I’m having a love affair with cauliflower. Suddenly, I’m realizing that I’ve missed out on this wonder food for years. I’ve always avoided it-the dreaded, mushy, white brain-like-looking goo that I remembered from my teenage years of working in a hospital cafeteria.
Not anymore. I’ve realized that it’s a phenomenal substitute for lots of things-it’s filling, low in calories, and actually quite a flavorful addition to any meal. My first true experience was the Buffalo “Chicken” Cauliflower, which pretty much blew my mind. I was ready to try another recipe featuring it: this time a “hash”. But not a hash drenched in high-calorie fat and fried potatoes (there’s a little bit of potato in this recipe here because I had a few on hand, but you can totally omit if you like), like what I envision when I think of a hash.
Oh no, this is a hash that is loaded in vegetables and good for you. The original recipe calls for some bell pepper (which would have been pretty awesome), but I didn’t have one on hand, so feel free to add one in (just add the bell pepper when you add the potatoes in). I loved the addition of spinach, but you could add in any type of green leafy vegetable here. Omit the egg if you are looking for a vegan option. Add mushrooms, add red pepper flakes, add whatever you like. It’s a hash.
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Cajun Cauliflower Hash with Soft Boiled Eggs
Servings: approximately 4
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 red onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 head of cauliflower, chopped (I chopped mine into bite-sized pieces)
2-3 celery stalks, chopped
1 and 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon Cajun spice powder (if you can’t find this, substitute whatever spice you like)
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
1/3 cup water
3-4 red potatoes, chopped
2 cups fresh spinach leaves
Chives, chopped, for garnish
4 soft boiled eggs *For a tutorial on how to poach an egg, click here. To make yours soft-boiled, I let mine cook for approximately 5-6 minutes or so.
1. In a large sauté pan (one that you can cover with a lid), heat the olive oil until shimmering.
2. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 4-6 minutes.
3. Add the cauliflower, celery, chili powder, Cajun spice, salt, pepper, and water and let cook, covered, stirring frequently, until softened, about 5 minutes.
4. Add the red potatoes and let cook, covered, for about 5 more minutes, stirring frequently.
5. Add the spinach and cover, and let cook until the spinach is wilted and cooked, about 3-4 minutes.
6. Top with soft boiled eggs, season with salt and pepper, and garnish with fresh chives.
Source: Adapted from Vegetarian Times.