Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Papas Bravas, Roasted Florets and Cheesy Dressing

It’s hard to believe that September is already here. In just a few more months M and I will be traveling back to the States for a visit so she can attend a medical conference. We are both looking forward to it, but for now we are enjoying the beginning of spring here in Buenos Aires.

This coming weekend we will be running the 21K Maraton de Buenos Aires. We are excited forward to it, as it should be a beautiful course, which goes right through the heart of our city. We will be running the course together. This will be my first race since moving, and unless I'm mistaken, my first event for 2015! Crazy, but it's been nice focusing on other things besides training and racing.

For today, I have a great recipe that can work as either a side-dish or the main course. It’s a blend of a two different dishes, a favorite in North America, the other a common dish from South America.

Papas Bravas (or Patatas Bravas if you’re from Spain,) are a common latin-style dish where typically white potatoes are cut into irregular shapes and then either roasted or fried in oil and served with a spicy or smoked aioli sauce. They are considered bar food, and are often part of a tapa menu - which means they're perfect for watching futbol or Argetnine-style gatherings where the first person arrives 40 minutes after they were suppose to, and the last person arrives when you were hoping everyone would be leaving! Of course the BYOL version is oil-free.

I use to make this dish in New York using the oven-roasted florets and cheesy sauce as a healthier play on the ever-popular Broccoli and Cheese. With oven roasted broccoli and cauliflower florets, this dish boasts a significant amount of nutrition, and is also a great way to encourage youngsters to eat their greens - I mean what kid doesn't love dipping?

Papas Bravas with Oven-Roasted Florets and a Cheesy Caesar Dressing dipping Sauce

Serves 3-4

Papas Bravas
3 potatoes cut into wedges
2 sweet potatoes cut into wedges
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more to taste)
1 teaspoon smoked paprika 
½ teaspoon salt (optional)

Placed the cut and seasoned potatoes into a pan with parchment paper. Place into the oven at 350. I typically keep all the potatoes on one side of the pan leaving room to add the florets later. Check the potatoes every 12 minutes and flip to ensure they cook and brown evenly. Cook for 30-40 minutes until soft and slightly browned.

1 small head Broccoli – broken into florets
1 small head Cauliflower – broken into florets
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion flakes
Black-pepper to taste

After placing the potatoes into the oven, wash and cut the florets. After tossing them with the above seasonings, if you saved room, add the florets to the pan with the potatoes. If not, cover a second pan with parchment paper and place into the oven. Cook the florets for 20-25 minutes until well roasted. If you are trying to time the florets to finish cooking with the potatoes, let the potatoes cook for 10-15 minutes before adding the florets.

Cheesy-Caesar Sauce
¼ cup raw cashews
2 heaping tablespoons of nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 tablespoon chia seeds
½ tablespoon mustard (dijion or yellow)
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 clove of fresh garlic or 1 ½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon black pepper
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup water

Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender (if using a normal powred blender, try using cashew pieces and soaking them in water them for 1 hour before blending). Blend on high until all ingredients are well blended. This also makes a great dressing for a salad
Now you can heat the sauce up if you like, or serve at room temperature with the oven hot potatoes and florets.


As always the information presented in this blog is for educational purposes only. It should not be considered as specific medical, nutritional, lifestyle, or other health-related advice.