natural unflavoured rice or pea protein powder
1 ripe pear, grated
1 tablespoon flax seed meal
1 tsp good quality vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp black strap molasses
1/2 cup water and more the thin out if needed

Method

1. In a small saucepan add oil and cauliflower over a medium heat. Fry off for about 2 minutes until
cauliflower is tender
2. Add in pear, flax meal, protein powder, cinnamon, vanilla extract and black strap molasses. Give it a good mix
3. Add water and mix until combined, turn down the heat and allow mixture to simmer for about 2 minutes, you will know its ready because it will turn into a thick, creamy paste similar to cooking ordinary oats. You
could add extra water if you prefer a runnier consistency
4. Pour into a bowl, top with a handful of pecans and feel the warm hug from the inside out

Its important to me that I educate everyone that reads my content with why things are beneficial to you, food included! Check out the nutrient dense punch for this recipe

  • Cauliflower - In my top 5 favourite vegetables, its high in dietary fibre, has a very low GI, high in vitamins and minerals and contains compounds which specifically support phase II liver detoxification

  • Coconut oil/macadamia oil - rich in good quality fats to support cell membrane integrity, hormone production and improve blood sugar levels

  • Rice/pea protein - an easy to digest and assimilate protein source. Helps round out this meal to create a good balance of MACRO nutrients and support feelings of satiety

  • Pears - high in dietary fibre to support digestive health and contains high amounts of anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. Oh and it provides the dish with wholefood sweetness

  • Flax seed meal - notoriously high in insoluble and soluble fibre, omega 3 fatty acid precursors and abundant in lignans, a plant chemical that supports hormone balance

  • Cinnamon - has the ability to support blood glucose regulation and adds beautiful flavour

  • Blackstrap molasses - an underrated sweetener high in potassium, selenium, magnesium, iron, calcium and vitamin B6. Who said there aren't nutritious sugar substitutes.

  • Pecans - high in protein, fat and fibre all in the one as well as being a rich source of folate, choline, vitamin A, magnesium, phosphorous and calcium

What an amazing array of nutrition this simple wholefood, vegetable based porridge brings. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do and If you are feeling stuck on how to incorporate nutritious meals like this into your life or don't even know where to begin come and see me for a nutritional consultation and we can change that quick smart!