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In the mood for some orange chicken? Think again! These Orange Cauliflower Bites are a dynamite hit. They taste amazing, are vegan friendly and can be made with gluten-free flour to help your GF friends as well. Fried in avocado oil they are crispy, light and full of flavor!

I came up with these bites because I was craving an old favorite – orange chicken. I used to get orange tofu from a local Chinese spot but alas, as our favorites delivery places always do, they closed. I love fried tofu but I am horrible at making it, and trying to limit the amount of soy I ingest is pretty difficult since I am also vegetarian. Opening up my fridge I found a head of cauliflower that was supposed to fortify some mashed potatoes but ended up in a much different place – my fryer!

Orange Cauliflower Bites

Orange Cauliflower Bites

All I had to do was some up with a flavorful batter, make a nice zesty and spicy glaze, and a side of brown rice. Like most of you, I am always in the kitchen. Recipe development sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is. You just put things together and hope they work, and when they don’t if you either move on or keep tinkering with it until it does. If you are perfectionist or a baker, which you have to be a perfectionist to be successful at, this can take a while. But, if you are developing savory dishes it isn’t as difficult since flavors can be adjusted on the spot until they are just right.

Orange Cauliflower Bites

Orange Cauliflower Bites

I made this recipe 3 times before it came out perfect every time, which is around how manny times it takes to get solid results. I’ve made this as an appetizer, as a side and as a main course, which just screams about how versatile it is. For meat eaters and vegetable lovers alive, this is one for the recipe box folks!

Orange Cauliflower Bites
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Recipe type: Entree
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Serves: 4
 
Forget takeout and enjoy some crisp and spicy Orange Cauliflower Bites. Fresh cauliflower is tossed in a cayenne-ancho batter and fried to perfection then dressed in an orange garlic piri piri sauce that is simply delicioso.
Ingredients
  • 1 head cauliflower, large
  • ½ cup + 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed, ground
  • ¼ cup flour, all-purpose
  • ⅓ cup corn starch
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp ancho, ground
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ⅓ cup avocado oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ⅓ cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 whole piri piri, dry
  • ⅛ tsp red pepper flakes
  • zest 1 small orange
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • 1½ tsp agave
Instructions
  1. Remove florets from cauliflower. Half or quarter larger florets and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl whisk 2 tbsp water with flax seed. Once thick add flour, corn starch, cayenne, ancho, salt, pepper and 1 tbsp avocado oil. Whisk until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan on medium-low heat combine 1 tbsp avocado oil and garlic.
  4. Once garlic begins to crisp up on the edges add orange juice, soy sauce, piri piri, red pepper flakes, orange zest, corn starch and agave. Whisk and cook until slightly reduced, about 6 minutes. Turn off at set aside.
  5. Meanwhile heat remaining avocado oil in a small frying pan.
  6. One batch at a time, dip cauliflower florets into ancho batter and let excess drip off. Ensure each floret is completely covered, then fry until crisp.
  7. Once all cauliflower has been fried toss in piri piri orange sauce.
  8. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

 

I have been gone on my writers retreat at sunny Seabrook Island, South Carolina and I must admit it was heavenly. I went on this trip to really focus on my novel which is deliciously fictitious and I have had a blast writing. I find I have really begun to settle into my new life as a writer, and though it comes with its own challenges (mostly monetary- for now :P ) I find the switch has not only revitalized my creative writing brain, but my dedication to becoming healthier, stronger and more graceful. Enter Bare Apple Pie, along with Ballet Beautiful!

Now, first I am going to dig into the second half of that last sentence which is Ballet Beautiful. I have been doing BB on and off for about a year now, first having ordered the international DVDs from Amazon and thinking they were just an incredible workout. Like usual, once I started seeing results I would start eating like a mammoth again, get depressed because I was starting to look like a mammoth again, and once again turning back to BB. Between this year I have also left my 9-5, got married, took on being a writer full time and started wearing stretchy gym clothes only.

I also did a workout my husband, aaaah I have one of those!, made for me which I followed religiously until I had a nagging knee pain I couldn’t shake. I took up swimming and started integrating BB into my day again, and have found some great results in just the two weeks I have been on it. I am doing the Custom Workout, which is $40 a month, and have been doing the workouts 3 times a week, which I will be bumping up to 5 days a week, along with some weight lifting from Lee’s workout. I’ll be updating you on this as I go along, but I thought I would give you some background here.

