Healthy Dorm Room Tahini Cauliflower (Vegan, Gluten Free) that you can make in your microwave.
There are times in all our 1st world lives that our cooking ability is limited by nature or design and we no longer have access to cooktops, ovens or other major appliances.
Maybe you travel for work and are sick of high sodium fat laden restaurant food and want a simple healthy meal that you can cook up in your hotel room microwave.
Or perhaps you are renovating your kitchen and have to make do with a microwave and mini fridge until your dream kitchen materializes, like we did a couple of years ago. (Spoiler alert you kitchen will materialize but will most likely cost 20% more then you were quoted and take four months longer. Hang in there, it will be gorgeous in the end)
Dorm rooms are a classic examples of small space cookery.
And if you have read Orange is the New Black you’ll know that prisoners MacGyver all sorts of amazing treats from “cheesecake to “Ramen puttenesca”. (okay I made that last recipe up but I’m sure something like it exists.)
Last week my hubby and I decided to Airbnb our house. Where once our house overflowed with teenagers and all their friends, and I’d dream at the end of the day of a moments quiet from our boisterous household. Now since our kids left the nest our space feels painfully large. We’ve become wee people traipsing across vast distances just to reach from chair to sofa.
But when he’s gone
Me and them lonesome blues collide
The bed’s too big
The frying pan’s too wide
We hatched a plan to Airbnb “just on weekends” but the first day we listed our property four people booked the house within an hour, one of them for five weeks straight. Five weeks!!!! So we’ve moved permanently to our third floor.
We have turned the page. Let the next chapter begin and let’s see what adventures and zany plots ensue! For now we have no kitchen up here. I cooked this dish using a microwave. We plan to set up a simple camp kitchen until we have mapped out our new kitchen.
A ten minute healthy snack or dinner that can be made in your microwave. Nutty garlicky tahini bright with lemon juice, poured over tender sweet cauliflower and strewn with crunchy floral cilantro.
- 1 head of cauliflower
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro or substitute mint or parsley
- 1 juice from one fresh lime
- 1-2 cloves mashed garlic
- 1/4 cup tahini
- hot sauce optional
- 2 tbsp water
Cut your cauliflower into quarters and place in a microwave safe bowl, add 1 tbsp water and cover. Microwave on high until tender. Mine took 8 1/2 minutes.
Mix you tahini, lime juice, mashed garlic and 2 tbsp water in a small bowl until creamy. dd more water or lime juice if you want a runnier tahini sauce.
Carefully uncover your steamed cauliflower because the steam will puff out and might burn you.
Drizzle with tahini. Dot with sriracha if you want a little heat.