Curried Cauliflower ,Spinach, and Potatoes

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2013-06-28 13.05.42

After eating a meat-heavy meal over the weekend, I think I will be concentrating on vegan (and gluten-free) meals for the next couple of days. This phenomenon normally results from having more of my share of meat. You can eat too much meat or dairy but there is always an endless appetite for something light such as a vegetable oriented meal. One of the biggest complaints or matter-of-fact statements I receive from people about vegetarian meals is that they are never filling leaving people very hungry. Another complaint is that they are bland and overrated. Even as a carnivorous meat-eater, vegetarian meals can be exciting and flavorful depending on how it is presented and seasonings you use. Not all vegetarian meals are heavy on soy as rumors may sometimes have you believe. While cauliflower seems to be the star for this dish, other components that bring this dish together are spinach, potatoes, and almonds. Curry is also another highlighted ingredient in this vegetarian dish as it is meant to give the vegetables an orange hue as well as flavor. As one of the other spices used in this dish, turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful as a disinfectant like any ordinary wound burns. Its roots as well as leaves have long been used in traditional Indian and Chinese medicines for their demonstrated anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-cancer properties. When used in cauliflower as it is in this recipe, turmeric has been shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer. I absolutely crave nuts with almost any vegetarian dish and almonds are just the perfect marriage. If you have a nut allergy (I know too many people who do), you can just simply omit them. If you are looking for a vegan and a gluten-free meal idea that is very tasty and easy to make, I have just the recipe for you. This curried cauliflower, spinach, and potatoes are a flavorful vegetarian meal that will appease both vegans and meat-eaters alike unless there is a disgruntled member in the audience with a passionate aversion to cauliflower. I try to use recipes that will pacify everyone but pleasing everyone all the time is a nearly impossible task. If you don’t like cauliflower, feel free to use any other vegetable of your liking. Squash may work for you. It’s just a suggestion.

For this recipe, you will need:

  1. 1 head of cauliflower broken into florets
  2. 1 medium onion chopped
  3. 3 cloves of garlic minced
  4. 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger minced
  5. 12 oz of spinach leaves
  6. 4 potatoes peeled and diced
  7. 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  8. 1/2 teaspoon of curry powder
  9. 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  10. 4 large skinned tomatoes chopped
  11. Salt and pepper for taste
  12. Toasted  almonds (optional)

Instructions

Cook potatoes until softened. Heat pan and saute cauliflower and onions until beginning to color. Add the potatoes to the pan.

Then add spices and chopped garlic to pan and heat gently for 30 seconds. Throw in spinach and chopped tomatoes. Pour in 2 cups of water or vegetable broth and cook till vegetables are soft and tender. Season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve hot garnished with toasted almonds.
Yields 4 servings
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2 thoughts on “Curried Cauliflower ,Spinach, and Potatoes

    michaelawanders said:
    July 22, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    So delicious looking and SO simple, I love it!

      challahmaidel responded:
      July 23, 2013 at 6:51 am

      Thank you for reading my blog! My goal is to try to keep my recipes as simple as possible 🙂

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