Bare Apple Pie

Bare Apple Pie

Anywho, my redirection of focus has led me to the kitchen, where I try to make the most out of what I have. Recently I have been enjoying some refreshing Chia Waters, with lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit wedges and more recently a green tea bag with a sprinkle of matcha. This blend helps keep me awake, keep me focused, and keep me hydrated while the chia keeps me from reaching for chips. Today is the first day that I will be attempting BB then weight lifting- I’ll let you know… meep!

So I have been revamping recipe favorites so I can enjoy the flavors I love but nourish my body as much as possible with each bite. Enter Bare Apple Pie. This recipe is simple to make, can be used as a pre or post workout snack or as a dessert! Bare Apple Pie combines fiber rich apples with rich coconut cream, protein filled walnuts and a sprinkling of cinnamon for a snack that is perfect for BB/cardio, weight lifting or a little bit of both.

Try it,  you won’t be disappointed!

Bare Apple Pie
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Bare Apple Pie takes your favorite sweet pie and breaks it down to oven baked apple slices, a sprinkle of cinnamon, walnuts and a dollop of sweet coconut cream.
Ingredients
  • 1 apple, cored and sliced
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp walnuts, chopped
  • 1½ tbsp coconut cream
  • ¼ tsp agave
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a small oven safe ramekin combine apple, skin on, with cinnamon. Toss to coat.
  3. Transfer apple to oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove apple from oven and top with walnuts.
  5. In a small bowl combine coconut cream with agave.
  6. Top baked apple with dollop of sweetened coconut cream.

Some mornings it is just so hard to get up in the morning. Usually I have a protein shake if it is early enough and I am not waking up at 10:30 AM… me and my late buns. Other than that it is usually oatmeal, with its filling fiber and delicious taste. Then there was a day I didn’t feel like chewing, so much work, but really wanted some oatmeal.

Welcome the Banana Oat Smoothie, a cross between breakfast oatmeal and a morning shake that will fuel you without wasting precious chewing energy.

Like I said, this is a happy marriage between oatmeal and shake. As such, it has all of the makings of a luscious and creamy oatmeal. 1 cup of almond milk provides the creamy texture we love from a good shake as well as one gram of fiber and one gram of protein! Almond milk is also rich in Vitamin E, which is essential to a healthy immune system and also supports healthy skin and vision.

An FGF Tidbit – Vitamin E is found in nuts, like almonds, but is also found in eggs and dark leafy green veggies like kale and spinach.

Oats are also on the ingredient list be they are full of fiber, which in turns keeps us filled up. This packed smoothie has half of a banana thrown in too. Creamy, sweet and rich, bananas are known for their high potassium content. Potassium aids the cardiovascular system by helping the body maintain normal heart function and blood pressure. Bananas are a natural antacid, helps your body absorb calcium which leads to stronger bones and can help you with number two, which all together helps you with number one – that’s you!

Banana Oat Smoothie

Banana Oat Smoothie

A touch of vanilla, dash of cinnamon and agave in case your banana wasn’t as ripe as you’d like, and together this smoothie is a power breakfast! Of course, this doesn’t have to be an only morning staple. Enjoy this smoothie as a snack anytime of day for a boost that will keep you energized and focused until your next meal.

Remember, everything we put in our bodies affects us as a whole. From the foods we eat to the stresses of daily life, if I’ve learned anything its that I need to treat my body kindly because the longest, most intimate and rewarding relationship we as human beings will ever have is the one we have with our bodies.

So treat it well. Treat yourself well. And treat yourself to a Banana Oat Smoothie!

Banana Oat Smoothie
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Recipe type: Snack
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A Banana Oat Smoothie is perfect as a snack or blended breakfast with protein rich almond milk, fiber filled oats, creamy banana and a drizzle of sweet agave.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ½ cup oats
  • ½ banana, frozen
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp agave
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to blender and pulse until fruit is in small chunks.
  2. Increase speed on blender to mix all ingredients until creamy and smooth.

Well guys, we made it this far. This is the 100th post on First Generation Funk! Thanks so much for following and enjoying these delicious recipes and stories from my home to yours! Now onto the good stuff. Cookies!

