taco salad with cilantro lime cauliflower rice

h summer.  Fresh ingredients abound.  My little garden is already reaping some harvest.  I've got big ol' heads of romaine, so I figured it was high time to bust out a salad.  I'm not a big salad fan, but if I do enjoy a salad it's got to have more to it than just lettuce and dressing.  Give me a chevre, walnut, pear salad, or a blackened salmon caesar.   One of my favorite more-than-just-lettuce salads is a taco salad.  I had just picked up a head of cauliflower to make some cilantro lime cauliflower rice and it sounded like a perfect addition to a yummy taco salad.  Cilantro lime cauliflower rice was a staple when I was doing Whole30, it's so savory and filling.  Add it to a taco salad with some aged cheddar and spicy dressing, and it's a filling salad for a warm evening on the patio.  Yum!

Ingredients for Cauliflower Rice (via Popular Paleo)
½ of a large head of cauliflower or a full one if it's on the small side
½ yellow or white onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup cilantro, chopped
zest of one large lime
juice from half a lime
2 TBSP coconut oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Grate the cauliflower or use a food processor to get a "rice" texture.
2. Heat a large pan to medium-high and add the coconut oil.  Once the oil is melted, add your onions and garlic and cook until the onions are translucent, a couple minutes.
3. Add the cauliflower and cook until it's just cooked through, about 5 to 7 minutes.
4. Add in the lime zest and juice, fresh cilantro, and salt and pepper to taste, and mix together!

For Salad:
Diced Onion
Diced Tomato
Romaine Lettuce, chopped
Grated Kerrygold Aged Cheddar
Cauliflower Rice
Hot Sauce for dressing (or use a southwest-type dressing)

My favorite way to make salads is to put everything out in dishes separately and let people build their own salads, that way they can choose their own ratio of ingredients and leave out the ingredients they aren't a fan of.  Throw everything together, toss with dressing, and enjoy with a summery beer on a hot evening!

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#FLASHBACKFRIDAY // saturday market

his outfit shoot has always been one of my all time favorites.  It's just in the alley behind my old apartment, but the dreamy sun, dandelions, and the outfit together made this such a fun shoot.  Thinking back to this time, I used to wear so many more hats!  I just noticed all my hats hung on my closet wall the other day and I don't think I've worn any of them since I hung them there!  Perhaps my hat wearing days was just a phase.  This little boater hat looks totally cute in these photos but for some reason I feel like if I wore a boater hat now I'd look ridiculous.  Maybe I'll take that as a challenge to grab this hat off the wall and try to style it up again!

Saturday Market // May 20, 2011

Lately I've been feeling spread too thin. For being technically unemployed, I am doing a hell of a lot of things. This week I've been driving back and forth to various locations, trying to get blog designs completed, stressing about where I'm going to put all my things once I move out of my apartment, working on this blog, trying to maintain a social life and so on and so forth. I'm tired. Let's be real, I'm pretty bad at multitasking. Supposedly girls are wonders at multitasking, but this girl has a one track mind and when I try to diversify, I just end up failing at everything I'm trying to juggle. Right now I have too many commitments and not enough me to fulfill all of them and it stresses me out. Mainly because I don't like failing. I don't like admitting that I can't handle it. I'm competitive, I want to be the best at everything I do, I want to make people proud of me... but sometimes I need to remember that I also need to stay sane.

I think this summer will be good for me. I'll be reeling in some of my overcommitments and I'll be existing more in the real world than the blogosphere, and though I'll probably miss spending as much time as I do now reading my favorite blogs, I think it'll be healthy for me to take a bit of a step back.

dress/courtesy of modcloth :: skirt/vintage via delightful dozen :: shoes/kensiegirl
hat/claires :: shades/vintage

Today I helped with a little fundraiser market for camp, which was pretty fun. I was in charge of the facepainting/hair wrap table. If you've been to my facebook page you've seen my Bowie-inspired facepaint! There ended up not being very many kids at the market though, so I only did facepaint on... me. And I only did a few hair wraps, but it was still fun.

This skirt is from Veronika from the Delightful Dozen. When I saw it I fell in love! It's such a lovely shade of light blue and the vintage cut is so great. It reminds me of something my Mom would've worn when she was my age.

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