Hi, Happy Thursday :). Happy to be off work on this lovely day. Here is another delicious and filling recipe, It is a whole30/paleo pureed cauliflower with pesto and blackened shrimp, say what now? lol, it is really good and savory. In my last post, I talked about one of my favorite new vegetable (Cauliflower). I find myself trying to create many many recipes. Cauliflower with its versatility is pretty much a staple in both diets. In Whole 30 it is used as steaks, roasted, mashed and pureed. On the other hand with paleo you can do pretty much everything that it is used for in Whole 30, but with the added bonus of using it in desserts like paleo cheesecake, paleo bread, and etc. Cauliflower is not very expensive either which is a plus, can be found in all grocery stores. It is very high in water, I find that often times you do have to squeeze out excess water, or limit the amount of liquid in whatever you are cooking.
In this recipe, I used coconut cream to add smoothness and creaminess to the pureed cauliflower. I don’t know about you, but even with regular mashed potatoes, I prefer smooth/pureed over mashed potatoes. I made the pesto with a blend of kale and basil, using cashews for extra creaminess, and pecans vs pine nuts. Notice how its all about creaminess in this recipe…..The shrimp is pretty simple and quick, the name speaks for itself. Blackened shrimps cooking time is only a few minutes. You do not want to overcook it because it can quickly get tough and hard. I think even for the most novice cook shrimp is pretty doable. Wild caught shrimp is the best to use because “farm raised seafood contains a lot of hazardous drugs, chemical residue from cleaning agents, pathogens like salmonella and E.coli, along with other contaminants like mouse and rat hair” (cited from Mercola.com). A lot of it is not inspected or clean, and if they are inspected some don’t pass inspection….. yuck, explains why it is cheaper than wild caught. For me, I try to buy as much wild caught as I can when it comes to seafood, where my food comes from is important too, for the health of my family. If you are looking for a quick and savory meal for your family, this is definitely it. Try it and comment.