These low carb detox cauliflower mushroom bowls are packed with veggies and a delicious almond pesto! They’re a whole30 compliant, vegan and paleo friendly meal that is only 200 calories!
You’re about to hate me in 3…2….1
The Holiday season is OVER.
No more waking up to a Disney Princess advent calendar (Hi I’m Taylor, and I’m 5) OR gorging yourself on healthy ginger snaps, pecan pie paleo cookies OR cranberry almond paleo cookies.
We haven’t REALLY talked about it yet, because I didn’t want to face reality. But, two weeks in…..we need to finally acknowledge this.
Are you sad? Because, I’m SAD.
WHAT IS LIFE WITHOUT WAKING UP TO EATING CHOCOLATE OUT OF CINDERELLA’S FACE?
That might be slightly over dramatic. Life will PROBABLY go on. But, you guys know how I get about things that I think are doom and gloom and generally feel like dark-cloud-badness.
BUTBUTBUT, the ONE upside to not having an excuse to down an impressive amounts of soft, chewy, spicy-sweet cookies at EXCESSIVE speeds is that now our bodies can actually start to, you know, RUN properly due to getting good nourishment and all that stuff that comes along with it being January.
You have every excuse to eat a Kale Salad Recipe OR a bowl of tender-crisp cauliflower, meaty mushrooms and the most insanely flavorful, herb-packed pesto for lunch, and your coworkers won’t secretly call you a “granola cruncher” behind your back.
Someone called me that once. You know what I told them?
“Granola is the shiznat.” Exact words.
My lack of offense took them by surprise. Try it sometime. It’s fun.
Anyway. We’re going to park our faces on the above mentioned bowl of cauliflower, mushrooms and pesto… with POMEGRANATE seeds. <– More on those later.
You’re not at all confused that I am putting a bowl of cauliflower rice in front of your faces and singing it’s vegetably-delicious praises. Cauliflower rice is my jam. My soul-food. My spirt-veg. My E’RYTHANG.
Which, unlike the above exaggeration, is not an exaggeration at all. I could eat it for every meal.
But, mushrooms? We don’t eat those often. Mostly because I only sometimes like them. Do you ever have weird moments in your life where some days a food just sends your taste buds into a pitter patter, and some days it sends them into hiding? SO WEIRD RIGHT?!
Today though, it’s a “mushroom day.”
Mushrooms make this otherwise super light and vegetal-packed bowl feel MEATY and super filling swirling around inside your hungry belly. They add the mandatory “chew factor” that makes you NOT feel like you’re eating a bowl of detoxifying, superfresh and INSANELY healthy things that rabbits probably eat too.
The pesto. OH THE PESTO. It looks eerily similar to the pesto from the lentil coconut curry with cashew cilantro pesto we ate awhile back, except with almonds. If I could smear this pesto all over both our faces in some sort of bonding ritual, I would. It would bring us closer together because it is THAT good.
The fresh mint really tones down the earthiness of the mushrooms, so that you get just a sense of forest-like undertones mingling through each garlicky bite. Of course the pesto is also heavy on the cilantro because when is any food I tell you to eat NOT?
Cilantro. It’s the GOOD STUFF.
I promised you more words on pomegranates, which is really just going to be a confession: I had random leftover pomegranate seeds in my fridge so I put them on the bowl because my eyeballs told me that there was just TOOMUCHGREEN happening, with no idea how it would work in my mouth.
And, liiiike, it happened to actually taste YUM, add some addicting crunchy crunchy texture AND an extra dose of superfoods which adds to the level of “healthy-detox-making-your-skin-glow” that is all up and inside this bowl of veggies.
Extra pretty. Extra healthy. Extra reasons to nail down your lunch plans.
I also shared the Detox Cauliflower Mushroom Bowls Recipe on Food Fanatic, so be sure to check it out there as well
FOR THIS RECIPE, I RECOMMEND:
Weight Watchers Points Per Serving: SmartPoints: 5 Points+: 5. Old Points: 4
(per 1 bowl)
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