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Cauliflower "Hummus" ♥

Today's low-carb "hummus" recipe, made with (surrrrprise!!) cauliflower instead of chickpeas. And I have to say, cauliflower has done the impossible again, converting itself into something it's not, this time lower-calorie, low-carb hummus. Really, there's no telling the difference. Not just vegan, "Vegan Done Real". Naturally Gluten Free.
Cauliflower, it's a real chameleon. It mimics the texture of rice in Cauliflower Spanish "Rice" and the heft of potatoes in both Lighter Mashed 'Potatoes' and Cauliflower "Potato" Salad. Now here is cauliflower in hummus, a low-calorie, low-carb substitute for high-calorie, high-carb chickpeas.

And yes, side by side, someone paying extra-close attention would notice. But otherwise? I think not. Cauliflower fools our sense of sight, our sense of taste, even the all-important mouthfeel. This stuff is good, deserving of make-it-now status.

WORD DANCERS My dear friend Pille of the Estoni…

Winter Tomato Salad ♥ (Quick Pickled Vegetables)

Today's quick, healthy vegetable salad recipe: Wow. An easy, cheap, make-ahead and portable salad? A healthy, low-carb, low-calorie and vegan salad? All that AND absolutely ZERO Weight Watchers points? Like I said, W-O-W. Not just vegan, "Vegan Done Real".
Back in February, we turned ourselves into "snowflakes" and headed for Florida. (Snowflakes? Yes, snowflakes. Snowbirds head south for the winter. Snowflakes head south for a few days.) On the way back north, roadside stands beckoned: the "last" strawberries and the "first" tomatoes, the signs said. Still, I was dubious about the claim of local tomatoes. "Where are the tomatoes from?" I asked gently. "Are they from here?" "No! No!" said the woman with a shake of her head. "The tomatoes are from Immokalee!" ... that would be a town about 300 miles further south. Ha! Imokalee might not meet the "100 mile" standard for local food but in Febr…