.I've been really busy recently redecorating everywhere!
The clearing out bug has well and truly hit me and I'm feeling very liberated! I've been recycling and throwing old stuff out that no longer serves me and its a great feeling!
However the downside is that I don't have so much time for cooking! Luckily Alastair is a great cook, when he is actually allowed into the kitchen so I've been well fed and nourished over the weekend!
So I was looking for something easy to make for dinner yesterday and this tray bake is most definitely in that category. I was also feeling a bit cold and wanted a lovely warming, nourishing meal so a look in the fridge and cupboards revealed a few of my favourite ingredients. Cauliflower which is in season just now so I'll be eating plenty of it. I should just add that cauliflower is a bit of a superstar in the health stakes. Its a great source of Vit C, Vit K, B vitamins, fibre, omega 3 fats, magnesium, antioxidants and phytonutrients which protect against cancer. It contains choline for brain health, its anti inflammatory, supports the digestive system and detoxification. Quite a few reasons there to include cauliflower in your diet! I'll be posting more cauliflower recipes over the next few weeks, I'm all for seasonal eating!
Sweet potatoes, spinach, red onions, garlic, a tin of tomatoes, some spices, creamed coconut and some flaked almonds and coconut chips completed my ingredients.
So I basically just cut everything into pieces, piled it all into a roasting tray and baked it in the oven! Doesn't get much easier than that! It does however take around an hour and a half to bake but then you can go and get on with something else or just go and relax with a good book and a cup of tea or a glass of wine, depending on what mood you are in!
So here is the basic recipe but feel free to add any other veggies you have, aubergine, peppers, leeks, potatoes would all work well.
I should just say that although the flavours are Indian, this isn't really a curry, it's not spicy because I really can't handle chilli and hot flavours but of course you can add whatever spices you like! Its also a fairly dry dish but if you wanted more of a sauce you could just dissolve the creamed coconut in a cup of boiling water or use a cup of coconut milk instead. You could then add more spices since then the flavours may be diluted but it will taste delicious whatever you decide to add! If anyone tries any variations, can you leave me a comment please, its good to share!
Indian Inspired Coconut Cauliflower Oven Bake
1 cauliflower, broken into florets
1 large sweet potato or potato, chopped
2 medium red onions, cut into quarters
1 tin chopped tomatoes
100g creamed coconut, chopped or cup of coconut milk
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 heaped teaspoon, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, ground coriander, ground turmeric
few big handfuls spinach (optional)
sea salt and black pepper
coriander, flaked almonds, coconut chips or cashew nuts to garnish
1. Simply put the cauliflower, sweet potato, red onions in a roasting tray.
2. Add creamed coconut, tinned tomatoes and all the spices.
3. Cover with tin foil and bake at 180C for about 45 minutes, then uncover and use a lifter to turn everything so its evenly coated. Put back in the oven for another 30 minutes, until the cauliflower is cooked.
4. Add the chopped spinach for the last 10 minutes.
5. Garnish with chopped coriander and/or toasted flaked almonds and coconut chips or cashew nuts for extra protein!
You can either serve on its own with some nan bread or make it go further by serving with some brown rice and steamed greens!
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