Hope everyone had an amazing Christmas!
This year’s holiday has been especially wonderful because I am back in the state of Florida with my family. I love being able to celebrate the season with the ones I love.
Since we held Christmas Eve dinner at my parents house this year, I volunteered to do the cooking. I wanted to do something a little fancy, so I opted to make scallops, cauliflower mash, sauteed spinach, and roasted brussel sprouts. Might not sound like the most festive meal, but it sure did taste like heaven!
Looks yummy right? My dad is definitely a meat and potatoes kind of guy and he was raving about the meal! The cauliflower mash tastes a bit like mashed potatoes, so try this one out on your friends/family and see if they can tell the difference. You will also notice my small glass of whiskey & sprite with the meal… The perfect drink to warm up the soul over the holidays!
And here are the recipes so you can make this meal yourself!
1 Can Low Sodium Chicken Broth
1.5 Cups Water
2 Garlic Cloves
1 Large Head of Cauliflower or 2 Bags of Cauliflower
First mash the garlic cloves. Then pour the chicken broth, water, and garlic into a large pot on the stove. Bring to a boil and add the cauliflower. Cook for about 20 minutes or until the cauliflower is soft.
Then drain the liquid and put the cauliflower into a bowl. Top with pepper and use an electric mixer to bring the veggie to a mashed potato-like texture. (I recommend keeping some of the chunky pieces — gives it a nice texture.) Serve right away!
The Best Sauteed Spinach – Serves 4
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Large Bag Spinach (the biggest one you can find)
1 Medium Red Bell Pepper (Finely Chopped)
1/2 Red Onion (Finely Chopped)
1 Mashed Garlic Glove
Juice from 1/2 Lemon
Put the olive oil, red bell pepper, onion, and garlic in a large skillet. Heat over medium-high heat. Once the onions start to brown, slowly add the spinach by the handful. Using a spatula to continuously stir the mixture. Add more spinach once it cooks down. Squeeze the lemon juice over mixture before serving. (This recipe takes about 10 minutes total).
Easy, Healthy Roasted Brussel Sprouts – Serves 4
1 Bag of Brussel Sprouts
Sea Salt + Pepper
Pre-heat the oven for 400 degrees. Cut the stems off the brussel sprouts and slice in half. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and place the brussels. Generously sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Spray the veggies with the cooking spray then use your hands to toss them around to make sure they are all coated with seasoning.
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
Pan-Seared Scallops – Serves 4
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Salt + Pepper
Using two flat pans, place 1 tablespoon of olive oil on each pan. Spread evenly. Then place 8 scallops on one pan and 8 on the other. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then cook on high heat. These will take about 4 minutes per side.
What’s your favorite holiday meal?