Now I get it, there are a lot of cookies out there. From the grocery store and the farmers market to those your grandma bakes and sends you on your birthday (lucky you), but there is always a cookie you go back to. A cookie that trumps all cookies when you are looking for something chewy, with just a little sweetness, with tons of nuttiness and crunch to make that coffee/tea break something real special.

Look no further people. The Almond Agave Thumbprint Cookie is here!

This cookie isn’t like any other cookie you have ever had. Trust me when I say, this one is one you will go back to again and again. First off, the base is made with raw ground almonds, fruity coconut oil, aromatic vanilla extract and a bit of tropical rum. This cookie would be good on its own, but then we added more.

Just a tablespoon of agave adds a deeper and softer sweetness to this cookie while almond milk helps moisten it and bring out  the nutty flavor. And what about the jam? What is so incredible about this cookie is you can change the filling to suit your mood. Strawberry, mango, peach oh my! And what about a nutella center? Or a sweet and spicy nut pressed into the middle for extra crunch and savory flavor? This cookie can do it all.

Almond Agave Thumbprint Cookies

Almond Agave Thumbprint Cookies

How is that? Well, this cookie was made for me, which means it was made for you. It molds to any occasion, from a tea break to heart break and celebrations, this cookie has you covered throughout all of life’s messes. This little thumbprint cookie is what other cookies aspire to be – the ultimate, everyday cookie!

Enjoy a batch… or two! I’d give you some of mine but.. I ate them all…

Abrazos!

Almond Agave Thumbprint Cookies!
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Almond Agave Thumbprint Cookies are crispy, chewy, nutty and sweet – perfect as a little, sweet pick-me-up or after dinner treat!
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups ground almond
  • 1⅓ cup flour, all-purpose
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp rum
  • 1 tbsp agave
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • ¼ cup strawberry jam
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Prepare baking sheet with baking mat and set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer bowl fitted with the paddle attachment, combine ground almond, flour, sugar and baking soda.
  3. Add coconut oil, vanilla, rum and agave to flour mixture. Beat on speed 2 until mixture resembles coarse crumbles.
  4. Stream in almond milk and beat until the mixture comes together.
  5. tablespoon at a time, create balls of cookie dough, slightly flatten and place on cookie sheet. Press thumb into cookie to create a divot. If cookie cracks just press back together.
  6. Repeat process with remaining cookie dough, ensuring cookies are at least 1 inch apart.
  7. Bake cookies for 7 minutes and remove from oven.
  8. Add ½ tsp of jam to center of each cookie in divot. If divot is not deep enough, press a new one in with the back of your teaspoon.
  9. Transfer cookies back to oven for another 7-8 minutes, until jam is glossy and cookies are golden.
  10. Allow cookies to cool completely in pan before storing or enjoying.

 

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Orange Cauliflower Bites

21st April 2014 by Carolyng

In the mood for some orange chicken? Think again! These Orange Cauliflower Bites are a dynamite hit. They taste amazing, are vegan friendly and can be made with gluten-free flour to help your GF friends as well. Fried in avocado oil they are crispy, light and full of flavor! Read more…

Bare Apple Pie

16th April 2014 by Carolyng

I have been gone on my writers retreat at sunny Seabrook Island, South Carolina and I must admit it was heavenly. I went on this trip to really focus on my novel which is deliciously fictitious and I have had a blast writing. I find I have really begun to settle into my new life as a writer, and though it comes with its own challenges (mostly monetary- for now :P ) I find the switch has not only revitalized my creative writing brain, but my dedication to becoming healthier, stronger and more graceful. Enter Bare Apple Pie, along with Ballet Beautiful! Read more…

Banana Oat Smoothie

2nd April 2014 by Carolyng

Some mornings it is just so hard to get up in the morning. Usually I have a protein shake if it is early enough and I am not waking up at 10:30 AM… me and my late buns. Other than that it is usually oatmeal, with its filling fiber and delicious taste. Then there was a day I didn’t feel like chewing, so much work, but really wanted some oatmeal.

Welcome the Banana Oat Smoothie, a cross between breakfast oatmeal and a morning shake that will fuel you without wasting precious chewing energy. Read more…

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