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May 2014

Moroccan style cauliflower butternut “couscous”

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Welcome to the new look ! What do you think? Let me tell you… this took MONTHS. Being a designer and trying to pick just one colour palette to work with – one that you love but won’t get sick of, that’s trendy but not going to date too quickly, that has a food vibe but not too obvious, that hasn’t been done a thousand times….. It went from orange and blue to teal and brown to pink and turquoise back to orange… Needless to say I like this scheme, hopefully you all like it too :)

Today I started with Day 1 of 100 Healthy Days. You can read about it here on the SleekGeek website – its not about being crazy disciplined for 100 days, it’s about doing at least ONE thing each day that is healthy :) So my friend and I signed up, and hopefully I can be crazy disciplined for 100 days, but if not its a nice way to track your progess. BUT, at the same time we have started the 30 day Reboot – which IS about being crazy disciplined and sticking to your guns for 30 days with NO CHEATING. It’s going 100% paleo with NO leniency, so no honey, no dark chocolate or mayonnaise (which are my biggest “cheats” when I am following the general paleo lifestyle) . Written down here they don’t look like much. 3 little words on a page. Not even very exciting to your average Joe on the street who is used to sugar in their coffee and a TV bar after dinner. For me though, these 3 indulgences are the reason I find it easy to be paleo 90% of the time. It is going to be a real challenge to make it through 30 days with zero cheating.

But – with recipes like this one, who needs honey, dark choc or mayo?? ;) This Moroccan style “couscous” dish  is the perfect accompaniment to a piece of steak, some grilled chicken or even fish. I even liked it completely by itself. Oh just a note – all recipes from now on will show up as a recipe card at the bottom of the post and you will be able to save or print recipes from there :)  

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Moroccan Style Cauliflower Butternut "Couscous"
Serves 4
A paleo version of the delicious butternut couscous dish
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
2 hr
  1. 1 packet chopped butternut
  2. A large head of cauliflower
  3. 1 tbs tumeric
  4. 1 tbs whole fennel
  5. 1/2 tsp of ground cloves
  6. 1 tbs sweet basil
  7. 1 tbs paprika
  8. 2 red onions (peeled and chopped)
  9. 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  10. salt & pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 220° celcius.
  2. Roast the butternut with the red onion for 45 minutes, or until soft and beginning to blacken around the edges.
  3. Toast the pumpkin seeds on a medium-low heat till you can smell them and they start to go golden & toasty.
  4. Wash and roughly chop the cauliflower, and pulse in a food processor or blender until finely chopped.
  5. Put the chopped cauliflower into a roasting dish, add salt & pepper to taste and roast for 45 minutes, or until the cauliflower is beginning to go golden brown.
  6. Add the roasted butternut, onion and pumpkin seeds as well as all the herbs and spices, toss together and serve hot.
  1. Pairs really well with rump steak or grilled chicken.
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