Category Archives: Appetizers

Buffalo Cauliflower Hot Wings Recipe

If you ware a vegetarian or vegan, you are going to love these.  Heck, I love these and I am a total carnivore!

Buffalo Cauliflower Hot Wings
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
55 min
209 calories
29 g
17 g
8 g
8 g
4 g
250 g
311 g
5 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
250g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 209
Calories from Fat 69
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
12%
Saturated Fat 4g
19%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 17mg
6%
Sodium 311mg
13%
Total Carbohydrates 29g
10%
Dietary Fiber 4g
16%
Sugars 5g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
9%
Vitamin C
118%
Calcium
8%
Iron
7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 head of cauliflower (approx. 4 cups of florets)
  2. ½ cup milk (for vegan: use water or almond or soy milk)
  3. ½ cup water
  4. ¾ cup all-purpose flour (can sub gluten-free rice flour)
  5. 2 tsp garlic powder
  6. 1 tsp cumin
  7. 1 tsp of paprika
  8. ¼ tsp salt
  9. ¼ tsp ground pepper
  10. 1 cup frank's red hot sauce
  11. 1 tbsp butter (for vegan: use earth balance buttery spread)
Instructions
  1. Line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper or grease very well with oil. Preheat your oven to 425-450 F depending on your oven.
  2. Wash and cut cauliflower head into bite sized pieces/florets.
  3. Mix the milk/water/flour and spices in a medium mixing bowl (set aside the hot sauce and butter for later). Mix until the batter is thick and is able to coat the cauliflower without dripping.
  4. Dip the cauliflower in the batter. You can do this one by one or in batches. shake off excess batter before placing cauliflower on the baking sheet. Lay the cauliflower single layer on the baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown, flipping the florets over half way through to get all sides golden brown and crispy.
  6. While the cauliflower is baking, get your buffalo wing sauce ready. In a small saucepan on low heat melt butter and mix in hot sauce. Remove from the heat just as it starts to melt. Stir together and set aside.
  7. Once the cauliflower is done its first bake in the batter, remove them from the oven and put all the baked florets into a mixing bowl with the wing sauce and toss to coat evenly.
  8. Return cauliflower to baking sheet and bake in the oven for another 20-25minutes. Serve with ranch, blue cheese, or your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy!
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calories
209
fat
8g
protein
8g
carbs
29g
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Adapted from Gimme Delicious Food
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California Sushi Roll Recipe

I love a California Roll.  It’s much easier to make than  you think.

For the Sushi Rice

2 cups Japanese short or medium grain rice 
2 1/2 cups cold water

5 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt 

Wash the rice with cold water until the water runs clear. Drain well. If you have a rice maker, follow rice maker instructions (add 2 cups rice and 2 1/2 cups water) and cook on the white rice setting or follow stove-top directions on rice package ,which is usually 4 cups water to 2 cups rice.

When rice is cooked, transfer to a large bowl and break it up to get rid of all the hot clumps. Let the rice cool. Rice should still be warm when you stir in your sushi vinegar.

1/2 lb Imitation crab meat
1 Avocado, ripe but firm
1/2 medium cucumber, peeled and sliced into long julienne strips
Toasted Nori Seaweed

A sushi rolling mat I buy mine at Nam-Hai. Plastic wrap to cover the mat.  If you don’t have a sushi mat, try using parchment paper instead.

Assembling your California Rolls:

Wrap your Sushi mat in plastic wrap before using it (this makes it re-useable and you don’t even have to wash it!).Fold the pieces of nori in half to split them. Spread generous handful of rice onto nori.  Keep hands we to spread rice evenly.

Place your fillings across the center of your nori lengthwise (don’t overfill or the roll won’t seal).

sushi

Start rolling using your matt to firmly keep the roll in place. Apply some pressure to make a tight roll. If its not tight enough, it will be difficult to cut. 

Run your sharp knife through a damp paper towel before slicing so the rice won’t stick as much. Cut the roll in half, then line the two halves up and slice into even 1-inch rings. I have found that it slices easier when you slice quickly.

Dips/Sauces:

Soy sauce 
Wasabi paste or wasabi powder
For spicy mayo: Mayonnaise -1 Tbsp and Sriracha hot chili sauce – 1 tsp (or more!)

