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Valentine Veggie Roll - To Be Shared With Your Special Someone

February 11, 2019

Target Healthy Eating

A Labor of Love. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
If you wanted to serve sour cream, that would work or a mix of sour cream & plain yogurt or plain yogurt. We've enjoyed my Valentine gift preview. It goes with either chilled white or your favorite Cab. We like to stay in on Valentines Day, especially if there's a heartfelt menu. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

I n g r e d I e n t s

Red Beet/Cauliflower Roll Ingredients

1 large head of cauliflower

1 red beet

1 or 2 teaspoons chickpea flour

1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

2 ounces shredded mozzarella

1 ounce parmesan, freshly grated

1 pinch salt

1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

3 or 4 fresh garlic cloves, minced

1 egg, whisked

Filling Ingredients

3 portobello mushrooms, chopped, then sauteed

2 red beets cut into small pieces

1 container of Tofutti

1.5 to 2 red bell peppers, seeded

6 ounces of creamy goat cheese

1/2 Tablespoon honey

10 red cherry tomatoes, cut in half

1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, well chopped

2 pinches chili flakes (more for extra heat)

1 heaping Tablespoon black mustard seeds, toasted

1/2 red cabbage saute with the Portobello mushrooms, until soft

1 teaspoon thyme if ground, 1 Tablespoon if fresh & chopped

10 garlic cloves, thickly sliced, roast with the beets & red peppers

salt & pepper (to your taste)

Fresh delicious ingredients. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.


  1. Do all washing, chopping, cutting, slicing, grating, whisking, first
Chopping fresh parsley. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Slice the red cabbage on a mandolin, so you get very thin strands. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
  1. Roast the red beets, the garlic and the red pepper(s). You will mash one of these beets together with the squeezed-dry cauliflower in the bowl. Then add all the ingredients listed above for the beet/cauliflower roll. Mash everything with a potato masher or a fork, for a few minutes, so all ingredients are well combined. You want to get a nice ball of red dough.
After beets and red pepper are roasted, the skins should slide off easily, if you run cold water over them. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
  1. Cut the cauliflower florets off the stem and add them to a pot of boiling water. Once the cauliflower is soft, remove the florets and place them in a clean dish towel. Squeeze all the water out of the vegetables and place the dry cauliflower in a bowl.
Boiling the cauliflower florets. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
  1. Drain the cauliflower florets in a colander, until they cool down. Then, put the florets into a bowl lined with a clean dish towel. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
  1. Here's one of the most important steps in this whole recipe. Pick up the dish towel and twist it so that it tightly contains the cauliflower. Then squeeze the remaining water out of the florets and into the bowl. Squeeze every single drop of water out. If you don't do this step, you will not have cauliflower dough to bake or if you get to bake it, later, it won't hold the ingredients, and will fall apart. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Here is what the cauliflower should look like after you squeeze all liquid out of it with the kitchen towel. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
  1. If the beet/cauliflower dough feels too thin, add a little more chickpea flour and knead it in with your hands until you get a nice dough-y feeling.
  2. After mashing all ingredients well, evenly spread the beet/cauliflower mixture on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and bake 20 minutes at 400?F. Use a spatula to cover a baking sheet with the mashed beet/cauliflower mixture. Push and flattened the mashed beet cauliflower mixture, so that it completely covers the parchment, including the corners.
  3. While the beet/cauliflower layer is baking. Get out your food processor and with a spatula, add the container of Tofutti and the roasted red pepper(s). Pulse until you get a nice paste with smooth consistency.
  4. After the baking pan is out of the oven and has cooled, spread the pink Tofutti cream cheese over the baked beet/cauliflower sheet. Then add the chopped parsley.
Spreading pink Tofutti and fresh parsley over the freshly baked layer of beet/cauliflower. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Spread the thin strands of red cabbage over the parsley. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Next add the pieces of mushroom all over the red cabbage. Since there was difficulty rolling all of these veggies up, I would suggest cutting all veggies, especially the mushrooms into smaller pieces, than you see above. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Add the pieces of roasted beets and the sliced cherry tomatoes. Cut the beets into smaller pieces, than what you see above. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Finally, add dollops of the goat cheese. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
  1. Slowly, roll up the whole slab of cauliflower laden with goodies. Pull up on the parchment paper and start to roll up the veggies, using the parchment paper to help you roll up the finished dish. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
  2. Don't worry if you see cracks, keep going until the whole loaf is rolled up. Keep the flap section on the bottom, which will keep it from opening.
  3. Next, have some fun garnishing with left-over pieces of the ingredients in this recipe.
First Valentine Loaf Experiment. I garnished with pomegranate arils. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
This is a delicious, beautiful recipe that your special somebody will love you for making. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Valentine Veggie Loaf  ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
We're starting with one of my all time successes, Italian Veggie Balls with marinara sauce. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Special hand crafted glasses to celebrate Valentine's Dinner with. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

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