Creamy Cajun Cauliflower Pasta

Creamy Cajun Cauliflower Pasta | coffeeandquinoa.com

Remember that time I spent a weekend in the Big Easy (does anyone actually call it that?!) eating alll the food? I promised you (and myself) that I’d create some Cajun-inspired recipes when I got home, and what do you know, here I am doing just that.

Creamy Cajun Cauliflower Pasta | coffeeandquinoa.comCreamy Cajun Cauliflower Pasta | coffeeandquinoa.com

Emphasis on the Cajun-inspired. Because the “cream” in this creamy pasta is, well, a vegetable. Cauliflower, to be exact. And, in my experience, that doesn’t come close to authentic Cajun cooking. The restaurant that inspired this recipe certainly did not let any cruciferous florets near their creamy Cajun pasta. Nope, they used a heavy hand with the real cream, and it was deeeelicious. But in our own kitchens, we have to do things a little differently, right? That’s where the cauliflower comes in.

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Summer Baked BBQ Bowl

Summer Baked BBQ Bowl | coffeeandquinoa.com

The wedding gifts we registered for are bordering on what my dad likes to call a “life upgrade.”

Do you know what he’s talking about? When you make one change that snowballs, leading to bigger and bigger changes to accommodate the first. My favorite example of this is when a friend of mine brought home a Great Dane puppy… and then had to buy an SUV because she couldn’t fit in his car. And then a new house because his townhouse was also too small.

Life. Upgrade.

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Roasted Cauliflower with Yellow Curry Sauce

Roasted Cauliflower with Yellow Curry Sauce

What’s the saying – “brown food tastes better”? I’m definitely taking that to heart with today’s recipe. Brown on brown on brown! It makes for some humble pictures, but some reeeeally tasty veggies.

This roasted cauliflower dish is another restaurant recreation, and – totally unintentionally – from the same restaurant as Tuesday’s recipe. It’s our favorite neighborhood place (Avenues Bistro on Third, if you’re in Salt Lake!) and, um, I guess we’ve been eating there a lot lately? I’ve learned to always order the special if it’s vegetarian. It’s always to die for, even if the name doesn’t sound too exciting. I mean, roasted cauliflower with yellow curry sauce – boring, right? Nope nope nope, wrong!

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Muhammara Roasted Veggie Bowl

Muhammara Roasted Veggie Bowl

Thank you for all your sweet comments on Monday’s post. You all sure know how to comfort a girl! Even when that girl is being a self-indulgent whiner. Oops!

I’m going to take my complaining down a notch. As I think we all know, Sunday anxiety is way worse than the actual work week. So next week, feel free to give me a virtual slap if I let out a peep about my busy schedule!

Still, I appreciate Monday’s virtual hugs. You are all way too sweet, and I can’t believe my luck that we get to hang out and talk about food together all the time. Seriously!

Muhammara Roasted Veggie Bowl

We are still enjoying the double batch of muhammara I made last weekend, and this has been one of my favorite combinations: a bowl of wheat berries and roasted veggies topped with a big dollop of that rich spread. It’s not exactly earth-shattering (more like fridge-emptying!), but it’s still high on the deliciousness scale.

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BBQ Cauliflower Pizza

BBQ Cauliflower Pizza

I hope you’re as happy as I am to see yet another cauliflower recipe!

I seriously can’t get enough of this stuff lately. I made Asian Orange Cauliflower for dinner last week, followed by this pizza twice this weekend. I’m officially a huge cauliflower fan.

BBQ Cauliflower Pizza

When I say cauliflower pizza, you may assume that this is one of those gluten-free cauliflower crust deals. Not so. I’ve never tried a cauliflower crust recipe, mostly because I sure do love picking up fresh pizza dough from Whole Foods when I’m too lazy to make it myself. Given the recent cauliflower craze in my life, though, I’m sure a cauliflower crust is in my future.

But for now, it’s any kind of crust you like (feel free to double up on cauliflower!), topped with roasted cauliflower that’s been smothered in barbecue sauce. I’m relatively certain that nothing with barbecue sauce has ever come out of my kitchen before, but blogging is great for expanding the horizons like that. Also, Nate sure didn’t voice any complaints about this pizza appearing twice in one weekend, so I have a feeling the barbecue flavor is here to stay around these parts.

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