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Roasted Rack of Lamb with Blood Orange Sauce

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Guacamole Recipe

Guacamole
Serves 6
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
21 calories
6 g
0 g
0 g
1 g
0 g
75 g
29 g
2 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
75g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 21
Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 29mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 6g
2%
Dietary Fiber 1g
6%
Sugars 2g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
8%
Vitamin C
25%
Calcium
2%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 5 large avocadoes, slightly soft
  2. 2 large limes, juice of
  3. 1 medium white onion, diced
  4. 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  5. 1 large tomato, Diced (I like to scoop the seeds out first)
  6. 1 clove garlic, minced
  7. salt
  8. finely chopped fresh jalapeno (optional)
Instructions
  1. Slice avocados in half then discard the seed. Scoop out of shell with a spoon. Place in bowl then add juice of one fresh lime to prevent browning. Use a fork to mash to desired consistency.
  2. Add chopped onions, tomato, garlic and cilantro. Stir gently to mix ingredients while adding juice of second lime and then salt to taste. Stir just slightly, until incorporated. Add jalapeño to taste.
  3. Serve with tortilla chips for a dip or as a side to any Mexican dish.
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calories
21
fat
0g
protein
1g
carbs
6g
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Flour Tortillas and Corn Shells, Taco Meat, Green Chile Chicken or Marinated Portobello Mushrooms, Cheese, Sour Cream, Green Onions, lettuce, Tomatoes, Cilantro Lime Rice, Ranchero Beans, Chips and Salsa

$10.49 Per Person for Portobello Mushroom
$10.99 Per Person One Meat
$11.49 Per Person Two Meats
$11.99 Per Person Two Meats and Mushroom

Fajita Buffet

Flour Tortillas, Fajita Beef, Seasoned Chicken or Marinated Portobello Mushrooms, Grilled Onions and Peppers, Cheese, Sour Cream, Cilantro Lime Rice, Ranchero Beans, Chips and Salsa

$10.99 Per Person Portobello Mushroom
$11.99 Per Person One Meat
$12.99 Per Person Two Meats
$13.49 Per Person Two Meats and Mushroom

Enchilada Casserole

Taco Meat with Red Sauce, Green Chile Chicken or Marinated Portobello Mushrooms with Creamy White Sauce, Cheese, Sour Cream, Green Onions, Cilantro Lime Rice, Ranchero Beans, Chips and Salsa

$10.49 Per Person for Portobello Mushroom
$10.99 Per Person for Beef
$11.49 Per Person Chicken

Guacamole and Tortilla Chips

Made Fresh Per Quart (Serves 8-10)
$19.99

Queso and Tortilla Chips

Creamy Queso with Fresh Jalapenos, Tomatoes, Cilantro, and Poblano Peppers. Per Quart (Serves 10-15)
$15.99

5-Layer Dip and Tortilla Chips

Layers of Refried Beans, Guacamole, Sour Cream, Pico de Gallo and cheese, topped with jalapenos and served with tortilla chips.
Serves 15-20
$39.99

Southwest Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans 
$.99 Per Person

 $1.50 service charge per person for Plates, Cutlery and Napkins

 

Deli Platters

Vegetable Platters

A Garden Fresh Assortment of Vegetables Colorfully Arranged on a Tray with Creamy Dill Dip in Red Cabbage Bowl

  • Small Platter Serves 12-18 $49.99
  • Medium Platter Serves 18-25 $59.99
  • Large Platter Serves 25-35 $69.99 

Fruit Platters

An Assortment of Fresh Fruit in Season, Beautifully Arranged On a Tray with Maraschino Cherry Marshmallow Dip

  • Small Platter Serves 12-18 $59.99
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Sandwich Platter

Assorted Breads, Rolls or Wraps, With a Variety of Meats, Tomatoes, Lettuce and Condiments Attractively Arranged on a Tray

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Humus Platter

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  • Large Platter Serves 25-35 $69.99
  • Full Size Sheet Cake $39.99
  • Half Size Sheet Cake $29.99
  • Cupcakes $14.99/Dozen
  • Cookies $13.99/Dozen

$1.50 service charge per person for Plates, Cutlery and Napkins

Lunches Under $15

Choice of Meat

  • Mom’s Meatloaf
  • Lemon Baked Tilapia
  • Sliced Herbed Pork Loin
  • Chicken Piccata
  • Pesto Chicken Breasts

Choice of Starch

  • Mashed Potatoes/Gravy
  • Citrus Orzo
  • Herb Roasted Red Potatoes
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Wild Rice Pilaf
  • Buttered Egg Noodles

Choice of Salad

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  • Italian Pasta Salad
  • Three Bean Salad
  • Garden Salad w/Dressings  
  • 7 Layer Salad   

Choice of Vegetable

  • Buttered Corn
  • Seasoned Green Beans
  • Lemon Broccoli 
  • Honey Glazed Carrots
  • Mashed Cauliflower

Above Menu Includes Bread/Rolls and Butter.

Choice of One Meat          $14.99 Per Person
Choice of Two Meats        $15.99 Per Person

$1.50 service charge per person for Plates, Cutlery and Napkins